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World YMCA
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Geneva – Switzerland



Message on Reopening Ys

As communities around the country adjust physical distancing regulations, Ys are considering a number of factors to determine when it is appropriate to reopen their doors. The health and safety of members and staff will be the primary considerations in their planning. Each Y will refer to local conditions and guidelines from health officials to determine the best time to open and which services will be safe to offer.

Locate Your Nearest Y

In the U.S., the Y is comprised of YMCA of the USA, a national resource office, and more than 2,700 YMCAs with approximately 19,000 fulltime staff and 600,000 volunteers in 10,000 communities across the country. Find the nearest Y by searching below (Ex: Chicago, IL).GO


There are currently 3 vacant positions open on our board.


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edX: Money Management Courses

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If you have health goals for 2021, NCCIH has resources that can help.

– WMO Statement On The State Of Global Climate

Guterres’s message for 2020: In world of turmoil, youth are its ‘greatest source’ of hope

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part one

– The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part two

The 2010 – 2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three


Leadership Courses

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United States Environmental Protection Agency

Online Training in Watershed Management

Watershed Academy Web, is the program’s distance learning program. The website offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six topics listed below. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to two hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks * below) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.

Watershed Academy Topics 


This section introduces the principles of the watershed approach and the value of working at a watershed level.

Resources & External Modules

Sustaining Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems
Ecosystem Services: Benefits to Human Societies by Natural Ecosystems
“Why Watersheds?”
Ohio’s Online Virtual Watershed Tour

decorativeWatershed Ecology 

This section shows that watersheds are natural systems that provide benefits to people and the environment when they are kept in good condition.


Introduction to Watershed Ecology | Printable Version (PDF)(37 pp, 1.8 MB)
Protecting Instream Flows: How Much Water Does a River Need? | Printable Version (PDF)(22 pp, 1.2 MB)
Stream Corridor Structure | Printable Version (PDF)(34 pp, 8.0 MB)
Birds: Bellwethers of Watershed Health | Printable Version (PDF)(24 pp, 1.7 MB)
Wetland Functions and Values | Printable Version (PDF)(23 pp, 1.3 MB)

Resources & External Modules

Understanding Lake Ecology
The Role of Nearshore Ecosystems as Fish and Shellfish Nurseries

decorativeWatershed Change 

This section describes both natural and human-induced changes in watersheds and compares normal changes with changes of concern.


Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Printable Version (PDF)(53 pp, 7 MB)
Local Government Climate Adaptation Training Online Module
Agents of Watershed Change | Printable Version (PDF)(49 pp, 3.2 MB)
Growth and Water Resources

Resources & External Modules

Nonpoint Source Pollution with Nitrogen and Phosphorus 
Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment
Weather and the Built Environment
Dealing with Drought
Invasive Non-Native Species
Excess Nitrogen in the U.S. Environment: Trends, Risks and Solutions
Biotic Invasions: Causes, Epidemiology, Global Consequences and Control
Effects of Aquaculture on World Fish Supplies

decorativeAnalysis and Planning 

This section addresses how watershed planning, monitoring and assessment are important first steps toward solving problems.


Introduction to Watershed Planning | Printable Version (PDF)(46 pp, 2.5 MB)
Overview of Watershed Monitoring | Printable Version (PDF)(33 pp, 4.3 MB)
Rapid Bioassessment Protocols | Printable Version (PDF)(34 pp, 2.1 MB)
Watershed Ecological Risk Assessment | Printable Version (PDF)(34 pp, 2.0 MB)
Watershed Modeling | Printable Version (PDF)(35 pp, 8.9 MB)
Fundamentals of Rosgen Stream Classification System

Resources & External Modules

Training in Use of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and NHDPlus

decorativeManagement Practices 

This section shows how watershed management challenges such as urban runoff, cropland management, forestry and other issues are addressed by techniques that reduce environmental impacts.


8 Tools of Watershed Protection in Developing Areas | Printable Version (PDF)(30 pp, 2.7 MB)
Agricultural Management Practices for Water Quality Protection | Printable Version (PDF)(54 pp, 2.7 MB)
Forestry Best Management Practices in Watersheds | Printable Version (PDF)(47 pp, 4.9 MB)
Restoration: What’s Right or Wrong with This Picture?

Resources & External Modules

Stream Corridor Restoration Tools

Applying Ecological Principles to Management of the U.S. National Forests

decorativeCommunity and Social 

This section covers social issues and communications and the human element of watershed management.


Sustainable Finance Module | Printable Version (PDF)(75 pp, 1.0 MB)
Getting in Step: a Guide to Effective Outreach in Your Watershed | Printable Version (PDF)(49 pp, 2.4 MB)
Statewide Watershed Management | Printable Version (PDF)(21 pp, 1.6 MB)
Monitoring Consortiums

Resources & External Modules

Grade K through 12 Watershed Learning Links * Top 10 Watershed Lessons LearnedWater in a Changing World

decorativeWater Law 

This section covers relevant laws and regulations associated with watershed management.


Introduction to the Clean Water Act | Printable Version (PDF)(90 pp, 4.99 MB), Spanish Version(101 pp, 4.8 MB)
Key Concepts of Water Quality Standards
Listing Impaired Waters and Developing TMDLs
Monitoring and Assessment
NPDES Permit Program
Human Health Ambient Water Quality Criteria
Aquatic Life Criteria
Aquatic Resources Awareness Course for Real Estate Appraisers | Printable Version (PDF)(26 pp, 342 K)

Certificate of Completion 

How to receive the Watershed Academy Web Training Certificate

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Watershed Academy Web Training Certificate

You can document your learning by meeting the requirements for Watershed Academy Web’s Watershed Management Training Certificate. This certificate program recognizes trainees who complete 15 modules and pass their self-tests.

People from every state in the United States and more than 50 countries have completed the certificate program. They include scientists and non-scientists; local, state and federal agency staff; community leaders; consultants; college students and teachers; active citizens, and others.

Certificate Program Rules:

  • No registration, admission or tuition is necessary; this program is open to everyone worldwide, at any time and is completely internet-based.
  • Trainees must complete a minimum of 15 modules, a minimum of 12 of which must be from the core modules list.
  • We recommend completing all 15 modules from the core modules list, but trainees may substitute alternate choices for up to three core modules in which their training is already sufficient.
  • All core modules have self-tests which trainees must pass with a grade of 70% or higher (retesting is permitted). Copies of self-tests or test grades do not have to be emailed to the Watershed Academy – this is an honor-system-based program.
  • We do not have an arrangement for offering academic credit to all certificate earners, but obtaining academic credit is often possible through individual arrangements with college professors as part of an independent study, undergraduate or graduate program.
  • After completing all certificate requirements, you can download and print your certificate. If you have any questions, send an email to Watershed Academy.

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