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Roundtable: Talking Trash: Approaches to intercept and remove ocean-bound plastic and debris
Tuesday, November 08, 2022, 3:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST
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Talking trash: Approaches to intercept and remove ocean-bound plastic and debris

River Management Roundtable
Nov. 8 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

This session will discuss programs offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to prevent, remove, and research ocean-bound trash in U.S. rivers. The presentation will provide an overview of the latest research related to rivers and reservoirs for plastic debris, as well as rivers as key sources for ocean marine debris. NOAA will showcase funded projects in rivers to tackle this persistent source of pollution and some of the challenges, solutions, and funding opportunities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will highlight a collaborative project with NOAA that removed man-made debris from the Pearl River (boundary of Louisiana and Mississippi) that restored hydrologic functions to the river and provided fish passage to the endangered Gulf Sturgeon and other anadromous species, among other benefits. We’ll welcome input from participants who can share experiences on trash in rivers and effective removal and interception techniques to address this global problem.


MaryLee Haughwout MaryLee Haughwout is the Deputy Director of the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program. The Marine Debris Program is the federal lead for researching, preventing, and reducing the impacts of marine debris in the United States. MaryLee has worked on ocean and water policy related issues for more than 10 years. Prior to working with the Marine Debris Program, MaryLee worked on policy and congressional affairs as a senior policy advisor at the National Ocean Service and was a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow in 2008. MaryLee's interest in the environment began during her childhood growing up in Maine. After receiving a a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College she began working with watershed groups in her home state. MaryLee received a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Water Resource Management from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Glenn Constant 

Glenn Constant has worked in fish and aquatic habitat management and restoration for 33 years and currently manages the U S Fish and Wildlife Services’ Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. He holds a BS in Wildlife Management from University of Louisiana Lafayette and a MS in Fisheries Management from Louisiana State University. The majority of his career has been focused on river and floodplain management and developing a better understanding of the connection between aquatic species and the habitats they inhabit. He is a proud husband with 4 children and 4 grandchildren, an avid outdoorsman, and holds a strong sense of stewardship to conserve the lands and waters that provide hunters, fisherman, and all outdoor patrons with opportunity to experience the wonder and blessings of nature. To that end, he sees the future of successful conservation to be dependent on broad, diverse, and lasting partnerships among all interests that use and alter the lands and waters.


River Management Roundtables are open to both RMS members and non-members. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required! We share recordings from our Roundtables, so even if you can't make it, you can register to receive the recording and links. You can access this recording as well as dozens of previous Roundtables, webinars and workshops in our River Training Channel.


About RMS River Management Roundtables

Each month, the River Management Society hosts virtual conversations with professional river, greenway, and water trails leaders, planners, and managers whose community, region, state and federal river will benefit from the experiences of peer-to-peer sharing. Our goal is to facilitate an open forum to support your work managing rivers. We work together to tackle common issues by asking questions, sharing solutions and building comradery.