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.
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.