Evaluating Water Quality Best Management Practice Effectiveness to Inform Decision

Evaluating Water Quality Best Management Practice Effectiveness to Inform Decision Making and Policy (BEG)
Emma Giese, Chesapeake Research Consortium

New practices and technologies add to the growing number of Best Management Practice (BMP) options available to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and improve water quality. For managers to make informed decisions, it is essential that there be a consistent, scientifically defensible and transparent method for defining the effectiveness of these BMPs. The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that leads and directs bay restoration and protection. Seeking to use science to inform decision-making and policy, the partnership convenes panels of experts to evaluate each BMP using the best available research. Panels evaluate BMPs for effectiveness in real world conditions with varying soils, hydrology and management intensity. The challenge for partners and stakeholders is to reach agreement on adopting the panel recommendations. This presentation will share successes and lessons learned from recent BMP evaluations, and offer insights to other regions implementing pollution reduction practices to restore water quality.

Emma Giese, Chesapeake Research Consortium
Emma Giese is an environmental management staffer for the Chesapeake Research Consortium. She is on a three year assignment to the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, MD, where she helps partners in the agriculture and urban stormwater sectors achieve their water quality goals. Previously she was an Americorps volunteer who spent her time chainsawing hazardous trees and removing invasive species in Maryland's state parks. Emma is a Michigan native and has a degree in environmental geosciences from Michigan State University.