Public forum on Mount Hope Bay project is March 26

The Mount Hope Bay Natural Laboratory project will be the topic of a public forum on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall River.

The Mount Hope Bay Natural Laboratory project will be the topic of a public forum on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall River. 

Dean Brian J. Rothschild of the UMass Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology and SMAST will give an overview of the project, answer questions, and invite discussion. The UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) and the UMass intercampus graduate school are sponsors of the forum. 

Co-sponsors of the forum are Senator Joan M.Menard, and local legislative members of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture: Rep. Patricia A. Haddad, Rep. Robert M. Koczera and Rep. Michael J. Rodrigues. 

SMAST is engaged in a five-year program to examine the Mount Hope Bay ecosystem. In the past thirty years this ecosystem has undergone many changes including a decline in winter flounder, and an increase in water temperature. The project seeks to determine whether these changes are the product of human activity, or whether they are a part of natural trends. The approach of the SMAST program is to produce a natural laboratory in Mount Hope Bay to model, and predict how both manmade and naturally occurring stresses produce changes in the Bay. Researchers keep the public informed on the status of the project through periodic public sessions. The March 26 forum is the second. 

For further information on the project, contact Professor Louis Goodman (508) 910-6375; for directions to the ATMC contact (508) 999-9121 or the website: www.umassd.edu/advtechctr/directions.html


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