Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Environmental Issues

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The American Filtration and Separations Society will hold its fall topical conference at the Turf Valley Hotel in Ellicott City, MD on October 4-7, 2010. The topics for this conference are water filtration and filter testing. The conference will be co-located along with the Water Quality Association's (WQA) fall meeting. "A Taste of the Chesapeake a Bountiful Harvest and its Challenges" is the topic of the luncheon talk by Gerald J. Lynch, P.E., president of Sigma Design Company, on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

A Taste of the Chesapeake a Bountiful Harvest and its Challenges

The American Filtration and Separations Society will hold its fall topical conference at the Turf Valley Hotel in Ellicott City, MD on October 4-7, 2010. The topics for this conference are water filtration and filter testing. The conference will be co-located along with the Water Quality Association's (WQA) fall meeting.

"A Taste of the Chesapeake a Bountiful Harvest and its Challenges" is the topic of the luncheon talk by Gerald J. Lynch, P.E., president of Sigma Design Company, on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

Mr. Lynch was thinking about the kind of issues that would be of interest to our AFS members and felt that since our conference is being held in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area and that the environmental issues regarding the protection of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a global issue, in the news everyday, that this would make a great keynote topic. His presentation will address many of the related issues and how new product development, filtration and separation testing has been used to assist in this battle:

  • The Chesapeake History

a. Oysters and Crab industry
b. Current Aquaculture in the Bay

  • Challenges and threats to the bay

a. Lower phytoplankton
b. Increased nitrates
c. Contaminated Ballast Water
d. Industrial Pollution
e. Agricultural Pollution
f. Residential Pollution

  • Efforts to improve water quality and reduce/remove these threats

a. Ballast Water Legislation and shipboard water treatment testing protocols
b. Local Universities and their work in this fight
c. Community organizations

  • New Products and Systems developed to assist in these efforts
  • Quality protocols and sustainability.

He will show how this is a global issue:

  • Maryland, Chesapeake Bay (crabs and oysters)
  • New Jersey, Barnegat Bay (clams and oysters)
  • New York, Long Island Sound (clams), Peconic Bay (scallops), Montauk (clams oysters), Great South Bay (clams)
  • Louisiana, Gulf Of Mexico (oysters)
  • France, Arcachon Bay (oysters)
  • Ireland, Kenmare Bay (oysters and mussels)

Mr. Lynch will talk a little about each area and present data and photos of the clams, oysters, and the separation equipment they use.

Mr. Lynch will touch on Invasive Species, Ballast Water Treatment and show how new shipboard systems are used. This will help the audience establish the link between FILTRATION - Ballast Water and Aquaculture.

Mr Lynch will also present from work at Arcachon Bay France on post harvest water quality methods.

We will review and compare these efforts to the work done in the Chesapeake Bay at The University of Maryland's Horn Point Lab and the Rutgers University New Jersey.

While he expects it to be somewhat entertaining the real goal is to demonstrate to the audience that that AFS, IFTS, U of MD, Rutgers, Sigma Design and many others are all "global partners" working hard to address and solve these important world issues.

As a point of reference:

The AFS Mid Atlantic Chapter is located smack in the middle of these global issues and their solutions: Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, Garners Bay, Montauk NY, Great South Bay, Raritan Bay NJ, Barnegat Bay NJ, Chesapeake Bay MD, to name a few…

For the latest information on the conference go to this webpage:

American Filtration and Separations Society Fall Conference

AFS is the premier organization in North America dedicated to R&D, problem solutions and technology transfer in filtration and separation for the benefit of industrial processes, individual health and a clean environment.

The AFS conferences and events bring together the industry leaders, presenting the greatest opportunity to meet and hear the newest information in filtration and separation technology.
Over the past two years over 300 organizations have sent representatives to AFS events. These companies understand the value of employees with knowledge of the latest information in filtration and separation technology.

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