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Learn more about the issues affecting the current and potential health of the Chesapeake Bay. From microplastics to stormwater runoff to agricultural practices and land use, leading scientists, marine biologists, and conservation experts will share how various issues impact the health of the Bay. This discussion will help participants understand the importance of Bay restoration practices and the value of water quality science.
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Mariah Davis, Choose Clean Water Coalition
Since 2010 the Choose Clean Water Coalition has been harnessing the collective power of more than 250 groups to advocate for clean rivers and streams in all communities in the Chesapeake Bay region. By coordinating policy, messaging, action, and accountability, the Coalition is able to speak louder with one voice toward our collective goal – clean water. During this panel, Mariah Davis will present the Coalition’s approach to state and federal policy efforts to protect clean water in the face of a public health crisis.
Matt Robinson, DC Department of Energy and Environment
Over the past decade there has been an increasing focus on microplastic pollution in the environment and its impact on aquatic organisms. Matt will discuss microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay and it’s watershed, covering the state of the current knowledge, data gaps and next steps to reducing microplastic pollution, based on the 2019 Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee’s (STAC) technical report.
Jenna Mitchell, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Jenna will share the story of the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership and the importance of collaborating with the private sector to restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Alliance has multiple partnerships underway that connect the entire supply chain in activating local water quality goals, which the Alliance believes is the key to our success.
Jesse Iliff, Arundel Rivers Federation
Jesse will discuss the invaluable role citizens have played in researching the cumulative effectiveness of stormwater best management practices. With the help of citizen scientists, they have been able to broaden their research scope and collect data that ultimately informs the management of impaired stream systems.