lakes

Climate Change in the North Country Talk Planned

The Alice T. Miner Museum has announced that Dr. Curt Stager, professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, will speak on the regional impact of climate change on March 2nd. Climate change is about more than distant polar bears and rising sea levels. It is happening here, too. The talk will look at what… Continue reading Climate Change in the North Country Talk Planned

invasive species

USDA APHIS Extends Comment Period on Interstate Movement of Plant Pests, Biocontrol Agents and Soil

The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has announced an extension of the comment period for a revision to the the regulations in 7 CFR part 330 that govern the movement into and within the United States of plant pests, biological control agents, and soil, and is soliciting public comments until April 19, 2017. The… Continue reading USDA APHIS Extends Comment Period on Interstate Movement of Plant Pests, Biocontrol Agents and Soil

Aquatic life · Hydrology

EPA and USGS Release Report on Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration

EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have released a report providing scientific and technical information related to protection of aquatic life from effects of hydrologic alteration. This report presents a literature review of natural flow and a description of the potential effects of flow alteration on aquatic life, as well as examples of water… Continue reading EPA and USGS Release Report on Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration

Cyanobacteria · lakes

EPA Releases Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Cyanotoxins

On December 12th EPA issued draft recreational water quality criteria and/or swimming advisories for the cyanotoxins microcystin and cylindrospermopsin. EPA has identified draft recommended concentrations of the cyanotoxins to protect human health while swimming or participating in other recreational activities in and on the water. Once final, states can consider adopting these criteria into their… Continue reading EPA Releases Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Cyanotoxins

invasive species · lakes

President Obama issues Executive Order addressing Invasive Species

President Obama has issued an Executive Order – Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species. Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999 (Invasive Species), called upon executive departments and agencies to take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, and to support efforts to eradicate and control invasive species that… Continue reading President Obama issues Executive Order addressing Invasive Species

climate change · lakes

EPA Releases Updated National Action Plan: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

EPA has released an updated report addressing ways to build resilience to climate change for water resources has been released by the federal Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup.  “Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate” updates a 2011 National Action Plan and outlines priority actions to make progress in three… Continue reading EPA Releases Updated National Action Plan: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

EPA · lakes · pollution

EPA’s National Lakes Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus.Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water… Continue reading EPA’s National Lakes Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes