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CONVENTIONAL TO ORGANIC – Transforming Landscapes to Preserve Our Water

Forum Presented by Lake Agawam Conservancy (LAC)


ADVANCE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Walk-Ins Subject to Availability.

The teens are behind us; toxic local water bodies remain with us.  The twenties are our future.  Safe, healthy landscape practices need to be in our future which means transitioning from conventional landscape practices to toxin free property management.  This will require knowledge and an understanding of our impact on our own properties and clients’ properties.  This educational forum, hosted by the Lake Agawam Conservancy, will include presentations by local experts who have decades of hands on experience with creating beautiful healthy ecosystems on clients’ properties.  Topics will include a brief review of why our water system is vulnerable to contamination and sources of contamination, best toxin free practices – soil management, water use, plant selection, buffers at water’s edge, comprehensive overview of integrated pest management (IPM) practices throughout the year.  Lunch and an extensive Question and Answer session will be part of the 5 ½ hour program.  This event is free, but reservations are absolutely necessary.

DEC license applicator credits are available for this course. Please bring proper credentials.

Schedule for the Day:

10:00 AM: Welcome
– What is LAC- why it was formed, mission, goals: Meghan Nadosy Magyar
– Explanation of Today’s Program: Edwina von Gal


10:15-10:45 AM:
Groundwater and Surface water issues on Long Island, Kevin McDonald, The Nature Conservancy
– Local issues and influences- why the water system is vulnerable to contamination
– Aging septic systems, nutrient-rich and contaminated ground water
– Water quality monitoring and recent legislative strategies (Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP), Long Island Groundwater Monitoring Report, Suffolk County Comprehensive Groundwater Management Plan, etc.)

10:45-11:15 AM:
Landscape Solutions to the Watershed Crisis, Pat Nadosy, PhD
– Creation of healthy ecosystems based on toxin-free procedures
– Making soil management a priority
– Weeds as indicators of soil health and tools for their removal
– Using natives, pollinator and bird-friendly plants
– Creation of buffers next to water bodies

11:15 AM-1:00 PM:
A year in the life of an organic landscape, Tony Piazza, Paul Wagner
– A comprehensive overview of applied integrated pest management (IPM) practices throughout the year to maximize the cultural practices, biological, mechanical and plant resistance techniques of addressing common problems that lead to pesticide use
– Water conservation and mowing practices related to ‘weed and feed’ applications and how to change this dynamic
– Predicting disease activity to contain and reduce spreading
– Selection of trees and shrubs for the landscape that are drought tolerant and not susceptible to pest attack
– What changes to expect in the actual landscape when transitioning from pesticide and fertilizer dependency to organic methods with specific advice on business practices and landscape protocols

1:00-1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM: Q&A


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Saturday Feb 01 - Sunday Jun 21

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