January 16 Chatham Conservation Partnership Meeting: Unclog Our Rivers!

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Fishing in the flow on the Haw River near Bynum.

Fishing in the flow on the Haw River near Bynum. Photo by Joy Hewett.

Please join us for the next Chatham Conservation Partnership meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 9 a.m. til noon at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

Registration is not required but an RSVP helps us with meeting preparation. If you plan on attending please RSVP online. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

The theme of the meeting will be UNCLOG our RIVERS! Chatham County’s streams and rivers are facing old and emerging threats. Dams have long blocked passage for fishes swimming up and down stream; they’ve impacted aquatic and near-stream habitats, and they impact water quality for both humans and wildlife. Hydrilla, a non-native invasive species, was recently found in the Deep River. Hydrilla blocks our rivers, changes habitats, and leads to poorer water quality, and also spreads disease among wildlife. However, scientists working in Chatham County are leading the way on reducing these threats. At the January meeting we will learn about recent dam removal projects intended to restore habitat for our endangered Cape Fear Shiner. We’ll also learn about efforts to control hydrilla infestations. Please join us on Jan 16. From 9:00 – 12:00 at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center to hear about how Chatham is working to unclog our rivers.

The meeting will take place at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, 1192 US-64 W BUS, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m.
Rivers & Dams
Peter Raabe, Conservation Director, American Rivers (Rivers of Southern Appalachia & the Carolinas)

10:00 a.m.
Cape Fear Shiner Habitat Recovery: Removing Hoosier Dam
Emily Wells, Conservation Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

10:30 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.
Maintaining Ecological Flow Over Dams
Vann Stancil, Research Coordinator, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

11:15 a.m.
Hydrilla in Chatham County
Brena Jones, Central Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Research Coordinator, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

11:45 a.m.
Partner Updates

12:00 p.m.
Adjourn

CCP Steering Committee: Catherine Deininger, Brooke Massa, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.

For more information about the CCP, visit the CCP website or email info@chathamconservation.org