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Welcome to the 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally!
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Friday, March 17 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Prioritizing and Planning Restoration and Land Preservation Targets for Water Resource Protection

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Water is a common ground for many organizations working to protect our natural world and for some organizations it is the central mission.  The importance of forests and wetlands in protecting water quality and the negative effects of impervious surface and some agricultural practices on water quality are well known.  Often, preservation and restoration/BMP projects aimed at protecting water resources are done on an ad hoc basis.  In this workshop we will demonstrate that data and tools are available to prioritize and plan proactively and efficiently.  We will discuss data on land and water resources, models for prioritizing subwatersheds for preservation and restoration/BMPs, and the tools and resources (Impervious Cover Assessments and NJMap) available to municipalities, non-profit conservation groups, and agencies planning projects to protect water resources. 


 Approved for APA CM 1.25.
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
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John Hasse

Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University
John teaches various courses in geography, GIS and planning at Rowan University.  Holding a masters in urban planning and a masters and Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, Hasse's research interest focuses on land use geography and the interface of land use, environmental planning and spatial analysis. Professor Hasse has testified as an expert witness regarding issues of land use, urban sprawl and smart growth and his work is... Read More →
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Kristi MacDonald

Director of Science, Raritan Headwaters
Kristi MacDonald is Director of Science at Raritan Headwaters, a non-profit conservation organization with the mission of protecting and restoring water resources in the Upper Raritan region.  She has a PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University. Her research has mainly focused on understanding how species respond to human-caused stressors such as urban and agricultural land use, pollution, invasive species and climate change. She has worked... Read More →
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Christopher Obropta

Associate Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Christopher C. Obropta is the Director of the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, an Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was an... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Brunswick Ballroom A Lower Level