Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Summer Job Opening: Lake Champlain Boat Launch Stewards

Lake Champlain Boat Launch Stewards Part-time Summer Employment 2009

The Lake Champlain Basin Program and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) are seeking part-time boat launch stewards to deliver interpretive invasive species spread prevention messages to boaters on Lake Champlain during summer, 2009.

Boat Launch Stewards will interact with the public and gather lake-user information, greeting visitors to Lake Champlain and familiarizing the public with invasive species information. Stewards will be requested to work eight hour days for twenty-four hours a week at select boat launches around Lake Champlain from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend (Friday, May 22rd- Monday, September 7th). Stewards will be required to work most weekends. One or two weeks off by prior arrangement can be accommodated during this period.

Successful candidates will be well organized and have experience speaking with the public. Basic familiarity with boaters and anglers will be helpful. Highly motivated individuals having familiarity with invasive species and/or water recreation experience are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due on April 17th, 2009. Visit www.neiwpcc.org for a detailed job description, qualifications, and application procedures.

New Green Innovation Grants Program (GIGP) to Fund On-site Systems

Kathryn Macri, NYSEFC's Interagency Policy Coordinator, has issued the following alert in regard to the Clean Water State Revolving Loan program. The grant application deadline and website are given below.

The federal stimulus funds that will be administered through the Clean Water State Revolving Loan program include decentralized wastewater treatment solutions to existing deficient or failing on site systems as green innovative projects.

EFC has developed a new Green Innovation Grants Program (GIGP) to administer grants to these and other innovative projects.

Applicants may include municipalities, school districts, not-for-profits, partnerships or associations. The call for projects will be available on March 25, 2009. Applications for GIGP must be submitted by May 9, 2009 for consideration.

See http://www.nysefc.org/greengrants for more information

Source: Tom Boekeloo, Environmental Engineer II, Nonpoint Source Management Section,Bureau of Water Permits, Division of Water
NYSDEC

Monday, March 30, 2009

EPA Webcast to introduce "Watershed Central" website

On April 15, 2009, EPA's Watershed Academy will present a Webcast entitled, "Watershed Central: A New Gateway to Watershed Information.” This Webcast will provide an opportunity to learn about the information and tools available on Watershed Central, including the new Watershed Wiki.

Visit EPA's web site at http://www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts to learn more about this Webcast and to find archives of 39 past Webcasts on a variety of watershed management topics. Registration will open in early April.

Source: EPA Waterheadlines

Sunday, March 29, 2009

EPA Releases “Watershed Central” Web Site and a "Watershed Wiki”

EPA recently posted a new Web site called "Watershed Central" to help watershed organizations and others find key information they need to implement watershed management projects. The primary purpose of the new Watershed Central Web site is to make it easy for organizations to find the information that they need to help protect and restore their water resources. Watershed Central helps users find environmental data, watershed models, nearby local organizations, guidance documents and other information depending on the task at hand. Watershed Central also contains links to watershed technical resources, funding sources, mapping applications and information specific to named watersheds.

The site includes a “Watershed Central Wiki” for collaboration and information sharing. We encourage all watershed practitioners to use this new Watershed Wiki to share tools, scientific findings, expertise, and local approaches to watershed management. Watershed Central not only links to EPA Web resources, but also links to other valuable funding, guidance and tools on Web sites of state, tribal, and federal partners, universities, and nonprofit organizations. EPA’s new site is located at: http://www.epa.gov/watershedcentral

Source: EPA Waterheadlines

Saturday, March 28, 2009

2009 National Beach Conference

The 2009 National Beach Conference will be held April 20-22 in Huntington Beach, California. This 3-day conference, “Riding the Wave of Emerging Science,” is sponsored by EPA's Office of Water and will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to discuss water quality at beaches. It will provide a national framework for discussion of beach water quality issues, exchange of information, and coordination of efforts in research and decision-making. The conference format will consist of presentations, panel discussions, and a debate between prestigious universities. World-class waterman and big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton, will be one of the keynote speakers.

Registration is open to all and attending the conference is free. For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/beaches/meetings/2009/ .

Source: EPA Waterheadlines

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Climate Change and Water E-Newsletter

The EPA National Water Program has created a new electronic newsletter or "listserve" covering news and information related to water programs and climate change. The e-newsletter will provide short articles and links to other related Internet sites weekly. The e-newsletter is part of a larger effort to inform clean water and drinking water program managers about climate change topics, issues, and opportunities called for in the recent National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change.

To subscribe to the climate change and water e-newsletter, go to http://www.epa.gov/ow/climatechange/ and click on "Subscribe to the Climate and Water E-Newsletter."

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EPA Issues Guidance for Water Funds Under the Recovery Act

On March 2, EPA issued guidance on the award of Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Capitalization Grants under the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" (ARRA). The ARRA provides $2 billion to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and $4 billion to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

On March 12, EPA issued new guidance for the administration of Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) Grants funded under the ARRA. According to Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act, 1% of each state's CWSRF allotment is reserved for WQMP activities. This means that nearly $40 million will be available nationally to support a broad range of planning activities. Examples of these activities might include: addressing nutrient pollution from cities and agriculture on a watershed basis, protecting undeveloped areas through "green infrastructure" techniques, creating low impact development programs that will protect water quality in developing areas, developing watershed plans and total maximum daily loads, analyzing trends in water availability and use, and developing response plans to adapt to climate change.

For a copy of the guidance documents, please visit http://www.epa.gov/water/eparecovery/


Michael R. Martin • Sent via Blackberry

Friday, March 20, 2009

Study suggests surface water contaminated with salmonella more common than thought

Ed. Note: While this may be a case of "discovering" the painfully obvious (stream contamination near livestock and agriculture correlated to rainfall/runoff), the article does contain useful information for public & public health agencies in agricultural areas.

A new University of Georgia study suggests that health agencies investigating Salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible source of contamination.

Researchers, whose results appear in the March issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, tested water over a one-year period in rivers and streams in a region of south Georgia known for its high rate of sporadic salmonella cases. The team found Salmonella in 79 percent of water samples, with the highest concentrations and the greatest diversity of strains in the summer and after rainfall.

"Streams are not routinely tested for Salmonella, and our finding is an indication that many more could be contaminated than people realize," said Erin Lipp, associate professor in the UGA College of Public Health. "We found our highest numbers in the summer months, and this is also the time when most people get sick."

Lipp, who co-authored the study with former UGA graduate student Bradd Haley and Dana Cole in the Georgia Division of Public Health, said that although contaminated water used to irrigate or wash produce has been linked to several well-publicized outbreaks of salmonellosis in recent years, the environmental factors that influence Salmonella levels in natural waters are not well understood. She said understanding how Salmonella levels change in response to variables such as temperature and rainfall are critical to predicting--and ultimately preventing--the waterborne transmission of the bacteria.

The team studied streams in the upper reaches of the Suwannee River Basin, which begins in south Georgia and flows into central Florida. The study area contains a mix of forested lands, row crops, pasturelands, wetlands and small cities. The researchers chose sampling sites near a variety of those environments but found little variation in Salmonella concentrations by location. The diversity of Salmonella strains, however, was highest near a farm containing cattle and a pivot irrigation system, suggesting that close proximity to livestock and agriculture increase the risk of contamination. The researchers also found a strong and direct correlation between rainfall for the two days preceding sample collection and the concentration of Salmonella, suggesting that runoff contributes to the contamination.

Read the entire article at http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/study-suggests-surface-water-contaminated-salmonella-more-common-thought-19019.html?goback=%2Ehom

Source: Science Blog
Michael R. Martin • Sent via Blackberry

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Invasive Species Conference - Albany NY - April 30-May 1

The New York Invasive Species Research Institute announces an invasive species conference in Rensselaerville, NY - Conferenence Info, Call for Posters, Reduced Fees
Odum Conference 2009, "Understanding and managing biological invasions as dynamic processes: integrating information across space and time," will be held April 30 – May 1, 2009.

Venue: The E.N. Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station, and the Rensselaerville Meeting Center, both in a lovely, rural setting in Rensselaerville, New York, 25 miles from Albany.

This event will feature, as invited speakers, many of the most prominent figures in invasion ecology, management. For the speaker list, visit: http://nyisri.org/odumspeakers.aspx

Additionally, the conference will include a poster session and field workshops. For a complete conference program, visit: http://nyisri.org/odumprogram.aspx

Theme: This conference will focus on: 1) incorporating a long-term perspective into invasion ecology and management; 2) developing specific mechanisms to assemble and evaluate the needed data; and 3) fostering a collaborative research-management approach in which broad patterns are used to yield specific management recommendations.

Poster Submissions: We are calling for abstracts for posters addressing one or more of the following themes: a) invasive species monitoring and database initiatives; b) collaborative undertakings between invasive species ecologists and managers; c) invasive species management activities that incorporate a dynamic aspect (e.g., climate change, natural enemy acquisition, interactions of multiple invasive species); and d) basic research on dynamic aspects of invasions. The deadline for abstract submission is now March 31, 2009. For submission procedures please visit: http://nyisri.org/odumposters.aspx

Reduced-fee packages: In order to make this conference available to potential participants from agencies and institutions who now have severe financial constraints, we have arranged for new, reduced fee conference packages, as well as low-cost student housing at the E. N. Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station.

New deadlines: We have postponed both the registration and abstract submission deadlines to March 31 to give potential participants ample time to take advantage of this new opportunity.

To see the professional credits now available for attending the conference, visit: http://nyisri.org/OdumProfCred.aspx

For any other conference information go to: http://nyisri.org/Odum.aspx or contact us at: odumconference@gmail.com

Thank you very much,
     Jonathan Rosenthal and Radka Wildova, Conference Co-Chairs
     Holly Menninger, Conference Coordinator

Click on Title link to visit the conference website. Thanks to Holly Menninger for the submission.

Friday, March 13, 2009

NALMS Offers Spring LakeLine at Reduced Rate for Lake Groups

Thanks to the generous support of the US Environmental Protection Agency, NALMS is pleased to be able to offer the Spring 2009 issue of LakeLine Magazine to its affiliates at a discounted price of $5.00 per copy + shipping. The issue will be mailed in bulk to a single address and it will be the recipient’s responsibility to distribute them as they see fit.

This issue of LakeLine is focused on the theme of shoreline management and the articles focus on the benefits of a natural shoreline to humans, to lake quality and to aquatic biota; and how to convert a hardened shoreline into a soft one. The articles in this issue include:
  • “Littoral Habitat at Developed and Undeveloped Sites in Vermont” – Kellie Merrill & Eric Howe
  • “Effects of shoreline urbanization on aquatic-terrestrial coupling in lakes” – Tessa Francis
  • “Experiences to Convert Hardened Shoreline Surfaces in Reston, VA” – Larry Butler
  • “Wisconsin Shoreline Restoration Project” – Patrick Goggin et al.
  • “Workhorse species” – Patrick Goggin
  • “Policies (and results) to Encourage Shoreline Management in Indiana” – Jeremy Price
  • “Measuring Bathymetry and Aquatic Plant Abundance” – Mark Hoyer
To order copies of this issue at the discounted rate or for more information, contact the NALMS office at 608.233.2836 or info@nalms.org by March 23.

Minimum order of 20 copies. Supplies are limited.

Thanks to Philip Forsberg, North American Lake Management Society, for the information.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stormwater Wet Pond and Wetland Management Guidebook

EPA has released a new guidebook that describes maintenance and inspection practices for existing wet ponds and wetlands. The guide includes checklists for use during construction and routine maintenance of ponds/wetlands, and also includes a home owner pond inspection checklist. Maintenance profile sheets describe how to address eight different common maintenance issues. The Pond/Wetland Management Guidebook is available at:
http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/pondmgmtguide.pdf

Source: NPDES News

Friday, March 06, 2009

Three New Volunteer Monitoring Fact Sheet Learning Modules

Linda Green, URI's Watershed Watch Program Director sends this announcement about new additions to their on-line resources.

I am pleased to announce we have recently posted three new fact sheet learning modules related to volunteer monitoring (yet applicable to many fields beyond volunteer monitoring as well) to our Extension Volunteer Monitoring Network website (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/). These modules are as follows:

• "From the Trenches – Tips and Tools for Better Presentations" (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/pdf/GuideBook/PresentationsX1.pdf)

• "Tools for Effective Outreach" (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/pdf/GuideBook/OutreachXII1.pdf)

• "Fundraising for Volunteer Monitoring" (http://www.usawaterquality.org/volunteer/pdf/GuideBook/FundraisingXI2.pdf)

As with all of our Guide for Growing Volunteer Monitoring Program learning modules, these fact sheets are intended not to reinvent the wheel but to be a clearinghouse for accessing useful information about these topics from sources across the nation (and beyond).  Each module includes multiple links to valuable resources that can help you with developing, managing and growing a program. 

Source: Linda Green
URI Watershed Watch Program Director
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
CIK, 1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881-0804
401-874-2905 (v)401-874-4561 (f)
www.uri.edu/ce/wq/wwwww.usawaterquality.org/volunteer

Thursday, March 05, 2009

EPA Launches Water Quality Video Contest

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds is launching a video contest to engage the public on water quality issues and to inspire stewardship for the nation's waters. EPA will be soliciting short videos that help educate the public about water pollution and simple steps that individuals and communities can take to improve and protect water quality.

EPA is accepting videos on a wide variety of topics including: low impact development, wetlands, marine debris, watershed management, water quality monitoring, polluted runoff, and other water-related topics. The videos should convey easy, low cost, steps that individuals and communities can take to improve and protect the nation's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The contest will run from the beginning of March until Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Videos will be judged by a panel of experts on the basis of: creativity and originality, quality, technical accuracy, and content of message.

Two winners will be chosen: one for a short, 30 or 60 second video that is useable as a public service announcement, and another for a longer 1 to 3 minute video. Each winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, and their videos will be featured on EPA's website.

Although there have been great improvements to our nation's waters over the years thanks to the Clean Water Act, there is still a massive problem resulting from human activities on the land. This contest will help get the word out about the remaining challenges facing the nation's waters and how people and communities can help make a difference.

To see the full list of contest rules and guidelines please visit, www.epa.gov/owow/videocontest.html.

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Neary at 202-566-1162.

Source: Don Waye, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Control Branch Website: epa.gov/nps

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

National NPS Outreach Conference: 1) Registration Now Open; 2) People's Choice Awards Entry Deadline Extended

Registration is now open for the Fifth National Conference on Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Outreach May 11-14 in Portland, Oregon. The theme for this conference is "Achieving Results with Tight Budgets." Learn more about the conference, jointly sponsored by EPA and USDA CSREES, at: www.epa.gov/nps/outreach2009

The first 150 registrants will receive a $100 discount. The registration page is online at: www.epa.gov/nps/outreach2009/registration.html

Monday, May 11, is reserved for pre-conference workshops. There are 3 full-day workshops:

1) Changing Public Behavior Workshop - Learn to Apply Social Assessment to Water Management Strategies)
2) Getting in Step - A Workshop on Conducting Effective Stormwater NPS Outreach Campaigns
3) Eyes on the Prize - Morning Session: An Evaluation Primer for NPS and Stormwater Programs. Afternoon Session: Overview of Social Indicators Evaluation System & Applied Survey Development Skills and 1 half-day workshop: Onsite Wastewater Education - Research-based Outreach Strategies to Help Minimize NPS Pollution Risks

On Wednesday evening, May 13, the conference will host the People's Choice Awards to spotlight the best new radio and TV public service announcements. The deadline for submitting PSAs has been extended from March 2 to March 13. More information on the People's Choice Awards is available at: www.epa.gov/nps/outreach2009/pca.html

Source: Don Waye, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nonpoint Source Control Branch
Website: epa.gov/nps
Michael R. Martin, CLM
President, Cedar Eden Environmental, LLC
Saranac Lake, NY 12983 United States
work/mobile: 518.572.2104
http://cedareden.com | http://LakeStewardship.org
Past President, North American Lake Management Society
NALMS Certified Lake Manager #93-02M
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