Watershed Watch: July 2013

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.

Film: Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn in a New Era in Ocean Stewardship
By: Blue Planet Productions
ScreenHunter_04 Jun. 25 12.02

In 2010 President Obama established the nation’s first National Ocean Policy in order to protect, maintain and restore our ocean, coastal and Great Lakes natuaral resources for present and future generations. The best way to manage our oceans for the present and future is through stakeholder-driven, innovative planning and cross-sector, unlikely collaborations. This film is a condensed version of a 90-minute full-length film and features on-the-ground reporting from places across the country that are at the forefront of implementing promising new approaches to ocean and coastal management.
New England is leading the way on developing a regional approach to ocean planning. Stay tuned with the efforts of the Northeast Regional Ocean Council as they develop the way forward for New England’s oceans.
Check out their website for upcoming meetings & PLEASE VOICE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEWLY DEVELOPED DRAFT GOALS. Public Comment Period Ends mid-July.
Infographic: Sea Level Rise & Global Warming
By: Union of Concerned Scientists
This infographic created by the Union of Concerned Scientists visually shows the accelerating rate of sea level rise, especially along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Along the East Coast, changes in the path and strength
of ocean currents are contributing to faster-than-average sea level rise.

Click on the Infographic to expand
Read the full facts & science behind the graphic here.

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.