Webinar: Why we should remove the Watertown Dam

Webinar: Why we should remove the Watertown Dam


Thursday, 09/28/2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Did you know, each spring, thousands of migratory fish return to the Charles river to spawn in the lakes, ponds, and tributaries? Across Massachusetts, there is a growing movement to remove aging, defunct mill dams and restore free-flowing, climate-resilient rivers. There are numerous benefits and considerations to dam removal, including reinstating migratory fish passage, restoring the ecosystem, and protecting downstream communities from caastrophic flooding. Join us for a webinar talking about this  extraordinary migration and learn why we should remove the Watertown Dam to restore the ecosystem.

Speakers include Lisa Kumpf and Robert Kearns. Lisa is the River Science and Restoration Program Manager at Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), where she oversees the water quality monitoring programs. Her vision for the River Science program is to collect reliable water quality data that is both communicated clearly with the public and used to support CRWA’s advocacy goals. Lisa received her B.S. in Geology in 2013 from UMass Amherst, and conducted her graduate research at Boston College.

Robert serves as CRWA’s Climate Resilience Specialist and works with the team to implement Climate Resilience 101 virtual training sessions for local officials, helps manage the Charles River Climate Compact, and works to further the organization’s advocacy and community engagement goals. Prior to joining CRWA, Robert served as Youth Education and Community Engagement Coordinator with Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary through the Americorps program, TerraCorps. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he focused upon the intersection of the environment, policy, and law.

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