Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 30, 2011

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

*Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife*

“Nutrient Pollution: An Overview of Nutrient Reduction Approaches”

BACKGROUND: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, will convene a hearing to discuss the causes and impacts of nutrient pollution in the United States and various approaches toward mitigating its effects.

Nutrient pollution, caused primarily by excess nitrogen and phosphorus, has negatively affected more than half of the water bodies in the United States, causing harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, declines in fish and wildlife and drinking water contamination. Nationally, nutrient pollution is a particular problem in the Great Lakes and in coastal estuaries, especially the Chesapeake Bay, the waters of Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico.

2:30 PM ET

LOCATION: EPW Hearing Room
406 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

WEBCAST: Webcast will be available at starting at
2:30 PM ET

WITNESSES: (Order subject to change)

Panel I:

Ms. Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. William Werkheiser, Associate Director, Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Dave White, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Panel II:

Mr. George S. Hawkins, General Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Mr. Nick Maravell, Owner and Operator, Nick’s Organic Farm

Mr. Andy Buchsbaum, Regional Executive Director, Great Lakes Regional Center, National Wildlife Federation

Ms. Shellie Chard-McClary, Division Director, Water Quality Division, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Mr. Richard Budell, Director, Office of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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