Watershed News: May 2012
Watershed News is a publication of EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. It is designed to provide timely information to groups working at the watershed level.
In this month's newsletter
1) USFWS Youth Conservation Programs
2) National Sea Grant College Program Special Projects 2012
3) National Coastal Condition Report IV Now Available
4) U.S. and Tennessee Announce Clean Water Act Agreement with the City of Memphis
5) EPA Approves Nebraska’s List of Impaired Waters
6) Top EPA and USDA Officials Tour Farm in Mississippi Where Water Pollution Reduction Strategies Are Being Implemented
7) EPA to Host Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on May 3, 2012
8) Southeast Watershed Forum Releases New Report on Green Building Programs
9) American Wetlands Month Webinar: "Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration"
10) Community Green Building Practices in the Southeast
11) Reston Lakes Video: Protecting America’s Lake Shorelines
12) Missouri ‘s Endangered Water Resources Need Everyone’s Help
13) New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) 23rd Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
14) American Society of Civil Engineers- World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2012
15) Council for Watershed Health- The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation
16) Center for Watershed Protection- Watershed & Stormwater Conference 2012
Through on-site activities located at a variety of field stations, including wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services offices, youth will be introduced to natural resource careers through “hands-on” work with, and training by, natural resource professionals employed by the USFWS. Our goal is to help develop a new generation of youth, who are enthusiastic and effective conservationists and ecologists. Each selected individual or group is given the opportunity to serve a seasonal on-site assignment, usually between June 1st and September 30th. During the assignments, individuals or groups are introduced to various real-world conservation and rehabilitation activities such as invasive species management, habitat restoration, and public education. The USFWS invites submission of proposals from all potential sources willing and able to cooperatively administer a program for identifying and recruiting youth or youth groups for assignments at field stations in the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland. Applications are due June 30, 2012.
The purpose of this notice is to request proposals for special projects associated with the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) strategic focus areas, and to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how Sea Grant will select proposals and administer Federal assistance under this announcement. This announcement is a mechanism to encourage research, and innovative projects that are not normally funded through Sea Grant national competitions. No funding has been dedicated to supporting applications submitted to this Federal Funding Opportunity, but funding may become available during the year. Awards will be made under this Opportunity only if funds have been announced as available. Applications received when no funding has been announced as available will be considered unsolicited and held for consideration when and if appropriate funding is announced for which the application is eligible. If no such funding is announced within six months, the application will be discarded. Applications are due June 30, 2012..
EPA released the National Coastal Condition Report IV (NCCR IV), the fourth in a series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes. The report represents collaboration among EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and coastal states. It serves as a continuing foundation for EPA’s efforts to protect, manage, and restore coastal ecosystems. The NCCR IV presents four main types of data: (1) coastal monitoring data, (2) coastal ocean/offshore monitoring data, (3) offshore fisheries data, and (4) assessment and advisory data. The NCCR IV relies heavily on coastal monitoring data provided by coastal states through EPA’s National Coastal Assessment (NCA) to assess coastal condition by evaluating five indicators of condition—water quality, sediment quality, benthic community condition, coastal habitat loss, and fish tissue contaminants—in each region of the U.S. The overall condition of the nation’s coastal waters was rated fair for the reporting period, 2003 to 2006.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced a comprehensive Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with the City of Memphis, Tenn. Memphis has agreed to make improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. Memphis estimates such work will cost approximately $250 million.
“EPA is working with communities across country to address sewage overflows that negatively impact the health of residents and impair local water quality,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “This collaborative agreement with the city of Memphis will reduce raw sewage overflows, protecting area waterways now and into the future.”
EPA has approved Nebraska’s list of impaired waters, which removes 21 waters from the previous impaired waters list and adds 92 waters. Today’s decision brings the total number of impaired waters in the state to 330.The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) submitted its impaired waters list to EPA for review and approval, as required by the 40-year-old Clean Water Act (CWA). The act requires EPA to review the state’s list of impaired waters to determine if the state reasonably considered available water quality-related data, and identifies waters to be listed.
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “The impaired waters list sets priorities for reducing sources of water pollution in the state. Nebraska is making solid progress in assessing and restoring its waters for all Nebraskans.”
Top EPA and USDA Officials Tour Farm in Mississippi Where Water Pollution Reduction Strategies Are Being Implemented
U.S. EPA acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner and USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills, along with various state officials and farmers, toured Stovall Farm in Clarksdale, Miss., to see projects that are benefitting farmers and reducing water pollution in the Mississippi Delta. The tour was part of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force annual meeting where state and federal officials met to discuss innovative national and local strategies to address nutrient pollution and water quality in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
EPA to Host Web Conference on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on May 3, 2012
EPA released the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" on April 2, 2012 for a 45-day public comment period. As part of ongoing efforts to continue the public outreach process, EPA is hosting a web-based conference on May 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT. This web conference will provide an opportunity to pose clarifying questions to EPA on aspects of the Draft 2012 Strategy document prior to the end of the public comment period on May 17, 2012. For more information on the Draft "National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change" and how to participate in the web conference, visit the EPA Climate Change and Water Website.
Southeast Watershed Forum Releases New Report on Green Building Programs (123 pp, 12.5MB, About PDF)
The Southeast Watershed Forum just published, “An Analysis of Selected Community Green Building Programs in Five Southeastern.” The final report includes a review of green building programs in over 40 communities in Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina and Tennessee. Sixteen communities were profiled in case studies. The final 120-page, color report is now available as a free pdf download (123 pp, 12.5MB, About PDF)
American Wetlands Month Webinar: "Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration"
Join us for a Webinar on May 15 at 3:00pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Reserve your Webinar seat now.
This study, released on April 19, 2012 by Restore America's Esturaries (RAE), links ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that large-scale coastal wetland restoration can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.
This webinar will feature highlights from the research, and speakers discussing their community green building programs in Tallahassee, Florida; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition, EPA will discuss their Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Communities.
Watershed Tool or Resource of the Month
This video showcases a successful lakeshore protection project in Reston, Virginia, that was spearheaded by the Reston Association in cooperation with lakeshore property owners. The Reston Association encouraged the use of innovative techniques, including the installation of coconut fiber biologs and the planting of natural vegetation, to protect lake shoreline habitat and reduce runoff. The National Lakes Assessment, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010, showed that poor shoreline habitat and runoff from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution were key stressors in the nation's lakes. This case study can serve as a model for other communities interested in protecting their lakeshores from erosion and runoff, which degrade water quality and decrease lake property values. More information.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) 23rd Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference
May 15 & 16, 2012 in Portsmouth, NH
May 20 – 24, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM
June 25 to June 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA
October 8-10, 2012
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