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2019 Northeast Aquatic Biologist Conference

The 2019 Northeast Aquatic Biologist Conference was held February 27 – March 1, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York.

This conference, coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with member states and EPA, continued the tradition of providing a forum for the professional sharing of knowledge and collaboration that the aquatic and environmental biologist community in the Northeast has come to represent.

The following resources pertaining to the conference are available:

Conference Agenda

Speaker Bios

Attendee List

Presentations:

PLENARY SESSION
Regional Partnerships Support Green Jobs for Three Generations: A 30 year Retrospective on theAdvancement of Environmental Goals through the Development of Environmental Professionalsin New England and New York.
Neil Kamman, VT DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1a – ASSESSMENTS – LAKES
The Role of Local Habitat in the Response of Littoral Macroinvertebrate Abundance andComposition to Annual Winter Drawdowns.
Jason Carmignani, UMASS Amherst

Quantifying Spatial and Temporal Change in Aquatic Vegetation in Pawtuckaway Lake Due toChanging Winter Drawdown Regime.
Scott Ashley, NH DES

Underwater Video Surveys of Dreissenid Mussels in the Finger Lakes, NY.
Aimee Clinkhammer

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1b – TEMPERATURE MONITORING
Predicted Vulnerability of Stream Macroinvertebrate Communities Under Scenarios of FutureSummer Warming in the Eastern United States.
Jen Stamp, Tetra Tech

Eleven Years of Monitoring in the Israel River Watershed.
Kirsten Nelson, NH DES

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1c – CITIZEN SCIENCE
Citizen Science Macroinvertebrate Samples Analyzed with Bayesian Statistics to Red Flag PossiblyImpaired Stream Segments Deserving Further Investigation.
Alene Onion, NYS DEC

25 Years of Water Quality Change in Rhode Island Lakes and Ponds.
Stephen Shivers, EPA ORD

CT DEEP’s Volunteer Water Monitoring Program: How Rebranding a 15-Year Old Program
Doubled Data Usability and Tripled Program Efficiency.
Meghan Lally, CT DEEP

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2a – INNOVATIVE FLOW MEASUREMENTS
Using Time-Lapse Photos to Assess Streamflow Impacts Downstream of Managed Dams inMassachusetts.
Kate Bentson, MassDER

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2b – COMMUNICATING DATA
Improved Water Quality Reports Made with R.
Tom Danielson, ME DEP

Turning Data into Information to Influence Water Management Policy: Examples fromConnecticut.
Chris Bellucci, CT DEEP

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2c – CITIZEN SCIENCE
2017 Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program in the Finger Lakes.
Stephanie June, NYS DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3a – MUSSELS
Developing a Strategy to Restore a Freshwater Mussel (Alasmidonta varicosa) to MassachusettsWatersheds.
Ayla Skorupa, UMASS Amherst

The First 2 Years of the Lower Grasse River Freshwater Mussel Relocation Project.
Leah Gorman. NYS DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3b – ESTUARIES/COASTAL RESOURCES
Spatial and Temporal Characterization of Water Quality in the Sakonnet River, Rhode Island .
Jason Sorenson, USGS

Development of a Water Quality Monitoring Strategy For Mount Hope Bay and Taunton RiverEstuary, Massachusetts.
David Armstrong, USGS

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3c – CYANOBACTERIA
HABs in New York State: Comparing bloom metrics and the prevalence of toxins.
Rebecca Gorney, NYS DEC

Team Up! Citizen Scientists, Water Professionals and Researchers Conduct Seasonal Comparisonsof Cyanobacterial Populations and Associated Toxins.
Nancy Leland, Lim-Tex

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4a – CYANOBACTERIA
Recreational Risk Management of Surface Waterbodies: Cyanobacteria in Massachusetts.
Michael Celona, MassDPH

The New York City Lakes and Ponds Harmful Algal Bloom Program.
Ellen Hartig, NYC Parks

Satellite Image Assessment of Chlorophyll-a Concentrations in New York Lakes.
Lewis McCaffrey, NYS DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4b – BIOASSESSMENT
Using the Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) to Assess Riverine Habitat in New England.
Chris Yoder, Midwest Biodiversity Institute

Developing a Fish Biossessment Model for Wadeable Streams in Maine.
Tom Danielson, ME DEP

When Macroinvertebrate and Fish Assessments Match Up, When They Don’t, and Why: AComparison of Fish and Macroinvertebrate Assessments.
Michelle Graziosi, VT DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4c – CITIZEN SCIENCE
Citizen Science Stream and Lake Monitoring Panel Discussion. Moderated by: Alene Onion

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 5a – CYANOBACTERIA
Spatiotemporal Variability of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins, and the Potential for SensorDerived Recreational Advisory Status.
Guy Foster, USGS

Potential for Cyanotoxin Occurrence in the Nation’s Large Rivers.
Jennifer Graham, USGS

Under the Radar: A year in the life of a cyanobacteria layer.
Sabina Perkins, UNH/Lakes Lay Monitoring Program

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 5b – BIOASSESSMENT
The Correlation of Ambient Aquatic Toxicity with Other Measures of Aquatic Life UseImpairments.
Rosemary Gatter-Evarts, CT DEEP

Temporal Variation in Benthic Algal Assemblages and Biomass in Streams Along a NutrientGradient in Connecticut: Implications for Bioassessment.
Mary Becker, CT DEEP

Impacts to Water Quality Resulting From a Wildfire in Minnewaska State Park, Ulster County, NY.
Brian Duffy, NYS DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 5c – CHLORIDE IMPACTS
Rising Concentrations of Chloride in New England Water Resources, 1994-2017.
Denise Argue, USGS

Continuous Year-round Monitoring of In-stream Chloride in Sunnyside Brook, Colchester,Vermont.
Kerrie Garvey, Watershed Consulting Associates

High Resolution Assessment of Road Salt Export to Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
Corey Laxson, Adirondack Watershed Institute

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 6a – LAKE CONTINUOUS MONITORING
Managing, QCing and Summarizing Continuous Data Being Collecting at Lake RegionalMonitoring Network Sites.
Jen Stamp, Tetra Tech

Deploying Continuous Sensor Arrays: A Pilot of the Regional Lake Monitoring Network Protocols.
Kellie Merrell, VT DEC

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 6b – BIOASSESSMENT
Developing a Macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for Low Gradient Streams in NewYork State.
Gavin Lemley, NYS DEC

Macroinvertebrate Community Response to Removal of the Hogansburg Hydropower Dam, St.Regis River, Akwesasne, NY.
A.J. Smith, NYS DEC

Developing a Macroinvertebrate IBI for Low-Gradient, Wadeable, Freshwater Streams in SouthernNew England Coastal Areas.
Ben Jessup, Tetra Tech

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 6c – CHLORIDE IMPACTS
Implications of Uncertain Futures on Chloride and Temperature Stressors in New Hampshire andGreat Bay Watersheds.
Shan Zuidema, UNH

Impacts of Road Salt on the Function and Structure of Forested Wetlands in Southern NewEngland.
Samantha Walker, UCONN

Aluminum Monitoring Study.
Phil Woodford, USGS

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 7a – STREAM RESTORATION
Assessment to Mitigation: Restoring Free-Flowing Tributaries of the Hudson River with MunicipalPartnerships.
Megan Lung, NEIWPCC – Hudson River Estuary Program

Local Adaptation of Fish Populations in Response to Stream Habitat Restoration at a RestoredCranberry Farm.
Tom Dimino, UMASS Boston

The Effects of Ecosystem Restoration on Community and Landscape Biodiversity in SoutheasternMassachussetts’ Headwater Streams.
Sean McCanty, UMASS Boston

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 7b – DAM REMOVAL
The Reintroduction of the American Eel to the NY Portion of the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
Sarah Coney, SUNY Oneonta

The Lower Kennebec River, Maine 2002-2018: Fish Assemblage and Habitat Responses to DamRemoval and Diadromous Fish Management.
Chris Yoder, Midwest Biodiversity Institute

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 7c – LAKE ASSESSMENT
Why is Vermont Losing its Oligotrophic Lakes?
Leslie Matthews, VT DEC

Developing an Index of Habitat Quality for Maine Lakes.
Jeremy Deeds, ME DEP

Winter Sampling in the Finger Lakes of New York.
Tony Prestigiacomo, NYS DEC

CONCURRENT SESSION 8a – STREAM ACIDIFICATION
Biological Recovery on Acid Sensitive Streams in VT?
Heather Pembrook, VT DEC

A Clean Air Act Success Story: Indications of recovering water quality and fish assemblage inacidified Catskill and Adirondack Mountain streams.
Barry Baldigo, USGS

CONCURRENT SESSION 8b – WATER RESOURCES

The Use of Field GIS Data Collection Tools to Empower Watercraft AIS Inspection Programs –WISPA in New York State.
John Marino, New York Natural Heritage Program

Potential Nutrient Load Reduction in Impaired Watersheds of Vermont Through Municipal LeafManagement.
Jason Sorenson, USGS

CONCURRENT SESSION 8c – eDNA
Environmental DNA – Finding Fish (and Other Creatures) by Tracking DNA in Streams and Lakes.
Alison Watts, UNH

Efficacy of Environmental DNA and Traditional Sampling Methods to Monitor the Expansion ofRound Goby in the Mohawk River-Barge Canal System.
Scott George, USGS

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