Lake Hopatcong Foundation - Learning from fellow watershed partners

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| By Jess Murphy:On topics ranging from invasive species prevention to leveraging non-traditional partnerships for positive change, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation had the opportunity to learn from scientists, lobbyists, fellow nonprofits, and other experts at the 7th Annual Delaware River Watershed Forum on October 16 and 17 in Allentown, Penn.

Although it’s hard to summarize two full days of presentations, working groups, breakout sessions, and networking conversations, we can say that it was an event well worth our time. The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed does an excellent job of packing the schedule with useful and interesting topics, and a few of the takeaways included:

  • Ways to bring a diversity of perspectives to your organizational leadership.

  • Opportunities for nonprofit groups and local businesses to partner in innovative ways to protect watersheds.

  • How different organizations are fighting the battle against the spread of invasive species, and how pressing it is to advocate for a robust aquatic invasive species plan from Trenton.

  • Best practices for engaging and retaining volunteers.

  • Legislative updates on watershed matters, including laws around single-use plastics, stormwater management, and clean water funding.

Now, as always with these types of events, it’s up to us to take the information we learned and put it into practice for the betterment of our organization and Lake Hopatcong as a whole. We so appreciate the opportunity to learn, to celebrate the impressive work of our fellow organizations, and to meet new people who share our passion for a clean and healthy watershed. Already looking forward to next year’s Delaware River Watershed Forum in Philadelphia!

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