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Headwaters and Associated Wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region Workshop

June 20-21, 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The purpose of the workshop was to explore how science can be applied to protect and restore headwater systems, including streams and associated wetlands (both adjacent and geographically isolated).  The workshop consisted of sessions dealing with related science issues, such as the impact of nearby mining on stream function and water quality, and sessions dealing with management issues requiring scientific input, such as how should headwater streams be valued and how should the impacts of multiple stressors be  aggregated to determine remediation priorities.

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Workshop Report (PDF, 33pp., 1.05MB)

Posters

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

8:30 Welcome
   
9:00 Hydrogeologic Issues in Mountaintop Mining Regions (PPT, 27pp., 4.0MB)
Hugh Bevans, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, West Virginia Water Science Center
   
9:30 Landscape Connectivity of Geographically Isolated Wetlands (PPT, 42pp., 3.2MB)
Scott Leibowitz, Western Ecology Division-Corvallis, ORD, EPA
   
10:00 Mountaintop Mining/Valley Fills in Appalachia - An Overview of EPA Concerns (PPT, 32pp., 7.2MB)
Dave Rider, EPA Region 3
   
10:20 Break
   
10:40 PANEL - Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Challenges and Approaches for the Protection and Restoration of Headwater Streams and Isolated Wetlands

Panel Chair - John Forren, EPA Region 3
Representative - Jennifer Walker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Representative - Jenni Garland, Kentucky Division of Water (PPT, 7pp., 2.7MB)
Representative - John Dorney, North Carolina Department of Environmental Protection (PPT, 12pp., 28.4MB)
Representative - Russ Hunter, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Representative - Dave Hartos, Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Department of the Interior (PPT, 12pp., 2.23MB)
Representative - Christy Johnson-Hughes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
   
1:30 PANEL - Headwaters and Isolated Wetlands at Risk: A Science Perspective

Panel Chair - Stephanie Fulton, Water Management Division, EPA Region 4

Site Impact Assessment of Mountaintop Mining/Valley Fill and Impacts on Biological Communities in Highlands Region (PPT, 38pp., 17.0MB)
Greg Pond, EPA Region 3

Cummulative Impacts Assessment (PPT, 24pp., 3.9MB)
Dennis Newbold, Stroud Environmental Resource Center

A Classification of Mid-Atlantic Highland Watersheds To Identify High Vulnerability Headwater Systems and Valuable Isolated Wetlands (PPT, 6pp., 1.8MB)
Part 2 (PPT, 4pp., 1.4MB)
Bronson Griscom, Canaan Valley Institute

Mitigation and Restoration Practices for Kentucky Headwaters (PPT, 38pp., 7.88MB)
Art Parola, University of Louisville

Headwaters Restoration in Mining Areas of West Virginia (PPT, 18pp., 958KB)
J. Todd Petty, West Virginia University

   
3:30 Break
   
3:45 PANEL - EPA Management Perspectives

Panel Chair - Rich Sumner, Western Ecology Division, Office of Research and Development, EPA
Dave Evans, Director, Wetlands Division, Office of Water, Headquarters, EPA
Jon Capacasa, Director, Water Management Division, EPA Region 3
Randy Pomponio, Director, Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division, EPA Region 3
   
4:30 Facilitated Discussion - Identification of Science Needs on Mountaintop Mining, as Related to Headwaters and Isolated Wetlands
   
5:30 Poster Session and Social

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

9:00 PANEL - A Review of the State of the Science

Panel Chair - George Constantz, Canaan Valley Institute

American Water Resources Association Special Session on Headwater Streams and Synthesis Document (PPT, 14pp., 2.8MB)
Mark Rains, University of South Florida, Department of Geology

Journal of the Society of Wetlands Scientists, Special Edition on Isolated Wetlands
Scott Leibowitz, Office of Research and Development-Corvallis, EPA

Discussion Session: Identification of Priority Science Issues Associated With Headwater Streams in the Highlands Region
George Constantz, Canaan Valley Institute

   
10:30 Break
   
10:45 PANEL - ORD Research Group Panel

Panel Chair - Jim Wigington

Framework and Overview of Ongoing ORD Research (PPT, 10pp., 587KB)
Randy Bruins

Questions and Discussion - Panel Members

Randy Bruins, Ken Fritz, Brent Johnson, and Chuck Lane
National Exposure Research Laboratory, Ecological Exposure Research Division, Cincinnati

Rick McKinney
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Region, Narragansett

Scott Leibowitz and Jim Wigington
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Western Ecology Division, Corvallis

Roger Burke
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Ecological Research Division, Athens

Allison Roy
National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Sustainable Technology Division, Cincinnati

Chris Nietch
National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Water Supply and Water Resources Division, Cincinnati

   
1:15 Breakout Groups: Key Science Needs Identified From Previous Day

Facilitated Discussions: How Well Does the ORD Research Framework Reflect Regional/State Program Needs?
   
3:30 Group Reports - How Well Will the Framework Address Priority Needs and Recommendations To Amend the Framework

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