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Job: Soil Conservationist (Wetland Specialist), 2 Vacancies in SD
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has two vacancies open for a Soil Conservationist (Wetland Specialist) located in Flandreau and Huron, South Dakota. The incumbents will serve on the Wetland Specialist Team, providing service to NRCS program participants on wetland determinations. For more information, click here. Job Announcement Number: NRCSDE-14-1100748-TKM. Closing date is May 2, 2014.

Job: MD Office Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator, MD
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) seeks a MD Office Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD. This is a 2-year term, Blueprint funded position. The Blueprint Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator is the lead professional in the Maryland Office in performing and overseeing outreach, grassroots, and training activities. The Coordinator is responsible for organizing and engaging CBF constituents, other conservation leaders and organizations, and the public in defense of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the Maryland Office's political and advocacy strategy. This position works cooperatively on CBF priority regional issues with Headquarters staff and serves as a member of CBF's internal Grassroots Team. This position will develop and implement partnerships with a broad range of environmental and non-traditional partners. This position develops and oversees legislative and grassroots outreach primarily on Maryland's Western Shore, and coordinates legislative outreach with the Eastern Shore Office. The Coordinator works as part of a professional team that includes scientists, lawyers, and habitat restoration and communication specialists. The Coordinator utilizes that expertise in coordination with Headquarters staff to maximize our effectiveness in working with groups and individuals to realize the goals of CBF. For more information, click here. Apply by May 5, 2014.

U.K. funds bioenergy program in wetlands

By Daniel J. Graeber – UPI – April 18, 2014

Plant material from wetlands could be turned into a form of energy that could add to the growing British renewable energy mix, Minister Greg Barker said.Three companies -- AMW IBERS, Natural Synergies and AB Systems -- will share the reward to develop technology to turn reeds and other plant material from wetlands into energy. For full story, click here.

Environmental groups LCV and NRDC Action Fund team up to steer more money into politics

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post Politics – April 14, 2014

Two major environmental groups announced an alliance Monday between their political action arms in an effort to expand their influence on national policymakers. The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are starting LeadingGreen, a collaboration that will steer donations to federal candidates and enlist the help of major donors in lobbying elected officials. Although the move was not prompted by the Supreme Court’s decision this month to strike down the overall limit on how much individuals can give candidates and political parties, LCV President Gene Karpinski said the ruling highlights what has motivated the groups. “It underscores the fact we need more environmental money in politics, and we need more environmental donors doing advocacy to make sure politicians understand they feel strongly about these issues, and that’s what the new alliance is all about,” Karpinski said in an interview. For full story, click here.

Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks

By Ted Robbins – NPR – April 4, 2014

Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry. Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats. That push for restoration paid off. Mexico is releasing part of its river allotment for eight weeks — the first time ever that water has been released to benefit the environment. It's called a pulse flow because it mimics a spring flood: a one-time event, before possible drought restrictions. For full story, click here.

Reversible Electrochemical Processes in Wetlands Storing Methane May Cause a Greater Greenhouse Effect

– April 18, 2014

The recent Yokahama IPCC meeting painted a stark warning on the possible effects of gases such as methane – which has a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. Now a team of Swiss-German researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may enter into a vicious cycle to release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere. For full story, click here.

WATER POLICY: Major Obama proposal doesn't change ag rules -- so why are farm groups so worried

By Annie Snider– E & E Publishing, LLC – April 7, 2014

Today, farmers and ranchers can freely do any number of things on their property affecting rivers, creeks and wetlands that no other sector could undertake without going to the federal government for permission. Agriculture is different, Congress decided when passing the 1972 Clean Water Act. For the most part, the people who grow the country's food can plow their fields, build roads, spread fertilizer and drain water off their crops without needing a permit for filling in wetlands or washing pollutants into streams. For full story, click here.

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