Our Watershed Watch feature is dedicated to sharing our partners’ and others latest research and reports. If you have, or know of a report you would like us to feature in an upcoming issue of Downstream
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Regional Clean Water Guidelines for Fertilization of Urban Turf: Final Report
Over the past few months, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) has worked with the states and EPA on a comprehensive revision of the guidelines based on stakeholder comments. The result is this final report to the environmental agency commissioners, which includes a set of 33 regional guidelines that are presented in this report. The guidelines are organized around 5 R’s – right formulation, right rate, right time, right place and right supporting actions. It’s NEIWPCC’s intent that state water quality programs, municipalities and watershed groups will be able to use or adapt these regional guidelines as a basis for outreach and education efforts related to turf fertilizer.
Read the Final Report HERE
Learn more about the Initiative HERE
Infographic: What is Nutrient Pollution?
By: US EPA
Northeast Recreational Boater Survey: Report & Maps
By: Sea Plan
In 2011, nearly 35% percent of the United States (U.S.) adult population, about 83 million people, participated in recreational boating. Yet, for this nationally important sector, surprisingly little is known about where people boat, the economic impact of marine recreational boating and other information useful for ocean managers, the boating industry and boaters themselves. To help fill this information gap for one region of the U.S., the 2012 Northeast Recreational Boating Survey (2012 NE Survey) conducted by Sea Plan with regional partners gathered spatial, temporal, and socio-economic data on marine recreational boating and boating-based activities, including fishing, SCUBA diving, swimming, relaxing, and wildlife viewing.
to explore the survey data, interactive maps and more.