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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

 

GRANTS

Small Grant Announcement - Region 6 EPA (Deadline: September 1)
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the US EPA to administer a small grant program throughout EPA Region 6. EEANM is partnering with the Texas Association for Environmental Education, the Louisiana Environmental Education Association, the Arkansas Environmental Education Association, the Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education, and the Albert I Pierce Foundation to solicit proposals for projects that meet state association priorities. Projects may include professional development, student projects, or statewide capacity building for delivering environmental education. Each state association will provide a team of reviewers to select projects for awards up to $5,000. At least 19 grants will be funded throughout the five-state region. The deadline for applications is September 1. The projects will be selected by December 2012. The grant period is one year. The Request for Proposals, the Grant Application, and a Press Release are attached and available at http://eeanm.org/small_grant_program.html.

My Air, My Health Challenge from HHS and EPA (Deadline: October 5)
The My Air, My Health competition asks participants to create a personal sensor system that measures air pollution and a person’s physiological response to it. The competition will offer cash awards to finalists. The goal is to help researchers, communities, and physicians better understand the connection between air quality and health. A total of $160,000 in prizes will be awarded. Four finalists will receive $15,000. One finalist will receive $100,000 for the most effective solution! Submissions are due October 5, 2012. Details and entry information available at the links below:
Press release announcing the competition: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2012/niehs-06.htm
Challenge details: http://challenge.gov/HHS/372-my-air-my-health-challenge
Informational webinar: http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/my-air-my-health-an-epahhs-challenge/
Enter a submission: www.innocentive.com

Southeast Environmental Education Alliance Mini Grant Program - Request for Proposals Now Open (Deadline: November 1)
The Southeast Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) is partnering with the professional environmental education associations across the southeast to provide small grants in support of programs and projects that support and advance environmental education (EE) and environmental literacy in the region. Grant requests must not exceed $5,000 and require a non-federal match of 25% of the total project cost. Proposals may be submitted electronically to director@kaee.org  by November 1, 2012.  Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.  For the full RFP and application, visit www.kaee.org/grants/.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship (Deadline: October 1)
The Oceanic Research Group is accepting applications for the 2012 Oceanic Research Group Marine Scholarship. Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year or graduate students with an overall GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 and demonstrated financial need are eligible for the scholarship. Students must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited United States college or university for the 2012 fall term with a marine-related major. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2012. The $1000 Marine Scholarship will be awarded in late 2012. To learn more about the application process, visit: http://www.oceanicresearch.org/scholarship/scholarship.htm.

 

EVENTS

CPEX's Smart Growth Summit (August 27-29)
Join CPEX for their seventh Smart Growth summit at the Shaw Center for the Arts Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge. The summit will cover topics such as parks and greenways, bike Infrastructure, art for revitalization, financing, water management, neighborhood redevelopment, transit and housing investments, coastal communities, communications, green building, planning in rural communities and economic development. Speakers will include Mitchell J. Silver, Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer for the City of Raleigh, urban designer Victor Dover, Robert Grow, pioneer in regional visioning, and Greg LeRoy, director of Good Jobs First. Continuing education credits for attorneys as well as self-reporting credits for planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and realtors, will be offered. For more information and registration, visit: http://summit.cpex.org.

Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP) Announces First Call for Abstracts (Deadline: November 12)
CNREP is announcing a call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. Deadline for abstract submission: November 12, 2012. Call for abstracts available at: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu. CNREP information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html. For more information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director, CNREP, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, 225-578-2393, rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

US Fish & Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center - Supervising Young Adults in Conservation archived webinar course code: OUT8045. http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/index.cfm. This and other webinars are available to non-governmental employees.

Workshops on Estuaries and Watersheds
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources 2012 Teacher Professional Development. Estuaries 101 September 27-28, 2012 and Watersheds October 11-12, 2012. Contact Shelia.brown@eagles.usm.eduor rick.ranew@dmr.ms.govfor more information.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: August 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/ Time:        August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAACoastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s):         Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAACoastal Services Center

Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/Time:         August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s):         Dr. Don Scavia(Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/Time:         August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Location:              Webinar access only
Speaker(s):         ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor:      NOAANODCNCDDC

How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/ Time:        August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s):         Shellie Jacobson(Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne(Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/ Time:        August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Location:              Webinar access only
Speaker(s):         ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: NOAANODCNCDDC

E-reader Access: Making NOAA Technical Memoranda Available on Mobile Devices
Add This OneNOAA Science Seminar to your Google Calendar
Date/ Time:        Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location:              NOAA SSMC-4Room 8150, (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s):         Shellie Jacobson, Intern, NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) and Rebecca Wynne, Communications and Marketing Specialist, CCMA
OneNOAA Seminar Sponsor: The NOS Science Seminar Series and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

 

RESOURCES

Drought Monitor
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Includes forecasts, maps, statistics, animations and other useful information.

Earth Gauge Visuals & Videos
http://www.earthgauge.net/environment/environment-video
Earth Gauge visuals and video clips may be freely used on-air, online, in community outreach and in educational settings. Include information on wetlands, fertilizer, water use, and more.

Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation
http://www.stormsurge.noaa.gov/
New NOAA storm surge website provides comprehensive information on topic.

 

LANGIAPPE

Scope-On-A-Rope Survey & Updates (Deadline: August 17)
LSU's Scope-On-A-Rope Program needs your help! They would like to know how to better serve hard-working teachers and to keep up with the latest technology. Please click on the link below to fill out a short survey to help them determine the future of this program. EVERY participant will receive a free color printed curriculum booklet of choice, and entered to win one of three Dlite USB microscopes! Responses are due by Friday, August 17th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Scope-On-A-Rope
SOAR Program Updates:
1. The LSU Scope-On-A-Rope Program has moved to the Cain Center, in 252 Hatcher Hall. The mailing address is College of Science, 336 Hatcher Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
2. Scopes are still available for loan and the program offers FREE professional development workshops on ANY type of video microscope. Email soar@lsu.eduif you are interested in participating in this program.
3. You can continue to contact the Program Coordinator, Adrienne Steele (formerly A. Lopez), at alopez@lsu.eduor at the new SOAR email address: soar@lsu.edu. The phone number is the same: 225-578-3080.

New “Magic School Bus” Book Explores Diesel Emissions
EPA, in collaboration with Scholastic, has created a new book in the popular "Magic School Bus" series for children. In "The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up," the children and their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, explore the pollution emitted from their own diesel school bus and learn how to reduce emissions as they travel through the diesel engine. Quantities are limited due to the popularity of the book and available in both English and Spanish versions. Individuals, schools and libraries may order one copy each at no charge. Non-profit organizations and state and local governments working on diesel and clean air education may request more. (Approval is on a case-by-case basis.) For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/sector-programs/msb-book.htm

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 Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Five Men Cited In Terrebonne Parish For Oyster Violations

Release Date: 08/03/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on July 31.

While on oyster-growing-area patrol in Four Isle Bayou, agents found a vessel being used to dredge oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Lawrence J. Verdin, 61, from Bourg; Wesley P. Verdin, 54, from Theriot; Shaft D. Jones, 29, of Houma; Russell A. Trahan, 24, of Houma; and Walter O. Jones, 29, from Houma, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease and failure to have written permission.

The oysters located on the vessel were seized and returned to the water.  The boat and dredges were placed under an LDWF seizure order.

The penalty for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease is a fine between $900 and $950, or imprisonment up to 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  Failure to have written permission is punishable by a fine of $400 to $900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system.  Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.  For that year, the person convicted of these violations shall identify for the department which vessel will be used to harvest oysters.

Agent participating in the case were Sgts. Richard Purvis and Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

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

Three Men Sentenced For Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 08/01/2012

Three Louisiana men were sentenced in federal court on July 24 for their roles in illegally dove hunting over a baited field during the 2011 hunting season in St. Charles Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents observed three men hunting over an illegally baited field during the 2011 dove season.  The area had been under surveillance after learning about the placing of bait to attract doves. 

After a subsequent investigation by LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents, LDWF agents cited Ronald Guillory, 66, Darrel Guillory, 43, both of Norco, and Thomas Brandt, 75, of Kenner for hunting doves over a baited field.

On July 24, 2012, Ronald and Darrel Guillory and Brandt appeared before a U.S. Magistrate in federal court in New Orleans and pleaded guilty to hunting doves with the aid of baiting.  Each man received a fine of $1,010 and three years of unsupervised probation with a special condition that they forego hunting migratory game birds for one year.  Ronald Guillory also pleaded guilty to the placement of bait and was sentenced an additional $1,510 fine and three years of unsupervised probation to run concurrent with the previous sentence.

LDWF agents testifying in the trial were Sgt. Jason Russo and Agent Jared Taylor.  Investigating agents for the USFWS were Senior Agents Scott Boudreaux and Steven Clark.

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

Louisiana Conservationist Summer Issue Now Available

Release Date: 07/31/2012

Louisiana Conservationist Summer Issue Now Available

The next issue of Louisiana’s oldest outdoor magazine, Louisiana Conservationist, is now ready for your review.  This summer issue is full of great stories, expanding on Louisiana’s coastal restoration, endangered species research, new summer camps for children and an offshore excursion just for women.

The summer time is the best time for children to get involved with outdoor activities. The department hosted its second annual outdoors children’s camp at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.

Our coastal restoration series goes further in depth in this edition as we explore the Mississippi River delta and its forever changing landscape as we focus on Pass-a-Loutre in this issue.  In addition, Dave Moreland, a regular LCM contributor, gives us a lesson in planting for all wildlife in his “Outdoor Roots” column.

We also look at a new program called “Women in the Wild” where a group of 30 women was given the opportunity to try their hands at fishing at Grand Isle, LA.  And, we travel to the northern part of the state to look for the elusive Louisiana pine snake, the rarest snake in North America.

These stories and more await you in the summer edition of the Louisiana Conservationist at www.louisianaconservationist.org.  ENJOY!

LDWF Agents Arrest Three Livingston Parish Men

Release Date: 07/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents arrested three Walker men in July on charges that stemmed from an operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) allegation.

Agents arrested Kyle Corkern, 26, of Walker, for an alleged DWI on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 8.  Arresting agents parked their vessel at the Hill Top Inn Marina while they transported Corkern to the French Settlement Police Department for an intoxilyzer test.

As other agents working on the Diversion Canal arrived at the marina, they observed a male subject jump out and run from the unattended LDWF patrol vessel tied to the pier. Agents made contact with the two male subjects at the scene, but were unable to ascertain what had taken place and the subjects were released.

Agents later discovered that the unattended LDWF vessel had the plug removed allowing it to begin to fill with water.  This particular vessel had a bilge pump that was able to keep up and keep the vessel afloat.

After a week long investigation, agents arrested Brian B. Heyse, 25, and Neal D. Corkern, 23, on July 17 for allegedly tampering with an LDWF patrol vessel.  Both subjects were passengers in Kyle Corkern’s vessel prior to his arrest.

Agents charged Heyse and Neal Corkern with simple burglary, attempted criminal damage to property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.  Heyse was additionally cited for intentional littering after breaking a bottle in the marina parking lot.

Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000 and up to six months in jail with the chance of losing driving and boating privileges.

Simple burglary brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to 12 years in jail.  Criminal damage to property carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a fine between $100 and $500 and up to 30 days in jail.  Criminal mischief carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents participating in the investigation and arrests were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

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

Body of Second Boater Recovered from Lake Charles

Release Date: 07/22/2012

Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a Westlake man at 6:30 a.m. today, July 22 near the vicinity where authorities found the body of his fishing partner and capsized vessel on the west bank of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 a.m. on July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. on July 21 near the boat and Rollins at 6:30 a.m. on July 22 also near the boat.

Authorities found Druilhet wearing a personal flotation device and Rollins without a personal flotation device.  Both bodies of Druilhet and Rollins were turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Boating Incident in Lake Charles Leaves One Dead and One Missing

Release Date: 07/21/2012

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater who was onboard a vessel on Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish that was found capsized and left another man dead.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 this morning, July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. near the boat. 

Druilhet was wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Authorities Recover Boater’s Body from Lake Fordoche

Release Date: 07/20/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Central man from Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish on July 20.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified about a capsized vessel and a missing boater in Lake Fordoche, which is a tributary north of Henderson Bay, around 9:50 a.m.

The body of Allen Fontenot, 66, was found by search crews around 1:30 p.m. in the near vicinity of the capsized vessel.

According to the survivor, the two men were in a 21 foot boat when they hit a stump that caused the vessel to capsize.  The survivor was able to swim to the shore.

Fontenot was not wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

WRI Animated Video about the Unique Biology and Value of Coral Reefs
Céline Cousteau highlights the importance of coral reefs to people – providing food and medicine, protecting the shoreline, and attracting tourists – as well as the threats that reefs face due to overfishing, pollution and climate change. The video also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including buying from sustainable seafood providers, using sustainable tourism providers, reducing their CO2 footprint and supporting reef conservation. Animation by Jim Toomey. Watch the video below and help protect coral reefs today! http://www.wri.org/project/reefs-at-risk/polyps-in-peril

Register now for Bays and Bayous Symposium (November 14-15)
Registration is open for the 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Theme: “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture” The two-day coastal symposium will include networking opportunities, guest speakers and more than 100 oral and poster presentations with question-and-answer sessions. Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The symposium is open to graduate students, resource managers, scientists, educators, industry and community leaders, elected officials and the general public. Sponsored by: the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, NOAA Coastal Services Center, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama State Port Authority, Ocean Conservancy and Volkert and Associates, Inc. Registration fee: $50. For more information and to register, visit http://masgc.org/bb2012/registration.

Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.comno later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012. For additional information, send email inquiries to: Mr. Nadav Tanners, Associate, Industrial Economics, Incorporated, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, NTanners@indecon.com

“Survival in the Marsh” Adventure Quencher (July 21)
Are you ready for a nice day on the water? Are you sure? Before starting out on a float, boat or fishing trip, you should be looking forward to the best day, but be prepared—just in case—for the worst day. Preparation is the key to survival! In order to help you become prepared for that unpredictable boat accident or break-down, the Grand Bay Reserve is proud to present an Adventure Quencher entitled “Survival in the Marsh” on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM till noon at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Jackson County. Mr. Eric M. Lacefield, author of the book entitled “Survival in the Marsh” will be on hand to instruct you on what you should and should not do if you become stranded. For more information, visit: www.grandbaynerr.org

 

GRANTS

EECapacity State Consortia Grants (Deadline: August 12)
The EECapacity Project announces a Call for Applications for Year 2 of the State Consortia grants. Up to five states can receive funding to develop capacity building and networking for EE and related practitioners within their state. Each state consortium must include at least 20 educators representing a diversity of organizations such as community based groups, government nature preserves, an others that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives, and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer. A webinar will be held July 27, 2012. The deadline for application is August 12, 2012. http://www.eecapacity.net/call-for-applications-for-eecapacity-state-consortia-grants.html

Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants (Deadline: August 13)
Community Impact Grants Program, grants of up to $5,000 are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered:
        - Repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) 
        - Weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veterans' housing, or community facilities 
        - Planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans 
        - Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S. 
        - Projects must be completed within six months following notification that the grant has been awarded, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project. 
        - Grants are solely given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants beginning February 6, 2012 through August 13, 2012. For more details, see http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Announces 2012 Grant Applications Open(Deadline: August 15)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is now accepting grant applications for its 2012-13 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program. The deadline to apply for funding from KLB is August 15, 2012. Grant guidelines and the application itself are on the KLB website, www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Applications are to be submitted via the website, and awards will be announced on or before August 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013 Gulf of Mexico B-WET Funding Opportunity (Deadline: October 19)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY13 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/outreach/pdfs/NOAA-NMFS-SE-2013-2003461%20FFO%20Report.pdfApplicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 19, 2012 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program (July 24, 4:00-5:00 PM EST)
EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program awards funds to environmental education projects in a variety of settings, including community-based settings with audiences/students of all ages. In 2010, two community-based grants were awarded to two organizations in two very different parts of the country with very different environmental concerns. One of these grants went to the Island Institute in Rockland, ME, for their Energy for ME project in which students, teachers, and families are becoming leaders in the critical local energy debate by learning how to better understand their communities’ energy-consumption habits, as well as how to develop effective strategies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in their community. Another grant was awarded to Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ, for their Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods project, which built a base of knowledgeable and motivated citizens, many in underserved neighborhoods, who are now armed with the knowledge and skills to improve environmental conditions by having participated in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure practices. Join this webinar to learn how these two grantees chose an environmental issue important to the local community and educated residents in those communities to deal with the issue and live more sustainably in their environment. See attached flyer for more information.
Participant Dial-In Number(s): *Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 290-8017
Your Conference ID # 99371913. Webinar registration information: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/340578784

OneNOAA Science Seminars
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)

 

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Recreation Outdoors Website and App
Recreation Outdoors is "Your gateway to discover America's Great Outdoors!" Visit http://www.recreation.gov/ to search locations and outdoor activities you enjoy. Membership is free to make reservations and much more!

 

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EPA’s Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed. With support from EPA’s Office of Water, this year’s grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and stormwater management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or stormwater above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics. Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year’s winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71 percent of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm, or contact: Leon Latino, latino.leon@epa.gov, (202) 564-1997.

Beautiful Commercial from the BBC
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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

Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

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