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SAVE THE DATE: 2022 Potomac River Conference

A Conversation on PFAS: Insights on ‘forever chemicals’ in the Potomac basin

Coordinated by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)

ICPRB is planning the 2022 Potomac River Conference focused on PFAS in the Potomac basin, highlighting the state of the science, case studies, policy implications, management actions, and funding considerations.

Call for Presenters coming soon!

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About PFAS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, are a group of more than 4000 synthetic chemicals. Since the 1940s, PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industrial applications, including firefighting foams, food packaging, and a variety of household products.

Often referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS compounds are notoriously persistent in the environment and are capable of bioaccumulating in fish, wildlife, and humans. PFAS have been linked to a range of adverse human health outcomes, including cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, thyroid and endocrine disruption, immunological effects, and increased cholesterol levels.

This event currently is planned as a hybrid in-person/online conference. The ICPRB is committed to the health and safety of staff, speakers, and attendees. As the conference date approaches, we will assess the safety of the in-person portion of the event.



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Quarterly Business Meeting to be held March 1, 2022

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) will hold its 2nd-quarter business meeting on March 1, 2022.  The meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. The Section for Cooperative Water Supply Operations on the Potomac (CO-OP) will begin at 8:30 a.m.

During the business meeting, the Commissioners will see a presentation on the 2021 activities of the Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership and get a sneak peak at the recently revised ICPRB Drought Monitoring and Operations page.

The draft agenda and historical meeting documents can be found on the Business Meetings page.

The meeting will be virtual. Members of the public who wish to view the proceedings should Contact Us no later than close-of-business on Friday, February 25 for a registration link.

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Request for Proposals–Water Supply Forecasting

On February 9, 2022, this news piece was edited to add:

Q&A Session to be held February 16

ICPRB’s CO-OP Section is holding a Q&A Session for the recent Request for Proposals (RFP) on seasonal forecasting to support Washington, DC, metropolitan area water supply operations. If you have any questions about the RFP or about our current tools, please register for the Q&A Session which will be held at 10 AM (EST) on Wednesday, February 16.

More information on the RFP can be found here.

Posted Jan. 20, 2022:

The ICPRB Section for Cooperative Water Supply Operations on the Potomac (CO-OP) provides technical and managerial assistance in drought-related planning and operations for the Washington, DC, metropolitan area (WMA) cooperative water supply system. The CO-OP requests proposals from academic institutions to advance its ability to forecast Potomac River flows 1-12 months into the future to help inform operational decisions related to drought.

Find more information on the RFP here.

Updates to the RFP, including information meetings, will be provided on ICPRB’s Jobs page.

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Upcoming ICPRB Webinar: Winter Salt Management in the Potomac Basin

You’re invited to participate in a webinar on Friday, January 21 from 12-1pm to learn and share about winter salt management in the Potomac basin.

REGISTER HERE for this free event.

This exciting event is being held as part of the implementation of the Potomac Basin Comprehensive Water Resources Plan and will feature a panel of speakers from Maryland State Highway Administration, City of Gaithersburg, Fairfax Water, and the Izaak Walton League of America.  Panelists will share information related to their organizations’ on-the-ground salt management activities in the Potomac basin, followed by a Q&A session with participants.