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Burton Island study tops Inland Bays meeting agenda Sept. 6

Harim Millsboro proposal and the fall bird migration in Delaware also topics
Aug 30, 2013
Source: USFWS Pacific Common Loons arrive in coastal Delaware in October and November and can be seen and heard on the Inland Bays throughout the winter.  They depart in March and April to nest on freshwater lakes and ponds in New England and Canada.

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays released the agenda for the fall meeting planned Friday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Lewes Field Station, next to the DNREC Boat Ramp, at 901 Pilottown Road in Lewes.

In what promises to be a varied meeting, CIB Science Coordinator Bart Wilson will present the findings of the recent CIB study that assessed the potential for accumulation of toxic elements in organisms near the Burton Island Ash Disposal Site in Millsboro. Jim Quinton, senior plant manager with Allen Harim Foods Inc., will present on the proposed chicken processing plant in Millsboro.

Also on the agenda, Kevin Brinson and Tina Callahan of the University of Delaware will present a project to develop a comprehensive real-time water quality monitoring capability for the Delaware Inland Bays. This project will incorporate current monitoring efforts into a publicly accessible website.

Anthony Gonzon, wildlife biologist with DNREC, will present the Delaware Fall Bird Migrations: Raptors to Sea Birds. Gonzon is responsible for the management and monitoring of raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons, owls), nesting birds, terrestrial songbirds and pelagic birds.

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the CIB Board of Directors. The public is welcomed to attend these meetings.

For more information, contact Sally Boswell, education and outreach coordinator at 302-226-8105 or go to www.inlandbays.org.

Presentations from past STAC meetings can be viewed at www.inlandbays.org. Recent presentations of interest to the public include an overview of the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware that identified human infrastructure and natural resources that are vulnerable to sea-level rise, and a update by Lauren Torres, Delaware Department of Agriculture, of nutrient management and combined animal feeding operations within the Inland Bays Watershed.

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