The 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
Who: All K-12 and environmental educators
Why? Because you will:
Snacks and refreshments will be available!
This workshop is FREE, but space is limited; registration is required by: Monday August 7, 2015!
To register, please contact David Boughton at Pennsylvania Sea Grant by emailing email@example.com or calling (814) 720-0746.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.]]>
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 (email@example.com).
Pennsylvania applications for fellowships should be submitted by the deadline listed to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Office.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
Penn State University
Address: 301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16505
Phone: (814) 217-9011
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (814) 217-9011 ]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
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]]>
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?
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.]]>
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:
The workshop is free, but registration is required. See the full workshop announcement for more information.
Community Resiliency STD
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.
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 email@example.com
Where: Penn State Behrend College Reed Union Building
4701 College Drive Erie, Pa 16563
For additional information and the schedule of events
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
Questions? Call Patty Puline – Safe Communities Erie Coordinator (814)434-0227
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
9:00 am Keynote – Sheraton
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
9:45 am National Sea Grant Office Update: Sheraton
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Plenary – Being Effective Sea Grant Agents: Sheraton
12:30 pm Lunch Sheraton
1:30 pm Plenary – Regional Collaborations: Sheraton
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Break-out Groups Sheraton
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
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Break-out Groups (round two) Sheraton
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.
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
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Plenary – Professional Development Sheraton
Building effective relationships with your legislators
11:30 am Closing Remarks – Marti Martz Sheraton
12:00 pm Adjourn – Box lunch available for purchase]]>
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the Program Book by May 16, 2014.
Meetings and Banquet: Bayfront Sheraton
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
Please complete a brief survey to let us know which trip interests you most.
For more information: Please contact your program’s planning committee member.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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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 management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014 is encouraged to apply. – See more at: http://www.paseagrant.org/studies/2014-sea-grant-knauss-fellowship-federal-funding-opportunity-full-announcement/#sthash.ARoBIVPc.dpuf
Coastal Management Fellowship Program is a fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students. This two-year opportunity offers 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. Application packages are due to your local Sea Grant director by January 24, 2014. – See more at: http://www.paseagrant.org/studies/2014-sea-grant-knauss-fellowship-federal-funding-opportunity-full-announcement/#sthash.ARoBIVPc.dpuf
Application Deadline: February 28, 2014
Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2014, for the 2014-15 Great Lakes Commission-Sea Grant Fellowship, a one-year position based at the GLC office in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Sea Grant Fellow works with members of the Great Lakes’ science, policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. This will be the 15th year this fellowship has been sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.
Dates of the official fellowship are June 2, 2014, until May 30, 2015; however, these dates are flexible to accommodate academic semester or recipient needs. Eligible applicants include students in a graduate or professional degree program in law, public policy, public health, natural resources, aquatic sciences or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Interested students can submit applications to one of the state Sea Grant program directors who then screen the applications for forwarding to the Great Lakes Commission.
For more information on the fellowship:
We encourage you to download and hang this poster at your office, university department or elsewhere to help publicize this important opportunity for Pennsylvania students!
When: Friday, November 15, 2013
Where: Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM (Lunch will be provided)
Registration: Email Sean Rafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your registration. In your email, please include your Name, Affiliation, Job Title, Phone Number, Email Address, and Meal Preference (Vegetarian or No Preference). Attendance is limited to 100 persons, with municipal and environmental personnel from the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Basin given preference if interest is greater than the number of openings. If you would like further information or have questions feel free to email Sean Rafferty or call him at 814-217-9013.
You must register by Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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