Pesticides and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Pesticides & The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project was founded in 2007. Maryland Pesticide Network and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future launched the Project in order to bring together a diverse group of Bay restoration stakeholders to assess pesticide impacts on the Bay and identify and implement solutions to reduce the use and risks of pesticides in the watershed. It remains the first such initiative in Maryland dedicated to reducing the occurrence and risks of pesticides in the Bay watershed in order to protect water quality, aquatic life, wildlife, and public health.

Project Participants

The Project’s more than 300 stakeholders include scientists, public health experts, health care providers, beekeepers, waterkeepers and watermen; federal, state, county and city government agency representatives and agricultural community members; as well as the pest management industry, environmental and environmental health organizations and policymakers. Project stakeholders participate in three working groups related to research and issues education outreach to the public, farmers and to landscaping and pest management professionals.

Project Goals
  • Identify relevant research and data gaps to assess the main pesticides of concern in the watershed.
  • Identify Best Management Practices to prevent pesticide runoff and promote less-toxic strategies.
  • Collaborate with, educate and support the agricultural community in implementing Best Management Practices and protecting farmer family health.
  • Educate residential and commercial communities about reducing pesticide use and runoff – encouraging use of non-chemical and least-toxic alternatives.
  • Identify policies needed to reduce the impact of pesticides on the watershed.
  • Assess the need for strengthening and expanding existing policies and laws and identify needed policies to reduce the impact of pesticides on the watershed.
The Project’s Annual Conference

The Pesticides & The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project’s holds an annual conference, which brings together stakeholders committed to Bay watershed restoration. The 2018 12th annual meeting focuses on cutting-edge research on the impacts of pesticides on children, on pollinators and in the watershed – as well as the relationship between pesticides and climate change.

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