Watersheds:Water levels & Wetlands
26th Annual Symposium – May 29 & 30, 2019
OPG Visitor’s Centre
CORNWALL • ONTARIO • CANADA
2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Wednesday, May 29th at 10am
Freshwater + Humans – Now and into the Future
Elizabeth Hendriks is Vice-President of the National Freshwater Programme at WWF-Canada, one of Canada’s oldest conservation organizations. She has fifteen years of experience working nationally and internationally on water policy and last year, she led the release of the first national assessment of the health and stressors of Canada’s freshwater. With her team she is now working to reverse the decline of freshwater ecosystems across the country with the intersection of policy, technology, and community building. She received her BA in International Development from Dalhousie University and her Masters from the University of Waterloo.
F. Henry Lickers
Thursday, May 30th at 10:30am
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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 – OPG Visitor Center
Community Science Day
9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Hands-on exhibitors, meet Environmental Groups
10:00 am- Keynote Speaker – Elizabeth Hendriks, VP WWF-Canada
Special Workshop – Data Science (Interested participants only)
1:00 to 4:00 pm
The Great River Rapport is seeking input from all scientists and data holders for the Upper St Lawrence River region (from Cape Vincent/Kingston to Lake St Francis). The workshop is intended to produce a summary of the ecological research datasets that exist for the region and to identify representative ecological indicators for The Great River Rapport. Please contact Leigh McGaughey, project lead, at email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
Thursday, May 30th, 2019 (Registration required)
8:30 am- Registration
9:00 am- Traditional Opening
9:20 am- Panel Discussion Shoreline Erosion on the St. Lawrence River –
A Community Perspective
10:50 am- Keynote Speaker Henry Lickers, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
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11:30 am- Matt Windle, River Institute Water levels and ecosystem health of the St. Lawrence River
12:00 pm- Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions A -D Traditional Closing
Diversity: Trends and Threats to Fish in Coastal Wetlands of the St. Lawrence River.
Session Co-Chairs: Cristina Charette and Matt Windle, River Institute
Coastal wetlands are critical for sustaining the health and diversity of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. They provide unique habitats and protection for flora and fauna, including fish. Fish communities are threatened by multiple factors including habitat loss, eutrophication and invasive species. Since fish utilize wetlands to live, feed and reproduce, it is important to further our understanding on how coastal wetlands can modulate the influence of anthropogenic factors on fish communities. This session invites presentations on all aspect addressing fish and wetlands from the St. Lawrence River.
Wetland Matters: A St. Lawrence River Focus.
Evie Brahmstedt, Clarkson University
Riparian wetlands in the Upper St. Lawrence River display a wide variety of morphological diversity and the extensive wetlands along the shores of Lake St. Pierre in the Lower St. Lawrence River are a Ramsar site, an acknowledgement of their ecological significance. Wetlands have been impacted by water level regulation, which has reduced biological diversity and other anthropogenic impacts such as eutrophication and channeling for navigation. This session invites presentations on all aspect s of St. Lawrence River wetlands.
St Lawrence River Water Quality: Contaminant Sources and Impacts.
Jeff Ridal, River Institute
Presentations will relate to processes affecting water quality in river ecosystems. Topics include transport and fate of organic matter, sediments, nutrients, contaminants, pathogens, and plastics. Projects describing the impacts of tributary inputs, water level fluctuations, and inputs from watersheds, wetlands, and urban centres on river and water quality.
Ecological Indicators: Tools for Assessing Ecosystem Health.
Our symposium series began in 1993 (one year before River Institute was founded) as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues. We will celebrate our 26th Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Ecosystem on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th 2019.
For more information contact:
Christina Collard, Symposium Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Power Generation Visitor Center
2500B 2nd Street W, Cornwall, ON K6H 5R6