U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – March 24, 2015

EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series on Green Infrastructure for Arid Communities will be held on March 24, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT. This webinar aims to showcase how green infrastructure practices and the many associated benefits can be effective in not only wetter climates, but also for those communities in arid and semi-arid regions around the nation that have different precipitation patterns and water demand challenges.

Session 1 — Rain Harvesting Green Infrastructure Strategies in Southern California
Neal Shapiro, Supervisor, Watershed Section, Office of Sustainability & the Environment, City of Santa Monica

Session 2 — Tucson's Conserve to Enhance and Living River Programs: Improving Urban River Corridors for People and Wildlife
Emily Brott, Development Officer, Sonoran Institute

For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. EPA – March 18, 2015

Please join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Watershed Academy Webcast on The Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI’s) and The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC’s) recently released handbook to advance the use of a watershed approach in the selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation. This joint report called “Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects” is posted on ELI’s and TNC’s website. The handbook was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other private funding sources. This webinar will be held on March 18, 2015 from 1:00-300 p.m. Eastern. For more information and to register, click here.

USDA NRCS – March 26, 2015

Stream Channel Repair and Restoration Following Extreme Flooding Damage, Part 2 - Design and Implementation webinar will be held on March 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET. This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Join this webinar to learn about treatment options and considerations when repairing and restoring stream channels damaged by extreme flooding. When extreme flood events occur, there is often a demand to quickly address damaged stream banks. This can lead designers to miss fundamental stability issues and implement projects which do not function as intended. A systematic and sound approach is needed to assure that the proper treatments are implemented. While expertise and input from many disciplines can be required, this one hour webinar will present an overview of geotechnical and fluvial considerations. The focus will be on providing an overview of issues. Specifically: failure modes, design criterion, and analysis approaches. Since the topic is broad, this webinar will also include suggestions for sources of further information.  For more information and to register, click here.

USDA NRCS – March 10, 2015

Presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology this webinar on Understanding the Carbon Cycle in Agricultural Fields: A Case Study with Hayland will be on March 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm eastern. Participate in this webinar for a discussion of the carbon cycle in agricultural fields, the role of a healthy soil food web, and the impact that various agricultural systems have on carbon levels in soil. For more information and to register for this webinar, click here.

USDA NRCH Science and Technology – March 24, 2015

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology on the topic of Coastal Area Restoration will be held on March 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm eastern. The three day Nor’easter storm of March 1962 devastated the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coastline. This was the storm of record prior to Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Coastal plant materials were not readily available in the 1960’s for revegetation purposes. Consequently, the Cape May Plant Materials Center was established by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1965 to test, select, and release plants to the commercial marketplace for re-establishing vegetation on dunes, shorelines, streambanks and other highly disturbed sites. Participate in this training session to learn more about the selection of coastal adapted plant species, innovative uses of these plants, and opportunities for growing alternative specialty crops on marginal lands in coastal areas. For more information, click here.

USDA NRCS – March 17, 2015

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology on Toewood Design and Siting for Stream Restoration to be held on March 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Attendees will gain appreciation for the planning questions that need answered when considering wood as an integral part of a stream project. For more information and to register, click here.

EBM Tools Network – February 25, 2015

Webinar: Application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to New York and Connecticut by Amy Polaczyk of Warren Pinnacle will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2 pm EST / 11 am PST / 7 pm GMT. It is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network. In 2013, the states of New York and Connecticut and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission funded the application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to the entire coast of New York and Long Island Sound. Model simulations incorporated the most up-to-date wetland layers and hydro-enforced LiDAR-derived elevation data with an extensive tide range database and dynamic marsh accretion feedbacks based on mechanistic models of marsh and water quality characteristics. Simulations were run under four New York-specific scenarios of future sea level rise. Stochastic uncertainty analyses were completed, providing confidence intervals for projections, spatial maps showing likelihood of land conversions, and statistical indicators to characterize possible future outcomes and thus better assist decision making. This presentation will discuss the SLAMM application and results, with a focus on the results of the uncertainty analyses and their implications for identifying appropriate planning, management, and adaptation strategies. Learn more, click here. For more information, click here. To register for this webinar, click here.

NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center – March 12, 2015

Webinar: Climate-Smart Adaptation: Vulnerability Assessment Results and Next Steps for the North-central California Coast and Ocean by Sara Hutto, Ocean Climate Specialist, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Learn how the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary MPA is planning for climate-smart adaptation and how you might be able to use the same approach. Sara Hutto will present the results of a vulnerability assessment for species, habitats and ecosystem services in the North-central California region. Application of the vulnerability assessment, scenario planning, and the formation of a working group to develop adaptive management recommendations will also be discussed. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5pm GMT. Co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. For more information, click here. To register, click here.