Merrimack River Watershed Council Hosts Annual Conference
Speakers Address PFAS Pollution, Microplastics
On Friday, January 31, The Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) will hold its fourth annual State of the Waters conference. This year’s theme is Next Generation Pollution: The Challenges and Solutions. Attendees will hear from experts on the topics of PFAS pollution, microplastics and climate change.
The scheduled speakers include Sen. Diana DiZoglio; Heather McMann, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence; Wendy Heiger-Bernays, clinical professor of environmental health at Boston University; Weile Yan, associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at UML; and Greg Coyle, staff engineer for the city of Lowell.
The conference coincides with increased awareness of the economic, recreational and cultural importance of the Merrimack River to our region. Amid the attention, the MRWC has become a vocal advocate for the preservation of the river watershed.
“Since March, we’ve seen a huge increase in our social media traffic,” says Dan Graovac, president of the MRWC board of directors. “Our donations went up. Our membership is up. Engagement is up.” Graovac attributes this growth partly to strong partnerships with local organizations, including waste water treatment plant operators, and partly to increased awareness brought on by the Voyagers kayaking trip.
The conference takes place at Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for MRWC members and $35 for non-members or late registrants. Find out more at Merrimack.org.
If you’re looking for other ways to support the efforts of the MRWC, the organization has partnered with Stop & Shop in North Andover. This January, when you purchase a reusable shopping bag at the 757 Turnpike Street location, $1 will be donated to the MRWC.
Come along on a 4-day journey down the Merrimack River with local leaders in ‘Course of the Merrimack’ from our Sept/Oct ’19 issue.