[PAST EVENT] Water Quality and Science Policy Development

October 19, 2012
3:30pm - 4:30pm
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
Presenter: Kathryn Gallagher, Chief, Ecological Risk Assessment Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Reception at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of Watermen's Hall
Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McHugh Auditorium

Dr. Gallagher is the Branch Chief for the Ecological Risk Assessment Branch in EPA's Office of Water. She earned her Ph.D. in Marine Science at VIMS and conducted her postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. The presentation will provide an overview of the environmental challenges faced by EPA scientists in protecting the aquatic environment, and some of the legal tools and scientific approaches used to address them, as best as possible. The talk will focus on the process for developing water quality criteria, and their application in water quality standards and aquatic discharge permits for regulating point source pollution. The presentation will touch upon the realities of the boundaries of science and science policy, and other factors, in environmental decision-making, and what it is like to devote a career to science in the public service.

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