Saturday, July 21, 2012

Virtual Academy Webinar: Water Quality Standards 101

EPA is inviting attendees for the first Water Quality Standards Virtual Academy webinar: “Water Quality Standards 101.” Water quality standards are the foundation of the water quality-based pollution control program mandated by the Clean Water Act. Water quality standards define the goals for a waterbody by designating its uses, setting criteria to protect those uses, and establishing provisions such as antidegradation policies to protect water bodies from pollutants. Learn how you can use water quality standards to protect water resources. This webinar is aimed at states, territories, tribes, environmental groups, industrial groups, municipalities, the academic community, federal agencies, watershed groups and any other interested parties.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Register here: http://goo.gl/H9EI2

For more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/learn/training/standardsacademy/index.cfm.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

EPA Issues Clean Water State Revolving Fund Green Project Reserve Highlights Report, Case Studies, and Fact Sheets

EPA is releasing a suite of materials highlighting the innovative approaches states have used to successfully implement projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) Green Project Reserve. The CWSRF program, through the reserve, is helping achieve innovative solutions to wastewater infrastructure needs, achieving economic and environmental benefits that will continue to accrue for years to come.

The Green Project Reserve requires all CWSRF programs to direct a portion of their capitalization grant toward projects that address green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally-innovative activities. While these type of projects have always been eligible for CWSRF financing, the reserve originated with the American Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) when it was signed into law on February 17, 2009. With the success of the Green Project Reserve implemented under ARRA---approximately 30 percent of total ARRA funding for CWSRF projects went to reserve projects---the reserve has become a part of all subsequent CWSRF appropriations.

For more information: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/Green-Project-Reserve.cfm.

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Source: EPA Water Headlines

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit to be held August 16th

KEENE VALLEY 

Registration is open for the Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit: Lessons learned from the Adirondack region. This is a free event hosted at the Horicon Town Hall in Brant Lake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th. The Summit is organized by partners of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Adirondack Lake Alliance and Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board.

“While some groups have been managing milfoil for years, others are just starting their management programs. There are many lessons to be shared from the great work underway in the region. The Summit is designed to serve as a forum for information and discussion about management and the path forward for battling Eurasian watermilfoil.” said Hilary Smith, Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

The program will feature presentations on the status of the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion and its management in the Adirondack region, control options, planning considerations, case studies from various lakes, permitting, financing, lake-friendly land-use recommendations and spread prevention. Speakers will include state agency staff, elected officials, not-for-profit representatives, shoreowners and lake managers.

Resource managers, elected officials, members of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, lake association members and shoreowners are all encouraged to attend. Eurasian watermilfoil is one of the most widespread aquatic invasive plants across the country. It has invaded over 50 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks alone and threatens to spread to more waterways by hitchhiking on recreational gear. Once an infestation starts, it is extremely difficult, and very costly, to eliminate. Control efforts must be sustained from year to year to set management projects up for success.

Many communities in the Adirondacks are struggling with managing infestations. Uncertainties about which treatment options to choose, understanding and complying with permitting conditions and challenges in finding, and sustaining, resources can be overwhelming.

“We are very happy to serve as a sponsor of the Eurasian Watermilfoil Management Summit. The Adirondack Lake Alliance was formed on the basis of sharing ideas and experiences, and the Summit is the ultimate opportunity to share expertise. As property owners with limited budgets, it is important to us to keep invasive species to a minimum without wasting our resources on methods that others in the region have found ineffective. This idea was the crux of developing the Summit, and we have some of the most experienced experts and representatives of local lake associations speaking on the subject.” said Bill McGhie, President of the East Shore Schroon Lake Association.

There is no registration fee to attend the Summit, but participants are asked to RSVP by Thursday, August 2nd so that organizers can plan accordingly for seating, supporting materials and refreshments. Please RSVP to Allie Smith at acsmit09@stlawu.edu with "EWM Summit" in the subject heading of your email and include the number of participants attending, names, and organization or association, or call 518-668-5773.

More information about the Summit, including a preliminary program, is online at http://adkinvasives.com/Summit.html.
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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
http://adk-invasives.blogspot.com

Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy

Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.com no later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012.

For additional information, send email inquiries to:
Mr. Nadav Tanners, Associate
Industrial Economics, Incorporated
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Email: NTanners@indecon.com

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Source: EPA Water Headlinese