Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Watershed Academy Webcast on Climate Resilience

Join the US Environmental Protection Agency for a webcast on Oct. 29 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT on "Climate Resilience: What to Expect. How to Prepare, and What You Can Learn from Others."  This webcast will share findings from the most recent National Climate Assessment report concerning climate change and water resources. It will also discuss a new workbook called Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans which EPA developed to help communities prepare for climate change impacts. It will also highlight how the workbook has been used in a pilot project with the San Juan Bay Estuary program. Take home messages from the webcast include: climate impacts on U.S. water resources, risk-based adaptation planning and decision-making tools and lessons learned from the pilot project.  Register for the webcast to learn more about climate resilience.
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Source: Water Headlines

Friday, October 17, 2014

NY SeaGrant releases Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook for preventing spread of aquatic invasive species

PRESS RELEASE: October 16, 2014
Contacts:
. Author Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, 315-312-3042
. Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Programs Coordinator Chuck O’Neill, 585-831-6165
. For Photos/Assistance: Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net
. Additional contacts listed at end of release

Direct link to handbook: www.nyseagrant.org/articles/r/2515

New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook Now Available to Start New Programs, Standardize Training

Ithaca/Oswego, NY. October 15, 2014.   New York Sea Grant Extension and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program have published a New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook. The 81-page, illustrated guide is the standardized model for starting new watercraft inspection programs and includes a Watercraft Inspection Steward Training and Field Guide section.
‘This new steward program development handbook is an important tool for use in fighting the running battle with aquatic invasive species,’ says Chuck O’Neill, New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse Director and Cornell University Extension Invasive Species Program Coordinator.
O’Neill defines aquatic invasive species, also called AIS, as non-native fish, plants, and microorganisms that are likely to cause harm to the economy, environment or human health in the area where they are introduced.

The goal of watercraft inspection is to prevent and slow the spread of AIS.
‘Recreational boating is a known vector by which AIS hitchhike into new waters,’ O’Neill says.
Invasive Species Coordination Unit Coordinator David J. Adams of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, says, ‘Aquatic invasive species are a form of non-native, invasive biological pollution that are severely damaging New York’s natural resources. Movement of AIS between waters harms our environment and economy. This new resource, the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook, will encourage and support local stewardship of the waters of the State and help mitigate the impact of invasive species.’

Watercraft inspection stewards, also known as boat, lake, and watershed stewards, play a critical role in AIS management.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

NEIPMC Releases Partnership Grant RFA for 2015

The Northeastern IPM Center has released its RFA for the 2015 Partnership Grants Program! Up to $400,000 is available, with a maximum of $50,000 per award. Projects should foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) methods under three types of grants: IPM Working Groups, IPM Issues, and Regional IPM Communications. Areas of focus for this year include: Wicked Biological Problems, Synergizing IPM and Organic, Rural and Urban IPM, Climate Change and Pests, and Advanced Production Systems. Please see http://www.northeastipm.org/rfa/partnership for details and a link to the complete RFA.

Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Please note this is an earlier date than originally noted in our Fall IPM Insights.

Public and private institutions, organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and individuals may apply. Projects must involve multiple states and should be of benefit to the region at large or a significant portion of it. Project Directors must reside in the Northeast or provide sufficient justification for seeking funds from outside their own region. Co-PDs may be from outside the region.

We look forward to your submission!

Linda Madeo
Partnerships Coordinator
(607) 254-1535

Green Snot taking over the world’s rivers

A strange green organism has spread around the globe, clogging up the world's rivers


Presented by Larry O'Hanlon
Has Didymo always been in the rivers of British Columbia?

It began with a few small strange patches of slime, clinging to the rocks of the Heber River in Canada. Within a year, the patches had become thick, blooming mats. Within a few years the mats had grown into a giant green snot. And within a few decades this snot had spread around the world, clogging up rivers as far away as South America, Europe and Australasia.

This snot, which is still flourishing today, is caused by a microscopic alga, a diatom that goes by its scientific name Didymosphenia geminata. It has become so notorious it has its own moniker, Didymo. People have been blamed for the sudden, global explosion of this tiny organism, unwittingly carrying the algae from river to river on fishing gear, boats and kayaks. The huge snots it forms have wreaked havoc in waterways, forcing governments and environmental organisations to initiate huge and costly clean-up operations.

But underlying the snots’ strange appearance is an even stranger story. About Didymo itself, about what it is, and how it behaves.

Scientists are now discovering that the sudden appearance of Didymo may not have been so sudden after all.

River users are told to help stop Didymo.

 Its blooms aren’t really blooms – instead they are more of an elixir-induced metamorphosis. And Didymo seems to ignore the usual rules followed by invasive species. It even appears likely that this little diatom may not even be a significant problem itself; instead the green snot it forms may be a symptom of greater changes underway in freshwater systems around the world.