WATERTOWN – The 12th Annual Black River Watershed Conference will be held Wednesday, June 8 at the Three Willows Event Center, 3950 State Route 12, Lyons Falls. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVPs are required by May 16. Financial support for the conference is provided by the Black River Advisory Council. Information is available at www.tughill.org/2022-black-river-watershed-conference/, including a registration form, or by contacting Jennifer Harvill at 315-785-2380 or emailing jennifer@tughill .org.
The annual event is hosted by the NYS Tug Hill Commission, the Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 6. The annual Black River Watershed Conference stems from the completion of the management of the Black River Catchment in 2010. It aims to bring together stakeholders in the catchment and provide an opportunity to learn and discuss the issues facing the Black River and how to become better stewards of the Black River. The Black River watershed includes over 60 communities in Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and Oneida counties. While each community’s character is unique and has its own diverse needs, we all share the Black River and the desire to keep it and its tributaries and watershed healthy and vibrant. Anyone interested in the Black River is invited to learn about real-life projects in local communities related to riverbank restoration and the design of natural channels as well as other natural resource efforts.
“Water has always attracted people – it is not only a source of drinking water, but it also provides food, can be used to irrigate crops, is a means of transport and a source of activity. economic. Given all the benefits that water provides, it’s no surprise that communities are looking for ways to maintain high water quality while balancing the need for economic growth and development. Extract from the Black River Watershed Management Plan, May 2010.