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
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

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.
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