Webcasts and Multi-media

Webinar: Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs

NOAA National MPA Center July 10, 2014

The NOAA National MPA Center, OpenChannels.org, and the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network are pleased to announce that they will host a webinar on Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs on Thursday, July 10th at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT. Presentation by Priscilla Brooks of the Conservation Law Foundation and Charlie Wahle of the NOAA MP Center. Recreational uses of MPAs are expanding rapidly in the US and around the globe. While promising many benefits to users and the sites, this trend has also raised concerns about the sustainability of increased use and about the capacity of most MPAs to manage and facilitate these diverse and often novel activities. To that end, the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, working with the NOAA MPA Center, has examined this challenge and has developed a suite of recommendations and best practices for managers to consider in addressing this trend. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Webinar: A Lake Erie Twofer: Tiny Plastic Particles and Toxic Algae Threaten Lake Waters

Lake Erie Binational Public Forum 
– June 23, 2014 

The Lake Erie Binational Public Forum invites you to participate in the upcoming webinar A Lake Erie Twofer: Tiny Plastic Particles and Toxic Algae Threaten Lake Waterst to be held on June 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT to learn about the latest science and management approaches being applied to better understand issues affecting the Lake Erie Basin. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Partnerships between water and energy utilities to address water/energy challenges

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – June 19, 2014

Continuing the webinar series Water for Energy and Energy for Water: Challenges and Opportunities for Utilities, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) encourages you to register for and attend this next webinar Partnerships between water and energy utilities to address water/energy challenges. The webinar will be held on June 19, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. For more information, click here or register here.

Webinar: Waters of the US Rulemaking: Deciding What it Means in Your Watershed

River Network 
– June 18, 2014

River Network Webinar: Waters of the US Rulemaking: Deciding What it Means in Your Watershed will be held on June 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET. In March, U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released a very important draft rulemaking. This draft rule clarifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. As many of you know, Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 confused implementation of the Act and put many wetlands and streams at risk. This rulemaking will fundamentally influence your work to protect or restore your watershed. In this webinar, they will help you think through what the rulemaking will mean for your watershed to help inform your position on the rule. You'll hear from three conservation leaders about their substantive positions on the rule, the political backdrop to the rule, and resources to help you craft your position. You'll also be able to ask questions about how the proposed rule could help or hurt work in your own watershed. In fact, you can email River Network your questions ahead of time to be first in the question lineup! For more information and to register for this webinar, click here.

Webinar: Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Maumee Bay

Ohio State University – June 24, 2014

The Ohio State University will hold a free webinar on Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Maumee Bay on June 24, 2014 from noon-1:00 p.m ET. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global problem and have reemerged as a concern in Lake Erie during the last decade. While some have hypothesized HABs in Lake Erie will become more frequent and larger, there are few studies linking predicted climate and watershed models to examine this issue. This talk will describe the methods and results of an ongoing project that links climate models, watershed models and HABs models to predict the frequency and magnitude of HABs through 2099. This webinar will describe predicted climate for the Maumee Basin through 2099; how climate change is likely to affect river discharge and harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie; and modeling tools that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change. For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar: Understanding Whooping Cranes

National Conservation Training Center – June 24, 2014

Conservation Science Webinar Series: Understanding Whooping Cranes: From movement ecology to conservation biology will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern. Reintroductions of whooping cranes are an ongoing effort and birds have been released into the wild for over a decade. A large portion of the artificially reared birds undergo a training program with ultralight aircraft where the first liftime migration from Wisconsin to Florida is guided by ultralight aircraft. Intensive monitoring of subsequent migration has resulted of one of the most complete data bases for migrating animals. In the first part of the webinar we will talk about how learning of migration takes place, in particular what role individual learning, social learning and genetic aspects play. The second part will discuss the particular conservation challenges related to the reintroduction program. Presented by Dr. Thomas Mueller, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Goethe University Frankfurt and Dr. Sarah J. Converse, Research Ecologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. To register, click here.

EPA Water Research Webinar

EPA – June 25, 2014

EPA Water Research Webinar: When Green Goes Bad: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Better Understand Cyanobacteria, Nutrients, and Lakes will be held on June 25, 2014 from 12:00 noon- 1:00 p.m. EST. The current connotation within the environmental protection arena is that “Green is Good.” While that is very often true, in the case of lakes and ponds when they suddenly go green, it is most likely the result of an algae bloom which, increasingly, contain many harmful species. The impacts of these harmful algal blooms are wide and profound. From acute adverse human health impacts (e.g. respiratory and gastrointestinal problems) to known deaths of animals (e.g. elk herds and family pets), blooms like these are becoming a more frequent occurrence and are having larger and larger impacts. To better understand how these blooms impact human health, identify the toxicity of cyanotoxins, predict the probability of bloom occurrence and share this information broadly, researchers within the US EPA’s Office of Research and Development have been working on a research project focused on cyanobacteria since 2012. This webinar will provide an overview of the full breadth of this research and also go into details on the ecological modeling of cyanobacterial bloom in US Lakes and explain how this project has embraced the concept of Open Science to improve the dissemination of research results, methods, and data. Presented by Dr. Jeff Hollister, Dr. Betty Kreakie, and Dr. Bryan Milstead. For more information, click here.

Webinar: From the Ground Up: A Grassroots Approach to Stormwater Management

VT DEC – June 11, 2014

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a webinar From the Ground Up: A Grassroots Approach to Stormwater Management on June 11, 2014 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. EDT. Stormwater runoff poses a significant threat to Vermont’s waterways from both a water quantity and water quality standpoint.  The shear magnitude of stormwater related issues throughout the state requires a certain level of regulatory control.  But regulation alone will only get us so far.  Education, outreach, technical assistance, financial incentives, and voluntary implementation are also needed.  Luckily, local organizations are making a concerted effort to provide these services to citizens and communities alike.  In this webinar, we’ll hear from some of the people and organizations who are pushing for better stormwater management at the local level.  Presenters will highlight successful projects and initiatives, discuss challenges, and answer questions from the audience. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about some great programs and initiatives being undertaken at the local level. Presentations by Ann Smith - Friends of the Winooski River, Becky Tharp - Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Bob Spencer - Windham Solid Waste District, Dan Albrecht - Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Denise Smith - Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, Laura Dlugolecki - Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District. To register for this webinar, click here