Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2009 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

An Analysis of Stream Monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: An Opportunity for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study to Partner with Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Blomquist, Joel

Abstract: The environmental monitoring community in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has been subject to internal and external reviews during 2009 as a result of a Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) panel and Presidential Executive Order 13580. A systematic analysis of the Chesapeake Bay Nontidal Network (NTN) has been conducted relative to its representation of major land-use stressors in order to guide enhancements for future long term monitoring. The NTN is the primary stream-water-quality monitoring network used to track loads and changes in nutrient and sediment concentrations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The results of the analysis of the NTN indicate that opportunities exist for expanding partnerships in urban settings among the Federal, State, local and research communities. This presentation will describe the network analysis and highlight opportunities for the information from Baltimore Ecosystem Research to become more fully integrated in Chesapeake Bay assessments, communication, and decision making in relation to its characterization of status and trends in urban areas.