Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2017 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Overview of Workshop on TMDLs for Toxic Compounds in the Baltimore Region, August 3, 2017
Shedlock, Robert
Co-Authors: Robert J. Shedlock, Steve Stewart, Emily H. Majcher, Robert M. Summers, Leonard Schugam, and Michael Galvin

Abstract: The Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership (BUWP) has been operating since 2011, bringing together local government jurisdictions, nongovernment organizations, university researchers, environmental consultants, and State and federal agencies to discuss and act on socio-environmental issues of common concern. The Partnership supports an Actionable Science Team (ActSci), which draws members from all of the aforementioned constituency groups as well as several scientists from BES. Over the last year, the ActSci Team has identified priority issues and made plans for workshops addressing these issues. As suggested by managers from Baltimore area jurisdictions, the first such workshop was on toxic compounds regulated under the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) program overseen by EPA and the Maryland Department of Environment. What was originally thought to be a modest workshop for the Baltimore metropolitan area attracted over 60 people, including environmental managers from the District of Columbia, Delaware, and Virginia, as well as two speakers from the Delaware River Basin Commission, which has a much more mature TMDL program for PCBs. The workshop also included talks by representatives from one jurisdiction and the Chesapeake Bay Program, both of which outlined the challenges of both local and regional TMDL programs for toxics. Other presentations included case studies for managing PCBs in waters and sediment and research projects on innovative monitoring and remediation methods. A consensus was reached to have future forums so that Baltimore area jurisdictions can present their evolving TMDL program for toxic compounds. The value of partnerships such as BUWP and BES was also highlighted.