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New undersea poster goes "down under"
A map and poster that focuses on the landscapes, geology, and biology of the Gulf of Maine has been published as part of the International Year of the Ocean celebration. Called the Undersea Landscapes of the Gulf of Maine, the poster's concept and text were developed by Robert Steneck of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Joseph Kelley of the Maine Geological Survey. The project was coordinated by Paul Dest of the Maine State Planning Office. For a copy contact (in the US) Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 727-9530, ext., 420; Cynthia Lay, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, Maine State Planning Office, (207) 287-5305; (in Canada) Tim Hall at (902) 426-4116.

Mr. And Mrs. Fish on the 'Net
A new web site at features Mr. and Mrs. Fish, who have, for 20 years, traveled throughout the world teaching about life in the sea. In 1993-94, the pair received the Gulf of Maine Council's Visionary Award for their work with young children in the Gulf region. A resource for all ages, Mr. And Mrs. Fish perform humorous yet highly educational shows about how life works in the waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Restoration database
A Coastal Wetland Restoration Database includes information on approximately 100 tidal marsh restoration projects, more than 100 freshwater impoundments in Canada, and several innovative projects aimed at restoring seagrass and tidal flats. The database also includes information on more than 400 potentially restorable tidal marshes, representing more than 2,000 acres/809 hectares. Visit and click on Our Library/Regionally Significant Coastal Habitats/Coastal Habitat Restoration to view or download the database and related report. If you have new information on a restoration project to add to the database, or if you have questions, contact Susan Snow-Cotter at Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 727-9800, ext. 210.

Hometown stewardship
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a home page at designed to promote Community-Based Environmental Protection. The CBEP web site provides information on tools, financial resources, case studies, publications, and documents, and provides links to related sites. EPA has also launched an Internet web site at that will allow citizens to easily obtain up-to-date, comprehensive, accurate environmental information about their communities simply by entering a zip code. Volumes of EPA air, water, toxic substances, and waste information are available from the site, which also features links to specific subject area EPA web sites.

NS natural history
Natural History of Nova Scotia, Volumes 1 and 2 organizes biophysical and land use information into topics, habitats, and ecozones using text, graphics, maps, and pull-out charts. The information is applicable throughout the Gulf of Maine. Order through the Nova Scotia Museum via E-mail at or by calling 1-800-632-1114 or (902) 424-7344. There is a charge for this publication.

Watershed management course
The University of British Columbia has developed an interactive CD-ROM on integrated watershed management, as well as a graduate level course on this subject delivered via the disk, an Internet bulletin board, and E-mail. The CD covers watershed management in an interdisciplinary manner using state-of-the-art multi-media computer techniques, offering the opportunity to study urban, rural, agricultural, forestry, groundwater, and surface water pollution problems. The distance learning course, available over the Internet, lasts 14 weeks during which students make use of the CD and the expertise of course instructors. Visit for more information on the CD and course, including fees.

The US Environmental Protection Agency's modernized version of the STOrage and RETrieval (STORET) water quality database system will serve as EPA's principal repository for marine, freshwater, and biological monitoring data. The updated system is designed to meet the current and future needs of federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, academic groups, and citizen volunteers involved in the collection of water quality data. Copies of the CD rom are now available free of charge from EPA. To obtain a copy e-mail or call 1-800-424-9067. Data stored in STORET will be accessible to the public on the Internet early in 1999.

EPA research priorities
The US Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that outlines its goals for ecological research over the next decade. High priority topics for research for the next decade include: global change, contaminated sediments, stormwater flow, toxic algal blooms, endocrine disrupters, and total maximum daily loading of water bodies."Ecological Research Strategy," is available on the Internet at, or by calling (513) 569-7562.