2.) Webinar -- Through Ebony Eyes: Preserving the Legacy of Blacks on the Chesapeake – July 20, 2021
3.) Breakfast on the Bay (Virtual) -- Various dates: July 20, 2021-September 1, 2021
4.) Requests for Abstracts: Sustainable Watersheds and Agriculture Symposium – Submission Deadline: August 2, 2021; Symposium: October 26-27, 2021
5.) Workshop: Project WET (Water Education for Today) -- August 6, 2021
6.) Public Meeting and Comment Period: Lewis Creek Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project – Meeting: August 18, 2021; Comment Period Ends: September 17, 2021
7.) Save the Date: 12th Annual Occoquan River Clean-up – September 11, 2021
8.) 2021 Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Challenge – Submissions due: September 30, 2021
9.) Report Algal Blooms or Fish Kills
++ Report Algal Blooms -- www.SwimHealthyVa.com
++ Algal Bloom Surveillance Map -- https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/waterborne-hazards-control/algal-bloom-surveillance-map/
++ Report HAB-Related Illness – 888-238-6154
++ Report Fish Kills – 1-800-468-8892.
10.) Report Pinesnake (Bullsnake) Sightings
11.) Publication -- Rising to the Challenge: A New Climate Reality in the Potomac River Region
12.) Publication -- Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan
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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/.
++ Virginia Agriculture Projects Manager, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – Deadline: TODAY, July 16, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://www.allianceforthebay.org/job/position-announcement-virginia-agriculture-projects-manager/
++ Environmental Management Staffer, Chesapeake Research Consortium – Deadline: July 21, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://chesapeake.org/2021/07/01/scientific-technical-assessment-and-reporting-team-staffer/
++ Director of Programs, Nature Sacred – Reviews Begin: July 24, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://naturesacred.org/nature-sacred-is-hiring/
++ DC Conservation Advocate, Audubon Naturalist Society – Preferred Deadline: July 25, 2021; Open until filled – Washington DC -- https://anshome.org/careers/
++ Environmental Education Center Director, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Deadline: July 26, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=21&R2=005478&R3=0015
++ Horticulture Consultant (part-time), University of Maryland – Deadline: July 27, 2021 – Ellicott City, MD -- https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/84962
++ Agricultural Specialist, ShoreRivers – Deadline: July 30, 2021 – Easton, MD -- https://www.shorerivers.org/jobs-rfps
++ Strategic Planning Consultant, Choose Clean Water Coalition – Deadline: July 30, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://www.choosecleanwater.org/opportunities
++ Maryland Agriculture Projects Manager, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – Deadline: July 30, 2021 – Maryland -- https://www.allianceforthebay.org/job/maryland-agriculture-projects-coordinator/
++ Urban and Community Resilience Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Deadline: August 15, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/urban-and-community.html
++ Project and Grant Coordinator, Lancaster Clean Water Partners -- Application Deadline: August 31, 2021 -- Lancaster, PA -- https://lancastercleanwaterpartners.com/?jobs=project-and-grant-coordinator
++ Various Positions, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Various Deadlines – Various Locations: MD, PA, DC -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/
++ Various Positions, National Wildlife Federation – Various Deadlines – Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, etc. -- https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers
++ Director of Public Utilities, City of Richmond (Job ID: 35M00000336) – Open until filled – Richmond, VA -- https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/richmond (search “utilities”)
++ Fair Farms Campaign Manager, Waterkeepers Chesapeake – Open until filled -- Takoma Park, MD -- https://waterkeeperschesapeake.org/employment-opportunities/
++ Federal Legislative and Policy Attorney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Open until filled – Washington, DC -- https://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/jobs-internships/jobs/federal-legislative-and.html
++ Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake – Open until filled -- Annapolis, Maryland/remotely -- https://www.interfaithchesapeake.org/jobs
++ School Year Educator, Pickering Creek Audubon Center – Open until filled – Easton, MD -- https://pickering-creek-audubon-center.breezy.hr/p/a0a8b7bd43cd-school-year-educator
2.) Webinar -- Through Ebony Eyes: Preserving the Legacy of Blacks on the Chesapeake – July 20, 2021 (7-8pm) -- The Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, created by Vince Leggett, has amassed a rich collection of artifacts, oral histories and over 40,000 photos documenting their experiences. Leggett will share some of their stories. He will highlight voices from two of his books. For more information and to register, see https://serc.si.edu/event/through-ebony-eyes-preserving-legacy-blacks-chesapeake. Offered by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).
3.) Breakfast on the Bay (Virtual) -- To learn more about these events and to register, see https://www.allianceforthebay.org/get-involved/events/. Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
++ Alewerks – July 20, 2021 (10-11am)
++ Rivertrends -- August 10, 2021 (12-1pm)
++ Stream Study With Shank’s Mare -- August 24, 2021 (9-10am)
++ EcoLatinos -- September 1, 2021 (12-1pm)
4.) Requests for Abstracts: Sustainable Watersheds and Agriculture Symposium – Submission Deadline: August 2, 2021; Symposium: October 26-27, 2021 – Fulton, MD – Theme: Finding Opportunities to Integrate Agriculture into Watershed Solutions -- Focuses on the role agriculture can play in improving watershed health and water quality. The symposium will be an in-person event. Register by August 27, 2021 for the early-bird rate. For more information, to register, or to submit an abstract, see https://www.cwp.org/2021-agriculture-registration/. Organized by the Center for Watershed Protection.
5.) Workshop: Project WET (Water Education for Today) -- August 6, 2021 (10am-4pm) – Charlottesville, VA -- This in-person workshop will be led by Dr. Eileen Merritt of Virginia Tech. Participants will receive the Project WET K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, which contains 64 activities designed to supplement existing curriculum. Participants will also receive: six hours of instruction and supplemental water education materials, including access to WET’s online water portal. To register, click here. For more information contact VAEE’s Professional Learning Committee at lear...@VirginiaEE.org. Offered by the Virginia Association for Environmental Education (VAEE) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
6.) Public Meeting and Comment Period: Lewis Creek Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project – Meeting: August 18, 2021; Comment Period Ends: September 17, 2021 -- Staunton, VA -- The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors will discuss the results of the PCB water quality study. There is limited seating available so attendees should bring a chair to the meeting. A 30-day public comment period will follow the meeting. For more information, see https://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewMeeting.cfm?MeetingID=32740.
7.) Save the Date: 12th Annual Occoquan River Clean-up – September 11, 2021 (9am-2pm; rain date: September 18, 2021) – Multiple Locations: Upper Occoquan River – Water-based and land-based cleanup opportunities. Volunteers experienced in kayaking/canoeing/jon boating are needed for this event. For more information and to register, see http://www.pwtsc.org/. Hosted by the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, and other partners.
8.) 2021 Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Challenge – Submissions due: September 30, 2021 (2pm) -- This challenge provides an opportunity for individuals and firms to contribute to the development of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-free firefighting foams as alternatives to AFFF. Submissions are accepted for innovative formulations that can approach and match the capabilities of legacy AFFF. The submitter will initially demonstrate these capabilities by performing a small pan fire extinguishing test. To learn more, see https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/2021-serdp-afff-challenge/. Offered by the U.S. Department of Defense.
9.) Report Algal Blooms or Fish Kills
++ Report Algal Blooms -- Use the online report form located on the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) page at www.SwimHealthyVa.com. The HAB Task Force responds to complaints regarding blooms.
++ Algal Bloom Surveillance Map -- https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/waterborne-hazards-control/algal-bloom-surveillance-map/ -- Updated regularly during the months of May – October. The map does not reflect all possible blooms in the state, only those reported and under investigation.
++ Report HAB-Related Illness – Use the toll free HAB Hotline at 888-238-6154. This number is to be used for health complaints only.
++ Report Fish Kills – Also, report other dead animals in or near the water. Contact Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC) at 1-800-468-8892.
10.) Report Pinesnake (Bullsnake) Sightings -- The last known pinesnake (AKA bullsnake) sighting from Virginia was in 1989. If you are outdoors in areas with sandy, well-drained soils or dry rock ridges, and come across a living or dead pinesnake, report the sighting to Kevin Hamed at 540-231-1887 or kha...@vt.edu. These snakes are nonvenomous and harmless. Do not handle or remove the snake from its habitat. Try to take a photograph or video of the snake (its head and/or back) and note the location, time, and date of your observation. Also note the characteristics of the area where located (e.g., types of trees and soil). To see photos of pinesnakes and learn more, see https://pinesnake.fishwild.vt.edu/. A project of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.
11.) Publication -- Rising to the Challenge: A New Climate Reality in the Potomac River Region -- www.PotomacClimateReport.org – Published June 28, 2021 -- This six-part series will explore the local impacts of the climate crisis and offer ways to meet this moment with urgency and action. Download this free 110+-page report as a PDF. Published by the Potomac Conservancy.
12.) Publication -- Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan -- PDF -- More than two million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing, and many more without sanitation. This report focuses on equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The report provides a national analysis of the water access gap. This report also provides the view from within six impacted communities: California’s Central Valley, the Navajo Nation, the Texas colonias, rural areas in the South, Appalachia, and Puerto Rico. The Action Plan highlights promising strategies and practices that are improving water access for vulnerable communities. By Dig Deep and US Water Alliance.
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