Watershed Watch: February 2014

Watershed Watch 
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, please contact us and we will be happy to include it.
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?


Click HERE or on image above to view full size
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.

CLICK HERE to explore the survey data, interactive maps and more.

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.