Moving Beyond Concern: Emerging Management for Contaminants

We first noted substances negatively affecting the health of humans and the environment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed decades ago: mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, and others. We now have emerging compounds of concern such as pharmaceuticals and hormones. Management of these contaminants brings a unique set of challenges that differ from current efforts to reduce nutrients and sediment. Beyond identifying these contaminants of concern, we need to know where they come from, where they end up, and how they act in our streams, rivers, and Bay. This information can then be synthesized to address toxic contamination as part of the whole, to achieve health and restoration throughout the system.

Join us Wednesday, September 15th, from 12-1 pm, as we discuss contaminants of emerging concern and what we can do to manage them.


  • Kelly Smalling, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Greg Allen, Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team Coordinator, U.S. EPA


  • Denice Wardrop, Executive Director, Chesapeake Research Consortium

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About CRC Roundtable

The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) comprises seven research and education institutions around the Chesapeake Bay, convening with the goal of using science to inform management. We launched the CRC Roundtable, a monthly virtual seminar series, to host targeted, inclusive, and informed conversations matching scientific advances and management needs in a way that moves us collectively forward toward decision-making for effective and sustainable management of the Chesapeake Bay, its watershed, and its living resources.

The lunchtime seminars will invite a diverse range of researchers, managers, and other professionals to have timely conversations around topics relevant to the Chesapeake partnership. The seminars also build connectivity across participating organizations and identify ways to increase our collective competency for decision making.

Learn more about what we accomplished in 2020 in our annual report.