Recent Publications

STAC Criteria Addendum Review: Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Dissolved Oxygen, Water Clarity and Chlorophyll a for the Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries: 2017 Technical Addendum

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of the 2017 technical addendum to previously published Chesapeake Bay water quality criteria assessment procedures. (view)

Integrating and Leveraging Monitoring Networks to Support the Assessment of Outcomes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

A STAC workshop was held in April 2016 to explore potential opportunities for integrating and leveraging existing monitoring networks to provide consistent data sources. This report summarizes participants' recommendations for the CBP Partnership. (view)

Cracking the WIP: Designing an Optimization Engine to Guide Efficient Bay Implementation

A STAC workshop was held in February 2016 to explore alternative optimization techniques for use in potential decision-support tools to develop optimized Chesapeake Bay TMDL implementation plans. This report summarizes participants' recommendations. (view)

STAC 2017 Annual Executive Council Report

STAC reports annually to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Executive Council. The 2017 report summarizes recent and upcoming STAC activities, and describes how STAC's activities support the partnership's commitment to evidence-based policy and effective management. (view)

Review of Boat Wake Wave Impacts on Shoreline Erosion and Potential Solutions for the Chesapeake Bay

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) requested STAC-sponsored technical review of boat wake wave impacts on Chesapeake Bay shorelines. (view)

Review of the Generalized Additive Model (GAM) Approach for Water Quality Trends in Tidal Waters

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of the approach for applying Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) for tidal water quality trends analysis in the Chesapeake Bay. (view)

STAC 2016 Annual Executive Council Report

STAC reports annually to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Executive Council. The 2016 report summarizes recent STAC activities and describes three major themes that deserve attention in the year ahead: 1) contaminants of emerging concern; 2) science needs for adaptive management; and 3) applying systems approaches to identify strategic actions. (view)

Review of the James River Chlorophyll-a Criteria Re-evaluation

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of two reports related to the state of Virginia's numeric water quality criteria for chlorophyll-a in the tidal portion of the James River. (view)

The Development of Climate Projections for Use in Chesapeake Bay Program Assessments

A STAC workshop was held in March 2016 to evaluate the applicability of available climate projections for climate analysis in Chesapeake Bay Program assessments. This report summarizes participants' recommendations for addressing climate in future assessments. (view)

Review of Nutrient Input Estimation for the Watershed Model

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of the procedures used to estimate nutrient inputs to the landscape in the Phase 6 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model. (view)

Conowingo Reservoir Infill and Its Influence on Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

A STAC workshop was held in January 2016 to address the state of the science on the influence of Conowingo Reservoir infill on tidal Chesapeake Bay water quality. This report summarizes participants' recommendations on immediate and future management actions. (view)

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)

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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

STAC Criteria Addendum Review

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of the 2017 technical addendum, which refines and clarifies the previously published Chesapeake Bay water quality criteria assessment procedures.
More: Click here

Integrating and Leveraging Monitoring Networks to Support the Assessment of Outcomes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

A STAC workshop was held in April 2016 to explore potential opportunities for integrating and leveraging existing monitoring networks to provide consistent data sources. This report summarizes participants' recommendations for the CBP Partnership.
More: Click here

Cracking the WIP: Designing an Optimization Engine to Guide Efficient Bay Implementation

A STAC workshop was held in February 2016 to explore alternative optimization techniques for use in potential decision-support tools to develop optimized Chesapeake Bay TMDL implementation plans. This report summarizes participants' recommendations.
More: Click here

Review of Boat Wake Wave Impacts on Shoreline Erosion and Potential Solutions for the Chesapeake Bay

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC) requested STAC-sponsored technical review of boat wake wave impacts on Chesapeake Bay shorelines.
More: Click here

Review of the Generalized Additive Model (GAM) Approach for Water Quality Trends in Tidal Waters

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of the approach for applying Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) for tidal water quality trends analysis in the Chesapeake Bay.
More: Click here

Review of the James River Chlorophyll-a Criteria Re-evaluation

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the review panel for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored review of two reports related to the state of Virginia's numeric water quality criteria for chlorophyll-a in the tidal portion of the James River.
More: Click here

The Development of Climate Projections for Use in Chesapeake Bay Program Assessments

A STAC workshop was held in March 2016 to evaluate the applicability of available climate projections for climate analysis in Chesapeake Bay Program assessments. This report summarizes participants' recommendations for addressing climate in future assessments.
More: Click here

Review of Nutrient Input Estimation for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model

This report outlines the review panel's findings and recommendations of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) requested STAC-sponsored technical review of the procedures used to estimate nutrient inputs to the landscape in the Phase 6 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model.
More: Click here

Conowingo Reservoir Infill and Its Influence on Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

A STAC workshop was held in January 2016 to address the state of the science on the influence of Conowingo Reservoir infill on tidal Chesapeake Bay water quality. This report summarizes recommendations from participants on immediate and future management actions.
More: Click here

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

STAC Upcoming Events

September 2017 STAC Quarterly Meeting (more)

Sep
12

December 2017 STAC Quarterly Meeting (more)

Dec
5

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