WDNR Lakes-L Blog Update Webcast Jan 5, 2010 Draft Findings – National Lakes Assessment

Register for a Free EPA Watershed Academy Webcast on January 5, 2010 on the Draft Findings of the National Lakes Assessment

EPA’s Watershed Academy will present a Webcast on January 5, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time on the first-ever assessment of the condition of the nation’s lakes–the National Lakes Assessment: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation’s Lakes.

This draft report is available for public review and comment at: www.epa.gov/lakessurvey (direct link:  http://www.epa.gov/lakessurvey/pdf/nla_report_low_res.pdf).  The survey results indicate that 56 percent of the nation’s lakes support healthy biological communities. The report identifies poor lakeshore habitat conditions and high levels of nutrients as widespread stressors impacting lake water quality in the United States. 

The National Lakes Assessment(NLA)is the latest in a series of surveys of the nation’s aquatic resources being conducted by EPA and its state and tribal partners.  Sarah Lehman, Team Leader for National Aquatic Resource Surveys, Monitoring Branch, U.S. EPA’s Office of Water will provide an overview of the aquatic resource surveys and an introduction to the NLA.  Neil Kamman, Chief, Water Quality Monitoring, Assessment and Planning, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will summarize key findings of the draft report and policy implications.  Mr. Kamman served on a detail to EPA for more than a year to manage the analysis and reporting of the NLA.

Register for the Webcast at: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts

Anne Weinberg

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Communications Coordinator

Assessment and Watershed Protection Division

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