Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vermont Aquatic Nuisance Species Grant-in-Aid Grant Application Information

The 2012 Aquatic Nuisance Control Program Grant-in-Aid Guide and Application for municipalities to apply for funds to support aquatic nuisance control management activities in Vermont water bodies in 2012 is now available on line at: http://www.vtwaterquality.org/lakes/htm/lp_grantinaid.htm  or by calling Ann Bove at (802) 338-4822

For a project to be considered for funds in 2012, a completed Application Form and Worksheet should be submitted in electronic format (Portable Document Format preferred), clearly marked, and emailed to Ann Bove (ann.bove@state.vt.us) by 4 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012
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Ann E. Bove
Aquatic Invasive Species Management
VTANR, DEC, Water Quality Division
103 South Main Street, Bldg 10-North
Waterbury, VT 05671-0408
(802) 338-4822 phone
ann.bove@state.vt.us
http://www.vtwaterquality.org

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The National Lakes Assessment: Round Two

EPA, in collaboration with States, Tribes, Federal, and other partners, will conduct the second National Lakes Assessment (NLA) in 2012. This survey is one in a series of National Aquatic Resources Surveys (NARS) carried out by EPA and state partners to improve understanding of the quality of the Nation‘s waters. The results of the NLA 2012, including analyses of changes from 2007, will be published in December 2014, with repeat surveys every five years. Preparations and final planning is currently underway for the NLA 2012 survey.

For the NLA 2012, approximately 900 lake sites were randomly selected using a survey design that ensures the assessment will provide representative information on the condition of lakes at national and regional scales. Approximately one half of these sites were sampled in 2007 and the others are newly selected lakes. Some States are investing additional resources to supplement the survey design to provide State-scale reporting. As with the NLA 2007 and other NARS surveys, the NLA 2012 will use a reference based approach to assess lake quality, comparing survey data to assessments of high quality lakes within similar ecoregions. The selection of NLA 2012 indicators and field methods started with an evaluation of those used in NLA 2007. Several additions and changes were recommended by the Steering Committee including the addition of a pesticide screen.

For more information, go to: http://water.epa.gov/type/lakes/lakessurvey_index.cfm, or contact: Amina Pollard, pollard.amina@epa.gov.
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Source: NALMS Notes

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Pesticide Chemical Search makes it Easier to Find Regulatory Information on Pesticides

EPA has released Pesticide Chemical Search, a new Web-based application that will allow users to easily access chemical-specific information from the Office of Pesticide Programs' website and several other important sources. Pesticide Chemical Search is designed to consolidate information related to pesticide chemicals (active ingredients), making it easier to find related regulatory and scientific information: www.epa.gov/pesticides/chemicalsearch.

The new application collects existing web pages on specific chemicals on EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs' website and allows users access to this information through a single portal. Users will also be able to quickly find the current status of a chemical and where it is in the review process. Another key feature is the ability to determine if there are any dockets open for public comment for a given chemical.

Other key features of Pesticide Chemical search include: 20,000+ regulatory documents such as fact sheets and REDs, links to over 800 dockets in Regulations.Gov, links to important information, including pesticide tolerances in the eCFR, web services that provide a wide variety and depth of information about a particular chemical, and 100,000+ chemical synonyms to power the search engine.

Pesticide Chemical Search will be expanded to include pesticide product labels and other relevant information in the near future.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Scenes from an Adirondack Fall

Here is a slideshow of Adirondack Autumn photographs I've been taking from around the area, including a number of lake shots. Click on any image to jump to the full-size slideshow on the Storie website


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

EPA Announces Winners of Apps for the Environment Challenge

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of its Apps for the Environment challenge, which encouraged new and innovative uses of EPA’s data to create apps that address environmental and public health issues. Developers from across the country created apps with information about everything from energy efficient light bulbs to local air quality. A few even developed games to help people learn environmental facts.

“Innovators from across the country have used information to help people protect our health and the environment,” said Malcolm Jackson, EPA’s Chief Information Officer. “The winners of the Apps for the Environment challenge demonstrate that it’s possible to transform data from EPA and elsewhere into applications that people can use.”

The five winners are:
  • Winner, Best Overall App: Light Bulb Finder by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of EcoHatchery, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Runner Up, Best Overall App: Hootroot by Matthew Kling of Brighter Planet, Shelburne, VT
  • Winner, Best Student App: EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C.
  • Runner Up, Best Student App: Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.
  • Popular Choice Award: CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J.

Winners will demonstrate their submissions at the Apps for the Environment forum today in Arlington, Va. The forum will include panels on business, technology, and government initiatives, breakout sessions by EPA’s program offices, upcoming developer challenges and future directions about environmental applications.

All contestants will retain intellectual property rights over their submissions, though winners agree that their submissions will be available on the EPA website for free use and download by the public for a period of one year following the announcement of the winners.

More information about the winners and other submissions: http://appsfortheenvironment.challenge.gov/submissions

More information about EPA’s Apps for the Environment forum: http://www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment/forum.html

Sunday, November 06, 2011

View from space: Toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie

Landsat-5 satellite images acquired in early October, 2011 revealed the worst algae bloom North America’s Lake Erie has experienced in decades. The bloom is primarily microcystis aeruginosa, an algae that is toxic to mammals, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The reasons for this year’s giant bloom are complex, say scientists, but might be related to a rainy spring and invasive mussels.

See pictures and more of the story at:

http://earthsky.org/water/view-from-space-toxic-algae-bloom-in-lake-erie
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Source: EarthSky.org Water Blog

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy For Public Review

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy For Public Review

Agenda outlines blueprint for reversing decline of Gulf Coast ecosystem

WASHINGTON - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, today released for public review and feedback its comprehensive preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. The strategy, which will be presented to President Obama at the end of the public review period, represents an historic opportunity for addressing long-standing issues contributing to the decline of the Gulf’s critical ecosystem. The preliminary strategy is the first effort of its kind to be developed with the involvement of parties throughout the region, including the states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments and thousands of interested citizens and organizations. The plan strategy, which builds upon on-going efforts underway in the Gulf Coast states includes specific steps for on-the-ground action and represents the Task Force’s commitment to putting Gulf coastal restoration on an equal footing with other national priorities. 
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Read the entire release at our Gulf Coast Post blog
http://gulfcoastpost.org/2011/10/gulf-coast-task-force-releases.html

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Cornell Cooperative Extension Announces Three-Day Invasive Species Workshop

Cornell Cooperative Extensive is happy to announce the schedule for this year's three-day invasive species in-service workshop for CCE educators, PRISM members, and other invasive species partners: Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17. This year's sessions will be held in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations conference center on the Cornell University campus.


Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Cornell University, ILR Conference Center, Ithaca, NY

Invasive Species Education:
Our Strongest Tool for Invasive Species Prevention and Management

Over the past three years, the November invasive species inservice workshops have focused on: the species themselves, their impacts and on-going research (2008); applying research results and basic education tools to "fight" invasive species (2009); and, moving beyond the basics into the larger issues of being more proactive in prevention, early-detection, rapid response, and long-term management and control (2010).  This year's workshop is going to move to the next level of using research and education in the fight against existing and new invasions. Based upon input solicited from Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs), CCE County Association educators, and other partners, this workshop will address in detail how to develop and apply various outreach education techniques to effectively prevent, identify, and manage invasive species at statewide, regional and local levels. Presentations will include a mixture of invasive species science, education process skills, educational program planning, invasive species control and management, and restoration techniques. Ample time will be provided within the structure of the workshop for interaction between attendees and presenters and among attendees.
Conference hotel packages have been arranged at the Ithaca Best Western University Inn (1020 Ellis Hollow Road, 607-272-6100 x 4714) and the Ithaca Courtyard by Marriot (29 Thornwood Drive, 607-330-1000 or 866-541-3600).


Tuesday Sessions
Part 1 (8:00 am - 10:00 a.m.)
Part 2 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Part 3 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Part 4 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)


Wednesday Sessions
Part 1 (8:00 am - 10:00 a.m.)
Part 2 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Part 3 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Part 4 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Thursday Sessions
Part 1 (8:00 am - 9:00 am)
Part 2 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)
Part 3 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Part 4 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)





2011 Invasive Species In-service Thematic Outline - Working Draft

Tuesday Morning
            Update on invasive species in NY (new invasions, spread of existing species, research updates,  mitigation/management updates)

Tuesday Afternoon
            Current state of invasive species knowledge (DEC pathways study; underlying causes of invasion; economic impact of Long Island legislation; effects of climate change on invasives; top agricultural pests; top forestry pests; top horticultural pests)

Wednesday Morning
            Early detection/rapid response and how to make the best use of resources (the effort to standardize the process of early detection of plants statewide; use of the TNC decision tree to prioritize efforts; novel detection projects; impact specifics {economic, human health, etc.} that can be used to “sell” public on reality of the invasive species issue; update on invasive species mapping)

Wednesday Afternoon
            Context Appropriate Invasive Species Management (evaluating new herbicide applications; restoration efforts to suppress invasives; use of native alternatives; plant/seed mixes to discourage invasive species; BMPs for control of select species; Strategic Management and Monitoring – are we reaching conservation goals?)

Thursday Morning
Working with stakeholders - Part 1 (Citizen Science and volunteer recruitment techniques; engaging communities to prepare for invasive species; existing programs/projects that utilize volunteers, not-for-profits, partner agencies, etc. for citizen science data collection; age appropriate invasive species activities for youth)

Thursday Afternoon
            Working with stakeholders - Part 2 (the role of outreach education; organize stakeholder groups to get involved in volunteer removal projects; EAB community preparedness planning – what’s working, what could be improved, can it be applied to other approaching threats; group take home assignment: develop action plans for enhancing our regional networks and partnership projects)
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For more information, contact:

Charles R. O'Neill, Jr.
Coordinator, Invasive Species Programs
Cornell Cooperative Extension
365 Roberts Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853
Voice: 585-831-6165
E-mail: chuck.oneill@cornell.edu
Web site: http://nyis.info

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc. is Launched to Provide Global Research Expertise and Focus Resources in Select Areas

NEWS RELEASE

The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc. is Launched to Provide Global Research Expertise and Focus Resources in Select Areas
Dedicated to improving the world for current and future generations.

McLean, VA and Keene, NY, October 1, 2011 – The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc., a new non-profit research focused think tank and institute was formed to serve as a global leader and concentrate research efforts, financial resources, and expertise in a number of key sectors:  Economics; Education; Emerging Markets; Energy; Entrepreneurship; and Excellence.

“Our decision to launch The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc. at this time was driven by a confluence of dynamic factors – the demand for more resources, leadership and guidance in developing alternative energy sources; the increased pace of globalization; the expansion of developing markets, including the frontier markets; and the continued spread of democracy and expansion of free market capitalism as demonstrated by the Arab Spring,”  commented Edmund L. Luzine, Jr., Founder and Managing Director of Adirondack.  “Those factors, combined with the vast expansion of knowledge driven by fundamental scientific research, the explosion of information technology, 24/7 media coverage, social media, the impact of the financial crises combined with natural disasters, and the break-down of governmental agencies during a period of global war and recession have created the need for a new and innovative non-profit research institute and charity.

“We have been very impressed with the pace of globalization and the spread of capitalism, and the need for a research institute to be focused on supporting these items along with promoting excellence in government and corporate operations, and promoting other initiatives, such as a global energy strategy focused on cleaner sources of energy – clean natural gas, clean coal technology, nuclear/solar power, wind power, an improved energy storage and distribution grid and many other areas of benefit to the world’s residents,”  he added.

The new think tank will allow individual and corporate donors to capitalize on Adirondack’s global infrastructure of experts and its network of corporate, governmental and academic relationships in order to direct research and focus donations to provide solutions and assistance where it is needed most.

Adirondack’s first donation was made in the Education sector - to the St. Agnes School in Lake Placid, New York.  ARI is currently working on a number of projects to promote and support veterans of the current global war, and to concentrate research efforts on the rare earth elements.

About The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc.:
Adirondack is a newly launched non-profit research institute and think tank formed to serve as a global leader and focus its efforts on a number of key sectors.  These sectors include, but are not limited to:  Economics; Education; Emerging Markets; Energy; Entrepreneurship; and Excellence.  ARI was founded by investment banker, professor and Army Colonel Edmund L. Luzine, Jr., an expert in the global emerging markets who has lived and worked in over 48 nations - from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia.  He was one of the initial pioneers and a major participant in the trading of LDC (lesser developed countries) or global emerging markets assets in the early 1990s.  Mr. Luzine worked for many years at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson North America LLC, Dresdner Bank, AG and First Chicago in New York.  He also served as an advisor to the World Bank Resident Mission in Sarajevo, Bosnia and assisted in privatizing state-owned assets, developing a new currency, and re-structuring the banking sector in order to stabilize Eastern Europe and assist with the reconstruction and development program after many years of war and the failure of communism.  He worked with Iraqi ex-pats at the US State Department, as a participant in the Future of Iraq Work Groups – established to repair and assist the development of a nation devastated by nearly 30 years of war.  He is an adjunct finance professor in the MBA program at Union Graduate College of Union University in upstate New York.  Lt. Colonel Luzine was one of the key special operations officers recalled to active duty after the 9/11 attacks and served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  His duties in the Middle East and Central Asia involved funding reconstruction projects that built schools, renovated hospitals, overhauled irrigation systems, redistributed oil for food supplies, and numerous other operational and stabilization efforts.  Adirondack’s offices are located in New York and Virginia.  ARI is also affiliated with related entities that maintain a regional Latin American office in Miami and an Asian office in Singapore.

The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc. plans to open additional offices in the Middle East and Africa within the next year. 

Donors, friends, and associates may sign up for our email updates at ARI’s website listed below and we also encourage you all to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Donations, requests for grants and other non-media inquires may visit us on the Internet at our home page of www.adirondackresearchinstitute.org

For Press Inquiries Contact:
(703) 725-8303
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Source: The Adirondack Research Institute, Inc.
P. O. Box 3648
Tysons Corner, VA 22103
(703) 725-8303
www.adirondackresearchinstitute.org

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Finger Lakes Institute announces its 7th year of the Finger Lakes Research Conference

The Finger Lakes Institute celebrates its 7th year of the Finger Lakes Research Conference, scheduled for November 19, by recognizing just a few of the research scientists that dedicate their work to studying the Finger Lakes environment. This issue of Happenings introduces you to just of few of the scientists working in the region. Visit the Finger Lakes Institute web page dedicated to these honored scientists. They have shared their personal inspirations, concerns, and descriptions of their work to offer transparency and clear understanding of the science that is conducted in the Finger Lakes region.
  • Dr. Lisa Cleckner 
  • Dr. Susan Cushman 
  • Dr. Bruce Gilman
  • Dr. John Halfman
  • Dr. Darrin Magee 
  • Dr. Nicholas Metz 
Interested in learning more? Attending the Finger Lakes Research Conference is an opportunity to interact and network with these research scientists, and many others, to learn of their findings, and share your concerns and ideas for future work. Abstracts for presenting at the conference (students welcome!) are due October 10 and early attendee registration closes on November 10.


Finger Lakes Research Conference
 November 19, 2011

Submit your abstract by October 10 to

Members of the public, students, educators, independent scientists are encouraged to attend and participate!
Learn More!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

EPA Announces the Healthy Watersheds Initiative National Framework and Action Plan, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the release of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI) National Framework and Action Plan. The HWI is intended to protect the nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes. The HWI National Framework and Action Planaims to provide a clear consistent framework for action, both internally among EPA’s own programs and externally in working with the Agency’s partners. EPA will work with states and other partners to identify healthy watersheds at the state scale and develop and implement comprehensive state healthy watersheds strategies that set priorities for protection and inform priorities for restoration.

Healthy watersheds provide many ecological services as well as economic benefits. If successfully implemented, the HWI promises to greatly enhance our nation’s ability to meet the Clean Water Act Section 101(a) objective of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. The HWI National Framework and Action Plan is available at www.epa.gov/healthywatersheds

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

DEADLINE LOOMING: Support New York's efforts to keep aquatic invasive species out of our Waters

New York State has enacted strong regulations to curb the spread of aquatic invasive species introduced into the state’s waters through ballast water discharges. In absence of strong federal protections, these regulations have put in place stringent technology requirements, based on sound science, for ships operating throughout New York’s waters (the Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, Hudson River, NY Harbor, etc) as well as traveling through those same waters, effectively creating a standard for the entire Great Lakes region!

However, these regulations have recently come under attack, and we need to urge Governor Cuomo to stand firm on keeping new aquatic invasive species out of our waterways!

About two weeks ago, Governors from WI, IN and Ohio sent a letter to New York Governor Cuomo stating that New York’s standards will hurt their respective economies and that there is currently no technology to meet their own standards. This is not the case. In fact, New York has a company that has certified that they have technology to meet this standard for New York and California.

To help make sure the State maintains its strong standards, please sign onto the attached (and pasted below) letter to Governor Cuomo in support of New York’s comprehensive ballast water program. We are planning on delivering this letter to the Governor on Friday October 7th, so please reply to me (smahar@audubon.org) by Close of Business October 6th with the following information if your organization can sign on:
  • Name 
  • Title 
  • Organization
  • City, State 

Thanks for your help in keeping invasive species out of our waterways, and please feel free to forward this onto others!
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Source: Sean Mahar
Director of Government Relations and Communications
Audubon New York
200 Trillium Lane
Albany, NY 12203
518-869-9731
518-869-0737 (Fax)
518-253-7000 (Cell)
smahar@audubon.org

DEC Announces Hurricane Emergency Loan Program (HELP)



Aerial view of a wastewater treatment plant surrounded by floodwaters
Up to $1 million in no-interest loans is available
to municipalities with damaged drinking water
or wastewater treatment facilities.
(Photo: Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)
A new emergency loan program will help local governments make immediate repairs to drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The Hurricane Emergency Loan Program (HELP) will provide up to $1 million in no-interest loans for each municipality that needs critical assessment and repair of flood damage to its drinking water or wastewater treatment facility. Repairs to pump stations, electrical equipment, treatment facilities and other critical equipment are eligible for the loans. Communites can also obtain funds to hire temporary emergency services, such as vacuum truck hauling, bypass pumping and disinfection, and related engineering and other professional services.

A $25 Million Emergency Fund

To create this $25 million emergency fund, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) is using funds from the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). SRFs traditionally provide short- and long-term financing for major improvements to water and sewer systems in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called the loans "a lifeline to communities working hard to recover from these devastating storms," and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens noted that "the sooner repairs can be made, the sooner drinking water can be fully protected and harm to the environment can be minimized."
EFC President and CEO Matthew J. Driscoll noted, "DEC organized engineers from DEC, EFC, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies to perform site inspections that will qualify a municipality for both a HELP loan and FEMA assistance." Driscoll is also co-chairman of the governor's Upstate Storm and Flooding Recovery Task Force.

EFC created the HELP loans in cooperation with the State Department of Health (DOH), DEC, the State Emergency Management Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EFC and DOH administer the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, while EFC and DEC administer the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

DEC engineers have contacted all affected facilities and are available for further assistance. EFC financial analysts are available to drinking water and wastewater plant administrators and other officials for questions and consultation. For more information and assistance with a HELP loan, local governments in counties designated as eligible for FEMA assistance are invited to call James Levine, EFC Senior Vice President and General Counsel at 1-800-882-9721 or via e-mail at irenerecovery@efc.ny.gov
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Source: NY DEC EnvironmentDEC October Issue

Think Twice When Fertlizing your Lawn This Fall

Everyone lives in a watershed whether you live close to a body of water or not. A watershed is the surrounding land that drains into a lake, stream, or river. It includes drainage systems such as ditches and storm sewers, which means you have a direct effect on water quality.

As we welcome fall, many homeowners realize it is time to fertilize your lawn. The grass has endured the summer stresses and the cool temperatures provide the perfect opportunity for recovery. The benefits of fall fertilization include a healthier turf before winter along with a healthier root system.

Before you fertilize however, think responsibly. Phosphates are a major source of pollution in lakes and streams, and high phosphate levels support over-production of algae and water weeds. Phosphorous comes from many sources such as leaves, lawn clippings, animal waste, and it is in most lawn fertilizers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has some wonderful videos and publications on Healthy Lawn Care Practices that you can apply to reduce the amount of runoff pollutants in your watershed.
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Thanks to Aquarius Systems, makers of some of the finest weed harvesting equipment, for this helpful tip. Visit them on Facebook or on their Aquatic Weed Harvester blog.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PBS film on aquatic invasives in Lake George

A great opportunity to feature regional Aquatic Invasive Species issues is underway with Lake George as a back-drop. Read more online at http://brightblue.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/bright-blue-starts-new-documentary-on-lake-george/
Two Lake George watershed protection organizations have joined with Mountain Lakes PBS and Bright Blue EcoMedia to highlight the challenges of aquatic invasive species management in the Lake George basin of New York State. The film would be produced as a 30-minute PBS special and highlight both the successes and mounting challenges of aquatic invasive species control in the ‘Queen of American Lakes’. Invasives include Eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels, and Asian clam, the newest threat to Lake George ecology.

Organizers are seeking additional funding for the project. Please direct inquiries / possibilities for underwriting and donations to:

Jon D. Erickson Professor
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Environmental Program
University of Vermont Managing Director
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics President
U.S. Society for Ecological Economics Executive Editor
Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies
617 Main Street University of Vermont Burlington, VT 05405 USA
jon.erickson@uvm.edu 802-656-2906 [office], 802-656-2995 [fax], jdericks [skype] http://www.uvm.edu/~jdericks/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Asian Clams Now Identified in Four Locations in Lake George

Additional Asian clam discovered in Norowal Marina, Treasure Cove

Lake George Association (LGA) reports two additional sites infested with Asian clam have been discovered on the west side of Lake George near Bolton -- one at Norowal Marina, found by Darrin Fresh Water Institute scientists, and the other at Treasure Cove, found by the LGA staff. These infestations appear to be significantly smaller than the nearly six-acre site at the village.

These discoveries drove home the urgent need to immediately survey the entire Lake to better evaluate the extent of the problem and to prioritize the next steps. (Lake Tahoe’s population quickly grew to over 200 acres, and they spend over $1 million a year just to manage it.)

One very surprising finding from LGA's recent discovery: the Treasure Cove population was not found in a shallow sandy location, but instead in a location with vegetation and mucky sediment. (So far, over 60 clean sites have been surveyed. See today's full press release on survey efforts here.)

LGA states that they urgently need to raise additional funds to fight this threat. Even with over $500,000 raised to combat the infestation in the village, the task force has serious concerns about how to finance the September removal of the mats and the rebar, as well as additional matting and suction harvesting that may be necessary. Current costs to monitor and manage the mats already in place are running $5,000 per week.

For more updates on the Asian clam and LGA's eradication efforts, visit the STOP the ASIAN CLAM website.

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Source: Lake George Association E-news August 2011
Lake George Association
PO Box 408 Lake George, NY 12845 518-668-3558
www.lakegeorgeassociation.org
People protecting the Lake since 1885

New features Announced for iMapInvasives version 1.5

The iMapInvasives team has announced the recent roll-out of version 1.5 of their invasive plant geotracking software. Some of the new features include:

- Email alert system (for level 5 and above): Pick a geography and species of interest to receive emails when a newly confirmed observation matches your alert criteria.
- Improved Custom Observation Query and Report interface
- “Zoom to Coordinate” feature on the map
- The ability to edit your observation entry after submitting and before it is confirmed, including new fields for voucher information.
- Polygon area automatically calculates when adding assessment details
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iMapInvasives is an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool focused on serving the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) efforts.

The initial consortium, formed to develop, support and maintain iMapInvasives, was comprised of four partners: the natural heritage program of the state of Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe.

Visit iMapInvasives on-line for more information

Monday, August 15, 2011

August is National Water Quality Month



Aquarius Systems, makers of some of the finest Aquatic Plant Management Equipment in the world, reminds us that August is National Water Quality Month. Here is a little blurb from their recent newsletter:

August is National Water Quality Month
So, What is Water Quality?

Water quality is defined as the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water. It is a measure of the condition of water relative to the requirements of one or more living species and or to any human need or purpose. Simply put, it is knowing that the water you use for a specific purpose is safe. For example; the water you use to wash your car may not be suitable for drinking; or the lake is great for boating, but hazardous for swimmers. For most people water quality is simply knowing if the water is good enough for drinking, playing in, or if the lakes are safe for plants, animals, and recreation.

More often nowadays, we are hearing situations where the quality of water is not good enough for normal uses. Bacteria and microorganisms have gotten into drinking-water supplies causing illness; sewage spills have occurred forcing people to boil their water as well as close beaches; oil spills endanger plant and animal life; and, runoff containing pollutants such as phosphorous channel into streams and lakes leading to excessive aquatic plant growth.

Learn the Issues: Water

Interesting Facts about Water
• To manufacture one car, including tires, 147,972 liters of water are used.
• 13% of municipal piped water is lost in pipeline leaks.
• The human brain is 75% water.
• Outdoor watering uses 35 liters of water each minute (over 9 gallons).
• One drop of oil can make up to 25 liters of water unfit for drinking.
• Half of world’s wetlands have been lost since 1900.
• Each year, over 89 billion liters of bottled water are sold.

Visit aquarius-systems.com for a link to more interesting water facts.
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Source: Aquarius Systems
200 North Harrison Street
North Prairie, Wisconsin WI

“Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain” to Air August 20th in Saranac Lake

“Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain,” presents several reasons why levels of toxic blue-green algae are increasing throughout the lake and raising concerns in the last few summers. The spring floods that occurred over the North Country this year have only exacerbated the problem in Lake Champlain and elsewhere across the region.

Wake-Up Film Festival 3 Summer Feature: “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain”

For the past three years, the Adirondack Green Circle has sponsored annual community screenings of globally and locally significant films during their Wake–Up Film Festivals (WUFFs) held each spring in Saranac Lake. These films are meant to provide awareness and community discussion about environmental, economic & social issues currently affecting us all. They also provide a forum for proposing solutions and action plans that we as a community can work on together.

This year a bonus Summer Feature is planned for Saturday, Aug. 20th, with the free screening of “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain” at the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, from 7-9pm. This Emmy Award winning documentary focuses on the problem of algae blooms and the health of the 6th largest lake in the United States. The film’s co-producers/directors, Victor Guadagno and Jon Erickson, will be on hand to lead a discussion after the film.

Described as a “must see documentary,” “Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain,” presents several reasons why levels of toxic blue-green algae are increasing throughout the lake and raising concerns in the last few summers. The spring floods that occurred over the North Country this year have only exacerbated the problem in Lake Champlain and elsewhere across the region.

Since its debut in Burlington last November 29th in front of 250 people, “Bloom” has been receiving much North Country press between NY and VT, both from mainstream and public media sources. Following the May announcement of its New England Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the documentary was chosen for national distribution by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). To date, it has been shown in several states.

Area lake and watershed association members are especially invited to attend this screening because many regional and local shore-owners are dealing with algae problems or have dealt with them in the past. But, we are all residents of one watershed or another, and therefore, the general public is also invited to come, learn and share experiences in an effort to slow down algae growth in waterways.

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For more information about the film, see: bloomthemovie.org. For more information about the Adirondack Green Circle, see: adkgreencircle.org. Both have Facebook pages as well. Contact 637-2745 for more information on the event.

 
ABOUT THE Adirondack Green Circle

Who They Are
The Adirondack Green Circle was started in 2007 by Gail Brill after reading Barbara Kingsolver's book,
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. At our monthly meeting we discuss ways to affect change in our own lives and in our community. See calendar for schedule.

Mission Statement
To create a forum that will educate and inspire both ourselves and our community to choose sustainable living practices. Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By promoting these practices in our lives and in the community, we move towards living in harmony with our earth and each other.

Green Circle Goals:

  • To choose and maintain an optimistic outlook about the future of our planet and the ability to affect positive change through sustainable practices
  • Read, meet and discuss relevant articles and research
  • Attend relevant workshops and meetings
  • Provide outreach and education via our website and community events
  • Work with local politicians and agencies to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious government and community

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Environmental Photo Library

Fotosearch's extensive photography and footage database includes tens of thousands of images on such topics as the environment, pollution, nature, recycling, renewable energy, and more. have over 250,000 photos/images entering the keyword "environment" into search database (http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/environment.html).

Fotosearch's photography has been featured in many world-wide publications including Newsweek, People Magazine, the New York Times, and a PBS article (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/teachers/lp_spirit2.html) along side the EPA as a useful resource for photography showing the effects of pollution on our planet.

See this link for more information: Environmental Stock Photography at Fotosearch

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marcellus Shale Drilling: Concerns for Water Resources

by Dr. Susan Cushman, FLI Research Scientist; Director of Introductory Biology Laboratories, HWS Department of Biology

Drilling of the Marcellus Shale has the potential for serious environmental implications. Extending halfway up into the Finger Lakes region from the Appalachians and even into the Catskills, this Devonian age sediment was deposited by an ancient river delta, and includes a large amount of natural gas. It has been stated that the Marcellus Shale deposit holds 10-20 years of natural gas supply for the entire nation, yet process of extracting this resource from horizontally oriented fractures is significant to the surrounding terrestrial environment.

In particular, the processes of site analysis and clearing as well as gas production and delivery could have major impacts to both water quantity and quality within the area surrounding a well. There are four main concerns for water resources related to drilling the Marcellus Shale: 1) clearing land for well pads, 2) supplying water for well construction and drilling, 3) degradation of water quality in local streams due to increased traffic by large construction vehicles on rural roads, and 4) disposal of large amounts of waste “water”, e.g. contaminated fluids from wells. First, a well site must be completely cleared of trees and vegetation (5 acre pad = ~3500 trees), which means that rainwater will not be intercepted, and instead run overland polluting local streams with excessive amounts of sediment. Secondly, each of these drilling sites requires large amounts of water to keep the drilling bit cool. Water is also needed to create hydrofrack fluids enable both shale fractures to be held open under pressure and the gas to be released upwards through the well. The estimated water use of one well is 1.5 million gallons during drilling – 62.5 times more than a traditional vertical well. The increased traffic by heavy construction vehicles and tanker trucks that bring in this water will most likely increase the erosion along rural routes, thereby increasing sediment in small streams. Knowing that small streams lead to bigger streams and lakes in the Finger Lakes region, this could significantly impact our water quality. Finally, the wastewater that results from the hydrofrack creates significant concern over where to put it. Currently, the wastewater from hydrofracking systems is sent to wastewater treatment plants (PA) or sometimes injected back into the earth at a shallower depth (TX, WV). Wastewater treatment plants don’t necessarily have the ability to remove contaminants like brines, heavy metals, and radionuclides that are present in these contaminated fluids – and therefore pose concerns to our drinking water supplies if disposed of in this way. If injected back into the ground, there are also concerns over groundwater supply contamination unless it is injected well below known aquifers.
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Source: Finger Lakes Institute Happenings

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Update on Waters of the U.S. Draft Guidance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period by 30 days for the draft guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act. In response to requests from state and local officials, as well as other stakeholders, EPA and the Corps will take additional comment until July 31, 2011 on this important draft guidance that aims to protect U.S. waters. These waters are critical for the health of the American people, the economy and ecosystems in communities across the country.

This change in the public comment period will not impact the schedule for finalizing the guidance or alter the intent to proceed with a rulemaking.

Public input received will be carefully considered as the agencies make final decisions regarding the guidance. These comments will also be very helpful as the agencies prepare a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The original 60-day public comment period was originally set to expire on July 1, 2011. The agencies will be publishing a notice of this 30-day extension in the Federal Register.

More information:
http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm



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Source: Water Headlines

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lake Scientist Website

There is a new website entitled "Lake Scientist" that should be of interest to lake residents and those involved in managing the water quality of a lake or pond. Here is what they have to say about themselves:
Lake Scientist emerged from the leadership of Fondriest Environmental, in collaboration with Miami University and Kent State University’s EARS (Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing) IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) program*, with a vision to create a central resource about lake science.

The site’s mission is to provide an interactive community resource focused on lakes and other freshwaters for the benefit of the scientific community, the education community, and all others interested in the subject.

Lake Scientist offers a rich repository of in-depth information about lake science, as well as covering the latest news on topics that affect our world’s freshwater resources
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Source: Lake Scientist

New York State banning phosphorus in detergent and fertilizer

ALBANY, Aug 15, 2010

The state of New York has joined 16 other states in banning stores from carrying dishwasher detergents that contain phosphorus.

Gov. David Paterson signed the new state restriction into law last month. As of Saturday, stores in the state have 60 days to sell off their existing inventory. Sales for commercial use must end by July 1, 2013.
Dishwasher detergents are presently permitted to contain as much as 9 percent phosphorus by weight, but the new law lowers allowable levels to only 0.5 percent. Moreover, a similar ban will limit phosphorus in lawn fertilizers starting in 2012, reducing levels from a maximum of 3 percent to 0.67 percent.
In the early 1970s, regulations were enacted to limit phosphorus in soap and laundry detergents, but dishwasher detergent was not included as it was not yet common.

Runoff from farms is the leading source of phosphorus pollution. However, The Associated Press reports that dishwashing detergent accounts for 9 to 34 percent of the phosphorus found in municipal wastewater. Furthermore, as much as 50 percent of phosphorus found in storm runoff comes from lawn fertilizer.
Phosphorus impairs drinking water quality, and it is one of most significant nutrients that causes eutrophication, or nutrient loading. It is estimated 48% of lakes in North America are eutrophic. These excessive nutrients feed algal blooms that can significantly damage lake ecosystems, notably by depleting dissolved oxygen that aquatic life needs to breathe.

“The impact of phosphorus is particularly significant in lakes and reservoirs. Over half of all the lake acres in [New York] have water quality impacts for which phosphorus is a contributing cause," according to a Department of Environmental Conservation analysis.

More than 100 New York water bodies are identified as impaired, including Cayuga Lake and Lake Champlain.
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Source: Lake Scientist

New website at the North American Lake Management Society

The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) has announced the launch of their brand new website www.nalms.org, a site devoted to the Society’s mission of forging partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.

This new site is the result of the hard work of the NALMS website team and the e-business consulting firm Acumium. With www.nalms.org, their goal is to provide all of the site visitors an easy to navigate, content rich experience. Their aim is to continue to deliver high quality information and updates on the latest lake management activities of NALMS and our members.

For NALMS members, the aim is to deliver more intuitive access to their growing membership benefits. All NALMS members now enjoy access to a personal profile, electronic issues of LakeLine, and a new Membership directory. For Professional, Student and Organization members they also continue to offer access to electronic issues of Lake and Reservoir Management. And with www.nalms.org, they anticipate having the flexibility to offer more membership benefits in the future – so check back often!

Site Features
  • About NALMS: Here you can learn more about NALMS as an organization and stay up-to-date with our current Officers, Directors, and Staff. You can also keep tabs on our various Committees and stroll through a brief NALMS history. 
  • Conferences & Events: Here you will find information on our upcoming Symposium, our past conferences, and other events. 
  • Programs: Learn more about NALMS involvement in programs ranging from our Professional Certification program to Blue Green Algae work. 
  • About Lake Management: Provided here are the basics of Limnology and lake management plans. You will also find links to our Affiliate Members and other lake management organizations. 
  • Publications: Provided here is information on our publications including LakeLine, Lakes and Reservoir Management, NALMS Notes and our Invasive Species Cards. We also include our Affiliate Member’s Newsletters and a listing of other lake management books you can purchase through NALMS. 
  • Lake Management Policy: In this section you will find NALMS position statements and links to other Public Policy Resources.
Member’s Only Resources
  • Edit Profile: Here, members can stay up-to-date with their colleagues and NALMS by updating their contact information, adding a professional biography and including a picture! 
  • Member Directory: With this directory they have made it easier to stay in touch with colleagues and other NALMS members. Members can search for other NALMS members, add them as colleagues, and send messages. 
  • LakeLine Magazine: The LakeLine section is more complete than ever before with electronic copies of every issue dating back to our 1993 Spring issue. Here, members can find both individual articles and complete issues of our flagship publication! 
  • Lake and Reservoir Management Journal: Provided here is a link to the host site for electronic issues of our journal at Taylor & Francis.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Largest U.S. Dam Removal to Begin June 1 in Washington

The Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula once teemed with legendary salmon runs before two towering concrete dams were built about a century ago.

On June 1, nearly two decades after Congress called for full restoration of the river and its fish runs, federal workers turned off the generators at the 1913 dam powerhouse and set in motion the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.

Contractors will begin dismantling the dams this fall, a $324.7 million project that will take about three years and will allow the 45-mile Elwha River to run free as it courses from the Olympic Mountains through old-growth forests into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The 105-foot Elwha Dam came on line in 1913, followed 14 years later by the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam 8 miles upstream. For years, they provided electricity to a local pulp and paper mill and the growing city of Port Angeles. Electricity from the dams, enough to power about 1,700 homes, now feeds the regional power grid.
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Source: NALMS Notes June 2011
http://www.nalms.org

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The 18th Annual Secchi Dip-In Begins June 25th

This is an invitation to participate in this year’s Secchi Dip-In, which runs from June 25 to July 17. This is the 18th year of the Dip-In, and the three week event in June and July demonstrates that volunteers can collect valuable water quality data. The Dip-In is a network of volunteer programs and volunteers, that together gather and provides continent-wide (and world-wide) information on water quality.

If you are a coordinator of an aquatic monitoring program that measures transparency, pH, or temperature of surface waters, would you please urge your volunteers to participate? Probably never in recent history has our environmental efforts been more under greater attack by special interests. The Dip-In won’t solve our environmental crisis, but it does provide reliable contemporary data on a continental scale on change in our waters to state and federal agencies and to researchers. We rely on existing programs because your volunteers are trained, providing assurance that the data are reliable. The Dip-In provides an event that coordinators of programs both large and small, can use to advertise their program and to explain to the public and to officials the importance of environmental monitoring.

We have a New Website Address. We now have a new website: http://www.secchidipin.org. Volunteers can retrieve and edit the data they have entered and coordinators can retrieve and edit data from any waterbody in their program. If you want to be designated as a coordinator, please register and then send me an email. Volunteers also have the ability to personalize their waterbody site by adding pictures. A satellite map and graphs of data for each waterbody is now available. Bob Carlson Secchi Dip-In Coordinator, E-Mail: rcarlson@kent.edu, Facebook Site: http://www.facebook.com/secchidipin.
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Source: NALMS Notes June 2011
http://www.nalms.org

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yellow Iris - pretty but invasive

Yellow iris or Yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus) is in full bloom, but don’t let its good looks fool you! We’ve received several recent calls about it growing in wild places. Read the short blog by Don Lehman about yellow iris sightings in Lake George…

http://poststar.com/app/blogs/?p=68245&cat=132

If you see yellow iris growing in the wild in the Adirondack region, please report the location to Brendan Quirion at bquirion@tnc.org. Brendan can also provide guidance to landowners on proper management and permitting.

Images of Yellow Iris
Blogger's Note: For more information on Yellow Iris, visit UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Yellow Iris page. For more images of Yellow Iris, see http://goo.gl/1KwCT (edited June 23,2011 16:10

(Use RedLaser or ScanLife on your smartphone to access images using QR Code on left )
 

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Source: Hilary Smith
Director, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter
PO Box 65
Keene Valley, New York 12943
518-576-2082 x 131 (tel)
518-576-4203 (fax)
hsmith@tnc.org
www.adkinvasives.com



Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Flooding Ravages New York Counties

Governor Cuomo and several cabinet officials toured locations in northern and central New York that experienced severe flood damage as strong winds and rains combined with spring snowmelt

See complete article at http://www.dec.ny.gov/environmentdec/74402.html
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Source: EnvironmentDEC

EPA Releases Searchable Website for Drinking Water Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced improvements to the availability and usability of drinking water data in the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) tool. ECHO now allows the public to search to see whether drinking water in their community met the standards required under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which is designed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water and protect people’s health. SDWA requires states to report drinking water information periodically to EPA. ECHO also includes a new feature identifying drinking water systems that have had serious noncompliance.

The new Safe Drinking Water Act information on EPA’s website provides:

- Users with information about whether their drinking water has exceeded drinking water standards.
- A serious violators report that lists all water suppliers with serious noncompliance.
- EPA’s 2009 National Public Water Systems Compliance Report, which is a national summary of compliance and enforcement at public drinking water systems.

EPA’s enforcement goals for clean water include working with states and tribes to ensure clean drinking water for all communities and improving transparency by making facility compliance data available to the public. The release of drinking water violations data in ECHO advances these goals and creates additional incentives for government agencies to improve their reporting of drinking water violations and increase efforts to address those violations.

Safe Drinking Water Act search page: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/compliance_report_sdwa.html
Enforcement and Compliance History Online tool: http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/
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Source: Water Headlines

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Help Protect Adirondack Waters from Invasive Species

Get on-board with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program's 10th annual aquatic invasive plant training program! Learn aquatic plant identification tips and survey techniques for both native and aquatic invasive plants. You’ll also get a sneak peak at other aquatic invaders on the move such as zebra mussel, Asian clam, spiny waterflea and more.

The training is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by June 17 to hsmith@tnc.org and provide your name, contact info, training location and lake of interest.

Sessions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 28, Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Bolton Landing
or
June 30, Wanakena Ranger School on Cranberry Lake

Volunteers are asked to conduct an annual survey on an Adirondack lake or pond of their choice. To-date, more than 472 aquatic enthusiasts surveyed 266 Adirondack waterways. From the Fulton Chain to Lake Champlain - volunteer efforts are making a difference! Early detections of new invasive plant infestations provide the best chance for successful eradication.

Are you a returning volunteer? Feel free to join us for a half day or full day refresher course. Or pass this along and invite someone new!

Thank you, and see you on the water!

Hilary Smith
Director, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
The Nature Conservancy - Adirondack Chapter
PO Box 65
Keene Valley, New York 12943
518-576-2082 x 131 (tel)
518-576-4203 (fax)
hsmith@tnc.org
www.adkinvasives.com

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Thanks to Hilary Smith & APIPP PRISM for the submission.

Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 National River Rally June 3-6, 2011

2011 National River Rally
Embassy Suites at the Charleston Convention Center, North Charleston, SC

The 2011 National River Rally will provide:

• A series of 12 intensive 3-hour workshop and 72 additional 90 minute workshops covering topics of interest to staff, volunteers and board members of environmental organizations and public agencies
• Featured Speakers - Mickey Fearn, National Park Service; Janisse Ray, Author & Naturalist; William Werkheiser-USGS; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar-pending.
• Waters Unite Us Plenary Panel
Office hours, mentoring sessions and in-person conversations with funders and exhibitors
• The River Heroes Banquet: a memorable and inspirational night of celebrating our environmental protection leaders
• Unsurpassed networking opportunities
• Field trips, Environmental Film Fest, and so much more!

At River Rally, attendees learn the best strategies for river restoration; test and help improve the newest tools and technologies for watershed protection; deliver and discuss critical information from the field and from Washington, DC; and interact with a diverse community of organizations, agencies, tribes and businesses working to connect our water, lands and communities.

This year's Rally will again focus on two critical "bridge building" strategies:
1) creating stronger connections to various federal agencies (USGS, NOAA, FWS, NPS, EPA, USFS, etc) that can offer a host of new technical resources, funding and policy/management changes to local groups, and
2) building closer relationships with different constituencies like land groups, environmental justice organizations and others who have a similar stake in clean, abundant water.

CWP says:
This year water protection advocates from across the nation will come together in Charleston, South Carolina, a city with long history, sitting at the confluence of five rivers, and boasting the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. All of which is very apt, since River Rally serves as a major bridge for a diverse community of organizations, agencies, tribes and businesses working to connect our water, lands and communities. At this year's conference, join us as Sadie Drescher from the Center for Watershed Protection, will be conducting a 90-minute workshop entitled "Low Impact Development Goes Coastal".

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Source: Center for Watershed Protection
http://cwp.org

Monday, May 09, 2011

EPA & Army Corps “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Guidance

Americans depend on clean and abundant water. However, over the past decade, interpretations of Supreme Court rulings removed some critical waters from Federal protection, and caused confusion about which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. As a result, important waters now lack clear protection under the law, and businesses and regulators face uncertainty and delay. The Obama Administration is committed to protecting waters on which the health of people, the economy and ecosystems depend.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed draft guidance for determining whether a waterway, water body, or wetland is protected by the Clean Water Act. This guidance would replace previous guidance to reaffirm protection for critical waters. It also will provide clearer, more predictable guidelines for determining which water bodies are protected by the Clean Water Act.

The draft guidance will reaffirm protections for small streams that feed into larger streams, rivers, bays and coastal waters. It will also reaffirm protection for wetlands that filter pollution and help protect communities from flooding. Discharging pollution into protected waters (e.g., dumping sewage, contaminants, or industrial pollution) or filling protected waters and wetlands (e.g., building a housing development or a parking lot) require permits. This guidance will keep safe the streams and wetlands that affect the quality of the water used for drinking, swimming, fishing, farming, manufacturing, tourism and other activities essential to the American economy and quality of life. It also will provide regulatory clarity, predictability, consistency and transparency.

The draft guidance will be open for 60 days of public comment to allow all stakeholders to provide input and feedback before it is finalized.

Read more at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm
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Source: Water Headlines

Friday, April 29, 2011

DEC Information and Advice Regarding High Waters and Flooding

NYSDEC Logo

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) notes that the combination of heavy rains and significant snowmelt has brought high water levels throughout the region resulting in conditions that are not conducive to hiking, camping, boating and paddling. Despite the good weather forecasted for this weekend DEC is discouraging the public from entering the woods or accessing the waters of the Adirondacks for the following reasons:
  • Many roads in the Adirondacks have been closed due to flooding and washouts.
  • Streams are very high and most stream crossings that don’t have a foot bridge are impossible or dangerous to cross.
  • Many trails and campsites adjacent to streams, and other waters, are flooded. Other trails in lower elevations are very muddy and wet.
  • High winds moved through the area. Due to soils being saturated with water these winds may result in numerous trees being toppled. Trails and campsites may be covered and blocked by fallen trees.
  • The danger of landslides on mountain slopes is high due to saturated soils.
  • Snow is still present above 2600 feet, the snow is soft and slushy. Snowshoes are required to prevent “post holing”, avoid injuries and ease travel.
  • Water levels are high and water temperatures are low, rivers and streams are running swiftly.
  • Waters may contain logs, limbs and other debris.
  • High waters also conceal navigation hazards such as boulders, rock shelves, docks and other structures that normally are easily seen and avoided.
Water Levels in the Saranac River System
DEC continues to work with the Village of Saranac Lake to minimize and balance the impacts of flooding in the Village. DEC staff placed sandbags around the both the Upper and Lower Locks to protect the locks and retain additional water. Two dozen DEC operations staff, most of them seasonal staff at DEC campgrounds on their first day on the job this year, assisted Village of Saranac Lake employees and other in filling and placing sandbags around various locations on the shores of the Saranac River.
Repairing Flood Damaged Shorelines
Property owners who have streams or shorelines which have been eroded or otherwise damaged by flooding should check with the DEC Environmental Permits Office, and the Adirondack Park Agency (if the location is in the Adirondack Park), before undertaking repair work to determine if a permit or emergency authorization is required. Depending on the situation, work immediately necessary for the protection of life, health, general welfare, property or natural resources may be authorized under emergency authorization procedures. Projects for the purpose of shoreline restoration and erosion protection are subject to a permit application process.
The DEC Region 5 Environmental Permits Office can be reached at 518-897-1234 and the Adirondack Park Agency can be reached at 518-891-4050.
DEC provides a number of documents on its website to assist in developing a shoreline stabilization project:
Stream Crossings
Stream Crossings: Guidelines and Best Management Practices
Shoreline Stabilization
Shoreline Stabilization Techniques
How to Apply for a Protection of Waters Permit
Sample General Site Plans for Protection of Waters and Wetland Permit Applications
Sample Project Plans for Protection of Waters and Wetland Permit Applications

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Thanks to TourPro/Adirondack Base Camp for the submission.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Invasive Beetles website

BeetleDetectives.com features information on the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The site also encourages you to become a beetle detective to search for and report signs of AlB & EAB activity in your area.
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http://beetledetectives.com/

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

iMapInvasives: Mapping Invasive Species On-Line

Invasive species are widely considered to be one the greatest threats to biodiversity (Wilson, 2001). This is a nationwide problem encompassing many different non-native plants, animals, and even microbial pathogens. There are many individuals, public agencies and private organizations working to manage invasive species. Having access to strategic invasive species location information can support and enhance this important invasive species management work.

A consortium has formed to develop, support and maintain an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool, iMapInvasives, focused on serving the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) efforts.

The initial consortium is comprised of four partners: the natural heritage program of the state of Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP), The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe.

For information on functionality currently under development see Future Plans section.

For information on the iMapInvasives Project including information about how your states can participate see the iMapInvasives Service section.

For more information visit iMapInvasives.org
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Source: iMapInvasives.org

Monday, April 25, 2011

Igloo-shaped devices eat sewage

Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed “Poo-Gloos” can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, according to a new study.

“The results of this study show that it is possible to save communities with existing lagoon systems hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, by retrofitting their existing wastewater treatment facilities with Poo-Gloos,” says Fred Jaeger, chief executive officer of Wastewater Compliance Systems, Inc., which sells the Poo-Gloo under the name Bio-Dome.


{read complete article}

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Source: ASM International via Diane Rush, Hampshire Controls Corporation, Dover, NH

Runoff Roundup Spring Issue

The Center for Watershed Protection has announces their Spring issue of Runoff Roundup, available on-line here.

In This Issue
• Runoff Ramblings
• Shade Coffee Roundtable in Puerto Rico
• Healthy Harbors, Healthy Neighborhoods
• Wetlands-At-Risk Protection Tool
• Nominate a Watershed Superstar
• Trainings and Conferences
• Cool Links

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Center for Watershed Protection
8390 Main Street, Second Floor
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
Phone: (410) 461-8323
Fax: (410) 461-8324
e-mail: center@cwp.org

18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Announcing the 18th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks
May 18 & 19, 2011, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY



Featuring
• Author Bill McKibben
• NYS DEC Commissioner Joe Martens
• Robert B. Catell, AERTC
• Adirondack Partnership Project
• North Creek Case Study
• Alternative Water Treatment Technologies
• Bio, Solar, and Hydro Energy
• Birds of the Northern Forest
• Juried Student Paper Program

More information
Register
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Contact Information:

Dan Fitts, Adirondack Research Consortium
201 Paolozzi Center, Paul Smith's College Campus
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
info@adkresearch.org
518-327-6276

DEC Announces Revised Baitfish Regulations

New Rules Establish Corridors for Moving Bait for Personal Use in Same Waterbody

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced changes to current state regulations banning the overland transport of uncertified baitfish by anglers, including baitfish that are personally collected. The proposed revisions in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making would allow for the overland transport of personally collected baitfish within three specified transportation corridors, as long as the baitfish are used in the same waters from which they are collected.

The link below is to the press release. 45 day comment period began Wed 4/6 and ends 5/23.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/73584.html

Revised Asian Clam Containment and Eradication Plan

Originally a suction harvesting operation was to be combined with use of benthic barriers this spring. This operation was fully permitted by the regulatory agencies. Unfortunately, the high costs, late ice-out conditions on the lake, and logistical issues for staging this complex operation on shore, all forced the LGACRRTF to abandon these plans and pursue an expanded benthic barrier only treatment effort in the spring. Based on results from the spring treatment effort, a fall treatment effort that involves suction harvesting and benthic barriers in some combination is planned.

The LGACRRTF is still aiming for eradication- but our timeline is now a bit stretched out – with ‘containment’ as the goal for this spring’s effort, then assessment and re-strategizing over the summer, and then ‘eradication’ as the goal of a follow-up effort this fall/winter.

Click here for the pdf of the latest plan.
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Source: Lake George Asian Clam Eradication Project

EPA Solicits Public Comment on Permit to Reduce Stormwater Discharges from Construction Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve our nation’s waterways by regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. Stormwater discharges during construction activities can contain sediment and pollutants that harm aquatic ecosystems, increase drinking water treatment costs and pollute waters that people use for fishing, swimming and other recreational activities.

The proposed Construction General Permit (CGP) includes a number of enhanced protections, including enhanced provisions to protect impaired and sensitive waters. Some of the significant proposed permit modifications include new requirements for:

• Eligibility for emergency-related construction
• Required use of the electronic notice of intent process
• Sediment and erosion controls
• Natural buffers or alternative controls
• Soil stabilization
• Pollution prevention
• Site inspections
• Pollution Prevention Plans
• Permit termination

Many of the new permit requirements implement new effluent limitations guidelines and new source performance standards for the construction and development industry that became effective on February 1, 2010. These requirements include a suite of erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention measures that apply to all permitted construction sites.

The permit will be effective in areas where EPA is the permitting authority, including four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Mexico); Washington, D.C.; most territories; and most Indian country lands.

The public will have 60 days to comment on the draft permit. EPA anticipates that it will issue the final construction general permit by January 31, 2012.

The current permit is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2011; however, EPA is proposing to extend the current permit until January 31, 2012 to provide sufficient time to finalize the new permit.

More information on the proposed construction general permit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.cfm
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Source: EPA Water Headlines