The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is inviting the public to attend it’s next Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be hosted as an online video conference.

STAC offer an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the local environment, and a chance to ask questions about the latest research being conducted on the Inland Bays. The committee provides objective advice and guidance to the Center’s Board of Directors and other cooperating agencies that have interests in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

During the meeting, University of Delaware faculty members Holly Michael and Leah Palm-Forster will discuss a collaborative research project called WiCCED (Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware). Funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Delaware, WiCCED will assess threats to Delaware’s water quality, and will develop legislative and technological solutions for addressing them. Collaborators include the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College and Wesley College.

“Project WiCCED has the potential to address a number of research and management needs in the Inland Bays,” said Dr. Marianne Walch, the Center’s Science & Restoration coordinator. “Our STAC members are eager to learn about researchers’ progress on environmental monitoring programs in the Bays.”

Following the presentation by Michael and Palm-Forster will be a facilitated discussion of proposed actions in the draft revision to the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP). The CCMP guides efforts to improve the health of the Inland Bays and their watershed. STAC members will also discuss progress in implementing programs recommended by the Inland Bays Environmental Monitoring Plan developed in 2017.

A drafted agenda and instructions on how to join the online meeting, as well as additional information about the committee and past meetings, can be found on the Center’s website at www.inlandbays.org/stac.