Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

The Green Connector: Building Municipal Resiliency through Nature-based Approaches

Thursday, December 3rd, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

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Over the past few years, several New England communities have become increasingly vulnerable to flooding, storm surge, drought, and extreme heat. The Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program has awarded Planning and Action Grants to 287 Massachusetts communities to support development of vulnerability assessments, action-oriented resiliency plans, and priority projects to help mitigate impacts of extreme weather events. Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are a key, and sometimes overlooked, element of comprehensive community resilience planning. Municipalities may lack resources, knowledge, or connections to green infrastructure designers and experts in the field who can help identify nature-based solutions to coastal flooding and extreme weather events.

This webinar will showcase how nature-based solutions can fit into the resiliency-building efforts of municipalities involved in the MVP program. Speakers will discuss strategies and best practices for planning, implementation and maintenance of nature-based solutions for the benefit of grant recipients, potential applicants, and communities across New England. The webinar will also feature a case study on Northampton, MA, an MVP community that successfully included nature-based solutions in their MVP resiliency program through restoration of the former Pine Grove Golf Course on Nashawannuck Brook.

Presenters:

·         Hillary King, Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program

·         Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Town of Northampton, MA

·         Trevor Smith, Land Escapes Design and Ecological Landscaping Association

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/128129911013

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Watershed Analysis of Messer Pond Presentation

The students of Colby-Sawyer College’s Community-Based Research Class invite the public to a presentation on their findings to date on a Watershed Analysis of Messer Pond, New London. The virtual presentation will be held Monday, November 23rd at 6:00 PM. See  flyer here for details: Colby Sawyer Presentation_Nov2020

 

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Request for Qualifications to Conduct a Watershed Survey – Messer Pond, New London

The Messer Pond Protective Association (MPPA) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested civil and environmental engineering firms to conduct a watershed survey on Tracy Road and Bog Road in New London, New Hampshire to assess potential sources of nonpoint source pollution. The goals of this effort are based on the analysis and recommendations detailed in the Messer Pond Watershed-based Implementation Plan. Submittal deadline is Friday, October 23rd, 2020. Click below for further details.

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Please join EPA on Tuesday, October 13th for a free webcast.

How’s My Waterway: A Tool for Exploring Your Water Quality

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM, EDT
  • Register here

An updated version of How’s My Waterway (HMW) was released publicly in June 2020. HMW provides a comprehensive overview of water quality data and information in the United States on three different scales: community, state and national. HMW pulls in data from eight databases across EPA through web services with the goal of answering questions about aquatic life, eating fish, swimming, drinking water, restoration and protection. This demo is meant to help users:

  • Explore information about their drinking water, local stream conditions, and whether their waterways are suitable for swimming or eating fish and if they support aquatic life
  • Discover if their waterways are being monitored and the location of local monitoring stations
  • Learn what issues might be affecting their waterways

During this webcast Stephanie Santell and Kiki Schneider with EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds will provide a live demonstration of the recently enhanced version of HMW and showcase the user-friendly, accessible, data-rich, and map-centric HMW application. Participants will feel empowered to communicate water quality information to their communities in order to protect and restore their waters, and potentially identify new opportunities for green infrastructure application.

Speakers

Stephanie Santell has been with the U.S. EPA since 2009, starting her career in planning and organizational management before joining the Office of Water. In the Office of Water, she has worked in many diverse Clean Water Act Programs and on various cross cutting policy efforts, including the Water Quality Standards Program, the CWA 303(d) Program, the front office Water Policy Staff, and most recently as the Special Assistant in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. In addition to How’s My Waterway, Stephanie has performed several roles on cross-cutting program initiatives in the Office of Water related to nutrients, ocean acidification, hazard mitigation, environmental finance, stakeholder engagement, and leadership with resiliency activities across the National Water Programs. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Rochester, and Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in environmental policy from American University.

Kiki Schneider has worked for the EPA since 2010, first in the Office of Environmental Information and now in the Office of Water. Kiki has a background in user-centered design and environmental policy. She has spent most of her time at EPA developing websites and applications that are easily accessible and user friendly. Prior to EPA she spent time at the University of Maryland doing research on technology with children as design partners.

 

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Conservation Planning Webinar Interactive Series (FREE)

Tuesdays 7-8 PM in October attend one or all.

Workshop features interaction with conservation experts.
Discussions on:
-Defining your conservation goals for your land
-Identifying key natural resources
-Hone in on management options
-Turn your goals in to action steps

For more information contact the Belknap County Conservation District at (603) 527-5880 or BCCD Program Coordinator, Lisa Morin at lisa.morin@nh.nacdnet.net

To register please visit
https://prescottfarm.wufoo.com/forms/qae14g20tfs0yb/

This workshop is being offered through a Belknap County Conservation District partnership with Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, NH Farm Bureau, the NH Association of Conservation Districts, the Small & Beginner Farmers of NH, and many others who help care for NH lands.

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Nonpoint Source as a Theme at the April 2021 NWQMC and Call for Abstracts

We want to share some exciting news: Nonpoint Source is one of the conference themes at the 12th National Monitoring Conference hosted by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council!  “Assessing Nonpoint Source Impacts on Water Quality and Measuring Effectiveness of Best Management Practices”

We wanted to encourage those of you integrating effectiveness monitoring in your nonpoint source work to consider submitting an abstract to share your experience at the April 2021 conference.  Our Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workgroup has sponsored several sessions at the conference and we would encourage you to submit in one of these sessions (or others, of course!). This is an excellent opportunity to share expertise and learn from others in our community and beyond.

The call for abstracts is open through September 24th. Feel free to reach out to any of the session chairs below if you have any questions.  In addition, if you’d like to volunteer as a co-chair, or even just to review abstract submittals for any of the sessions below, please reach out to the session chair to let them know your interests.

Please feel free to share widely with your networks!

Thank you,

Your National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workgroup

Session Number Session Title Session Chair
S11 Synergies between Climate and Natural Hazard Mitigation and Nonpoint Source Pollution Madeline Castro, US EPA; Castro.Madeline@epa.gov
S29 National Water Quality Initiative: Successes, Monitoring, Partnerships, and Beyond Meg Wiitala, US EPA; wiitala.megan@epa.gov
S31 Assessing and evaluating practices and approaches to address agricultural NPS pollution Cyd Curtis, US EPA; curtis.cynthia@epa.gov
S32 Assessing and evaluating practices and approaches to address resource extraction and Acid Mine Drainage Cyd Curtis, US EPA; curtis.cynthia@epa.gov
S33 Assessing and evaluating practices and approaches to address urban NPS pollution Cyd Curtis, US EPA; curtis.cynthia@epa.gov
S34 Critical Source Areas in Implementation Strategies: A Key Step to Achieving Results Meg Wiitala, US EPA; wiitala.megan@epa.gov
S38 Harmful Algal Blooms: Nonpoint Source Issues Paul Thomas, US EPA; thomas.paul@epa.gov

Please address questions to: Jasper Hobbs, jhobbs@acwa-us.org

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2021 Local Source Water Protection Grant Applications Are Now Available!

Funding is available from the Department of Environmental Services to develop and implement programs to protect existing (active or planned) sources of public drinking water.  The grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, and state agencies.  Applicants can receive up to $20,000 of funding for projects protecting drinking water sources, including watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, “on the ground” implementation projects, and source security.

We have extended our funding to include activities under US EPA’s Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit that protect source water.  These activities consist of identification, monitoring and elimination of illicit discharges, particularly high priority outfalls that discharge to drinking water sources or within source protection areas, conducting public education and the design/installation of structural BMPs may be eligible, provided they meet the eligibility criteria as described in Section 6 of NHDES grant application. Routine operations/maintenance activities are not eligible.

The application packet is now available online to provide sufficient lead time for applicants to work with stakeholders in determining what protections are necessary to address potential contamination threats, coordinate with working partners and determine a budget. NHDES is happy to confer with potential applicants in advance of the development of an application. Applications are due November 2, 2020.

Examples of source water protection projects:

  • Development and adoption of municipal groundwater protection regulations similar to NHDES models.
  • Security enhancements such as fencing, gates, or cameras.
  • The creation and implementation of local source water protection plans and ordinances.
  • Certain transactional costs associated with land conservation to protect drinking water sources.
  • Education and outreach campaigns.
  • Projects which prepare first responders to protect public water supplies.
  • The implementation of stormwater best management practices.
  • Completing state Groundwater Reclassification for community well(s).
  • High-risk residential heating oil tank replacement.

A summary of past projects can be found at the link below.

More information can be found by visiting the page below, or by contacting NHDES staff to discuss your project.

https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/lswp_grants.htm

Contact:

Bess Morrison
Source Protection Coordinator
Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau
Bess.Morrison@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-2950

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EPA’s 9th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge Webcast

EPA is pleased to launch its 9th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for American colleges and universities that seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals, foster a dialogue about the need for innovative stormwater management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Stormwater pollution is a problem that impacts public health and water quality in communities across the country. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites today’s students to become part of the solution. This webcast will include information on the challenge’s design categories, rules for participation, and feature perspectives from faculty advisors and students that have previously participated.

Speakers:

Bo Yang PhD, PLA, AICP is a professor of landscape architecture and urban planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. Yang is a leading researcher on urban green infrastructure and landscape performance evaluation, particularly focusing on stormwater management and climate resilience. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Landscape Architecture Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China and others. He has published in premier academic journals including Landscape and Urban PlanningEcological EngineeringLandscape Research and Ecological Indicators and is currently assistant editor of Landscape Research. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Science and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Yang is a registered landscape architect and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Matthew Lutheran MLA, is an ISA Certified Arborist, and Restoration Program Manager for the Tucson Audubon Society. Matthew manages habitat restoration projects in both urban and rural settings across Southern Arizona incorporating restoration strategies supported by research and local cultural knowledge. Tucson Audubon’s Restoration Department focuses on reconciliation ecology with a focus on suppressing invasive species and increasing the number of native plants as a foundation to support a full range of native organisms. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in 2019 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Matthew was a member of the second place winning demonstration project in the 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Titled (Re)Searching for a Spot, Matthew’s team proposed to transform a parking lot to manage stormwater runoff onsite, reduce local flooding during Arizona’s monsoon, and create a multi-functional space that yields educational and ecological benefits.

Please contact Matt King, U.S. EPA Office of Water, Green Infrastructure Program at 202-564-2871 with questions.

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MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP) has posted a requisition for an External Monitoring & Data Coordinator (Environmental Analyst IV)

The successful candidate for this position will utilize their experience in environmental monitoring and data analysis to improve the quality, quantity, and utility of external (non-DEP) water quality data available for Clean Water Act 305(b) assessments and 303(d) listing decisions. Core duties will include providing technical assistance to groups engaged in water quality monitoring, and developing data analysis tools to help streamline waterbody assessment decision-making.

MassDEP are seeking candidates with expertise in water quality monitoring principles and practices, experience working with large and complex biological/chemical datasets, experience working with various groups generating environmental data, and ability to creatively develop solutions involving data-centric decision-making.

MassDEP greatly appreciate your help in passing along this announcement to qualified candidates, as well as to others who can help to get the word out. See the link below for a detailed job description and application information.

https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=200005VV&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Note: This position was previously posted in May. That requisition was canceled and has been replaced with this new requisition (see link below). If you previously applied for this through the old requisition, you must reapply through the new requisition to be considered. While requisitions typically remain open until filled, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days of the posting.

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Tune in to the “Ecology & Management of Fish in NH’s Lakes” Webinar – Sept. 2 at 7pm

New Hampshire’s lakes are home to a variety of fish—from the tiniest bait fish to the grandest game fish. Tune in to this FREE webinar on Wed. Sept. 2, 7-8pm, and learn how fish are a key part our the lake ecosystems and hear what the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is doing to keep the fisheries in our lakes healthy—and how you can help!

Presented by Scott Decker, Program Supervisor, Inland Fisheries Division, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

This webinar is FREE but preregistration is required.

Register at https://nhlakes.org/ecology-and-management-webinars/

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