USGS US Army Corps of Engineers NRCS University of Florida / IFAS Baltimore Marriott Waterfront NCER 2011 * 4th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration * Aug 1-5, 2011 * Baltimore, MD

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August 21-25, 2011
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
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Tuesday, August 2, 3:30-5:00 pm
Can Chesapeake Bay Restoration Be Accomplished?

It has been 28 years since the first agreement to restore the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and despite substantial and sustained efforts goals have not been met.  The effort recently entered a new phase with legal requirements to implement programs to meet TMDLs, yet the path is steep.  Can the Chesapeake Bay restoration goals ever be fully met and what changes are needed to achieve this?   

Jeff Corbin, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Will Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Ann Pesiri Swanson, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission

Robert Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Moderator: Tim Wheeler, reporter, Baltimore Sun


Thursday, August 4, 3:30-5:00 pm
Effective Communication of the Ecosystem Restoration Challenge

Public and political support is essential for ecosystem restoration, yet restoration scientists and practitioners are often ill prepared for communicating objectives and requirements.  Most communication takes place through the news media rather than talks and pamphlets.  An exceptionally experienced panel of reporters and authors will discuss what the public needs to know and how media changes affect communications pathways and offer some tips on how restoration scientists and practitioners can more effectively communicate. 

David Fahrenthold, Congressional reporter for the Washington Post

Tom Horton, author of Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay

Christopher Joyce, environment reporter for National Public Radio

Chris Mooney, author of Unscientific America and blogger at The Intersection

Moderator: Terence Smith, special correspondent PBS News Hour

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