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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.

Allen Parish Resident Arrested for Second Offense Alligator Violation

Release Date: 05/25/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Basile man for an alleged alligator violation on May 21 in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Michael R. Gaspard, 18, for second offense taking or possessing an alligator during a closed season, operating an unregistered motor vehicle without insurance and booked him into the Allen Parish Jail.

Senior Agent Wendel Vaughn allegedly observed Gaspard load a 5-foot alligator, which he caught on the Calcasieu River, into the extended cab portion of a small white truck.  When Senior Agent Vaughn approached the vehicle he found the alligator behind the front seat with a hook and line still in its mouth.  Gaspard and a 15-year-old juvenile admitted to catching the alligator.

Senior Agent Vaughn ran Gaspard’s record and discovered that he was issued citations by LDWF Agents on Jan. 26, 2012 for the possession of alligators during a closed season.  The juvenile was issued a citation for taking or possessing an alligator during a closed season and released to a family member. 

Gaspard and the juvenile each face fines ranging from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for possessing an alligator during a closed season.  Operating a motor vehicle without a registration brings a fine up to $100 and up to 30 days in jail.  Operating a vehicle without insurance carries a $50 fine. Gaspard was also charged civil restitution value of the alligator totaling $375.80.

Alligator season in Allen Parish runs from the first Wednesday in September and stays open for 30 days.

Gaspard’s trial date for his first offense of possessing an alligator during a closed season has been set for July.

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

Two Florida Men Cited for Fishing Violations

Release Date: 05/25/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Florida men for alleged fishing violations on May 18 near Fourchon in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Roberto C. Arenas, 51, and Lucio Alamo, 60, for possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water, taking and possessing undersized red drum and black drum, intentional littering, angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses and obtaining licenses by fraud.

After receiving a complaint of illegal fishing and littering violations, agents setup surveillance and allegedly observed Arenas and Alamo catching and keeping undersized red drum and throwing beer cans in the marsh off of Hwy. 1 near Fourchon.

Agents found Arenas and Alamo to be in possession of 24 red drum and two black drum all under the 16 inch minimum size requirement, and two sheepshead.  Agents also discovered that both subjects possessed Louisiana basic and saltwater fishing licenses that they purchased illegally with a Louisiana ID, as they are residents of the state of Florida with Florida driver’s licenses.

Possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking and possessing undersized red and black drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.  Angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, and Sr. Agents Doug Danna and Thomas Wolf.

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

Recreational Fishing and Hunting Licenses Expire June 30

Release Date: 05/24/2012

May 24, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind recreational anglers and hunters that the 2011-2012 licenses will expire on June 30.  Licenses for the 2012-2013 seasons become available for purchase on June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2013.
 
Recreational fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased in several ways.  They may be purchased online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses, by calling 1-888-765-2602, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville and Monroe.  Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online or by phone are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or E-Check.
 
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 on fishing and hunting licenses, contact Janis Landry at 225-765-2881 or jlandry@wlf.louisiana.gov.

 

LDWF Summer Day Camp Registration Closes on Friday, May 25

Release Date: 05/23/2012

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) still have available spots open for both of their Summer Day Camps this summer for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

The camps will be held from June 25-29 and again from July 23-27.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp2012 by this Friday, May 25.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.

LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.  Cabela's in Gonzales donated rod and reel combo sets, and Academy Sports and Outdoors has donated water bottles for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

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

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival
The Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up!  Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
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.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Aerosol Entrainment and Boundary Layer CCN: Transport and Teleconnections in the Free Troposphere; Speaker(s): Antony Clarke (University of Hawaii); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Ocean-related Commitments at the Rio+20 Conference; Speaker(s): Susan Lieberman (Pew Environment Group); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 29: Processing Large Data Streams Using Massive Online Collaboration; Speaker(s): Benjamin L. Richards (NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Acoustic Tracking and Characterization of Tornadoes; Speaker(s): Joseph Park (NOS/CO-OPS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Exploring the "Background" Variability of Stratospheric Aerosol Observed by Ground Based Lidar; Speaker(s): Ryan Neely (University of Colorado CIRES/ATOC & NOAA ESRL); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS/OCRM); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: 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
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Long-term Restoration Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects; Speaker(s): Rachel Stevens (Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Center for Planning Excellence to Offer Workshops in Houma and Lafayette (June 6 & 7)
The Center for Planning Excellence, in conjunction with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors, is conducting workshops in Houma and Lafayette to introduce best practices and development standards as they relate to coastal land loss in Louisiana communities. Participants will get an overview of the “Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana” and the “Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit,” then have a chance to apply them in a mapping exercise. Information will be presented about international, national and local best practices for development that focus on hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in coastal areas. These resources can assist communities by providing guidance on how to reduce the risk of flooding by protecting infrastructure before a storm and managing excess stormwater right where it falls. The Houma workshop is June 6, followed by the Lafayette workshop June 7.  To register, click here.

Navigating in Rough Seas: Public Issues and Conflict Management
July 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Disaster Response Center, Mobile, AL 36608

NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve invite you to attend this two-day training where you will learn techniques to reduce conflict and enhance communication between diverse groups with multiple perspectives. On Day 2, a panel of local media experts will reveal tips on how to get your story covered as well as ways to improve your organization’s working relationship with the media. Details are included in the attached flyer. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Gohres at Amy.Gohres@noaa.gov or (206) 327-0807.

Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project
Louisiana Sea Grant is looking for teachers to participate in an oral history project in coastal parishes throughout the 2012-2013 school year!
        Sea Grant is interested in documenting how environmental changes have affected the cultures of peoples living along the Louisiana coast. The goal is to study, through oral history, coastal communities whose culture, society, and livelihood are being threatened by subsidence and sea level rise, and in the process to teach students in these communities how to conduct interviews, transcribe, and ask thoughtful questions and actively listen to the answers. The ultimate product will be short clips of the audio with a visual (film, slideshow, etc.) of the most moving, informative, or inspiring parts of each interview to be displayed for easy access by everyone in each community. Selected interviews will be posted on Sea Grant’s website and all interviews will be archived at LSU’s Oral History Center at Hill Memorial Library.
        This one-year project will be implemented in three high schools with 2-3 collaborative teachers at each school. All interviewing equipment, a class computer, supplies and technical assistance will be provided. Candidates who are selected to participate will attend workshops to learn about coastal issues, interviewing, and preserving oral histories, and to work with other teachers involved in the project.
        If interested please fill out the attached application, and either email or fax it to Darcy Wilkins at (225) 578- 5938 or Darcyw@lsu.edu.


GRANTS

Tidal Hydrology Restoration Funding Opportunity (Deadline: August 17)
Funding available for restoration projects in Gulf, estuaries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have announced a request for proposals for a grant competition to fund tidal hydrology restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 17, 2012. Go to http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration for submission details. During the last competition, three projects were selected for funding. Learn more about those projects at http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration/funded.htm or see the attached below.


RESOURCES

Explore the Science Behind Nature's Fantastic Factory
Help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can keep nature running strong. The Nature Conservancy and its scientists have partnered with Discovery Education to create Nature Works Everywhere, a new online program that gives teachers, students and families the tools needed to start exploring and understanding nature's fantastic factory:
Conservation Connection Game - an interactive online game where students discover the surprising connections between everyday items and nature's resources.
Interactive Lesson Plans - topics include pollinators, sustainable forestry, coastal erosion and much more. Perfect for use on a white board.
Engaging Video Tour - see how nature really works to benefit us and how we can preserve nature.
Meet the Scientists - introduce your class to scientists who are working to keep nature productive.
Visit Nature Works Everywhere to bring the science and wonder of nature's fantastic factory to your students.

Free e-books available from the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network
The Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CliZEN) is pleased to announce the release of our eBook and Audience Survey Report, both available at clizen.org.
        Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums, a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.Download today: http://clizen.org/e-book.html
        Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors reports on the findings of a summer 2011 survey conducted at 15 zoos and aquariums. The results reveal that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals. Download today: http://clizen.org/survey.html

Guides for Integrating STEM and Environmental Education
The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies released the following free downloadable guides that integrate environmental and STEM education processes. PEI website: www.pacificeducationinstitute.org
        •  Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
        •  Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
        •  Landscape Investigation Guidelines
        •  Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
        •  Sustainable Tomorrow–Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
        •   The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Louisiana Senate voted 94-0 to approve the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year strategic plan to address coastal restoration in Louisiana. This vote was the final hurdle in the plan’s legislative approval process. By law, Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan must be updated every five years and ratified by the Louisiana Legislature. The 2012 version is the most detailed plan yet for addressing a wide range of coastal issues. Its coordinated, science-based approach to restoration far exceeds the content and scope of previous plans. CRCL was a part of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan’s construction, serving on the Framework Development Team, which played a vital role in creating the final version of the Master Plan. For more information on how the 2012 Coastal Master Plan came to be, its content, and the approval process, visit: coastcurrents.org blog. A four-part series, Coastal Master Plan 101 explains the plan in detail. To view the 2012 Master Plan in its final (and now official) form, click here.

Link to listings of green economy jobs is the Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://lwc.laworks.net/sites/lmi/GreenJobs/Pages/GreenEconomy.aspx

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

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