Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference

Conference sponsored by Lehigh University Environmental Initiative, Penn State Extension, Northampton County Parks and Recreation, Lehigh University Insitutue for Indigenous Studies, Nurture Nature Center, Northampton County Conservation District, Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley

Join us for the 9th Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference –
Endemic Watershed Connections: Place. Preservation. Restoration.
The conference will be held at Lehigh University on March 14th, 2023. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, or participating, please contact us – watershedcoalitionlv@gmail.com.

This year’s conference will feature a track on Indigenous connections to land and water resources presented by Indigenous citizens from eight Indigenous tribes from North and South America, including the Delaware Nation, whose ancestral homeland is the Delaware River Watershed. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Fabris, a Piikani Native, who will present on the tribe’s opposition to the damming of the Oldman River in Saskatchewan, Canada. Also featured will be an all-day track on MS-4 topics, a track on volunteer resources, and technical talks on geology, flooding, and climate change

Indigenous Topics

  • Panel discussion on sovereignty, treaty rights, access to drinking water and natural resource management
  • Walking Purchase art presentation
  • The Water Gap: Return to the Homeland – a conversation on the film documenting the journey of Delaware youth to their ancestral tribal homeland
  • Ceremonial Stone Landscapes – what landscape scale artifacts date back hundreds – or thousands – of years?

Other Topics

  • Climate change and managed retreat
  • Precipitation and flooding – what is the relationship?
  • Volunteer salt monitoring workshop
  • Managing plantings in stormater basin retrofits
  • EnviroDIY
  • Volunteer water quality monitoring
  • Karst Geology
  • Stormwater Authorities
  • Volunteer resources for stormwater management
Check out our past eight conferences, from 2006-2019. Click on each image for the past conference schedules.