EPA Surf Your Watershed gathers environmental information available by geographic units which includes state, watershed (Surf's primary focus), county, metro area, and tribe. The information below describes the Locate Your Watershed page which contains many different routes to the same information. Each of the geographic pages are also discussed briefly
As of Jan 2008, EPA has created this web-based tool to provide stormwater professionals with easy access to approximately 220 studies assessing the performance of over 275 stormwater BMPs. The Tool provides access to studies covering a variety of traditional and low impact BMP types, including retention and detention ponds, biofilters, grassed filter strips, porous pavement, wetlands, and others. Users will also find a series of essays aimed at improving understanding of BMP performance and the importance of volume reduction/infiltration in these assessments. EPA plans to add more studies to this Tool over the coming year, focusing on expanding the collection of studies of low impact development or green infrastructure BMPs. However as of Nov 2012, could not access this tool through weblinks (deadlinks).
This guidance helps citizens and municipalities in urban areas protect bodies of water from polluted runoff that can result from everyday activities. These scientifically sound techniques are the best practices known today. The guidance will also help states to implement their nonpoint source control programs and municipalities to implement their Phase II Storm Water Permit Programs.
EPA Watershed Planning site provides information on developing a watershed plan. Organizations, local governments, tribes, and state and federal agencies are now working together to manage water quality at the watershed level using a step-by-step watershed management process. This process uses a series of cooperative actions to: characterize existing conditions, identify and prioritize problems, define management objectives, develop protection or remediation strategies, and implement and adapt selected actions as necessary.
The report presents a summary of scientific evidence and analysis that characterizes the scope and major sources of nutrient impacts nationally. The report also considers the tools currently used under existing federal authority and presents options for new, innovative tools to improve control of nutrient pollution sources.
Waterbody Improved - Runoff from dairy farms carried animal waste into Louisiana’s Tangipahoa River, resulting in high bacteria counts and low dissolved oxygen concentrations. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) listed the upper and lower reaches of the Tangipahoa River on the state’s 2000 Clean Water Act section 303(d) list of impaired waters for not meeting their designated uses of primary and secondary contact recreation. Twenty years of public outreach and strict enforcement significantly reduced fecal coliform counts, restoring the primary contact recreational use of both segments of the river and removing them from Louisiana’s 2008 303(d) impaired waters list for fecal coliform.
The Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) was a research program run by EPA’s Office of Research and Development to develop the tools necessary to monitor and assess the status and trends of national ecological resources. EMAP collected field data from 1990 to 2006. EMAP's goal was to develop the scientific understanding for translating environmental monitoring data from multiple spatial and temporal scales into assessments of current ecological condition and forecasts of future risks to our natural resources.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was established in 1987 with a core group of biologists and a small budget for on-the-ground wetland restoration projects on private lands. This successful, results-oriented program has garnered support through the years and has grown into a larger and more diversified habitat restoration program assisting thousands of private landowners across the Nation. The Partners Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Tribes who are willing to work with us and other partners on a voluntary basis to help meet the habitat needs of our Federal Trust Species.
The Cooperative Water Program, the largest of the 28 USGS Bureau Programs, is the Water Mission Area’s “bottom-up, on-the-ground” program that is designed to bring local, State, and Tribal water science needs and decision-making together with USGS national capabilities related to USGS nationally consistent methods and quality assurance; innovative monitoring technology, models, and analysis tools; and robust data management and delivery systems. The Program provides the foundation for USGS strong and robust water monitoring networks (quantity and quality) and supports interpretative studies – about 700 annually – that cover a wide range of issues that are important to the USGS water mission and that inform local, State, and Tribal water decisions. The significant tie to local, State, and Tribal issues allows the Cooperative Water Program to respond to emerging water issues, raising those issues to regional and national visibility. Because data and analyses adhere to strict national protocols, findings are directly comparable across local, State, regional and national levels; water issues in a specific watershed, municipality, or State can be compared to those in other geographic regions and at different periods of time; and large-scale syntheses and problem-solving in different regions and across the Nation are possible.
A web-based visualization tool, looks to be very similar to USGS Global Visualization Viewer. GIS Imagery available for US, including Louisiana. Data collection types: aerial imagery, ASTER, EO-1, Landsat, Global Land Survey, MODIS, Terra. Data download available. Log in required to download data.