Tuesday, March 31, 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.
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
Monday, March 30, 2009
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
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
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
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."
Michael R. Martin • Sent via Blackberry
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
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.
Source: Science Blog
Michael R. Martin • Sent via Blackberry
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Minimum order of 20 copies. Supplies are limited.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Source: NPDES News
Friday, March 06, 2009
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)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
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
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
Michael R. Martin, CLM
President, Cedar Eden Environmental, LLC
Saranac Lake, NY 12983 United States
http://cedareden.com | http://LakeStewardship.org
Past President, North American Lake Management Society
NALMS Certified Lake Manager #93-02M
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