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Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Meeting

Join the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays to learn about the results of monitoring related to the health of the Inland Bays and their watershed at an upcoming virtual Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th.

STAC meetings are a fantastic opportunity for residents to learn about local environmental issues and ask questions about the latest research in the Inland Bays. This committee provides objective, science-driven advice and guidance to the Center’s Board of Directors and other cooperating agencies with interests in the Inland Bays. 

The majority of the meeting will be devoted to discussion of the upcoming 2022 State of the Inland Bays report to be released by the Center later this year. The report is a compilation of environmental data about the Bays. To assess the health of the estuary, monitoring data are collected and analyzed by Center scientists and their partners for over 30 environmental indicators. These are specific species and conditions that are measured over time to determine how the Inland Bays are changing and how much progress has been made toward restoration goals. The indicators are grouped into chapters that include watershed condition, nutrient pollution and water quality, living resources, human health risks, and climate.

The STAC meeting will include presentations that summarize the work done to date to assess the status and trends of each environmental indicator in the report. Among these will be a presentation by University of Delaware Professor Fengyan Shi on a mathematical model to estimate the volume of water entering and exiting the Inland Bays with the tides at the Indian River Inlet. STAC members will be asked to provide final review and feedback on the report contents.

Join the Zoom meeting at https://udel.zoom.us/j/98542355005 and enter the passcode “science.” To join by phone, dial 646-876-9923, and enter the meeting ID “985 4235 5005.”

A draft agenda, as well as additional information about the committee and past meetings, can be found HERE