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Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference at Lehigh U

Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference at Lehigh U on October 15

The 8th Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 at Lehigh University’s STEPS Building, 1 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. The conference serves as a forum that brings together community watershed organizations, municipal officials, educators, students, scientists, technical experts, natural resource agency staff, industry representatives and the public to discuss effective ways to improve and protect the land and water resources throughout the greater Lehigh Valley.

This year’s conference theme and title is Navigating Clean Water Science. The conference will feature two half-day workshops on managing invasive plants in streamside buffers and growing edible tree nuts in the Northeast. There will be a full day MS-4 track for municipal staff and consultants charged with implementing stormwater regulations. Continuing education credits will be available for engineers and landscaping professionals. Other conference sessions will focus on backyard conservation practices, local outdoor recreation opportunities and much more.

The conference keynote speaker is Ann English, who will address multifunctional streamside buffers in her presentation Growing a Better Watershed: The Riparian Buffer at Happy Hollow Farm, based on her family farm experience in York County. Cost for the full day conference is $50, which includes conference sessions, exhibitors, lunch and snack breaks. Students with college ID may attend free of charge; however, all students must register before the conference and include their college affiliation in their registration.

The Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference is organized by the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley; Lehigh University Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Initiative; Penn State Extension; Northampton County Conservation District; Lehigh County Conservation District; The Nurture Nature Center; and Wildlands Conservancy.

To view the conference schedule or to register online, go to For more information about the conference, contact