Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan Symposium
October 7, 2011
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michael’s, Maryland
Please hold Friday October 7 for an opportunity to engage in dialogue and discussion with colleagues and professionals on county roles and responsibilities related to efforts now underway to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The gathering, jointly hosted by MACo and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, is tentatively set to be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Plans for an afternoon boat trip out on the Miles River are in the works.
This fall, counties around the state are developing Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) to help support Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. This free program is intended to provide a forum for county staff, elected officials, and issue experts to have informal conversation about tools and practices being considered for inclusion in the WIPs, and to help strengthen capacity for achieving local water quality standards under the WIP framework.
Two tracks – one for county staff and one for elected officials, both led by issue experts – will afford attendees the opportunity to discuss these issues among their peers. A General Session will bring both tracks together so that attendees can join in a larger conversation and share both perspectives.
As counties are increasingly challenged to respond to a variety of issues and concerns in new and creative ways, this meeting offers a forum to learn from each other and build confidence in the ability of local government to get things done in positive and effective ways. Look for more information on this exciting opportunity in the very near future.
Michael Sanderson & Kim Coble