Watershed News for June 2013
In this month's newsletter:
- Watershed Academy Webcast Series on Harmful Algal Blooms
- King Tides
- Watershed Planning Quick Guide
- Spotlight: Tampa Bay National Estuary Program
Watershed Academy Webcast on Harmful Algal Blooms
Join us on June 25, 2013 at 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST for a
Watershed Academy Webcast on An Overview of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
and Their Impacts in Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems, the first in an
exciting series of free summer webinars about this worsening environmental
problem and public health threat. Jennifer Graham with the United States
Geological Survey (USGS) and Quay Dortch with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will kick off the series with an introduction
to HABs, their causes, and their impacts. Mario Sengco, a HAB expert in EPA's Office
of Science and Technology, will moderate.
Stay tuned for three more webinars in this series on HABs to
be held later in the summer, covering the public health implications (featuring
Andy Reich and Lorrie Backer), monitoring and public communication, and case
To register for this Watershed Academy Webcast, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts
This month EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) will be
celebrating King Tide month in honor of the natural phenomenon set to occur on
the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. King tides are the highest predicted high tide of
the year at a coastal location. King tides bring high water levels, which can
cause local tidal flooding. The highest tides of the year provide an
opportunity for us to catch a glimpse of the future because sea level rise will
make today's king tides become the future's everyday tides.
King tides provide an outreach opportunity around sea level
rise that many coastal communities and organizations are taking advantage of to
highlight climate change impacts. Coastal organizations, like the EPA's National
Estuary Programs have held tidal watching parties and photo contests to get
citizens outside to see what sea level rise could be like in their communities.
Visit http://www.macges.org/kingtide/kt2013.html to find out when and where King Tides will be occurring in your area, so you can get out there and get a glimpse of your future! Some of the local initiatives this year include the Chasing the Waves: King Tide Photo Exhibit, a joint venture by Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) and Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP), set to launch June 6. Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is seeking king tide photos for their King Tide Photo Initiative.
Be sure to follow CRE on Twitter to find out the latest, at hashtags #crenews and #kingtides. Also, check out the Office of Water's Facebook site! For more information on King Tides, check out EPA Climate Ready Estuaries' King Tides factsheet.
Watershed Planning Quick GuideEPA's newly released document, "A Quick Guide to Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters," provides a streamlined summary of the 2008 Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters (the Handbook). EPA also recently released an online Web module called "An Introduction to Watershed Planning," that serves as a helpful companion. Both products summarize the Handbook and provide useful technical training information for states, watershed groups and others on how to develop more effective watershed plans to help restore and protect water resources. The 2008 Handbook has been used by many practitioners to develop watershed plans. The Quick Guide (and module) provide an easy-to-read summary of the Handbook and also highlight some new watershed-related tools that have been developed since 2008 that can be used for more effective decision-making. The Handbook (and the Quick Guide and module) also provide information on how to incorporate the nine minimum elements from the Clean Water Act section 319 Nonpoint Source Program's funding guidelines into the watershed plan development process. The Quick Guide is available at: http://go.usa.gov/bpbA. and the new online module on "An Introduction to Watershed Planning" is available at: http://go.usa.gov/bVzk.
Spotlight: Watersheds at WorkTampa Bay National Estuary Program Develops Model Fertilizer Ordinance to Help Reduce Nutrient Pollution
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) developed a draft model fertilizer ordinance for Tampa Bay regulating the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus within Tampa Bay. This ordinance regulates the proper use of fertilizers by any applicator and requires proper training of commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators. It also establishes a restricted season, fertilizer content and application rates, fertilizer-free zones, low maintenance zones, exemptions, training and licensing requirements. In addition, the ordinance requires the use of Best Management Practices that help minimize the environmental effects associated with the misuse of fertilizers. Each local government has used this model ordinance and adopted ordinances specific to each city/county, thus 100% of the Tampa Bay Watershed has some fertilizer ordinance in place. An ongoing study by the TBEP, designed to quantify the effectiveness of the ordinance, will help to refine the strategy for managing nutrients. For more information about TBEP, visit the Web site at http://www.tbep.org/.
Upcoming Conferences/Call for Abstracts
Working Together for Clean Water, the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's (NWQMC) 9th National Monitoring Conference, to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from April 28 - May 2, 2014.
This conference focuses on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities. This centerpiece forum attracts 800 - 1,000 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders. Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks. The conference includes presentations, panels, poster sessions, exhibits, hands-on interactive workshops, field trips and Fluid 5K run, as well as time for after-hours meetings and networking.
Please refer to the "Call for Abstracts" at: http://go.usa.gov/bpjB. for specifics on themes and potential topics of interest. For additional conference information or to submit an abstract go to: http://acwi.gov/monitoring/conference/2014/index.html#
All abstracts must be received no later than September 20, 2013
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