2.) Upcoming Events: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Virtual) – Various Dates: June 9, 2021-August 24, 2021
3.) Workshops: Summer Invasive Plants (Virtual) – Various Dates: June 12-24, 2021
4.) 2021 Drinking Water Clinics – Various Dates: June 16, 2021-August 18, 2021
5.) Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference (MACCEC; Virtual) -- June 28-July 1, 2021
6.) Virginia Forest Landowner News and Events – Various Dates: July 9, 2021-August 27, 2021
7.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) -- July 20-22, 2021
8.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021
9.) Save the Date: USA Science and Engineering Festival Upcoming Events
++ X-STEM All Access -- September 21-24, 2021
++ SciFest All Access -- October 18-24, 2021
++ Inspire Educators Workshops -- November 9-10, 2021
10.) CleanSwell App
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1.) Job Opportunities – For more stormwater related positions, see the Southeast Stormwater Association (SeSwA) Job Board at https://www.seswa.org/job-board. For more ocean related job openings, see https://sevenseasmedia.org/ocean-jobs/.
++ Water Resources Protection Administrator, City of Charlottesville – Deadline: June 4, 2021 (5pm) – Charlottesville, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/charlottesville/jobs/3086428/water-resources-protection-administrator
++ Various Positions, James River Association -- Various Deadlines (Some reviews began June 1, 2021) – Richmond, Lynchburg, or Williamsburg offices -- https://thejamesriver.org/about-the-james-river-association/employment/
++ Hampton Roads Grassroots Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – June 15, 2021 – Hampton Roads, VA -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/hampton-roads-grassroots.html
++ Program Assistant, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network – Deadline: June 21, 2021 – Regional Position, Multiple locations -- https://www.chesbayfunders.org/job-opportunities
++ Environmental Science Educator, The Mariners’ Museum and Park – Open until filled – Newport News, VA -- https://marinersmuseum.org/jobs/
++ Director of Public Utilities, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000336) – Open until filled – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “utilities”)
++ Executive Director, Living River Trust – Open until filled – Norfolk, VA -- https://www.livingrivertrust.org/
2.) Upcoming Events: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Virtual) -- To learn more about these events and to register, see https://www.allianceforthebay.org/get-involved/events/.
++ Webinar: Replacing the Dirty Dozen – June 9, 2021 (7-8:15pm)
++ Breakfast On The Bay: Native Plants -- June 15, 2021 (10-11am)
++ Webinar: Stormwater Solutions -- June 23, 2021 (7-8:15pm)
++ Breakfast On The Bay: Tree Talk -- July 15, 2021 (10-11am)
++ Breakfast On The Bay: Alewerks – July 20, 2021 (10-11am)
++ Breakfast On The Bay: Rivertrends -- August 10, 2021 (12-1pm)
++ Breakfast On The Bay: Stream Study With Shank’s Mare -- August 24, 2021 (9-10am)
3.) Workshops: Summer Invasive Plants (Virtual) -- All workshops are via Zoom. Topics covered include: identifying invasive plants, invasive plant control plans, best seasonal practices for each invasive, using manual & mechanical control methods, herbicide use, etc. Registration fee: $10. Offered by Blue Ridge PRISM.
++ June 12, 2021 (1-4pm) -- Register
++ June 24, 2021 (9am-12pm) -- Register
4.) 2021 Drinking Water Clinics -- Anyone with a private water supply system (including wells, springs, and cisterns) may participate. Participation is voluntary and information is kept confidential. To learn more about the clinics, see https://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/vahwqp.php. Drinking water clinics are organized by local Extension Agents and Virginia Tech faculty in the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Contact your local Extension office to express interest in a clinic. Pre-register with the appropriate contact person listed here: https://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/events.php. Pick up a kit prior to the clinic and collect and return samples as instructed. Upcoming clinics include the following:
++ Henrico/Hanover -- June 16, 2021
++ Augusta/Rockingham/Rockbridge -- June 23, 2021
++ Gloucester/Mathews/Middlesex -- June 30, 2021
++ Accomack/ Northampton -- July 14, 2021
++ Fredericksburg/Stafford/Caroline/King George/Spotsylvania -- August 11, 2021
++ Franklin/Henry/Pittsylvania/Bland/Roanoke -- August 18, 2021
5.) Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference (MACCEC; Virtual) -- June 28-July 1, 2021 – Each day has plenary and break-out sessions. Day 1 includes a Student Track geared towards middle school and high school students that are passionate about tackling climate change. Student Track registration for middle and high school students is free. Day 2 will focus on Climate Justice. To see an agenda and learn more, see https://www.maccec.org/.
6.) Virginia Forest Landowner News and Events – For more information regarding all events, see https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/eventscalendar.html. Provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners.
++ Fifteen-minutes in the Forest (Virtual) – Fridays, Beginning July 2021 (12:15pm). Archived events can be found on Youtube. Hunting Lease Best Practices: July 9, 2021; Prevent Harm to Urban Trees: July 16, 2021
++ Woodland Options for Landowners (Virtual) – July 12-October 12, 2021 -- This 12-week, self-paced program focuses on an introductory level understanding of basic forest management principles and techniques to become better land stewards.
++ Woodland Options for Landowners (In-person Field Trip) – July 30, 2021: Bedford, VA; August 13, 2021: Appomattox, VA -- Capstone for the Online Woodland Options for Landowners class. Open to students who participated in the class in 2019, 2020, or Winter 2021. Participation for each event is limited to 30.
++ Southwest Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat -- August 27-28, 2021 – Galax, VA -- Learn about hardwood and pine forest management, legacy planning, and management planning and certification. Gain hands-on experience with tree identification, forestry equipment, and timber measurements.
7.) Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit (Virtual) -- July 20-22, 2021 – Learn about new state-level policies/initiatives, new federal and regional initiatives, microplastics & microfibers, derelict fishing gear, single-use plastics, and success stories. Learn more and register at www.midatlanticocean.org or https://www.midatlanticocean.org/home/2021-marine-debris-summit/. Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Work Group, through a NOAA grant from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.
8.) Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Photo Contest – Submissions Due: July 30, 2021 – Theme: Conservation through the local lens -- Submit up to 10 photos. All photographs must be taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Awards given to: Overall Winner; People’s Choice; and Young Photographer. To learn more about the contest, visit: https://vaswcd.org/photocontest.
9.) Save the Date: USA Science and Engineering Festival Upcoming Events -- For more information regarding these events and more, see https://usasciencefestival.org/.
++ X-STEM All Access -- September 21-24, 2021
++ SciFest All Access -- October 18-24, 2021
++ Inspire Educators Workshops -- November 9-10, 2021 (or you can view the workshops held in May 2021 on demand).
10.) CleanSwell App – Use to record trash you have picked up wherever you are and upload the data to Ocean Conservancy’s ocean trash database. To learn more and to download the app, see https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/cleanswell/. Offered by Ocean Conservancy.
The VWMC announcements are provided through support by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and generous VWMC members. Thank you to our sponsors.
You too can sponsor the VWMC announcements. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the VWMC to support information updates and other VWMC activities. Make checks payable to: “The Virginia Tech Foundation” and on the memo portion of the check include “VWMC Fund #872802.” Mail contributions to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (0444, Attn: Jane Walker) at 210 Cheatham Hall, Virginia Tech; 310 West Campus Drive; Blacksburg, VA 24061.