College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
AGNR Research

Choptank Symposium

Todd Center for the Performing Arts, Chesapeake College
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Purpose: To provide citizens living in the Choptank watershed an opportunity to learn about the many agency and private organization studies, efforts and management practices underway in the Choptank watershed to improve water quality;

To help those living within the Choptank watershed to better understand why some reports describe the River as improving while other reports state the opposite, to try to figure out why the disparity and whether more effort is needed on everyone's part to help the River improve;

To provide those living outside the watershed who are involved and interested in their tributaries across the State to compare efforts underway in their tributaries to the Choptank and to provide ideas as to what might be able to be implemented within their tributaries.

Welcome & Logistics - Dr. Sarah Taylor-Rogers, Assistant Director,
Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Robert "Bobby" Hutchison, Board Member,
Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. & Maryland Grain Producers Association

Dr. Craig Beyrouty, Dean,
University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resource

Dr. Suzanne Dorsey, Excutive Director,
Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Video Presentation of above segment


Dynamics of the Choptank River - Dr. Tom Fisher,
Professor, Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Lab, University of Maryland

Federal Panel
Facilitator:  Alison Prost,
Maryland Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Environmental Protection Agency - Bay Model - What is it showing? - Dr. Rich Batiuk, Associate Director for Science, Analysis and Implementation, Chesapeake Bay Program

U.S. Geological Survey - June 2015 Report on Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Implications for Management and Restoration - Eastern Shore - Joel Blomquist,
Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Choptank River Watershed Habitat Focus Area - Bruce Vogt,
Ecosystem Science & Synthesis, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Video Presentation of above segment

State and Local Panel
Facilitator:  Lynne Hoot, Executive Director, Maryland Agricultural Associates

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades & Stormwater BMPs for the Choptank, Jim George, Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program Manager, Science Services Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment

Caroline County BMPs and the Choptank, Leslie Grunden,
Environmental & Facilities Planner, Planning Division Caroline County,
including work of Sea Grant Extension Watershed Specialists
Jennifer Dindinger and Eric Buehl

Agricultural BMPs and the Choptank, Jason Keppler,
Manager, Watershed Implementation Program, Office of Resource Conservation,
Maryland Department of Agriculture

Nutrient Management Plans and How They Have Changed Over Time & What Is Required
Jenny Rhodes, Queen Anne's County Agricultural Educator, University of Maryland-Extension

Video Presentation of above segment

Best Management Practices & Ideas Panel
Facilitator:  Dr. Robert Kratochvil,
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, UMD AGNR

Conservation Drainage Bioreactors, Tim Rosen,
Watershed Scientist, Mid-Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Greenseekers, Paul Spies,
Agricultural Specialist, Chester River Association

Precision Agriculture, Jason Scott,
Farm Manager, Walnut Hill Farms, Hurlock, MD

An Urban Focus, Brent Jett,
Assistant City Engineer, City of Cambridge

Stakeholder Driven Approach-Envisioning Process, Joanna Ogburn,
Senior Advisor, Chesapeake Conservancy

Delmarva Land and Litter Challenge, Ernie Shea,
Consultant & Founder, Solutions from the Land, LLC

Video Presentation of the above segment

How do we relate what is happening in the Choptank to the rest of Bay Tributaries and Can We? Dr. Walter Boynton,
Professor, Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Lab

Video Presentation of the above segment

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