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PA Sea Grant http://www.paseagrant.org Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:08:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Mock Rapid Response to new AIS exercise 10/22/15 http://www.paseagrant.org/mock-rapid-response-to-new-ais-exercise-102215/ http://www.paseagrant.org/mock-rapid-response-to-new-ais-exercise-102215/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:02:03 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5586 more]]> Mock AIS workshop 10 22 15

Attention: field biologists, agency staff and others interested in the PA rapid response process to quickly and effectively address new aquatic invasive species


In September 2014, the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council adopted the Pennsylvania AIS Rapid Response Plan. A hands on mock response exercise on October 22, 2015 from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center will guide users through the components of this plan to help build an understanding of the rapid response effort, how management decisions are made, and the proper steps agencies and organizations can take when potentially invasive species are detected. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the workshop is free, but pre-registration is required by October 15. For more information or to register contact: Sara Stahlman at Pennsylvania Sea Grant at sng121@psu.edu or 814-217-9011.

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The Future of Erie’s Tourism in a Changing World http://www.paseagrant.org/the-future-of-eries-tourism-in-a-changing-world/ http://www.paseagrant.org/the-future-of-eries-tourism-in-a-changing-world/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:30:56 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5579 more]]> Join us for a breakfast keynote session on Thursday, October 15th, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, to learn why weather is critical to our tourism industry, how changes in our climate will affect your business, and how our tourism industry and grape growers can be more proactive, as we experience increasing intense storm events and more severe seasonal temperatures.

Registration and breakfast refreshments start at 7:30AM, program begins at 8:00AM followed by a Q&A session and wrap up at 9:30AM.

Register here: The Future of Erie’s Tourism in a Changing World

Find information about past workshops and the 2014 summary


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Nab the Aquatic Invader Teacher Workshop Sept. 19 http://www.paseagrant.org/nab-the-aquatic-invader-teacher-workshop-sept-19/ http://www.paseagrant.org/nab-the-aquatic-invader-teacher-workshop-sept-19/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:29:43 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5545 more]]> NABTHE Aquatic InvaderCalling all educators!
This Pennsylvania Sea Grant workshop will help turn your students into super sleuth detectives! Your students will track down some of Pennsylvania’s most wanted invaders and learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species with these resources!

Welcome NABworkshopsept192015


When: Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Gifford Pinchot State Park Nature/Interpretive Center in the Conewago Day Use area
1202 Alpine Road, Wellsville, PA 17365
Why? Receive free classroom resources like lesson plans, games and posters!
You will also learn how to:
• Incorporate problem-••based learning about aquatic invasive species (AIS)
• Integrate content about AIS into science units through the Nab the Aquatic Invader! website (http://www.iiseagrant.org/NabInvader/)
• Involve your students in community stewardship projects that will be shared globally.
Who: All K-••12 and environmental educators are welcome to attend!
Snacks and refreshments will be available!
This workshop is FREE, but registration is required by September 9!
To register, please contact Sarah Whitney at Pennsylvania Sea Grant by emailing swhitney@psu.edu. Questions? Email or call 610-304-8753.

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Where can I report an algae bloom or find information? http://www.paseagrant.org/where-can-i-report-an-algae-bloom-or-find-information/ http://www.paseagrant.org/where-can-i-report-an-algae-bloom-or-find-information/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:15:55 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5540 Report a bloom to: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) at 814-332-6839.  For more information



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Plant Press Teacher Workshop August 14 http://www.paseagrant.org/plant-press-teacher-workshop/ http://www.paseagrant.org/plant-press-teacher-workshop/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:10:28 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5511 more]]> Natural History Collection Plant Press Teacher Workshop 

  • plant pressLearn the methods and styles used to identify and preserve plant specimens by leading conservators at this Pennsylvania Sea Grant educator workshop.
  • Receive all the materials needed for a lesson ready activity that introduces your students to Museum Conservation techniques!

plant press boxThe focus of this workshop will be on Invasive Species.

When:          Friday, August 14 2015, 9:00am – 12:00

Or                  Friday, August 14, 2015, 1 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Regional Science Consortium Plant Lab, Rm 110 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA

pressed plant

Who: All K-12 and environmental educators

Why? Because you will:

  • Receive FREE classroom resources including specimen covers, blotter paper, labels and other materials for preserving plants in your classroom.
  • Learn how to:
    • Incorporate place-based learning about invasive species (AIS)
    • Integrate content, techniques and methods regarding conservation techniques in an easy engaging lesson to compliment your science units
    • Involve your students in school ground specimen collection/stewardship projects

Snacks and refreshments will be available!

This workshop is FREE, but space is limited; registration is required by: Monday August 7, 2015!

StopTo register, please contact David Boughton at Pennsylvania Sea Grant by emailing dbb11@psu.edu or calling (814) 720-0746.



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Hidden Treasures of Presque Isle August 14 and 15 http://www.paseagrant.org/hidden-treasures-of-presque-isle-august-14-and-15/ http://www.paseagrant.org/hidden-treasures-of-presque-isle-august-14-and-15/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:18:50 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5506 This event, organized by Pennsylvania Sea Grant, will take place from 7:30 pm to 10pm on Friday, August 14 and from 8am to 3pm on Saturday, August 15, 2015  (schedule and description).

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PA Sea Grant-Funding Available for Applied Research Projects http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-funding-available-for-applied-research-projects/ http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-funding-available-for-applied-research-projects/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:17:39 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5446 more]]> Attention: Faculty members and researchers from public and private colleges and universities, and other not-for-profit organizations in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is soliciting pre-proposals to fund applied research projects that begin in late February 2016 and end by December 31, 2017. A brief two-page pre-proposal (plus draft budget and two-page CV) is due by 5:00 PM, EST, August 14, 2015.

Five to seven grants, each totaling from $50,000 – $75,000, will be awarded. Only researchers who have a required 50 percent non-federal match that develop projects specifically related to the Lake Erie, Delaware River, or Susquehanna River regions of Pennsylvania and address one of the focus areas below are encouraged to submit proposals.

Learn more…

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Kids’ water festival needs volunteers 5/14 http://www.paseagrant.org/kids-water-festival-needs-volunteers-514/ http://www.paseagrant.org/kids-water-festival-needs-volunteers-514/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:29:15 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5298 more]]> Children water fest Flow model 2 CMore than 1,700 fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York will converge at Penn State Behrend on Thursday, May 14, for the Great Lakes Children’s Water Festival.

The festival will educate these future scientists, teachers, town planners, politicians, farmers, consumers and business leaders about drinking water, groundwater, watersheds, surface water and water quality and the importance of water conservation through dynamic and interactive activities. But the festival is not possible without volunteers. More than 400 volunteers are needed to ensure its success. The Water Systems Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and other sponsors of the event need local volunteers to serve as presenters, classroom guides, classroom assistants, registration volunteers, mess hall workers and logistics coordinators.

Volunteer time blocks include a morning session, 7 a.m.-noon; afternoon session, noon-5 p.m.; or a daylong session. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

A video of a past festival can be seen at the WSC website.

Volunteer descriptions below can help you determine where you could help. Register online at the WSC website at www.watersystemscouncil.org/water-festivals/ or by contacting Margaret Martens at (202) 625-4387 or mmartens@watersystemscouncil.org.

Volunteer descriptions
  • Presenters: Lead a hands-on activity that may be one you currently present or one suggested by the festival organizers.
  • Class guides: Lead one class around campus for the entire 4½ hour block to ensure timely arrival and help when necessary. Training to familiarize guides with the college campus is available the day before the festival.
  • Classroom volunteers: Provide help to presenters during the entire day.
  • Dining hall volunteers: Help during lunch.
  • Runners: Carry materials, drinks and lunches (will require lots of walking).
  • Registration desk volunteers: Register and distribute T-shirts.
  • Logistics volunteers: Help direct bus, volunteer and VIP drop off, pickup and parking.
  • Facilities volunteers: Help with setup and take down at the festival.

The festival, which is coordinated by the Water Systems Council, will also help the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection meet commitments for water conservation and efficiency outreach in the Great Lakes Compact Agreement. The Water Systems Council is the only national, nonprofit organization solely focused on household wells and small water well systems. WSC is committed to ensuring that Americans who get their water from household private wells have safe, reliable drinking water, and to protecting our nation’s groundwater resources.


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David Boughton shares PASG education and research http://www.paseagrant.org/david-boughton-shares-pasg-education-and-research/ http://www.paseagrant.org/david-boughton-shares-pasg-education-and-research/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:16:43 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5283 Listen to PASG Maritime Education Specialist, David Boughton talk about education and research projects on the Millcreek Township Channel.

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Lake-effect snowstorm time-lapse http://www.paseagrant.org/lake-effect-snowstorm-time-lapse/ http://www.paseagrant.org/lake-effect-snowstorm-time-lapse/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:01:58 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5166 more]]> A perfect example of lake-effect snow was captured by Joseph DeBenedictis in downtown Buffalo on Nov 18, 2014. Watch the time-lapse video to see the ominous snow clouds roll into western New York.

A NOAA level II time lapse of a 31-hour radar loop of the very intense lake-effect snow that started around 2 pm EST on 11/17/14 until around 9:30 pm EST 11/18/14. Each loop is comprised of nearly 400 radar images. The severity of this snow band benefited from a long fetch of southwesterly winds oriented along the long axis of Lake Erie, which created an extraordinary amount of moisture. The radar shows heavy snow (green) in some areas while others nearby are spared.

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Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Teacher Workshop http://www.paseagrant.org/lake-michigan-shipboard-science-teacher-workshop/ http://www.paseagrant.org/lake-michigan-shipboard-science-teacher-workshop/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:48:25 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5062 more]]> You can’t beat this once in a lifetime professional development experience from July 12-18, 2015. But hurry, the deadline for applications is February 10. Space is limited to fifteen 4th-12th grade teachers and non-formal educators who will be chosen to work beside scientists participating in Great Lakes research on Lake Michigan aboard the US EPA R/V Lake Guardian.  Questions? Contact Terri Hallesy at thallesy@illinois.edu/217-244-8809 or Kristin TePas at tepas.kristin@epa.gov/312-886-6224. You can also download the flyer with more information and register online here.

P1090950 Lake Guardian photo Anna McCartney

Teachers aboard the US EPA Lake Guardian in 2014.


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2015-2016 Fellowship deadlines http://www.paseagrant.org/2015-2016-fellowship-opportunities/ http://www.paseagrant.org/2015-2016-fellowship-opportunities/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:22:19 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5047 more]]> Pennsylvania applications for the following Fellowship Programs should be submitted to Sean Rafferty (sdr138@psu.edu) who will process and forward the application materials to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Director and then to the National Sea Grant office or appropriate agency. Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by:

  • Coastal Management Fellowship Program Application packages are due by January 23, 2015.
  • The Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries Graduate Fellowship Program by January 29, 2015.
  • Sea Grant Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship by  February 13, 2015.
  • Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship Program by 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT on Feb. 27, 2015.



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Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries Graduate Fellowship http://www.paseagrant.org/sea-grantnoaa-fisheries-graduate-fellowship/ http://www.paseagrant.org/sea-grantnoaa-fisheries-graduate-fellowship/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:01:04 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=5014 more]]> Deadline for applications is January 29, 2015.

The National Marine Fisheries Service – Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Sea Grant and NMFS, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support at least two new Fisheries Fellows in both Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics in FY 2013. Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS and have summer internships at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors. For more information applicants should contact their local Sea Grant program or the Acting NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Program Manager, Laura Oremland (laura.oremland@noaa.gov).

Pennsylvania applications for fellowships should be submitted by the deadline listed to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Office.

Sean Rafferty

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Penn State University

Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16505

Email: sdr138@psu.edu

Phone: (814) 217-9011





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NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship http://www.paseagrant.org/noaa-coastal-management-fellowship/ http://www.paseagrant.org/noaa-coastal-management-fellowship/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:12:08 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4949 more]]> Deadline for applications is January 23, 2015.

This program provides an opportunity for graduate students to work with state coastal zone programs to gain on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy. The fellowship was established in 1996 and is sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

Deadline: January of each year

Length: Two Years

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree. Each Sea Grant program office can endorse up to three applications to the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for review. Applicants from institutions in states not served by a Sea Grant program office should contact the fellowship coordinator for more information on submitting an application.

Pennsylvania applications for fellowships should be submitted by the deadline listed to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Office.

Sean Rafferty
PA – Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Penn State University
Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16505
Email: sdr138@psu.edu
Phone: (814) 217-9011
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Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship http://www.paseagrant.org/great-lakes-commission-sea-grant-fellowship/ http://www.paseagrant.org/great-lakes-commission-sea-grant-fellowship/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:12:00 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4922 more]]> Deadline for applications is Feb. 27, 2015 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.

Interested individuals should contact and apply for this fellowship opportunity through a state Sea Grant program. For Pennsylvania, qualified students can submit their applications here. The PA Sea Grant program director screens PA applications and forwards them to the Great Lakes Commission.

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Pocket Guide to Water Garden Species http://www.paseagrant.org/pocket-guide-to-water-garden-species/ http://www.paseagrant.org/pocket-guide-to-water-garden-species/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:22:27 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4913 more]]> Pocket Guide Cover for PS NewsYou can download a pdf copy of the Mid-Atlantic Pocket Guide to Water Garden Species to learn more about native plants in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region that are excellent alternatives to plants that are likely to escape and cause problems.

The explosion in popularity of water gardening has contributed to the proliferation of aquatic invasive species, according to Diane Oleson, a Penn State Extension educator based in York County, who created an educational program that shows water gardeners how to avoid giving aquatic invaders a free ride.

Oleson and her team created a PowerPoint presentation with a script, related handouts on invasive species and water gardens, and a short video demonstrating techniques for cleaning and inspecting water-gardening materials. The presentation is tailored to the mid-Atlantic region and is available to natural-resource educators.

The presentation, companion materials and video are available on Penn State Extension’s Water Resources website under Pond Management.

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National Drug Take-Back Day Sept 27, 2014 http://www.paseagrant.org/national-drug-take-back-day-september-27-2014/ http://www.paseagrant.org/national-drug-take-back-day-september-27-2014/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:39:16 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4756 more]]> The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host another National Prescription Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 27, 2014. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Liquids, creams, and pet medicines are fine to bring, but sites won’t accept sharps or thermometers. The previous DEA take-back events collected 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications.

Click here for a list of sites in your area and more information about the event.

Collection boxes

Pennsylvania and other states now also have collection boxes at police departments that accept prescription and over-the-counter solid medications (tablets and capsules); liquid medications, inhalers, creams ointments, nasal sprays; and pet medications. (The boxes will not accept intravenous solutions, injectable and needles).  There are 11 boxes in Erie County provided by the Erie County Health Department and PA Sea Grant and at least 6 in Crawford County. A full list of Medreturn boxes in Pennsylvania is available online at www.ddap.pa.gov.

Having expired or unwanted medicine in the house can lead to accidental poisonings of children, the elderly, or pets. Medicine take-back days are a great way to reduce this risk and to keep them out of waterways and our drinking water. Some pharmaceuticals are known to disrupt reproduction and normal development in fish. Others cause behavior changes in aquatic wildlife that make it harder for them to survive. By taking your unwanted medicines for proper disposal you will be helping to protect your family, pets, and the environment.

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Lend a hand at the Lake Erie International Coastal Cleanup – Sept 20 http://www.paseagrant.org/lend-a-hand-at-the-lake-erie-international-coastal-cleanup-sept-20/ http://www.paseagrant.org/lend-a-hand-at-the-lake-erie-international-coastal-cleanup-sept-20/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:01:09 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4748 more]]> OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhy should you volunteer to join the cleanup effort? Your help is needed to protect wildlife and water resources by keeping trash out of Lake Erie and local waterways. Please join PA Sea Grant and other groups at your choice of any of 18 different locations in Erie County. Register online at http://nie.goerie.com/coastal-cleanup/ or just show up at one of the sites listed to lend a hand. To register for a school cleanup contact Anna McCartney at axm40@psu.edu.

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Community Resiliency Summit – October 8-10,2014 Tom Ridge Center, Erie PA http://www.paseagrant.org/community-resiliency-summit-october-8-102014-tom-ridge-center-erie-pa/ http://www.paseagrant.org/community-resiliency-summit-october-8-102014-tom-ridge-center-erie-pa/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:25:09 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4727 more]]> CRS Workshop Announcement

2014 Summit Summary

You’re invited!

The 2014 Community Resiliency Summit  is filled with opportunities for households, businesses and the whole Erie community! Join us on October 8th, 9th and 10th at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to learn about ways to be more resilient and prepared for extreme weather and emergencies.

– See more at: http://www.paseagrant.org/workshops/community-resiliency-summit-october-9-112014-tom-ridge-center-erie-pa/#sthash.7I7iagve.dpuf

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Be Aware Harmful Algal Blooms http://www.paseagrant.org/be-aware-harmful-algal-blooms/ http://www.paseagrant.org/be-aware-harmful-algal-blooms/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4657 more]]>

Where can I report a bloom or find more information?   
Report a bloom to: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) at 814-332-6839.  For more information, visit www.paseagrant.org

What is a Harmful Algal Bloom?
HABs are so named because many of these blooms may produce poisons (or toxins) that can cause illness, irritation or even death. While HABs are commonly referred to as “blue-green algae,” they are not true algae. They are actually cyanobacteria.

HABs have been observed worldwide including Lake Erie and other Pennsylvania waters and can occur almost anywhere: lakes, ponds, stormwater retention basins, rivers, streams, or reservoirs.

How dangerous are HABs?
Humans, pets, livestock and wildlife that come into contact with, or ingest HAB toxins can experience sickness, paralysis or even death.

Know the signs of HAB poisoning:
Humans: rashes, blisters and hives, and eye and nose irritations. If swallowed, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, numbness of lips, tingling in fingers and toes, dizziness, headache.

Pets/livestock/wildlife: staggering, difficulty breathing, convulsions, salivation, weakness, and vomiting.

How will I know if there is a HAB?
Check for posted HAB advisories or ask the park manager about any recent HABs because colorless toxins can still be in the water after visible blooms have faded. Confirmation of HABs can only be made under a microscope. HABs generally occur from late summer into early fall when water temperatures are warmest and an abundance of sunlight and nutrients are available.

Always look for HABs before going in the water.
HABs have different colors and looks. Some colors are green, blue-green, brown, black, white, purple, red and black. They can look like film, crust or puff balls at the surface, grass clippings, or dots in the water. Some HABs look like spilled paint, pea soup, foam, wool, or streaks.

What should I do if I see a HAB?

  • Stay out of water that may have a HAB.
  • Don’t let children or pets play in HAB debris on shore.
  • After swimming/wading in water, even with no visible HABs, rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible.
  • NEVER swallow untreated surface water. It may contain algal toxins or other bacteria, parasites, or viruses that could cause illness if consumed.
  • Do not let pets lick or eat HAB material from their fur.
  • Don’t drink/cook with suspected water. In-home treatments like boiling, chlorine bleach or water filtration units offer no protection from HAB toxins!
  • See a doctor if you or your children might be ill from HAB toxins.  Contact your veterinarian for sick pets.

What about fishing and other activities?
Consume minimal amounts of fish fillets from water bodies with recent HAB events. Research indicates toxin levels are highest in internal organs but can be found in fillets. At a minimum, remove the skin and wash fillets thoroughly before cooking, being sure not to use HAB affected water.

Other activities near the water such as camping, biking, picnicking, and hiking are safe. If you are picnicking, and have had contact with suspected water or shore debris, be sure to wash your hands before handling food.

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BOAT WASH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY! Help Prevent the Spread of AIS… http://www.paseagrant.org/boat-wash-training-opportunity-help-prevent-the-spread-of-ais/ http://www.paseagrant.org/boat-wash-training-opportunity-help-prevent-the-spread-of-ais/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:47:00 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4620 more]]> photo 3

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is hosting a workshop at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie PA to teach local groups, clubs, and organizations how they can hold a boat wash station at local fishing tournaments to help  raise money while providing community service and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

There will be three opportunities to attend the training:

  • August 21, 2014, 6:30-730 PM
  • September 25, 2014, 6:00-7:00 PM
  • October 16, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM

The workshop is free, but registration is required. See the full workshop announcement for more information.


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SAVE THE DATE! Extreme Weather Community Resiliency Summit Oct 9-11, 2014 http://www.paseagrant.org/save-the-date-extreme-weather-community-resiliency-summit-oct-9-11-2014/ http://www.paseagrant.org/save-the-date-extreme-weather-community-resiliency-summit-oct-9-11-2014/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:25:20 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4593 more]]> Join us in Erie, PA on October 9-11, 2014 to learn how you can prepare for extreme weather and other hazards in the Pennsylvania Lake Erie region. For more information, contact Sara Stahlman (814-217-9011 ext. 109 or sng121@psu.edu).

Community Resiliency STD

Save the Date

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PA SEA GRANT APPLIED RESEARCH RFP for PROJECTS 11/14/14 to 1/31/16 http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-applied-research-projects-rfp-for-111414-to-13116/ http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-applied-research-projects-rfp-for-111414-to-13116/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:35:42 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4535 more]]> Faculty members and researchers from public and private colleges and universities, and other not-for-profit organizations in Pennsylvania are eligible for grants from the PA Sea Grant Program to fund applied research projects in the Delaware River, Lake Erie and the Susquehanna River regions.

PASG is soliciting pre-proposals for applied research projects in these regions for funding beginning in late November 2014 and end by January 31, 2016. It is anticipated that from five to seven grants of $50,000 – $75,000, each will be awarded with a required 50 percent non-federal match.

PA Sea Grant requests a brief two-page pre-proposal (plus draft budget and two-page CV) by 5:00 p.m. EST, July 2, 2014. Pre-proposals will be screened by members of the PA Sea Grant staff and advisory councils, and other experts.  Full proposals will be encouraged for highly rated projects.


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5/14 Great Lakes and Erie County Watershed Awareness Day http://www.paseagrant.org/514-great-lakes-and-erie-county-watershed-awareness-day/ http://www.paseagrant.org/514-great-lakes-and-erie-county-watershed-awareness-day/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 12:16:40 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4482 more]]> Join Destination Erie, PA Sea Grant and students from five Erie County school districts for a Great Lakes and Erie County Watershed Awareness Day on Wed. May 14. Learn about the importance of collaborating to protect the County’s highly prized water, which does not recognize political boundaries. Students will share their research and offer best management practices to improve the region’s economic and environmental sustainability. For additional information and the days schedule of events.

When: Wednesday May 14

11:00AM – 1:00PM: Keynote talk by Dr. Mike Campbell of Mercyhurst University ““Climate Change and Our Water Future”.

7:00PM – 8:15PM: The region’s Environmental Agencies educational programs on display

R.S.V.P (required for free box lunch) to Michael Fuhrman mfuhrman@eriecountygov.org

Where: Penn State Behrend College Reed Union Building

4701 College Drive Erie, Pa 16563

For additional information and the schedule of events


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Drug Take Back http://www.paseagrant.org/drug-take-back/ http://www.paseagrant.org/drug-take-back/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:59:34 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4438 more]]>  NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY – April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Examples: Prescriptions, OTC pills, vitamins, narcotics, patches, generics


1. Joy Senior Center—next to US Post Office, 2709 Legion Road, Erie, Pa 16506

2. City of Erie, Bureau of Police, 626 State Street, Erie PA 16501

3. Harborcreek Township Building, Erie County Sheriffs’ Office, 5601 Buffalo Road Harborcreek

4. PA State Police—PSP Troop E Barracks, 4320 Iroquois Ave, Erie, PA 16511

5. Highmark Direct Store– Millcreek PD, 5753 Peach St—Kingswood Plaza—Erie, PA

6. Girard—Pennsylvania State Police Barracks, 5950 Meadville Road, Girard, PA 16417

If you miss this event you can still safely discard unused, unwanted, or expired medications for safe disposal at any of  the eleven permanent drop box locations in Erie County below:



Med take back boxes

  • Albion Police Department
  • Corry City Police Department
  • Edinboro Borough Police Department
  • Erie County Courthouse Lobby
  • Girard Borough Police
  • Lake City Police Department
  • Lawrence Park Police Department
  • Mercyhurst University Main Police
  • Mercyhurst North East Police
  • North East Borough Police
  • Wesleyville Borough Police



  • Prescription Medications/Patches
  • Prescription Ointments/Cough Syrups
  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Vitamins/medication samples
  • Pet medications


  • Needles/Lancets/Syringes
  • Aerosol cans/Inhalers
  • Alcohol/Peroxide
  • Clinic or medical waste
  • Personal care products

Questions? Call Patty Puline – Safe Communities Erie Coordinator (814)434-0227



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PA Sea Grant Lake Erie Streams Assessment http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-assessments-of-lake-erie-streams/ http://www.paseagrant.org/pa-sea-grant-assessments-of-lake-erie-streams/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:28:01 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4351 more]]> Since the beginning of October, PA Sea Grant has been highlighting Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed streams in the weekly Erie Times-News NIE Reconnect with your environment pages. Find all the past pages here. Access 2011 PA Sea Grant habitat reports and fish reports.


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Agenda Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting http://www.paseagrant.org/agenda-great-lakes-sea-grant-network-meeting/ http://www.paseagrant.org/agenda-great-lakes-sea-grant-network-meeting/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:27:36 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4299 more]]>  

DRAFT Agenda Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting Erie, Pennsylvania

June 15 – June 18, 2014

Sunday June 15

1:00 – 5:30 PM         Registration                                                     Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

1:00 PM                      Field Trips (Optional)

6:00 PM                      Informal Reception                              The Cove (on site) Tap House (off site)

Monday June 16

7:00 – 8:30 am                     Breakfast                                                                            Sheraton

7:30 am                                   Registration                                                                     Sheraton

8:45 am                                   Welcome – Sean Rafferty, emcee                                 Sheraton

  • Dr. Robert Light – Director, Pennsylvania Sea Grant

9:00 am                                   Keynote –                                                                        Sheraton

  • Lori Boughton – Environmental Program Manager,

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

9:45 am                                  National Sea Grant Office Update:                               Sheraton

  • Jonathan Eigen – Chief Financial Officer, National Sea Grant Office
  • Elizabeth Ban NSG Website/Accomplishments and Impacts, PIER

10:45 am                     Break

11:00 am                     Plenary – Being Effective Sea Grant Agents:                          Sheraton

  • Honest Broker: Stephanie Showalter – Director, Sea Grant Law Center
  • Importance of PIER Reporting: Elizabeth Ban
  • Impacts and Evaluation: Elizabeth Ban

12:30 pm                     Lunch                                                                                           Sheraton

1:30 pm                       Plenary – Regional Collaborations:                                          Sheraton

  • GLOS – Jennifer Read or Kelli Paige
  • GLERL – Margaret Lansing
  • Coastal Storms Program – Audra Luscher-Aissaoui

3:00 pm                       Break

3:15 pm                        Break-out Groups                                                                        Sheraton

  • AIS (Stahlman/Whitney)
  • Fisheries (MacNeil)
  • Beach hazard communication (Brent Schleck)
  • Center for Great Lakes Literacy (Tepas)
  • GL Social Science Network (McCoy)

4:15 pm                       Program Updates – No power points 10 mins/program       Sheraton

5:30 pm                       Adjourn – Dinner on your own (restaurant suggestions in registration packet)

Tuesday June 17

7:00 – 8:15 am                        Breakfast                                                                        Sheraton

8:30 am                                   Welcome/Charge for the Day – Eric Obert: emcee   Sheraton

Highlights from the 9-11-01 meeting

8:45 am                                   Plenary – Professional Development

  • Richard Ready (PSU), ecosystem service valuation
  • Upgrading the traditional extension model,  Elizabeth Ban, Dave MacNeil

10:15 am                     Break

10:30 am                     Break-out Groups (round two)                                                Sheraton

  • Clean Marinas (Sarah Orlando)
  • Climate change (Hilarie Sorenson)
  • Coastal development – Tipping points (Kara Salazar)
  • Emerging contaminants (Laura Kammin)
  • HABs (Dave MacNeil)

11:30                           Travel to Rotary Pavilion

12:00 pm                     Lunch – Catered                                   Presque Isle State Park – Rotary Pavilion

1:30 pm                       Hands-On Professional Development                           Presque Isle State Park

Each session is one hour with 30 minutes in between to switch groups, travel to new location, etc. Participants will sign up for two sessions.

  • Communicators choose a session and for the second session reconvene at the Rotary Pavilion to discuss communicating field experience (Anna)
  • AIS bicycle tour of Weed Warriors terrestrial invasive control work (Matt)
  • Invasive removal work done in Presque Isle lagoons by kayak (DCNR)
  • Robotics on the Environaut help determine fish crib usage in PI Bay (David)
  • Marina Lab and TREC Lab tour (Sean/Jeanette)
  • Walking tour of Frontier Park improvements (Dave S/Tom.)
  • Shore-seining/trap check for crayfish, fish at Vista 3 (Mark, Sara)
  • Natural history of PI pontoon ride.  (DCNR staff)
  • History of Presque Isle hike (DCNR staff)
  • Natural History Museum Tour (NHM volunteer)

4:30 pm                       Travel from Rotary to TREC for 45 minute overview/tour

6:30 pm                       Awards Banquet – David Boughton: emcee                        Sheraton

David Frew: Commercial fishing/shipwrecks of Lake Erie

Wednesday June 18

7:00 – 8:15 am                        Breakfast – Sara Stahlman: emcee                           Sheraton

8:25 am                                   Welcome/Charge for the Day

8:30 am                                   Plenary – Professional Development                       Sheraton

  • NOAA’s climate mission-what’s our role? Rochelle Sturdivant
  • Integrating Social Science across our programs Caitie McCoy, Jane Harrison, Kathy Bunting-Howarth, Hillary Sorenson, Chris Ellis

10:00 am                     Break

10:15 am                     Plenary – Professional Development                                   Sheraton

Building effective relationships with your legislators

  • Chris Winslow: Impacts of OSG’s ongoing “Legislative Day”
  • Moira Harrington: How her experience as a Senate staffer continues to shape her communication
  • Mary Bolling:  Tips for cultivating and keeping positive legislative relationships

11:30 am                     Closing Remarks – Marti Martz                                            Sheraton

12:00 pm                     Adjourn – Box lunch available for purchase

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Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting, Erie, PA-June 16-18 http://www.paseagrant.org/great-lakes-sea-grant-network-meeting-erie-pa-june-16-18/ http://www.paseagrant.org/great-lakes-sea-grant-network-meeting-erie-pa-june-16-18/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:34:07 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4235 more]]>

Erie Bayfront /Photo courtesy of Jerry Skrypzak


Registration link:  Registration deadline is Friday, May 9th. Fees cover conference costs, including scheduled meals, banquet, receptions, field trips, and workshops. Additional banquet tickets for guests must be purchased by Monday, June 16.

June 15 (Sunday) Pre-conference Field Trips (Please express your interest in pre-conference field trips by completing this SurveyMonkey.)

June 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday) Main Conference

Final Agenda

Program Book (coming soon)

If you are planning to attend the conference please send a picture of yourself, along with your title and main interests, to Sara Stahlman at sng121@psu.edu for inclusion in the Program Book by May 16, 2014.

Conference Locations:

Meetings and Banquet: Bayfront Sheraton

Beauty during autumn

Hotel Reservations:

Block rates are guaranteed through May 16, 2014 at the rate of $129 per night .

Make hotel reservations



Hands-on Professional Development:   Presque Isle State Park

presque_isle friends of the trec

  • Bicycle tour of Weed Warriors invasive control work
  • Robotics aboard the Environaut in Presque Isle Bay
  • Marina and Tom Ridge Environmental Center Lab Tour
  • Walking tour of Frontier Park stream improvements
  • History of PISP tour by pontoon boat or hiking
  • Natural History Museum tour

Pre-conference Field Trips:

Please complete a brief survey to let us know which trip interests you most.

  • Asbury Woods Nature Center Green Roof Tour
  • Biking Presque Isle (experienced bikers with their own bike)
  • Half day perch fishing aboard the Edward John (http://www.edwardjohnperchfishing.com/)
  • Wine Tour of North East, PA wineries

For more information: Please contact your program’s planning committee member.

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Vote for RSC Lake Erie Buoy http://www.paseagrant.org/vote-for-rsc-lake-erie-buoy/ http://www.paseagrant.org/vote-for-rsc-lake-erie-buoy/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:01:41 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=4129 more]]>  

Help the Regional Science Consortium get the most votes so the Lake Erie Buoy project will receive a BoatU.S.Foundation Grassroots Grant. Voting is open to individuals aged 13 and over.

Vote once a day until March 28th at 11:59 PM EST.

Website and mobile: http://shout.lt/rcgQ Facebook: http://shout.lt/rcgG

Watch the video for more information about this project.


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EPA R/V Lake Guardian Teacher Workshop http://www.paseagrant.org/epa-rv-lake-guardian-teacher-workshop/ http://www.paseagrant.org/epa-rv-lake-guardian-teacher-workshop/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:34:13 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=3909 more]]> You can’t beat this once in a lifetime professional development experience from July 7-13, 2014. But hurry, the deadline for applications is March 7. Space is limited to 15 teachers who will be chosen to work beside scientists participating in Great Lakes research on Lake Erie.  Notification of acceptance by April 1. Questions? Contact Marti Martz from Pennsylvania Sea Grant at mam60@psu.edu or Lyndsey Manzo from Ohio Sea Grant at manzol@wcsoh.org. You can also download the flyer with more information here and register online here.

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SG Knauss Fellowship/graduate students http://www.paseagrant.org/sea-grant-knauss-fellowship-for-graduate-students/ http://www.paseagrant.org/sea-grant-knauss-fellowship-for-graduate-students/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:18:20 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=3623 more]]> Application Deadline: February 14, 2014

Total Award in 2015 – $56,500 

Applications due to PA Sea Grant – Feb 14, 2014
Applications due to National Sea Grant Office via Grants Online – March 31, 2014
Notification of national review results – June 6, 2014

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

Pennsylvania applications should be submitted to Sean Rafferty (sdr138@psu.edu) who will process and forward the application materials to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Director and then to the National Sea Grant office or appropriate agency.

For more information about this and other fellowship opportunities

Download full announcement

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Coastal Management Fellowship Program http://www.paseagrant.org/coastal-management-fellowship-program/ http://www.paseagrant.org/coastal-management-fellowship-program/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:37:42 +0000 http://www.paseagrant.org/?p=3560 more]]>

Application packages are due to your local Sea Grant director by January 24, 2014. This two-year opportunity for postgraduate students provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy with a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.  It matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014 is encouraged to apply.


The Coastal Management Fellowship Program Application packages are due to your local Sea Grant director by January 24, 2014. This two-year opportunity for postgraduate students provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy with a competitive salary, medical benefits, and relocation and travel expense reimbursement.  It matches postgraduate students with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource managem