EPA Science Inventory

A Systems-Based Approach To Integrated Nutrient Management in Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed.

Citation:

Dettmann, E., H. Walker, AND W. Berry. A Systems-Based Approach To Integrated Nutrient Management in Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed. Presented at North Atlantic Chapter of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (NAC/SETAC) 18th Annual Meeting, West Greenwich, RI, June 06 - 08, 2012.

Description:

EPA’s Office of Research and Development is embarking on a project to develop and demonstrate a systems-based management approach that will achieve more integrated and effective management of nutrients in southern New England. The geographic focus of this multi-year research project is Narragansett Bay, its watershed and airshed. Our goal is to better inform governance decisions at municipal to national scales that affect changes in air quality, land use, and water quality in this watershed and estuary. Decision options range from shifts in national policy and regulations related to air and water quality, to non-regulatory decisions and land use planning at municipal scales. We will employ historical and newly-collected data, information, and decision support tools such as models, GIS server applications, and web-based “knowledge delivery” services. The research will take into account ongoing efforts to reduce nutrient loading to water resources in this system, including tertiary treatment of wastewater in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, storm water controls, and benefits and trade-offs of changes in land use and land cover and green and grey infrastructure. We are collaborating with local and regional decision makers, land use planners, NGOs, and other stakeholders to identify specific concerns and decision support needs, so stakeholders can better evaluate policy and management options at a range of scales. The conceptual approach and decision support tools will be designed to be adaptable for use in other watershed management contexts. This project will contribute to a more holistic approach for nutrient management, and help achieve more sustainable solutions for water resources in southern New England.

Purpose/Objective:

The purpose of this presentation is to increase awareness of the SSWR Program’s Narragansett Bay Signature Project, "Promoting safe and sustainable waters through integrated management of nutrients in New England," in the New England water quality & aquatic ecology research community. In particular, this outreach may help establish needed connections with stakeholders with interests in Narragansett Bay and its watershed. The purpose of the Narragansett Bay Signature Project is to develop and demonstrate an ecosystem-based management approach that will help achieve more integrated and effective management of nutrients in Southern New England.

URLs/Downloads:

WB NACSETAC 2012.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 39.581 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Start Date: 06/08/3023
Completion Date: 06/08/3023
Record Last Revised: 09/20/2012
Record Created: 09/19/2012
Record Released: 09/19/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 246420

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION

HABITATS EFFECT BRANCH