Supplement to RNRF Special Report
Existing Internet Resources
Delegates to the RNRF "Congress on Control of Nonpoint
Source Water Pollution: Options and Opportunities"
submitted websites and resources that they recommend. This
list is by no means exhaustive, many high-quality
resources are not listed.
For more information on the RNRF National Congress,
please visit the Congress website.
Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model
Assessment, Planning & Modeling
Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model (AGNPS) is a
joint USDA-Agricultural Research Service and -Natural
Resources Conservation Service system of computer models
developed to predict nonpoint source pollutant loadings
within agricultural watersheds.
Agricultural Nutrient Management Program
Discusses the regulations behind Maryland's nutrient
management program, which attempts to limit nutrient water
pollution as a result of crop and livestock farming.
Center for Watershed Protection
Offer tools to the public on proper watershed assessment and
TARDEM, A suite of programs for the Analysis of Digital
Various programs that run elevation data grid information.
Watershed Characterization and Modeling System
(a desktop application example)
Provides a model for watershed analysis and modeling.
Bay Trippers - An Online Field Trip to
the Chesapeake Bay
Investigates the importance of the Chesapeake watershed
and explores a variety of lesson plans and activities
approved by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for students,
teachers, and families.
Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem: An Introduction
General site about Chesapeake Bay program that has
interesting background information. Some information
about water pollution and quality.
LUHNA Chapter 5: The Baltimore-Washington Regional
Land-Use History Research Program
Explores the urbanization and forest loss from the
Baltimore area throughout the years.
Clearinghouses & Information Centers
Offers links to NPS sites.
National Best Management Practices (BMP) Case Study
This database provides access to BMP performance data
in a standardized format for over 190 BMP studies
conducted over the past fifteen years.
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center
The Pollution Prevention Coalition works to eliminate
pollution through literature, workshops, the Internet,
and other means, the P2 Coalition strives to provide
practical information and ideas to prevent pollution.
Universities Council on Water Resources
UCOWR's mission was envisioned as helping to bring
water resources to the information superhighway and
the superhighway to water resource professionals.
University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
Offers free downloads and brochures addressing water
quality, wetland issues, and NPS management.
Educational Training & Tools
EPA's Watershed Academy
The web site offers a variety of self-paced
training modules that represent a basic and broad
introduction to the watershed management field.
Healthy Water, Healthy People
Healthy Water, Healthy People provides customized
water quality training opportunities for
educators, corporations, communities, government
agencies, educational conferences, and
National Environmental Training Center
for Small Communities
Assists small communities by providing training and
training-related information and referral services in the
areas of wastewater, drinking water, and solid waste.
NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)
An educational program for local land use officials that
addresses the relationship of land use to natural resource
Best Education Practices Project
Identification and promotion of Best Education Practices
(BEPs) for educating citizens (youth, adults and
specialized audiences) about water by providing web-based
resources, an online short course about BEPs using
Blackboard or similar web-based education software, and a
handbook for researchers who want to design their study to
involve or inform the community.
Community Based Environmental Education (CBEE) for US
EPA and Cooperative Extension
Pamphlets discuss CBEE as a tool to promote change through
environmental education programs and community activities
in urban environmental health and public health, wetland
resource management, county-wide groundwater quality, and
youth-oriented lake water quality.
Educating Young People About Water - A guide to program
planning and evaluation
Provides curriculum for water education of youth.
Environmental Education Link
Interesting general environmental information site with
many interesting links about different aspects of the
Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
Save Our Streams (SOS)
The SOS program is highly regarded among scientists,
agency professionals and concerned citizens for its
educational publications, training videos, primary and
secondary school curriculum, and for its teacher and
volunteer training workshops that have been presented
Techno 2100: Keeping Our Waters Clean
An upcoming 30-minute special of the national Techno 2100
television series entitled "Farming for Cleaner Waters"
examines the challenges that agricultural runoff poses to
the environment. Shows what farmers and average
citizens alike can do to help safeguard the quality of our
Certified Professional in Erosion
and Sediment Control
Offers a certification service in proper erosion and
sediment control methods for professionals.
International Erosion Control Association
The International Erosion Control
Association is a non-profit, member organization that
provides education, resource information and business
opportunities for professionals in the erosion and
sediment control industry.
Forums & Roundtables
Environmental Working Group
EWG is an environmental and public health research
and watchdog organization that uses the Internet as
way to promote activism.
National Watershed Forum
The event was designed to forge a stronger
partnership between government and its citizens, to
empower community residents to continue their progress
in improving the health of their watersheds, and to
inspire government agencies to support the efforts of
the growing watershed movement.
The Roundtable was created under the
Advisory Committee on Water Information to promote
exchange of information among representatives of
government, industry, and environmental, professional,
public interest, and academic groups. The Roundtable
is intended to provide a venue open to those who wish to
examine some aspect of the many interrelationships noted
above, and the future implications for the nation.
The CRP offers landowners, operators and
tenants the opportunity to voluntarily convert land with
high erosion rates and other environmentally sensitive
land to permanent vegetative cover on order to reduce soil
erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve water
quality, protect the soils on the nation's cropland base,
demonstrate good land stewardship and improve rural
Presents well organized overview of NPS
with links to interesting sites in which communities,
teachers, and students would be interested.
Addresses the issue of water quality
within the United States.
Offers grants in various divisions such
as, Fish and Wildlife Resources, Sport Fish Resources,
Wildlife Resources, Aquatic Ecosystems, Aquatic Resources
and Hunter Education, and State Wildlife Grant Program.
Wetlands Reserve Program | NRCS
The Wetlands Reserve Program is a
voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to
protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.
APWA provides a forum in which public
works professionals can exchange ideas, improve
professional competency, increase the performance of their
agencies and companies, and bring important public
works-related topics to public attention in local, state
and federal arenas.
Offers resources for natural resource
professionals interested in water.
Offers professionals and students natural
resource trainings and conferences.
National Association of Conservation Districts
NACD works on behalf of conservation districts to
influence the legislation that affects resource
conservation in America. The Government Affairs staff at
NACD's Washington, D.C. headquarters helps develop and
review legislation, such as the Farm Bill and the Clean
Water Act, and charts the progress of bills through
Congress. NACD also works to secure adequate federal
funding for natural resource conservation programs.
The mission of the Forest Watershed
Program is to develop, document, and communicate
scientific information regarding the effects of forest
practices and natural processes on aquatic resources.
The Watershed Programs provide technical
assistance, information, funding, training, and other
types of support to river and watershed conservationists.
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Offers interesting links to water
protection and natural resource protection.
Provides resources designed to help
educators and students of all levels to become more
involved in their water environment, and become well
versed with the terms of this field.
Journals & Periodicals
Land and Water
Articles on water topics.
Nonpoint Source- News Notes
Nonpoint Source News-Notes is an occasional bulletin
dealing with the condition of the water-related
environment, the control of nonpoint sources of water
pollution, and the ecosystem-driven management and
restoration of watersheds.
Articles on various water topics-coastal conservation,
drinking water, water pollution, etc.
Water Resources Update, published three
times a year provides news items and scholarly papers
focused on a certain water related theme.
Marine & Ocean Impacts
Global Programme of Action for the Protection of
the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities
The GPA is designed to be a source of conceptual and
practical guidance to be drawn upon by national and/or
regional authorities for devising and implementing
sustained action to prevent, reduce, control and/or
eliminate marine degradation from land-based
Pew Oceans Commission
Investigates water issues dealing with
marine life status, coastal development, pollution, and
Data on how they work to improve the
availability and reliability of surface-water quantity
information needed for hazard mitigation, water supply and
demand management, and environmental protection.
Through partnerships with public and
private organizations, they deliver high-quality products
useful for coastal resource management decision-making.
National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program
Conducts studies in various watersheds
throughout the United States to determine water quality
and then presents information in multiple formats which
are available free of charge.
Discusses various state laws regarding
The National Academies: Assessing the TMDL Approach to
Water Quality Management
National Mineland Reclamation Center
The National Mine Land Reclamation
Center’s role is to conduct research and technology
transfer programs that address the reclamation of both
abandoned and active coal mine lands.
Southeast Watershed Research Laboratory
The mission of the Southeast Watershed
Research Laboratory is to develop the scientific
understanding and associated technologies of watershed
systems essential to maintaining or enhancing the
environmental and natural resource base required for a
viable, sustainable, and productive agricultural economy.
Discusses improved water quality through
the use of forested riparian buffers to control soil and
stream bank erosion and by reducing the input of
agricultural fertilizers, pesticides, and animal wastes
United States Department of Agriculture
The objective of the conference and this book, which was
developed from the conference, was to explore current
multidisciplinary research for assessing NPS pollution in
soil and groundwater resources.
Technical Assistance & Specific Controls
Offers information about bioretention, which is a soil
and plant-based stormwater management BMP employed to
filter runoff from developed communities.
Farm*A*Syst can help you determine what risks --
whether from livestock waste disposal, pesticide
management or storage -- could threaten a family's
health and financial security. A system of
step-by-step fact sheets and worksheets helps to
identify the behaviors and practices that are creating
Site for loggers to keep them informed of
water regulations, laws, and federal agencies.
Explains residential treatment (septic
systems) of wastewater.
Watershed/ River Groups
Bight of the Californias
A group of Mexicans and Americans who all have looked
for answers to how to prevent land-based pollution
from endangering the ocean waters, marine life and
coastline of the Bight of the Californias. They
will monitor the ocean environment and gather
information to pinpoint the exact sources of the
pollution, both point and non-point. Then they will
specify precisely what has to be done, and by when, to
eliminate those sources and to clean up much of the
damage already done. As well, they will work to
educate people about how to protect the marine
environment and how to promote the sustainable use of
The Community Partner Workshop Program is
designed to bring together local leaders, citizens, and
resource experts. These individuals can then work to
identify and begin solving problems that affect both the
community and the Potomac landscape.
Friends of the Shenandoah River
The volunteers work directly with diverse
law-making and enforcement bodies to ensure the protection
of the river.
Shenandoah Valley Water Forum
Hosts environmental conferences and maintains an
environmental education resource database with lesson