Reaction to the WEF/USGS Nutrients Briefing on Capitol Hill

By Jeanette Brown, WEF President Elect

 

Posted September 27, 2010

 

 /uploadedImages/Blogs/041.JPG I just finished moderating a briefing here in Washington, D.C. that WEF sponsored in cooperation with USGS and the Energy and Environment Study Institute (EESI) on the topic of nutrients impacting streams and groundwater across the country. This was the 24th briefing the Water Environment Federation has held in cooperation with the US Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) over the past eleven years. The event drew a huge crowd (150 people in a room to accommodate only 100!) and had bipartisan co-sponsoring from Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and George Voinovich (R-OH), which reflects the amount of energy and attention this topic is receiving at this time.

 

 /uploadedImages/Blogs/043.JPG I kicked off the discussion by providing some background on nutrients and added some anecdotal information about the Long Island Sound Nutrient TMDL and the trading program we entered into. The key presentation in the briefing was provided by Dr. Neil Dubrovsky, Project Chief in NAWQA's Nutrient National Synthesis, who described the current condition of nutrients in the nation's streams and groundwater systems as well as trend information between 1992-2004. Discussion topics included the regional/spatial distribution of nutrients for both stream and groundwater systems, variables that impact nutrients loadings in differing soil types and agricultural drainage practices, and the time lag affect on nutrients that may impact deeper public water drinking wells in the future. A state/watershed scale was presented by Bob Miltner, an aquatic biologist with the Ohio EPA. His presentation provided some concrete examples of water body impairments due to nutrients and stressed those numeric criteria for nutrients should include an understanding of biological/ecosystems impacts to provide better context for the nutrients that exist in a system. Lastly, Ephraim King, the US EPA Director of the Office of Science and Technology, provided a comprehensive overview of ongoing efforts by EPA to address the nutrients topic from a regulatory viewpoint. A lively question and answer session followed the presentations that lasted for close to 30 minutes, and for more information, you can visit http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/nutrients/pubs/circ1350/.

 

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Posted September 27, 2010 

I just finished moderating a briefing here in Washington, D.C. that WEF sponsored in cooperation with USGS and the Energy and Environment Study Institute (EESI) on the topic of nutrients impacting streams and groundwater across the country.

Comments (4)


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Posted by: () on 02/16/2011

I admire your efforts Mr. Jeanette. Now is the time we seriously need to think of saving energy and environment. Please keep us updated with more news.

Posted by: Mortgage Fraud (kevinjones8110@yahoo.com) on 09/25/2011

Thanks to the authors of this site for giving us such useful information and facts. We value your work, guys.

Posted by: Meda Addesso (Kieffer21@gmail.com) on 09/28/2011

It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals! I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.

Posted by: feed pellet mill (rytcindy@yahoo.com) on 10/21/2011

Reaction to the WEF-USGS Nutrients Briefing on Capitol Hill

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Reaction to the WEF/USGS Nutrients Briefing on Capitol Hill

By Jeanette Brown, WEF President Elect

 

Posted September 27, 2010

 

 /uploadedImages/Blogs/041.JPG I just finished moderating a briefing here in Washington, D.C. that WEF sponsored in cooperation with USGS and the Energy and Environment Study Institute (EESI) on the topic of nutrients impacting streams and groundwater across the country. This was the 24th briefing the Water Environment Federation has held in cooperation with the US Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) over the past eleven years. The event drew a huge crowd (150 people in a room to accommodate only 100!) and had bipartisan co-sponsoring from Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and George Voinovich (R-OH), which reflects the amount of energy and attention this topic is receiving at this time.

 

 /uploadedImages/Blogs/043.JPG I kicked off the discussion by providing some background on nutrients and added some anecdotal information about the Long Island Sound Nutrient TMDL and the trading program we entered into. The key presentation in the briefing was provided by Dr. Neil Dubrovsky, Project Chief in NAWQA's Nutrient National Synthesis, who described the current condition of nutrients in the nation's streams and groundwater systems as well as trend information between 1992-2004. Discussion topics included the regional/spatial distribution of nutrients for both stream and groundwater systems, variables that impact nutrients loadings in differing soil types and agricultural drainage practices, and the time lag affect on nutrients that may impact deeper public water drinking wells in the future. A state/watershed scale was presented by Bob Miltner, an aquatic biologist with the Ohio EPA. His presentation provided some concrete examples of water body impairments due to nutrients and stressed those numeric criteria for nutrients should include an understanding of biological/ecosystems impacts to provide better context for the nutrients that exist in a system. Lastly, Ephraim King, the US EPA Director of the Office of Science and Technology, provided a comprehensive overview of ongoing efforts by EPA to address the nutrients topic from a regulatory viewpoint. A lively question and answer session followed the presentations that lasted for close to 30 minutes, and for more information, you can visit http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/nutrients/pubs/circ1350/.

 

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Posted by: ( Email ) at 2/16/2011 1:33 PM


I admire your efforts Mr. Jeanette. Now is the time we seriously need to think of saving energy and environment. Please keep us updated with more news.
Posted by: Mortgage Fraud ( Email | Visit ) at 9/25/2011 5:30 PM


Thanks to the authors of this site for giving us such useful information and facts. We value your work, guys.
Posted by: Meda Addesso ( Email | Visit ) at 9/28/2011 7:32 AM


It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals! I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
Posted by: feed pellet mill ( Email | Visit ) at 10/21/2011 3:52 AM


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Jeanette Brown
Former WEF President
 

Jeanette Brown, a WEF Past President, is currently a professor of Practice at Manhattan College and a Research Scientist at University of Connecticut.

Jeanette has been a WEF member since 1976 and has served on WEF’s House of Delegates since 2004. She has also been a member of or chaired several WEF committees including Operations Challenge, WISE Committee-Developing Guidelines and Training for Wastewater Security, Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design and Technical Practice as well as WEF’s Community of Practice for Microconstituents and as the facilitator for WEF’s HOD Strategic Planning Sessions and Governance.