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Joint NTWG and TMAW Meeting: An Integrated Approach for Communicating and Assessing Progress toward the Chesapeake TMDL. Scott Phillips USGS June 14, 2011. Telling the water-quality story. How are practices being implemented for the TMDL improving the Bay and its watershed?

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Scott phillips usgs june 14 2011

Joint NTWG and TMAW Meeting: An Integrated Approach for Communicating and Assessing Progress toward the Chesapeake TMDL

Scott Phillips

USGS

June 14, 2011


Telling the water quality story
Telling the water-quality story

  • How are practices being implemented for the TMDL improving the Bay and its watershed?

  • WQ GIT meeting outcomes

    • Improve communication

    • Summarize lessons learned

    • Integrated assessment

  • NTWG and TMAW


Summarize lessons learned
Summarize lessons learned

  • Briefing document

  • Effectiveness of management actions

    • Bay watershed and other areas

    • “Source sectors”

  • Small watershed studies

  • Tie to tidal information

  • Database

  • Katie Forman


Integrated assessments
Integrated Assessments

  • Link sources, BMPs, watershed and estuary

  • Need to better define approach, products, and team to carry out.

    • Pick 1-2 areas for initial efforts

      • Eastern Shore,

      • Susq/upper Bay,

      • Potomac

    • CBP modeling team,

    • NT WG,

    • TMAW


Changes in sources and bmps
Changes in sources and BMPs

  • Information used for CBP watershed model

  • BMPs implemented

  • Modeling team


River water trends
River water trends

  • Watershed monitoring network

  • Trends

    • Flow adjustment

    • Long term and 10 yr.

  • Lag times

  • NT WG


Loads to the bay
Loads to the Bay

  • Annual changes to explain tidal water quality


Water quality in the bay
Water quality in the Bay

  • DO and clarity improvements

  • Link to living resources (where possible)

  • Lag times

  • TMAW


Goals for today
Goals for Today

  • Present ideas for approaches

    • Summary and “lessons learned”

    • Integrated assessments

    • Communicating results

  • Discuss and decide on next steps

    • Proposed approaches

    • Tributaries for integrated assessments

      • Eastern Shore, Susq/upper Bay, Potomac

    • Products

    • Teams and funding