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  • Water Science Institute Dam Removal Forum

    • MEDIA ADVISORY - For immediate release

    • Water Science Institute Dam Removal Forum Registration Now Open

    • The Water Science Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Dam Removal Forum to be held May 17, 2022, at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s Harrisburg Conference Center. 

    • Register HERE 

    • Full Agenda available HERE

    • Additional information is also available at  Due to the nature of the event, remote participation will not be possible, and registration is required. Refreshments and lunch will be served to attendees and presenters.  The proceedings of the Forum will be posted on-line at a later date.  

    • The Forum will bring together stakeholders engaged in removing, regulating, monitoring, and funding dam projects to discuss their professional responsibilities and promote a wider understanding of current dam practices, policies, and objectives.  The Forum’s primary focus is the role of Pennsylvania practitioners in dam removal and examine how the Commonwealth’s approach promotes local and Chesapeake Bay water quality goals.  To support these objectives, representatives of local, state, and national organizations will provide their expertise to develop sustainable, cost-effective removal strategies that promote multi-layered environmental benefits.

    • Presenters and participants will examine 5 interrelated areas: The State of Dam Removal Practice; Monitoring and Outcomes; Stakeholder Roundtable; Funding Sources and Incentives for Dam Removal, and Policy and Practice Next Steps that explore challenges and opportunities for successful dam removal projects. 

    • Participating organizations include American Rivers, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Franklin and Marshall College, Water Science Institute, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Pennsylvania National Resource Conservation Service and GreenVest, LLC.

    • The Dam Removal Forum is supported by funding to the Water Science Institute from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program and the cooperation of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

    • The Water Science Institute promotes innovative, sustainable, and science-based solutions in water conservation, restoration, and management through research and development projects grounded in the interrelationship of water and its surroundings.

    • For more information contact Joseph Sweeney, Executive Director - 


Lancaster County GIS Day - November 8th, 2019

  •  This year's theme was "GIS and Water Resources". WSI was selected as the keynote presentation for the event. 


Lancaster Clean Water Partners Data Summit: Field Tour - October 22nd, 2019

  •  WSI provided a field tour presentation to members of LCWP at Big Spring Run.


Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference - July 29th - 31st, 2019

  •  Members of the WSI team presented the results of ongoing research efforts. See the presentation here.


Wolman Club Meeting - May 31st & June 1st, 2019

  • WSI helped host the annual meeting at Franklin & Marshall College, where scientists from across the region gathered to share findings, collaborate on methodology, and visit sites in the area. Big Spring Run, a WSI-sponsored stream restoration project, was a key field site for the Meeting.  


AGU Annual Meeting - December 10th-14th, 2018

All-Bay Agriculture Network Forum - December 3rd-5th, 2018

  • Members of the WSI team participated in the forum hosted by National Fish and Wildlife Federation here in Lancaster. Alongside NGO, local, state, and federal partners, WSI will discuss collaborative strategies and opportunities for improving water quality here and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.​



Lancaster County Community Foundation: The Extraordinary Give - November 16th, 2018

  • Thanks to the generous support of 25 donors, WSI raised a total of $6,825.


Lancaster County Community Foundation: The Extraordinary Give  -November 17th 2017 (click here)


Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: 2017 Chesapeake Watershed Forum

  • WSI sat on the Restoration Science & Practice Track: Legacy Sediment Panel


Maryland Stream Exchange - November 15th, 2017 (click here to view presentations



Chesapeake Watershed Forum​ (Merritts & Walter Presentation) - November 4th, 2017



Legacy Sediment 2.0 Conference - August 23rd, 2017


Lancaster Water Week (June 3rd-10th, 2017)

  • Lancaster Online article by Joseph Sweeney (click here to view). WSI-sponsored restoration Big Spring Run was featured during Lancaster Water Week 2017 official video

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