Enhanced Monitoring of Toxic Contaminants: Responding to the PSC Request
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.
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.