The Scale of Bioassessment: Implications for Biomonitoring and Biocriteria Mark Southerland, Jon Volstad, & Ed Weber, Versar, Inc.; firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Caged Bivalves for PCB Source Tracking Charles Poukish & Chris Luckett, MD Department of the Environment; email@example.com
Determining the Minimum Number of Sites for Bioassessment in the Ohio River Karen A. Blocksum, USEPA HQ; Erich Emery & Jeff Thomas, ORSANCO; firstname.lastname@example.org
10:20 – 10:40 BREAK
Consistency of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Taxonomy as Routine Quality Control: Pilot Project for the MBSS Daniel Boward1, James Stribling2, Neal Dziepak1, Ellen Friedman1, Maggie Passmore3, & Gregory Pond3 1MD Department of Natural Resources; 2Tetra Tech, Inc.; 3USEPA Region III - Wheeling, VA; email@example.com
Active Clam Monitoring for EPA Priority Pollution Hotspots in the Anacostia River Watershed, DC and MD Harriette L. Phelps, University of the District of Columbia; firstname.lastname@example.org
Limestone, Creek Critters, and Suspended Solids Ron Hughey, PA Department of Environmental Protection; email@example.com
Development of a Genus-Level Index of Most Probable Stream Status: The WV GLIMPSS Greg Pond1, Jeff Bailey2, Ben Lowman2, Mike Whitman2, John Wirts2 1USEPA Region III - Wheeling, WV; 2WV Department of Environmental Protection; firstname.lastname@example.org
12:00 – 13:20 LUNCH
US EPA's Survey of the Nation's Non-wadeable Streams & Rivers Louis Reynolds1, Joseph Flotermersch2, Treda Smith3, Steve Paulsen4, and Susan Holdsworth3 1USEPA Region III - Wheeling, WV; 2USEPA/ORD/NERL - Cincinatti; 3USEPA/OW/OST - Washington; 4USEPA/ORD/OE - Corvallis; reynolds.louis.epa.gov
Wetlands Double-Header: Monitoring & Assessment in the Mid-Atlantic Wetland Jurisdiction in the Wake of Rapanos & Carabell: A Scientist's Reaction Regina Poeske & Charles Rhodes; USEPA Region III - Philadelphia; email@example.com
Going Beyond Watershed Assessments for the Protection & Restoration of Maryland's Aquatic Biodiversity Scott Stranko, MD Department of Natural Resources; firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for the Rare Critters: Results of Recent Fish Surveys in Maryland Andrew Becker, MD Department of Natural Resources; email@example.com
The Non-native Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, in Maryland Streams Jay Kilian, MD Department of Natural Resources; firstname.lastname@example.org
15:10 – 15:30 BREAK
Application of the Biological Condition Gradient to a Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity for Wadeable, Freestone Streams in Pennsylvania Brian Chalfant, PA Department of Environmental Protection; email@example.com
Seeking the Cause of the Fish Kills in the North Fork Shenandoah and South Branch Potomac Rivers: Experience Applying the CADDIS Process Amy Bergdale, USEPA Region III - Wheeling, WV; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Biological/Habitat Data Standard & the Water Quality Exchange (WQX) Dwane Young, USEPA HQ; email@example.com
Predicting E. coli Concentrations at Presque Isle Beach, Pennsylvania Tammy Zimmerman & Kent Crawford, US Geological Survey; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fecal-Indicator Bacteria & Protocols for Identification of Fecal-Pollution Sources in Selected Reaches of the West Branch of Brandywine Creek, Chester County, Pennsylvania Peter Cinotto, Andrew Reif, US Geological Survey; email@example.com
17:10 – ? ADJOURN
EVENING MIXER POSTERS
POSTERS On display all day Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Assessing the Relationship between Habitat and Biological Communities in VirginiaStreams Using Relative Bed Stability Lawrence D. Willis, Jason R. Hill, Richard D. Miller, Mary R. Dail and George J. Devlin, VA DEQ
Use of Geospatial Data to Predict Downstream Impacts of Coal Mining in an Appalachian Watershed Brent R. Johnson, Adam Haas, and Ken M. Fritz, USEPA Cincinnati
U.S. EPA’s Survey of the Nation’s Non-wadeable Streams and Rivers Louis Reynolds1, Joseph Flotemersch2, Treda Smith3, Steve Paulsen4, and Susan Holdsworth3, USEPA 1Wheeling, 2Cincinnati, 3DC, 4Corvalis
Using a Statewide Fish Predictive Model to Develop a Fish Habitat Assessment Protocol for Stream Restoration Roberts-Satinsky, MD Coastal Resources
Ionic Stress in Appalachian Headwater Streams: Are Total Dissolved Solids Toxic? Greg Pond, USEPA Wheeling
Revisiting the analysis of the condition of streams in the primary region of mountain top mining/valley fill (MTM/VF) coal mining Greg Pond and Maggie Passmore, USEPA Wheeling
Development of assessment and long-term monitoring techniques for free-flowing sections of the Delaware River Joseph E. Flotemersch1, Karen Blocksom1, Robert L. Limbeck2, Maggie Passmore3, Greg Pond3, Lou Reynolds3, Frank Borsuk3, Jim Kurtenbach4, Matt Marshall5, Don Hamilton6, and Allan Ambler7 1,3,4USEPA, 2Delaware River Basin Commission, 5,6,7Nat Park Service
Concepts and Applications for the Bioassessment of Non-wadeable Streams and Rivers Joseph E. Flotemersch1, James B. Stribling2, and Michael J. Paul2 1USEPA, 2Tetra Tech, Inc.
Lessons from the Field: Data Management and Quality Control for Aquatic Biology Ann Roseberry Lincoln, Maryland DNR
Overlooked, but not forgotten: The value and implications of a statewide vernal pool survey in Maryland Rachel Gauza, Maryland DNR
Draft Biological and Physical Habitat Data Elements for USEPA’s Water Quality Exchange Network Jeffrey White, Tetratech
A Survey of Black Flies (Simuliidae), Including Sibling Species, in Ohio M.J. Mendel, P.H Adler, and R.J. Mendel, Mt. Vernon Nazareth University
Existing and Newly Developed Biological Assessment Tools and Biocriteria for the USEPA's New England and Mid-Atlantic Regions Donald J. Klemm1, Alicia Shelton2, Karen Blocksom1, and Bradley Autrey1 1USEPA Cincinnati, 2UES, Inc
The Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System: New Features for 2007 Susan Norton, USEPA DC
A process for establishing aquatic life use standards in urbanizing and urbanized catchments Michael Paul, Tetratech
Tracing natural and marine-subsidized energy sources into spring creek food webs with stable isotopes Dave Miller Jr., ShippensburgUniversity, Shippensburg, PA
The Spatial Distribution of Land Cover and their Influence on Watershed Condition Peter E Schweizer, OhioUniversity
A Preliminary Predictive Model for Macroinvertebrates in Wadeable Streams of the Western Allegheny Plateau Sheila North, OhioUniversity
Caddis Larvae – Live Aquarium Rearing Display Kathy Stout
1. RIVER ALGAE: Taxonomy And Use For Environmental Assessments Facilitator: Dr. Marina Potapova, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science, firstname.lastname@example.org The workshop will cover the current concepts of algal taxonomy and systematics, and provide information on the use of algae in monitoring rivers. We will briefly discuss modern views on the origin and evolution of algae, and review the major algal groups, especially those that can be found in flowing waters. Some examples of algae common in Appalachian rivers will be shown. Basic information on identification methods will be provided. We will then discuss how the knowledge of algal ecology is used to develop modern methods of water quality assessment.
2. AQUATIC VASCULAR PLANT IDENTIFICATION Facilitator: Dr. Tim Block, Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, email@example.com Participants in this workshop will learn the basic skills needed to identify aquatic plants of the Mid-Atlantic region to species. We will use the new identification keys written for the forthcoming book, Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania by Timothy A. Block and Ann Fowler Rhoads. These keys were written for those with limited or no experience working with aquatic plants.
3. NEW TOOL FOR PLANNING AND DOCUMENTING YOUR PROJECT Facilitator: MaryEllen Schultz, USEPA Environmental Science Center, Fort Meade, MD, Schultz.Maryellen@epamail.epa.gov The Workshop will use a new Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) development tool to step you through the thought process of planning your project and provide a framework to document your project plan. Example projects will include projects that collect field samples and those that use existing data (secondary data.) Topics will also include; “What do reviewers look for when reviewing a QAPP?” and "How to select a laboratory for your project."
4. STONEFLY TAXONOMY Facilitators: Jane Earle, Mechanicsburg, PA, JaneEarle7@msn.com; Dan Bogar, PA Department of Environmental Protection, firstname.lastname@example.org Stonefly nymphs can be difficult and frustrating to identify. This new and revised workshop will provide tips on how to make stonefly identifications less difficult and how to avoid the pitfalls that lead to common misidentifications. Concentration will be on the more troublesome genera, such as the gill-less nemourids and taeniopterygids, the chloroperlids, some surprisingly difficult perlids, and leutrids vs. capniids, with an overview of the other families. The use of habitat, life cycle and emergence times in identifying nymphs will also be discussed. The presentation will use photos, drawings, specimens, taxa lists and new keys to genera in the region. Participants are encouraged to bring along specimens that they would like identified. Handouts will include regional keys to some families, an identification guide, and confirmed regional species lists.
5. WETLANDS ASSESSMENT Facilitator: Regina Poeske, US EPA Region III, Poeske.Regina@epamail.epa.gov The March 2003 EPA document, Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Program established basic elements to help EPA and the States determine whether a monitoring program meets the requirements of Clean Water Act Section (CWA)106(e)(1). Included in that document was the acknowledgement that all waterbody types needed to be included and monitored for their condition, including wetlands. States in the Mid-Atlantic region have been at the forefront of this emerging program nationally. All Region III states are developing and/or implementing comprehensive wetland monitoring program strategies, utilizing a number of recently developed indicators and tools and working together through the Mid-Atlantic Wetlands Workgroup (MAWWG). The states viewthis as an enormous opportunity to further protect and restore wetlands, while implementing a number of regulatory and scientific tools such as 305(b), water quality standard (WQS) refinement, classification of wetland types, refined aquatic life uses and TALU, reference networks, and new biological/ecological indices. This workshop will introduce participants to wetland monitoring in the Mid-Atlantic states and focus on the presentation of recently-developed wetland monitoring techniques, development of WQS specific for wetlands, and the possible integration of wetlands monitoring with other water monitoring programs.
6. FISH IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP MODULE 3: TAXONOMY AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE SUCKERS (CATOSTOMIDAE) Facilitators:Dan Cincotta, WV Department of Natural Resources, email@example.com; Stuart Welsh, WV University,firstname.lastname@example.org; Rich Raesly, Frostburg State University,email@example.com; Rick Spear, PA Department of Environmental Protection,firstname.lastname@example.org; Lou Reynolds, USEPA-Wheeling, email@example.com; Frank Borsuk, USEPA-Wheeling, firstname.lastname@example.org This is the third workshop of a series that will focus on the identification of the freshwater fishes of the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Module 3 workshop will focus the identification of the fishes in the Family Catostomidae. We will break participants out into major drainages within the Mid-Atlantic. The workshop will be a hands-on identification exercise with supplemental powerpoint presentations. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants.