9th Annual Elon University Fall Environmental Forum – Oct. 8

All Elon faculty, staff, students, class groups and friends are invited to join The Center for Environmental Studies, the Office of Sustainability and others for the 9th Annual Elon University Fall Environmental Forum.

Visit www.elon.edu/agreentomorrow to download the forum registration form. The event is free to Elon students, faculty and staff, and $15 per person for members of the community.

A River Runs Through Us – Stewardship of our Water
Oct. 8, 2010

McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center

9:25 – Welcome Address by Dr. Steven House, Provost of Elon University

Moderator – Rep. Alice Bordsen, NC General Assembly

9:30 – 10:35 – Plenary Presentation
Dr. Margaret Palmer – University of Maryland
Environmental Impacts of Mountain Removal for Coal Extraction

Dr. Margaret Palmer, Professor and Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an expert on watershed science and restoration ecology having worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for 27 years and leading scientific projects at national and international levels. She has more than 150 scientific publications, serves as an editor for the journal Restoration Ecology and co-authored the book The Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Dr. Palmer has been honored as a AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Lilly Fellow, a Distinguished Scholar Teacher, and with an Ecological Society of America Distinguished Service Award.

10:35 – 11:45
Aquatic and Terrestrial Wildlife Species Management and Conservation in North Carolina. Presenters from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission:

10:35 – 10:55 – “Anthropogenic Impacts on Recreational Fisheries” – Brian McRae,
10:55 – 11:15 – “Techniques for restoring imperiled aquatic species: assessing the effects of dam removal on a freshwater mussel and fish assemblage” – Ryan Heise, Ph.D.
11:15 – 11:35 – “Aquatic Habitat and Developing Landscapes” – Shari Bryant
11:35 – 12:00 – “The NC Wildlife Resources Commission Green Growth Toolbox” – Kacy Cook

Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30 for registered participants featuring local foods

Session 1: Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Update.
Facilitator: Cy Stober, Piedmont Triad Council of Governments

12:30 – 1:15 – Jason Robinson, NC DWQ Planning Unit – Jordan Lake Rules Update – featuring discussion about the Existing Development Ordinance and the Scientific Advisory Board
1:15 – 2:00 – Nora Deamer, NC DWQ Planning Unit – Cape Fear River Basinwide Assessment – focusing on the Upper Cape Fear River and Jordan Lake
2:00 – 2:45 – Cy Stober, Piedmont Triad COG – Jordan Lake Rules Reference Handbook
2:45 – 3:30 – Jeff Hughes, UNC School Of Government’s Environment Environmental Finance Center – Jordan Lake Watershed New Development Model Ordinance
3:30 – 4:00 – Future of NC Water – Facilitated discussion led by Cy Stober and Julie Elmore

Session 2: Policies and Politics of Water Resource Management.
Facilitator: Julie Elmore, Piedmont Conservation Council

12:30 – 1:15 – Bill Holman, Duke University – Overview of North Carolina policies.

1:15 – 2:00 – Lynnette Batt, Assoc. Dir. For River Restoration, American Rivers – Dam Removal – Ecological and Economic Considerations.

2:00 – 2:45 – Robert Patterson and Michael Layne, Burlington water resources – Little Alamance Creek – preparing for a new TMDL.

3:30 – 4:00 – Future of NC Water – Facilitated discussion led by Cy Stober and Julie Elmore