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1/28/2013: EPA Report America's Children and the Environment, 3rd Edition (Pre-Publication):
The report contains good news for children and families including significant improvements in the quality of the air we breathe, substantial decreases in childhood blood lead levels, and a steady reduction in childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exposure to secondhand smoke.
7/11/2012: Streambank Stabilization Field Day: July 13, 2012, 8:30am to 4pm. Tahlequah, OK. Free registration but required by July 9th. To register or for more information contact Jeri Fleming at email@example.com or (405) 744-8395. Author: Smolen
2/10/2010: 2010 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference: The 2010 Land and Sea Grant National Water Conference will take place February 21-25, at the Marriot Hilton Hotel in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Conference highlights include over 160 presentations addressing current and future water resource management issues, and participants will consist of University researchers and educators who lead water quality and quantity programs. Early registration deadline is January 15, 2010. Click on the title of this announcement for more information or to register online.
10/29/2009: Introduction to Taxonomy and Pollution Ecology of Aquatic Insects: This workshop is for those who may be interested in learning about benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring and identification. It takes place October 20-22, 2009 in Rm. 214 Sycamore Bldg., 340 Victoria Rd., AB Tech, Asheville, NC 28801. Registration is limited to 15 participants. The registration fee is $475 and includes break service, lunch on days 2 and 3, workshop materials, and transportation to field sites. Information concerning scholarships and further general information can be found following this link.
9/1/2009: Summer Water Resources Conference and Workshop:
2009 5th International SWAT Conference & Workshops on August 3-7 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO. Click on the link for information regarding conference and workshop registration, lodging information, conference topics, and abstract submission.
9/1/2009: Project Webfoot: A Workshop for Teachers and Non-formal Educators: Join the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the Rogers State University Conservation Education Reserve and Ducks Unlimited for this one-day workshop to learn skills and methods for teaching about wetlands. You will participate in fun, hands-on activities from the Project Webfoot Educators Kit and WOW! the Wonders of Wetlands Educators Guide. Takes place on June 16, 2009. Registration deadline is June 5, 2009, enrollment limited to the first 20 applicants! Click on the link for further information.
9/1/2009: Water Resources Training Courses Update: Several water resources training courses will be held in the upcoming months. They include;
River/Reservoir Modeling with WRAP (Introductory) tentatively set for July 6-7 at Texas A&M University at College Station,TX.
River/Reservoir Modeling with WRAP (Advanced) tentatively set for July 8-9 at Texas AM University at College Station, TX.
In September 2008 the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the Environment and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (EWRI/ASCE), and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) brought together water resource experts from the public and private sector, congressional staff, and federal agencies to review the results of three National Water Policy Dialogues conducted by AWRA in 2002, 2005, and 2007 at the request of 10 federal water resource agencies. The purpose of the September Dialogue was to identify the challenges that would be faced by the incoming Administration and the 111th Congress when they took office in 2009. The link will take you to the summary of the September Water Policy Dialogue and a copy of the letter sent to the President, all governors, and key leaders in Congress following the 2007 National Water Policy Dialogue.
3/4/2009: Forestry Best Management Practices Workshop: The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, Oklahoma Conservation Commission and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in partnership with the Arkansas Timber Producers Association will host a Forestry Best Management Practices Workshop on Dec. 4, 2008 from 1:00-5:00pm at the OSRC Headquarters Building near Tahlequah, OK. Call 1-888-403-2232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
3/4/2009: CAFO Rules Finalized: EPA published final rules for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) November 20th. The rules include an option to certify that a CAFO does not discharge or propose to discharge; it clarifies how the agricultural stormwater discharge exemption criteria are interpreted for unpermitted Large CAFOs; and it requires CAFOs seeking permit coverage to submit their nutrient management plans (NMPs) with their applications. Permitting authorities are required to review the NMPs and provide an opportunity for meaningful public review and comment and to incorporate terms of NMPs as permit conditions. Additionally, CAFOs may no longer use a containment structure to fulfill the no discharge requirement. Instead it requires new sources to establish best management practices.
10/22/2008: Natural and Beneficial Floodplain Functions:: This is a position paper prepared by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, (ASFPM), a non-profit professional organization dedicated to reducing flood losses and protecting floodplain functions and resources in the United States.
9/14/2008: Public Notice - Canadian River TMDL: Eleven waterbodies included in this study are located in Caddo, Grady, McClain, Pontotoc, Hughes, Seminole, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie Counties. A small portion of Spring Brook is located in Garvin County, and a small portion of the northern part of the Canadian River is located in Canadian County.
This TMDL study is concerned with bacterial contamination. Sources considered include waste treatment facilies, CAFOs, stormwater, and septic tanks as well as livestock and wildlife.
Comments are due by August 11, 2008 to DEQ. Author: Smolen
9/14/2008: Poultry Litter Transfer Subsidy: Subsidy to transfer litter out of Illinois River and Spavinaw/Eucha watersheds. The most significant changes to the program are: buyers must be pre-approved, rate changed from 5 cents to 3 cents/ton/loaded mile, and the eligibility map is no longer valid. Anyone in the state of OK that is outside NLWs and NVGs and more than 10 miles from the source of litter can apply for the program.
8/29/2008: Free and confidential Environmental Assessment and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Assistance is now available to livestock producers.: The Environmental Resource Coalition is offering free assistance to livestock producers in Oklahoma until their grant is used up.
8/14/2008: USGS Report: Streamflow, Water Quality, and Metal Loads from Chat Leachate and Mine Outflow into Tar Creek, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, 2005 Document:click here
7/31/2008: OSRC River Currents 5(2): The latest issue of the Scenic Rivers newsletter is available now, and it is outstanding! It includes pictures of 2008 flooding on the Illinois River, gravel bar restoration at Peavine Access Area, poultry industry efforts, and the changes due to SB 1381, eliminating user fees. Be sure to check out this issue. -mds
6/6/2008: New Water Quality Fact Sheet: PPM Plus: A Tool to Aid in Nutrient Management Plan Development. BAE-1522