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Symposium Details

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm
Virtual delivery

Symposium Agenda

The Upper Neuse River Basin Association (UNRBA) collaborated with the UNC Institute for the Environment to provide the 2021 Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy and Research Symposium. The purpose of this year’s symposium was to inform stakeholders of recent research that has been funded by the NC Policy Collaboratory and UNRBA’s efforts to re-examine the Falls Nutrient Management Strategy.

More than 100 stakeholders from across the Falls Lake watershed and across various sectors convened virtually to receive updates from researchers from UNC, NC State, and East Carolina University, as well as the UNRBA.

Questions about the symposium can be directed to Grant Parkins, Watershed Education Coordinator with the UNC Institute for the Environment,

Symposium Presenter Videos

View full playlist on YouTube

Welcome & Nutrient Management Study Background
Mike Piehler

UNRBA’s re-examination of the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy
Forrest Westall

Session 1: Watershed Processes

Sand Filters and Silva Cells
Bill Hunt, Jeffrey Johnson, & Sarah Waickowski

Onsite wastewater a hidden source of nutrients to Falls Lake
Michael O’Driscoll, Charles Humphrey Jr., Guy Iverson, & John Hoben

Evaluating the importance of reservoirs as organic carbon sinks and their role in climate change
Brent McKee

Live Q&A Session | Typed Q&A can be viewed in the description box of the video
Bill Hunt, Michael O’Driscoll, & Brent McKee

Session 2: In-Lake Processes

In situ observational study of water circulation and physical properties in Falls Lake
Rick Luettich, Tony Whipple, Harvey Seim, & Ollie Gilchrest

Quantifying Sediment Nutrient Processing
Mike Piehler, Suzanne Thompson, & Chelsea Brown

Defining the balance between N2 fixation and denitrification
Nathan Hall & Hans Paerl

Cyanotoxin presence & year-round dynamics in Falls Lake
Astrid Schnetzer

Live Q&A Session
Rick Luettich, Mike Piehler, Nathan Hall, & Astrid Schnetzer

Session 3: Stakeholder Engagement, Financing, & Future Work

Community engagement for integrated watershed management
Danielle Spurlock

Paying for Nutrient Management in Falls Lake
Evan Kirk, Elsemarie Mullins, & Erin Riggs

Nutrient Modeling in Piedmont Reservoirs
Dan Obenour

UNRBA: Next steps for developing recommendations for a revised Management Strategy
Forrest Westall

Live Q&A Session | Typed Q&A can be viewed in the description box of the video
Danielle Spurlock, Evan Kirk, Dan Obenour, Forrest Westall