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Announcements and Conferences, and Archived events


Maryland's 2016 Integrated Report Data Solicitation!

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is currently compiling data for Maryland's 2016 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR). Data submitted under this request may be used to assess the water quality of Maryland’s surface waters for regulatory purposes, including making impairment determinations and for Total Maximum Daily Loads development. If your group collected water quality data in Maryland within the past five-year period (2010-2014), please consider responding to this request. Please send any ambient data or information to Matthew Stover at or to the following address:

Matthew Stover
Maryland Dept. of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230

Electronic data is preferred. Department staff may need to contact you directly regarding this request. Data submitted by July 31st, 2015 will be considered for the 2016 IR. Data submitted after this date may be included in the 2016 IR or may be used for the 2018 IR, depending on the volume of data received and other time constraints. For additional details on submitting data, please visit, or contact Matthew Stover directly (410-537-3611).


MSRA Trivia Night

The Maryland Stream Restoration Association is proud to announce the first ever MSRA Stream Trivia Night Social Event. You are invited to compete in teams for substantial pride, infinite glory, and other inspiring prizes. Trivia questions will focus on stream restoration topics, ranging from geology, morphology, geomorphology, biology, and all of the other –ologies (plus maybe some chemistry for bonus points). Bone up on your Chesapeake Bay Watershed facts and prepare to chow down on some free appetizers (cash bar), while testing the limits of your knowledge on all things fluvial. Hope to see you there!

Location: Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina Cubana
1325 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Cost: Free! Appetizers provided, Cash bar

Register through eventbrite:


South River 24-hour BioBlitz

The South River Federation (SRF) is hosting their first BioBlitz Festival in the Church Creek Watershed in Annapolis, MD from September 11th to 12th, 2015. A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, fish, insects, and other organisms as possible in a given area.

To participate, please read more and follow instructions found here.


Monitoring for Climate Change in Maryland’s Non-Tidal Streams
A Workshop Sponsored by the Maryland Water-Monitoring Council
USFWS National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD
27 January 2015

The Maryland Water-Monitoring Council (MWMC) provides a forum for communication among agencies that collect water data in Maryland. The Council serves to document and enhance monitoring activities and supports watershed-based strategies that are developed by multiple agencies and based on high-quality data. In 2009, the MWMC sponsored a workshop to design and implement a monitoring network that includes documentation of the effects of climate change in Maryland streams. Climate change is now a broadly accepted phenomenon, and the strategy for Maryland’s freshwater stream ecosystems is to monitor changing stressors and to enhance adaptations where possible. Non-tidal streams and headwaters are important ecosystems for many organisms, and timing for ephemeral streams and vernal pools is intimately tied to aquatic life cycles. The Monitoring and Assessment Committee of the MWMC sponsored a second workshop to focus monitoring efforts in Maryland on adaptation and mitigation for non-tidal streams in a changing climate.

The Goals of this Workshop were:
1. Explore issues of climate change for non-tidal streams in Maryland.
2. Information sharing among agencies that collect data on non-tidal streams in Maryland, with focus on monitoring strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
3. Build on the results of the 10/10/2009 MWMC workshop: Planning for the Future: Designing and Implementing a Climate Change Monitoring Network in Maryland’s Nontidal Waters.

Updated Workshop Agenda and Abstracts

Workshop Synopsis and Recommendations

Workshop Products
- Web-based summary of information presented at the workshop with copies of presentations.
- Recommendations to State and local agencies and legislators for monitoring needs related to protecting and adapting non-tidal streams to climate change in Maryland.

For additional information, please contact Cherie Miller, U.S. Geological Survey,



Restoration Research Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce a request for proposals for its Restoration Research Grant Program. The goal of this grant program is to answer several key restoration questions. It is the hope of the funding partners that answering these questions will ultimately lead to increased confidence in proposed restoration project outcomes, clarification of the optimal site conditions in which to apply particular restoration techniques, information useful to regulatory agencies in project permitting, and information that will help guide monitoring programs. While research is needed in the realm of many different restoration practices, this year’s opportunity dedicated to key restoration research questions that focus on stream practices, as opposed to traditional stormwater management in the upland or other restoration practices.

Deadline: March 19, 2015 at 5pm

See our webpage for more details and to start an application: 
For questions contact Grant Manager: Sadie Drescher, 410-974-2941, ext. 103

Please let your friends and colleagues know about this new program!


New USGS Report on Mercury in the Nation’s Streams—Levels, Trends, and Implications

A new USGS report summarizes findings from studies focused on the sources, occurrence, trends and bioaccumulation of mercury in stream ecosystems across the United States. It highlights the importance of environmental processes, monitoring, and control strategies for understanding and reducing stream mercury levels.


Mercury is a pervasive contaminant of streams and lakes, and has resulted in fish consumption advisories in all 50 States. Mercury can travel long distances in the atmosphere and be deposited in watersheds, thus contaminating fish even in areas with no obvious source of mercury pollution. Understanding the source of mercury, and how mercury is transported and transformed within stream ecosystems, can help water resource managers identify which watersheds are most vulnerable to mercury contamination.


For more information:

Report           Technical Announcement 

Please contact Mark Brigham, 783-3274, if you have questions regarding this report.


New USGS Study Summarizes 20 year Occurrence and Trends of Pesticides in U.S. Streams and Rivers

Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the Nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011).  In contrast, pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks.

Over half a billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S. to increase crop production and reduce insect-borne disease, but some of these pesticides are occurring at concentrations that pose a concern for aquatic life.

The proportion of streams with one or more pesticides that exceeded an aquatic-life benchmark was similar between the two decades for streams and rivers draining agricultural and mixed-land use areas, but much greater during the 2002-2011 for streams draining urban areas. Fipronil, an insecticide that disrupts the central nervous system of insects, was the pesticide most frequently found at levels of potential concern for aquatic organisms in urban streams during 2002-2011. Fipronil registration and subsequent use in the U.S. began during the late 1990s and it was used as an alternative to organophosphate insecticides for residential and commercial applications during the early-2000s.

Since 1992, there have been widespread trends in concentrations of individual pesticides, some down and some up, mainly driven by shifts in pesticide use due to regulatory changes, market forces, and introduction of new pesticides.

Access the article and additional information including data, reports, and maps of pesticide status, trends, and use at


Stream-Link Education's New Website!

Stream-Link Education, Frederick County, Maryland's most effective stream restoration organization, is excited to announce its new website! Take a look at our past work, as well as how to get involved in our upcoming projects. We are always looking for new volunteers and new sites for tree plantings. We have riparian buffer zone projects down to science, and we include corresponding lessons and curriculum in order to foster an understanding of local environmental stewardship.
Here is the link to our website: 

And check out our Facebook page: 


Seventh Annual MWMC Roundtable

Forty-seven people attended the 7th Annual Maryland Streams Roundtable that was held at the USGS Water Science Center on February 27, 2014. Find out more on our new Roundtable page, including the agenda, presentations, and map.


Online release of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's 8th edition of "National Water Monitoring News"

To our Water Monitoring Colleagues around the Nation:

As Co-Chairs of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (or "Council"), we are pleased to release the eighth edition of our online newsletter National Water Monitoring News

This newsletter provides a forum of communication among water practitioners across the Nation. In support of the national Council’s mission, this newsletter is geared to foster partnerships and collaboration; advance water science; improve monitoring strategies; and enhance data integration, comparability, and reporting.

This edition highlights many events, activities, and new products and we hope the information is useful for your water needs. Among the topics included:

Updates on the Council’s 9th National Monitoring Conference (April 28th – May 2nd, 2014)

Council Resource – Release of NEMI 4.0 (National Environmental Methods Index)

New Tools and Technology:

  • USGS Techniques and Methods Report on the Use of Optical Nitrate Sensor 
  • Molecular Sequence Data for Diatoms of the US 
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Development to Estimate Lake Chlorophyll Concentrations
  • U.S. EPA’s Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) 
Updates on monitoring including:
  • U.S. EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys
  • Midwest Stream Quality Assessment
  • BLM and EPA Collaboration to Conduct Stream and River Surveys on Public Lands 
Spotlight on State programs from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Florida
The Volunteer Bacteria Monitoring Collaborative in the Connecticut River Watershed
New National Tribal Water Council Website as a Water Monitoring Resource for Tribes and Tribal Consortia
Gravel Augmentation Project to Bring Salmon Back to Deer Creek

Many thanks to the editorial board: Cathy Tate, Dan Sullivan, Wendy Norton, Alice Mayio, and John Hummer; Kim Martz for the layout, and to all contributors nationwide.

On behalf of the entire Council, we hope you enjoy this newsletter and we encourage your feedback and input in future editions!

Respectfully yours,

Mike Yurewicz, USGS Co-Chair and Susan Holdsworth, EPA Co-Chair

To learn more about the National Water Quality Monitoring Council please visit:



The 9th National Monitoring Conference: Working Together for Clean Water

The 9th National Monitoring Conference: Working Together for Clean Water will be held in Cincinnati, OH on April 28-May 2, 2014. The Call for Abstracts is out: abstracts are due September 20, 2014. See or the conference web site for more information.


AMAAB - Call for Papers

2014 Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists Workshop
Cacapon State Park; Berkeley Springs, WV
March 27-28, 2014

The upcoming meeting and workshop of the Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists (AMAAB) will be held at the Cacapon Resort near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on March 27-28, 2014.

We are currently seeking presentations and posters. What aquatic biology and water quality news do you have to share from your state since our last year’s meeting? Come and share.

Be sure to check the AMAAB website ( for more information on the 2014 meeting, including the “Call for Papers” form. We are still lining up and confirming this year’s Workshops, so stay tuned to that website tab for those developments. If you have any difficulties opening the documents on the website, please contact me.

The participation of the AMAAB members is what makes this meeting so successful.

On behalf of the AMAAB Board, we are looking forward to seeing you this spring!

Michael Kashiwagi
2014 AMAAB President

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment
580 Taylor Ave, C-2
Annapolis, MD 21401


Call for Presentations - 2014 MD Land Conservation Conference

April 3-4, 2014,
The Claggett Center,
Adamstown, MD

Request for Proposals

The Maryland Environmental Trust invites you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference. This year’s conference is a two-day event that will take place April 3-4, 2014 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown (Frederick County), MD. This annual conference is the only state-wide land conservation conference and training workshop of its kind in Maryland.

If you’re a knowledgeable member of the land conservation community, have a unique experience you’d like to share, or have an innovative solution to a current conservation challenge that you think will be helpful to other land trusts, submit a proposal to join us as a presenter.

Past workshops and session themes include: capacity building; agriculture and working lands; stewardship; finance and fundraising; large landscape conservation; partnership opportunities; advocacy; policy and other conservation fields. The deadline for proposals is Monday, December 16, 2013.

This is also a perfect opportunity to exhibit your organization or materials on land conservation, environmental fields or educational resources. For more information about exhibiting, please contact Michelle Grafton at

Questions? Contact Land Trust Assistance Coordinator, Michelle Grafton at or (410) 533-4627.


Vernal Pool Workshop on April 7 in Springfield, MA

Please join the North Atlantic Vernal Pool Data Cooperative at the 2014 Northeast Natural History Conference for a

Vernal Pool Mapping and Conservation Workshop

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 (the conference continues through Wednesday, April 9)

Location: Sheraton Springfield Hotel, Springfield, MA

Time: Noon to 5:30 pm (includes lunch)

Who should attend: This session will be of interest to vernal pool specialists, wildlife and wetland management professionals, research scientists, and field biologists working for state and federal agencies, universities, environmental consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations.

Registration: fee and registration information will be circulated soon

Conference website

Related sessions: The conference program includes scientific sessions on Amphibian Conservation, Amphibian Ecology, Freshwater Ecology and Biomonitoring, and Turtle Research and Conservation

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce the North Atlantic Vernal Pool Data Cooperative (VPDC) and provide a forum for participation in its development. The objectives of the VPDC are to:

1)     compile a comprehensive GIS database of currently mapped vernal pool locations in the North Atlantic region, including potential and verified pools;

2)     compile and describe the various mapping and verification approaches currently being employed in the region;

3)     develop a remote sensing method using LiDAR to efficiently identify potential vernal pool locations; and

4)     prioritize areas for future mapping based on likely density of vernal pools or density of high-quality vernal pools.

Panel presentations and discussions will focus on the details of this approach as well as the scientific and conservation applications of a regionally coordinated vernal pool database. Small groups will then break out to review and refine: data and metadata standards, information access and visualization procedures, and geospatial modeling and field verification methods. Participants will also be invited to share basic information about vernal pool datasets with which they are familiar.

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is coordinating the Vernal Pool Data Cooperative with funds from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC). The project’s advisors and collaborators include representatives from: Clemson University, High Branch Conservation Services, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NatureServe, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Paul Smith’s College, the University of Maine, and the University of Vermont.

For more information: Contact workshop organizers Steve Faccio and Dan Lambert ( ;

Thank you for your interest in this important meeting.


Society for Ecological Restoration--Mid-Atlantic
9th annual conference
March 20-22
Temple University's Ambler Campus

The Society for Ecological Restoration Mid-Atlantic Chapter's 2014 conference, “Ecological Restoration: How Well Does It Work?," is upcoming: March 20th-22nd at Temple University's Ambler Campus in Pennsylvania.

Early Bird registration rates end on March 7th.  You can find information about the conference and the link to register here: 

The SER Mid-Atlantic Chapter Board is still seeking abstract submissions for poster presentations.  Details are outlined in the Call for Posters.  We'll be implementing our first poster judging contest with monetary awards.  Please submit poster abstracts by March 14th.  

 Student discounts and sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Informational Public Meeting Announcement:
Maryland’s Draft 2014 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality

The Federal Clean Water Act requires that States assess the quality of their waters every two years and publish a list of waters not meeting the water quality standards set for them. This list of impaired waters is included in the State’s biennial Integrated Report (IR) of Surface Water Quality. Waters identified in Category 5 of the IR are impaired and may require the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is announcing the availability of the Draft 2014 IR for public review and comment. The public review period will run from August 8 to September 24, 2014. The Draft IR is being posted on MDE’s website at Hard copies of the Draft IR may be requested by calling Mr. Matthew Stover at (410) 537-3611. Please note that the Department charges a fee to cover printing and shipping costs.

The Department is hosting an informational public meeting and conference call in Baltimore at 6pm on September 8, 2014. Any hearing impaired person may request an interpreter to be present at the meeting by giving five (5) working days notice to Matthew Stover at or by calling (410) 537- 3611. Anyone wanting to participate in this meeting via conference call should also contact Matthew Stover, in advance, for instructions. Given enough interest, the Department may schedule additional meetings. Comments or questions may be directed in writing to Mr. Matthew Stover, MDE, Science Services Administration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230, emailed to, or faxed to the attention of Mr. Matthew Stover at 410-537-3873 on or before September 24, 2014. After addressing all comments received during the public review period, a final IR will be prepared and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

Public Meeting Announcement
Date: September 8, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: MDE Headquarters
Lobby Conference Rooms (to the left after entering the front door)
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore MD, 21230
Parking: Red Lot, Front (south) of building


Did I Hear That Right?

Successful Communication Strategies to Gain Support and Modify Behavior.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chesapeake Water Environment Association’s
Collection Systems Committee
Stormwater Committee
present a joint seminar on effective communication

Educating and involving stakeholders is not only a requirement of NPDES permits; it just makes sense! In order to successfully design and implement sustainable water, wastewater and stormwater projects, implementing agencies need support from internal and external stakeholders including: staff, other agencies, elected officials, civil society, NGOs, and the public at large. However, knowing how to effectively reach these groups, gain their support, and encourage changes in behavior requires specialized knowledge and tools to meet goals. This symposium will provide both "how to" basics and tools available to develop effective communication strategies as well as successful case study examples. We will also have a "film festival" of award winning public outreach videos to increase awareness and modify behavior to inspire you.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keynote Address: Christopher Augsberger, Chief, Corporate Communications Office, USACE-Baltimore
  • Beth Rudy, Senior Consultant, Insight Management Consulting
  • Jessica Nusbaum, Individual Assistance Officer, Maryland Environmental Management Agency
  • Katrina Jones, Outreach Coordinator for Harbor Development, Maryland Port Administration
  • Donald Dorsey, Montgomery County DEP
  • Kacey Wetzel, Sr. Program Manager Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • William Elledge, DC Water

Register Here

Registration Questions
Contact: Cheryl Paulin
Email: (preferred)
Tel: 717-630-0303

MITAGS Conference Center
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090
United States

Early Bird Registration Fees:

Members $65.00
Non-Members $75.00

Registration After October 8th:

Members $80.00
Non-Members $90.00

Exhibitor Spaces are available for $325.00 - Reserve Yours Now!

Sponsorships are available for $50.00

Questions for Exhibitors & Sponsors only:
Dave Briglio 
CWEA Stormwater Committee
Phone:  410-584-7000 x 5231

General Questions:  
Joan Fernandez
CWEA Collections Systems Committee Chair
Phone:  301-479-1251

Operators:  An application has been submitted to obtain contact hours. Course No. 5560-14-09 is pending approval. 
Maryland PEs: The number of available PDHs is being determined.


Ask the tough questions.

• Can the money that’s been spent on bay and river restoration deliver fishable, swimmable waters in the face of a human population, 17 million strong and growing, that consumes ever more land, energy, and resources?
• Can there be frank talks about the real costs of growth among policymakers?
• Are there models for thriving communities that do not rely on continuously increasing levels of consumption? Why is it so difficult to discuss them?
• Is it possible to transition to a lower-impact, steady-state economic system over time?

Drive the conversation forward.

This conference starts the conversation by bringing together some of the best thinkers on economic and population policies that could achieve a healthy balance of life in the Chesapeake Bay region. Hear critical presentations, join open discussions, and explore new curricula and planning options for addressing future regional populations.

Join us! Registration is OPEN NOW.

The two-day conference is $100 ($25 for students). Visit for on-line registration, updates on conference details, and links to background reading.


NOAA Cooperative Lab's Coastal Ecosystem Assessment Program Report

Thursday, October 3rd, 9:30 - 3:30, Pearlstone Conference Center, Reisterstown, MD

Understanding the link between or human influences and water and habitat quality in aquatic ecosystems is imperative for natural resource managers. However, little is known about these impacts on a large ecosystem scale. From 2007-2012, the NOAA Cooperative Oxford Laboratory conducted an ecosystem assessment of three small Chesapeake Bay watersheds with divergent land use characteristics (agricultural, developed, and mixed) to evaluate human-induced impacts and to determine the links between land-use and aquatic ecosystem health. The goal of this project was to provide management entities with information needed to inform local decision-making processes and establish benchmarks for future restoration efforts by integrating a biotic component (fish, crabs, oysters, etc.) with water quality, sediment indices, and land-use information to provide a holistic view of ecosystem health. Methods for this project are detailed in the document entitled, “National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Coastal Ecosystem Assessment Program: A Manual of Methods.” For more information, contact Julianna Brush at


Watershed Development & Forests: How Much Is Too Much, Too Little?

The latest article published by CEDS News at:

The article addresses the following topics geared to volunteer and professional watershed advocates…

  • How Much Development Is Too Much;
  • Exposed Soil = Pollution;
  • Conventional Stormwater Management Doesn't Mimic Forest;
  • How Much Forest Is Enough?;
  • Low-Impact Development & Environmental Site Design As A Panacea?;
  • Until LID/ESD Are Proven, Think Land Use Limits To Preserve Sensitive Waters;
  • Master Plans, Zoning & Impervious Area; and
  • How You Can Help Hasten the Day When LID/ESD Becomes Reliable


Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project

Thursday, October 3rd, 9:30 - 3:30, Pearlstone Conference Center, Reisterstown, MD

Our Seventh Annual Meeting will bring together Project stakeholders and many others committed to restoring and protecting the Bay watershed. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Vicki Blazer, fish pathologist at the USGS National Fish Health Research Laboratory
  • Maryland State Sen Roger Manno and Del Stephen Lafferty, co-sponsors of the Pesticides Reporting & Information Act.
  • Greg Allen, environmental scientist, US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program.
  • A speaker on bee colony collapse disorder and neonicotinoid pesticide impacts on the Bay will be announced soon.
We will share cutting-edge research, monitoring data and policy trends on pesticides and endocrine disruptors, discuss initiatives of the Project’s working groups, and collaborate on the direction of the Project. Registration will be free and an organic lunch and snacks will be served. Please look soon for our e-invitation and updates. Thanks!


University of Maryland University College Career Day 2013

Career Trends in Environment and Sustainability

For planning purposes, please respond back with an expression of interest by August 15, 2013.

The UMUC Environment Program Graduate and Undergraduate Schools have joined forces with The Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals (MAREP) and are planning a Career Day 2013 at the University of Maryland Shady Grove Campus Conference Center on Tuesday, October 22 from 8 AM to 5 PM. This event will include presentations and panel discussions from corporate and government experts on trends and career opportunities in the environment and sustainability. Extensive time will be available for participants to network and for students and job seekers to meet potential employers.

UMUC offers a broad range of cutting-edge classes and has earned a global reputation for excellence as a comprehensive virtual university and for focusing on the unique educational and professional development needs of adult students.

The Purpose

The purpose is to bring together members of sectors of the economy with a stake in the environment and sustainability. Most elected officials at the federal, state, county, city or local levels as well as industry support job creation and education for a more competitive America. Many also support Green Technology as an important sector for new business development. Students enroll at UMUC to secure a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in environmental management primarily to secure a position in this field, job advancement, or to start a new career.

The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management that includes management of air, land, and water; pollution control; policies; regulations; and environmental health and safety. Students are prepared for careers in the fields of public safety, occupational health, pollution remediation, hazard control, risk management, risk assessment, and environmental health policy and regulation. In all cases, the career is central to the students thinking. Since 65% of our students live in MD, DC, VA or DE, we are organizing this regional career day to benefit both students and potential employers.


This full-day event will provide a cost-effective, locally-based opportunity for students and other job seekers to learn about career trends, and network with government and business leaders in this economically vital Region. It will also allow UMUC administration and faculty to interact with their stakeholders to learn about their needs and to help shape the development of pertinent curriculum.

Career Day Agenda

The event will be organized as follows:

  • Introductory and lunch speeches from leaders in the region.
  • Two panels on 1.) Current Opportunities and 2.) Future Trends In Careers In Environment and Sustainability
  • Morning and afternoon networking opportunities with exhibitors and employers
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served


Prospective attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers are:

  • UMUC plus other local undergraduate and graduate students
  • UMUC administration and faculty
  • MAREP member and other corporate organizations
  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Elected officials
  • Job seekers

The event will be FREE for students, and a reduced fee for job seekers.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

UMUC and MAREP are looking for sponsors to help cover some of the costs (facilities rental, food and beverage, material, etc.). All donations are tax deductible. Sponsors' name and logo will appear on the program and will be part of the panel discussions.

Diamond ($2500), Platinum ($1500), and Gold ($1000) sponsorship levels are available, with commensurate benefits dependent on the level.

Exhibitors ($250) will be provided booth space in the Exhibit Hall.

Contact Information

To express an interest in sponsoring, exhibiting, or attending this career event or for more information, please contact:

Robert P. Ouellette, Professor and Program Director


Jack Mulrooney, President MAREP


6th MWMC Streams Roundtable

MWMC sponsored the Sixth Annual Stream Monitoring Roundtable on May 2 at the USGS Water Science Center near Catonsville. Twenty five people from agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations attended the event. An agenda can be found HERE. Click on the blue highlighted titles for Power Point presentations. An online statewide map depicting 2013 sampling points will be available shortly. Click HERE for a few photos from the event. Check back to this page for updates.


Water Words That Work Workshop

On April 24, Eric Eckl, owner of Water Words That Work, gave a VERY successful workshop on effective communication of environmental information. About 70 folks attended from agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting firms and educational institutions. The event was held at the USGS’ Water Science Center near Catonsville. For more information about Water Words That Work, go to Click HERE for a few photos from the event.


Online release of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's 7th edition of "National Water Monitoring News"

To our Water Monitoring Colleagues around the Nation:

As Co-Chairs of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (or "Council"), we are pleased to release the seventh edition of our online newsletter National Water Monitoring News:

This newsletter provides a forum of communication among water practitioners across the Nation. In support of the national Council’s mission, this newsletter is geared to foster partnerships and collaboration; advance water science; improve monitoring strategies; and enhance data integration, comparability, and reporting.

This edition highlights many events, activities, and new products and we hope the information is useful for your water needs. Among the topics included:

Council Resource – Webinars on the Water Quality Portal New Tools and Technology:

  • An Inside Look at PhyloChips
  • Enhancements to EPA’s STORET Data Warehouse
  • A Decision Support Tool to help Farmers Protect Water Quality in Wisconsin
Updates on monitoring including:
  • U.S. EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys
  • U.S. Forest Service’s NorWest Stream Temperature Database & Model
  • Muskegon Lake Monitoring
Spotlight on State programs from Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota and California

Volunteers piloting the Charles River App for monitoring the Charles River near Boston

Updates on the National Monitoring Network including:
  • Puget Sound’s study as part of the National Monitoring Network for U.S. Coastal Waters and Their Tributaries
Many thanks to the editorial board: Cathy Tate, Dan Sullivan, Wendy Norton, Alice Mayio, and John Hummer; Kim Martz for the layout, and to all contributors nationwide.

On behalf of the entire Council, we hope you enjoy this newsletter and we encourage your feedback and input in future editions!

Respectfully yours,

Mike Yurewicz, USGS Co-Chair and Susan Holdsworth, EPA Co-Chair

To learn more about the National Water Quality Monitoring Council please visit:

Maryland Watershed Organization Survey

The MWMC’s Citizen Science and Community Outreach Committee wishes to update information about Maryland watershed organizations so the Council can service you better.

If you represent such an organization, you can help us by filling out a short survey that can be found at this link. The survey is only 13 questions and should only take a few minutes. We will use this information to better tailor our goals to fit your needs.

Thanks for your time and consideration!

Report Available: Methane in Well-water

The Maryland Geological Survey has completed our report on well-water methane in the Appalachian Plateau in western Maryland. The report is available for download at the MGS website:

MD StreamStats is now available state-wide

I am pleased to let you know that Maryland StreamStats is now available to the public on a state-wide basis. A new introductory page for the site is at Please bookmark this page for future use. Below the Interactive Map link on the introductory page, be sure to read the notes that describe the limitations in the availability of estimates of low-flow frequency statistics and water-use summaries, and also how to view and get information for sites included in the Maryland Biological Stream Survey.

Previously, Maryland StreamStats included several tools that use stream-network navigation, such as the Raindrop Trace and the Estimate Flows Based on Similar Streamgaging Stations tools. Those tools currently are not available with this new site. We expect to have them working by early November, when the ability to search the NHDPlus stream network for point discharges included in the EPA's NPDES system will be added.

Although many people have contributed to making StreamStats available throughout Maryland, I would especially like to express my appreciation to Pete Steeves, Glenn Moglen, Will Thomas, and Mark Nardi. I hope that you find the new version of StreamStats useful. Please let me know if you have any questions or find any problems with it.

Kernell Ries
National StreamStats Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey
MD-DE-DC Water Science Center
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228
phone: (443) 498-5617 (normally M, W)
(410) 569-3876 (normally Tu, Thu & Fri)
fax: (443) 498-5510


SRBC recently announced its first-ever Susquehanna Water Science Forum - From Science to Sustainable Water Resources Management. It will be on October 7-8, 2013 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The Forum will bring together water resource professionals and researchers to share current water resource research, prioritize research needs, and better coordinate the exchange of water resource information within the Susquehanna basin.

To ensure we receive a diversity of abstracts in response to the four management questions to be addressed at the Forum, SRBC is reaching out to your organization and to other water resource-related organizations. We ask that you pass along this announcement to your membership and encourage your members to consider submitting abstracts for presentations. For your convenience, below is a template message you can simply forward to your members. It contains all the important links they will need. We strongly believe the Forum will be informative, productive and rewarding to your membership and to all those who attend. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to your members participating in the Susquehanna Water Science Forum.

WHAT: 2013 Susquehanna Water Science Forum

WHEN: October 7-8, 2013

WHERE: Camp Hill, PA, Radisson Hotel Harrisburg

HOST: Susquehanna River Basin Commission


Steering Committee

Call for Abstracts (Deadline is June 1, 2013)

Student Poster Session

Plenary and Concurrent Sessions, Keynote Speakers, Exhibits

Professional Credits for Professional Engineers and Geologists

Registration and Exhibit Fees (Registration will open July 1, 2013)

Contact: Jim Richenderfer, Ph.D., SRBC, (717) 238-0423, Ext. 22


Maryland's 2014 Integrated Report Data Solicitation!

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is currently compiling data for Maryland's 2014 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR). Data submitted under this request may be used to assess the water quality of Maryland’s surface waters for regulatory purposes, including making impairment determinations and for Total Maximum Daily Loads development. If your group collected water quality data in Maryland within the past five-year period (2008-2012), please consider responding to this request. Please send any ambient data or information to Matthew Stover at or to the following address:

Matthew Stover
Maryland Dept. of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230

Department staff may need to contact you directly regarding this request. Data submitted by April 30th, 2013 will be considered for the 2014 IR. Data submitted after this date may be included or may be used for the 2016 IR, depending on the volume of data received and other time constraints. For additional details on submitting data, please visit, or contact Matthew Stover directly (410-537-3611).

The National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium

Friday, April 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C.

The National Capital Region (NCR), encompassing the District of Columbia, and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, has unique and challenging opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructures. The region is the gateway to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S; provides water for six million people; but also hosts many agencies which consider water resources at a national or international scale. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally.

Volunteers Needed
We need your help! Volunteers are needed for planning and running this event. We need your ideas for sessions, speakers, reviewing abstracts, moderating sessions, and many other tasks. Please contact Tamim Younos at if you would like to help.

Symposium Registration
Online registration will open on January 7, 2013 and close on March 21. All attendees, including presenters, will be expected to register. Please register online on the website:

For more information visit the website or see the announcement HERE.

Current and Emerging Environmental Issues in the Potomac Watershed

A daylong symposium focusing on environmental issues in the Potomac watershed will be held March 7, 2013 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Noted biologists and environmental experts from across the region will discuss a wide range of topics, including contaminants found in fish, endocrine disrupters, important invasive species, the effects of climate change, urban forestry, low impact development, nutrient trading strategies, and how citizen scientists can help to make a difference in our local environment. A conference schedule is available at:

The symposium is free and open to the public. However, please pre-register by emailing Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Rosenstock Hall; the first session begins at 9 a.m. and the final session ends at 4:30 p.m.

AACC is offering the following courses this winter.

OPT-306: Forest Conservation Qualified Professional Training
Complete state-approved training leading to the Maryland Forest Conservation Qualified Professional license. Study forest stand delineation, tree inventories and how changes in land use effects trees. CEUs awarded. $305 includes $25 fee.
Note: Applicants must have a B.S. degree or four years of experience in natural resources or an M.S. degree and one year of experience. Those completing this course may apply for qualified professional status to prepare forest conservation plans and stand delineations required by the Forest Conservation Act. Course does not meet March 14.

Instr. Earl Reaves Tuesdays & Thursdays 2/19-3/28/13 6:30-9:45 p.m. Arnold Campus
Saturday 3/16/13 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ENV 508 101: Smart Landscape Design for the Environment
Learn how to design a landscape that beautifies and conserves. Explore plant species, sizes, bloom cycles and overall appearance. Discuss current environmental practices and native plants. CEUs awarded. $85 includes $15 fee. Text is at the College store.

Instr. Lesley Riddle Saturday 3/2/13 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arnold Campus

ENV 513 101: Sustainable Landscape Maintenance
Learn to manage landscapes sustainably by reducing fertilizer, pesticide, and water sue. Build an understanding of plant ecosystem needs to reduce your costs and market your green landscape business. Textbook information available at AACC Bookstore.
Prerequisites: Some professional landscape experience is recommended.

Instr. Lesley Riddle Tuesdays 2/5/13-2/19/13 6:00-9:15 p.m. Arnold Campus
Saturday 2/23/13 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

HOR-329 101: Woody Plants for Landscape Installation
Learn about the use of shade trees, evergreens, shrubs, ornamental trees and native woody plants in a landscape project. Review habitats, soil condition requirements and hardiness restrictions. Discuss bloom sequence, flower color display, coastal and upland landscape features, and the value of ornamentals. CEUs awarded. $85 includes $15 fee. Text is at the College Store.

Instr. Lesley Riddle Saturdays 3/9/12-3/16/13 8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Arundel Mills

ENV 579 101: Soil Management
Learn about the principles and characteristics of sustainable soil. Discuss the macro and micro environments in soil and use of fertilizers and pesticides in relation to soil health. Learn about the complex cycles of decay and erosion. Discuss the ways to assess and build soil health and benefits. CEUs awarded. $85.00 includes $5 fee. Text is at the College Store.

Instr. Lesley Riddle Saturday 3/30/13 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Arundel Mills

Call (410) 777-2325 for registration information or go to for more information and a registration form.

Aging Infrastructure:
Water, Energy & Environment Conference

October 18, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals

Aging infrastructure is one of the most pressing concerns of our times and presents numerous environmental challenges. The Mid Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals Association (MAREP) has brought together environmental science and engineering experts from utilities, government, consulting, and industry throughout the Mid Atlantic to discuss the challenges impacting our sources, delivery, and handling of water and energy. Through real-world case studies, regulatory review, and discussion of technological advancements, attendees will benefit from an awareness of aging infrastructure challenges and what is on the horizon to address and prevent them. This conference will cover both the engineering/science and policy/planning aspects of our aging and future infrastructure.

See the conference brochure for more information and links to register. The entire program including meals is just $105 for MAREP members and $125 for non-members, but these fees increase after October 10th. If you want to take advantage of this learning and networking opportunity, act now! Space is limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Carolyn Henn at

When & Where
October 18, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

2012 Marcellus Shale Workshop – October 22, 2012

Water Resources Monitoring and Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Western Maryland: What Do We Have, What Do We Need?

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council is sponsoring a workshop on Water Resources Monitoring and Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Western Maryland: What Do We Have, What Do We Need? The day-long event will be held in the Auditorium (Building #700) at Garrett College, 687 Moser Road, McHenry MD 21541.

The workshop will present an overview of threats potentially-posed by shale gas development to surface and groundwater resources. Speakers will describe the water monitoring information that has been and is being collected by agency staff and citizen scientists in Garrett and Allegany counties. The limitations of Maryland's water monitoring databases will be discussed, and experts will offer recommendations on sampling designs, equipment, and protocols that can be used to close these gaps, if adequate funding becomes available. Perspectives on water monitoring and shale gas development in other mid-Atlantic states and best management practices will also be described. (Click HERE for the Workshop Agenda).

The workshop won't be a "Town Meeting" to discuss the pros and cons of Marcellus Shale gas development in western Maryland. The workshop won't be an introductory course in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), although it will be mentioned. The workshop will not develop a recommended list of regulations or permit requirements that should be adopted to protect drinking water supplies and the environment.

The early-bird registration fee is $30, if paid by October 8. After October 8, the registration fee doubles to $60. To register, use the 2012 Workshop Registration Form. See the link on the Registration Form for directions to Garrett College.

Garrett College is located near the northern shore of scenic Deep Creek Lake, a pleasant 3-1/2 hour drive from Baltimore and Washington, DC. For overnight accommodations, a block of rooms is available at a special conference rate at Wisp Resort for the nights of October 21 and 22 (Click HERE for Lodging Information).

For any additional information on the workshop, contact Ron Klauda (410-260-8615 or").


21-25 July 2013
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Society for Conservation Biology is seeking proposals for symposia, workshops, focus groups and short courses now through 31 October 2012 for the 2013 International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

"Connecting Systems, Disciplines and Stakeholders" is the theme for the Congress, which will feature cutting edge symposia, workshops, posters, and focus groups; countless networking opportunities, fantastic field trips, and world-renowned speakers.

Proposals must be submitted online. Decisions on submitted proposals will be made by 30 November 2012.

Among the criteria to consider when submitting your proposal is novelty of topic and relevance to the meeting theme and region. The full set of criteria, including submission instructions and guidelines for each proposal type, is available on the ICCB 2013 website.

Thank you for interest in participating in the most important meeting world meeting for conservation professionals and students!

Visit to submit your proposal and to learn more about ICCB.

Questions? E-mail

MWMC Session at MACO Conference

On August 15, the MWMC hosted the following session at the annual conference of Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Ocean City. The Honorable Robin Frazier, Commissioner, Carroll County, was the moderator. Click on the titles listed below view the presentations.

Title: Can Better Water Data Help Attack Planning Challenges?

Description: Local governments are facing major challenges in meeting regulatory requirements under the new Chesapeake Bay diet: Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs), and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits. The Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) is a state-wide collaborative body comprised of professional and volunteer members of the water monitoring community. MWMC would like to help local planners by increasing their access to water monitoring information that meets their needs. The following speakers highlighted how some Maryland counties have used water resource data to solve their planning challenges and how other counties can connect with MWMC to benefit from such data.

The session was well attended with the presenters fielding many questions from planners and local officials. MWMC members Ron Klauda (Maryland DNR), Cherie Miller (USGS), and Rob Mooney (Sutron) also helped answer questions. The MWMC wants to continue this collaboration with local government planners and invites those interested to visit the MWMC website or contact its members. Specifically, MWMC asks interested planners to complete the questionnaire HERE.

You are invited to the Sixth Annual Meeting
Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project

October 10, 2012

9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center,
Reisterstown, MD

Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project was established in 2007. It is the first working group in Maryland dedicated to reducing the occurrence and risk of pesticides in the Bay watershed -- in order to protect water quality, aquatic life, wildlife and public health.

Our Sixth Annual Meeting brings together Project stakeholders and others interested in protecting the Bay watershed -- sharing cutting-edge research and monitoring data on pesticides, discussing initiatives of the Project's five working groups and collaborating on the direction of the Project. Registration is free and an organic lunch and snacks will be served.


  • Welcome: Robert Lawrence, M.D.(moderator), Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Opening Remarks: The Honorable Joan Carter Conway, Maryland State Senator; Chairwoman, Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Health Sciences (of NIH), will talk about low-dose effects of endocrine disruptors.
  • Greg Allen, Environmental Scientist, USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), will preview the upcoming report from CBP, scheduled for release in November, on the impact of toxic contaminants on the Bay watershed.
  • Dr. Daniel Fisher, Senior Research Scientist, Wye Research & Education Center; an aquatic toxicologist, he will share his recent work regarding environmental impacts of contaminants, including the endocrine disruptive effects of land-applied poultry litter.

Click HERE for the meeting agenda.

For questions or to RSVP please reply to with your contact information.

Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012

October 8-10, 2012

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

At the Center for Watershed Protection (Center), we want everybody to know that an integrated watershed approach is the key to ensuring a future of fresh, clean water, healthy natural resources. Since 1992, the Center worked in numerous communities to provide practical solutions for responsible land and water management, with the goals of providing sound scientific research, advancing state-of-the art practices, ensuring practitioners have the right tools, and promoting widespread implementation of the most effective watershed management techniques. The Center is planning the first Watershed and Stormwater Conference in celebration of the Center’s 20 year anniversary and the launch of the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPs).

The conference will be held at a location near and dear to our hearts – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This location is in our backyard and home to much of the Center’s projects and focus over the years. Most recently, the “Healthy Harbor Plan” seeks to make the Baltimore Harbor fishable and swimmable by 2020.

The goals of the Watershed and Stormwater Conference 2012 are to:

  • present the latest and emerging developments in watershed management through interactive educational sessions
  • provide a forum of engagement, networking, and discussion among and between practitioners, regulators, scientists, educators, and advocates
  • celebrate 20 years of the Center’s service, the launch of the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals, and the many more years needed by all of us to achieve clean water and healthy natural resources in every community

For more information, visit

Keeping Natural Areas Relevant and Resilient

39th Annual Natural Areas Conference
Norfolk, VA
Oct 9-12, 2012

The deadline to submit abstracts for this year’s Natural Areas Conference has been extended to July 1. The conference is an annual gathering of conversation professionals, natural areas managers, biologists and more. It’s hosted by the Natural Areas Association and the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation is the local co-host for 2012.

Areas of interest are:

  • Natural Areas Program Relevance and Resilience
  • Marketing, Communications and Outreach
  • Land Conservation
  • Coastal/Marine Issues
  • Cave/Karst Issues
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Managing Climate Disruption Effects
  • Managing Public Access in Natural Areas
  • Fire Ecology and Management
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Conserving Rare Species

For more information,

Call for Presentations


September 28–30, 2012
National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

The Forum Planning Committee is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2012 Chesapeake Watershed Forum taking place on September 28 – 30 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. The Forum is a widely anticipated regional training opportunity for local watershed and conservation organizations along with local governments in the Bay region. Participants include volunteers, board and staff members, skilled restoration practitioners, experienced leaders, and funders.

In 2012 we expect more than 300 participants, and the Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share your experience with a broad audience who comes from all over the Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond.

Go to for more information and to review the guidelines and instructions before submitting an application.

A Primer on Using Biological Assessments to Support Water Quality Management

This document serves as a primer on the role of biological assessments in a variety of water quality management program applications including reporting on the condition of aquatic biota, developing biological criteria, and assessing environmental results of management actions. The Primer provides information on new technical tools and approaches for developing strong biological assessment programs and on examples of application of biological assessment information by states and tribes.

The Primer can be accessed at this link.

If you have any questions, or need further information on the document, please call or e-mail Ephraim King, Director of the Office of Science and Technology (202) 566-0430, or contact Susan K. Jackson at (202) 566-1112,

Selected Low-Flow Frequency Statistics for Continuous-Record Streamgage Locations in Maryland, 2010


According to a 2008 report by the Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State’s Water Resources, Maryland’s population grew by 35 percent between 1970 and 2000, and is expected to increase by an additional 27 percent between 2000 and 2030. Because domestic water demand generally increases in proportion to population growth, Maryland will be facing increased pressure on water resources over the next 20 years. Water-resources decisions should be based on sound, comprehensive, long-term data and low-flow frequency statistics from all available streamgage locations with unregulated streamflow and adequate record lengths. To provide the Maryland Department of the Environment with tools for making future water-resources decisions, the U.S. Geological Survey initiated a study in October 2009 to compute low-flow frequency statistics for selected streamgage locations in Maryland with 10 or more years of continuous streamflow records.

This report presents low-flow frequency statistics for 114 continuous-record streamgage locations in Maryland. The computed statistics presented for each streamgage location include the mean 7-, 14-, and 30-consecutive day minimum daily low-flow dischages for recurrence intervals of 2, 10, and 20 years, and are based on approved streamflow records that include a minimum of 10 complete climatic years of record as of June 2010. Descriptive information for each of these streamgage locations, including the station number, station name, latitude, longitude, county, physiographic province, and drainage area, also is presented.

The statistics are planned for incorporation into StreamStats, which is a U.S. Geological Survey Web application for obtaining stream information, and is being used by water-resource managers and decision makers in Maryland to address water-supply planning and management, water-use appropriation and permitting, wastewater and industrial discharge permitting, and setting minimum required streamflows to protect freshwater biota and ecosystems.

For more information and a .pdf file of this publication, follow this link

Second Edition of the Online Newsletter National Water Monitoring News
From the National Water Monitoring Council

We provide this newsletter as a forum of communication among water practitioners across the Nation. In support of the national Council’s mission, this newsletter is geared to foster partnerships and collaboration; advance water science; improve monitoring strategies; and enhance data integration, comparability, and reporting.

This edition highlights many events, activities, and new products and we hope the information is useful for your water needs. Among the topics included:

  • Updates on monitoring, such as:
  • Federal agency efforts in the Gulf of Mexico waters and a long-term monitoring collaborative.
  • National Ground Water Network pilot projects.
  • Lake Michigan Monitoring Coordination Council implementation of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • Volunteer monitoring of the environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas extraction.
  • Native American monitoring of Alaska waters including a "Healing Journey" canoe trip. Highlights from the Council's 7th National Monitoring Conference and web seminar series.
  • Development of a web portal for aquatic sensors and considerations for building a national reference site network.
  • Integrated assessments from the IOOS® Regional Associations and the National Network for Coastal Waters and a multi-region water quality project for protecting beach health.
  • Highlights from the Council's 7th National Monitoring Conference.
  • Highlights from the Council's web seminar series.

Many thanks to Tracy Hancock, Cathy Tate, Dan Sullivan, and Kim Martz of the USGS who spearheaded this effort, and to all contributors nationwide.

On behalf of the whole Council, we hope you enjoy this newsletter and we encourage your feedback and input in future editions!

Also, please notify us of any incorrect or misleading statements so that we can correct accordingly.

Pixie A Hamilton, USGS Co-Chair and Susan Holdsworth, EPA Co-Chair

USGS Podcast on Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Assessment Program is completing a study of the Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems (EUSE). The study examined the effects of urban development at the watershed scale on a stream’s physical (hydrology and habitat), chemical (stream chemistry) and biological (algae, macroinvertebrates, and fish) characteristics. In each of nine metropolitan areas across the United States, the study, which employed a set of 30 similarly-sized watersheds that represented a gradient of urban development, collected data on the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of each stream and compared these characteristics with the level of urban development.

As part of the project wrap-up we are developing materials to convey project results to a non-technical audience. One of avenues we are exploring is the use of video podcasts.

As a sample, we have a podcast featuring Tom Cuffney and Tom Schueler (

Elevated nutrients in the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater—A Continuing Issue

Available on the Internet ( are two USGS publications (Circular 1350 and Fact Sheet 3078), along with a briefing sheet prepared for a congressional briefing to be held September 24, Frequently Asked Questions, supporting technical information (graphics, maps, tables, and data), and related links.

The information describes nutrient concentrations in the Nation's water resources, key sources of nutrients, factors affecting nutrient concentrations, potential effects on humans and aquatic life, and changes in concentrations since the early 1990s. Implications of the findings touch on many environmental issues, including those related to (1) developing nutrient criteria for surface water bodies, (2) reducing nutrients to receiving waters, (3) setting realistic expectations for water-quality improvements following nutrient reduction strategies, and (4) managing elevated nutrients in drinking water from surface-water intakes and wells.

For questions, concerns, or more information:
Please contact Pixie A. Hamilton, , (804) 261-2602 (office), (804) 301-3869 (cell)

The Student Conservation Association

SCA provides college and high school-aged members with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable, from tracking grizzlies through the Tetons to restoring desert ecosystems and teaching environmental education at Washington, D.C.’s Urban Tree House. We are truly building the next generation of conservation leaders.

National Crews

In these month-long summer projects, up to eight high school students from around the country are paired with experienced SCA crew leaders to build trails and restore habitat in national parks and on other public lands. SCA's National Crews provide a formative experience, as members serve nature and challenge themselves, individually and as a team. In the process, they get a lot of important work done. Learn more about National Crews here.

Community Programs

Offering year-round training and service opportunities, SCA’s Community Programs engage diverse high school students in major U.S. cities who may lack access to the natural environment and green job opportunities. SCA currently operates Community Programs in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Stamford, and Washington, DC. Visit our Community Programs section to learn more.

Conservation Internships

For college and graduate students, as well as other qualified individuals, SCA internships provide the opportunity to learn from resource management professionals, gain tangible skills and experience, and make a substantial contribution to our natural and cultural treasures. SCA Internships are available throughout the year, in all conservation disciplines, and range in length from 12 to 52 weeks. All positions are expense-paid and most offer insurance and education awards. Search internship opportunities.

Conservation Corps

In this SCA program, college and graduate students and other qualified participants address specific, urgent conservation challenges. Projects may include mitigating wildland fire risks, eradicating invasive plants while protecting native species, restoring desert lands scarred by off-road vehicles, or providing environmental education in community classrooms. SCA Corps programs, some of which are offered in cooperation with AmeriCorps, run for up to 10 months, and members often share a communal residence. Learn more about Conservation Corps programs.

Need More Information?

Please call our Charlestown, NH headquarters at 603-543-1700 or email

MWMC Board Meets to Install New Members

The MWMC Board of Directors met on January 18, 2011, to start the Council’s 17th year, talk about plans for 2011, and induct two new members. At the meeting, Megan Ward graciously agreed to serve as Vice-Chair. Megan is Programs Manager for the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and she has served on the Board for one year. Chairman Keith Van Ness (Montgomery County DEP) stepped down as Chair but he’ll continue to serve on the Board. Sonja Schmitz (Community College of Baltimore County/Catonsville) and Sandy Hertz (Maryland State Highway Administration) joined the Board. Sonja teaches Biology at CCBC and is actively involved in teacher education programs in Baltimore County. Sandy is Deputy Director of SHA’s Office of Environmental Design. Dan Boward (MD/DNR) will continue to faithfully serve the Board and Council as the dedicated Executive Secretary.

Mark And Dave

MWMC Board Chair Mark Southerland recognizes the Dave Bolton’s (Maryland Geological Survey) three years of Board service. Dave helped to plan the 2008 and 2009 MWMC Annual Conferences and assisted the Board on groundwater issues during his tenure.

Mark And Bob

MWMC Board Chair Mark Southerland thanks Bob Paul (St. Mary’s College) for his three years of service on the Board. Bob is a long-time professor at the College and assists the St. Mary’s Watershed Association in their important endeavors.

Towson University Geographic Information Sciences Conference

The 25th Annual Towson University Geographic Information Sciences Conference (TUgis 2012) is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, 2012. We have a great program organized for this year. The program includes two full days of presentations and mini-workshops on a variety of GIS topics. Also, we have an exhibit area where you can discuss your GIS products and services needs with over 20 vendors. Information about the conference, including the preliminary program, is available on the conference Web site at

Please note that it is not too late to submit an entry in our Map Design Competition. You can also send us your GIS job announcement for our Job Mart. Information about both of these events is available on our Web site.

I look forward to seeing you on March 19 and 20. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Jay Morgan

John M. Morgan, III, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Geography and Environmental Planning
Towson University
8000 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21252-0001 USA

Get Dirty for Some Good Clean Fun!

Join us for the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9am-12pm. Thousands of volunteers of all ages will be picking up trash from different cleanup sites around the region. Over the past 24 years we have removed over 3 million pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed and we hope to make this year the largest cleanup event yet.

Help to insure clean land, safe water and healthy lives for yourself and those you love:

LEAD a cleanup site! Go back to your favorite site or find a new hotspot. Register your site online and invite friends, family, and co-workers.

COLLECT DATA and photos to help us make the case for smart trash policies. See our website for datasheet and photo submission requirements.

VOLUNTEER by picking up trash at an existing site, even if you don't have time to lead a site. Check our website for the date and time of a cleanup site near you!

Learn more by visiting, or calling 202-973-8203.

National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s 8th National Monitoring Conference
Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future

Call for Abstracts

Join us in Portland for the National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s 8th National Monitoring Conference – Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future on April 30 – May 4, 2012. This national forum provides an exceptional opportunity for federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders to exchange information and technology related to water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management, as well as to develop new skills and professional networks.

Abstracts are due by September 23, 2011.

See website to submit an abstract or for more details:

MWMC Holds Climate Change Monitoring Workshop

Almost 60 people gathered at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center on November 17, 2009, for a workshop sponsored by the MWMC’s Monitoring and Assessment Committee and titled Planning for the Future: Designing and Implementing a Climate Change Monitoring Network in Maryland’s Non-tidal Waters. (Agenda - 29Kb .pdf) In an effort to live more sustainably, attendees were asked to carpool and bring their own coffee mugs---most complied.

Workshop Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Keith VanNess (Montgomery County DEP) and Ron Klauda (MD/DNR) welcomed attendees, thanked the Steering Committee members (32Kb .pdf) and opened the workshop by stating its goal: “To construct the framework for a long-term (multi-decadal) statewide monitoring network focused on ephemeral aquatic habitats (e.g., seasonal pools) and headwater streams-----a network that can be used to detect and track the responses of these non-tidal systems to climate change.”

The Steering Committee’s Vision is “a long-term monitoring network that is designed, implemented, supported, nurtured, protected, and maintained by a multi-agency and multi-organizational group of professionals, with participation from researchers, students, and citizen scientists.”

Ron then gave several reasons for why the workshop is focused on ephemeral habitats and headwater streams:

  1. These aquatic resources appear to be especially vulnerable to water temperature increases, altered precipitation patterns, and more severe flood and drought cycles that are predicted to occur in Maryland with climate change.
  2. Local, state, and federal agencies (and others) in Maryland have compiled several relatively long-term data sets collected to assess the conditions of 1st through 4th order, non-tidal streams. Although it is likely that many of these monitoring programs will continue into the foreseeable future, expanding their current objectives to also track climate change effects could help ensure their longevity.
  3. Compared to headwater streams, there are only limited monitoring data sets, maps, and assessments for ephemeral habitats in Maryland. The MWMC sponsored two recent workshops focused on vernal pools, with the goals of increasing their exposure and initiating a statewide mapping and assessment effort. Although there is much interest in these important habitats, the statewide mapping and assessments haven’t happened yet. This workshop may breathe new life into these tasks.
  4. Most of the initial discussions of climate change effects on aquatic resources in Maryland have been focused on tidal areas---at the lower end of our watersheds----because of the major threats posed by sea level rise and intense storm-related flooding of low lying areas. The current monitoring realignment discussions underway within the Chesapeake Bay Program should lead to increased water monitoring activities in the middle portions of our watersheds. The steering committee therefore decided to focus this workshop on the most upstream portions of our watersheds, those areas drained by headwater streams and also occupied by ephemeral aquatic habitats.

Ron explained the workshop format (Agenda - 29Kb .pdf) and introduced the invited speakers:(PowerPoints have been converted to .pdf)

Bob Shedlock (USGS) led an afternoon Panel Discussion and Brainstorming Session, during which workshop attendees were asked to address a list of Suggested Questions (57Kb .pdf). Some but not all questions were answered. These questions and others will be discussed in future meetings that will be scheduled in early 2010---to complete the design of the climate change monitoring network and seek ways to implement it. Notes from the Panel Discussion and Brainstorming Session will be posted at this website soon.

At the end of the workshop, attendees were asked to fill out the Monitoring Network Participation Form (36Kb .pdf), and indicate where they could either individually or via their organization continue to participate in the design and implementation of the climate change monitoring network. As of December 9, 2009, the workshop steering committee has received 15 completed Participation Forms. Of these, seven individuals volunteered to serve on the Work Group that will design the monitoring network, three offered potential network sites or volunteered to monitor sites that are selected for inclusion in the network, three members of volunteer groups expressed interest in getting more involved, five want to participate in data analysis, five will help disseminate monitoring results and eight offered helpful suggestions about the network.

If you were unable to attend the November 17 workshop, but want to get involved in the climate change monitoring network, please contact Ron Klauda ( or Keith Van Ness (

Invasive Diatom Discovered in Maryland

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s Board of Directors, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is notifying members of the State’s water monitoring and water resource management community about the recent discovery of a nuisance and potentially destructive diatom (alga) species, Didymosphenia geminata, or "Didymo" in the Gunpowder Falls. Those interested in more information concerning this Invasive Diatom should use the following links: A recent MD/DNR press release, compilation of information on Didymo prepared by Ron Klauda (MD/DNR), and footwear and sampling gear disinfection protocols being used by MD/DNR’s Maryland Biological Stream Survey crews.

Please review these materials. MD/DNR needs the help of everyone involved in water monitoring/resource management, in addition to anglers and other recreational water users, to contain Didymo in the Gunpowder and prevent its spread to other high quality water bodies. MD/DNR is asking water monitoring/resource management groups in Maryland to practice and promote disinfection protocols for footwear and sampling gear: clean off mud/plant materials/debris, then soak and scrub in either a 10% household bleach or 5% salt solution for one full minute between sampling sites---even if the sites are on the same stream. If using a bleach solution, disinfect at least 50 yards from a water body and dispose of exhausted bleach solutions properly. If you cannot disinfect footwear and gear with bleach or salt solutions, use the drying method to kill Didymo cells (and any other problematic animals or plants that should not be transported from one water body to another). After footwear and gear are dry to the touch, wait an additional 48 hours before using these items. Also, MD/DNR recommends that felt-soled boots NOT be used. This porous material is nearly impossible to disinfect.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in controlling the spread of Didymo and other harmful organisms. If you think you see Didymo in a stream, river, lake, or pond, collect a small portion from the center of the colony (matt) and do the following: (a) sandwich the moist sample inside a folded sheet of white paper, (b) place the sample plus a separate sheet of paper with your name, phone number, email address, and where you collected the suspected Didymo sample inside a zip-lock bag----lat/long coordinates will be appreciated, (c) seal the bag to keep the sample moist, (d) place the bag inside an envelope, and (e) mail it to:

Walt Butler
Monitoring and Non-tidal Assessment Division
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
1919 Lincoln Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

He will examine the sample and let you know if Didymo cells are found.



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