Three area businesses with expertise in water quality improvement and protection projects will present at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to a media release from the committee.

Representatives from Allied Biological, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. and Templeton Landscape Architecture & Planning will discuss emerging water quality issues and the regulatory and best management practices which address these challenges.

The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A, will be hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department at The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 21. Those interested in attending should e-mail admin@occainfo.org or call 547-4488.

In a presentation titled “Invasive Aquatic Plants vs. Native Aquatic Plants,” Allied Biological northern New York manager Stephen Wilson will discuss what is known about invasives and their effect on New York waters, which invasive aquatic plants can currently be found in Otsego County and statewide, and methods to prevent and prepare for new invasions.

Wilson, a member of the Goodyear Lake Association, lives in Maryland.

Next, Bryan Quinn of Applied Ecological Services, Inc. will address “Ecological Restoration Methods for the Improvement of Water Quality.”

Ecological restoration is a proven method to improve water quality in rural, suburban, and urban areas and may include wetland creation, naturalistic landscaping, landfill restoration, brownfield  redevelopment, streamrestoration, invasive species  management, and forestmanagement, according to the release. Quinn’s presentation will discuss how these methods can be implemented to address issues specific to the watersheds of Otsego County. Special emphasis will be placed on creative financing, local economic development and already common agricultural management practices.

Quinn is a restoration ecologist, landscape architect and manager of the Brooklyn office.

Michele Palmer, of Templeton Landscape Architecture & Planning, concludes the roundtable with “Green Infrastructure and Water Quality.”

Until recently considered an alternative practice, green infrastructure has moved to the forefront of storm water management strategies and, if incorporated into the planning process, can prevent impacts before they occur, the release stated. A green infrastructure planning process is now required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at the beginning of projects to reduce the impact of site development. Palmer will discuss the recommended strategies for new construction and suggest ways these strategies may also be used to retrofit previously developed sites in Otsego County.

Templeton Landscape Architecture & Planning is based in Cooperstown and provides landscape architectural design services. Palmer, an upstate New York native, has been a practicing landscape architect for more than 12 years. She formed Templeton Landscape Architecture & Planning in 2010 with partner Tom Breiten, the release stated.

This event is made possible by the Otsego County WQCC, which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions, the release stated. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

It is comprised of a group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations.

For more information, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html

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