Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Motorists be on the alert for turtles

Each June, motorists should be on the alert for turtles crossing the road.

Did you know?

  • Our native turtles are on the move in June seeking sandy areas to lay their eggs
  • In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their nesting areas
  • It may take more than 10 years for a turtle to reach breeding age, and they lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, so the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population
  • All eleven species of land turtles that are native to New York are declining

What can I do to help?

  • If you see a turtle on the road, please try to avoid hitting it with your car. Do not swerve suddenly or leave your lane of travel, but take care to avoid hitting turtles while driving
  • Be on the lookout for turtles and slow down, especially on roads near rivers and marshy areas
  • If you see a turtle in the road or shoulder and you can safely stop your vehicle, please consider moving it to the shoulder on the side of the road in the direction it was facing. Please only do this on quiet roads so that you remain safe. We do not recommend approaching snapping turtles.


Source: NYS DEC Making Waves


Friday, May 27, 2016

NYDEC Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Regs Now In Effect

NY’s new Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations – reasonable precautions for boaters prior to launch (Part 576) - take effect today. They are published in today’s State Register and the Environmental Notice Bulletin. They are on DEC’s website along with Q/A and related documents on this page:
The entire regulation - Part 576 Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention - is explained at

New York adopts regulations to protect its waterways from invasive species


Statewide Regulations Require Boaters to Take 'Reasonable Precaution' Against Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species through Recreational Boating

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the adoption of new regulations that will help protect New York State's waters from the spread of aquatic invasive species and preserve local ecosystems. Signed into law by Governor Cuomo in September 2014, the regulations prohibit the launch of watercraft prior to taking 'reasonable precautions,' including the removal of visible plant or animal matter, proper material disposal in a receptacle or upland location, and treatment by operators launching watercraft or floating docks into public waters.

"We all share a responsibility to protect our environment, and these proactive measures are an important step forward as we work to keep our waters pristine and safeguard local ecosystems this boating season," Governor Cuomo said. "Preventing the spread of invasive species in New York's waterways will help ensure that our natural treasures remain major economic assets for years to come."

With over 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs and 70,000 miles of rivers, brooks and streams, New York State is particularly vulnerable to the introduction of invasive species. Once established, aquatic invasive species, such as spiny waterflea and Eurasian water milfoil, can rapidly spread through connecting waterbodies or by "hitchhiking" on the vessels of recreational boaters and anglers. These regulations are an important step in Governor Cuomo's initiative to preserve New York's vast waterways from the danger aquatic invasive species can cause to the environment, human health and the economy of a region.

Thursday, May 26, 2016



  • Stop mowing near streams and ponds: Mowing near streams and ponds eliminates the natural protective buffer that tall grasses, shrubs and trees provide. Natural buffers protect against erosion, filter stormwater runoff, reduce harmful pollutant loads and provide habitat for mosquito-eating amphibians, fish, birds and beneficial insects.
  • Reduce lawn fertilizer usage: One of the best ways to support the health of local water resources is to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Not only are they costly, but, when over-applied or if applied right before a rainstorm, the chemicals runoff directly into our local waterways. Before applying, always remember to test your soil, read product labels and check the forecast. Also consider natural alternatives like composting!
  • Host a “Test Your Well” event: Well testing is a great way to promote groundwater protection, help people understand their role in safeguarding drinking water quality, and provide education around the proper disposal of oil, chemicals, pesticides and medicines. Learn how to host an event in your community!
  • Design and construct a rain garden: You’ve heard this one from us before, but, what can we say, we love rain gardens, and rightfully so! They’re cost effective, easy to build and do wonders in reducing erosion, promoting ground water recharge, minimizing flooding and removing pollutants from stormwater runoff. Read all about them!
  • Test and treat your ponds and lakes: Testing your pond/lake water is an important part of preventing problems like harmful weed and algae growth. Princeton Hydro professionals can provide a comprehensive analysis and an array of eco-friendly approaches to control nuisance species and promote the continual health of your pond/lake. Learn more!
  • Reduce erosion and exposed soil on your property: If you notice erosion occurring on your property, planting native plants can really help! Their roots stabilize the soil, reduce erosion and prevent sediment loading in your waterways, which has a huge impact on the water quality of downstream ponds, lakes and reservoirs!
  • Develop a stewardship plan for your community: Bring your community together to help preserve its natural resources. Princeton Hydro’s team of natural resource scientists can help you get the ball rolling by preparing stewardship plans focused on controlling invasive species and protecting the long-term health of open spaces, forests habitats, wetlands and water-quality in your community.


Source: Princeton Hydro blog


The Center for Watershed Protection releases new guide for Safe Waters, Healthy Waters

Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways

The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. (the Center) has released a new guide for citizen science groups and watershed organizations across the nation to take a role in finding and eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities. Bacteria is one of the most common pollutants in our nation's waterways. Researchers and regulatory agencies have determined that monitoring bacteria in waterways can help identify human health risks associated with drinking water, shellfish consumption, and recreational water contact.

You can read and download the guide here:

For more information about the Safe Waters, Healthy Waters guide, contact Laurel Williamson, Stormwater and Watershed Planner, Center for Watershed Protection, at For General Questions, call 410-461-8323, or email


Source: Center for Watershed Protection


Friday, February 05, 2016

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

EPA tracks 30 indicators of climate change in the Unites States. You can learn about these climate change indicators on EPA's Climate Change website and view the complete 2014 Climate Change Report.

You can also find more information on the National Climate Assessment web page.


Sources: EPA; National Climate Assessment



Thursday, February 04, 2016

EPA Launches New Online Training Module on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources

EPA has released a new online training module, “Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources.” This training module is intended to increase water resource professionals’ understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges that water resource professionals face. The module also describes how federal, state, tribal, and local governments and communities are working to make the United States more resilient to the impacts of climate. The 45-minute training is part of the EPA Watershed Academy Web certificate program.

The training module is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. The course contains three parts which will take about 45 minutes to complete. Optional supplementary information on climate change impacts in the United States is included at the end of the course if you are interested in more details.

Visit EPA Watershed Academy for more information and to start course.

You can also view and download the course transcript here.

Note: The course is worth one Continuous Learning Point (CLP) and may be used towards CEU, PDU and CPE credits


Source: Water Headlines / EPA Watershed Academy


Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects

Report: Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects


A Resource for Accelerating Green Infrastructure as Business-as-Usual for Stormwater Management, Infrastructure Investment and Community Development

Urban stormwater continues to be a persistent and growing source of water pollution across the United States. Climate change is leading to more intense weather events and dwindling water supplies. Together these conditions stress the performance of the nation’s water infrastructure. Green infrastructure is an adaptable and multifunctional approach to stormwater management and climate resiliency with many benefits for communities.

Since 2012 EPA has supported technical assistance projects in communities across the country. This report summarizes successes and lessons learned from this effort. It matches problems with real-world, tested solutions. With a guide to green infrastructure practices and a table of benefits, city managers can share the report with potential collaborators and stakeholders.

You can also learn more by visiting the EPA's Green Infrastructure Web Cast Series - including information on upcoming webcasts and links to view past webcasts


Source: EPA Green Infrastructure


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Availability of $5M in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Restoration Projects

Mouth of Oswego River, Lake Ontario

Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership consisting of federal agencies and environmental organizations, has announced that up to $5 million in grants is available for stream, riparian, and coastal wetland restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. The Request for Proposals and details about this grant program can be found on the Sustain Our Great Lakes website.

Pre-proposal applications are due February 17, 2016, and those invited to provide full proposals will have applications due April 21. Interested applicants are encouraged to connect with New York's Great Lakes program staff and basin-wide stakeholders to develop competitive project proposals.


Source: NYS DEC Making Waves

Friday, January 15, 2016

New York State Draft Section 303(d) List Announced for Public Comment

New York State DEC has announced that the draft 2016 New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired/TMDL Waters (303(d) List) is available for public comment. The Division of Water will accept comments until close of business March 4, 2016.

How do I comment on the Section 303(d) List?

The 303(d) List identifies those waters of the state that do not meet water quality standards and/or do not support appropriate uses and so require development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other restoration strategy. The NYSDEC has posted the draft 2016 Section 303(d) List and the Assessment and Listing Methodologies used to develop the 303(d) List.

Instructions for submitting comments are in the January 13 Environmental Notice Bulletin.


Source: NYS DEC Making Waves