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Missouri Environmental Education News
April 2017

EPA Education Grants. Missouri River Relief received an Environmental Education Grant from the EPA in 2015. It funded two years of start up for a Missouri River Camp for students 15-18 (upper left - netting riverine forest birds), the first year of an annual Missouri River Rendezvous (upper right - program listing morning presentations), two years of a start up for a Teacher Workshop (lower right -educators boarding a fish-shocking boat to sample asian carp) and $22,750 in small grants for eight environmental education projects in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska (lower left - community art project in Boonville).

The EPA

Executive Director Jan Weaver provides a short overview of the EPA to help inform the proposal to cut its budget by 31%.

Why was the EPA set up? Before 1970, existing federal agencies had roles, like promoting agriculture, or developing energy sources, that conflicted with protecting human health and the environment. So Congress set up the EPA to focus exclusively on health and environmental protection. Learn more about the history of the EPA

What is the EPA's main responsibility? It is to write and enforce regulations based on laws passed by Congress. Eight key laws for which the EPA is responsible are the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA aka Superfund), the Federal Insecticide, Fungcide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

How does does the EPA accomplish its job? The EPA sets standards for air or water quality or release of pollutants and states and tribes are given the responsibilty of achieving the standards. In Missouri, the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for implementing environmental laws. The EPA also provides grants for research, technical assistance and education that help states, tribes, communities, non-profits and schools to plan and carry out projects to improve their local environments. For example, a state revolving fund helps communities upgrade or replace drinking and waste water treatment systems.

How much does it cost to run the EPA? Its requested budget in 2016 was about $8.6 billion (about 0.24% of total federal budget). About 40% of that was for grants mostly for protecting water quality. Another 42% was for the 17,000 scientists and program managers across all program areas - air, water, communities, pollution and enforcement. See below for budget details. For comparison, Agriculture requested $25 billion in 2016 (4% of the budget) and employs about 95,000 people.

The MEEA List to Things to Know About the EPA and the EPA in Missouri

EE Resources from the Environmental Protection Agency

Things to Look for (or Look Out for) in April

2017 MOGSEE Conference

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Join us November 3-4 at the Kansas City Zoo for the 2017 Green Schools and Environmental Education Conference!

Submit a proposal for an interactive talk, a table talk, a poster or the EE Slam

 

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Coming Up in the Next Two Months

April is packed with clean-up events (category 2 workshops) and Earth Day Celebrations (category 3 workshops). Be sure and check the workshops page for what is happening in your area.

EE Jobs more info here

Activity

Tracking Math in the Wild

Nature has an endless supply of things to count, measure, categorize and sort; of patterns to puzzle out; and of data to record and graph. Check out these activities for using this variety and abundance to build math skills and to deepen ecological understanding.

 

Eight Key Environmental Laws

(http://environ.andrew.cmu.edu/m3/s7/us_laws.shtml)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)- requires Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Enviornmental Impact Statements (EISs) from all branches of government prior to undertaking a project Clean Air Act- sets standards for criteria air pollutants (CO, HCs, Pb, NOx, SOx, ozone and particulates) to protect human health and secondarily agriculture, natural communities and aesthetics; air toxics added in 1990, CO2 recognized as a pollutant
Clean Water Act- eliminates discharge of all pollutants and restores and maintains waters of the U.S. so that they are fishable and swimmable Safe Drinking Water Act - ensures water from public drinking water sources is safe to drink, it is palatable, and that ground as well as surface drinking water sources are protected
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/ Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA)- regulates the generation, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act - cleans up abandoned and hazardous waste sites and spills, and provides for community right-to-know
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)- controls pesticide approval, distribution, sale, and use Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - requires screening and tracking of 75,000 + existing industrial chemicals used in the U.S., and thousands of new chemicals developed every year, for human health and environmental impacts

 

2016 Proposed EPA Budget (new budget cuts this by 31%)

Proposed 2016 EPA Budget

(in thousands of $s) Air & Climate Protecting America's Waters Communities & Sustainable Development Preventing Pollution Enforcement & Compliance sub total percent
Science & Technology $264,310 $143,646 $154,943 $188,953 $17,237 $769,089 8.95%
Program Management $529,725 $994,013 $380,115 $418,951 $518,913 $2,841,717 33.08%
Grants $295,710 $2,877,447 $360,792 $36,100 $29,350 $3,599,399 41.89%
Inspector General $6,997 $29,681 $6,731 $3,560 $3,130 $50,099 0.58%
Buildings & Facilities $12,636 $8,580 $9,569 $14,351 $6,371 $51,507 0.60%
Hazardous Substances $3,492 0 $918,788 $6,006 $225,547 $1,153,833 13.43%
Leaking Underground Tanks 0 0 $94,630 0 $696 $95,326 1.11%
Hazardous Electronic Waste 0 0 $7,368 0 0 $7,368 0.09%
Inland Oil Spills 0 0 $20,543 0 $2,836 $23,379 0.27%
sub total $1,112,870 $4,053,367 $1,953,479 $667,921 $804,080 $8,591,717 100.00%
percent 12.95% 47.18% 22.74% 7.77% 9.36% 100.00%

 

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