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.

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,, and MPA News. For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Association of Climate Change Officers – February 12, 2015

This is the first of a series of webinars presented by the Women's Climate Collaborative (WCC). In 'Lean In to Fight Climate Change' will summarize the current status of carbon mitigation in the U.S., discuss the challenges professional women face in moving the needle on climate change in their organizations, and map out the WCC's role in supporting those efforts. Webinar presenters will also discuss the data and information provided in Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In," which examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower professionals regardless of gender to achieve greater success within their organizations and in support of their missions/responsibilities. This webinar will be held on February 12, 2015 from 12-1 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

EPA – February 23, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on February 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET will host a webinar entitled "Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap" as part of its Moving Toward Sustainability webinar series. This free national webinar on resiliency is part of OWM's ongoing effort to promote sustainable and resilient water utilities. In addition to remarks from EPA officials, the webinar will feature presentations from water utilities in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona on their efforts to become more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate-related challenges. To register, click here.

EPA – February 5, 2015

Join EPA for a Watershed Academy webcast on February 5, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern to learn about lessons from the past 10 years of USDA's Watershed Assessments in the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). Renown agricultural research experts will share some of the key findings from the CEAP Watershed Assessments on how the suite, timing and spatial distribution of conservation practices influence and impact local water quality outcomes. Topics covered will include nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment loss reduction and various approaches to targeting, as well as overall lessons learned from the CEAP Watershed Assessments.Ten Years of Watershed Assessment in CEAP: Insights and Lessons Learned. For more information and to register, click here.