Recent Publications

Evaluating Proprietary BMPs: Is it Time for a State, Regional, or National Program?

This report summarizes recommendations identified by participants at the March 2015 workshop, highlighting the need to establish a Chesapeake Bay-wide evaluation program for proprietary or structural best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater treatment. (view)

Technical Review of Microbeads/Microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay

This report summarizes the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) requested STAC-sponsored technical review of microbeads/microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay. The panel addressed questions related to fate and transport, potential impact, removal, and urgency. (view)

Re-plumbing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Improving Roadside Ditch Management to Meet TMDL Water Quality Goals

This report summarizes recommendations identified by workshop participants at the October 2014 workshop. These recommendations incorporate lessons learned from successful ditch management, including inventory and assessment, education, leadership, and more. (view)

Assessing the Chesapeake Bay Forage Base: Existing Data and Research Priorities

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the November 12-13, 2014 workshop. The goal was to produce a system-wide synthesis of the forage base and to develop recommendations for its management in support of managed fished species in the Bay. (view)

STAC 2015 Annual Executive Council Report

The STAC reports annually to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Executive Council. A summary of the committee recommendations and emerging scientific issues are provided in this report. (view)

Exploring Applications of Behavioral Economics Research to Environmental Policy-making in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The purpose of this workshop was to increase the depth of participants knowledge regarding behavioral economics and behavioral decision-making, and to explore potential applications in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The workshop was also an opportunity to explore in an in-depth manner the potential applications in the problem areas of non-point source agricultural pollution, household/homeowner contributions to pollution, and increase the exchange of knowledge and expand collaboration among social science researchers in the region who are familiar with challenges in the use of behavioral economics. (view)

Designing Sustainable Stream Restoration Projects within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

This report provdies a summary of the May 6-7, 2014 workshop recommendations for the development of a function-based process to implement sustainable stream restoration projects. (view)

Estimating Land Management Effects on Water Quality Status and Trends

This report is from the March 25-26, 2014 workshop recommendations related to the most promising analytical approaches and corresponding data needs for detecting linkages between management practices on the land and changes within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. (view)

The Peculiarities of Pervious Cover: A Research Synthesis on Allocating Pollutant Loads to Urban Land Uses in the Chesapeake Bay

The purpose of this report is to ensure that a scientifically credible approach is taken to develop urban land use/cover data to inform the suite of Chesapeake Bay Program models and accounting systems. (view)

In My Backyard: An Innovative Look at the Advances of Onsite Decentralized Wastewater Treatment

STAC held a workshop on December 2013 to review new and existing technologies to address nitrogen (N) loadings from onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) and provide guidance to the watershed on how to meet N reductions under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. (view)

Review of the Final Report of the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Invasive Catfish Task Force

In response to a request from the Chesapeake Bay Program's (CBP) Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1), STAC conducted a review of a draft report by the Invasive Catfish Task Force (ICTF) on current management efforts and proposed recommendations addressing invasive catfishes. (view)

A Review of Agricultural P-dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model

STAC created an ad hoc group to work with CBP modelers to investigate how phosphorus (P) transport from cropland was simulated in the CBP Watershed Model (CBWM). The recommendations can be found in the August 2014 STAC-14-005 publication. (view)

Multiple Models for Management in the Chesapeake Bay

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the February 25-26, 2013 workshop. The goal was to gather regional and national technical experts and managers to discuss their experiences and consider how multiple models could be used within the CBP. (view)

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Welcome

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) provides scientific and technical guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. Since its creation in December 1984, STAC has worked to enhance scientific communication and outreach throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond.


STAC News

Evaluating Proprietary BMPs: Is it Time for a State, Regional, or National Program?

This report summarizes recommendations identified by workshop participants at the March 2015 workshop. These recommendations highlight the need to establish a Chesapeake Bay-wide evaluation program for proprietary or structural best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater treatment.
More: Click here

Technical Review of Microbeads/Microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay

This report summarizes the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) requested STAC-sponsored technical review of microbeads/microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay. The panel addressed questions related to fate and transport, potential impact, removal, and urgency.
More: Click here

Re-plumbing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Improving Roadside Ditch Management to Meet TMDL Water Quality Goals

This report summarizes recommendations identified by workshop participants at the October 2014 workshop. These recommendations incorporate lessons learned from successful ditch management, including inventory and assessment, education, leadership, and more.
More: Click here

Assessing the Chesapeake Bay Forage Base: Existing Data and Research Priorities

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the November 2014 workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to produce a system-wide synthesis of the forage base and to develop actionable recommendations for its management in support of managed fished species in the Chesapeake Bay.
More: Click here

STAC Upcoming Events

September 2016 STAC Quarterly Meeting (more)

Sep
13

December 2016 STAC Quarterly Meeting (more)

Dec
6

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