PSU, Center for Environment & Squam Lakes Assoc. agree to continue watershed protection collaboration

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University and the Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) have agreed to continue a joint agreement to protect and improve the health of the Squam Lakes Watershed ecosystem. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and SLA President Peter Webster signed the agreement during a Wednesday ceremony. The objective is to facilitate and grow their joint capacity to engage in research, monitoring, education, and stewardship of the watershed.
"This agreement is important because as we try to protect Squam Lake, we need a great laboratory and it allows PSU students interested in the environment to actually apply their work for the purpose of protecting this jewel," Webster said.
CFE Director Joe Boyer said this agreement helps gives PSU students applied research experience while providing a valuable service to the people of the Lakes Region.
"Our relationship with communities in the Lakes Region is important because we all value the services provided by a healthy environment. Together we can point the way to a brighter future for the local environment, community, and economy" said Boyer.
Bathroome CFE and SLA have previously partnered on several research projects such as water quality, methods for reducing milfoil, a recreation study, and an analysis of land use regulations in the watershed towns. In addition, SLA has hired PSU students for summer field positions and often supports class field trips, providing invaluable hands on opportunities for PSU students.
Currently, PSU assistant professor Shannon Rogers is working on a study of the ecosystem services provided by the Squam watershed.
"These types of projects help both the SLA and CFE. Together we can increase our capacity and ability to serve the region," said June Hammond Rowan, associate director of CFE and 2nd vice president of SLA.