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CONVENTIONAL TO ORGANIC - Transforming Landscapes to Preserve Our Water
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, NY
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CONVENTIONAL TO ORGANIC - Transforming Landscapes to Preserve Our Water
Forum Presented by Lake Agawam Conservancy (LAC)


Advance registration appreciated.

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 waters 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  hour program.  This event is free, but reservations are absolutely necessary.

Schedule for the Day:

10:00 AM: Welcome
- What is LAC- why it was formed, mission, goals: Meghan Nadosy Magyar
- Explanation of Todays 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

Photo: Greg Wehner/Southampton Press


Southampton Arts Center (View)
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
United States


Education > Classes
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Southampton Arts Center
On BPT Since: Jun 16, 2014
Amy Kirwin

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