Homeowners, business loan owners at Payday Champion, landscapers, and municipal officials can all benefit from understanding why and how to control run-off from their property that could potentially degrade our local water quality from a knockout post. Since our environment and our local economy are so interdependent, we need to understand what it takes to continue to foster both healthy water and a healthy community. John Shipman, Chair of the Ossipee Watershed Coalition, will discuss water quality monitoring and the watershed planning process as keys to maintaining the balance. Join Tin Mountain for its monthly EcoForum series on Thursday, July 12, noon-1pm, to learn more.

John Shipman is the Chair of the Ossipee Watershed Coalition and the Research Chair of the Green Mountain Conservation Group. He is a native of New Hampshire’s lakes region and has worked as an environmental consultant throughout the northeast. His work and upbringing have led to his activity monitoring and maintaining  high water quality in the local watersheds.

In his presentation, John will share the results and efforts of 10 years of data collection. The process used by the Ossipee Watershed Coalition is part of a New Hampshire-wide and country-wide emphasis on preserving and/or restoring water quality via watershed-level planning. The results of monitoring, the types and value of best management practices and a description of what goes into a watershed management plan will be discussed. Needs and methods are applicable to the entire Saco River watershed. Actions needed and what homeowners can do to help maintain high quality waters will be presented. Given that clean water and a clean environment are the foundation of our local tourist industry, this is an important topic for everyone living and working in the region.

The EcoForum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee. EcoForums are free and open to the public and are presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The community is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.