Tag Archives: Natural Resources

Case Study Suggests New Approach to Urban Water Supply

If you live in the developed world, safe water is usually just a faucet-turn away. And yet, global warming, drought conditions, and population growth in coming decades could change that, ushering in an era of uncertain access to water. Now an MIT-based research team has evaluated those potential problems and, based on a case study in Australia, suggested an alternate approach to water planning. Read more... Read more

Highlands Conservation Act Grant Program

​ The Highlands Conservation Act is designed to assist Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in conserving land and natural resources in the Highlands Region through Federal assistance for land conservation projects in which a State entity acquires land or an interest in land from a willing seller to permanently protect resources of high conservation value. Applications due July 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

USDA Commits $32 Million to Protect Natural Resources Through Joint Chiefs’ Partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public forests and grasslands connect to privately-owned lands. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service will invest the new funds in fiscal year 2017 to add ten new projects and support 26 partnership projects already underway. Federal, state, and local partners will bring an additional $30... Read more

Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

In this report, the Federal Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup is reaffirming the importance of continuing to improve the nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and other impacts of a changing climate when managing our freshwater resources. The report focuses on three areas: Data and Research; Planning and Decision Support; and Training and Outreach. Read more... Read more

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Priority will be given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural areas that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations. Proposals due January 31,... Read more

Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources

​ This training module from the Environmental Protection Agency is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources and the challenges water resource managers face. This module is one of the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program. Learn more... Read more

Implementing Eco-Logical: 2014/2015 Annual Report

The Implementing Eco-Logical Annual Report provides updates on accomplishments of the Eco-Logical Program implementation, led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Eco-Logical is an ecosystem-based approach to integrated infrastructure and natural resource planning, project development and delivery. Read report... Read more

Forestry Preservation Program Adds Over 1000 Acres of Wisconsin River Headwaters to Public Trust

The completion of an agreement to preserve more than a thousand acres of Wisconsin River headwaters near Land O’ Lakes was announced in late 2015. The Forest Legacy program is designed to protect working forests with high ecological and recreational value, and it achieves a permanent conservation easement between the landowners and the Department of Natural Resources. Read more... Read more
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