April 3, 2008

Chris Kocher, Wildlands Conservancy, Opening Remarks
Chris Kocher, President of the Wildlands Conservancy, talks about how essential the water resources of the region were and are to the history and future quality of life at the Lehigh Valley at the Lehigh Valley Watershed & Shad Symposium. He noted that many of the rivers and streams in the Valley have emerged from their industrial past to support over 90 species of fish in the over 300 miles of waterways that make up the Lehigh Valley.
However, the work of restoring water quality is not done. Nonpoint pollution, abandoned mine drainage and urban sprawl continue to threaten water quality.
Other speakers at the Symposium:
Doug Austen Update on Conservation in PA
Cindy Dunn, DCNR, On the Importance of Partnerships
Don Cunningham on Lehigh County Green Initiatives
John Stoffa on Northampton County Green Initiatives
Cong. Charles Dent on Recent Federal Initiatives