2012 Classes 7-9

Publication 4221-NC (Rev. 12-2010)

7th Class, Monday, February. 27, 2012, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm,

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Natural History

 

1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

2.   History and Current Physical Processes Impacting the Bay (9:15 - 10:15)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed and Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Growth, LLC; ned@sustainable.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Identify the extent of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

o      Introduce participants to the historical and current dynamic aspects of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including geological events, soils, hydrology, mineral and energy resources, mining history, and Native and Modern Americans’ relationship to the land/water.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      What areas make up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

o      What estuaries are and why they are important.

o      Why the Bay watershed is important, unique, and vulnerable.

o      The Maryland physiographic provinces, describing characteristics and species of each.

o      Illustrate how humans have shaped the Chesapeake Bay environment for hundreds of years.

o      The differences between toxins, pollutants, and sediments.

o      How their actions impact the health of the Bay.

 

Q & A (10:15 - 10:30)

 

Break (10:30 – 10:45)

 

3.   What is the Status of Life in the Chesapeake Bay? (10:45 – 12:00)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed and Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Growth, LLC; ned@sustainable.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Introduce participants to the historic and present ecosystem (flora and fauna) of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

o      Illustrate, with examples, what used to live there but can’t live there now.

o      Describe the current status of the bay

o      Explore, with examples, the potential, resources, and limits of the Chesapeake Bay's capacity to clean itself.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain, in laymen’s terms:

o      The main species in the area and their relative health and importance to us all.

o      The impact of population growth on the Bay and in the watershed.

 

Q & A (12:00 - 12:15)

 

Lunch (12:15 – 1:00)

 

Afternoon Field Experience

 

4.   Field Trip to Illustrate the Geology and Soils of Howard County (1:00 – 3:30)

Ned Tillman, Author of The Chesapeake Watershed and Sustainability Advisor, Sustainable Growth, LLC; ned@sustainable.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Show participants examples of important geologic aspects of Howard County.

o      Illustrate the soils of Howard County.

o      Illustrate the integrated nature of all things on the health of our environment.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain

o      How geologic events shaped our county.

o      How our soils have been used, conserved and degraded

o      Our impacts on our environment.

 

 

8th Class, Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

 

Howard County’s Environmental Status I

 

Watershed Issues and Efforts

 

1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

2.   Watersheds Need Protection from Storm Water (9:15 – 10:15)

Mark Southerland, Ph.D., Principal Ecologist, Versar; Msoutherland@versar.com

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Explore urbanization and the impervious cover model and how both affect the watershed.

o      Describe storm water issues in Howard County

o      Discuss examples of how small groups or individuals can alleviate these problems.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Why storm water runoff is an environmental problem that must be managed.

o      The relationship between impervious surfaces and water quality.

o      Some simple actions that individuals and communities can take to reduce storm-water runoff.

 

Q & A (10:15 – 10:30)

 

Break (10:30 – 10:45)

 

3.   Patapsco River (including video presentation; 10:45 – 11:45)

Tim Titus, Board Member, Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway and HoLLIE 2010 Graduate; w1trt@aol.com and

Cathy Hudson, Treasurer, Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway and HoLLIE Program Coordinator; cmhudson@comcast.net

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Describe the Patapsco River and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay.

o      Discuss interactions of people with the park.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      The history and heritage of the Patapsco Valley (Daniels to Elkridge).

 

Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 

Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

 

4.   Patuxent River (12:30 – 1:30)

Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Riverkeeper and CEO; Fred@paxriverkeeper.org

 

Speaker objective:

o      Describe the Patuxent River and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay, through its history (especially human activities), water quality, biodiversity and restoration efforts.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      The areas that make up the Patuxent River watershed and how the river has changed over time, especially the last 400 years.

o      How what people do upstream affects people and natural resources downstream.

o      How one or two key restoration efforts could improve the river’s water quality.

 

Q & A (1:30 – 1:45)

 

Break (1:45 – 2:00)

 

Afternoon Field Experience

 

5.   The Patuxent River Watershed: Howard County (2:00 – 3:30)

Fred Tutman, Patuxent River Riverkeeper and CEO; Fred@paxriverkeeper.org

Brian England, Member Columbia Watershed Advisory Committee, beengland@comcast.net

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Point out problems in Howard County contributing to degradation of the Patuxent River and its tributaries.

o      Examine mitigation and/or restoration efforts and impacts on restoring water quality of the Patuxent River.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Actions volunteers might take to improve water quality in the Patuxent River.

 

 

9th Class, Monday, March 5, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:10 pm

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Human Impacts

 

1.   Daily Update with Program Coordinators (9:00 - 9:15)

 

2.   Status 2012: Restoring the Chesapeake Bay (9:15 – 10:15)

Terry Cummings, Manager of Advocacy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; tcummings@cbf.org

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Briefly review key points contributing to environmental decline

 of Chesapeake Bay.

o      Highlight actions needed to improve the health of the Bay.

o      Discuss the current EPA emphasis on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and how this will impact Maryland citizens.

o      Describe the role of citizens in Bay restoration efforts.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Current problems affecting the environmental health of Chesapeake  Bay.

o      Impact of residents of Chesapeake Bay Watershed on the current health of Bay.

o      What is meant by the “diet for the Bay” and how this might affect Marylanders.

o      How each citizen can help the Bay recover.

 

Q & A (10:15 – 10:30)

 

Break (10:30 - 10:45)

 

3.   Smart Growth Principles and Initiatives in Maryland (10:45 – 11:45)

Andrew Ratner, Director of Communications and Education, Maryland Department of Planning; aratner@mdp.state.md.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Familiarize participants with the history and tenets of Smart Growth.

o      Explore the Maryland Smart Growth Initiative and its current status.

o      Identify how Smart Growth principles and practices could help address environmental problems as Maryland’s baby boomers “age in place.”

o      Explain how Smart Growth principles can influence planners to include natural areas in their projects.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Why we need Smart Growth.

o      Smart Growth principles, especially applications of Smart Growth principles and practices to Maryland, and to “aging in place” in Maryland.

o      Concepts/methods useful for maintaining environmentally diverse areas within high-growth priority areas.

 

Q & A (11:45 – 12:00)

 

Lunch (12:00 – 12:30)

 

4.   The Impacts of our Economy and Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator (12:30 – 1:30)

Sean McGuire, Office for a Sustainable Future, MD Dept. of Natural Resources; SMCGUIRE@dnr.state.md.us

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Describe Maryland’s Genuine Progress Indicator

o      Compare the GPI with Gross State Product.

o      Discuss how the GPI can be used to make sustainable policy decisions.


As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      How the Genuine Progress Indicator differs from other measures of economic activity.

o      How the GPI can be used to balance the competing interests of advancing economic gain and ensuring social well-being.

 

Q & A (1:30 – 1:45)

 

Advocacy Workshops

 

5.   Effective Environmental Advocacy (1:45 – 3:15)

Joshua D. Feldmark, Director, Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability; jdfeldmark@howardcountymd.gov

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Describe how to be an effective advocate for the environment in a variety of situations.

o      Illustrate, by example, the use of such skills.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      How to be an effective advocate for the environment to a variety of audiences.

 

Break (3:15 – 3:20)

 

6.   The Spectrums of Social Change (3:20-4:10)

Joshua D. Feldmark, Director, Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability; jdfeldmark@howardcountymd.gov

Jessica Feldmark, Chief of Staff, County Executive’s Office; jfeldmark@howardcountymd.gov

 

Speaker objectives:

o      Describe the different avenues individuals can use to work towards social change.

o      Through group exercises, facilitate discussion on reactions and preferences towards different social change strategies.

 

As a result, participants will be able to explain:

o      Their thoughts about social change and differing strategies and tactics one can use towards effecting social change.

 

 

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