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Boating Incident in Lake St. John Results in Fatality

Release Date: 06/16/2012

June 16, 2012 --- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents responded to a boating incident on Lake St. John that left one man dead and possibly another at 12:15 a.m. this morning, June 16.

Bruce Pickle, 50, was found in the water by some onlookers after they witnessed him crash into a pier on Lake St. John with his bass boat around midnight.  Pickle was ejected from the boat and was recovered by the witnesses who attempted CPR on him before authorities arrived.

Pickle’s body was transferred to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF agents did pull a blood sample for a toxicology report, but do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a role in this incident at this time.

This morning, LDWF agents received a call about the possibility of another person still under the water at the wreck scene at the pier.  The call has led authorities to believe there may have been a passenger with Pickle at the time of the wreck.

LDWF agents along with the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office have begun searching for this possible missing boater.

Pickle was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His cause of death is unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-354-9517 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief Issues $8,500 In Rewards To Tipsters

Release Date: 06/15/2012

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $8,500 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on May 19 in Woodworth.

The group approved and dispensed cash reward amounts for tipsters who reported wildlife violations that led to 25 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases.  There were a total of 17 cases presented and 65 offenses associated with those cases.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.  “These tips led to a few turkey baiting cases, closed season and over limit waterfowl cases and a night hunting case.”

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Amended -- Shrimp Season to Close Saturday June 23 in Parts of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/15/2012

2012 Spring Shrimp Closure Map

(June 14, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 in the Vermilion-Teche, Atchafalaya River and Terrebonne Basins.

The shrimp season closure includes state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal eastward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche. 

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.  The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshops, Contests, Job Opportunity, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

Save the Date!
The Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) and The Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA) joint conference will be held in Shreveport, Louisiana on November 12-14, 2012 at the Shreveport Convention Center located at 400 Caddo Street. Go to http://lamath.org/conference2012for forms and additional information.

 

WORKSHOPS

NASA Regional Application Center (RAC) / UL Lafayette & the Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC)
Present Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst 9.3 Training Workshop
Interested in adding increased efficiency - and professionalism to your GIS efforts? LAGIC presents a three day ArcGIS Spatial Analyst training workshop, taught by our certified ESRI Trainer. This training is designed specifically for advanced GIS users to conduct sophisticated spatial analyses and create spatial models. All training includes ESRI certified materials, booklets, certificates, and 60 days ArcGIS 9.3 evaluation software. There are spots open in the following classes:
        ArcGIS Desktop II             06/18/2012–06/20/2012                $990
        ArcGIS Desktop III           07/10/2012–07/11/2012                $660
        Spatial Analyst 9.3            08/07/2012–08/09/2012                $990
ArcGIS V 10 for Desktop and V 9.3 for ArcGIS Spatial Analyst is also available. Full time student only can receive up to a 50% discount. To register please visit our website: http://lagic.lsu.edu/Training.asp. All the information is in the attached flyers, please contact Alaa Shams at ashams@lsu.eduwith questions and to register.

 

CONTESTS

Bartlett Award Nomination (Deadline: June 15)
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is given annually to an outstanding middle or high school teacher who successfully integrates environmental education into their curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. The award recognizes an educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others. The 2012 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award will go to a high school teacher, which includes grades 9-12. Because middle and high school teachers may face different challenges in their teaching on the environment, the award alternates between middle and high school teachers each year. The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award winner will receive $5,000 and two merit winners will receive $750 each. Read about past Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award winners. Nominations for the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award are due June 15, 2012. Nominate yourself or a teacher you know today!

Gulf Restoration Network Video Contest (Deadline: August 15)
Gulf Restoration Network is currently accepting submissions for their annual Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase. The contest is a great opportunity for filmmakers, videographers, and Gulf supporters to utilize their talents to create short films, defend the Gulf, and win big prizes. They are looking for short films and PSA’s to communicate the Gulf’s environmental issues and promote restoration. From the history of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe that has witnessed the wetlands disappear over generations to surfing (or not surfing due to pollution) off the panhandle of Florida, the Gulf has many environmental stories to tell. You can help by sharing your story! Winners will be divided into three categories: Best Short FilmBest PSA, and People’s Choice Award. Each film contest winner will receive prize packages worth over $1,000, including two VIP Weekend passes to Voodoo Music Festival. Winners and runners up will be featured in the 2012 Defend the Gulf Short Film Showcase, which will be screened at over 200 events hosted by GRN volunteers all over the country, the Timecode: NOLA FFone Film Festival, and the Voodoo Music Festival. Deadline for videos is August 15, 2012. Don’t miss the chance to get your talents noticed and defend the Gulf of Mexico! Detailed submission guidelines and other information can be found at www.healthygulf.org/shortfilmshowcase

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Jefferson Parish Job Announcement
Jefferson Parish has a job opening for an Environmental Quality Technician II position within the Department of Environmental Affairs. The job position would assist the Coastal Programs Supervisor. For further information about this position and how to apply, please click on the following link: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/jeffparish/default.cfm

 

RESOURCES

Chevron’s Energyville
Chevron has developed an energy game to help students try to make informed decisions about a city’s energy needs, while considering the economic, security, and environmental impacts of these decisions. It provides a fun way for students to explore energy usage and its many implications for society and the environment. http://www.energyville.com/energyville

Show Me Wildlife
The Council for Environmental Education’s Growing Up Wild resources includes Show Me Wildlife http://www.projectwild.org/GrowingUpWILD/showmewildlife.htm, which allows you to view an array of wildlife videos and photos online, including insects, animals, plants, and more. Available resources for connecting young learners to their environment include: Army Ants on a Raid, Gardens Spider Spinning Web, Pelican Feeding, Looking a Fall Leaves, etc.

A Recipe for Clean Water
This middle school lesson was developed by Wet in the City, an urban environmental education program focused on water resources. Students examine the labels of household products to see which hazardous chemicals they contain. They then seek out and test less toxic alternatives to ensure less toxins enter the environment.  Environmental science, math, and health components. http://www.wetcity.org/documents/RecipeforCleanWater-2007.pdf

Canopy in the Clouds
Funded by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica, this expansive video experience presents an amazing look at a tropical montane cloud forest, with click on links to information/videos at each level. The site includes classroom lessons for grades 6-8 and background information for teachers. Topics include water, weather, soils, ecology, evolution, biodiversity, etc.  http://www.canopyintheclouds.com

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec  


 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Special Announcement of Upcoming Events

Zooisiana on LPB Tonight
Zooisiana is a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at four of the state’s zoos – BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, the Alexandria Zoological Park, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, and the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The program will air again on the following dates. This LPB program also has a segment on the endangered Whooping Crane and efforts to bring it back to southwest Louisiana.
        Friday, June 8, 10:30 pm on LPB3
        Saturday, June 9, 11:30 pm on LPB2
        Sunday, June 10, 05:30 pm on LPB
        Monday, June 11, 12:00 am on LPB
Visit LPB’s websitefor more information on the Zooisianaprogram.

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day for Orleans Parish Residents Only (JUNE 9)
City of New Orleans – Department Of Sanitation – Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day
Rescheduled From May 12, 2012 - Due To Inclement Weather
NEW DATE - SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
8:00 AM–1:00 PM
2829 Elysian Fields Avenue
Proof of Residency Required: Valid Driver’s License or Brake Tag
ITEMS ACCEPTED ON JUNE 9THONLY
*Batteries (Household/Auto)
*Televisions
*Aerosols
*Incandescent Bulbs
*Paint (Latex and Oil Based)
*Household Cleaners
*Fluorescent Bulbs
*Paint Thinner, Varnish
*Draino, Bleach
*Pesticides
*Grout
*Flammable Liquids
*Garden Chemicals
*Oil, Gasoline
*Mercury Devices
*Muriatic Acid
*Antifreeze
*Pool Shock
Items also accepted on June 9thand at all monthly (second Saturday) drop off days
Paper (newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail/phone books)
*Ink Jet cartridges, toner cartridges
*Digital cameras, DVRs, digital picture frames
Metals (aluminum/steel/tin)
*Laptops
*Stereos and Speakers
Plastics (#1 through #3)
*Printers and Fax machines
*Telephones, cords, systems
*Cell Phones/Beepers/Pagers
*Uninterruptible Power Supplies
*Security Systems
*Computers, processors, monitors
*Circuit Boards
*GPS devices
*Xboxes, Playstations, Wii
*MP3 players
*DVD Movies & Video games
Not accepting: explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, asbestos, glass, hazardous waste from businesses or schools
*These items should never be placed in garbage or curbside recycling carts or bins
Sponsored by: Keep New Orleans Beautiful, CACRC, The Green Project, FCC Environmental, Sewerage and Water Board, Materials Management Group, The Young Leadership Council, Urban League Young Professionals, Coca Cola, Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs, DPM, DPW, NOPD, NOFD, NOEMS, OPSO.
For more information or to become a sponsor: Email Sanitation@nola.govor call (504) 658-3800


 

Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to Meet June 12

Release Date: 06/07/2012

The next meeting for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 in New Orleans at the UNO Advanced Technology 2021 Lakeshore Drive, suite 310.  The public is invited to attend

The agenda is below:

I. Call to order and introduction of guests

II. Adoption of the Agenda

III. Reading and approval of minutes from March 29, 2012

IV. Opening Remarks (Ewell Smith)

V. Nicholl’s State University (Dr. Stephen Hulbert, Dr. Marilyn Kilgen)

VI. Update on New Orleans Arena Naming Rights (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
       A. Ratify existing sponsorship and final payment

VII. Reports
       A. Marketing/Sponsorship Committee Report
       B. Legislative Committee Report
            i. Recap of the 2012 Regular Session (Eric Sunstrom, Cole Garrett)
      C. Executive Director’s Report (Ewell Smith)
            i. Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for emergency preparedness
            ii. Strategic Marketing Plan

VIII. Treasurer’s Report through April 31, 2012
      A. EDRP Grant
      B. BP 3Q FY 2012 Report
      C. Finance Committee Report

IX. Old Business
      A. Seafood Marketing Campaign Update
           i. GCR (Dan Austin, GCR Consulting)
                 1. Louisiana Economic Development Mailers
                 2. Consumer and processor surveys
                 3. Food Truck Memos
          ii. The Food Group (Mark Cotter, The Food Group)
                 1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                 2. B2B Programs
                        a. Rules of Engagement (protocol)
                3. Update on existing task orders
                4. Proposed new projects
          iii. Graham Group (George Graham/Kathy Anderson, Graham Group)
                1. Tactics within the strategic framework
                2. Update on existing task orders
                3. Proposed new projects
     B. Brussels overview (Dexter Guillory)
     C. Bylaws (Kim Chauvin)
     D. Delcambre Direct (Dr. Jon Bell, Sea Grant)

X. New Business
    A. Protocol for industry use of artwork
    B. Call for marketing ideas from Board Members

XI. Board Member comments

XII. Next Scheduled Meeting is July 11, 2012

XIII. Adjourn

This meeting is being held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by La. R.S. 42:11, et seq.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered From Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 06/05/2012

Search crews found the body of a Slidell man shortly after 2 p.m. today, June 5, on Lake Pontchartrain.

The body of Isiah M. Tate, 21, was recovered by search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow.

According to the three other passengers on the 21 foot boat, Tate fell overboard due to rough waters around 3:30 a.m. near the twin spans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain south of Slidell.  The passengers said they were able to locate the missing boater in the water twice before he would disappear into the water again before they could make contact.

According to the passengers, Tate was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Contest, Grants, Lessons, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

Transit of Venus Events and Resources (June 5)
Transit of Venus Events and Resources (June 5)
The Sun-Earth Day and NASA EDGE Teams will bring the Transit of Venus to the world from the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. During a live webcast, the transit will be shown in high definition video through H-alpha, Calcium-K, and White Light telescopes. Coverage will consist of video of the transit, interviews with scientists and Native Hawaiians, and question and answer sessions. Resources are available on the website for use in museum events and classroom participation, including videos providing cultural and historical information about the transit. Promotional materials include bookmarks, wallpapers, and a flier that can easily be downloaded from the website. A Google map is also available, to see where events are happening, and where you can submit your own event. For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/H1raix.

GOMA Invites the Public to Learn about Regional Programs at Annual Meeting (June 19-21)
The 7th annual Gulf of Mexico Alliance meeting is scheduled for June 19-21, 2012, in Corpus Christi, Texas. A key topic at the conference this year is an address by the new director of the National Ocean Council, Deerin Babb-Brott, who will provide an update on the implementation of the National Ocean Policy. Also, the Alliance has invited industry leaders from key sectors such as energy, tourism and harbors to join the conference to offer insight on working together effectively, including integration and obstacles when collaborating on ecosystem programs such as National Ocean Policy objectives. Other key topics at the conference include the status of Natural Resource Damage Assessment restoration activities, an update on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and a panel dedicated to discussion regarding resilient communities. Keynote speakers include high-ranking personnel from the Department of Interior, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. The two-day plenary meeting will be followed by concurrent sessions on water quality, nutrient impacts, ecosystem integration and assessment, habitat conservation and restoration, coastal community resilience, and environmental education. The meeting is open to the public. Registration and sponsorship information as well as a full schedule of events is available at: http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.

The Great American Backyard Campout (June 23)
http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx

A new traveling exhibit at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Animal Grossology, the newest exhibit at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, uses a different view of the animal kingdom to make kids laugh and learn. Experience some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth! Oozing with disgusting science and interactive learning games the new “Animal Grossology” exhibit takes a slightly different view of the animal kingdom. The exhibit follows in the footsteps of the overwhelmingly popular “Grossology, the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body” and is the next generation in the GROSSOLOGY series.Animal Grossology was created and produced by Advanced Exhibits, a division of Advanced Animations LLC, in collaboration with Sylvia Branzei, the author of the popular GROSSOLOGY books.

 

WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

LPDES General Permits
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is sponsoring free training sessions that will give you an understanding of water discharge general applicability, outfall schedules, and how the effluent limits and requirements are derived. This session will also include a basic overview of stormwater general permits and requirements, and a preview of several new general permits. Please register for one of the sessions below:
LAKE CHARLES:  June 7, 2012, 10AM-12PM
LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
NEW ORLEANS AREA:  June 14, 2012, 10AM-12PM
Yenni Building, Room 405, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, LA 70123
ALEXANDRIA AREA:  June 26, 2012, 10AM-12PM
Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
If you would like to attend any of these workshops please register online at www.deq.louisiana.gov/enviroschool or fax the attached registration form to (225)325-8222. If you would like more information please call (225) 219-0877 or visit the ENVIROSCHOOL website at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/tabid/2601/Default.aspx. These workshops are free and open to the public, so please forward this to anyone who may be interested. 

MarineTech: STEM Preparation for Teachers through Marine Engineering Experiences (July 10-11 & July 12-13)
This two-day summer professional development workshop at UL will prepare teachers to incorporate marine kits into classroom instruction. Participants will receive a $400 stipend while becoming better equipped to incorporate technology such as sea perch robotics into the student experiences providing training aligned to the Science and Engineering Principles of the Next Generation of Science Standards to raise student career awareness and interest.  Contact Dr. Suren Dwivedi at suren7483@gmail.comor 337.482.5361.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
All seminars are open to anyone within or outside NOAA. You can view all of the seminars in google calendarformat if you prefer. For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.govor a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
OneNOAA Science Seminars: June 2012
June 12: Title: Future of International Climate Agreements; Speaker(s): Alexander Thompson (The Ohio State University); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 13: Title: Climate Links to Florida Extreme Coastal Sea Levels; Speaker(s): Joseph Park (NOS/CO-OPS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 13: Title: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 19: Title: LEO, The Local Environmental Observers: A Growing Network For Monitoring Change In the Arctic Communities; Speaker(s): Michael Brubaker (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium); Location: Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 20: Title: Assessments of the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) and Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) for Data Assimilation; Speaker(s): Fuzhong Weng (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR); Location: Camp Springs, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 21: Title: State of Decadal Prediction; Speaker(s):Lisa Goddard (IRI), Arun Kumar (CPC), Tom Delworth (GFDL); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
July 11: Title: The Social Coast - Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied; Speaker(s): Susan Fox (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: Remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
August 02: Title: Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie; Speaker(s): Don Scavia (University of Michigan); Location: NOAA SSMC-4, Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

 

CONTESTS

EPA Launches Video Project Asking Americans Why “Water Is Worth It” (Deadline: September 14)
View details at http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm
2012 marks the 40thanniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Everyone deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. To help commemorate the 40thanniversary of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking people to send in a 15-second video clip about the important role that water plays in their life. Each video should include the phrase “Water Is Worth It,” but the rest is up to you. EPA will post selected videos on its website and Facebook page. To learn more and register, visit http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm.Fill out a video entry form, and submit your entry as a video response to the promotional video on EPA’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/USEPAgov. Video submissions must be received by September 14, 2012. Grab your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, and pets and let us know why “Water is Worth It” to you!

EPA Launches Competition for College Students to Develop Innovative Approaches to Stormwater Management (Deadline: December 14)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens September 4, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 - $2,500, as well as $8,000 - $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm

 

GRANTS

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program (Deadline: July 2)
Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations; state, tribal, provincial and local governments; and educational institutions working in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Grant awards will typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. http://bit.ly/LjLJ7Y   


LESSONS

I Can Grow Lessons
Burpee Home Gardens and the National Gardening Association recently released the I Can Grow series of 6 lessons targeting grades 1-9: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/ICanGrow/_ICanGrowCurriculum.aspx. Lessons cover topics like life cycles and identification, photosynthesis, plant classification, weather, sustainability, and soil nutrition. Lesson titles: Bean Beginnings (1-8); Sunshine Power (4-9); ‘Shoe’ Me How to Classify (1-9); Weather (4-9); From Farm to Fork (5-9); and Soil Symbiosis (3-9).

Renewable Energy Lessons
The University of Idaho’s Biodiesel Education Program has created a 7-lesson curriculum to help students understand the concepts of energy and renewable energy. These lessons were originally written for 4-H clubs but are also appropriate for elementary classrooms.  Many hands-on lesson activities are featured. Go to http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/bioenergy/4-H.shtmlfor the student workbook and instructor’s manual.

 

RESOURCES

Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool Expanded Nationally (CSC)
The Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool, originally developed for Mississippi and Alabama, is now available for coastal areas nationwide. With this tool, coastal communities can “see” the critical facilities and roads that lie within their flood zones. This information is helpful for those who develop and implement risk mitigation strategies. The visual nature of the information also makes the output a strong component of any risk management outreach effort. For more information, contact Billy Brooks.

EarthCaching Resources
EarthCaching combines Global Positioning System technology with outdoor field experiences, allowing students to experience the wonders of Earth in a new way. At http://www.geosociety.org/Earthcache/intro.htm, teachers can learn how to create EarthCaches, direct students to create EarthCaches, or use existing EarthCaches in your classroom.

Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career
Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career is a free, downloadable comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs. The guide is a resource to help training providers, educators, counselors, and other workforce development professionals promote the recruitment and retention of women in green career paths. Details: http://www.dol.gov/wb/Green_Jobs_Guide  

Break the Grip of the Rip!
Heading to the beach this summer? Prepare you and your family first by reading up on rip currents - narrow channels of fast-moving water that pull swimmers away from the shore. They can occur at any beach with breaking waves and are common along the U.S. coastline even when the skies are clear. Last year, 41 people lost their lives in rip currents in the United States, but on average more than one hundred people die each year from them. NOAA, along with the U.S. Lifesaving Associationand the National Park Service, are working to reduce the death toll by educating people throughout the year, and especially this week during Rip Current Awareness Week, about the danger of rip currents and how to avoid them or survive if caught in one. Go to http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120604_ripcurrents.htmlto brush up on safety tips and find out how to Break the Grip of the Rip!

Find a Local Farmers Market
Spring is a great time to visit your local farmers market and see what’s growing near you. The USDA's market search lets you look for farmers markets by location, products available, and payments accepted. http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/ 

EPA Releases Fact Sheet on the Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
EPA has released a new fact sheet as part of its Healthy Watersheds initiative describing the economic benefits of protecting healthy watersheds by highlighting examples from existing peer-reviewed literature and studies. EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative is intended to protect the Nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes. It encourages interested states to take a strategic, systems approach to protecting healthy watersheds that recognizes the dynamic and interconnected nature of aquatic ecosystems. The fact sheet describes studies that demonstrate protecting healthy watersheds can reduce capital costs for water treatment plants and reduce damages to property and infrastructure due to flooding, thereby avoiding future costs. Additionally, examples in the fact sheet show that protecting healthy watersheds can generate revenue through property value premiums, recreation, and tourism. This fact sheet directs readers to important resources to learn more about the substantial efforts to monetize ecosystem services from across the country. This fact sheet is also a resource for those doing outreach to promote the protection of healthy watersheds. The fact sheet is available at:  http://www.epa.gov/healthywatersheds.
 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Louisiana Saltwater Series Hosts Youth Fishing Festival

Release Date: 06/05/2012

(June 5, 2012) – A hook, line and sinker is all you need to have fun at the inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival on Saturday, June 9.  The free fishing tournament will be hosted at Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Children, 16 and younger, are invited to experience the chance to catch a big one among many other activities. 

This day of fishing and fun will include casting lessons, cast netting, minnow races and fish tagging.   Participants will be provided with a free lunch, t-shirt and lots of fishing goodies.  Plus, the first 50 registrants (under 16 years old) will receive a free rod and reel, sponsored by Cabela’s.  Prizes will be awarded for big fish in several categories.

The tournament is being held during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Free Fishing Weekend, which allows anglers to fish in Louisiana waters without a permit.  Anglers, however, must still adhere to daily bag limits. 

The tournament is co-sponsored by Cabela’s, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Friends of Grand Isle, Grand Isle Community Development Team, Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s, Louisiana Fish Fry and Coca Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information and to register, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com. If interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.  

The department reopened Elmer’s Island to the public in 2009 and can be accessed via a gravel road leading from La. Hwy 1 just north of Grand Isle.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Search Crews Looking for Missing Boater in Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 06/05/2012

Search crews were alerted at 3:30 a.m. this morning, June 5, of a missing boater in Lake Pontchartrain.

Searchers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow are currently looking for Isiah M. Tate, 21, of Slidell, near the twin spans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain south of Slidell.

According to the three other passengers on the 21 foot boat, Tate fell overboard due to rough waters around 3:30 a.m.  The passengers said they were able to locate the missing boater in the water twice before he would disappear into the water again before they could make contact.

According to the passengers, Tate was not wearing a personal flotation device.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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