Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

Supplement to RNRF Special Report

Appendix C

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.

Assessment, Planning & Monitoring | Chesapeake Bay | Clearinghouses & Information Centers | Educational Training & Tools | Erosion Control | Forums & Roundtables | Government Programs | Interested Organizations & Agencies | Journals & Periodicals | Marine & Ocean Impacts | Monitoring | Reports & Studies | Research | Technical Assistance & Specific Controls | Watershed/ River Groups |

Assessment, Planning & Modeling

Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Model
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 protection planning.

TARDEM, A suite of programs for the Analysis of Digital Elevation Data
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.

Chesapeake Bay

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 Collaboratory
Land-Use History Research Program
Explores the urbanization and forest loss from the Baltimore area throughout the years.

Clearinghouses & Information Centers

Agriculture Law
Offers links to NPS sites.

National Best Management Practices (BMP) Case Study Database
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 Publications
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 non-governmental institutions.

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) Training
An educational program for local land use officials that addresses the relationship of land use to natural resource protection.

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 environment.

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 nationwide.

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 water.

Erosion Control

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.

Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable
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.

Government Programs

Conservation Reserve Program
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 aesthetics.

Environmental Protection Agency Nonpoint Source Control Branch
Presents well organized overview of NPS with links to interesting sites in which communities, teachers, and students would be interested.

EPA 2000 National Water Quality Inventory
Addresses the issue of water quality within the United States.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Grant Programs
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.

Interested Organizations & Agencies

American Public Works Association
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.

American Water Resources Association

Offers resources for natural resource professionals interested in water.

Lower Platte South Natural Resources District
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.

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement
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.

River Network
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.

Water Environment Federation
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.

Stormwater News
Articles on various water topics-coastal conservation, drinking water, water pollution, etc.

Universities Water Information Network
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 (GPA)
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 activities.

Pew Oceans Commission
Investigates water issues dealing with marine life status, coastal development, pollution, and laws.


Advisory Committee on Water Information
Subcommittee on Hydrology

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.

Applications of Landsat Data
Assessment and monitoring template that can be used for a variety of environmental topics.

Coastal Remote Sensing (CRS) Program
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.

USGS Real-Time Data

USGS Streamflow
Map of real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the days of the year (United States)

Reports & Studies

Environmental Law Institute
Discusses various state laws regarding NPS.

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.

United States Department of Agriculture
National Agroforestry Laboratory

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 into waterways.

United States Department of Agriculture
Salinity Laboratory

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 those risks.

Helps determine risks that individual households might face such as, drinking water safety.

Site for loggers to keep them informed of water regulations, laws, and federal agencies.

Onsite Management of Residential Wastewater
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 marine resources.

Friends of the Potomac
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 plans.