Water Resources in the United States: Science Briefing

May 21, 2015 10:30 am — 1:00 pm
Washington, DC

Understanding the connections between streams, wetlands, and downstream waters.

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) were pleased to present an expert panel on the science behind the proposed Clean Water Act rule. The panel supplemented the findings of the U.S. EPA document Connectivity of Streams & Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review & Synthesis of  the Scientific Evidence, with basic information on watershed science and the hydrologic cycle, as well as, evidence for the essential physical, chemical and biological connections between the upper watershed and the coast.

Attendees were invited to join us that evening in the beautiful U.S. Botanic Garden for the 2015 National Wetlands Awards ceremony, our annual celebration and recognition of our nation’s wetlands protectors and conservators. This event was free and open to the public; refreshments and beverages were provided.

The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) is a collaborative effort of professional aquatic science societies to make research, policy statements, and educational resources more widely available to the public and professionals. Members of CASS include the Society of Wetland Scientists, American Fisheries Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Society of Freshwater Scientists, and Phycological Society of America.

Dr. Denise Breitburg - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Dr. Robert Brooks - Pennsylvania State University, 2013 National Wetlands Awards Recipient
Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay - Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2015 National Wetlands Award Recipient