Guanabara Bay Webinar Series


With the completion of the first Guanabara Bay Report Card, scientists from around the state of Maryland are hosting a webinar series to share knowledge with their colleagues in the state of Rio. Each webinar is focused on a specific topic, relevant to the restoration, management, and governance of Guanabara Bay with lessons learned from the Chesapeake Bay. These webinars will engage the public and non-governmental organizations in planning restoration actions, enhance transparency throughout the process, engage university experts, help build public-private partnerships, illuminate environmental finance models, show the development of the report card, discuss using social media to engage people in restoration efforts, and allow experts to share knowledge about best practices in management and restoration. 
Join our webinar series!
Each presentation is prerecorded, and translated into Portuguese with subtitles. Watch the video on your own, and then join our live session to ask questions and talk to experts! To turn on Portuguese subtitles, select the gear in the lower right corner of the Youtube screen, and select 'Subtitles.' Then, click on Portuguese (Brazil). Using the online link is free. If calling in by phone regular long-distance charges may apply.
1. Stormwater Pollution and Flooding Control in Maryland
     - Dr. Bob Summers
     - Watch the video:
     - Join our live session on Friday June 30th at 2pm EDT / 3pm (GMT-3)
            To join the live session please call in:

            Brazil: +55 11 3042-5273 
            USA: 515 739-1479
            Access code: 680834
            Online Meeting Link:
            Online Meeting ID: umces-ian

2. Chesapeake and Guanabara Bays
     - Dr. Bill Dennison
     - Watch the video:
     - Join our live session on Tuesday July 18 at 1pm EDT / 2pm (GMT-3)

3.  River naturalization in Maryland, USA: Case studies
     - Dr. Solange Filoso
     - Watch the video:
     - Join our live session on Wednesday July 19th at 1pm EDT / 2pm (GMT-3)
4. The Continuing Evolution of the Report Card Process
     - Dr. Bill Dennison and Dr. Heath Kelsey
     - Join our live session on Wednesday July 19th at 3pm EDT / 4pm (GMT-3)
5. Sewage collection and treatment in Maryland and the US
     - Dr. Bob Summers
     - Watch the video:
     -  Join our live session on Thursday July 20th at 2pm EDT / 3pm (GMT-3)
Speaker Profiles

About Dr. Summers:  Currently a research faculty member at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and a Practice Leader at KCI Technologies Inc. Prior to these positions, Bob Summers served over three decades with the state of Maryland before retiring as Secretary of the Environment. His expertise and leadership over his career played a critical role in Maryland’s progressive environmental programs, including advances in pollution control, protection of drinking water and environmental regulatory compliance. 

About Dr. Dennison: Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His primary work is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network, a group of scientists committed to solving, not just studying, environmental problems. Dr. Dennison has pioneered visual science communication and has authored numerous books, papers, and reports on science communication, environmental assessment, and integrating science onto decision making. 
About Dr. Kelsey: Dr. Heath Kelsey is the Program Director for the  Integration and Application Network and oversees project management, communication coordination, and data analysis. He has developed ecosystem health report cards in Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi River, Australia, and India, and has facilitated the development of standard indicators and methods for local watershed organizations in the mid-Atlantic. His research specialties include Environmental and Public Health Assessment, Science in Policy, Coastal Zone Management, Pollution Indicators, Bacterial Source Tracking, Land Use and Nonpoint Source Pollution, Hydrology, and International Development.
About Dr. Filoso: Solange Filoso is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science with expertise in freshwater ecosystems, water quality, restoration ecology, nutrient dynamics and stormwater management.  She has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing and coordinating projects in Brazil and in the US to assess the effects of human activities (including ecological restoration) on the environment, with a focus on water resources and climate. On-going or recent projects include: 1. Studying the effects of forest restoration in Brazil on the recovery of ecosystem services such as freshwater provision and purification, soil conservation, and biodiversity. 2. Assessing the effectiveness of best management practices and stream restoration in urban watersheds in the Washington DC-Maryland region. 3. Studying how the conversion of degraded pastures into managed pastures or sugarcane agriculture in Brazil affects emissions of green-house gases. 4. Studying the capacity of riparian forests in the humid tropics at protecting headwater streams draining intensive agriculture.
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