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Managing Nutrients to Protect Water Quality: Innovative Approaches

Thursday, June 9, 2011
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
SVC 203/202 Capitol Visitor Center

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) co-sponsored a congressional briefing on innovative approaches to controlling nutrient pollution in the nation’s waters.  The briefing, which listed Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) as an honorary host, was held at the U.S Capitol Visitor Center and was a great success. Attendees included congressional staffers, water sector professionals, and environmental policy specialists.  The event was moderated by WEF President, Jeanette Brown, and the speakers included Ann Mills, United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment; Tina Taylor, Director of Environment, Electric Power Research Institute; and, Jimmy Daukas, Managing Director, American Farmland Trust. 

This briefing built on a WEF/EESI briefing from last September that highlighted the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment Program’s (NAWQA) research on current trends of nutrients impacting the nation’s streams and groundwater systems.  The focus of the briefing was to present innovative agricultural solutions to nutrient impacts and issues, including trading programs such as those used for the Long Island Sound and Ohio River Basin, and current on-the-ground nutrient management programs being led by USA and others.