Upcoming EPA Webcast on Harmful Algal Blooms and the Role of Citizen Scientists

On May 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST, EPA’s Office of
Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds will host a webcast on public engagement
opportunities to address harmful algal blooms (HABs), entitled, “The Role of
Citizen Scientists in Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response
.” Steve Morton from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation will begin the series with a discussion of their involvement with volunteer monitoring initiatives, and how the American public can get involved in a project to monitor for potentially toxic algal species and collect meaningful data from their local water bodies for use in decision-making by a local, state, or federal agency.

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Webinar: Living Shorelines – Types, Tools and Techniques

EPA’s Watershed Academy is offering a free webcast on May 14, (1-3pm Eastern)  on living shorelines – erosion control practices that protect the natural structure and function of shorelines through strategic placement of materials such as native plants, sand, and stone. Unlike traditional erosion control structures (such as bulkheads and seawalls), living shorelines can stabilize shorelines while maintaining natural processes and land-water connections that are important for wildlife and clean water. This webcast will introduce living shoreline projects and explain the values of such projects and their implementation methodologies. Register at the Watershed Academy Webcast website at www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

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2015 Watershed Assistance Grants

The NH DES Watershed Assistance Section is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) and information packet are available on the DES website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm#warg

  • The DEADLINE for pre-proposals is July 11, 2014.
  • Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding.

For questions, please contact:

Jeff Marcoux  (603)271-8862 jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov,

Eric Williams (603)271-2358 eric.willliams@des.nh.gov

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Jody Connor Memorial Fund Volunteer Monitoring Equipment Grant

We are happy to announce that several small grants are available through the Jody Connor Memorial Fund to assist monitoring groups with the purchase of lake sampling equipment.  The number of grants are limited, and in the range of $500.  Additional information on the Jody Connor Memorial Fund Grants, the Grant Application and Equipment Information can be found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/jc-funds-grant.htm  Or, visit the main VLAP website and look under Hot Topics and Grants/Loans.  The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

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Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in New Hampshire

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released new state by state fact sheets on the economic impact of recreational boating in New Hampshire.  Click on the  New Hampshire’s link at http://www.nmma.org/statistics/centerofknowledge/researchlibrary.aspx

New Hampshire’s total annual economic impact is estimated at $760.7 million compared with $844.0 million in Maine and $287.4 million in Vermont.

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2014 Watershed Assistance Grants Pre-Proposals

N.H. DES Watershed Assistance Section is now requesting

Pre-proposals

for 2014 Watershed Assistance Grants to support local initiatives

to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters.

- available now on the -

WEB

http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/was/categories/grants.htm#warg

 Or try the shorter url at: http://tinyurl.com/DESGrants

     The DEADLINE for pre-proposals is August 9, 2013.

    Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to be considered for funding.

 The pre-proposals will be used to select projects for further discussion and possible funding.

 If you are thinking about submitting a pre-proposal or have questions, please contact:

Jeff Marcoux  (603)271-8862 jeffrey.marcoux@des.nh.gov,

Eric Williams (603)271-2358 eric.willliams@des.nh.gov

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Scotts Drops Phosphorus From Lawn Fertilizer

Scotts Miracle-Gro has eliminated phosphorus from its Turfbuilder brand fertilizers.  The phosphorus free fertilizers should be available in most stores for purchase.  This is great news for lake and stream front property owners as well as all watershed residents.

Also read about it here http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/05/10/scotts-drops-phosphorus-from-lawn-fertilizer.html

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2013 VLAP Workshop

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Where: DES Offices, 29 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

 Don’t miss the VLAP Annual Refresher Workshop! Join fellow volunteers and lake enthusiasts to learn about the Acton Wakefield Watershed Alliance’s Youth Conservation Corps stormwater management projects and stormwater management for roads, identify aquatic exotic plants, and refresh your VLAP sampling skills. Honor your fellow volunteers and see who takes home the Volunteer Limnologist and Secchi Disk Awards.

For more information and to register visit http://www.des.state.nh.us/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/categories/training.htm

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2012 VLAP Reports Available On-line

The 2012 Regional Reports and Individual Lake Reports are now available on the VLAP website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/vlap/annual_reports/2012/index.htm

To find your lake, click on Individual Lake Report and locate your lake name under the appropriate regional heading.

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Article on Citizen Science

Recommended article Why I Count Glass Eels in the New York Times by Akiko Busch, author of “The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sunday-review/why-a-citizen-scientist-counts-glass-eels.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1

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