Lauren Tavar served as a legislative fellow for the Office of Senator Cory Booker. She worked on a diverse portfolio of environmental and agricultural issues.
Tavar obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Miami. She then went on to study environmental law at American University's Washington College of Law and has since become a member of the DC bar. Throughout law school, Tavar worked with a variety of environmental nonprofit organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Endangered Species Coalition, Environmental Integrity Project, and Natural Resources Defense Council. Upon graduating, she completed a legal fellowship at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility where she worked on cases pertaining to whistle-blowing by government natural resources and environmental professionals.
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Smithville is a community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the edge of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. A century ago, Smithville had more than 100 residents. Today, it has four, in two homes: an elderly couple, and one elderly woman and her son, who cares for her.
Taylor Armstrong is studying the toxins produced by algae and identifying natural algaecides to reduce harmful algal blooms. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, running, and painting.
Urban stormwater runoff remains on the of the primary sources of nutrients, sediments, and other pollutants in receiving waters, like the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and green infrastructure (SWGI) have been implemented in urban and suburban areas to re-establish ecosystem functions lost because of urbanization. SWGI treatment trains provide sequential infiltration and treatment of stormwater on the landscape prior to export into nearby waterways and groundwater.