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EPA's NPS News-Notes Issue #87 (June 2009) Now Online

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Subject: [news-notes] EPA's NPS News-Notes Issue #87 (June 2009) Now
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EPA's Nonpoint Source News-Notes, Issue #87 (June 2009)

NPS News-Notes Issue #87 is now online at
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf .  The newsletter's cover page
includes links to each section, article, and announcement listed below.
For previous issues of News-Notes, see www.epa.gov/newsnotes.

IN THIS ISSUE (see next section for article summaries):

** NOTES ON THE NATIONAL SCENE
(1) EPA Unveils Watershed Central
(2) EPA Launches Healthy Watersheds Initiative
(3) Forty Years Later-and Still Saving Our Streams
(4) Federal Environmental Protection Funding Levels Increase

** NOTES FROM THE STATES, TRIBES AND LOCALITIES
(5) Teaming Up to Address Stormwater along Lake Superior
(6) County on Long Island Enacts Nitrogen Fertilizer Law

** NOTES ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
(7) Reclaiming Appalachian Mining Lands-One Watershed at a Time
(8) Christina River Basin Project Exceeds Restoration Goals

** NOTES ON EDUCATION
(9) Curriculum Introduces Students to Integrated Pest Management

** REVIEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
** RECENT AND RELEVANT PERIODICAL ARTICLES
** WEB SITES WORTH A BOOKMARK
** CALENDAR
-------------------------------------------------------------

IN THIS ISSUE:

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**NOTES ON THE NATIONAL SCENE
===============================
The following are excerpts. For the full text of articles, see
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf .

(1) EPA Unveils Watershed Central.
Looking for the latest tools for watershed planning and protection? Stop
by "Watershed Central," EPA's new Web site designed to help the public
exchange information and locate the resources needed to restore their
local watersheds. Watershed Central (www.epa.gov/watershedcentral) helps
users find environmental data, watershed models, guidance documents,
nearby local organizations and other information. It contains links to a
variety of watershed technical resources, funding resources and mapping
applications offered by EPA and other organizations. The site also
includes a "Watershed Central wiki," where watershed practitioners can
collaborate and share information online...

(2) EPA Launches Healthy Watersheds Initiative
We've all heard the saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure." Local, state and federal governments currently invest billions of
dollars annually to treat polluted water and restore degraded waterways.
Now, EPA is launching a new Healthy Watersheds initiative to encourage
local and state agencies to be proactive and place a stronger emphasis
on protecting their remaining healthy watersheds as a way to save money
and the environment...

(3) Forty Years Later-and Still Saving Our Streams
The summer of 1969 proved to be a pivotal season for water. That summer
marked the start of a significant, far-reaching national water quality
protection program-the Izaak Walton League's (League's) Save Our Streams
program, which gave people a way to personally take action and make a
difference. Save Our Streams pioneered citizen-based stream monitoring
and provided individuals with a simple, reliable tool to assess, restore
and protect their local streams. Forty years later, Save Our Streams
remains one of the League's most successful conservation programs...

(4) Federal Environmental Protection Funding Levels Increase
Projects to protect and restore the environment will soon be on the
rise, thanks to newly enacted and proposed funding increases for EPA. On
February 17th, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The Recovery Act, designed to
jumpstart the nation's economy, includes measures to modernize our
nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, protect the
environment, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve
affordable health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest
need. The Recovery Act specifically includes $7.22 billion for projects
and programs administered by the EPA (see www.recovery.gov). In
addition, on February 26th President Obama proposed a 2010 federal
budget that would increase EPA funding...

==============================================
**NOTES FROM THE STATES, TRIBES AND LOCALITIES
==============================================
The following are excerpts. For the full text of articles, see
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf.

(5) Teaming Up to Address Stormwater along Lake Superior
In 1999, new federal regulations required that small municipalities and
others across the nation develop stormwater management and education
programs. In the Lake Superior area, as in many other parts of the
country, numerous organizations decided to join forces and take a
regional approach to comply with these regulations. Representatives from
26 local and regional governments, agencies, nonprofits, colleges and
universities around the Lake Superior shoreline came forward to form the
Regional Stormwater Protection Team. The team's collaborative efforts
have proven to be cost effective and have improved and standardized the
stormwater messages reaching the public...

(6) County on Long Island Enacts Nitrogen Fertilizer Law
Applying nitrogen fertilizer during winter months is now illegal in
Suffolk County, New York. This 912-square mile county at the end of Long
Island is home to 1.5 million people, most of whom are dependent upon
local groundwater supplies for their drinking water. Mounting evidence
of nitrogen pollution in groundwater water supplies as well as problems
with nitrogen-fueled eutrophication in nearby estuaries prompted county
legislators to pass a law in December 2007. Effective beginning January
2009, the law prohibits application of both organic and inorganic
fertilizer between November 1 and April 1 throughout the county and
prohibits application of nitrogen on county owned properties year-round.
It also includes an educational component for consumers and businesses,
helping to ensure compliance with the legislation...

========================================
** NOTES ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
========================================
The following are excerpts. For the full text of articles, see
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf.

(7) Reclaiming Appalachian Mining Lands-One Watershed at a Time
Sometimes you need to think big. A partnership in Pennsylvania's Dark
Shade Creek Watershed did just that-in 1998 they boldly designated an
entire 34-square mile, abandoned mine-scarred watershed as one big
contaminated property. EPA agreed with their designation and in 1999
awarded the coalition a Brownfields Assessment Pilot grant. The
coalition used the pilot grant to launch a number of clean up and
ecotourism initiatives. Now, only ten years later, the Dark Shade Creek
watershed is beginning to recover...

(8) Christina River Basin Project Exceeds Restoration Goals
Patience and determination are paying off in the Christina River. Five
years after receiving a $1 million targeted watershed grant from EPA,
the Christina River Basin Clean Water Partnership in Pennsylvania and
Delaware has implemented numerous projects to remove pollution from
stormwater runoff. The group wisely used the grant money to leverage
additional funds for its efforts-for every federal dollar they received,
the Partnership leveraged more than two dollars, allowing them to exceed
their original project goals. Although the targeted watershed grant
period ended in 2007, the momentum provided by the project has
continued...

=========================
** NOTES ON EDUCATION
=========================
The following is an excerpt. For the full article text, see
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf.

 (9) Curriculum Introduces Students to Integrated Pest Management
Schools around Connecticut are expanding their environmental education
programs to include a concept often reserved for farmers and employees
of pest control and landscaping companies-integrated pest management
(IPM). The University of Connecticut's Department of Plant Science has
completed an IPM curriculum for elementary and middle school grades.
Students learn what pests are, how to control them and how to protect
the environment. The comprehensive IPM curriculum is especially relevant
to science programs but also links to language arts, social studies,
math and art...

================================
**REVIEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
================================
The following are excerpts.  For the full descriptions, see
www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf.

(10) Coastal Wetlands Lost in Eastern U.S.
While the nation as a whole gained freshwater wetlands from 1998 to
2004, a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents a
continuing loss of coastal wetlands in the eastern United States. The
new report, "Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of
the Eastern United States," shows a loss of 59,000 acres each year in
the coastal watersheds of the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of
Mexico from 1998 to 2004. The report is available at
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat....

(11) EPA Offers New Climate Change and Water E-Newsletter
The EPA National Water Program has created a new electronic newsletter
or "listserve" covering news and information related to water programs
and climate change. To subscribe to the climate change and water
e-newsletter, see www.epa.gov/ow/climatechange....

(12) Helping Horse Owners Manage Manure
The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center now offers a
series of Web-based resources on how to manage horse manure (see
www.extension.org/pages/Managing_Horse_Manure)....

(13) Low Impact Development Fact Sheet Updated
EPA recently updated the fact sheet titled "Incorporating
Environmentally Sensitive Development into Municipal Stormwater
Programs." Although developed for EPA Region 3, the fact sheet includes
concepts applicable nationwide. The fact sheet is available on EPA's
municipal stormwater Web site (www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/municipal)
or directly at www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/region3_factsheet_lid_esd.pdf...

(14) National Ocean Service Offers Online Estuary Game
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean
Service recently released a new educational online game called
"WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea" (see http://games.noaa.gov/oscar
). Designed for 4th through 7th graders, the Web-based game introduces
science-based educational concepts; raises awareness and interest in
topics dealing with estuaries, water quality, tides, and marine debris;
and explains what individuals can do to help...

(15) National Water Program Releases New Online Video
The National Water Program just released its latest issue of "The Fluid
Planet," an online video series. Available at
www.csrees.usda.gov/newsroom/partners/fluid_planet.html, the videos
highlight efforts to improve water quality and quantity...

(16) Online Game Features Vermicomposting
The California Integrated Management Waste Board offers "The Adventures
of Vermi the Worm," an animated, interactive online game that teaches
the basics of vermicomposting and its benefits, plus other waste
management strategies such as the "3Rs"-reduce, reuse and recycle. For
more information, see www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Vermi....

(17) Researchers Compare Mercury Levels in Watersheds
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently published three articles on
mercury transport, biogeochemical processes and bioaccumulation in eight
stream ecosystems in Environmental Science & Technology. The USGS
studied eight streams in Oregon, Wisconsin and Florida from 2002 to
2006. An unexpected finding was that methylmercury production in channel
sediments appears to be relatively unimportant for governing
within-stream methylmercury levels. For more information, see
http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/mercury/pubs...

(18) Report Investigates Influences on Shallow Aquifer Water Quality
The U.S. Geological Survey collected and analyzed data from more than
400 wells in the shallow regional unconfined aquifer in the Northern
Atlantic Coastal Plain (New York through North Carolina) to assess what
natural and human factors influenced water quality. For more
information, see the report "Natural and Human Influences on Water
Quality in a Shallow Regional Unconsolidated Aquifer, Northern Atlantic
Coastal Plain," at http://md.water.usgs.gov/publications/sir-2008-5190
...

(19) Report Shows Some Cities Shifting to Redevelopment
EPA recently released "Residential Construction Trends in America's
Metropolitan Regions," a report that examines building trends in the 50
largest metropolitan areas from 1990 to 2007 (see
www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/construction_trends.htm)...

(20) Soil Education Materials Available
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is offering
"DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil" education materials through its online
store (www.nacdstore.org/soileducation.html). The materials correspond
with NACD's 2009 Stewardship Week theme and the Smithsonian's National
Museum of Natural History's ongoing soil exhibit...

(21) Video Highlights Green Methods to Control Stormwater Runoff
EPA and the U.S. Botanic Garden have produced an online video, "Reduce
Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In," highlighting the use
of rain gardens, green roofs, rain barrels and cisterns to manage
stormwater runoff.  The video highlights the green techniques displayed
at the U.S. Botanic
Garden's 2008 Exhibit and at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. To
watch the video, go to,
www.epa.gov/nps/lid....

(22) Watch "Poisoned Waters" Online
On April 21, 2009, PBS' FRONTLINE aired "Poisoned Waters," a program
about Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. This program is now available
for viewing online at www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view....

(23) Web-based Tool Interprets Water Quality Data
Colorado State University's Water Quality Interpretation Tool (
http://wsprod.colostate.edu/cwis435/index.cfm) helps people evaluate the
quality of water for drinking, irrigation or livestock use by comparing
water quality data provided by a certified laboratory with
Colorado-specific and federal water quality standards. Although designed
for use in Colorado, the tool presents valuable information about the
suitability of water quality for particular uses and has wider
applicability...

============================================
**RECENT AND RELEVANT PERIODICAL ARTICLES
============================================
For the full descriptions, see www.epa.gov/newsnotes/pdf/87issue.pdf

(24) Aquatic Invasive Species
(25) From Golf to Gulf, Drainage Industry Greens
(26) Stormwater Management in Arid and Drought-Prone Regions
(27) Watershed Management in the Southwest U.S.

=================================
** WEB SITES WORTH A BOOKMARK
=================================
(28) California's Nonpoint Source Encyclopedia (
www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/nps/encyclopedia.shtml)
(29) Low Impact Development Urban Design Tools (www.lid-stormwater.net)
(30) Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (
www.mosesorganic.org/resources.html)
(31) Picturing Smart Growth (www.nrdc.org/smartgrowth/visions)
(32) StormUlator (www.stormulator.com)
(33) Watershed Forestry Resource Guide (www.forestsforwatersheds.org)

=============================
** CALENDAR (Upcoming Events)
=============================
An online calendar is accessible at www.epa.gov/newsnotes/calendar.htm.

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