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    Guided Stand Up Paddle Board Trip at CBEC

    At the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center:

    Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.  Cost is $25 per CBEC Member and $35 per Non CBEC Member.

    Pre-registration is required by completing the online form:  REGISTER HERE

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

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    13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers – Early Registration Discount until Sept. 8

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) wants you to know that it is not too late to register or create your own team for the 13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) bike ride on Sunday, September 17 at Chesapeake College. Fall is a beautiful time to take to the backroads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, all in support of healthier Midshore rivers. Ride for Clean Rivers is for all ages and levels. Riders can choose from 20-mile, 35-mile, or 63-mile (metric century) routes, which all include SAG support and rest stops with food and drink. At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a BBQ lunch with cold drinks and live music.

    It is a day filled with fun, friends, fitness, and a bit of fundraising, for those who wish to make a donation. This year, MRC’s goal is to have 500 registered riders and to raise $50,000. We know we can do it with your help! Although it is not required, once registered, we encourage riders to reach out to their friends, families, neighbors, and business associates, and ask them to sponsor their ride. All proceeds support MRC’s work to restore and preserve our local rivers. And did we mention the prize? Don’t miss it—the individual who raises the most money will become the proud owner of a brand new bike. Visit rideforcleanrivers.org for all the details.

    Register now and receive an early registration discount. Discounted registration price is available through September 8. Be sure to register by September 8 in order to be guaranteed your event tee-shirt.

    Thank you to event sponsors Dock Street Foundation, Agency of Record, Bicycling magazine, Bike Doctor, Bay Pediatric Center, The Brewer’s Art, C-Jam Yacht Sales, Chesapeake College, S.E.W. Friel, KELLY Benefit Strategies, The Orthopedic Center, and SweetWater Brewing. Rest stop sponsors are Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay 4-H Club, Solar Energy Services, and Sprout.

    All proceeds go toward MRC’s ongoing education, restoration, and water quality monitoring programs. To register or learn more, visit rideforcleanrivers.org. For more information, please call at 443.385.0511 or email sarah@midshroeriverkeeper.org.

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    Naturally Latinos Conference

    Do you work in the environmental field or want to work and conserve nature? Join us for the Inaugural Naturally Latinos Conference, September 13, from 9am-6pm! We will have a Job Fair, Young Environmentalist Mentorship Program, and more! Keynote address will be performed by Lisa García, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice

     

    Free registration/Registración gratis
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    ¿Trabajas en el área ambiental o estás interesado en trabajar y conservar nuestro ambiente? Acompáñanos en la Conferencia Inaugural de Naturally Latinos, September 13, 9am-6pm! Tendremos una feria de empleo, programa de mentoría a profesionales jóvenes, ¡y más! Tendremos también a Lisa García, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice. ¡No te lo pierdas!

     

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    Job Opening: CRC Staffer with the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team

     

    Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay requires committed, passionate, diverse individuals.  The Chesapeake Research Consortium (CRC) seeks such an individual for a three-year appointment to the environmental Modeling Workgroup on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific, Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) Team.  The Modeling Group develops, maintains, and applies environmental models in support of decision making by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership.  Quarterly Modeling Workgroup meetings provide the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership opportunity to supervise the modeling work.  STAR’s mission is to facilitate productive deployment of scientific resources, to provide high quality and timely information to managers, and to expand communication between workgroups.  STAR supplies a forum for analysis and synthesis, and engaging government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.  Monthly STAR meetings foster continuing dialogue between Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Teams and data providers, ensuring effective and responsive use of scientific resources in addressing management questions.

    The successful applicant will provide support to the Modeling Workgroup, STAR, and selected STAR workgroups, and through coordination, logistics, and documentation will gain hands on experience in working with natural resource managers from agencies and institutions around the Chesapeake Bay.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills such as Geographic Information Systems proficiencies, computer model code development and maintenance, statistical analysis, and literature reviews in the area of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.  The selected candidate will work as a CRC employee at the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office located in Annapolis, Maryland.

    The ideal candidate for the position would have the following background and qualifications:

    A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in natural, social, or environmental science or engineering, or a related area of study.
    Technical knowledge and skills such as aptitude with Geographic Information Systems, and/or computer model code development and maintenance, and/or statistical analysis.
    The ability to research, organize, and synthesize complex information.
    The ability to do literature reviews in the general areas of atmospheric, watershed, and estuarine science and modeling.
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with partners at all levels of program activities with diplomacy.
    The ability to work independently and under tight timelines.
    Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
    Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    The ability to work with people in a consensus building environment and independently plan meetings, develop agendas, and draft concise meeting minutes.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
    Interest in learning how a multi-party, governmental-environmental-management partnership makes decisions effectively and sets and achieves goals.
    A will to explore your career options, develop an extensive network in the field of watershed and estuarine restoration, and the passion and enthusiasm for the work and Chesapeake Bay Program.

    The annual salary is $40,030 and a competitive vacation and benefits package is included for the three-year position.  In addition to the experience gained through their work assignments, Staffers, through individual professional development plans, also attend professional conferences, workshops, and training related to their position and identified future career interests.

    Applications (a detailed cover letter, resume, list of at least three references, transcript [unofficial is fine] and a short writing sample) should be sent electronically to Melissa Fagan, Environmental Management Career Development Program Coordinator, at faganm@chesapeake.org.  Please include information concerning education and professional background, as well as immediate and long-term career goals.

    Additional information about the CRC Environmental Career Development Program is available at http://www.chesapeake.org.   Additional information about the Chesapeake Bay Program is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net.

    CRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or national origin. CRC maintains a drug-free workplace.  All Staffers are required to complete a federal background check upon hire.

    Announcement Close Date: August 20, 2017

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    Maryland Water Monitoring Council – 23rd Annual Conference

    The MWMC will hold its 23rd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 8, 2017. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM. The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, and the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You’ll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and the post-meeting social (location TBA).

    The challenges of restoring and protecting our aquatic resources are daunting. Stressors related to climate change and population growth will require us to adapt as we move further into the 21st Century. But there are reasons to be optimistic. Enhanced implementation of sound science, supported by robust water monitoring will undoubtedly be essential to ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems in the future. With such challenges in mind, the theme of the 2017 MWMC conference is Managing Water Quality in a Changing World. Concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. These sessions include Climate Change and Adaptation, Stream Restoration Biomonitoring, Leveraging Data Sources, New Monitoring Technologies, Agriculture and Water Quality, Citizen Science, and Communicating Progress and Successes. The morning plenary session will feature two presentations:

    “The 2016 Ellicott City Flood: A 225-Year-Old Mill Town’s Survival Story” by Jim Caldwell – Director, Howard County Office of Community Sustainability

    “A 10,000 Year Record of Climate, Forests, Land Use, and Chesapeake Water Quality” by Grace Brush – Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    For more information about registration, submitting an abstract, the annual Carl Weber Award and Student Poster Awards, see the Annual Conference web page.

    Questions? Email Dan Boward at dan.boward@maryland.gov

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    Jug Bay Eco Challenge Duathlon

    Join Rec Deeds for Special Needs & the Friends of Jug Bay for the first annual Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Enjoy the forested trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a 2 mile run followed by a 1 mile paddle in the Patuxent River. Once back to shore you will finish up the race with another 2 mile run.

    Race as an individual or grab a teammate for the race. You can use your own kayak or stand up paddle board, or rent one of ours.  We have a limited number available for rent.  Please contact us at rpfegl00@aacounty.org for more information.

    The race will take place at River Farm, a property that is managed by and adjacent to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Proceeds will go to support Rec Deeds for Special Needs as well as field trips at Jug Bay.

    Race fees are $60 individual, $80 team. Prices will increase soon so sign up now!

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    Outreach Coordinator

    Summary

    To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@eslc.org with “Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.

    Position Overview:
    ESLC seeks a creative, energetic individual to join our team and serve as our Outreach Coordinator. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading all volunteer management, community outreach, and organizational event activities. The Outreach Coordinator supports the outreach needs of all ESLC programs including land protection, land use planning, education, public policy, town projects, coastal resilience, and philanthropy. The Outreach Coordinator will coordinate with ESLC staff on volunteer and outreach needs, and assist in the planning and implementation of all events.

    Responsibilities:
    • Planning and implementing outreach activities to promote goals for
    Advancement and the organizational strategic plan.
    • Lead the planning, promotion, and implementation of ESLC’s annual gala
    celebration, Party to Preserve.
    • Have ownership over the use and content of the ESLC information table.
    • Target new audiences/populations with opportunities for engagement with
    ESLC as identified in the ESLC strategic plan.
    • Collaborate with outside community programs and other non-profits to
    expand understanding and awareness of ESLC and promote membership to a
    broader base of people.
    • Regularly assess organizational needs for volunteers and evolve the program
    accordingly.
    • Provide support for existing volunteer programs, including Land Stewards,
    SEEC, and other programs as needed.
    • Work with staff members to understand their needs and opportunities for
    volunteer support and revise or develop volunteer positions to meet these
    needs.
    • Maintain accurate records of volunteer interests, training, and participation.
    Work in concert with Facilities Manager to keep record of volunteer support.
    • Provide ideas/content to Communications Manager in messaging for the
    general and specific communities.

    Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred along with 2-3 years non-profit experience.
    • Strong management and organizational skills to coordinate events with ESLC
    staff, volunteers and other organizations.
    • Event planning experience preferred.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, communicates well with diverse groups of people.
    • Interest in others and respect for different perspectives, while representing
    ESLC and its policies.
    • Able to respond to organizational change productively, maintain a positive
    attitude and take leadership position when appropriate with staff.
    • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and general computer skills, and
    database experience a plus.

    Personal Attributes:
    • A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic,
    enthusiastic attitude, and sense of humor
    • Ability to work independently and take direction from others, solve problems
    with limited supervision, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Independent, highly organized, detail-oriented.
    • Principled individual with high ethical standards.
    • Creative problem solver.

    Based in our Easton office, this position offers great opportunity for growth and professional development. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes very competitive benefits.

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    U.S. PIRG Fellowship

    Who We’re Looking For
    Do you think the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms makes no sense? Is overturning Citizens United one of the most important things we can do to put regular Americans back in the driver’s seat of our democracy? Do we need to go above and beyond to protect consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices?

    If you agree — and if you’re willing to work harder than you’ll work at most jobs to win  smart solutions on real problems that affect millions of lives — consider a job as a fellow with U.S. PIRG.
    We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups.
    What You’ll Do
    This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG.

    You won’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing.
    Pay & Benefits
    The target annual compensation for this position is $25,500 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

    Learn more and apply online at: http://bit.ly/2mEQcy9

    Tackle real problems. Implement smart solutions. Get results.

    U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

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    Paddle the Patuxent with PTLT!

    Paddle the Patuxent River with PTLT and the Patuxent River Keeper. Learn the maritime history of the area and see the river through the eyes of an environmental scientist, while learning to kayak! Admission to the event is free. Kayaks are available to rent at a cost and donations to the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust are appreciated!

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    Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization, 08/15-08/16

    Mid Atlantic Urban Wood Forum: Applied Practices in Utilization

    Richmond, VA

    August 15 – 16, 2017, 8 AM – 3:30 PM

    This forum will feature a host of urban wood experts from across the United States. The target audience for this forum includes arborists, tree care companies, forestry professionals, wood crafters, municipality staff, academia and portable sawmill owners. 

     

    Sponsored by US Forest Service, Southern Region, Virginia Department of Forestry, Trees Virginia (Virginia Urban Forest Council), and the Virginia Urban Wood Group.

     

    Cost: $140.00 (includes breakfast and lunch both days, morning and afternoon refreshments, and the field trip)

    CEUs: This event has been approved for a total of 10.75 ISA CEUs (attendance for both days).  This event has also been approved for a total of 11 SHARP Logger Continuing Education Credits

    Register online at: http://www.treesvirginia.org/events/paid/74-mauwf

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    Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach, 8/15 12 PM EDT

    Webinar: The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach

    Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

     

    Several years in the making, this comprehensive and widely anticipated guide was finally released at the Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry Conference last fall. Developed as part of a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute, the free handbook is designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability. It presents a scalable approach that can be adapted by any “community” that seeks to pursue a similar path in its realm of responsibility. This could include a county, city, park district, conservation district, university or corporate campus, homeowner association, or any other such entities. An updated self-assessment method, based on the pioneering “Model of Urban Forest Sustainability” first developed by Jim Clark and colleagues in 1997, forms a cornerstone of the guide. The assessment tool enables users to set goals and track progress on numerous targets within three broad categories: Trees and Forest, Community Framework, and Resource Management Approach.

     

    The Sustainable Urban Forest publication is available for download online and will also be accessible for download during the webinar.

     

    Presented by: Michael Leff, author of The Sustainable Urban Forest

    Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

    Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    Cost:  Free

    Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

    For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or sas305@psu.edu

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    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at CBEC

    Maryland Master Naturalist Opportunities at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Program offered at CBEC
     
     
    Engaging the Community Outdoors

    Become a Maryland Master Naturalist at CBEC!
     
    The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others. The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator. The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is excited to announce that it will be a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator acting as the Facilitator. The Maryland Master Naturalist Program develops a network of trained volunteers to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education,research and stewardship.

     
    Certified Maryland Master Naturalist Program Details 2017

    Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 6 – Dec 13 9:30am-3:30pm
    (Field Trip: Sept 13)

    Participants must be 18 years or older.

    Course fee: $250/person

    Host site: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) offers opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world. Utilizing CBEC’s beautiful 510-acre waterfront site, staff and volunteers provide exceptional environmental education programs, special events and recreational experiences for students, families, outdoor enthusiasts and organized groups.

    600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638 | 410.827.6694 | Bayrestoration.org

    Course Facilitator: Courtney Leigh, CBEC Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator

    For more information please contact cleigh@bayrestoration.org

    To apply, click to download the application, complete, and submit to cleigh@bayrestoration.org
    Maryland Master Naturalist Application at CBEC

    University of Maryland Extension Programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

      

    Maryland Master Naturalist Advanced Training: Introduction to Bird Language

    Tuesday, August 15 8-noon at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Wednesday, August 16 8-noon at Pickering Creek Audubon Center

    Explore the world of birds beyond identification and classification. Birds and other animals share a language that allows them to safely navigate their world and stay connected to each other. Learn how to “listen” to what birds say through their vocalizations and behaviors in this structured immersive field experience. During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify the unique patterns of behavior common across many species. Hone your observation skills in the field and awaken your understanding of what birds are saying in real time about the landscape around them. Join us to work closely with fellow naturalists to map out and interpret your observations. Enhance how you share the natural world with others by studying bird language.

    Registration: $20 for one day or $35 for both days by following the link below:

    For more details and or questions contact Courtney Leigh, Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center at cleigh@bayrestoration.org

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    Associate- Clean Water Supply

    American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to  work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate helps conduct outreach and communication activity in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will help advance water management policies and practices that promote natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s municipalities.  Please see https://americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.

     

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    Clean Water Supply- Associate Director

    American Rivers is currently recruiting for an Associate Director, Clean Water Supply. This is a new position in Pennsylvania – New Cumberland, PA is the preferred office location; however, there is some flexibility for a successful candidate to  work remotely from the Philadelphia area. The Associate Director manages stormwater programs in support of the Clean Water Supply program. S/he will promote water management policies and practices that advance natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s urban municipalities. The Associate Director will also conduct research on stormwater management issues pertinent to the Commonwealth, while coordinating outreach and engagement with partners and agency personnel as needed. Please see https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/careers/ for more information.

     

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    Invasive Plant ID Workshop

    Event Series:  2017 Calvert County Master Gardener Garden Smarter series

    When:  Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017 – 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Where:  Community Resources Building

    Address:

    Calvert County Extension Office Conference Room 105

    30 Duke Street

    Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    United States

    Event Type:  Class/Workshop

    Presenter:  Carla Porter – Calvert County Master Gardener & Maryland Woodland Steward volunteer

    Description/Notes:

    Learn how to identify invasive plant species found growing in landscaped and natural areas by using cut samples from live plants. Following the presentation we will apply our new skill-set by searching for wild growing invasive plants while we walk a short distance on a paved path that meanders through a natural area located between the Community Resources Building and the Phillips House.

    If you own a mobile computing device, please install the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network (MAEDN) smart phone app prior to the workshop.  Click here to access MAEDN website.

    Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

    Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    Cost: Free (limited to 20 participants)

    Contact: Calvert County Master Gardeners

    Contact Phone: 410-535-3662

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    TODAY- WEBINAR: Drought and Urban Forests, July 25, 2:00 PM EDT

    Webinar: Drought and Urban Forests
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
    Please join the USDA Office of Sustainability and Climate for a webinar about urban forest health in the face of a changing climate.

    Recent droughts have caused stress and mortality in urban forests, reducing the cooling, clean air, and carbon storage provided by trees. Because human populations are growing in most U.S. cities, it will become increasingly important to maintain healthy, productive urban forests. Scientists and urban foresters are working together to quantify recent drought-related stress and find management strategies for sustainable urban landscapes.

    Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0288882#
    WO Meeting Room: Civilian Conservation Corps (PNW04)
    Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann, lziemann@fs.fed.us

     

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    The Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay Program Releases its 2017 Summer Journal

    The DoD Chesapeake Bay Program has released the 2017 Summer Journal highlighting stewardship activities conducted by Department of Defense installations throughout the watershed. Available on DENIX at the following link:

    http://www.denix.osd.mil/chesapeake/library/newsletters/dod-chesapeake-bay-program-summer-2017-newsletter/

     

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    ORISE Fellow: Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Opportunity Title

    Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water

    Reference Code
    EPA Water 2017-415

    Description

    A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, DC.

    This project is to design and implement a plan to advance EPA’s understanding and support of water technology and innovation to accelerate progress toward clean and safe water and long term water resource sustainability.

    The intern will be mentored by an EPA OW team focused on water technology innovations, involved with a range of technical, policy and program support activities to assess how OW programs and policies can better foster consideration and integration of sustainability principles and technological innovations into its programs. Under the guidance of the mentor, the intern may be involved in:

    Conducting research activities in areas such as resource recovery and pollution prevention; green infrastructure; sensors for water monitoring and big data; water sustainability operationalization; and research interests of the intern and the team.
    Implementing the 10 market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints through research and policy priorities (hhttps://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-technology-innovation-blueprints.
    Becoming familiar with water sector affairs/stakeholders and developing water-related research/ practitioner skills.
    Developing and reviewing communication and outreach materials, including white papers, talking points, brochures, website content, and blog posts (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-innovation-and-technology).
    Developing metrics and performance measures to assess progress of the market opportunities and innovation in the water sector. Tracking progress to implement water innovation goals.
    Analyzing the opportunities and implications of water technology and innovation through the lenses of infrastructure; economic impact; policy; small systems; equity, affordability, and accessibility.
    Researching innovative technologies and solutions in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and ambient water.

    The intern will have the opportunity to attend conferences and meetings regarding technology, innovation, and sustainability.

    Through this project, the intern will develop a sound understanding of water resources management, including the critical challenges facing the U.S. and world, and gain an understanding of initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues. They will be exposed to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability.

    This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.

    The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The annual stipend will $54,972. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

    The mentor for this project is Jeffrey Lape (lape.jeff@epa.gov). The desired start date is September 1, 2017.

    Qualifications

    Master’s degree in environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental public policy or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

    How To Apply

    A complete application consists of:

    An application
    Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
    A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
    Two educational or professional references

    All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

    If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

    Number of Openings
    1

    Program
    Office of Water (OW)

    Academic Levels

    Post-Master’s

    Eligibility Requirements

    Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
    Degree: Currently pursuing a Master’s degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
    Discipline(s):

    Life Health and Medical Sciences

    Biology (General)

    Ecology

    Ecosystem Ecology

    Environmental Health

    Public Health

    Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Energy

    Engineering (General)

    Engineering Sciences

    Environmental Engineering

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    Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Announces New Executive Director

    The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a regional leader in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration since 1971, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Kate A. Fritz as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search undertaken to replace current Executive Director, Al Todd, who will be retiring in August 2017. Ms. Fritz currently serves as the Executive Director of the South River Federation in Annapolis, Maryland. She will assume her new role with the Alliance on August 1st .

    Ms. Fritz has over 15 years of leadership experience focused on building and fostering partnerships and collaborative teams engaged in the work of watershed restoration and protection. She has worked in the environmental sector as a scientist, local planner, project manager, sustainability coordinator, and for the last 3+ years as the Executive Director of the South River Federation where she grew the organization into a well-respected advocate for water quality. Ms. Fritz is a certified Master Watershed Steward and a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, where she remains a leader. Most recently, while at the South River Federation, Kate helped build a multimillion dollar stream restoration and stormwater reduction program and led a highly regarded monitoring program that tracks the health of the South River.

    “We are excited about the new energy and ideas and strong sense of mission and leadership Kate will bring to the organization”, said Bob Paul, Board Chair. “At this critical time for Chesapeake restoration, the Alliance is confident that Kate will build on our successes and prepare the organization to meet the challenges of the future.”

    Ms. Fritz stated, “The opportunity to grow my impact from a 66 square mile watershed to the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed is incredibly exciting for me both professionally and personally.  I am confident that the work I have done with the South River Federation will lead to great successes for the Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole.”

    Ms. Fritz earned an Executive Master of Natural Resources focused on Leadership in Sustainability degree from Virginia Tech, as well as a masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is also a certified Maryland Qualified Professional Forester and a LEED Green Associate certified professional.

    “After over 25 years working on the Chesapeake restoration effort and an amazing 6 years as Alliance Director, I am delighted to see Kate take over leadership. I look forward to staying involved with the Alliance during the transition and as needed over the coming year,” said Al Todd.

    The public is invited to the Alliance’s Taste of the Chesapeake on September 14 th in Annapolis to meet and welcome Ms. Fritz in her new role and say farewell to Al Todd. Taste tickets are available at: http://www.allianceforthebay.org/taste

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    Environmental Education July Offerings at CBEC

    PADDLEPALOOZA on July 15th 8:00am-3:00pm

    There will be no Kayak Rentals on July 15th due to Paddlepalooza!

    Please join us for the 3 mile paddle and enjoy the lively after party at the Lakeside Pavilion.  Food from Smoke, Rattle, and Roll.  Live Music.  Beer Truck.

    All proceeds benefit CBEC’s Kayak Wetland Education Program!

    Sign up by Friday, July 7th:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/paddlepalooza/

    Can’t commit to the paddle but want to join in the dry land fun….meet us at the Lakeside Pavilion between 11am-2pm…have lunch and listen to the band:  What’s Her Face And The Stuff.  Beer and Food are available for purchase!

    Guided Kayak Trips

    July 13th at 5:30pm

    July 16th at 1:00pm-SOLD OUT

    July 23rd at 1:00pm

    An ACA certified Kayak Instructor and Naturalist will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! Guided trips are offered three times a month from May through October during the 2017 season. These trips are for beginner to intermediate kayakers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.

    Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/

    Stand Up Paddle Board Guided Tour

    July 23rd 9:30am

    Karla Horton from Dragonfly Paddle will guide you through basic SUP instruction and then Courtney Leigh, Certified Interpretive Guide, will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. While kayaking, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! If nothing else, the ebb and flow of the tide through gently swaying marsh grass is the sure remedy for nature-deficit disorder! This trip is for beginner to intermediate paddlers and include instruction on equipment, paddling/safety techniques, and loading and unloading the vessels. The experience will give you up to two hours of paddling time with a self-provided snack break at the halfway point.  Cost is $25 per CBEC member and $35 per Non CBEC member.  Pre-registration is required by required by completing the online form:  REGISTER HERE 

    Questions can be sent to  Courtney Leigh at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032.  Space is limited.

    Guided Hike:  CBEC Ecology Tour

    July 22nd at 1:00pm

    Join us for a guided hike on CBEC’s Lake Trail for this unique opportunity to discover some of the natural features and treasures found on our property. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula.  There is a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars.  Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip by completing the online form:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-10/

    Questions can be sent to Courtney Leigh Volunteer and Adult Education Coordinator at cleigh@bayrestoration.org or 443-262-2032. Space is limited

    Guided Hike:  Introduction to Birding 

    July 27th at 1:00pm

    Join us for a short Introduction to Birding before we take to the trails to practice our new skills in identifying some of the migratory Passerines that may be stopping through CBEC’s property. Our team of Certified Interpretative Guides and Maryland Master Naturalists along with local expert Birders will help the novice Birder become more equipped as they advance on their Birding Journey.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, Bird Field Guides to the Passerine’s, and binoculars.  Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center.

    Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

    Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip:

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/calendar-of-events/property-tour-guided-hike-9/

    Creepy Crawlers Gardening Preschool Program:  

    Members:  $3  Non Members:  $5

    Friend or Foe?

    July 17th at 10:00am

    Discover which bugs are helpful and which are not.  Help us start pumpkin vines for Halloween!

    https://www.bayrestoration.org/preschool-gardening/

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