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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 andCan We?Dr. Walter Boynton,
Professor, Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Lab

Video Presentation of the above segment

Healthy Waters Roundtable

Maryland Eastern Shore counties and municipalities unite to propose collaborative actions to clean local waters


Representatives from all nine Eastern Shore counties in Maryland, as well as from Berlin, Cambridge, Chestertown, Easton, Oxford, and Salisbury, have agreed to an action plan to expedite restoration of Shore creeks and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The group of more than 30 local government representatives, known as the Healthy Waters Round Table, recommended five preliminary steps to pursue in 2016.

With help from five supporting non-profit, academic and research organizations, the group narrowed down a list of 120 ideas into a handful of initial actions that could be accomplished with existing resources. They also identified longer-range actions that could be achieved with added resources.

Eastern Shore BMP Inspection and Maintenance Workshops

On October 5 and 19, 2016 the Chesapeake Stormwater Network in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Healthy Waters Round Table offered two ½-day workshops on Inspection, Maintenance and Retrofits geared toward managers, planners and field operators on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Both workshops covered the same technical content but were offered at two different locations to address the geographic limitations and time constraints of our workshop participants. The resources from the workshops can be found athere.


Education and Outreach (1)Press Release - 12/7/15

Education and Outreach (2)Final Report: Making Healthy Waters a Reality: Eastern Shore Priority Actions 2016

New Ideas to Accelerate Chesapeake Bay Restoration Conference

Friday, March 18, 2016
The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Stevensville, MD

This event was co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. Funding for the event was provided by the Town Creek Foundation.

Nutrient Trading Symposium

Nutrient Trading Symposium
Chesapeake College
Todd Performing Arts Center
1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture in collaboration with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Grain Producers.


  • Building trust & partnerships
  • Explain the importance of trading in achieving Bay Restoration more quickly at less cost
  • Provide background prior to rolling out the State’s revised trading guidance

9:00 – 9:30 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 Welcome
Ed Fry

Board Member, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

9:35 – 9:45 Opening Remarks
Secretary Joe Bartenfelder
Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture

9:45 – 9:55Nutrient Trading Overview: How does it fit in?
Secretary Ben Grumbles
Secretary, Maryland Department of Environment

9:55 - 10:35Environmental, Agricultural and Economic Motivations for Trading

  • Doug Myers,Maryland Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Jason Keppler,Facilitator, Program Manager Watershed Implementation Program, Maryland Department of Agriculture

10:35 – 11:00 The Science and Technology of Accounting for Nutrient Sources and Reductions


11:15 – 11:45Panel Discussion on Science & Technology of Nutrient Accounting

11:45-12:05 pmTrading Fundamentals

12:05 – 12:25USEPAPerspectives on Trading

  • Bob Rose,Policy Analyst,U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

12:25 – 12:35 Question and Answer Period

12:35 – 1:20Lunch

1:20 – 1:40 Role of Brokers and Credit Aggregators

1:40 – 2:00 Maryland’s Existing Trading Infrastructure

2:00 – 2:20Panel Discussion on Trading (including question and answer period)

  • George Kelly, Dr. David Newburn, Susan Payne, Bob Rose
  • Phillip Stafford, Facilitator, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

2:20 - 2:40Maryland’s Path Forward

  • Lynn Buhl,Director, Water Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment

2:40 – 3:00Closing Panel (including question and answer period for all speakers)

  • PaulEmmart,Facilitator, Science Services Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment

Click Here for Video Recording of the Symposium

Poultry 101 Symposium

Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD
May 10, 2017

Session One: Understanding the Industry
Facilitator: Erroll Mattox, Farm Management Specialist
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension

Session Two: Understanding the Grower's Perspective and Role
Facilitator: Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator
Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland and Deefield Farm

Session Three: Understanding the Science
Facilitator: Dr. Suzanne Dorsey, Executive Director
Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Session Four: Understanding the Environmental Perspective
Facilitator: Ed Hatcher, Chair
Maryland League of Conservation Voters

  • Bob Gallagher, Co-Chair, Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition
    Vice-Chair, Delmarva Land and Litter Challenge
  • Doug Myers, Maryland Senior Scientist,
    Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • View video of this session

Session Five: Understanding the Role of Government in the Process
Facilitator: Dr. Suzanne Dorsey

  • Gary Kelman, Manager, CAFO Permit Program
    Maryland Department of the Environment
  • David Mister, Coordinator, Eastern Shore Resource Conservation Operations,
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
    • Presentation
  • Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist
    University of Maryland
  • View video of this session

Session Six: Looking Forward - What do we see?
Facilitator: Verna Harrison
Verna Harrison Associates, LLC

  • Robert "Bobby" Hutchison
    Delmarva Land and Litter Challenge
  • Louise Lawrence, Chief, Office of Resource Conservation
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Kristen Hughes Evans
    Sustainable Chesapeake
  • View video of this session

Conclusions and overview of the day

Thank you to Rural Maryland Council for their support of this event.

Sewer Extension Workshop

December 14, 2016
Chesapeake College
Health Professions & Athletic Center, Room 127
Wye Mills, MD

  • Financing a sewer project outside a Priority Funding Area
    • Jag Khuman, Director
      Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration, Maryland Department of Environment

The Healthy Waters Round Table is a collaborative effort of local government elected officials and staff on the Eastern Shore working together to accelerate progress toward clean water goals. The Round Table is facilitated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, and the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension.The Round Table appreciates the participation of the Maryland Department of Environment and Maryland Department of Planning staff in planning and executing this event

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