Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Canvas was unavailable Monday, August 8.

 It's restored now.  Everyone has been making great progress and many have wrapped up their work for the semester.  I am very flexible this week if you need one-on-one support.  

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Project WET workshop in Virginia Beach in September

for Water Educators of all kinds, there’s an upcoming Project WET workshop. 

Calling all Virginia Water Educators and Communicators! Join us for a Project WET workshop focused on K12 water resources lessons, water career awareness, and hands on learning. Project WET is a water education program that helps children and communities connect to their local watershed and understand their relationship to local water resources. In this workshop, you will get familiar with Project WET lessons, brainstorm how to incorporate them into your programming, and practice implementing one of the pre-built lessons.

 When: Monday, September 12, 2022, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

 Presented by the VA AWWA Water Awareness and Education Committee

 Cost: $115

 Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center - 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

 The Project WET workshop is being offered as part of the WaterJAM 2022 annual meeting. You can sign up for the workshop independently of the conference. 

 Here is the link to all the workshops (Project WET is the third one listed):

 You can register here: https://pheedloop.com/EVEHOTYDWGEOJ/site/register/

 Reach out to Lilly Meighan at Lillian.Meighan@lynchburgva.gov with any questions. 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Washington Post Opinion: The devastating Chesapeake blue crab collapse

 By Gerald W. Winegrad, July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EDT

from WashingtonPost.com:

Gerald W. Winegrad chaired the Maryland Senate’s Environment and Chesapeake Bay Subcommittee and has been a recreational crabber for more than a half-century from Norfolk to Annapolis.

Recent news on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs accurately covered the severe drop in the numbers of crabs but did not accurately portray the weak response by state fishery managers, the urgency of enforcement and need for greater curbs on harvest pressure.

The data documents a radical decline in crab numbers — the lowest ever recorded. This nadir was reached after crab numbers dropped by 32 percent in 2020 and an additional 30 percent in 2021. We are now at less than one-third of the population of 30 years ago. Juvenile crabs declined three years in a row and in five of the past six years, denoting a serious recruitment failure likely leading to even fewer crabs.

(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The radical decline in male crabs to the lowest recorded level is of grave concern. But the linkage to overall crab abundance from low sperm availability has been overemphasized. One biologist noted the

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Restoring Beavers to Restore Wetlands

 Bring Back the Beavers to Restore our Wetlands (from Water Research Network)

Millions of highly skilled environmental engineers stand ready to make our continent more resilient to climate change.

They restore wetlands that absorb carbon, store water, filter pollution and clean and cool waters for salmon and trout. They are recognized around the world for helping to reduce wildfire risk. Scientists have valued their environmental services at close to $179,000 per square mile annually.

And they work for free.  

(Image source: Water Research Network)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

James Lovelock, Gaia Theory, Dies at 103

July 27, 2022

Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Wire

James Lovelock, the maverick British ecologist whose work was essential to today’s understanding of man-made pollutants and their effect on climate and who captured the scientific world’s imagination with his Gaia theory, portraying the Earth as a living creature, died on Tuesday, his 103rd birthday, at his home in Dorset, in southwest England.

His family confirmed the death in a statement on Twitter, saying that until six months ago he “was still able to walk along the coast near his home in Dorset and take part in interviews, but his health deteriorated after a bad fall earlier this year.”

Dr. Lovelock’s breadth of knowledge extended from astronomy to zoology. In his later years he became

Monday, July 25, 2022

Course blogs

Here is the list of our course blogs, wikis or alternative formats.  Thanks to all who explored and struggled in new technology, scrambled to pull good stuff together, and worked hard in the first half of the semester with this level of publishing your products.  A few folks are still working on a few settings.   (PLEASE let me know if your link isn’t doing what you intended or I mislabeled or misspelled something!) 

The list below is in alpha order (I do my fall class in reverse alpha).  It’s in Arial 11 font.  Reorder, resize, or reformat any way you wish.

I’m pleased at how many different platforms and strategies you have experimented with.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Weekly national (and some international) Job Listings - July 23, 2022


Friday, July 22, 2022

Elevating Women in Science - July 26

Elevating Women in Science

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Speaker: Stephanie Stack, Pacific Whale Foundation

Advance Registration Required

Event Details

On the journey from student to scientist, there are pivotal moments where women

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Lots of DMV Area Water Jobs (and others)

 DMV Area Job Opportunities 
(Please click on more and be sure to scan the "Various Jobs" multiple listings.)

Virginia Green Infrastructure Projects Coordinator, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – July 24, 2022 -- City of Richmond and throughout central and southern Virginia -- https://www.allianceforthebay.org/get-involved/careers/

Grant Analyst, Hampton Roads Sanitation District (Job: IRC15467) – Deadline: July 27, 2022 -- Virginia Beach, VA -- https://www.hrsd.com/careers (search “grant” under iRecruitment)

Web Developer, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA) – Reviews Begin: July 20, 2022; Closing: August 6, 2022 -- VIMS, Gloucester Point, VA -- https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/search (search “CBNERR”)

President and Chief Executive Office, Nansemond River Preservation Alliance -- Application Deadline: August 15, 2022 -- Suffolk, VA -- https://www.cleanmyrivers.com/careers

River Steward: Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, Friends of the Rappahannock and The Nature Conservancy – Open until filled – Tappahannock, VA -- https://riverfriends.org/jobs-internships/

Part-time Upper Rappahannock Environmental Education Assistant, Friends of the Rappahannock – Open until filled – Culpeper, VA -- https://riverfriends.org/jobs-internships/

Development Director, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) – Open until filled -- Petersburg, VA -- https://folar-va.org/

Senior Environmental Compliance Manager in Planning/Permitting, Dudek – Open until filled -- Norfolk, Richmond, remote work, VA -- https://dudek.com/your-career/open-positions/ and search “Virginia”

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