“LAND TO WATER: Managing Terrestrial Landscapes to Support Healthy Waterways.” Prof. Allison Gill, Biology, Williams College. All welcome at the Hoosic River Watershed Association Annual Meeting.
Upland forests, meadows, residential streets, and agricultural fields can be critical nutrient sources to local waterways, and their land use and management are a key to protecting water and aquatic habitat quality. In this talk, I will discuss land-based strategies to support healthy waterways at local to regional scales, from protecting and building soil organic matter to reduce nitrate leaching, to supporting biodiverse communities that maximize nutrient uptake on land, and planning municipal leaf detritus removal programs to minimize phosphorus export through storm drains and sewers. Together, these management strategies can support efficient nutrient cycling regimes in our land ecosystems and limit the problems of nutrient loading in our aquatic ecosystems.
Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) and the Hoosic River Watershed Association, advocates and protectors of the Hoosic River and its watershed.