2.) Request for Proposals: Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program – Submission Deadline: March 4, 2021
3.) Water Quality Data Accepted: 2022 Integrated Report (IR) – Data Due: March 5, 2021
4.) Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) Annual Conference (Virtual) -- March 8-10, 2021
5.) Request for Proposals: Potomac Tidal Wetlands and Chesapeake Bay Stream Mitigation – Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021
6.) Resources: National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW)
7.) EPA Ground Water and Drinking Water News
8.) Webinar Link: Local Efforts to Research & Stop PFAS
9.) Climate Strategies: Community-Led Research Toolkit
10.) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News
11.) Call for Members: Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network (VPPPN) –
12.) 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/.
++ Environmental Communications Program Assistant, Green Fin Studio – Deadline: February 26, 2021 – Richmond, VA -- https://greenfinstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/GFS_ProgramAssistantPD.pdf
++ Various Positions, Environmental Law Institute (ELI) – Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 or later depending on position – Washington, DC -- https://www.eli.org/employment
++ Chief of Habitat Management, Virginia Marine Resources Commission – Deadline: March 9, 2021 – Fort Monroe, VA -- https://mrc.virginia.gov/mrcjobs.shtm
++ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Consultant, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – Deadline: March 12, 2021 -- https://www.allianceforthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/RFP-DEI-Consultant-Alliance-for-Ches.-Bay-2.12.21.pdf
++ Water Quality Research Analyst Intern, Henrico County Government – Deadline: March 15, 2021 – Henrico, VA -- https://henrico.us/services/jobs/ (search “intern”)
++ Extension Educator, Michigan State University – Deadline: March 31, 2021 – Alcona, MI -- https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/504893/extension-educatorfixed
++ Summer Camp Interns, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park – Deadline: April 1, 2021 – Annapolis, MD -- https://amaritime.org/about/internships/
++ Grants Manager & Writer (Part Time), Waterkeepers Chesapeake – Open until filled – Washington, D.C. -- https://waterkeeperschesapeake.org/grants-manager-writer-pt/
++ Various Positions, Augusta County Service Authority – Open until filled – Verona, VA -- https://www.acsawater.com/employment.
2.) Request for Proposals: Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Grant Program – Submission Deadline: March 4, 2021 (4pm) – Municipalities, non-profit organizations, neighborhood/community associations, and other nonprofit entities are eligible. This program was created to support design projects, financing strategies, and/or implementation of green street projects. Grant funding can be applied anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay watershed portion of EPA Region 3. For more information, see https://cbtrust.org/grants/green-streets-green-jobs-green-towns/. Funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III (EPA), and the Chesapeake Bay Trust with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
3.) Water Quality Data Accepted: 2022 Integrated Report (IR) – Data Due: March 5, 2021 – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting water quality data for use in its 2022 IR. More information is available on the DEQ website at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/monitoring/citizen-monitoring. DEQ prefers that citizen monitoring groups in the Chesapeake Bay drainage manage their data through the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC). More information about the CMC can be found at https://www.chesapeakemonitoringcoop.org/ or by contacting Liz Chudoba, Program Manager, at lchu...@allianceforthebay.org or 804-793-8785. Submission guidelines for groups who are NOT submitting through the CMC are at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=4828. ALL citizen monitoring groups must complete and submit a Use Authorization Form for Water Quality Data for data submitted for the 2019 and/or 2020 time period (regardless if submitted directly to DEQ or via the CMC; link to form: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=5246). A recording of a webinar about submissions is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4796128407535416582. Questions about submitting data to DEQ should be directed to Roland Owens at 703-583-3881 or Clyde...@deq.virginia.gov. Questions on the Use Authorization Form and/or QA data requirements should be directed to Stuart Torbeck at 804-698-4461 or Charles...@deq.virginia.gov. Data and Use Authorization Forms should be submitted to Stuart Torbeck via email. Data submitted to DEQ after March 5, 2021 will be reviewed in preparation of the 2024 IR.
4.) Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) Annual Conference (Virtual) -- March 8-10, 2021 (mornings through lunchtime) -- Topics include practical applications and research in related water subjects. Participants will have the option to build their own schedule, as well as the ability to jump from session-to-session in real-time. To learn more, see https://vlwa.org/virginia-water-conference/about-the-conference/. Organized by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.
5.) Request for Proposals: Potomac Tidal Wetlands and Chesapeake Bay Stream Mitigation – Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021 – Seeking proposals for full-delivery services for Tidal Wetland mitigation project(s) in the Potomac River basin and/or Stream mitigation project(s) in the Chesapeake Bay basin in Virginia. The purpose of the project(s) is to provide wetland mitigation to offset unavoidable impacts for which the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (VARTF) was utilized as the compensatory mitigation. For more information, see https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/virginia/stories-in-virginia/virginia-aquatic-resources-trust-fund/. Offered through The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
6.) Resources: National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) -- February 22-26, 2021 -- Various resources regarding (1) native plants to use in Virginia landscapes, and (2) invasive plants to avoid planting in Virginia. This information was provided by Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). To learn more about Blue Ridge PRISM, see https://blueridgeprism.org/.
++ Blue Ridge PRISM Garden Escape Artists Fact Sheet
++ USFS Native Plant Alternatives
++ Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Guide
++ Flora of Virginia Project
++ DCR Invasive Plant Species List
++ Virginia Native Plant Society – Includes guides and native plant nursery listings
++ Piedmont Natives Plant Database
++ Native Species or Cultivars of Native Plants - Does it matter?
++ HomeGrown National Park
7.) EPA Ground Water and Drinking Water News – More information is available at https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water and https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-action-address-pfas-drinking-water.
++ EPA reproposes fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5).
++ EPA reissuing final determinations to regulate two contaminants, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
8.) Webinar Link: Local Efforts to Research & Stop PFAS -- PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a class of more than 9000 man-made chemicals common in firefighting and non-stick coatings that persist in the environment and in the human body. The webinar featured: Vicki Blazer, USGS Research Fisheries Biologist; Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper; Sara Love, Maryland Delegate; Sarah Elfreth, Maryland Senator; and Anna Killius, James River Association. See link here, https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3630733476976303&ref=watch_permalink. Organized by Waterkeepers Chesapeake.
9.) Climate Strategies: Community-Led Research Toolkit – This toolkit provides step-by-step guidance and lessons learned on how to effectively engage with community members to understand climate impacts and to develop equitable climate resilience strategies. For more information, see https://www.rivernetwork.org/connect-learn/resources/clrtoolkit/. Offered by River Network.
10.) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News
++ Significant Progress for Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reef Restoration—Yes, Even in 2020 -- https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/significant-progress-chesapeake-bay-oyster-reef-restoration-yes-even-2020
++ What Did 2020 Mean for the Chesapeake Bay’s Fish, Crabs, and Oysters? -- https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/what-did-2020-mean-chesapeake-bays-fish-crabs-and-oysters
11.) Call for Members: Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network (VPPPN) – This network promotes and facilitates coordination, collaboration, and communication among groups working to reduce plastic pollution throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is free. Benefits include a monthly Zoom meeting and sharing through forums and announcements. To learn more, see https://virginiaplasticpollutionpreventionnetwork.wildapricot.org/home. Co-founded by: Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, Eco Maniac Company, LLC, and Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (at the VA Department of Environmental Quality).
12.) 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.
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