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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.

Elmer’s Island to be Closed June 3 Through June 5 to the Public

Release Date: 06/01/2012

May 31, 2012 – Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, located in Jefferson Parish, will be closed to the general public Sunday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 5.  Regular hours of operation will resume on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 a.m.

Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish. It is located directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle, LA.

For more information on the island, including hours of operation and rules and regulations, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/elmers-island.

Agents Curtail Underage Drinking and Illegal Drugs on Scenic River

Release Date: 06/01/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited numerous people with drug and alcohol charges on May 26 on the Ouiska Chitto River in Allen Parish.

LDWF agents coordinated a multi-agency operation on the Ouiska Chitto River North of Hwy. 26 with the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Phelps Correctional Center Officers.

“The Ouiska Chitto River is a Louisiana scenic river that attracts numerous people for its canoeing, tubing, fishing and camping activities.  Unfortunately, this scenic river also attracts those who choose to engage in underage drinking, illegal drug activity and littering,” said LDWF Capt. Jubal Marceaux who is in charge of the Lake Charles Region.  “Hopefully the success of this operation sends a strong message that local law enforcement and the community are serious in maintaining a safe, clean, fun and family atmosphere for all law abiding citizens here in Louisiana and our tourists.”

The multi-agency operation conducted safe boating stops from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a sand bar along the river.  During the operation, officers checked 150 to 200 canoes resulting in several citations issued.

Richard R. Beaubeuef, 35, of Deville; Jeremy D. Deville, 29, of Deville; Dane D. Bruce Jr., 33, of Eros; Alicia F. Porcell, 27 of Deville; Mare A. Marlin, 24, of Sulphur; Kerry W. Downs, 30, of Deville; Eric S. Fasske, 39, of Lake Charles; Justin L. Smith, 22, of Sweetlake; Rusty D. Tweedel, 32, of Oberlin; Scotty O. Gill, 32, of Pitkin; Gerrad N. Nicholous, 24, of Vidor, Texas; and Martin J. Guillory II, 30, were all cited with illegal possession of marijuana.  Illegal possession of marijuana brings a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

O. Gill and Nicholous were also charged with intentional littering and each could face up to a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Guillory II was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.  Drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Mitchell J. Bares, 18, of Maurice, Lance P. Sonnier, 19, of Dry Creek, and three juveniles were all cited for underage possession of alcohol, which brings up to a $100 fine or up to six months in jail.

Steven R. Deese, 38, of Lake Charles; Blade R. Henry, 21, of Lake Charles;  Christopher J. Templait, 22, of Sulpher; Jake E. Ghagan, 21, of Dry Creek; Mary A. Philyaw, 45, of Natchitoches; John C. Gagareaux Jr., 19, of Alexandria; Guillory II and Sonnier were all cited for possession of a glass container on scenic river.  Each could face a fine up to $250.

Agents involved with the operation were Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt’s. Scott D. Fontenot and Keith Aucoin, and Senior Agents Steve Vidrine, Danon Maricle, Wendell Vaughn and Stuart Guillory.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Webinars/Workshops, Volunteers Needed, Contest, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

All seminars are open to anyone within or outside NOAA. You can view all of the seminars in google calendar format if you prefer. For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.govor a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
June 06: Title: Hurricanes: Where Have They Hit? Using the Historical Hurricane Tracker; Speaker(s): Dave Eslinger (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 07: Title: Forensic science at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center; Speaker(s): Piper Schwenke (Northwest Fisheries Science Center); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 07: Title: Ecology, Genetics, and Health: Strengthening The Science Underpinning Coral Restoration; Speaker(s): Margaret Miller (Southeast Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
June 07: Title: American Shad Egg Development Experiments in 2011 by MAST students at NOAA; Speaker(s): Kathleen Devine; Location: NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sandy Hook, NJ; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
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

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

RESCHEDULED: Elmer's Island Beach Sweep, Saturday, June 2, 2012
Volunteers are needed for Elmer’s Island Summer Beach Sweep on Saturday June 2, 2012, 8AM to Noon. Enjoy a morning on the beach and in the dunes while cleaning up Elmer's Island. It may be hot and there will be limited shade. Elmer’s Island is remote; the Back Bay area is very wet and muddy. Bring sunscreen and a smile! Lunch, water, and gloves will be provided. For more information: http://www.lawildlifefed.orgor at http://volunteer.btnep.org/volunteerhome.aspx. Sponsored by Barefoot Wine, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Volunteers Needed- Beach Restoration in Southwest Louisiana
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) invites you to participate in a wetland restoration project that will create sand dunes along the Cameron Shoreline in Southwest Louisiana (Long Beach Road, 10 miles west of Holly Beach, LA) on Thursday June 14th, Friday June 15th, and Saturday June 16thfrom9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign up to volunteer for only one day or multiple days! Volunteers will install 9,000 feet of sand fencing during this 3 day event. This project will assist in stabilizing and capturing sand in the hopes of building dunes. In addition, the project will also create wildlife habitat and increase species diversity. All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided. Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Minimum age for volunteers is 13, but all minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register online, visit www.crcl.org, click here to Register Now, or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST. This project is being completed through a partnership with Lonnie G. Harper & Associates, Inc., State Farm Insurance, the Disney “Friends for Change” program, Restore America’s Estuaries, and NOAA.

 

CONTESTS

Make Waves with “Project Blue Planet” to Save the Oceans (Deadline Extension: August 31)
Project Blue Planet is a nationwide contest organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In celebration of the Zoo’s seal and sea lion exhibit set to open later this year, they challenge elementary, middle and high school students to form eco-teams or class projects that can educate their classmates and inspire them to take action. Enter Project Blue Planet to earn your school a “Seal” of Approval. One lucky team from each age group will win a $1,500 cash prize to continue their green (and blue) efforts. Students can focus their projects on eliminating waste, reducing energy use, creating a healthier environment, or improving lifestyle choices. These categories are listed on the Zoo’s website, along with advice about actions that students could use in their project from members of the Zoo’s Green Team, which works to “green” the Zoo. Projects must be completed by August 3, 2012. Entries will be judged on their projects’ environmental impact, educational content and creativity. Along with the project, students will need to submit the following: a description of how the project educates others, documentation of up to 10 photos and/or a link to a video (five minutes maximum), a group photo of the team. Visit the Zoo’s sitefor more details, ideas and registration forms. Project Blue Planet is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Kiwi Magazine, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program.

EPA Launches Video Project Asking Americans Why “Water is Worth It” (Deadline: September 14)
2012 marks the 40th anniversary 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 40th anniversary 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, 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!


RESOURCES

Hurricane Season 2012-Preparing our Community Members
The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Department wants to remind you that the 2012 hurricane season begins June 1stand runs through November 30th. Attached is a one-page newsletter describing steps you can take to prepare your families as well as your clients, students, and parishioners for hurricane season. For more information, about preparing for hurricane season, contact: Karri Hobaica, MPH, Community Preparedness Outreach Coordinator, 504-599-0044, karri.hobaica@la.gov

Grant Resource Guide
EPA Region 6 has created a guide to assist community leaders, non-profits and tribes with identifying EPA resources that can support community efforts to protect and renew the environment and create a healthier and more sustainable future for their citizens. This guide can also be used by states, local governments and businesses to reach out to their communities and share information about EPA resources.
Grant Resource Guide(12pp,895KB, About PDF)
Grant Resource Brochure(2pp, 700KB, About PDF)

EPA and Department of Veterans Affairs to Connect Veterans with Jobs in Water Sectors
The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have announced a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in the water and wastewater sectors – such as at wastewater plants and drinking water facilities – as part of EPA’s Water Sector Workforce Initiative. This effort will be beneficial to both the environment and economy as clean water and job placement for veterans are top priorities of the Obama Administration. The agreement allows EPA and VA to connect qualified veteran employees with staffing needs at water and wastewater utilities. EPA and the VA will work with water utilities, states and local VA counselors to promote water sector careers and resources for finding water jobs for veterans and as well as will provide  educational programs to help veterans transition into careers in water industries. More than one-third of all current water operators are eligible to retire within seven years and, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for water and wastewater operators is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the national average for all other occupations. EPA sees the need to invest now in creating a pipeline of future water sector professionals to fill these essential water sector careers. For more on EPA’s water sector initiatives and to view a copy of the memorandum of understanding:  http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/ws_workforce.cfm. For more about the VA connecting qualified veterans with employer needs: http://www.vetsuccess.gov/.

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 Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/29/2012

 

May 29, 2012 – The next meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will be next Tuesday, June 5, in New Orleans at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center in Suite 210.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1.   Roll Call

2.    Approval of April 3, 2012 minutes

3.    Treasury Report

       a.   Oyster Tag Sales

       b.   LOTF Financial Report

4.   Committee Reports

       a.     Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)

       b.     Enforcement  - (Steve McManus)

       c.     Legislative -  (Jakov Jurisic)

       d.     Research – (John Supan)

       e.     Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

       f.      Marketing -

       g.     Health – (Tenney Sibley)

5.   Old Business

        a.    BP Oil Spill Remediation

                 i.   Claims Process

                 ii.   Public Reef Remediation

                 iii.  Oyster Lease Remediation

         b.    2012 Legislative Update

         c.    Update on Refrigeration Requirements and Compliance with the NSSP (DHH)

6.   New Business

           a.    Drue Banta- update on NRDA process.

           b.    Tom Soniat- Dermo study

7.   Set Next Meeting

8.   Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

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.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/29/2012

 

May 29, 2012 - The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Building located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes from January 10, 2012 Meeting

2. Hearing of New Appeals

            a. Curtis J. Alfonso

3. Discussion of Act 85 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session

4. Set next meeting date

5. Adjourn

This board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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 Ty Lindsey at (225) 765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Agents Arrest Iberia Parish Man for Crab and Motor Theft

Release Date: 05/29/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a New Iberia Man for allegedly stealing crabs and a boat motor.

Agents arrested Patrick D. Bourgeois, 42, for removing crabs from traps in Vermilion Bay, failing to have a commercial license, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or vessel license, and possessing over 20 percent of undersized crabs on May 10.  Commercial crab fishermen are allowed to keep 10 percent of their undersized crab catch of crabs less than 5 inches.

Agents were working the Vermilion Bay area after receiving complaints of someone stealing crabs and traps from commercial fishermen.  Agents allegedly observed Bourgeois removing and possessing 198 pounds of crabs from traps belonging to other commercial fishermen.

Crab theft and possession of 10 percent of undersized crabs each carry a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking fish without a commercial license, gear license and vessel license each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Bourgeois was also found to be in possession of an outboard with serial numbers that were removed.  Agents were able to allegedly determine that the outboard belonged to one of Bourgeois’ neighbors that lived several houses down in New Iberia. 

On May 16, agents executed an arrest warrant and booked Bourgeois in to the Iberia Parish jail for the felony possession of stolen things.  The penalty for this charge is up to a $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Mitch Darby, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Brian Theriot and Senior Agent David Boudreaux.

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

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