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Graduate Student Intern Opportunity with NOAA in the Great Lakes
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

NOAA in the Great Lakes is offering a unique student intern opportunity. This project will be a paid temporary ($12/hour for 305 hours, with the possibility for extension), non-civil service position located in MN/WI (Chanhassen, MN OR Superior, WI). The student will work to increase the effectiveness of NOAA in the community by strategically aligning partnerships and NOAA resources to meet the needs of the St. Louis River Estuary (SLRE) and surrounding communities. Activities include assistance to NOAA staffs in development and drafting of a Habitat Blueprint (click here) implementation plan, maintenance of partner and stakeholder lists, outreach to external partners in the SLRE community to determine goals and needs to which NOAA can contribute, working with NOAA staff across the region to determine areas of mission and work that can be brought to bear in the SLRE, and tracking/evaluating SLRE Habitat Blueprint project progress.  Successful candidates will assist the SLRE co-leads with planning meetings/weekly calls with internal NOAA offices, partners and stakeholders to ensure participation and tracking timelines and milestones. As such, this work will involve daily engagement with the NOAA federal employees, weekly engagement with the NOAA Habitat Blueprint Focus Area Implementation Team, regular communications with the local Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI, communities, occasional interaction with SLR Area of Concern partners, and development and maintenance of website and other marketing content for outreach purposes. 

Job: Temporary Ashtabula River Team Specialist, OH
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

The Nature Conservancy together with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft - Scenic Rivers Program and the Ashtabula County Soil and Water Conservation District will implement a project funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to prevent, reduce, and eliminate non-native invasive plants in the Ashtabula River watershed through an integrated approach focused on the Ashtabula River main stem, the east and west branches of the river and priority tributaries and wetlands. Strategies will include early detection and rapid response; targeting threats at their source; and aid to on-going partner management projects within the watershed. The Ashtabula River Strike Team Specialist is a full time, short-term position (approximately 2 months from starting date) that, along with other team members, will implement all aspects of the project’s field work and strategies under the supervision of the Ashtabula River Project Manager. The Ashtabula River Strike Team Specialist does not supervise other staff or volunteers, but will work cooperatively with other team members and project partners. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 23, 2014. Job ID: 42304. 

Job: Environmental Biologist, Washington, DC
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position within the Office of Energy Projects. The position is located in Washington DC and the incumbent will serve as an Environmental Biologist. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. The incumbent of this position will analyze moderately complex data addressing diverse aquatic and terrestrial biological matters including water quality, instream flow, aquatic species, fish passage, botanical, wetlands, noxious weeds, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, and other aquatic and terrestrial biological matters as they relate to the construction, modification, operation, and maintenance of hydropower projects. Write environmental documents, orders, and letters both independently and on multidisciplinary teams. Participate in meetings concerning diverse aquatic and terrestrial biological matters with other biologists, engineers, attorneys, licensees, non-governmental agencies, the public, and local, state, and federal agencies. For more information, click here. Job No. FERC-DE-2014-0138.

Job: Environmental Analyst, Watershed Program Coordinator, RI
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) are seeking an Environmental Analyst (Watershed Program Coordinator) to assist with various program issues to implement the Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Created in 1987, the NBEP is one of 28 national estuary programs designated pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act and funded, in large part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Analyst will assist with the technical projects and programs of the NBEP and in the management of competitive technical grants. Will provide technical input into the development of the Status and Trends Report for Narragansett Bay and its bi-state watershed. May assist with a wide range of environmental issues, according to program needs and the incumbent’s areas of expertise, which may include watershed protection and restoration, habitat restoration, climate change analysis, stormwater management, and land use. Assist with the collection and organization of existing environmental data and the creation, analysis, and mapping of geographic information system (GIS) data for the Narragansett Bay watershed. For more information, click here

U.S. House committee considers reigning in EPA's CWA Power Grab
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

By Dorothy Kosich – Mineweb – July 16, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s unabashed power grab under the auspices of the Clean Water Act has got the business sector, regulators and legal experts alarmed and seeking remedies from the legislative branch, specifically, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment. As Richard O. Faulk, senior director, Initiative for Energy and the Environment of the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, observed during a hearing before the subcommittee Tuesday, “I believe there is an urgent need for a comprehensive inquiry into whether the current statutory structure authorizes – or can be construed to authorize — abusive retrospective and prospective vetoes of legitimate business activities." For full story, click here.

House Hearing on EPA’s Expanded Interpretation of its Permit Veto Authority Under the Clean Water Act
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Contact: Jim Billimoria – Transportation & Infrastructure Committee – July 15, 2014 – Video

On July 15, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on EPA's application of its 404C veto authority under the Clean Water Act.  A recording of the hearing as well as testimony from the Witnesses is available. To read more about the hearing or to view video, click here.

'I'm going to get this right,' McCarthy says of muddled water rule
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:59

By Annie Snider – E & E Publishing, LLC – July 11, 2014

After weeks of Capitol Hill assaults on a controversial Obama administration water proposal, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy toured Missouri farm country this week, asking everyone she met: Tell us how to fix it. In an interview with Greenwire before her speech to the Kansas City Agribusiness Council yesterday, McCarthy acknowledged that the rule's rollout to farmers and agribusiness has been rough. She committed to doing what it takes to make farmers and ranchers comfortable with the rule proposal, dubbed "Waters of the United States," which is aimed at clearing up years of confusion over which streams and wetlands are federally regulated. Stirring up the most trouble has been the "interpretive rule." Intended to explain the water proposal to farmers and ranchers, the interpretive rule has confused almost everyone. McCarthy was asked if she'd been thinking about withdrawing it. For full story, click here.

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