Skip this Video
Download Presentation
Science to Support Management Decisions Related to Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 23

Task Force Organization - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

A Workshop:. Science to Support Management Decisions Related to Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin . Herb Buxton, US Geological Survey. Task Force Organization. Task Force Coordinating Committee (Implementation) Finance/Budget Workgroup

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Task Force Organization' - Melvin

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

A Workshop:

Science to Support

Management Decisions Related to Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin

Herb Buxton, US Geological Survey

task force organization
Task Force Organization

Task Force

  • CoordinatingCommittee (Implementation)
    • Finance/Budget Workgroup
    • Monitoring, Modeling and Research Workgroup
    • Management Response Workgroup
      • Point Sources
      • Non Point Sources
      • Restoration
workshop objective
Workshop Objective

Develop a Monitoring, Modeling and Research (Science) Strategy in Support of the Task Force Action Plan.

the science strategy
The Science Strategy

A strategy to provide and maintain the scientific information needed to implement the adaptive management framework defined in the Action Plan.




  • Management
  • Implementation
  • (Improved),
  • Monitoring,
  • Interpretation (including modeling),
  • Periodic Reporting (including
  • public education), and
  • Research to improve knowledge
  • and methods.
our tasks
Our Tasks
  • Review the Management Questions.
  • Compile information on existing activities that contribute to essential monitoring, modeling and research activities;
  • Identify information gaps and the activities needed to fill those gaps; and
  • Identify coordination mechanisms to assure that information is gathered and delivered to support decision-making.




What are the major sources and causes of excess nutrients within the Mississippi River Basin?

management questions
Management Questions


How are Gulf hypoxia and the associated adverse effects exacerbated by specific causal factors and what are the determining mechanisms?





What are the social and economic impacts of deterioration in water quality (nutrients) in the Mississippi Basin and increased hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico?


Guiding Principles

  • Adaptive Management.
  • Design monitoring to serve sub-basin management implementation strategies.
  • Make maximum use of all ongoing activities.

Davis Pond Diversion

Guiding Principles

  • Take a comprehensive Management approach that utilizes all contributing mitigating
  • factors.

Reduce PS Discharges

Wetland Rest.


Farm N Management


Guiding Principles

  • Consider all potential causal and mitigating factors.
  • Reduce uncertainties in measurements of adverse effects, causal factors, and underlying processes.
  • Design monitoring activities to support modeling and other planned interpretations.





Guiding Principles

  • Modeling should extrapolate monitoring at representative sites across the Basin.
  • Periodic interpretations and reporting.

Guiding Principles

  • Adopt a policy of broad information dissemination.
  • Assure that data and information are consistent and reliable (Quality Assurance).
  • Peer Review.
planning groups
Planning Groups
  • Watershed Monitoring and Reporting (Joe Engeln, MO DNR)
  • Watershed Modeling and Research (Rich Alexander, USGS)
  • Watershed Social and Economic Issues (Marc Ribaudo, USDA)

Planning Groups

  • Gulf Monitoring and Reporting (Rex Herron, NOAA)
  • Gulf Modeling and Research (Kenric Osgood, NOAA)
  • Gulf Social and Economic Issues (Rita Curtis, NOAA)
workshop agenda
Workshop Agenda
  • Plenary Session
  • 6 Sessions (Planning Groups)
  • 2 Sessions (Watershed and Gulf)
  • 6 Sessions (Planning Groups)
  • 2 Sessions (Watershed and Gulf)
  • Plenary Session
  • Writing Team

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

workshop steering committee
Workshop Steering Committee
  • Wayne Anderson (MN PCA)
  • Dale Bucks (USDA)
  • Herb Buxton* (USGS)
  • Joe Engeln (MO NRD)
  • Dennis McKenna (IL DOA)
  • Dugan Sabins (LA DEQ)
  • Don Scavia* (NOAA)
  • Chuck Spooner (USEPA)


workshop follow up
Workshop Follow-up
  • Writing Team meets Friday to develop draft Science Strategy.
  • Workshop progress presented at the Task Force Meeting (December 10th, near Washington D.C.).
  • See the WWW for workshop results:
what we do not expect to be doing
What we do not expect to be doing?
  • Interpreting or reinterpreting data.
  • Evaluating contributions of various nutrient sources.
  • Debating the relative importance of causal factors of Hypoxia.
  • Discussing the best management actions to be taken.

What we expect to be doing?

  • Designing a Strategy that:
  • Best facilitates those activities.
  • Is open to changes in approach dictated by new understanding.
  • Identifies and addresses areas of greatest scientific uncertainty.
  • Identifies areas of greatest resource needs.
think broadly

Think Broadly!

Think Incrementally!

Take advantage of intersections disciplines!