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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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July 11, 2013

Awakening Environmental Passion

‘Awakening Environmental Passion’ refers to tapping the environmental passion created when people publicly say “I care about this place”. This caring about a place comes from the heart, and environmental passion can create the motivation to accomplish change (hands) and persist to face of adversity (head). These heart, hands and head aspects of awakening environmental […]

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April 24, 2013

The Conowingo Debate: The role of the dam in Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance hosted a debate in Cambridge, Maryland regarding the Conowingo Dam, which is the southernmost dam in the Susquehanna River, described in the IAN publication ‘Responding to major storm impacts: Ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays‘. The debate was held in the Dorchester Public Library on April […]

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April 19, 2013

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy report card launch

On April 13, I was a speaker at the report card launch of the Choptank and Miles-Wye Rivers, sponsored by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy in Easton, Maryland. The launch was held in the beautiful Talbot County Historical Society auditorium. Tim Junkin, the Executive Director of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, was the Master of Ceremonies. The event […]

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March 22, 2013

Change of science and management in ecosystems along size gradient

How does ecosystem size affect different environmental management actions? To some extent, a difference in the system scale means variety in the environmental status, research directions, public attention, and management efforts. Therefore, the way of approaching certain management objectives varies based on different size scales. In this blog, we compare five cases along an increasing […]

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January 2, 2013

International RiverFoundation remarks

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to share these stories of people on convergent journeys, journeys like the one you are on with the Willamette River. The International RiverFoundation (IRF) promotes river restoration, protection and sustainable management of rivers and watersheds. Our vision is a world in which the rivers […]

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December 20, 2012

Willamette Through Film festival

I attended the biennial Within Our Reach conference, held on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. The conference kicked off with a film night, “Willamette Through Film“. Three short films were shown in a chronological sequence. The first film from 1939 was sponsored by the Isaac Walton League. They didn’t have enough money […]

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December 18, 2012

Within Our Reach conference

The ‘Within Our Reach‘ conference held in Corvallis, Oregon and focused on the Willamette River, did several things extremely well. One thing was the ‘book ending’ of the science and technical aspects with more socially relevant aspects; the film night at the beginning and the poetic reflections of Kathleen Dean Moore at the end. Kathleen […]

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March 28, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 12 – Questions From the Seminar

QUESTION: Hi, Adam from the Department of Environment. Thanks for the presentation. One of the key messages I got which was really cool was that you think that it’s important to synthesize as you go through the research. I want to know the challenges in terms of synthesizing and sharing knowledge and data before publishing. […]

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March 26, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 11 – Conclusion

One of the things I would like to leave this conference with is some ideas about how we can collaborate between Chesapeake Bay and Australia. Let’s figure out how we can collaborate and work together.  I’ll give you an example that I’ve thought up with some other folks at the University of Queensland. We can […]

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