Upcoming Meetings

Scope and Purpose

The Toxic Contaminants Workgroup (TCW) was established in 2014 after the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. This workgroup exists to accomplish the toxic contaminants goals and outcomes outlined in the Agreement. For more information, visit the toxic contaminants research and toxic contaminants policy and prevention management strategy pages.

Projects and Resources

STAC Workshop on Contaminants in Urban and Agricultural Settings

A wide range of contaminants of agricultural, human, and industrial origin have degraded water quality, and pose a threat to the health of fish and wildlife populations in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. A STAC workshop brought together researchers and water quality managers working in urban and agricultural settings to synthesize the current knowledge on contaminants of concern, and discuss opportunities for their reduction.

Fish Consumption Advisory Project

Joint project with the Chesapeake Bay Program Diversity Workgroup to develop effective communication tools for populations at high risk for PCB exposure through fish consumption in waters impaired by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These populations include children and those who are pregnant or may become pregnant in communities with high rates of subsistence fishing, and especially linguistically isolated populations or populations who do not have regular access to the publication avenues commonly used by state governments and municipalities.

Spanish video available here.

Project Infographics

The Chesapeake Bay Program developed the Fish Consumption Advisory (FCA) infographic and an accompanying user guide (below) in order to better communicate the dangers of toxic contaminants in locally caught fish and the subsequent risks to human health. The FCA infographic is intended to raise awareness about the risks of consuming contaminated fish by highlighting safe angling and cooking practices in a simple, easy-to-understand and relevant fashion. The infographic features four panels that collectively promote the safe catching, sharing, preparing and consumption of fish.

Toxic Contaminants Workgroup Management Strategies and Work Plans

Since the signing of the Watershed Agreement in June 2014, our Goal Implementation Teams have been crafting "management strategies" that describe the steps necessary to achieve the Agreement's Vision.

These management strategies offer insight into the Bay Program partners' proposals for reaching each outcome by 2025, as well as how we monitor, assess and report progress towards abundant life, clean waters, engaged communities, conserved lands and climate change resilience. The strategies provide broad, overarching direction and are further supported by two-year work plans summarizing the specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.

The Toxic Contaminants Workgroup oversees progress towards acheiving the Toxic Contaminants Research Outcome, and the Toxic Contaminants Policy and Prevention Outcome.

Publications

Toxic Contaminants Phase III WIPs Co-Benefits Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the co-benefits that are possible when nutrient and sediment best management practices are selected in a thoughtful manner with site-specific conditions in mind. This fact sheet includes contact information for each state for more information. Additional information on best management practices and co-benefits for the Phase III WIPs is available here.

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Toxic Contaminants in the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed (2012)

Exposure to toxic contaminants can result in adverse effects on biological resources within the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. In 2010, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBCP), a federal-jurisdictional partnership, reported that 72 percent of the Bay's tidal-water segments are fully or partially impaired as a result of the presence of toxic contaminants. In some areas of the Bay watershed, fish-consumption advisories have been established as a result of concentrations of toxic contaminants. In recognition of these issues, the CBP developed the Toxics 2000 Strategy, in which commitments were made to prevent and reduce inputs of chemical contaminant and to eliminate toxic impacts on living resources that inhabit the Bay and its tributaries.

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Watershed Agreement

Members

Greg Allen (Chair), Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Address:
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  allen.greg@epa.gov
Phone:  (410) 267-5746
Emily Majcher (Vice Chair), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Address:
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Email:  emajcher@usgs.gov
Phone:  443-498-5520
Greg Allen (Coordinator), Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Address:
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  allen.greg@epa.gov
Phone:  (410) 267-5746
Jackie Pickford (Staffer), Water Quality Goal Implementation Team Staffer, Chesapeake Research Consortium
Address:
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  pickford.jacqueline@epa.gov
George Onyullo, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Address:
1200 First St. NE
5th Floor
Washington, Districtofcolumbia 20002

Email:  george.onyullo@dc.gov
Mark Richards, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Address:
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Email:  mark.richards@deq.virginia.gov
Phone:  804-698-4392
Leonard Schugam, Maryland Department of the Environment
Address:
Montgomery Business Park
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Email:  leonard.shugam@maryland.gov
Phone:  410-537-3935
Amy Williams, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Address:
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Email:  amywilli@state.pa.us
Thomas Barron, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Address:
400 Market St
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Email:  tbarron@pa.gov
Phone:  (717) 787-9614
Fred Pinkney, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Address:
tba
Tba, Districtofcolumbia 21401

Email:  fred_pinkney@fws.gov
Charles Walker, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Address:
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Email:  cwwalker@usgs.gov
Emily Majcher, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Address:
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Email:  emajcher@usgs.gov
Phone:  443-498-5520
Joel Blanco-Gonzalez, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 3
Address:
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Email:  Blanco-Gonzalez.Joel@epa.gov
John Maleri, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Address:
1200 First Street NE
Washington, dc, Districtofcolumbia 20002

Email:  john.maleri@dc.gov
Scott Phillips, Chesapeake Bay Science Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Address:
1750 Forest Drive Suite 130
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Email:  swphilli@usgs.gov
Phone:  (443) 498-5552
John Cargill, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Address:
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901

Email:  john.cargill@delaware.gov
Phone:  (302) 395-2622