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Terrebonne Parish Man Cited for Filing False Boat Registration

Release Date: 12/08/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged boat registration violations in East Baton Rouge Parish on Dec. 6, 2011.

LDWF Strike Force and Undercover agents cited Chad Sagona, 36, for possessing a motorboat with an altered hull identification number and an outboard motor with altered serial number.  Agents also cited Sagona for injuring and filing false public records for his attempt to illegally register a boat.

Undercover agents answered an Internet classified ad in reference to a subject wanting to purchase a Louisiana boat registration for a vessel that could not receive a legal registration.  Undercover agents made contact with Sagona and sold him a false registration.

Sagona allegedly registered the vessel in his name with the false registration.  Agents seized the vessel along with a Yamaha outboard motor and boat trailer.

Filing false and injuring public records brings up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for each offense.  If found guilty of altering a hull identification number and outboard serial number, Sagona faces a $50 fine for each charge and forfeiture of his boat and motor.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Agent Jake Darden and LDWF undercover agents.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Franklin Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

Release Date: 12/08/2011

 

A Franklin man pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 in the Lafayette Division of the Western District Federal Court of Louisiana to alligator charges.

Federal Magistrate Michael Hill sentenced Daniel A. Edgar, 62, to pay a $2,000 fine for pleading guilty to taking alligators from an unapproved area.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Edgar on Sept. 7, 2006 in Iberia and St. Martin parishes for running alligator lines set in areas in the Atchafalaya Basin.  Edgar did not have alligator tags for where his alligator lines were set.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Walker prosecuted the case.  LDWF agents participating in the case were Sgt. James Rhodes, Sgt. Ronald Hebert, Senior Agent Donnie Bozeman and Senior Agent Jerry Stassi.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants! Plus Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars, Seminars, Resources, Events

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

GRANTS

Donors Choose
This grant program allows educators to create project requests. These requests are funded by individuals based on interest and merit. Grant recipients are required to create a presentation on how the funds were spent. To request funds for a project you must work at least 75 percent of the time with students. A "thank you" package template is provided on the website to thank each contributing donor. Application Website: donorschoose.org

Grants.gov
Grants.gov was created as part of the E-Grants Initiative in 2002. The website provides access to over 1,000 federal grant programs with around $500 billion in annual awards. Independent school districts are eligible to apply for these grants as well as public and private colleges and universities. Signing up on the site will enable you to receive notification of future eligible grants. Application Website: grants.gov

Home Depot 2012 Youth Garden Grants (Deadline: December 11)
Apply now for the 2012 Youth Garden Grant, sponsored by The Home Depot Garden Club. 100 programs will be selected. Thanks to the generosity of The Home Depot Garden Club, 5 winners will receive gift cards valued at $1,000, and 95 winners will receive $500 gift cards, for the purchase of gardening materials and supplies specific to the needs of their program from their local Home Depot store. Application Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/2012-youth-garden-grants-1

Great American Can Roundup School Challenge (Deadline: December 15)
The Can Manufacturer's Institute is awarding $1,000 to schools in each state and the District of Columbia recycling the most aluminum cans per student and an additional $5,000 to the top per capita recycling school nationwide. Application Website: http://www.cancentral.com/roundup/

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (Deadline: December 30)
The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Program, a partnership between the CEQ and the EPA, recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Two teachers from each EPA region will be selected to receive the award. The deadline for application is December 30, 2011. Application Website: http://www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward/

National Youth Fishing and Boating Grants (Deadline: December 30)
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing participation in fishing, boating, and aquatic stewardship. The National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering boating and fishing education grants for programs which introduce boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Youth focused boating, fishing, and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply. The deadline for application is December 30, 2011. Application Website: http://www.rbff.org/page.cfm?pageID=376

School Garden Grants (Deadline: December 31)
School Garden Grants School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Learning about the process of growing food helps children develop a deep understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. School garden grant applications will be accepted through 5pm CST, December 31, 2011. Learn more about the application process at: http://wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php

Are You an Eco-Hero? (Deadline: January 15, 2012)
Action for Nature is proud to honor the work of young people between the ages of 8 and 16 who have done creative environmental projects. The winners of AFN’s International Young Eco-Hero Awards program receive a cash prize and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on our Web site and elsewhere. This is a great chance for you to share your environmental activism and creative work. We look forward to again supporting young people from all around the world working to save our planet. Please visit: http://www.actionfornature.org/eco-hero-awards

YSA Grants (Youth Service America) – Open Grant Programs
Sodexo Youth Grants - $500
: YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). We’re looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community. Deadline: January 17, 2012
J-Serve 2012 Micro-Grants: Through the generosity of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and in an effort to empower communities around the world to participate and grow their J-Serve effort, grants are available for J-Serve 2012 - April 22, 2012. 
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Middle School Students Sustainable Future Challenge (Deadline: February 14, 2012)
The I-SWEEEP 3E Sustainable Future Challenge is a national contest for middle school students that aim to create a platform for young researchers in which they present their innovative projects to take on today’s challenges in energy, engineering, and environment. Application Website: http://www.isweeep.org/3e-contest

Toolbox For Education (Deadline: February 17, 2012)
This grant program is funded by the Lowe's corporation and assists more than 1,000 public schools per year. The grant focuses on project requests that permanently improve facilities or involve landscaping and cleanup. The grants range from $2,000 to $5,000 and only ten percent of the funds may be used for labor, installation, consultation and delivery. Application Website: toolboxforeducation.com

NFWF Invites Applications for Five Star Restoration Grant Program (Deadline: February 15, 2012)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Southern Company, and FedEx, are accepting applications for the Five Star Restoration Grant Program. Five Star provides funding to support community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects that build partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities. The average grant award is expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2012. Visit the NFWF website for the complete Request for Proposals, application procedures, and information about upcoming webinars for applicants.

Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens (Deadline: March 1, 2012)
The grant is sponsored by the Mantis Corporation for charitable and non-profit education programs. The grant provides 25 organizations with a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with choice of gas-powered or electric motor. The tiller may not be used as a prize for fund-raising and winners must fill out an impact and eligibility form. Application Website: kidsgardening.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Elmer's Island Habitat Restoration - December 10th-15th - 10 am to 3 pm 
Elmer's Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge for migrating and nesting birds, wildlife, and planned habitat restoration.
Habitat Restoration: Sand fences to facilitate dune building and the planting of native vegetation to enhance shoreline protection provide habitat for migratory and native birds, and for our native fish and wildlife.
What to Bring and Expect: Dress for the weather and be prepared to be in direct sun and to get wet and muddy. Elmer’s Island is remote. There are no bathrooms. Pack a lunch or order food to pick up from a local restaurant. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a smile. If you prefer to wear gloves please bring a pair.
An introduction to coastal land loss and the role of grasses in restoration as well as all necessary equipment and training are provided. To register e-mail wetlandplantcenter@gmail.com


WEBINARS / SEMINARS

Digital Coast Webinar: Marshes on the Move (December 7)
The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) will host “Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands” as part of the Digital Coast webinar series from 2:00-3:00pm EST on December 7th. This webinar will help participants understand key considerations and questions to ask when presented with models and maps estimating the future condition and location of coastal wetlands in response to rising sea level. Participants will gain a basic understanding of some key parameters and uncertainties associated with these models; interact with technical specialists regarding real world implications of model results; and learn how modeling results can be incorporated into management initiatives. To register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html

Gulf of Mexico Restoration Support Tool Webinar (December 19)
Please join the Nature Conservancy on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm CST for a webinar on the utilization of GIS based support tool designed to inform conservation and restoration planning across the Gulf of Mexico. Topic: Mississippi Oyster Restoration. Restoration practitioners, federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, non-government conservation organization and anyone with an interest in GIS based support tools are encourage to attend. For more information, contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org

Digital Coast Webinar: Ocean Energy Planning w/ Marine Cadastre (January 4, 2012)
The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) will host “Supporting Ocean Energy Planning with the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre (MMC)” as part of the Digital Coast webinar series from 2:00-3:00pm EST on January 4th. In this webinar, participants will learn about the basics of marine cadastral data, see demonstrations of the MMC, and hear examples of how the MMC can be used to support ocean energy planning. To register, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar/index.html

One NOAA Science Seminars
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars; a joint voluntary effort by many NOAA offices to help share science across NOAA and our constituents. For questions, to join as a OneNOAA seminar partner, or to present a seminar, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA seminar partner. Seminars take place at different NOAA locations across the US. All seminars are open to anyone unless otherwise indicated. Click on the seminar titles (links below) to access details (location, time, remote access, etc) or visit http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/ for updated seminar information. 
December 2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Dec 07: Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands
Dec 08: NMFS's Role in Bycatch Reduction
Dec 14: A Sustainable Idea: Virginia Sea Grant's Seafood Education for the Culinary Community
Dec 14: The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI)
Dec 15: An Ecologist's Perspective on the Progress of Ecosystem-Based Management by the Fishery Management Councils
OneNOAA Science Seminars: January 2012
Jan 04: Supporting Ocean Energy Planning with the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre
Jan 17: Ocean Acidification Research at NOAA: What, Where and Why
Jan 18: Ensemble-Based Variational Assimilation Method to Incorporate Microwave Imager Data into a Cloud-Resolving Model

OneNOAA Science Seminar: Ocean Acidification Research (January 17, 2012)
At 1:00pm EST on January 17th, the NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) and Ocean Acidification Program will host “Ocean Acidification Research at NOAA: What, Where and Why” at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Jewett, Director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, will lead the seminar. Web and audio access will also be available for interested participants unable to attend in person. For more information about the seminar and how to participate, visit the One NOAA Science Seminar series website.


RESOURCES

New Children's Health EPA web-based resource directory for healthy child care
Healthy child care web-based resource directory: http://epa.gov/childcare/
This website was developed with three target audiences in mind: childcare providers, parents, and state and local agencies; the information it contains is arranged to be easily accessible for these three distinct audiences. On the web site are links to a wealth of information (fact sheets, PPTs, trainings, assessment tools, reports, prevention and intervention guidance, etc.) on asthma, chemical hazards, environmental tobacco smoke, green cleaning, indoor air quality, lead, mercury, mold, pesticides and plastics.

Gr 1-4 Teachers Love Loop Scoops! Environmental resource
Check out what elementary school teachers are saying about their classroom experiences with Loop Scoops, a collection of videos and lesson plans that help students think more deeply about the stuff that they use. "The children really connected to the Garbage video because they were able to think about stuff in their own room that may have been thrown away but now they have some options to consider." What's the most popular Loop Scoops video on Teachers' Domain? A short video called Happiness. It's guaranteed to make you smile.

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Final Ecosystem Restoration Strategy
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. EPA Administrator and Task Force Chair Lisa P. Jackson, joined by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman, made the announcement during keynote remarks at the 2011 State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston. The Task Force delivered the final strategy on Friday, Dec. 2 to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by executive order to continue the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the Gulf region.
More Info: http://www.epa.gov/gcertf/
Report: http://www.epa.gov/gcertf/pdfs/GulfCoastReport_Full_12-02_508.pdf


EVENTS

Call for Presentations – Louisiana Folklore Society 2012 Annual Meeting (Deadline: February 10, 2012)
Roots Rerouted: Tradition and Innovation in Louisiana Cultures
Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
The Louisiana Folklore Society invites proposals for papers and other types of presentations for its 2012 annual meeting. We welcome presentations on the conference theme and on any other folklore topics and Louisiana folk traditions. The Society is interested in hearing diverse voices; therefore, we encourage presentations on any subject by scholars, tradition bearers, folk artists, musicians, students, community leaders, community scholars, and others interested in local Louisiana cultures throughout the state and elsewhere. Typically, presentations last 20 minutes.
Abstract Submission: Please submit 250-word abstract (proposal/presentation description) by February 10, 2012 via email to clejeune@mcneese.edu or mail to Keagan LeJeune, English Dept., P. O. Box 92655, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 70609. Please note equipment needs.
For more information on the Louisiana Folklore Society, or to pre-register, see http://www.louisianafolklife.org/lafolkloresociety.html or call Keagan LeJeune at 337-475-5312 or email clejeune@mcneese.edu. All events related to the conference are open to the public.

 

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/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec
 

Parking on Interstate and Highway Shoulders Prohibited

Release Date: 12/06/2011

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that parking on shoulders and grassy areas along interstates and highways are illegal and strictly prohibited.

The Louisiana State Police are aware of an increasing number of vehicles that are being parked on roadway shoulders and grassy areas, particularly on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, during hunting season. 

The shoulders of the road are designed for emergency stopping only.  The parked vehicles pose a threat to motorists when they re-enter or exit the road and can be a hazard to motorists stopping for emergencies. 

Louisiana State Police is committed to ensuring safety on highways and interstates.  Owners of vehicles parked in prohibited areas may face traffic citation fines and have their vehicles towed at their expense.

If any hazardous situation is observed, the public is urged to call Louisiana State Police at *LSP (*577) from a cell phone.

For more information, contact LDWF Spokesman Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov; or the Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Unit at 225-754-8524.

Vernon Parish Man Arrested For Over Limit Of Deer

Release Date: 12/05/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Pitkin man on Nov. 13 for alleged wildlife violations on the Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) in Vernon Parish.

Agents arrested Joseph K. Baggett, 45, for three counts of taking illegal deer during open season, three counts of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season, three counts of taking over limit of deer, failing to wear a hunter's orange cap and intentional littering.  Baggett was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.

LDWF Enforcement Division Senior Agent Russell Brack began investigating Baggett after receiving a complaint from a concerned citizen on the morning of Nov. 12.

Brack made contact with Baggett and found that he had a six-point buck in his possession.  Brack also found that Baggett did not have a hunter’s orange cap in addition to his vest as required on public lands.  Baggett denied shooting at any antlerless deer at this time and he was cited and released for failing to wear a hunter's orange cap.

After further investigation, Brack and other LDWF agents were able to locate three dead doe deer located close to a deer stand that contained belongings with Baggett’s name.  Agents also found litter under the deer stand.  Agents again questioned Baggett on Nov. 13 about the three doe deer.  Baggett then admitted to agents to shooting several times at antlerless deer.  Agents seized a .243 Browning rifle for evidence.

Each count of taking an illegal deer during open season results in a fine between $500 and $750 and 15 to 30 days of jail.  Each count of possession of an illegally taken deer during open season brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Each count of taking over limit of deer carries a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing two wear the required hunter's orange cap brings a fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries a fine of $250 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement program.

Baggett is also responsible for paying civil restitution in the amount of $4,873.83 to LDWF for the illegally killed deer.

Lt. Bill Tyree and Sgt. Curt Belton assisted in the case.

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

Evangeline Parish Man Sentenced In Federal Court for Baited Field

Release Date: 12/01/2011

 

An Evangeline Parish man was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2011 in U.S. Court in Lafayette for migratory game bird violations.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Hanna sentenced Jody D. Fontenot, 42, of Ville Platte to pay a $550 fine, complete 50 hours of community service and one-year suspension of his hunting rights or until his 50 hours of community service was complete.  Fontenot pleaded guilty to hunting doves over a baited field and aiding and abetting others in taking doves over a baited field.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Fontenot in September of 2011 after receiving a complaint about a baited field near Jean Pierre Road in Evangeline Parish.

Agents went to the field on Sept. 3, 2011 and located rice that was distributed throughout the field.  Agents went back to the baited field owned by Fontenot on Sept. 4 and found the field being hunted by three adults and six juveniles including Fontenot.

Fontenot was found to be responsible for the placement of the bait.  Agents seized a total of 32 doves in the case.

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Howard Parker prosecuted the case.  Agents involved in the case were Lt. Jesse Savoie, Sgt. Scott D. Fontenot, Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Senior Agent Danon Maricle.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Grants, Education Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars, Workshops

 A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONTESTS

Get Green Video Contest - Two Weeks To Enter! (Deadline: December 8)
Planet Connect has partnered with Staples to host the third Get Green Video Contest, a national contest designed for high school students, aged 14 to 19, to display their creativity and environmental/STEM knowledge while helping to inspire the public and their peers. Prizes include cash, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Netbook, and an HD camcorder! This year’s Get Green Video Contest winners will also have the opportunity for their videos to be broadcast on national television, through the Eco Company TV show! The deadline to enter is 3 PM EST on December 8, 2011. 
For more details, including information on green cities and STEM, contest directions, rules and eligibility, the judging process, filmmaking guides and contest prizes, visit: http://www.planetconnect.org/getgreenvideocontest

The 2012 DuPont Challenge© is now open for entries! (Deadline: January 31)
The 2012 DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The DuPont Challenge© has two primary objectives: to help increase science literacy among students and to motivate them to excel communicating scientific ideas. Students may write a 700 to 1,000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. All essays must be submitted through the official online Entry Form.

Nominations Sought For Top Conservation Awards (Deadline: February 1)
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is now accepting nominations for the 48th Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations who make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until February 1, 2012. The awards will be presented on March 10, 2012 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 73rd annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center in Covington, Louisiana. More details of the program, including rules, descriptions of award categories, a nomination form and tips on submitting a nomination are posted on the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org along with a “model” nomination that prospective participants can consult. Interested people can also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, for more information.

Louisiana Young Heroes Competition Underway (Deadline: February 3)
Nominations are now being taken for the 2012 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school or homeschooled and cannot be older than 19 years of age. The awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, have served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the LPB website (www.lpb.org/heroes) or submitted through the online form. Letters of recognition and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. The deadline for entries is February 3, 2012. Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 18, 2012. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. The day will culminate in a banquet that night in Baton Rouge. For more information, call Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276.
 

GRANTS

EPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants (Deadline: January 23, 2012)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents. Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding. Deadline for submitting proposals: January 23, 2012. Two webinars about this funding opportunity: December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.
For more information on EPA's Urban Waters program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters
For more information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, visit: http://urbanwaters.gov

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

TIDES Masters Program Call for Applicants
The NERRS Science Collaborative is issuing a call for applicants to TIDES, the new professional Masters program at the University of New Hampshire. The goal of TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystem Science) is to enhance the ability of coastal professionals to effectively link coastal and estuarine science to decision making. The emphasis of the program is on setting up and managing collaborative partnerships from the earliest stage of knowledge generation and throughout the research process. Please read more about TIDES in the attached PDF document.

Louisiology Radio Show on 2011 MS Flood
Louisiology is a one hour, monthly radio program featuring the science behind Louisiana's environmental and coastal issues. It is produced by students in the LSU School of Coast and Environmental and the LSU School of Renewable and Natural Resources and sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant. Louisiology – airs on Baton Rouge Community Radio, 96.9 FM
Episode 1: This first episode covers the 2011 Mississippi River flood and the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. It features interviews with Dr. Sibel Bargu, graduate students Emily Smith and Eric Roy, as well as Dr. Clint Wilson from LSU Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Chris Brantley from the USACE.   

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed! Cypress Tree Planting at Jean Lafitte National Park’s Barataria Preserve (December 8)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Jean Lafitte National Park invite you to participate in a cypress planting project along the Bayou Segnette Waterway in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. The objective of the project is to protect marsh ecosystems from erosion threats and from invasion by the exotic Chinese tallow tree. The restored marsh will also provide critical habit for wildlife. Volunteers will plant 800 cypress trees during this two-day event. We are also looking for volunteers to unload and transport trees when they are delivered the day before the planting event. We will need volunteers to help unload the trees from an 18 wheeler truck and transport them, by boat, a short distance up a canal and unload them at the planting site.
Transporting Cypress Trees: Thursday, December 8, 9:00 am to no later than 3:00 pm
Planting Cypress Trees: Friday December 9th from 9:00 am to no later than 4:30 pm
                                           Saturday December 10thth from 9:00 am to no later than 4:30 pm
Location: Barataria Preserve Education Center: 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072
Volunteers can register for one day or all three days. All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Register online at www.crcl.org or by calling (888) LACOAST

WEBINARS

generationOn Webinar – Walking the Walk: Spotlight on Action (December 1, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Join generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, for a free service-learning webinar designed especially for educators. During this webinar, which focuses the action phase of service-learning, you will:
•   learn about the different types of service and their impact on students and the community.
•   hear from special guest Ryan Steuer from Decatur Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana on how service takes his students' project-based learning to the next level.
•   have the opportunity to share your own action stories with our national audience.
•   find out how to access and apply for mini-grants to help fund your service projects.
•   leave with practical tips, ideas and resources to help you meet your short, medium and long-term goals
Click here to register today! Please contact Davida Gatlin (dgatlin@generationon.org) with any questions.

WORKSHOPS

CRMS, SONRIS Website Training (December 6)
Join members of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for a training session and presentation on how to use: the CWPPRA Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) website and the CPRA/LDNR SONRIS website.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 9:30am to 11:30am
LaSalle Building (11th Floor I.T. Training Room), 617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This training will present recent updates to these websites and will also demonstrate ways of downloading restoration project monitoring data, engineering data, geospatial data, and other information. Space is limited, so we are asking that organizations designate no more than two or three representatives to attend the training. Please RSVP! Please contact Chris Robertson at christopher.robertson@LA.gov or (225) 342-0241 with a list of participants from your organization no later than Tuesday, November 29th, 2011.

UNO CERF Educators' Workshop - Coastal Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy (December 10)
Join in on an educators' workshop on Saturday December 10 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) at Chef Menteur Pass in eastern Orleans Parish. The workshop is sponsored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences and will focus on how best to introduce the "Multiple Lines of Defense" approach to coastal restoration and protection to elementary, middle and high school students. Explore several activities designed to get students thinking about ways people who live in the Greater New Orleans area can and should be protected and protect themselves from hurricane storm surges and flooding. The Multiple Lines of Defense strategy for coastal restoration and protection was introduced after Hurricane Katrina by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. You can read more at http://www.saveourlake.org/multiple-lines-of-defense.php
For more information or to register, contact Dinah Maygarden, 504-280-1374, dmaygard@uno.edu.

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/

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

 

Two Men Cited For Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/17/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 16.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Lee W. Pierce, 38, and Clay W. Mazyck Jr., 42, both of New Orleans, for taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout in the Jefferson Lake Diversion in Point a la Hache.

After receiving a complaint and conducting surveillance in the area, Sgt. Young observed the two men actively fishing and then leaving the area.  Sgt. Young stopped them at the boat launch and found them in possession of 99 spotted seatrout and 15 red drum.  The daily limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person per day, and the daily limit for red drum is 5 fish per person per day.

"This time of year agents spend most of their time in the woods monitoring hunting activity.  However, this case and others like it prove why it is important to continue to have a presence on the water enforcing fishing regulations in the fall and winter months," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout each carry a maximum fine of $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs for each offense.  In addition, both men could be required to pay civil restitution for the illegally taken fish.

All of the fish were seized and donated to charity as per department policy. 

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Workshop, Contests, Resources, Lagniappe, Job Announcement

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Community Oil Spill Public Forum (November 19)
The Central Gulf of Mexico Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), housed at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL) is partnering with Louisiana Sea Grant, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center to offer a Community Oil Spill Forum at each location on Saturday, November 19th.
          One and one half years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill began in 5000 feet of water off the southeast coast of Louisiana, many questions remain about the effects of this catastrophe. The Community Oil Spill Forum has been designed to address some of these questions for members of the general public, including adults and their children over the age of 12. Classroom teachers who attend will earn continuing learning units (CLUs). The event will feature presentations by scientists geared to a general level of understanding, an opportunity to ask questions of the scientists and activities that will clarify aspects of the oil spill – specifically seafood tasting and turtle rehabilitation.
           The event will be a videoconference among the three partner sites with all speakers presenting to and answering questions asked at all sites. Speakers at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge include resident scientists: Dr. Ed Overton will provide an overview of the oil spill event.  Dr. Julie Anderson will discuss dispersant use. Dr. Lucina Lampila will explain the current knowledge regarding seafood safety. At the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Ms. Suzanne Smith, of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, will discuss rehabilitation of large animals. At Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport, Dr. Jessie Kastler, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and producer of SpillScience.com, will summarize lessons of the oil spill and how science uncovers them.
          Registration for this event is strongly encouraged because space in videoconferencing facilities at each location is limited. Links to register at each location and more information about the event are available at http://cosee-central-gom.org/community_forum_la.htm. Contact Dianne Lindstedt at Louisiana Sea Grant, 225-578-1558, lsged@lsu.edu; Tricia LeBlanc at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 504-378-2675, tleblanc@auduboninstitute.org; or Michele McKee at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, mmckee@sciport.org, (318) 424-8688, for more information. 

First Annual Nutria Rodeo (December 3)
Sassafras, Louisiana is very proud to announce that it will host the First Annual Nutria Rodeo on December 3rd, 2011! The Nutria Rodeo is an effort to bring much needed attention to invasive species populations found in southern Louisiana, and will be set up similar to a fishing rodeo but with a creative twist. Each participant must follow all federal and state hunting laws and will be required to purchase a ticket prior to weighing in nutria, coyote, Asian carp, or feral swine. The Hurricane Levee Band will be playing most of the day and Cajun food will be sold. T-shirts are on sale now for $15 and tickets for $10.  If you are interested in being an exhibitor for the First Annual Nutria Rodeo please fill out the attached registration form and mail it to our address or email it to Alex Naquin alexnaquin@sassafrasla.org or call 985-696-0529 for more information.


WORKSHOP

FREE Educator Workshop (Deadline: November 18)
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is hosting another great NOAA Ocean Explorer professional development workshop! This new workshop, “Why Do We Explore?” will be held on Saturday, December 3, and is open to all 5-12th grade educators. Wonderful new classroom and interactive materials will be distributed, and educators who attend the full day will also receive a $50 stipend. Please see the attached flyer for complete workshop details and registration form. Applications can be emailed or faxed directly to Sara E Johnson, or sent via usps. To register, or if you have any questions, contact: Sara Johnson at (251) 861-2141 x7515 or sejohnson@disl.org


CONTESTS

"Document Your Environment" Contest for Students (Deadline: January 6, 2012)
The National Archives in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a student multimedia contest, "Document Your Environment".  Drawing inspiration from a collection of environmental photos from the 1970s, this contest invites students ages 13 to 18, college, and graduate students to create any type of graphic art, a short video, or a poem using a Documerica photo as a prompt. The grand prize for this contest will be $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives. The contest is hosted on challenge.gov, the federal government's online challenge platform. Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2011 to January 6, 2012. Finalists and the grand prize winner will be announced in February 2012. Finalists may be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the National Archives and a traveling exhibit with the EPA.
View contest details online at: http://documerica.challenge.gov/
Documerica Photos on National Archives Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/collections/72157620729903309/
Documerica photos online in National Archives Online Public Access (OPA): http://research.archives.gov/search?expression=parent-id-lnk%3A542493+lod-display-lnk%3AItem&pg_src=brief&data-source=selected-archival-data-records&data-source=archival-descriptions-with-digital-objects
Environmental Protection Agency's State of the Environment Project: http://blog.epa.gov/epplocations/

Accept the Biology Challenge: Become part of the USA Biology Olympiad (Deadline: February 3, 2012)
The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is the premiere US biology competition for high school students. After two rounds of challenging exams, 20 students are invited to a residential training program at Purdue University where they experience labs and lectures with advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills. The top four students go on to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Singapore July 8 to 15, 2012. Online registration is open from October 24, 2011 to February 3, 2012 at http://www.usabo-trc.org. For more information on how your students may participate in the USABO, please contact Kathy Frame at kframe@cee.org.
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RESOURCES

Announcing EPA’s New Student Blog
http://blog.epa.gov/students/
Teachers, students, parents, tell us your favorite website about nature, plants, or water. We might write a blog about it. We can help you get started writing your own blog entry about an environmental service project. This blog is a place where you can read about what kids are doing to protect the environment. You will also read about contests and cool environmental sites. Comment on our posts and tell us about all the great things you are doing to help the environment. Teachers and parents visit the blog to find out about all the great things kids are doing for the environment and how you can help them become future environmentalists! From this blog you can check out our new students site which includes resources for both students and teachers.

EarthEcho International's New Classroom Action Guide asks “What's On Your Fork?”
Does what you eat really have impact on our planet? Could mealtime choices actually help promote clean drinking water? What’s On Your Fork? is a new, free downloadable Action Guide and collection of supplementary educational tools from EarthEcho International designed to help educators and students explore the environmental and community impact of daily food choices. Rich in academic connections, the What’s On Your Fork? step-by-step Action Guide includes stimulating content, student organizers for discussions and planning, and examples of youth taking action.
           Visit www.WaterPlanetChallenge.org to learn more, including news about NEA Foundation Water Planet Challenge educator grants AND an upcoming What’s On Your Fork? Webinar hosted by Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
          What’s On Your Fork? A Campaign for Meatless Choices is authored by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. for Earth Echo International with contributions from the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.
          Additional Water Planet Challenge Action Guide topics include: Know Your Flow (water efficiency), Out the Spout (water quality), Down the Drain (water quality), You Have the Power (energy efficiency), CleanUP (marine debris)

New Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Now Available
For the first time in 25 years, a new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is now available: http://gulfatlas.noaa.gov. Based on the idea of a traditional atlas but offered via the Internet by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas provides answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources, and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Published on-line by NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), this initial release of the pilot version of the atlas has 95 map plates in 31 different subject areas with more planned in 2012. The actual map data can be found here. Each plate has a description explaining how the data was gathered and how it is relevant. Users can also link directly to the data and to a high resolution image of the original 1985 plate if available.

Invasive Species Compendium (Beta)
http://www.cabi.org/isc/default.aspx?site=144&page=4066
Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide.
The ISC is a constantly developing encyclopedic resource containing:
          Datasheets on over 1500 invasive species and animal diseases
          Basic datasheets on further species, countries, habitats and pathways
          Bibliographic database of over 65,000 records (updated weekly)
          Full text documents (updated weekly)
To see papers authored by NWRC staff, go to the Start Menu > highlight NWRC Virtual Library > click on Library Shared Files > select desired file and print or copy. Although there are exceptions, most files use the following naming conventions: author > pub year > publication > first page.
The bibliographic citation has been added to the NWRC Pubs database. When searching, be certain to add an asterisk after the search term to pull up more accurate search results.
Publications Database: http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/pblctns.htm
USGS Publications Warehouse: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/


LAGNIAPPE

Promoting Outdoor Recreation and Conservation in Louisiana
The Department of the Interior will issue a 50-state report outlining the country's most promising ways to reconnect Americans with the natural world. They are highlighting two projects in Louisiana that will be included in the final report – representing stakeholders believe are among the best investments to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor recreation jobs across the country. Creating a partnership to revitalize and increase access to rivers, lakes, and streams in the New Orleans area and habitat restoration in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin are among the projects nationwide that will be highlighted in the report as part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. These projects were identified for their potential to conserve important lands and build recreation opportunities and economic growth for the surrounding communities as part of close engagement with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state of Louisiana, as well as private landowners, local- and tribal-elected officials, community organizations and outdoor-recreation and conservation stakeholders.
To view a map of the projects announced, click here.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

BTNEP - Public Involvement Coordinator (Deadline for Applications: November 28)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is seeking to fill a position for a Public Involvement Coordinator. This person will be domiciled in the BTNEP office on the Nicholls State University campus. The Public Involvement Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of BTNEP Action Plans related to involving the public in various volunteer programs and restoration activities within the Barataria and Terrebonne systems. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit a letter of application, a résumé, and three references by November 28, 2011. For position details, please visit: www.btnep.org

 

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/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

St. Bernard Parish Man Cited For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 11/16/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial oyster vessel captain for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 11 in the Hopedale area.

Agents cited Clifford A. Derouen, 44, of Violet, for failing to fill out oyster tags and violating the oyster harvest sanitary code for refrigeration.

Agents received a complaint that a vessel was unloading oysters, which according to vessel logbooks were harvested on Nov. 9.  However, agents found the oysters were tagged as being harvested on Nov. 10.  Agents also determined that the oysters were not put under mechanical refrigeration before midnight of the day they were reported harvested as required.

Violation of the sanitary code for refrigeration carries a $25 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Failing to fill out oyster tags correctly carries a fine up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents returned 60 sacks of oysters to closed waters as per LDWF policy.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Gary Pierce.

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

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