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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


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



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.



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!


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