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Job: Watershed Educator-Ashokan Watershed, NY
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) works to improve water quality, mitigate flood hazards, and enhance aquatic habitat in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed, part of the NYC water supply system. The program uses engineering and natural channel design methods to restore stream stability and habitat quality. A Resource Educator is sought to develop an education program that engages the general watershed public and volunteers in learning about river processes and management. The Educator will be tasked with developing and delivering a volunteer education program and several citizen-science projects. The position requires a self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills, the ability to collaborate, and experience delivering scientifically accurate educational programming. For more information, click here. Application deadline is August 8, 2014. Job Number 24685.

Post-doctoral Research Position - McGill Univ.
Monday, 14 July 2014 00:00

Post-doctoral Research Position – Simulating the carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas exchanges from whole ecosystem ‘best practices’ restoration. A post-doctoral research position is available in the Department of Geography, McGill University (Montreal, Canada).  The research is attempting to adapt existing peatland ecosystem carbon models (McGill Wetland Model or wetland-DNDC) to simulate the changes in carbon dynamics that occur with the extraction of peat from pristine peatlands and various restoration strategies.  This research is being done in a collaborative project that is examining the changes in vegetation community structure, hydrology and the ecosystem – atmosphere exchanges of CO2 and CH4.  It is anticipated because of the physical changes to the peat profile that an energy – water balance model will have to be developed to replace the current land surface package that we coupled to MWM.  There will also have to be modifications to the vegetation and biogeochemistry components of MWM.

House Holds Hearing on Proposed Waters of the United States Rule - July 9, 2014
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

By Josh Abel – Association of California Water Agencies – July 9, 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine the impacts of EPA’s proposed “Definition of the ‘Waters of United States’ Under the Clean Water Act” rule on July 9th. The full Committee hearing, entitled “Navigating the Clean Water Act: Is Water Wet?”, provided members the opportunity to ask EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe questions about the rule. The Honorable Perciasepe was the only witness at the hearing and members grilled him about specific issues in their districts. For full story, click here.

Report Shows Declining Trend in Prairie Pothole Wetlands
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:02

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – July 1, 2014

The Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands in the United States 1997 to 2009 was released on 30 June, 2014.  This report estimates that 6,427,350 acres of wetlands remained in the Prairie Pothole Region in 2009, which represents 5.8 % of the total wetland area found in the conterminous U.S. in 2009. Between 1997 and 2009, the average annual rate of change was an estimated loss of 6,200 acres and an estimated 40 % of emergent wetland area was lost or converted to deepwater lake systems or open-water ponds. To read news release, click here. To download report, click here or go directly here.

Water Samples Teeming with Information
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:02

By Julian Turan – Science Daily – June 30, 2014

Setting effective conservation policies requires near real-time knowledge of environmental conditions. Scientists with Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions propose using genetic techniques as a low-cost, quick way to collect such data. Environmental policy must respond to ever-changing conditions on the ground and in the water, but doing so requires a constant flow of information about the living world. In a paper published in Science this week, scientists from Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions, the University of Washington and the University of Copenhagen propose employing emerging environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling techniques that could make assessing the biodiversity of marine ecosystems – from single-cell critters to great white sharks – as easy as taking a water sample. For full story, click here.

World's Hottest May Is Now May 2014: NOAA
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:02

By Terrell Johnson and John Erdman – The Weather Channel – June 23, 2014

Last month was the hottest May in more than 130 years of recorded weather history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday in its monthly state of the climate report, as May 2014 surpassed the previous record high for the month set in 2010. The world's combined land and ocean temperature for May was 1.33°F above the 20th century average of 58.6°F, NOAA reported, adding that four of the five warmest Mays have occurred in the past five years. In the report, NOAA separates out temperature records for the world's land and ocean areas. On land last month, the world saw its fourth-hottest May on record with a global surface temperature 2.03°F above the 20th century average. The oceans saw their hottest May on record, with a temperature 1.06°F above the 20th century average. For full story, click here.

In odd twist, industry agrees to ban "microbeads"
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:02

CBS News – June 19, 2014

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say. But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. And with similar measures now pending in at least three other large states and in Congress, the extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: A low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other's throats. For full story, click here.

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