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
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)

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".

Source: Center for Watershed Protection

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
Source: Water Headlines