Free EPA Watershed Academy Webinar

EPA’s Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor the 94th free Webcast Seminar on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST: “Using CAST to Develop Implementation Plans that Meet Loading Targets in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed”


Rich Batiuk, Associate Director for Science, Analysis and Implementation, Chesapeake Bay Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Olivia Devereux, Environmental Scientist, Devereux Environmental Consulting

Join us for a Webcast on the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST). CAST Exitallows users to run model simulations online for any portion of the 64,000 square mile, six-state watershed. This webcast will demonstrate CAST and highlight how the tool is being used by counties, states, watershed groups, and others for total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), nonpoint source pollutant management, and municipal stormwater programs across the Chesapeake Bay basin. Lessons learned from developing the online load estimator for local planners can be applied to watershed programs nationwide.

CAST was developed in 2011 with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding to help planners determine which best management practices (BMPs) are more effective and cost-effective in meeting pollutant loading targets. Outputs include nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads for the agriculture sector, developed lands, natural sources, wastewater, and septic – delivered to small streams and as well as to the tidal portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

CAST is a user-friendly online tool for local planners and others so that they can better understand the following:

  • Which set of BMPs provide the greatest load reduction benefits
  • The extent to which these BMPs can be implemented, and the cost of implementation
  • How to refine their BMP choices to meet their planning needs

Registration is required and is now available  at:  Exit

Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

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