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July 29, 2014

Chesapeake Bay and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory field trip

On 16 July, the Integration and Application Network staff met in Solomons, Maryland for a three hour cruise aboard the R/V Rachel Carson followed by a tour of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The R/V Rachel Carson, skippered by Michael Hulme and crewed by Rob Nilsen, took us out to the center of the Bay for […]

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June 17, 2014

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

I attended the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting at the Maryland State House on 16 June 2014, followed by the press conference event for the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement on City Dock, Annapolis. Governor Martin O’Malley is the current chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council and served as the master […]

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May 23, 2014

2013 Chesapeake Bay report released

The 2013 Chesapeake Bay report card provides an important insight into how stormwater runoff affects the Bay. The contrast between the Upper Eastern Shore report card scores which are degrading over time versus the James River report card scores which are improving over time provides important insights. Both regions experienced intense rainfall in 2013, yet […]

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March 4, 2014

New Insights report: Converting geeky science into understandable stories

In collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program and US Geological Survey (USGS), we released a report entitled “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake“. The release was conducted at the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis on 25 February 2014 . We produced a 52 pp. full color report […]

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December 12, 2013

The Economics of the Ocean: Discussing the Baltic Sea and Chesapeake Bay at the House of Sweden

The Swedish embassy organized a two day conference, “The Economics of the Ocean“, which occurred at the House of Sweden, located at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Potomac River. The House of Sweden conference room was all windows, with superb views of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the Francis Scott Key bridge, Roosevelt Island, […]

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October 17, 2013

Take the baysurvey!: Learning about stewardship behaviors for Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Integration and Application Network has teamed up with Opinion Works LLC, an Annapolis based group of researchers interested in understanding behaviors related to environmental policies. This effort is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and is part of the effort by the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition of various watershed groups to effect better watershed […]

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August 6, 2013

Let’s Start By Talking About Ecosystem Services

We all have a stake in sustaining functional ecosystems When ecologists and economists began talking about ecosystem services in the 1990s it was to make a stronger argument for restoring and preserving natural systems. The idea that nature provides the life-support system of the planet, cleaning and recycling the air and water and providing us […]

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July 9, 2013

Do not go gently into that black abyss of Chesapeake Bay monitoring cuts

At the June Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting and at the Science and Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) meeting, we were presented with the scenarios of a $1.1-1.2 million dollar cut to the Chesapeake Bay monitoring program. This would be a nearly 25% reduction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for the […]

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July 3, 2013

Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods

On 27 June 2013, Caroline Wicks presented the STAR seminar in anticipation of the 2012 Chesapeake Bay report card release. The seminar was entitled ‘Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods‘. Please upgrade your browser In capturing the discussion following the seminar, I have converted the discussion into a series […]

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June 13, 2013

Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues

As part of the Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop (2-7 June 2013), I wrote “Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues”. Apologies to my colleague Howard Ernst, who wrote an excellent book “Chesapeake Bay Blues“, for adopting his book title into the song. This workshop was sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, with National […]

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