Conference focuses on restoration of Maryland streams

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — Ecologists and government officials are gathering in Frederick to discuss Maryland stream restoration.

Mount St. Mary’s University is sponsoring the conference Saturday. Coordinator Jeffrey Simmons says climate change and rapid population growth are among the stress factors affecting freshwater resources.

University of Maryland ecologist Margaret Palmer is the keynote speaker. The agenda includes a panel discussion featuring officials from the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Society of Ecological Restoration.

The conference comes three days after the Potomac Conservancy announced improvement in the health of the Potomac River. The group says nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution is declining, and game fish such as shad and white perch are making a comeback.

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The group gives the Potomac a grade of B-minus, compared with a C in 2013.