Monday, April 26, 2010
The urban watershed small grant program and the watershed technical services funded under the EPA grant will promote community stewardship by increasing the capacity of local watershed groups and local communities. Better understanding of their urban watersheds will lead to better decision making, and improved restoration and protection efforts in the future. EPA is encouraging local watershed organizations and communities to envision the role their urban watershed should have in their long range development plans.
Questions must be received by May 6, 2010 and proposals must be received by EPA by May 19, 2010. The selection of the successful applicant will be announced this summer.
More information on the Targeted Watershed Grants Program: http://www.epa.gov/twg
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The E-Handbook focuses on individual and clustered wastewater systems that discharge to the soil, but the information can also be applied to small systems that discharge to surface waters through federal or state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit programs. The E-Handbook is intended for health departments, wastewater system management entities, local governments, and others involved in managing multiple individual or clustered treatment systems. Each resource guide contains detailed information on each program element topic and links to other resources, case studies, and examples of successful management programs. The resource guides in the E-Handbook can be accessed via hot-links in the current Management Handbook posted at http://www.epa.gov/owm/onsite
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Anyone who has not previously registered [you only need to register once] can complete the registration via the WEBINARS link at www.ForestConnect.info<http://www.ForestConnect.info> Registration is quick and without cost. Registration ensures you receive notice of the specific link to participate, first come first served, in each monthly webinar. Webinars are live at noon and 7PM and typically run 60 minutes plus questions.
April 21, 2010 - "Managing early successional wildlife habitat" will be presented by Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. Grasslands, shrublands, and young forest habitats (collectively referred to as early-successional habitats) have been declining in New York and throughout the Northeast for decades as have the wildlife species associated with them. Many are listed as species of special concern in several northeastern states. The American woodcock has declined considerably over the past 30 years, and New England cottontails occur in only 20% of the area in which it was historically found. During this webinar, woodland owners, foresters, and natural resource managers learn about tools to manage habitat for the benefit of early successional wildlife including ruffed grouse, songbirds, New England cottontails, and other wildlife.
May 19, 2010 - "Effectively Communicating the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Message through Media Outreach" will be presented by Dr. Holly Menninger, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources. This webinar is especially relevant to Extension educators, natural resource professionals, and invasive species team leaders. The communication of clear, accurate, and consistent messages about Emerald Ash Borer is a critical component of an effective EAB outreach program. With an emphasis on EAB preparedness and community action, Menninger will provide Webinar participants with tips and tools to more effectively use media outreach to deliver these messages to the public. Topics covered will include: message development, an overview of journalism, strategies for media engagement, and tips for more successful interviews.
Peter J. Smallidge, Ph.D.
NYS Extension Forester
Director, Arnot Teaching and Research Forest
Director, Cornell Maple Program
116 Fernow Hall, Department of Natural Resources
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Thanks to Leslie Surprenant for bringing this to my attention
Invasive Species Management Coordinator
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Office of Invasive Species Coordination
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4756
EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries program recently issued its 2009 Progress Report, describing ongoing efforts to assist coastal communities in preparing for the impacts of climate change. This report features the activities of each of the program's 11 partners and key lessons learned in the adaptation-planning process.
The Progress Report can be downloaded at: http://www.epa.gov/cre/downloads/2009-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Managing Extremes: Watersheds and Climate Disruption
May 4 - 7, 2010 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center. C
onference and hotel registration deadlines are coming up soon. Please note the changes in dates from previous announcements:
• Early Bird Conference registration deadline: Sunday, April 4, 2010- Hotel registration at discounted rate deadline: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The conference is focused on the continuing challenges of protecting, managing and maintaining water quality, water supply and aquatic resources under the full range of conditions including the extreme circumstances of weather and climate change.
(Visit http://nclakemanagement.org/conferences/SE19/index.html to register for conference).
PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: May 4 & 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 – Full day workshops
• Algae Identification - Instructors: JoAnn Burkholder, PhD, NCSU and Linda Ehrlich, PhD, Phycologist
• "Man VS Stats", a survival guide for the statistical wilderness - Instructor: Dennis Helsel, PhD, Practical Stats
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 – ½ day morning workshops
• Life and Death for Lakes: Basic Properties and Processes, Dr. John Hains, Clemson
• Local Stream Restoration Tour, Darrell Westmoreland, North State Environmental
The Conference opening plenary session is at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, May 5 with a talk by Linda Rimer, US EPA on Climate Change. Jason Ortegren will give a talk entitled
Perspectives on Drought in the Southeastern U.S.: Past, Present...and Future? as the highlighted speaker for the luncheon on Thursday, May 6.
Concurrent sessions from Wednesday afternoon through Friday noon will cover a multitude of subjects that reflect the broad range of issues affecting lakes and watersheds in the Southeast. Topics in the sessions include – Drought and Flood management, Water Conservation, Water Quality, Storm Water Management, Stream and Watershed Restoration, Water Supply Issues, Climate Change Initiatives, Invasive Species and other important topics.
LOCATION: The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center is conveniently located in central North Carolina. Owned and operated by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the Inn is conveniently located in downtown Winston-Salem – at the doorstep of Old Salem.The conference rate is $77 for single, double, double /double or King plus taxes. Complimentary breakfast is included with room. Reservations can be made by calling
800 972-3774 and ask for the NC Lake Management Conference block or online @ www.hawthorneinn.com code 26D4ES.
The reserved block of rooms at the conference rate will only be available until Friday, April 13, 2010- so reserve early at the discounted rate!
REGISTRATION: $175 (after April 4: $200); includes morning coffee, two lunches, breaks, as well as a special reception on Wednesday night at the Hawthorne Inn. There are additional registration fees for the Pre-Conference Workshops on May 4-5 (includes breaks and lunch for full day workshops). Workshop and conference registration information and forms can be found on the NCLMS website at
For exhibitor registration information, contact Cary Martin at email@example.com.
Friday, April 02, 2010
For the first time, New York would classify non-native plants and animals to help prevent the spread of invasive species through waterways, forests and farmlands, under a proposal unveiled today by the state Invasive Species Council.
The Council released a draft report, "A Regulatory System for Non-Native Species," that calls for a multi-pronged approach to tackling one of the state's fastest growing environmental threats. Among other recommendations, the Council proposed a new assessment system for invasive species – such as zebra mussels, Sirex wood wasps and Eurasion milfoil – that would allow the state to categorize them as "prohibited," "regulated" or "unregulated." Such a classification system would help restrict movement of potentially harmful plants and animals.
The Council, created by state statute, comprises nine state agencies and is co-led by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM). The Council released the draft report for public comment through May 14 (details below). Following finalization, the report will be sent to Governor David A. Paterson and the state Legislature for possible action.
"Invasive species have a devastating impact, not only on the environment but also the economy," DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis said. "They have wiped out certain tree species, hurt recreational and commercial fishing, and tainted water supplies. The best way to prevent their spread is to focus on the many pathways by which plants and animals are moved around the globe. The system the Council is proposing strikes the right balance of minimizing the major threats to our ecology and economy while allowing for the careful use of plants and animals that pose lower risks."
The Public Review Draft of the "invasive species list report" - A Regulatory System for Non-native Species - has been released for public comment. Comments will be received through 14 May 2010.
You can find the Report at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/63402.html
The additional hearings are scheduled for:
April 13, 2010: Fort Myers
Harborside Event Center
1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Fla. 33901
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
April 14, 2010: Tampa
Hilton Tampa Airport
2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa, Fla. 33607
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
April 15, 2010: Jacksonville
Clarion Hotel Airport Conference Center
2101 Dixie Clipper Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. 32218
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
EPA is accepting public comments on the proposed standards through April 28
More on the proposed rule and public hearings: