Present your CZO research at Chesapeake Research and Modeling Symposium

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 08:45 to Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 17:45

Dear CZO colleagues,

For those doing CZO research of interest to the Chesapeake Bay watershed research community, the 2018 Chesapeake Research and Modeling Symposium (ChesRMS 2018) will be held June 12-14 in Annapolis, MD.  The abstract deadline and early bird pricing has been extended to March 7th.  

Among the many great sessions, I am co-convening one with Bill Ball and Ciaran Harman called “Understanding pollution legacies, lag times, and their influence on Chesapeake Bay Restoration.”   See Session Abstract at the end of this email.  

Please consider submitting an abstract and helping us spread the word.  You can get more information and register through the conference webite here:

We hope you can join us.  Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.   

Dano Wilusz (PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins University)


Session title:  Understanding pollution legacies, lag times, and their influence on Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Session abstract: There is increasing evidence of widespread and significant accumulation of pollutants in the critical zone of anthropogenic landscapes, including nutrients from fertilizer and atmospheric deposition. It can take decades or longer to flush these legacy contaminants out of watersheds, causing potentially long lag times between the implementation of best management practices and the detection of water quality improvements. These lag times may be unanticipated and/or non-stationary under a changing climate, which could frustrate restoration efforts. In 2012 the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program sponsored a workshop and report to discuss the issue of lag times in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Their conclusions highlighted the need for new approaches to measuring pollution legacies and predicting lag times. The purpose of this session is to discuss recent advances in our ability to measure pollution legacies in soils and groundwater, to track their movement from aquifers to streams, and to quantify their impact on freshwater ecosystems. Abstracts would be solicited from a range of disciplines including hydrology, geochemistry, and ecology. Topics would include relevant advances in field-based studies, monitoring technologies, predictive transport modeling, and watershed management practices. To promote knowledge transfer, case studies would be welcomed from both inside and outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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