Watershed Central: A New Gateway

                             to Watershed  Information
                                                                                 The Watershed Academy
  Wednesday, April 15,2009
Eastern: l:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
                                                                              Two-hour audio Web broadcast
                           Central: 12:00p.m.- 2:00p.m.
Mountain: ll:00a.m.-l:00p.m.     Pacific: 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
A Watershed Academy Webcast
      I any communities across the country struggle to find the right approaches, tools and data to
       include in their watershed plans. EPA recently posted a new Web site called "Watershed
      I Central, a "one-stop" tool, to help watershed organizations and others find key resources to
protect their local watershed. Watershed Central helps users find environmental data, watershed
models, local organizations, and guidance documents - and other information depending on the task
at hand. It also contains  links to watershed technical resources and funding, mapping applications to
help find information specific to named watersheds, and includes a "Watershed Wiki" that watershed
practitioners may use to  collaborate. Join us for this exciting Webcast to learn about Watershed
Central including instructions on how use the new Watershed Wiki. Watershed Central is located at:


Stuart Lehman, Environmental Scientist, EPA's Nonpoint Source Control Branch, has been with US EPA
for just over eight years.  Prior to this, Stuart led the Watershed and TMDL Section at Montana's
Department of Environmental Quality and ran the Targeted Watersheds Project at Maryland Department of
Natural Resources. Stuart also worked as a Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and
worked for local government in Anne Arundel County in Maryland. Stuart led the steering committee for the
development of the Watershed Central Web site.

               Kim Balassiano, Information Management Specialist, US EPA's Office of Environmental Information (OEI),
               has been with OEI since 2007. Kim spent the prior 14 years in the private sector as a CIS and spatial
               analysis specialist, primarily supporting US EPA.  Kim also worked for two years with a remote sensing
               company after receiving her Masters Degree in Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kim directed the
               development of the Watershed Wiki component of Watershed Central  and has been a leader in bringing
               Web 2.0 infrastructure to EPA. EPA now has over 50 blogs and wikis to support both internal operations as
               well as public collaboration.
Joe Williams, Supervisory Environmental Scientist, US EPA's Office of Research and Development,
National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Ada, OK, has experience with subsurface modeling,
decision support and technology transfer related to the management of natural resources. Joe worked
closely with EPA's Office of Water and the Office of Environmental Information to develop Watershed
Central to ensure that it included key technical tools. Joe also manages a staff of 11 scientists and
engineers conducting research in the areas of watershed management, ecosystem services, and riparian
The Watershed Academy
The Watershed Academy is a focal point in EPA's Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing
watershed approaches. The Academy sponsors live classroom training and online distance learning modules through the
Watershed Academy Web at www.epa.gov/watertrain. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/watershedacademy.

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The materials in this Webcast have been reviewed by EPA staff for technical accuracy. However, the views of the speakers and the
speakers organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of EPA. Mention of commercial enterprises, products, or
publications does not mean that EPA endorses them.