2.) Upcoming Future Harvest Field School Events – Various Dates: May 1-27, 2021
3.) Drinking Water Week -- May 2-8, 2021
4.) Envisioning a Just Future in Community Forests: A TreeVitalize Partners Conference -- Registration Due: May 4, 2021; Conference: May 5 & 12, 2021
5.) Notice of Funding Availability: FY 2021 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program
++ Webinars: May 11 and 18, 2021; June 1, 2021
++ State WIFIA (SWIFIA) – Letters Due: June 25, 2021
++ WIFIA – Letters Due: July 23, 2021
6.) Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia Events
++ York River and Small Coastal Basins Symposium – May 13, 2021
++ CBNERR-VA Coastal Training Program
7.) Inspire Educators Workshops -- May 19 & 20, 2021
8.) Webinar: Innovative Riparian Corridor Restoration Approaches – Registration Closes: May 21, 2021; Webinar: May 25, 2021
9.) Instructor Training: Clean Water Certificate Training Program – Payment Due: June 8, 2021; Training: June 16-18, 2021
10.) Student Track at Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference -- June 28, 2021
11.) Workshop: Understanding Genetics for Successful Conservation and Restoration of Resilient Chesapeake Bay Brook Trout Populations – September 28-29, 2021
12.) USA Science and Engineering Festival
++ X-STEM All Access Videos
++ "Combining STEM Superpowers" Episode
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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 Quality Assurance Coordinator, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality – Deadline: TODAY: April 30, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/220796
++ Making History Marketing and Communications Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Deadline: May 7, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/
++ Utilities Field Specialist - Water Distribution, City of Richmond (Job ID 35M00000417) – Deadline: May 9, 2021 -- Richmond, VA – https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “utilities”)
++ Environmental Protections Specialist (Stormwater), US General Services Administration – Deadline: May 10, 2021 – Washington, D.C. -- https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599423900
++ Watershed Manager, Reston Association – Deadline May 15, 2021 – Reston, VA – http://careers.reston.org
++ Water Resources Senior Engineer, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000399) – Deadline: May 16, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “engineer”)
++ Stormwater Utility Capital Projects Manager, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000619) – Deadline: May 18, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “stormwater”)
++ Federal Legislative Advocate, Environment America – Deadline: May 21, 2021 – Washington, D.C. -- https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/federal-legislative-advocate.html
++ Program and Operations Manager, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000765) – Deadline: May 23, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond/jobs/3054170/program-and-operations-manager
++ Director of Public Utilities, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000336) – Open until filled – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “utilities”)
++ Program Director, West Virginia Rivers Coalition – Open until filled – (Remote Position) WV -- https://wvrivers.org/2021/04/programdirector-2/
++ Executive Director, Living River Trust – Open until filled – Norfolk, VA -- https://www.livingrivertrust.org/
++ Various Positions, National Park Service – Various Closing Dates – Various Locations -- https://www.usajobs.gov/ (search “National Park Service” and location or position of interest)
2.) Upcoming Future Harvest Field School Events – To learn more, see https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/
++ Perennial Plantings and Farm Funding at Deep Roots Farm – Upper Marlboro, MD (in-person event) -- May 1, 2021 (10am) – Register Here
++ Soil Health... To Go! Lunchtime Webinar -- May 12, 2021 (12pm) – Information and Register Here
++ 'Sacred Cow' Virtual Movie Night -- Presented by Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Future Harvest -- May 12, 2021 (7pm) – Register Here
++ Medicinal and Culinary Herb Workshop -- May 27, 2021 (1pm) – Register Here
3.) Drinking Water Week -- May 2-8, 2021 – Provides an opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the role water plays in daily life. A toolkit with free resources is provided at: https://vaawwa.org/page/drinking-water-week. Includes logos, banners, social media posts and graphics, press releases, celebration ideas, children’s activities, and a statewide children’s coloring contest. Provided by the American Water Works Association and the Virginia Section.
4.) Envisioning a Just Future in Community Forests: A TreeVitalize Partners Conference -- Registration Due: May 4, 2021; Conference: May 5 & 12, 2021 (12pm-1:30pm) – Theme: Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice in Community Forests -- The panels will focus on agencies, organizations, and practitioners who are creating solutions for people and communities and will help encourage and inspire solutions and strategies that can help you address issues facing your own communities. For more information and to register, see https://extension.psu.edu/envisioning-a-just-future-in-community-forests-a-treevitalize-partners-conference. Offered by Penn State Extension.
5.) Notice of Funding Availability: FY 2021 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program – For more information, see https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-funding-currently-available.
- SWIFIA Notice of Funding for FY 2021 -- May 11, 2021 (2-3:30pm) – For state infrastructure financing authorities. Learn about how to submit a SWIFIA Letter of Interest and how EPA will select projects this funding round.
- WIFIA Letter of Interest Submission and Selection Process -- May 18, 2021 (2-3:30pm) or June 1, 2021 (2-3:30pm) -- For municipal entities, tribes, corporations, partnerships, State infrastructure financing authorities and, private and non-governmental organizations that support prospective borrowers. Learn about how to submit a WIFIA Letter of Interest and how EPA will select projects this funding round.
++ State WIFIA (SWIFIA) -- Letters of Interest Due: June 25, 2021 – Open to state water infrastructure authorities. $1 billion is available.
++ WIFIA – Letters of Interest Due: July 23, 2021. $5.5 billion is available to potential borrowers.
++ Resources: Resources available to assist prospective borrowers with the Letter of Interest: Letter of Interest form (for WIFIA and SWIFIA); Letter of Interest Example and Checklist; Sample Financial Pro Forma; Updated WIFIA Program Handbook; Template Term Sheet. Resources about WIFIA Program benefits: High-level Presentation and Factsheets and Annual Report. To speak to the WIFIA staff about project financing, Email wi...@epa.gov to schedule a meeting.
6.) Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia Events
++ York River and Small Coastal Basins Symposium – May 13, 2021 (9am-5pm) -- https://hopin.com/events/york-river-and-small-coastal-basins-symposium
++ CBNERR-VA Coastal Training Program -- https://www.vims.edu/cbnerr/coastal_training/index.php
7.) Inspire Educators Workshops -- May 19 & 20, 2021 -- Designed to inspire and equip teachers with current and innovative STEM learning tools. Industry leaders will share their STEM perspectives and resources while implementing realistic teaching models. For more information and to register, see https://usasciencefestival.org/inspire-educators-spring-2021/. Offered by the USA Science and Engineering Festival.
8.) Webinar: Innovative Riparian Corridor Restoration Approaches – Registration Closes: May 21, 2021; Webinar: May 25, 2021 (1:30-4pm) – This webinar will feature two speakers from Maryland who have designed and constructed several innovative aggradational, nature-based restoration projects. The speakers will explain the background and ecological basis for the innovative channel riparian restoration approaches, share case study examples, review specific design criteria and recommendations and share lessons learned. For more information and to register, see https://web.cvent.com/event/0e4274e9-7a9a-4c7a-8daf-786b3a8470a6/summary. Offered by NC Cooperative Extension and NC State Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE).
9.) Instructor Training: Clean Water Certificate Training Program – Payment Due: June 8, 2021; Training: June 16-18, 2021 -- Apply to become an Instructor for the Clean Water Certificate Training Program. Successful completion of the three-day, online program will permit qualified candidates to become outsourced instructors for the Center for Watershed Protection’s Clean Water Certificate Training Program (CWC Program). The CWC Program is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited certificate program that promotes job growth in the stormwater industry and delivers industry-specific skills and knowledge. For more information, see https://www.cwp.org/clean-water-certificate-instructor-preparation-program/. Offered by the Center for Watershed Protection.
10.) Student Track at Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference – Conference: June 28-July 1, 2021 -- On June 28, 2021, students will have the opportunity to connect with and hear from their peers engaged in climate solutions through a series of networking activities and presentations on the topics of climate science, justice, and action. At the end of the day, students will rejoin the larger conference community for a student panel so educators can learn from them. Student Track Registration for middle and high school students is free.
11.) Workshop: Understanding Genetics for Successful Conservation and Restoration of Resilient Chesapeake Bay Brook Trout Populations – September 28-29, 2021 – Thurmont, MD – This event will bring experts in the field of fish and brook trout genetics together with fishery managers and practitioners to provide the latter with the both the general knowledge of fish genetics and recent scientific advances. For more information regarding this workshop event, see https://www.chesapeake.org/stac/events/understanding-genetics-for-successful-conservation-and-restoration-of-resilient-chesapeake-bay-brook-trout-populations/. To register, see https://forms.gle/i9k2UND8cHj6LVTd8. Organized by the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).
12.) USA Science and Engineering Festival
++ X-STEM All Access Videos -- Watch the entire series here.
++ "Combining STEM Superpowers" Episode – Watch Dr. Tracy Fanara and Tamara Robertson with a Brain Break by NASA. Student worksheets are available on the X-STEM website so students can interact with the on-demand X-STEM talks.
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