Nemazie, D. A.. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, nemazie@ca.umces.edu
Wenzel, L. A.. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, lwenzel@dnr.state.md.us

 
MARYLAND'S TRIBUTARY STRATEGY PROGRAM: ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT TO REDUCE NUTRIENT LOADS INTO CHESAPEAKE BAY
 
As a signatory of the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, Maryland is committed to achieving a 40% reduction of 1985 nutrient levels in the Chesapeake Bay by the year 2000 and capping nutrient levels thereafter. In 1992, amendments were enacted to ensure that a tributary approach was taken to reduce nutrients from entering the Chesapeake Bay. State agencies and universities divided the state into ten geographic areas each with its own Tributary Strategy Team and meetings began in 1995. Each Team consists of stakeholders of varying technical backgrounds but who could influence nutrient reductions from point and non-point sources. Teams went through an informal training period, where they were briefed on eutrophication, groundwater dynamics, sediment nutrient history, and various BMPs. Teams have been advising local, state, and federal agencies as well as fellow stakeholders in the best local ways to focus nutrient reduction programs. Teams have played a coordinating role in bringing the various programs together. Recently, they have reviewed the draft Clean Water Action Plan and are charged with focusing funding priorities. Over the course of the last three years the impact of the Team on nutrient reductions are being assessed.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 09:00 - 09:15am
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS08WE0900S