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The NNEMS program is currently being evaluated by EPA.

Thank you for your interest in EPA's National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship Program. The NNEMS program is currently being evaluated by EPA, and we hope to have information about the 2011 program posted here in the near future.

The NNEMS program is currently being evaluated by EPA.

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NNEMS Project 2010-105

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Program Announcement
Identifier: EPA-EED-10-01

NNEMS Catalog for 2010
(EPA 171-B-09-001)

[PDF, 1.5 MB, 118 pages]

NNEMS Application Materials
[PDF, 631 KB, 17 pages]

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Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law

Preferred Project Period:
6/1/10 - 8/20/10

Desired Education Level(s):

Project Title:
Functional Assessment Methods and Their Use in the Regulatory Program

Sponsoring Office:
Region 3, Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division, Office of Environmental Programs

Project Overview:
The CWA was signed into law with the goal of maintaining and restoring the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of waters of the United States. Section 404 of the act establishes a program to regulate placement of dredge or fill material into waters of the U.S. The regulatory program is jointly administered by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. EPA develops and interprets policy, guidance, and environmental criteria to evaluate permit applications; reviews and provides comments on individual permit applications; and enforces provisions of Section 404. This program is dynamic and evolving. The CWA Section 404 program recently promulgated regulations (The Mitigation Rule, 2008) that require affected aquatic resources to be compensated by replacing the lost functions of the resource. Under this project, the fellow will research and describe stream and wetland functional assessment methods used across EPA Region 3. The fellow will then analyze and evaluate the methods to determine the best applicability of each.

Project Goals:
The fellow will acquire and enhance his or her knowledge in stream ecology and learn about what the federal and state governments do to regulate those aquatic resources. The fellow will also gain valuable insight into the role of different stakeholders in the process. The experience will enhance the student’s understanding of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Final Product of the Project:
The fellow will develop a narrative describing the most used functional assessment approaches and their applicability and develop a matrix to compare the various tools.

Project Location:
EPA Region 3, Philadelphia, PA

Project Officer Information

Jessica Martinsen
Region 3, Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division, Office of Environmental Programs

Office Mission/Responsibility

The Office of Environmental Programs is responsible for implementation of the Wetlands Program under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program. The office integrates regulatory responsibilities and activities in innovative ways to maximize environmental benefits.

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