July 2015: Watershed Watch

New Report
Restore America’s Estuaries Impact Assessment

By: Restore America’s EstuariesRestore America’s Estuaries recently released a new report “Impact Assessment: Federal Coastal Habitat Investments Support People, Fish, and Wildlife” which highlights the cascading positive impacts that coastal habitat restoration has on job creation, tourism, fisheries production, recreation, and human health. Positive impacts are summarized through a series of 9 case studies across the coast including:

  • Liberty Bay Oyster Restoration, WA
  • San Diego Bay Salt Marsh Restoration, CA
  • Bay Harbor, Galveston Bay Restoration, TX
  • Mobile Bay Restoration, AL
  • Hatteras Harbor Living Shoreline Restoration, NC
  • Shoptalk River Oyster Reef Restoration, MD
  • Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Beach Restoration, NJ
  • Saw Mill River Daylighting in Yonkers, NY
  • Stony Brook River Restoration, MA

In addition to the case studies, the report includes a comprehensive list of federal programs that can provide assistance and financial support for coastal habitat restoration.

Read the Full Details HERE.
Read the Full Report HERE.

2015 State of the Water Industry
By: American Water Works AssociationThe American Water Works Association recently released its annual State of the Water Industry Report and water infrastructure was once again at the top of the list for challenges facing the water sector despite growing concerns about drought in the west. The report draws upon the perspectives of over 1,700 water professionals to provide a snapshot of the nation’s state of water.

To read the full report visit Awwa.org. A free download is available for AWWA Members.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.