Overview Of EPA Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment (MAIA) (presentation)

DEMOSS, THOMAS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Director, Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment (MAIA), 701 Mapes Road, Ft. Meade, MD 20755-5350. Phone: (410) 305-2739. Email: DeMoss.Tom@epa.gov

The Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment (MAIA) is a research, monitoring and assessment initiative to develop high-quality scientific information on the condition of the natural resources within the mid-Atlantic region of eastern United States. MAIA includes the watersheds of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, Albermarle-Pamlico Sound and the Delmarva Coastal Bays. Politically, the area encompasses all or parts of eight states and the DC. The mid-Atlantic region offers a heterogeneous grouping of natural resources representing forests, wetlands, agricultural lands, lakes, rivers, streams, and estuaries. The area is composed of Appalachian highlands, which gradually slope easterly to coastal plains and the ocean. Scientific activities conducted in the MAIA are focused on assessment issues that are of critical importance to resource managers and environmental decision-makers. MAIA has forged alliances with other Federal and State agencies producing an array of reports on the condition of estuaries, ground water, streams, land use, landscape attributes, and other related topics. Future activities include integrated assessments focusing on cross-resource interactions, and vulnerability assessments predictive to 25 to 50 years in the future.