Magnien, R. E.. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, rmagnien@dnr.state.md.us
Boynton, W. E.. University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, boynton@cbl.umces.edu

 
THE MARRIAGE OF MONITORING AND RESEARCH IN SUPPORT OF CHESAPEAKE BAY MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
 
In 1983, the findings of a multi-year study of Chesapeake Bay included recommendations to establish a long-term monitoring program to support future management decisions. The design and implementation of this long-term program in 1984 created a marriage between government management agencies and academic researchers who were either directly involved or used these data to enhance research. One of the keys to making this relationship work was the establishment of scientific expertise within management agencies; this allowed for routine communication and collaboration on technical matters. The marriage has strengthened over the years as the mutual benefits of cooperation have become apparent and each party has become more knowledgeable of the other's points of view. The comprehensive information produced has been the basis for numerous management decisions, including N and P load reduction goals, identification and control of nutrient sources, establishment of habitat goals, and fisheries regulations. Monitoring and research data that provided compelling evidence for a number of these management decisions will be highlighted. As new challenges arise (e.g. Pfiesteria crisis of 1997), it is clear that the marriage is still working, allowing agency and academic efforts to provide technical assessments on shorter time frames than were possible 15 years ago.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 08:30 - 08:45am
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS08WE0830S