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Keynote Speaker

Nicholas DiPasquale

Nicholas DiPasquale, Former Director
Chesapeake Bay Program Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Biography: Nick DiPasquale served as the Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) from August, 2011 to December, 2017. The Program coordinates and provides administrative, technical, management and financial support for the overall Bay watershed restoration effort. The Bay Program is responsible for implementing the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and ensuring the six states and the District of Columbia meet their pollution load reduction targets. Nick has over 35 years of public policy and environmental management experience in both the public and private sectors.  

Nick previously served as Deputy Secretary for Air, Waste & Radiation Protection in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Director of the Environmental Management Center for the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; and, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Nick worked for 6 years in the private sector as a senior consultant on environmental and ecological restoration issues with an environmental engineering consulting firm in Delaware.   He also served as the Director of Waste Management and Water Pollution Control Programs for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and as a Research Analyst with the Missouri House of Representatives. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York, and a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nick retired at the end of 2017 and lives in Chestertown, MD.

Abstract: Mr. DiPasquale will provide a brief overview of origins of the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort, the structure of the Chesapeake Bay Partnership, progress in the restoration effort to date as measured by key indicators, the essential components of TMDL in achieving water quality improvement and how this fits with the eco-system based initiative, funding the recovery effort, the importance of the role of local governments and the challenges facing the program in achieving TMDL goals by 2025. The presentation is intended to inform other estuary restoration efforts. 

This conference is partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. OIA-1458952.