Water Wednesday: Trash Free Potomac

trash and plastic pollution in the Potomac

Join Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks, and special guest speaker, Dr. Jesse Meiller, Environmental Science Professor at American University & Microplastics Researcher, for a special Water Wednesday all about the trash and microplastics that end up in the Potomac River.

Trash and plastic pollution are a growing problem in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. They come from a variety of sources including littering, illegal dumping, and stormwater and have the potential to transport chemical pollutants, threaten aquatic life, interfere with river recreation, and damage marine and coastal environments.

During this Water Wednesday, Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, will discuss Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s Trash Free Potomac Campaign, including how we’re working to combat this persistent issue, what’s going on legislatively in our watershed, and how you can help keep our river #TrashFree! Dr. Jesse Meiller will discuss her research on microplastics in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and how these plastics are affecting the Potomac River. Plus, there will be time at the end of the webinar for all plastic and trash related questions for our experts!

WATER WEDNESDAY:
Trash Free Potomac
Location: Online
Date: September 15, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

 

About our speakers:

Jesse Meiller

Jesse is a marine ecologist and environmental toxicologist. Jesse received her PhD from the University of Maryland in the Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences (MEES) program after doing her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She received and held an AAAS fellowship in Environmental Science Policy at the EPA. Following her fellowship, and while still at the EPA, she provided expertise in aquatic and invertebrate biology and toxicology as well as on science policy and regulatory issues. Jesse represented the US on several Expert Groups for the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She is currently researching microplastics in tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. She is also interested in educational outreach and involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in scientific disciplines.

Dean Naujoks

Dean joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Potomac Riverkeeper. Dean Naujoks has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014. Dean has been awarded River Network’s 2009 National River Heroes Award. River Network’s River Heroes Award celebrates rivers and those who protect them by recognizing victories and honoring those who provide leadership and inspiration along the way. Yadkin Riverkeeper also won the 2011 North Carolina Wildlife Federation Governor’s Achievement Award Water Conservation Organization of the Year. Most recently, he has been recognized by Waterkeepers Chesapeake as a recipient of their 2019 Waterkeeper Outstanding Win (WOW) Award for his fight against Dominion and accomplishments in making safe disposal of coal ash a requirement in Virginia.

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Join Potomac Riverkeeper, Dean Naujoks, and special guest speaker, Dr. Jesse Meiller, Environmental Science Professor at American University & Microplastics Researcher, for a special Water Wednesday all about the trash and microplastics that end up in the Potomac River. Trash and plastic pollution are a growing problem in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. […]

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