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Pre-Conference Field Trip 3


Friday September 28 - Saturday September 29, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Anacostia River Urban Restoration, Maryland and Washington DC

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General Background

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, extending over 330 km (200 miles) from the mouth of the Susquehanna River to the Atlantic Ocean. The bay is an incredibly complex ecosystem that includes diverse habitats and important food webs. Unfortunately, the bay has been severely impacted by nutrient and sediment-rich runoff creating extensive zones of hypoxia. Urban development pressures, invasive species, non-sustainable fishing and shell fishing practices have all taken a toll on the ecosystem. We will tour current research efforts and restoration projects aimed at improving water quality, restoring habitat, managing fisheries and protecting adjacent watersheds. The two-day tour will depart from Washington DC, the nation’s capital city.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour various research sites and restoration initiatives within the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Tour the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest, most advanced plant of its kind in the world. Managed by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), it provides wastewater collection and treatment services with a peak capacity of over 1 billion gallons per day.
  • Tour several case studies of the multi-jurisdictional restoration of the Anacostia River located in the District of Columbia.
  • Visit the Washington National Mall.

Cost: US$150
Includes two days transportation, lunches and admissions.

Min/Max Participants: 12/25

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For Additional Information:

Lynn McCready
OSU EcoSummit Coordinator
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
The Ohio State University
352 W. Dodridge Street
Columbus, Ohio  43202  USA
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