November 07, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Bucknell University will host the Ninth Annual Susquehanna River Symposium, "Science and the River: Ongoing Projects and Research in the Susquehanna Watershed," on Nov. 21 and 22 in the Elaine Langone Center. All events in this symposium are free and open to the public without registration.

The symposium is offered by the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together scientists and engineers from throughout the Susquehanna region to focus on issues regarding the watershed.

"This event brings together academics, watershed managers, consulting scientists and engineers, and the public to discuss ongoing scientific research and innovative projects, to share ideas, and to increase awareness of watershed health, management and sustainability issues facing the Susquehanna region today," said Program Director Benjamin Hayes.

Events scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, will be held in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

  • 7 p.m.: John Bravman, president of Bucknell University, will give opening remarks.
  • 7:15 p.m.: H.W. "Skip" Wieder, director of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, will speak on the importance of university research and collaborative partnerships in the watershed.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Michael Slattery, coordinator of Chesapeake Bay Program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will give the keynote address, "Importance of Scientific Research for the Future of the Chesapeake Bay."
  • 8 to 10 p.m.: Research poster session and displays from nine universities, as well as from Geisinger and John Hopkins health research centers, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, consulting firms, and watershed groups.  

Events scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, will be held in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center. The technical session begins at 8 a.m., with light refreshments and a continuation of the poster session.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be 22 oral presentations grouped into four sessions: Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology and the Chesapeake Bay; Watershed Hydrology and River Hydraulics; Water Quality Assessments and Treatment Technologies; and Conservation, Planning, and River Towns.

Specific topics include the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, impacts of Japanese knotweed, angler use survey of the lower Susquehanna River, American shad restoration efforts, water quality monitoring projects in the Marcellus Shale gas drilling region, acid mine drainage and municipal wastewater, pharmaceutical disposal, and flood mitigation strategies.

Julie Devers, research ecologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will deliver the luncheon address, "Experimental Stocking of American Eels in the Susquehanna River Watershed and Implications for Eastern Elliptio Populations."

For more information and a schedule of talks and weekend events, visit