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Conference to highlight ecosystem-based management for Bay

  • By Karl Blankenship on March 01, 2009
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As part of the effort to promote better management of ecosystems like the Bay and increase communication, decision makers and the scientific community will convene March 22-25 in Baltimore for "Ecosystem-Based Management: The Chesapeake And Other Systems."

The conference will address a variety of issues, including:

  • Decisions involving the Bay are often complex and require multidisciplinary input made across agencies and departments. How could this less traditional governance be expanded in future watershed decisions to ensure that linkages recognizing air, land and water issues include all relevant governmental departments?
  • Considering Baywide nutrient and sediment load allocations now in place or those likely in future total maximum daily loads throughout the region, should local land use decisions only be made after consulting and forming an agreement with other counties or townships in that watershed?
  • How could the complexity understood by the scientific community for ecosystem response be incorporated in future governance in the region?
  • Does the understood complexity for ecosystem response foster the development of readily transferable technology within the scientific community to assist EBM decisions?
  • Could decision-making processes at local-state levels be sufficiently understood to ensure focused technology application for these decisions?

Conference sponsors include the Chesapeake Research Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office, Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, Chesapeake Bay Trust, The Keith Campbell Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Program, Maryland Sea Grant, Chesapeake Bay Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Office, and U.S. Geological Survey.

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