Thursday, August 17, 2017
Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring and Outreach

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring and Outreach

Washington Sea Grant

Preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species is the only way to eliminate associated ecological and economic damages. Where prevention measures fail, early detection of a newly established population offers the best hope of effectively reducing impacts. By working formal and informal education settings to encourage prevention measures and by establishing a network to monitor marine waters for key species of concern, Washington Sea Grant aims to prevent and reduce economic and ecological harm for coastal communities.

Beach and Nearshore Water Quality Forecasting Tool

Beach and Nearshore Water Quality Forecasting Tool

Michigan Sea Grant

The Great Lakes Beach, Tributary, and Nearshore Water Quality: Hydrologic and Hydrodynamic Data and Model Assimilation website hosts a water quality forecasting system for use at targeted beaches throughout the Great Lakes.

Chester City Interactive Inundation Maps

Chester City Interactive Inundation Maps

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

The Chester Climate Adaptation Team produced this series of 11 interactive Google Maps to assess the risk to the City's population, infrastructure, and environment from varying levels of flooding.

Climate and Water Quality Diagram

Climate and Water Quality Diagram

Michigan Sea Grant

The Climate and Water Quality diagram is used for public outreach to show interaction of climate, water quality, land use and invasive species.

Coastal Ocean Hypoxia Model

Coastal Ocean Hypoxia Model

South Carolina Sea Grant

A large percentage of South Carolina’s economy is driven by the popularity of beaches as tourist destinations.  Hypoxic (low-oxygen) conditions have been documented in the nearshore coastal waters of Long Bay, South Carolina, during summer months over the past several years.  To maintain a healthy environment for recreation it is necessary to assess the impacts of land use on groundwater discharge to the area.  Researchers measured radon activities of shallow beachface groundwater and nearshore bottom waters to estimate mixing rates and submarine groundwater discharge in Long Bay.  They successfully developed a mixing model based on these measurements, which helped determine that natural phenomena such as limited mixing and submarine groundwater discharge (both previously overlooked) can significantly influence nearshore water quality and lead to hypoxic conditions.  This model can be applied to other types of marine environments to help determine the causes of hypoxia, and as such could be a valuable tool in maintaining coastal water quality, especially in highly developed (urban) areas. 

Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide

Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide

Connecticut Sea Grant

With EPA support, Connecticut Sea Grant partnered with CLEAR and University of Connecticut's Deptartment of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture to produce the web-based tool, Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound.

Coastwatch: Great Lakes Surface Water Temperatures

Coastwatch: Great Lakes Surface Water Temperatures

Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan Sea Grant has created a customized user interface for the NOAA CoastWatch data reporting system, evolving as a cooperative project between the NOAA CoastWatch Great Lakes Regional Node (NOAA GLERL) and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.
Confronting Shoreline Erosion on Oahu

Confronting Shoreline Erosion on Oahu

Hawaii Sea Grant's work featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Hawaii Sea Grant's work featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Connecticut Climate Adaptation Academy

Connecticut Climate Adaptation Academy

Connecticut Sea Grant

Climate Adaptation Academy is a one-day session on topics relevant to municipal commission members (Planning and Zoning, Inland Wetlands, Conservation), municipal officials, coastal engineers and other interested professionals.

Connecticut Rain Garden App

Connecticut Rain Garden App

Connecticut Sea Grant

CLEAR and CTSG partnered to develop a Rain Garden App designed to help people properly install a rain garden, a critical tool in the face of changing precipitation patterns.

Forecasting Effects of Nutrient Loading and Changing Land Use

Forecasting Effects of Nutrient Loading and Changing Land Use

Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant supported a research project to develop a Nutrient Loading Model for the Delmarva Peninsula. Other collaborators and funders on the effort included Sea Grant programs in Delaware and Virginia.

Hydrologic Model of Clinton River Impoundments

Hydrologic Model of Clinton River Impoundments

Michigan Sea Grant

An integrated assessment research project and deliverables to support Clinton River watershed decision-makers in water resources management.

Lawn Campaign Mind Map

Lawn Campaign Mind Map

New Hampshire Sea Grant

This tool was used to illustrate how social science findings could be used in a watershed wide non-point source pollution reduction campaign.

Lawn care information sheet and brochure

Lawn care information sheet and brochure

New Hampshire Sea Grant

These tools are the result of a multi-state, integrated Sea Grant /Cooperative Extension coordinated project that supported both turf and social science research to reduce nitrogen losses from turf care and maintenance by do-it-yourself'ers.

Lawn to Lake

Lawn to Lake

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Lawn and garden chemicals applied in the Lake Michigan basin can wind up in the water, polluting the lakes with pesticides and excess fertilizer. The program promotes healthy landscape practices, offering communities, landscapers, residents, and others, tips for maintaining healthy lawns and landscapes without over-relying on chemicals. 

Managing Live Bait Trade to Reduce Invasive Species

Managing Live Bait Trade to Reduce Invasive Species

Maryland Sea Grant

The introduction of aquatic invasive species to Chesapeake Bay, transported through the ballast water of cargo ships or by live animal and plant trades, can bring ecologically harmful consequences. To safeguard local ecosystems, Maryland Sea Grant supports programs that seek to prevent the establishment of new invasive species in the region.

NOAA CCAI project, Coastal Infrastructure Resilience in a Changing Climate

NOAA CCAI project, Coastal Infrastructure Resilience in a Changing Climate

Maine Sea Grant

With funding from Sea Grant's Community Climate Adaptation Initiative (CCAI), Maine Sea Grant/UMaine Extension and UMaine researchers working with the City of Ellsworth have been co-developing adaptation planning tools for decision making, mapping complex governance structures for stormwater infrastructure, downscaling modeling of extreme storm events for including seasonal changes affecting timing for city maintenance of stormwater infrastructure, developing simple scenario interactive mapping to assist in determining priorities, educational materials developed for residents on stormwater, and completing and airing of the documentary produced by Maine Public Broadcasting Network, “Culvert Operations.”

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Coastal Inundation Risk and Vulnerability Study

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Coastal Inundation Risk and Vulnerability Study

Hawai'i Sea Grant

In an effort to comprehensively and accurately assess the risks of future coastal hazards and the vulnerability of the community, the project included the following key steps: (1) mapping of projected sea level rise (SLR) scenarios to provide a baseline assessment of the potential impacts of inundation due to SLR, (2) modeling and mapping potential coastal hazards under elevated sea level conditions, specifically (a) tsunami inundation and (b) hurricane storm surge inundation, and (3) a socio-economic exposure analysis of the above inundation zones, as well as a 500-year flood hazard zone.

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NOAA Coastal Storms Program Projects

NOAA Coastal Storms Program Projects

Hawai‘i Sea Grant

This nationwide effort implemented in the Pacific Islands Region funded several projects that foster community resiliency through outreach, education, and product development.

Northeast Coastal Acidification Network

Northeast Coastal Acidification Network

Maine Sea Grant

Maine Sea Grant is a member of the steering committee for the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network planning a series of 10 Ocean Acidification Webinars, a synthesis of the State of the Science, culminating in a State of the Science workshop followed by Stakeholders workshops to develop an Ocean Acidification plan for the region (Long Island Sound to Nova Scotia).

Ocean Acidification Education Tools for K-12 Classrooms

Ocean Acidification Education Tools for K-12 Classrooms

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant, in partnership with the Suquamish Tribe, and with assistance from teachers, and state and academic education specialists, is developing a curated online collection of Ocean Acidification curricula, teaching tools, and informational resources for high school, middle school and elementary classrooms. The online collection, which will launched in Oct 2014, can be searched using a variety of filters, such as grade band, subject, type of material (i.e. lab activity, presentation, reading and analysis, etc.), and length of activity. This effort supports coastal resilience by building ocean acidification literacy.

Protecting Water Resources and Managing Stormwater

Protecting Water Resources and Managing Stormwater

New Hampshire Sea Grant

This is an outreach tool designed to guide communities through a range of strategies from landscape to plot level for water quality protection.

Puget Sound Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox

Puget Sound Shoreline Monitoring Toolbox

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant, working with the Puget Sound Partnership and Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program Nearshore Work Group, has standardized approaches for monitoring and a “toolbox” of protocols and information. The toolbox emphasizes methods that are simple and affordable, and that can be used for monitoring restoration sites and evaluating status and trends. 

Real Time Lake Monitoring

Real Time Lake Monitoring

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant maintains a buoy off the coast of Lake Michigan in Indiana and will soon be installing a second buoy in waters on the Illinois side. The buoys are equipped with sensitive scientific instruments that help scientists, managers, and local community members understand how the lake works, how things look today, and how things will look in the future.

River Restoration Workshop Series

River Restoration Workshop Series

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Since 2001, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has hosted workshops pertaining to various aspects of river and stream restoration, including dam removal. The River Restoration: Practices and Concepts workshops provide the opportunity to hear about the latest restoration projects from experts nationally as well as from the region, and communicate with other professionals with similar interests.

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in Hawai‘i: A Policy Toolkit for State and Local Governments

Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in Hawai‘i: A Policy Toolkit for State and Local Governments

Hawai'i Sea Grant

The purpose of this Tool Kit is to identify and explain key land use policy tools for state and local government agencies and officials to facilitate leadership and action in support of sea-level rise adaptation in Hawai‘i.

Septic Sense and Septic Social Workshops

Septic Sense and Septic Social Workshops

Washington Sea Grant

These workshops are designed to bring confidence to homeowners and businesses so that they can properly manage their on-site sewage systems. The workshops focus on the monitoring and maintenance of septic systems during all conditions and highlight special monitoring after an earthquake, during flooding events and power outages.

SG Law Center Funded Legal Research Report

SG Law Center Funded Legal Research Report

New Hampshire Sea Grant

Sea Grant coordinated a project to explore the legal authority, measures and consequences associated with the use of new 100 year floodplain maps by coastal communities in New Hampshire.

Targeted Research Results for Communities and Agencies

Targeted Research Results for Communities and Agencies

North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant funded research to determine impacts of rerouting water into the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge as part of a proposed wetland restoration project.

The Beach Manager's Manuals about Harmful Algal Blooms

The Beach Manager's Manuals about Harmful Algal Blooms

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Michigan Sea Grant

This beach manager’s manual provides the latest information and management strategies for harmful algal blooms, type E botulism outbreaks, and other topics in the future.

The City of Chester Vision 2020 Climate Adaptation Planning Elements

The City of Chester Vision 2020 Climate Adaptation Planning Elements

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

With funding from the 2012 National Sea Grant Climate Adaptation Competition, Chester was selected as a model coastal community for integrating climate change adaptation planning into economic revitalization efforts. Here are recommendations from the Chester Climate Task Force adopted as an addendum to the Vision 2020 comprehensive plan for the City by Chester City Council on June 25, 2014. (PDF, 80 pages).

The Great Lakes Legacy Act

The Great Lakes Legacy Act

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

This congressional act provides matching funds to communities to speed up the pace of cleanup of contaminated sediments within Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant conducts workshops, provides local community support, and has developed numerous products including curricula, economic development strategies, and fact sheets.

The Texas Coastal Planning Program (CPP)

The Texas Coastal Planning Program (CPP)

Texas Sea Grant

The Texas Coastal Planning Program helps community leaders through workshops that help them determine their readiness and plan for future needs with respect to coastal hazards, green infrastructure, water quality impairment and other issues related to sustainable development.

The Watershed Game

The Watershed Game

New Hampshire Sea Grant

The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that was developed by Minnesota Sea Grant as part of the Northland Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program to help participants understand the connection between land use and water quality, as well as the degree to which implementing best management practices across land uses and sectors within a watershed is critical for reaching a water quality goal.

The Watershed Game

The Watershed Game

Minnesota Sea Grant

The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps community leaders understand the connections between land use, clean water and their community.  Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.  

Torch Lake Contamination Fact Sheets, Map and PCB model

Torch Lake Contamination Fact Sheets, Map and PCB model

Michigan Sea Grant

An integrated assessment research project and deliverables to provide decision-makers input on how to remediate or mitigate any remaining problems.

Tracking Harmful Algal Blooms Using Satellites

Tracking Harmful Algal Blooms Using Satellites

Maryland Sea Grant

In May 2014, Maryland Sea Grant, in partnership with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), held a workshop to explore the use of remote sensing for detecting harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Training Volunteers to Assist Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Training Volunteers to Assist Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland and other states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are currently engaged in a multi-billion dollar effort to improve water quality by meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) targets for nutrients and sediments. To accomplish this, municipalities around the region need help from trained and dedicated volunteers who can implement watershed restoration practices. Such practices include stormwater management tools like rain gardens and barrels.

Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation in Hawai‘i

Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation in Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i Sea Grant

Describes Hawai‘i’s water resources, identifies troubling trends (i.e., declining rainfall, reduced stream flow, increasing temperature, and rising sea level), and provides12 potential adaptive tools for adaptive management of those water resources.

Water Stewardship Program

Water Stewardship Program

Washington Sea Grant

In collaboration with Washington Land Grant partners, Washington Sea Grant provides training, resources and opportunities to volunteers interested in learning about freshwater environments and the watershed and marine systems to which they are tied. The volunteers then contribute to improving their communities through monitoring, enhancement, restoration and outreach.

Water Supply Planning Tools

Water Supply Planning Tools

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Lake Michigan provides a reliable supply of drinking water for a large population in the greater Chicago area of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, but is being tapped to its legal limit. Water supply planning can increase preparedness for droughts and climate change, reduce regional conflicts, and promote conservation. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant has tools to help communities with sustainable water pricing, outdoor conservation, sample ordinances, etc.

Water, Weather, Climate and Community

Water, Weather, Climate and Community

New Hampshire Sea Grant

Water, Weather, Climate and Community is a workshop series that New Hampshire Sea Grant delivers with partners in the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup for community leaders wishing to learn more about climate adaptation and meet others with similar interests.

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