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Marine Debris in our Waterways - Conference

SUNY Orange will be hosting a conference entitled "MARINE DEBRIS IN OUR WATERWAYS" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 in the OCTC Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus. The conference is sponsored by The Hudson Valley Regional Council

The conference will provide an overview of debris that is polluting our waterways and oceans. Plastics are of particular concern because of their ubiquity, persistence and impacts on the environment and human health. Attendees will learn about the concerns, challenges and solutions to reducing trash entering the Hudson River and our oceans. The event is geared towards water resources and materials management professionals, solid waste and recycling coordinators and local officials involved in managing municipal separate storm sewer systems. Presentations will be made by USEPA and NYSDEC officials, as well as researchers and educators. 

  • Aquatic Trash Pollution: Presenting the scope, and relating local watershed contributions to a global concern, Josh Kogan, PE, Environmental Engineer, Clean Water Division, USEPA Region 2
  • Microplastics: Sources and Impacts, Catie Tobin, Microplastics Researcher, Clean Ocean Action
  • Effects of Tributaries in the Transport of Microplastics in the Hudson Valley Watershed, Ian Krout, Student , Marist College School of Science
  • Riversweep Results, Sarah Womer, Director of Community Engagement and Jen Benson, Riverkeeper
  • Educating to Reduce the Marine Debris Epidemic, Maija Niemisto, Education Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • Land Use, Materials Management and Keeping Trash Out of Our Waterways
    • Connect the Drops, Litter Reduction Through Source Control and Public Engagement, Madison M. Quinn, Project Coordinator Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection
    • Floatable Control in NYC Watershed, Sara Lupson, Environmental Staff Analyst, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
    • Floatables and the MS-4 Permit, Natalie Browne, Environmental Program Specialist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Reducing Disposable Bag Pollution, Jordan Christensen, Program Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
    • Q + A Panel ALL SPEAKERS 3:00 to 3:30 PM

Lunch included with registration.

Funding provided through the Clean Water Act by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

To register: CLICK HERE or contact Rich at

Event date, time and location.

Kirsten Gabrielsen