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Boating Incident in Lake Charles Leaves One Dead and One Missing

Release Date: 07/21/2012

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater who was onboard a vessel on Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish that was found capsized and left another man dead.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 this morning, July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. near the boat. 

Druilhet was wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Authorities Recover Boater’s Body from Lake Fordoche

Release Date: 07/20/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Central man from Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish on July 20.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified about a capsized vessel and a missing boater in Lake Fordoche, which is a tributary north of Henderson Bay, around 9:50 a.m.

The body of Allen Fontenot, 66, was found by search crews around 1:30 p.m. in the near vicinity of the capsized vessel.

According to the survivor, the two men were in a 21 foot boat when they hit a stump that caused the vessel to capsize.  The survivor was able to swim to the shore.

Fontenot was not wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Workshops/Webinars, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

WRI Animated Video about the Unique Biology and Value of Coral Reefs
Céline Cousteau highlights the importance of coral reefs to people – providing food and medicine, protecting the shoreline, and attracting tourists – as well as the threats that reefs face due to overfishing, pollution and climate change. The video also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including buying from sustainable seafood providers, using sustainable tourism providers, reducing their CO2 footprint and supporting reef conservation. Animation by Jim Toomey. Watch the video below and help protect coral reefs today! http://www.wri.org/project/reefs-at-risk/polyps-in-peril

Register now for Bays and Bayous Symposium (November 14-15)
Registration is open for the 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Theme: “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture” The two-day coastal symposium will include networking opportunities, guest speakers and more than 100 oral and poster presentations with question-and-answer sessions. Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The symposium is open to graduate students, resource managers, scientists, educators, industry and community leaders, elected officials and the general public. Sponsored by: the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, NOAA Coastal Services Center, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama State Port Authority, Ocean Conservancy and Volkert and Associates, Inc. Registration fee: $50. For more information and to register, visit http://masgc.org/bb2012/registration.

Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.comno later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012. For additional information, send email inquiries to: Mr. Nadav Tanners, Associate, Industrial Economics, Incorporated, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, NTanners@indecon.com

“Survival in the Marsh” Adventure Quencher (July 21)
Are you ready for a nice day on the water? Are you sure? Before starting out on a float, boat or fishing trip, you should be looking forward to the best day, but be prepared—just in case—for the worst day. Preparation is the key to survival! In order to help you become prepared for that unpredictable boat accident or break-down, the Grand Bay Reserve is proud to present an Adventure Quencher entitled “Survival in the Marsh” on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM till noon at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Jackson County. Mr. Eric M. Lacefield, author of the book entitled “Survival in the Marsh” will be on hand to instruct you on what you should and should not do if you become stranded. For more information, visit: www.grandbaynerr.org

 

GRANTS

EECapacity State Consortia Grants (Deadline: August 12)
The EECapacity Project announces a Call for Applications for Year 2 of the State Consortia grants. Up to five states can receive funding to develop capacity building and networking for EE and related practitioners within their state. Each state consortium must include at least 20 educators representing a diversity of organizations such as community based groups, government nature preserves, an others that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives, and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer. A webinar will be held July 27, 2012. The deadline for application is August 12, 2012. http://www.eecapacity.net/call-for-applications-for-eecapacity-state-consortia-grants.html

Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants (Deadline: August 13)
Community Impact Grants Program, grants of up to $5,000 are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered:
        - Repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) 
        - Weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veterans' housing, or community facilities 
        - Planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans 
        - Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S. 
        - Projects must be completed within six months following notification that the grant has been awarded, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project. 
        - Grants are solely given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants beginning February 6, 2012 through August 13, 2012. For more details, see http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Announces 2012 Grant Applications Open(Deadline: August 15)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is now accepting grant applications for its 2012-13 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program. The deadline to apply for funding from KLB is August 15, 2012. Grant guidelines and the application itself are on the KLB website, www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Applications are to be submitted via the website, and awards will be announced on or before August 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013 Gulf of Mexico B-WET Funding Opportunity (Deadline: October 19)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY13 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/outreach/pdfs/NOAA-NMFS-SE-2013-2003461%20FFO%20Report.pdfApplicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 19, 2012 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program (July 24, 4:00-5:00 PM EST)
EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program awards funds to environmental education projects in a variety of settings, including community-based settings with audiences/students of all ages. In 2010, two community-based grants were awarded to two organizations in two very different parts of the country with very different environmental concerns. One of these grants went to the Island Institute in Rockland, ME, for their Energy for ME project in which students, teachers, and families are becoming leaders in the critical local energy debate by learning how to better understand their communities’ energy-consumption habits, as well as how to develop effective strategies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in their community. Another grant was awarded to Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ, for their Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods project, which built a base of knowledgeable and motivated citizens, many in underserved neighborhoods, who are now armed with the knowledge and skills to improve environmental conditions by having participated in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure practices. Join this webinar to learn how these two grantees chose an environmental issue important to the local community and educated residents in those communities to deal with the issue and live more sustainably in their environment. See attached flyer for more information.
Participant Dial-In Number(s): *Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 290-8017
Your Conference ID # 99371913. Webinar registration information: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/340578784

OneNOAA Science Seminars
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)

 

RESOURCES

Recreation Outdoors Website and App
Recreation Outdoors is "Your gateway to discover America's Great Outdoors!" Visit http://www.recreation.gov/ to search locations and outdoor activities you enjoy. Membership is free to make reservations and much more!

 

LANGIAPPE

EPA’s Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed. With support from EPA’s Office of Water, this year’s grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and stormwater management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or stormwater above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics. Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year’s winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71 percent of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm, or contact: Leon Latino, latino.leon@epa.gov, (202) 564-1997.

Beautiful Commercial from the BBC
http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0

 

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

Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

Winnsboro Woman Convicted of Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2012

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) led to a Winnsboro woman being found guilty of migratory game bird violations on July 16 in Federal Court in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Karen Hayes sentenced Donna J. Remides, 51, to a fine of $2,035, suspended her hunting rights for two years and placed her on supervised probation for two years.

Remides was cited on Sept. 4, 2010 on the opening day of dove season for placing bait to take migratory game birds (doves) and aiding and abetting others in taking migratory game birds illegally.

LDWF and USFWS agents observed Remides bait a field and then allow the field to be hunted for doves.

LDWF agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent John Hendrix.  USFWS Officers involved in the case were Refuge Officers John Tarver, Chris Hoag and Special Agent Kash Schreifer.

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

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project Deadline: September 14)
As a part of EPA's CWA 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans everywhere to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration. For more information, please go to http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm.

World Rabies Day (September 28, 2012)
Bats are beneficial but they are not to play with. For more information about bats in schools – visit our website at http://agrilife.org/batsinschools/ or check out our Bat Control in Schools Publication in English and Spanish https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfm. Thank you to Illinois Department of Health for passing this information on.  
“Never Touch a Bat” poster – http://worldrabiesday.org/eb/download/get/221
CDC Bats and Rabies URL – http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html
World Rabies Day URL - http://www.worldrabiesday.org/

6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration (October 20-25, 2012)
Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities
Tampa Convention Center-Tampa, Florida
Registration: Early Bird (through 9/7): $395, after 9/7: $550, On-site: $575, One-Day: $250, Student Rate: $250
Must Register On-Line: https://www.cmpinc.net/rae; registration questions: registrar@cmpinc.net
Draft Conference Program Released! Program questions: ssimon@estuaries.org


WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Teacher Workshops
Two teacher workshops are available at Red River National Wildlife Refuge (555 Sunflower Road, Bossier City, LA) in July. Please bring a bag lunch for both workshops.
          Project Learning Tree® (July 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.): PLT is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. For more information: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov  Register: Ricky Kilpatrick at 318-965-2326, rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu
          The Private Eye (July 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.): Magnify your lessons with a jeweler’s loupe! Help your students to think like a scientist, observe like an artist and write like a poet. For more information or to register: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov
See attached for more information on these workshops.

North American CE Strategy Webinar Series: Outdoor Investigations (July 25 at 2 pm EDT)
Finding out what is going on in nature takes skills - and the AFWA CE Strategy provides the resources to develop those skills. Using the Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills and the Field Investigation: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes will help you teach the skills needed to observe nature, ask questions about the natural world and investigate the answers to those questions. Instructors Tabbi Kinion, Education Outreach Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Justin Marschall, Information/Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will give you a brief overview of the resources and exercise your outdoor observation and questioning skills while sitting at your computer. Space is limited so be sure to register today.  

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinar Series
Over the last three months the Project has presented six webinars. The first one provided an overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE. Each of the other webinars focused on one of five sets of guidelines:
           • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (k-12)
           • Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
           • Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
If you missed one, all were recorded and can be accessed by going to: eelinked.net/n/guidelines
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Bora Simmons: borasimmons@gmail.com.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
JULY 2012

Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, The Yukon, and The Northwest Territories
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time (14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone)
Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Karen Murphy (National Park Service)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries: Future Survival of Larval Cod
July 25, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Trond Kristiansen (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway and Visiting Scientist, NOAA Climate Program and NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD)
Effective Engagement with Partners
July 25, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Janet Burke (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: XML Basics
July 31, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov  (NCDDC)
AUGUST 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only) Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: ISO Creation Methods
August 21, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Validation
August 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)

Bed Bugs Go To School Webinar (August 28)
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/722105169


CONTESTS

Ranger Rick Geocachers Can Win Big This Summer!   
Geocaching is a great way to use technology to get kids back outside and interacting with nature and Ranger Rick magazine is inviting all participating Ranger Rick's Geocache Trail hosts, old and new, to enter their trail now for a chance to win two great prizes:
1. Get a free trackable geocoin!
2. Enter for a chance to be featured in National Wildlife Magazine!
For entry details, visit: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Geocaching-Hosts/Why-Host/Summer-Spring-Challenge.aspx

Announcing the Winners of the Youth Sustainability Challenge
Submitted videos were eligible for up to five awards reflecting innovation, contribution to sustainability, communication, and popular choice. After careful review by a panel of Administration officials, the winners are: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/21/announcing-winners-youth-sustainability-challenge


RESOURCES

New NASA Game Lets Players Build and Launch a Virtual Rocket
With NASA's Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft.
Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at:  http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr
Rocket Science 101 is available online at: http://go.nasa.gov/Mn28Nt

Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:
           • Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution.
           • Nutrient Pollution Video—aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.
           • Postcard/Poster—shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.
           • Future Farmers of America Curriculum—EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.
You can access the first three and other materials at http://water.epa.gov//polwaste/nutrientoutreach.cfm. Use the “share this” button under the postcard to share it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum can be directly found at https://www.ffa.org/FFAResources/ffalearn/sourcesofdrinkingwater/Pages/nosolicit.html

 

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

Special Announcement: Whooping Crane Workshop FULL

The Whooping Crane Workshop is now full.

If you have already submitted a registration form, you will receive notification on your acceptance status within the next week.

Please continue to watch for information on future "Give A Whoop!" workshops to be scheduled in the near future.

If you should have any questions, please contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Thank you for your interest in this important program!

-The Whooping Crane Workshop Team

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Committee Meeting and Board Meeting canceled.

Release Date: 07/10/2012

July 10, 2012 - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance and Marketing Committee Meeting and Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 have been canceled.

The rescheduled meeting date will be announced when it becomes available.

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.
 

Shrimping in Portions of the Pontchartrain Basin to Close Saturday, July 14

Release Date: 07/10/2012

Spring Closure Map

(July 10, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 in the remainder of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Effective with this closure, all state inside waters are closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.  All state outside waters also remain open to shrimping; however, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

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 these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

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.

Shrimp Season to Close Monday July 9 in Additional Portions of Inside Waters

Release Date: 07/02/2012

LA. Spring Shrimp Season Closures 7/9/12

July 2, 2012  – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 9 in portions of the Pontchartrain Basin and all of the Mississippi River, Barataria and Mermentau River basins.

This shrimp season closure includes:

State inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and

State inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche except for the following waters:

  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Rigolets Pass
  • Chef Menteur Pass
  • Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)
  • The part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline
  • The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

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 these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

In addition to Lake Pontchartrain, Chef and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, MRGO and Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the inshore shrimp season will remain open until further notice in the following areas:

  • State inside waters from the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
  • All State outside waters

Certain areas are 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 on 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) 765-0489 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

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