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In the fall of 1985, an interdisciplinary panel sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) met to exchange views on the history of ecological change within the Chesapeake Bay. The directive to the speakers was simple –– How might humankind learn from the past in order to protect and restore our natural resources for future generations? Fast forward nearly 40 years, Estuary Urbanism has a similar intention –– inviting scientists, humanists, designers, managers, and engaged citizens –– to share long-term perspectives and valuable lessons motivated by natural events, human activities, and climate change. Although the discussion will be focused on the Chesapeake, we hope the insights gained will be applicable to estuaries across North America and the world and the communities that dwell within them. The symposium will conclude with a narrated boat tour within the greater Port of Baltimore, highlighting the privately and publicly owned marine terminals comprising it, how these facilities operate, and the depth of their importance to the local, state, regional, and national economies.

ASLA LACES approved (full symposium 7 PDH|HSW, morning or afternoon only 2.5 PDH|HSW, boat tour 2 PDH|HSW).

4 AICP CM credits approved. 

AIA CES approved (morning session ONLY) 2.5 LU|HSW.

Register for the FULL symposium or MORNING (AM) or AFTERNOON (PM) sessions. See the full schedule below. Registration for the FULL symposium includes breakfast and lunch; the MORNING session includes breakfast and the AFTERNOON session includes lunch. The evening boat tour can be a stand-alone registration or an add-on to the AM or PM session.

Parking at The Center for Architecture and Design: 

Parking is available at the nearby Parkway underground garage located right outside our building on Fayette Street.  The lot is open 24 hours, and for the event meeting times (including boat ride) would be $20.  Street parking is also available. 


8:30AM-9:00AM Coffee and Refreshments

MORNING SESSION - 2.5 LA CES credits; 2.5 LU|HSW

9:00AM-9:15AM Welcome and Introduction - Laurel McSherry & Daniel Campo

9:15AM-9:45AM Kent Mountford, Chesapeake: A History Lesson: Long and Short Term

9:45AM-10 :00AM Q&A

10:00AM-10:15AM Break/Transition

10:15AM-10:45AM Grace Brush, A History of Land-Water Interactions

10:45AM-11:00AM Q&A

11:00AM-11:15AM Break/Transition

11:15AM-11:45AM Andrew Miller, A City at the Edge: How underlying geologic structure and development history influence Baltimore’s relationship with the estuary

11:45AM-12:00PM Q&A

12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (provided)


1:00PM-1:20PM Vince Leggett, African American Land Conservation & Heritage Preservation: Elktonia-Carr’s Beach Heritage Park: A National Case Study

1:20PM-1:30PM Q&A

1:30PM-1:50PM Mario Tamburri, Solutions to Ship Introductions of Invasive Species

1:50PM-2:00PM Q&A

2:00PM-2:15PM Break/Transition

2:15PM-2:35PM Christopher Streb, Mimicking Oyster Middens

2:35PM-2:55PM Q&A

2:55PM-3:15PM Darren Swift, Maryland Port Administration Dredged Material Management Program

3:15PM-3:30PM Q&A

3:30PM-3:45PM Summary - Laurel McSherry & Daniel Campo

3:45PM-4:00PM Wrap Up


4:00PM-4:30PM Walk to water taxi landing

4:30PM-6:30PM Ryan Barry, Narrated Boat Tour of the Greater Port of Baltimore

6:30PM Event concludes


Kent Mountford, PhD
Estuarine ecologist and environmental historian
Former senior researcher and monitoring coordinator, US EPA, Chesapeake Bay Program

Grace Brush, PhD
Professor Emerita, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Miller, PhD
Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Vince Leggett
Cultural historian
Founder and President, Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation

Mario Tamburri, PhD
Marine biologist
Director of the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland

Christopher Streb, PE, LEED AP
Ecological engineer
Biohabitats, Baltimore, MD

Darren Swift
Chief, Innovative Reuse Strategy & Partnerships, Maryland Port Administration
Maryland Department of Transportation

Ryan Barry
Director of Operations, Maryland Port Administration
Maryland Department of Transportation

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