Events, Grants, Programs, and Resources

EVENTS

Plasma Arc Technology Community Forum – June 16th
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University is sponsoring a Community Forum.
          -Get an up-to-date analysis of the recent Sun Energy proposal.
          -Learn more about adverse health and environmental impacts of the proposed facility.
          -Get information on recent case studies.
The Community Forum will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Dillard University, Professional Schools Building, Room 135, at 6:30 pm. Please see attachment for more information.

National Ocean Policy- Gulf of Mexico Listening Session- June 27
          The National Ocean Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would like to invite you to the National Ocean Policy - Gulf of Mexico Regional Listening Session. The listening session will begin with a plenary session that will provide a general overview of the National Ocean Policy and strategic action plan outlines. The plenary will be followed by concurrent breakout sessions where in-person participants will be able to provide comments about the outlines.
          Pre-registration is highly encouraged and will close on Saturday, June 25, 2011. On-site registration will be available on Monday, June 27, 2011 starting at 4:30 pm. The meeting space is fully accessible.  If you have special needs or require translation, please let us know.
Please register at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lpkzsjfab&oeidk=a07e439vw6d39237ad9
The strategic action plan outlines can be downloaded at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans.sap
For the agenda and more information on the Regional Listening Session, or to provide your comments online, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/26/share-your-ideas-national-ocean-council-listening-session-near-you

Climate survey from CLiPSE
          The Climate Literacy Partnership for the Southeast (CLiPSE) is conducting a Climate Stewardship Survey (CSS) as part of their endeavor to gather information about what people in the Southeastern U.S. think and know about the climate and environmental stewardship. Please go online to anonymously complete this 10-minute survey found at:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/523231/Climate-Stewardship-Survey
We encourage you to publish this Web address in your newsletters, bulletins, etc. The survey will close at 11:59 pm, Sunday, July 10.


GRANTS

FY2012 Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (PCM HAB) Program Request for Proposals
          The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce a competition for research funding under the Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (PCM HAB) Program. Under this competition, NOAA seeks to advance research on mitigating the effect of harmful algal blooms, or HABs, which is a growing problem affecting our nation’s coastal and Great lakes ecosystems. HABs can result in a number of social, economic and ecological problems, such as contaminated seafood and drinking water, the mortality of fish and wildlife, negative public health outcomes, and costly economic impacts to coastal and Great Lakes communities. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA will support research that improves assessment of the societal and economic impacts of HABs, or determines the costs and benefits of management strategies used to mitigate, control or prevent outbreaks.
          To view the full request for proposals please visit www.grants.gov and search for Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2012-2002987. Please direct questions about the PCM HAB Program or funding competition to Dr. Quay Dortch, Program Coordinator, Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB), by phone at 301-713-3338 ext 157 or by email at Quay.Dortch@noaa.gov. Additional program information can be viewed online at: http://www.cop.noaa.gov/stressors/extremeevents/hab/default.aspx

Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, Fiscal Year 2012, National Competitive Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Programs
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=lhY1NpmTrnXT15LrW4Ppl8ZPLw4rllmP7p76LNhJZwNtB8y0xv0y!-574933939?oppId=96835&mode=VIEW
Please see attachment for information.


PROGRAMS

Training Opportunity: Coastal Community Resilience Index – July 27th-28th
          The Gulf of Mexico Alliance invites you to a training of facilitators for the Resilience Index. The Index is a simple self-assessment tool communities can use to examine their preparedness for tropical events. Trained facilitators will lead community leaders through the Index and guide valuable discussions about preparedness and resilience. Training will be held at the Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center, Lafayette, LA (646 Cajun Dome Blvd Suite 127) for Sea Grant agents, Extension agents, NERRs, NEPs, and other organizations.
In addition to providing key resources to the communities you serve, participation in the implantation of the Index may satisfy strategic planning tasks related to community resiliency in your organization.
          Registration is FREE. **Travel funds are available. Please contact us if you require travel funding to participate.** To register for this workshop, contact Jody Thompson jody.thompson@auburn.edu by Wednesday, July 13, 2011. For more information about the Index, visit www.masgc.org/ri
          This workshop is made possible by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf of Mexico Program, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Gulf Sea Grant, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center. Many thanks to Louisiana Sea Grant, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Texas Sea Grant, Gulf Coast Services Center, National Estuarine Research Reserves Coastal Training Program, University of Florida College of Law, Florida Sea Grant, Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, and Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Please see attachment for more information.


RESOURCES

CWPPRA Releases New Video
We invite you to take a look at our newest video: http://youtu.be/vLB8KX3QKLo
          Over the past 20 year, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) has been dedicated to planning and implementing projects along coastal Louisiana in efforts to preserve a national treasure – Louisiana’s land and future.
          To date, we have successfully completed 91 projects; have 11 projects under construction and 47 projects in the engineering and design phase. Currently there are 149 total active CWPPRA projects in coastal Louisiana. We attribute this great success to the public, local governments, and the partnering federal agencies that work together with the State to construct and maintain these projects.
          Our continued success would not be possible without public support and education about the volatile state of wetland areas. The key to our future can be summed up with one word, numbers. The greater number of people that have knowledge of what is going on and how it will impact our future and the future of generations to come, the better chance we have at protecting and preserving Louisiana’s wetlands.
Thank you for your support and enjoy the video! The CWPPRA Public Outreach Team

Gulf Alliance Offers “Dead Zone” Information
Biloxi, MS-June 14, 2011- Recent record flooding on the Mississippi River has devastated dozens of communities by destroying homes, businesses, and farm land. Scientists are now concerned that this additional water from acres of flooded, fertilized farm land will have negative impacts on the Gulf of Mexico. Water that runs off of farm lands contains excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from a number of sources which contribute to the creation of the “Dead Zone”, an annual phenomenon in the Gulf.
          Every summer, this Dead Zone occurs in the Gulf when the oxygen in the water gets so low that fish and other marine life either swim away or die. Low oxygen, or hypoxia, happens as nutrient-rich freshwater from the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya rivers flow into the Gulf at the same time as the surface waters of the Gulf become very warm. The Gulf Dead Zone is the largest hypoxic area in the United States. Even without record-setting floods, the Dead Zone has been measured by scientists to be larger than the size of New Jersey in recent years. A larger than average Dead Zone threatens valuable commercial and recreational Gulf fisheries.
          Healthy and productive Gulf fisheries support strong communities and a regional economy. That’s why the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and its partners created THE PRIMER ON GULF OF MEXICO HYPOXIA (http://gulfofmexicoalliance.org/pdfs/Primer_on_Hypoxia_in_the_Gulf_of_Mexico.pdf). The Alliance is committed to developing and implementing strategies that reduce nutrient inputs and hypoxia. The Primer was published in conjunction with Alliance partners including the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, and the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. The publication includes common questions and answers about hypoxia, such as what it is, what causes it, and what can be done about it.
          The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance’s mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, educators and non-governmental organizations. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water quality, habitat conservation, ecosystem assessment, nutrient impacts, community resilience and environmental education. To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/.