watershed protection News

  • Payments for watershed services: pilot projects for watershed protection

    Forested watersheds of the southern United States provide numerous services to the region. At no cost, they purify water, control flooding and erosion, and provide places for people to relax and have fun. Yet despite their value, many watersheds are under threat from development and poor land management. “Payments for Watershed Services” (PWS) programs are one strategy to keep ...

  • Mountaintop mining guidelines to protect watersheds

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a set of actions to clarify and strengthen environmental requirements for Appalachian mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining projects. The aim is to prevent significant and irreversible damage to Appalachian watersheds at risk from mining activity. Mountaintop removal is a form of surface coal mining in which explosives are ...


  • Mountaintop mining guidelines to protect watersheds

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a set of actions to clarify and strengthen environmental requirements for Appalachian mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining projects. The aim is to prevent significant and irreversible damage to Appalachian watersheds at risk from mining activity. Mountaintop removal is a form of surface coal mining in which explosives are ...


  • NRCS Invests $2.5 Million to Protect Watersheds of Concern

     In conjunction with a national water quality initiative, The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will invest $2.5 million in targeted funds to improve water quality in five high priority watersheds in California. "NRCS California is proud to participate in this national campaign to add on-farm water quality improvements within targeted watersheds," said Ed ...

  • Careful land management protects Mississippi watersheds

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) in Oxford, Miss., are studying how farming practices and conservation strategies can improve water quality in the Yazoo River Delta and beyond. As part of this effort, research leader Martin Locke and his colleagues have been tracking changes in the Beasley Lake watershed for more than a decade. During ...

  • Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola on Friday will sign a five-year agreement to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands. Such efforts are increasingly important to corporations and farmers who ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pennsylvania DEP Awards 106 Grants to Protect, Improve Watersheds in 40 Counties

     The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it will invest more than $18.7 million in watershed protection projects intended to improve watersheds, stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage and educational programs, among other environmental efforts. "Protecting the waters of the commonwealth is key to DEP's mission," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. ...

  • New Guidance on Watershed Permitting

    EPA has published a new technical guidance that will help integrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits into watershed management plans. 'Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting Technical Guidance' is a follow up to the 2003 implementation guidance and leads permitting interested parties through the analysis of watershed data and developing a ...

  • Public forum highlights shared responsibility in protecting chesapeake bay watershed

    Today, the Virginia Conservation Network and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) hosted a public forum in Northern Virginia focused on the critical role that organizations and individuals play in protecting and conserving the region's water resources, including the Chesapeake Bay and its headwaters. The forum, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., convened a cross-section of ...

  • Environmental monitoring in Texas moves into watershed protection plan development

    Results from a three-year monitoring study indicate that Buck Creek in the southeastern part of the Texas Panhandle is not excessively contaminated, and experts are advocating it should be taken off Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. “Overall the creek is in good shape,” said Lucas Gregory, project manager with the Texas Water Resources Institute in College Station. Gregory and other officials ...

  • EPA awarding US$2.8m to help protect Western estuaries and Watersheds

    On December 9, 2008, the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (EPA) began soliciting proposals under Region 10’s West Coast Estuaries Initiative (WEI) to support the protection and restoration of high valued aquatic resources in coastal areas threatened by growth pressure. The grant program emphasizes local, holistic watershed protection and management approaches. Grant funds will assist ...

  • Cadmus Continues Support for Protecting and Restoring U.S. Watersheds and Water Bodies

    The Cadmus Group, Inc., recently won its third consecutive five-year contract to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW). Cadmus provides support to OWOW in advancing the protection and restoration of the nation’s watersheds and water bodies. Under this contract, Cadmus will work with OWOW to monitor water quality, manage ...


    By The Cadmus Group, Inc.

  • EPA Pours $3.2 Million into Watersheds

    Washington, D.C. -  Six finalists are eligible to apply for $3.2 million from EPA's Targeted Watersheds Grants to provide support to watershed organizations throughout the nation. These capacity-building grants will range from $300,000 to $800,000 each. They are awarded to organizations that promote the growth and development of local watershed partnerships through training and technical ...

  • Seeps important in watershed nitrogen retention

    Globally, the mobilization of nitrogen has increased significantly due to human activities, such as industrial and agricultural development. As a result, over the past decades, eutrophication in coastal ecosystems has increased. Watershed nitrogen retention is an important mechanism to decrease nitrogen loading to downstream water bodies. Generally, in the northeastern U.S., the amount of ...

  • IBM launchs program for sustaining watersheds

    The Nature Conservancy and IBM today announced plans to launch a free Web site this fall called Rivers for Tomorrow, where watershed managers can map, analyze and share detailed information about the health of local freshwater river basins to inform clean up programs The online application will provide easy access to data and computer models to help watershed managers assess how land use affects ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Online learning supplements watershed program

    Are online learning modules beneficial to educational programs? The Arizona Master Watershed Steward program used online learning modules to help increase participant understanding of key watershed concepts. Even though the modules were not required, researchers found that participants both visited the sites on their own time and demonstrated an increase in content knowledge. Researchers at the ...

  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group Joins with The Nature Conservancy on Watershed Protection Initiatives in Texas

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up on several environmental stewardship projects designed to protect vital water resources in Texas. DPS has pledged $1 million over the next four years to support ongoing restoration and conservation activities in the watersheds of the Trinity and Brazos Rivers, the Texas Gulf Coast and the ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Pennsylvania DEP Seeks Applications for Watershed Protection, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Project Funding

    The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that grant applications are now being accepted for watershed protection and restoration and Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) projects under the Growing Greener Plus program, which allows applicants to seek funding for a variety of projects through a single application process. "We are glad to provide whatever ...

  • EPA Announces Nearly $5 Million in Grants to Support Research to Protect America’s Urban Watersheds with Green Infrastructure

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly $5 million dollars in grants to five universities to evaluate innovative green infrastructure practices in urban areas, using Philadelphia, Pa. as the pilot area. These grants stem from a cooperative partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program that represents a broad, long-term investment ...

  • New EPA Tool to Accelerate Watershed Planning

    (Washington, D.C.) The Environmental Protection Agency has released the Watershed Plan Builder, an interactive, Web-based tool to improve efforts by states and local communities in protecting and restoring local water resources. The tool will help local watershed organizations develop integrated watershed plans to meet state and EPA requirements and promote water quality improvements. ...

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