Going With the Flow: Community-Based Watershed Learning

Building on the findings of the Community-Based Environmental Learning Census 2019, recent discussions have focused on what concepts are necessary for individuals and communities to learn, in order to select actions that protect the land and water of our watersheds. What are the next steps and how can lake associations be involved?


Getting into the Habit(at): Assessing Shallow Water Habitat in Maine Lakes

Habitat in the shallow areas of lakes is important for all lake life, but it can be degraded by loss of shoreland vegetation and poorly managed human development on lakeshores. We have developed methods to determine what natural shallow water habitat looks like in Maine lakes, and measure how it is affected by human-induced activities […]


The Long Road from Pollution to Protection: 50 Years of the Clean Water Act

We all live in a watershed, and our human footprints impact them all. Join us for a living history of the state of water quality in Maine by aquatic biologist Matt Scott. Matt will focus on the history of Maine’s polluted waterways based on past records and deep personal and work history. The beginning of […]


Webinar: Keeping Your Assets Above Water

Climate change and its impact on water supplies is obviously a hot topic in today’s news, especially as agencies look again towards mandatory water conservation measures and cutbacks in water deliveries for a broad range of uses. One of the most hotly debated topics is the subject of water storage. We hear a lot about […]

Webinar: Come Hell(s Canyon) or High Water

Free Webinar: Come Hell(s Canyon) or High Water -- Methylmercury production, uptake, and export from a seasonally anoxic reservoir Presenter: Austin Baldwin, Research Hydrologist with the USGS Idaho Water Science Center in Boise, Idaho Abstract: Anoxic conditions within reservoirs related to thermal stratification and oxygen depletion lead to methylmercury (MeHg) production, a key process governing the […]


Women in Wetlands Section Webinar: Does restoration work? An amphibian-centric look at restoration in geographically isolated wetlands

This webinar is for SWS members only. Geographically isolated wetlands provide a critical habitat for pond-breeding amphibians, a taxa of broad conservation concern. Restoration of wetlands typically includes goals to recover the wetlands’ physiochemical, hydrological, and ecological functions. However, for pond-breeding amphibians, successful restoration should also result in sustained populations, which is difficult to assess […]

August 2023 Webinar – Conservation Planning in Municipalities: Case Studies of Urban Wetlands & Waterways

Community conservation planning practices decrease the negative impacts of development on nature. They are also applied by communities seeking enhanced benefits from the natural resources they manage. Ronda will provide an overview of community plans that have led to urban water projects including comprehensive plans, park system master plans, economic development strategic plans, resiliency plans, […]

Clear Lake’s Toxic Legacy: Exploring Cyanotoxin Production and its Impact on Beneficial Uses

Presenter: Sarah Ryan Environmental Director/Emergency Management Director Environmental Protection Department, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians "Clear Lake's Toxic Legacy: Exploring Cyanotoxin Production and Its Impact on Beneficial Uses" will highlight the work of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians since 2014 in evaluating recurring cyanobacteria blooms on Clear Lake. Through toxin analyses of […]


CALMS Webinar: Risk Management Strategies for Microplastics in Aquatic Environments

Presenter: Scott Coffin, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Microplastics and their constituents have been an emerging contaminant of concern for human health and the environment. Join us with Scott Coffin of the California Environmental Protection Agency's office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to discuss risk management strategies for microplastics in aquatic environments.