Save The River’s 32nd Annual Winter Environmental Conference
Eric Murdock – an Environmental Engineer, and currently owner of Onsite Engineering, PLLC., whose practice focuses on design, installation, and maintenance of decentralized wastewater treatment systems for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. His presentation will focus on innovative approaches to installing septic systems at challenging sites that do not have the space and soil type/depth traditionally needed to place a septic system. The approaches discussed are becoming more common throughout the 1,000 Island Region and New York State
Rachel Schultz, Ph.D. – an Associate Professor of Wetland Science in the Environmental Science and Ecology Department at SUNY Brockport. She has also held faculty appointments at SUNY Plattsburgh and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, she studied the effects of plant community composition and diversity on wetland carbon and nitrogen cycling. Her presentation will discuss dynamics of Lake Ontario coastal wetlands and how cattail removal affects carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.
Lawrence Gunther – Lawrence is North America’s only blind conservationist, outdoor writer, podcaster, blogger, filmmaker and TV personality. A life-long outdoor enthusiast, Lawrence has competed in over 150 fishing tournaments with the sponsorship support of many of North America’s top fishing and marine companies. His presentation will focus on the health and concerns related to St. Lawrence Fishery given the threats new “forever” chemicals and microplastics represent.
Jessica Jock – As an Environmental Scientist for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division in Akwesasne, she has worked 13 years on various River projects related to Superfund cleanup, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Professionally she has presented at local, state, and national conferences on River health; served on committees; and collaborated with many resource agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
- 10:00 – 10:15am Conference Opening
- 10:15 – 10:45am Eric Murdock’s Presentation: Innovative Approaches to Installing Septic Systems at Challenging Sites
- 10:45 – 11:00am Friend of the River Award Announcement
- 11:00 – 11:45am Jessica Jock’s Presentation: Investigations of the Relationship Between Native Mussels and Dreissenids in St. Lawrence River Tributaries
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
- 6:00 – 6:10pm Daily Opening
- 6:10 – 6:40pm How Save The River Has Reimagined Our Education Programs
Saturday, February 6, 2021
- 10:00 – 10:05am Daily Opening
- 10:05 – 10:35am Lawrence Gunther’s Presentation: Health and Current Status of the St. Lawrence River Fishery
- 10:35 – 10:45am Dan Tack Award Announcement
- 10:45 – 11:15am Professor Rachel Schultz’s Presentation: Dynamics of Lake Ontario Coastal Wetlands
- This year’s conference will be held virtually. In support of this exciting offering, there is a suggested registration fee of $25 if you plan to tune into the live stream. The hyperlink to the live stream will be shared the week of the conference. Please click the image below to complete your registration.
- This important educational event would not be possible without the ongoing support of our generous sponsors. There are available opportunities for both individual supporting sponsorship and business sponsorship. Contact Bridget Wright, Development Director, at (315) 686-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.