Last weekend, from June 6-8th, the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) held its northeast regional conference in Kingston and Plymouth.  The conference (or “un-conference” as it was called) focused on local environmental issues related to water quality such as impacts from the Pilgrim Nuclear Station and habitat restoration at Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth. Participants – ranging from technologists, designers, social scientists and community organizers (from as far away as Oregon, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New York (and some of our own from Boston and western Mass.)– engaged in research and tool development around these issues. For example, the group worked on defining thermal plumes with temperature sensors, including a thermal fishing bob.

Here’s some links to more information and photos from the event:

Research note; about 1/2 way down, you will find info about Pilgrim. Historic maps, aerial photos, and some interesting research/tools about the thermal plume: http://publiclab.org/notes/eymund/06-10-2014/exploring-the-space-unseen-historic-resources-for-guiding-future-story-telling

Research note about the weekend: http://publiclab.org/notes/cfastie/06-11-2014/ne-barnraising-2014

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/capecodbaywatch/sets/72157644743356677/