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2013 NEAEB Conference

NEAEB 2013
March 20-22
High Peaks Resort – Lake Placid, NY
Hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental of Conservation
Schedules, Workshops and Sessions

NEAEB Conference Agenda (PDF) (10 pp, 511 K, about PDF) is now available.

Below are a few of the things the NEAEB 2013 planning team is working on.

Workshop – Begins 1 full day before conference!
R Statistical Computing Training Workshop – March 19th and 20th 
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is offering a 2-day training course in R – statistical computing on March 19th and 20th. This workshop will be oriented to water quality monitoring and assessment programs. Day 1 will be an introduction to R and will cover importing/exporting data in R, data management, and basic statistical and graphing functions. Day 2 will cover more advanced analyses. Potential topics include SPsurvey, TITAN, and non-parametric change-point analysis. Participants will be able to register for 1 or 2 days. Details on registration and costs will be available on the NEAEB website soon. 

Graduate Student Poster Competition
The graduate student poster session competition is open to all graduate students. This competition is meant to be friendly way of showcasing the important work of graduate students working in New England and New York. Posters will be presented to a panel of judges during the formal poster session. Posters will be judged and ranked to select a winner based on research content, application of research methods, overall poster appearance and layout among others. The winner will be presented with a monetary and material gift during the annual banquet following the poster session on Thursday evening.

Special Sessions
Session on State and Tribal Implementation of Nutrient Criteria
Developing numeric nutrient criteria has on-going for many Federal and State water programs since the late 1990’s. Now, the discussion has begun to shift from understanding the effects of nutrients to implementation strategies. This session will focus on discussing “roadblocks” and “revelations” found in trying to develop or implement nutrient criteria. The session will include formal presentations and a panel discussion. Presentations will highlight novel approaches or unique aspects regarding nutrient criteria development. The panel will include presentation of proposed numeric nutrient criteria, response indicators, and application criteria from participating States and Tribes. 

Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Session
Volunteer water quality monitoring has become a useful tool for many established State monitoring programs. The methods of data collection and the extent to which data are incorporated into State reporting requirements vary. This special session will consist of a series of presentations and a panel discussion. Topics will focus on methods, QAQC procedures, and reporting techniques used by each state. The goal of this session is to share experiences and discuss ways in which volunteer stream monitoring can be implemented to provide data that is high enough quality for state and federal reporting purposes.

Ecological Flow Studies in the Northeastern US: understanding how altered flow regimes affect stream health.
This session will explore the different types of ecological flow studies that are pertinent to the northeastern United States. Streamflows in this region are managed for multiple societal needs (water supply, flood retention, hydropower, wastewater, industrial, recreation). Increased demand for water, coupled with expectations of increased climate variability, will likely require changes in water management strategies that will affect stream ecosystems. For example, storing and releasing stream water through engineered controls not only alters the natural flow regimes on which many species depend for their life-cycles, but also can result in substantial alteration of the natural thermal regimes on which certain native species, such as brook trout, depend. Furthermore, most fishes and aquatic invertebrates require specific temperature ranges that are timed with certain streamflows to complete their life cycles; therefore, streamflow alterations and consequent thermal regime alteration may have profound effects on the composition and function of aquatic biological communities. However, relations between streamflow alteration and the physical, chemical, and biological components of aquatic ecosystems have not been well quantified in the northeastern U.S. Further understanding of these relations and the various processes involved will provide a stronger scientific basis for sound management approaches for these important water resources in light of future changes in water use, availability, and climate.

USEPA National Aquatic Resource Surveys Session
This session will bring together EPA, State, Tribal and other partners working on national water quality monitoring surveys in New England. Topics will include updates on the national resource surveys and status reports. Speakers will discuss and share information on the national aquatic resource surveys and their relationship to other state/tribal programs. They will also provide examples of how to use the aquatic resource survey methodology to inform state and tribal needs at multiple scales.

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