September 27, 2011 Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland
On September 27, 2011, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) co-hosted the fifth full-scale meeting of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative (BWC) in Baltimore, Md. Approximately 70 representatives from the shipping industry, ballast water treatment technology industry, state and federal governments, and academia attended the daylong meeting. In addition to the meeting, the BWC met in Baltimore to support the dedication of the Maritime Environmental Research Center’s (MERC) barge-based Mobile Test Platform. The 155-foot $2.7 million floating laboratory is part of the research fleet operated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
The goals of this meeting were for participants to: (1) gain a better understanding of the research being done on ballast water movement and treatment in the Great Lakes; and (2) continue discussions about ballast water treatment system (BWTS) technology, research, and policies. The BWC was formed to facilitate the exchange of information and cultivate relationships among academia, the shipping industry, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the ongoing challenge to maintain a cost-effective modern shipping industry while also preventing invasive species from entering North American waters, specifically the waters of the Great Lakes.
- Sarah LeSage, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Jeff Stollenwerk, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Dave Adams, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “U.S. States Activities Update” Presentations
- Dave Adams, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “New York Activities Update” Presentation
- Lynn Takata, Marine Invasive Species Program, California State Lands Commission, “Update on California’s Marine Invasive Species Program” Presentation
- Bruce Bowie, Robert Lewis-Manning, and Azin Moradhassel, Canadian Shipowners Association, “Secondary Spread Risk Mitigation Project” Presentation
- Allegra Cangelosi, Water Science and Technology Board, National Research Council, “Assessing the Relationship Between Propagule Pressure and Invasion Risk in Ballast Water” Presentation
- Dr. Mario Tamburri, “Efficacy of Ballast Water Treatment Systems: A Report by the EPA Science Advisory Board (July 12, 2011)” Presentation
- Nicole Dobroski, Christopher Scianni, and Lynn Takata, California State Lands Commission, “2011 Update: Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use In California Waters” Draft Paper
- Dr. Dennis M. King, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, “Kick-starting Ballast Water Treatment Markets” Paper