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Eastern Shore Data to Decisions: Making Your Data Matter Workshop

Workshop Summary

On June 21st , the MWMC sponsored the workshop, Eastern Shore Data to Decisions: Making Your Data Matter, at The Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, MD. The focus of the workshop was on engaging volunteer/NGO water quality monitors to consider submitting their data for government use. The agenda included a series of presentations from state agencies, the Chesapeake Bay Program, The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, and the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative. Presentations provided attendees with information on data quality, data integration guidelines, and available resources and support. The workshop included question and answer sessions after each presentation to address specific questions and/or barriers that the attendees might perceive with working with government staff. The workshop also facilitated networking among volunteer groups, and with government staff.

More information can be found in the AGENDA and workshop presentations.

The workshop planning committee is in the process of soliciting evaluations and determining if there is enough interest to hold additional regional workshops.

Contact Becky Lang, Rebecca.Lang@maryland.gov with questions.


Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop

The Maryland Water Monitoring Council, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) sponsored a three-day workshop on family-level identification of the major orders of stream benthic macroinvertebrates. Using stereoscopes and dichotomous keys (not provided), registrants had an opportunity to learn how to identify these fascinating creatures that lurk under our flowing waters.

The workshop began with an overview of the major taxonomic groups found in Maryland freshwater streams and rivers. Maryland Department of Natural Resources benthic taxonomists presented taxonomic information on the most common families of Caddisflies, Mayflies, Odonates, Megalopterans, Beetles, True Bugs, Stoneflies, and True Flies. Registrants had time to practice their taxonomic skills during open sessions on Dec. 19 and 20 while experts from the department and Anne Arundel Community College were on hand for assistance. On Dec. 21, registrants had the option of taking a family-level exam to test their newly-acquired knowledge.

EVENT INFORMTION:
Date: Monday-Wednesday, December 19, 20 and 21, 2016
Time: Monday and Tuesday, 8am-4:30pm, Wednesday 8am-11:30am
Location: Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland
Dragun Science Building
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
Cost: $30 per person

Teachers who attended this course may be eligible for one continuing education credit through the Maryland State Department of Education.

Click HERE for an agenda.

Sara Weglein
Sara.weglein@maryland.gov
Phone:410-260-8621
Monitoring and Non-tidal Assessment
Maryland Department of Natural Resources


Data to Decisions: Making Your Data Matter Workshop

On October 18th, the MWMC sponsored the workshop, Data to Decisions: Making Your Data Matter, at The Watershed Stewards Academy at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, MD. This event was at full capacity with 60 registrants. The focus of the workshop was on engaging volunteer/NGO water quality monitors to consider submitting their data for government use.

Workshop Summary - The agenda included a series of presentations from state agencies, the Chesapeake Bay Program, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative. Presentations provided attendees with information on data quality, data integration guidelines, and available resources and support. The workshop also included a question and answer session designed to address specific questions and/or barriers that the attendees might perceive with working with government staff. The workshop also facilitated networking among volunteer groups, and with government staff.

More information can be found in the AGENDA and workshop presentations.

The workshop planning committee is in the process of soliciting evaluations and determining if there is enough interest to hold additional regional workshops on the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland.

Contact Becky Lang, Rebecca.Lang@maryland.gov for questions.


Road Salt Usage and Environmental Impacts Workshop

On April 13, 2016, the MWMC sponsored a workshop, Road Salt Usage and Environmental Impacts at the Patuxent Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, MD. There were 126 registrants. Topics included Practices and Alternatives, Impacts to Water Resources, Effects on Local Ecology, and Management Planning and Policy.

Workshop Summary - Data collection and analysis across the Mid-Atlantic region has shown in recent years that the increasing usage of road salt during winter months has an impact on our local waterways and groundwater. This all-day conference will provided information on current road salt operations, applications, and best management practices within the state and local counties. Presenters discussed current scientific analysis and monitoring efforts, and the effects of elevated chloride levels on surface water, groundwater, and local ecology. Lastly, the workshop provided an overview of management strategies, including regional policies. A panel discussion at the end of the workshop invited attendees to identify additional information and monitoring needs.

More information can be found in the AGENDA and FULL PROGRAM.

Click here for Workshop Presentations.

Contact Michele Gandee, mgandee@usgs.gov for questions.