Watershed Action Alliance of Southeastern Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Town of Hanson, is hosting an upcoming conference on critical water issues in the region. The one-day conference, Solutions for Healthy Waters will take place on Thursday, March 16th from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the historic Needles Lodge at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson, MA. Online registration is open until March 2nd. Click here for more information and to register →

The conference will provide information and networking opportunities relevant to professionals and volunteers working or interested in water conservation, sustainable water management, watershed health, river restoration, or other water-related issues. The session topics are Invasive Plants: Prevention and Control, Communication for Healthy Watersheds, and Drought and Flood Resilience for People and Wildlife. In each session, there will be several short formal presentations followed by questions and answers and discussion.

Pia Moisander, PhD, of UMASS Dartmouth will present the plenary talk, Cyanobacteria: Its Mystery, Menace, and Mitigation. She will discuss the basics of blue-green algae, what encourages its growth, the problems it can cause, and how communities have responded to control it. Click here to read her bio and those of all the speakers →

An exhibit hall will feature displays and scientific and informational posters from sponsors and attendees on research, watershed associations and other nonprofits, water-related businesses, and successful campaigns with watershed conservation or protection goals.

A lunch, provided by The Olde Hitching Post in Hanson, may be pre-ordered and attendees can eat overlooking scenic Maquan Pond.

Healthy waters, critical to all of us, provide drinking water, recreation, habitat for wildlife, and water for homes and businesses. Our water resources in Southeastern Massachusetts have many threats that are magnified by our increasing population and development. However, there are many solutions for creating or maintaining healthy waters and watersheds and this conference will present many ideas, techniques, and success stories. Join Watershed Action Alliance and others at Solutions to Healthy Waters to learn, network, and share knowledge.

For questions and comments, please email Dorie Stolley, the conference coordinator, at WAAcoordinator@nsrwa.org or leave a message at 508-746- 0769.

Conference sponsors include Island Foundation, Aquarion Water Company, the Town of Hanson, MassAudubon: Shaping the Future of Your Community, Herring Ponds Watershed Association, Jones River Watershed Association, Manomet, MassBays, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Neponset River Watershed Association, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Save the Bay, Six Ponds Improvement Association, Talbot Ecological Land Care, The Gulf Association, Inc., The Nature Conservancy, Tighe & Bond, Weir River Watershed Association, Wildlands Trust, Taunton River Watershed Association, and Water Words That Work.

Watershed Action Alliance is an affiliation of twelve watershed and pond associations in Southeastern Massachusetts working for clean, plentiful, and free-flowing water. Find them at www.watershedaction.org.