January 30, 2014
WASHINGTON –Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released phase II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package. The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios.
The calculator, a part of President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan, is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific location. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated climate change scenarios by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Climate change threatens our health, our economy, and our environment,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. “As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, this tool will help us better prepare for climate impacts by helping build safer, sustainable, and more resilient water infrastructure.”
The updated calculator includes climate models that can be incorporated into the calculation of stormwater runoff. This adds future climate scenarios to last year’s phase I release, which included local soil conditions, slope, land cover, historical rainfall records.
Users can enter any U.S. location and select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes, including inexpensive changes such as rain barrels and rain gardens, can reduce stormwater runoff. This information shows users how adding green infrastructure, which mimics natural processes, can be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce stormwater runoff.
Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people. It also negatively impacts our economy – from closed beaches to decreased fishing in polluted areas. Green infrastructure can reduce the damage caused by climate change by improving water quality in streams and rivers, protecting groundwater sources, and enhancing recreational activities. Using the calculator to choose the best green infrastructure options for an area is an innovative and efficient way to promote healthy waters and support sustainable communities.
More information on the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package: http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/wswrd/wq/models/swc/
More information about the virtual climate resilience toolkit:
More information on EPA’s Green Infrastructure research:
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Posted January 7, 2014.David Doniger’s Blog. NRDC
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking another step forward Wednesday to carry out President Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan announced last June. EPA’s proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants will be published here in the government’s official newspaper, the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day period for public comment. (An online version is already available here.)
Cutting carbon pollution from new power plants means that tomorrow’s electricity won’t come at the expense of our children’s future.
Power plants are the nation’s biggest source of the carbon pollution that is dangerously changing our climate – responsible for more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year. We have standards for bad pollutants like mercury and those that cause soot and smog, but there are still no federal limits on the carbon pollution that power plants belch out each year.
The proposed standards, unchanged from those announced on September 20th, will put the first federal limits on CO2 pollution from new power plants. They’ll require any new coal-fired power plants to cut their CO2 pollution by using carbon capture and storage technology (CCS). And they’ll put limits carbon pollution from new plants burning natural gas. (You can find out more about those standards here and here.)
Now’s the time to raise your voice and be heard. The official public comment period starts tomorrow and runs until early March. Take action here to tell EPA you want strong standards to cut dangerous carbon pollution from all our power plants.
We need standards to cut the carbon pollution spewing from the nation’s existing power plants too. EPA is on track to meet President Obama’s deadline to propose those standards this coming June. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has reached out to the states, the power industry, and the public for their best ideas on how to cut existing plants’ carbon pollution as effectively and flexibly as possible. Hundreds of citizens concerned about climate change spoke up at nearly a dozen public hearings held last fall all across the country.
EPA is doing its job under the Clean Air Act to start protecting our kids and our grandkids from the dangerous climate change.
But now is no time to be complacent. Big Coal, Tea Party extremists, and their big money backers are throwing everything they can at EPA to try to block even these first steps. They’ve tried – and so far they’ve failed – to block EPA in the courts or get Congress to rip up the Clean Air Act.
So now EPA needs to hear your voice. Take action here to tell EPA you care about our future, and you want strong standards to protect our kids and grandkids from a world turned upside down by climate-changing pollution.
Millions of Americans have already raised their voices in support of carbon pollution standards for both new and existing plants. Click here to add your voice in favor of these new standards.
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January 22, 2014
Today concerned Floridians from more than 100 different organizations in 16 communities at risk from water pollution, toxic algae fueled by fertilizer, sewage and animal manure, and the unrestrained over-consumption of water resources gathered to make a stand for clean water in Florida. Events were held in Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Ft. Myers, Ft. Pierce, Gainesville, Interlachen, Jacksonville, Key West, Palm Bay, Orlando, Naples, Ocala, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Vero Beach.
The public was joined by local and state level elected officials who want to join the fight to save Florida from the threat of lost jobs, lost quality of life and lost natural environments that we now face due to the degradation of our state’s waters; they were State Senator David Simmons and State Representative Linda Stewart (in Orlando), State Senator Bill Montford, State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda, and State Representative Alan Williams (in Tallahassee), State Representative Mark Danish, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern (in Tampa), State Representative Lori Berman (in Boynton Beach), State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen (in Ft. Myers), Manatee County Commissioners Michael Gallen and Robin DiSabatino (in Bradenton), Indian River County Commissioner Peter D. O’Bryan and Indian River County School Board Member Dale Simchick (in Vero Beach), St. Lucie County Commissioners Tod Mowery and Chris Dzadovsky (in Ft. Pierce), Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Love , Palm Bay City Councilwoman Michelle Paccione, and Interlachen Mayor Ken Larsen.
Civic, water and environmental groups from every corner of the state have come together to launch a historic endeavor – a collaborative campaign to harness the resources and energy of organizations and individuals from throughout our state to demand and win the protection of Florida's springs, rivers, lakes, and estuaries.
The cornerstone of the campaign is the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration which was developed with the input and support of dozens of environmental organizations. The Declaration lists six rights that should be guaranteed to the people of Florida and four responsibilities of our state government, water managers, and natural resource users.
The goal of the campaign is to get as many individuals, organizations, businesses, and elected and appointed officials as possible to sign the Declaration and commit to work together to achieve its principles. The goal is to demonstrate Floridians' overwhelming support for protecting state waters and to create a framework for achieving meaningful policy changes in the future.
Today was the statewide launch of this new campaign that encourages everyone to sign the Declaration, share it with friends, family and colleagues, and look for opportunities to engage city and county commissioners, legislators and members of Congress, and business and community leaders.
Photos of the events may be accessed at on the campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FCWDcampaign
The Declaration and a description of the campaign is at www.wewantcleanwater.com
Event Locations and Contacts:
District Office of Representative Lori Berman
2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426-8747
Contact: Sarah de Flesco (Clean Water Action), email@example.com 561-672-7638
Manatee County Administration Building
1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Contact: Cris Costello (Sierra Club), firstname.lastname@example.org 941-914-0421
District Office of Representative Heather Fitzenhagen
2120 Main Street, Suite 208, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Contact: Ray Judah (Florida Coastal & Oceans Coalition), email@example.com, 239-218-7676
Ft. Pierce City Marina
1 Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Contact: Katy Lewey (Save the Indian River Lagoon/River Kidz St. Lucie County) firstname.lastname@example.org 772-607-3281
Alachua County Administration Building
12 SE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32635
Contact: Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson (Our Santa Fe River), email@example.com, 386-454-4247
Cathy Harrelson (Gulf Restoration Network), firstname.lastname@example.org 727-415-8805
Office of Keyser & Woodward, P.A.
501 Atlantic Avenue
Interlachen, FL 32148
Contact: Karen Chadwick, (Putnam County Environmental Council) email@example.com, 386-983-1256
Parking at 221 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (near the Yates YMCA)
Contact: Lisa Rinaman (St. Johns Riverkeeper), firstname.lastname@example.org 904-509-3260
Reef Relief Environmental Center
631 Greene Street, Key West, FL
Contact: Mill McCleary (Reef Relief), email@example.com, 305-294-3100
Palm Bay City Hall
120 Malabar Road, Palm Bay, FL 32907
Contact: Spence Guerin (Brevard Coalition for Indian River Lagoon Call to Action), firstname.lastname@example.org 321-917-2468
5:30-7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6 p.m.)
Crayton Cove, 764 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102
Contact: Eileen Arsenault (Arsenault gallery) email@example.com, 239-263-1214
Marion County Administration Building
601 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Contact: Barbara Schwartz (Silver Springs Alliance), firstname.lastname@example.org 352-216-6238
Lake Eola Park (peninsula)
195 N Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
Contact: Chuck O’Neal (League of Women Voters of Florida), Lwvocnr@aol.com 407-399-3228
Stuart Memorial Park
300 SE Ocean Boulevard & Georgia Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Contact: Marty Baum (Indian Riverkeeper), email@example.com, 772-631-5827
Florida State Capitol Waller Park (Dolphin Park)
500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Contact: Ryan Smart (Florida Conservation Coalition), firstname.lastname@example.org, 561-358-7191
The Straz Center (on Riverwalk behind)
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602
Contacts: Patricia Kemp (Sierra Club), email@example.com, 813-508-0965
Kent Bailey (Sierra Club), firstname.lastname@example.org
The Willow School
950 43rd Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Contact: Kristy Polackwich (The Willow School), Kpolackwich@yahoo.com, 772-538-9304
Missy Tougas (River Kidz) email@example.com, 772-216-1583
Title: 2nd Annual Everglades Action Day
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Link out: Click here
Description: The Everglades Coalition is planning the 2nd Annual Everglades Day, and we want you to be a part of it! Mark your calendars for April 7th and 8th for a trip up to Tallahassee to speak with your legislators about how to protect this incredible ecosystem.
We have a full agenda planned including:
Meetings with elected officials
We have arranged a special group rate at the Tallahassee Capitol Center Hotel for $109 per night (2 double beds), which includes hot breakfast. Reservations can be made by calling 850-877-3171 and referencing “Everglades Coalition.”
Make your reservations by March 18 to reserve this rate.
In addition, we have reserved bus to travel from South Florida to Tallahassee. Bus is equipped with restroom and wifi. The cost to travel with us on the bus is $75.
Spaces on the bus are limited so please register here to reserve your spot today! You have the option of a $25 deposit or paying the amount in full – either will hold a seat for you.
Deposits or full reservations made or paid in full before March 18 will have priority.
If you have questions, please contact Jessica at
Start Date: 2014-04-07
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End Date: 2014-04-08
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 24, 2014
About the Florida Coastal Office
Benzophenone-2 (BP-2) is an additive to personal-care products and commercial solutions that protects against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. BP-2 is an “emerging contaminant of concern” that is often released as a pollutant through municipal and boat/ship wastewater discharges and landfill leachates, as well as through residential septic fields and unmanaged cesspits. Although BP-2 may be a contaminant on coral reefs, its environmental toxicity to reefs is unknown. This poses a potential management issue, since BP-2 is a known endocrine disruptor as well as a weak genotoxicant. We examined the effects of BP-2 on the larval form (planula) of the coral, Stylophora pistillata, as well as its toxicity to in vitro coral cells. BP-2 is a photo-toxicant; adverse effects are exacerbated in the light versus in darkness. Whether in darkness or light, BP-2 induced coral planulae to transform from a motile planktonic state to a deformed, sessile condition. Planulae exhibited an increasing rate of coral bleaching in response to increasing concentrations of BP-2. BP-2 is a genotoxicant to corals, exhibiting a strong positive relationship between DNA-AP lesions and increasing BP-2 concentrations. BP-2 exposure in the light induced extensive necrosis in both the epidermis and gastrodermis. In contrast, BP-2 exposure in darkness induced autophagy and autophagic cell death. Read more at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10646-013-1161-y