2022 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

The Watershed Assistance Section is proud to announce funding opportunities for Water Quality Implementation and Planning Grants.

Watershed Assistance Grants Request for Pre-proposals

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2022 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal RFP to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due by 4 pm, September 17, 2021.

For more information contact:

Water Quality Planning 604(b)

Water Quality Planning 604(b) grants are available to Regional Planning Commissions and/or the Connecticut River Joint Commissions for water quality planning purposes. The 2022 Request for Letter of Intent (LOI) is now available. An approximate total award amount of $64,000 is available. All LOIs are due by 4 pm, September 17, 2021.

For more information visit: Watershed Assistance Grants | NH Department of Environmental Services or contact: Katherine Zink at katherine.zink@des.nh.gov

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MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program has posted a requisition for a Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator (Environmental Analyst III)

MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP) has posted a requisition for a Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator (Environmental Analyst III) to provide critical support to WPP’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program in efforts to reduce adverse impacts of NPS pollution on water quality.

We are seeking candidates with technical experience and expertise related to NPS pollution to assist in watershed planning to protect and restore waterbodies, provide technical assistance to partners with planning for NPS pollution control measures and best management practices, and conduct outreach to strengthen collaborative efforts to mitigate NPS pollution.

We greatly appreciate your help in sharing this announcement with qualified candidates, as well as with 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=210004NG

Please note that 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.

Thanks,

Richard O. Carey, Ph.D.

Director (Acting), Watershed Planning Program

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606

Richard.Carey@mass.gov | (508) 767-2894

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RFQ for French and Keyser Ponds Watershed-based Plan Development in Henniker, NH – JUNE 11th SOQ DEADLINE

Due Date: June 11, 2021

French And Keyser Pond RFQ Post

The Town of Henniker is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) fro interested consulting firms working with a Certified Lake Manager to develop a watershed management plan that meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) requirements for nine-element (a-i) watershed-based plans to mitigate phosphorus loading in the watershed of French and Keyser Ponds in Henniker, NH. Both ponds have an extended history of Cyanobacteria blooms that have lasted as long 3-4 months.

The goal of this project is to address external and internal phosphorus loading to the ponds and develop a management plan that identify necessary steps to reduce loading from each of the subwatersheds.


This project will be funded by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Clean Water State Revolving Fund through a loan to be awarded to the Town of Henniker. Contractor selection will be through a Qualification Based Selection (QBS) process.

Questions concerning this RFQ must be submitted via e-mail to Mark Mitch mmitch@nec.edu. Do not contact by telephone. Any questions about this RFQ raised by an individual/firm will be answered in a summary digest. The summary digest will be provided to those who request to be put on an e-mail list to receive the digest. The cut-off date for questions and requests to be put on the e-mail list to receive the summary of questions and answers is June 8, 2021. Please e-mail Mark Mitch at: mmitch@nec.edu to ask a question or to be put on the e-mail list to receive the summary digest.

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MassDEP is hiring a Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator to Support their NPS Program

MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP) has posted a requisition for a Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator (Environmental Analyst III) to provide critical support to WPP’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program in efforts to reduce adverse impacts of NPS pollution on water quality.

We are seeking candidates with technical experience and expertise related to NPS pollution to assist in watershed planning to protect and restore waterbodies, provide technical assistance to partners with planning for NPS pollution control measures and best management practices, and conduct outreach to strengthen collaborative efforts to mitigate NPS pollution.

https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=210004NG

Please note that 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.

Thanks,

 Richard O. Carey, Ph.D.

Director (Acting), Watershed Planning Program

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606

Richard.Carey@mass.gov | (508) 767-2894

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Job Opening- Project Scientist/Project Manager

Ecological Instincts is currently seeking applications for a full-time Project Scientist/Project Manager to assist with a variety of water resource projects throughout Maine. The position will require providing both field and office support on multiple projects, client communications, staff supervision, and assistance with business development, among other tasks. Specific tasks may include GIS mapping and watershed nutrient modeling, conducting field surveys, providing technical assistance to landowners for implementation of Best Management Practices to address stormwater runoff, coordination with local/state/federal agencies and permitting, water quality analyses, public speaking, and grant writing.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree + 4 years’ experience; Master’s Degree or PhD+ 2 years’ experience.
  • An independent worker with excellent written and verbal communications skills, willing to work remotely and on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experienced with ArcGIS products, conducting GIS analyses, and preparing GIS maps.
  • Experience managing and analyzing large data sets and/or conducting statistical analyses using R, or other statistical software.
  • Experience collecting and managing field data, conducting nonpoint source assessments, implementing erosion control Best Management Practices, and familiarity with Maine shoreland zoning rules and permitting requirements.

Please send an electronic copy of your cover letter and current resume by June 4, 2021 to:

Ecological Instincts
Attn: Jennifer Jespersen, Principal
P.O. Box 682
Manchester, ME 04352
jen@ecoinstincts.com

This is a full-time position (32-40 hours/week). Compensation is commensurate with experience. EI will contribute to employee health insurance and retirement following a 3-month probationary period. Some travel may be required.

Ecological Instincts is a small, woman-owned business located in central Maine founded in 2015 to provide clients with a full-suite of environmental planning services, including watershed assessments, watershed surveys, watershed management planning, water quality monitoring and data analysis, natural resource assessments, conference planning and public speaking, GIS mapping, grant writing, and environmental education for schools, communities, and watershed groups. Our current projects are located across Maine, with a focus on assisting lake associations and municipalities to protect and improve water quality in their communities.

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Request for Letters of Qualification- Baboosic Lake

The Town of Merrimack is requesting Letters of Qualification for engineering services related to the Baboosic Lake (Pine Knoll Shores) Drainage Study Project which is being funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

Project description: The Baboosic Lake (Pine Knoll Shores) Drainage Study project seeks to investigate applicable stormwater runoff treatment measures and roadway improvements for the watershed area draining to Baboosic Lake from the roads in the Pine Knoll Shores Subdivision.

The request for Letters of Qualification is posted on the Town’s purchasing/bids page of Merrimack’s website.  The request can be found on the purchasing page here:  https://www.merrimacknh.gov/finance-department/pages/bid-opportunities, or the actual Request for LOQ can be found here:  https://www.merrimacknh.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3456/f/pages/rfq_engineering_service_baboosic_lake.pdf.

Your Letter of Qualifications must be received no later than 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 3, 2021 and shall be addressed to:
Town of Merrimack
Kyle Fox, Public Works Director
C/O: CWSRF LOQ
6 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Managing Phosphorus Pollution with Stormwater Bioretention Systems: A Soil Study

Tuesday, June 8th, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Click Here to Register

Bioretention rain gardens are a popular strategy for capturing and storing stormwater while improving water quality by filtering pollutants. As a nutrient pollutant, phosphorus contributes to downstream algal blooms. If designed well, bioretention systems can be used to remove phosphorus from stormwater. A recent research project at the University of Vermont, with support from the EPA Office of Research and Development’s Regional Applied Research Efforts (RARE) program, explored the potential for drinking water treatment residuals (a byproduct of drinking water filtration) to bind phosphorus within bioretention soil media.

In this webinar, speakers from the University of Vermont will discuss lessons learned from many years of research on bioretention soil media, including how different installation components can remove phosphorus from runoff or potentially leach phosphorus into outflows. Speakers will take a deep dive on the technical aspects, scientific results, and water quality impacts of different bioretention case studies. The presentation will cover the pros and cons of compost, drinking water treatment residuals, and other bioretention soil media amendments.

Presenters:

  • Stephanie Hurley, Department of Plant & Soil Science, University of Vermont
  • Michael Ament, PhD Candidate, Department of Plant & Soil Science, University of Vermont

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/151808983757

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North Conway Water Precinct-Request for Qualifications

The North Conway Water Precinct (NCWP) is seeking submissions from qualified consultants for modeling, assessing, and proposing solutions for an approximate 3.4-mile +/- section of the Saco River in North Conway, New Hampshire. The study will focus on potential impacts to the NCWP wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) property and facilities located adjacent to the Saco River. As such, the study shall include a fluvial geomorphology assessment in addition to hydraulic modeling. Qualifications must be received by NCWP by 3:00 PM on Friday June 4, 2021.

Submissions shall be hand delivered or mailed to:
North Conway Water Precinct
“Saco River Erosion Study”
PO Box 630
North Conway, NH 03860

For more information see the Request for Qualification Packet.

Questions shall be directed to Jason Gagnon, Superintendent at jgagnon@ncwpnh.org or (603) 356-5382.

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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 the final presentation on the findings from their year-long Watershed Analysis of Messer Pond, New London. The virtual presentation will be held Monday, April 26th at 6:00 PM. Click on flyer below for details: Colby Sawyer end-year 042621 Presentation poster

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2021 Drinking Water Source Protection Virtual Conference-Wednesday May 19 and Thursday, May 20

As you know, safe drinking water is vital to public health and the potential for future economic development. Even very small quantities of contaminating substances in lakes, rivers, or aquifers can limit their use as sources of clean drinking water. Local land use policy, open space planning, and conservation tailored to protecting these resources promote public health and ensure a long-term supply of clean drinking water. Consequently, there are important roles for local officials to play in protecting currently operating public water systems as well as water resources that can serve as future sources of drinking water.

Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) convenes a conference concerning how to protect local drinking water resources that is designed for local planners, conservation commissioners, water supply managers, and other local leaders. On Wednesday May 19 and Thursday, May 20, NHDES will hold its 2021 Drinking Water Source Protection Virtual Conference online. This year’s conference will feature roundtable discussions and presentations on:

  • Climate impacts affecting public water systems such as drought and flooding, and how to manage, adapt or mitigate these impacts.
  • Results of a statewide public health study concerning human exposure to metals, pesticides and emerging contaminants found in drinking water.
  • Examples of how to use federal and state dollars to conserve critical water supply lands.
  • Public education: The keys to ensuring your message is compelling and effective.
  • Integrative study of excessive stormwater loading in New Hampshire’s Lake Waukewan.

….and more interesting source protection topics!

The conference fee is $35 and includes both days. This event qualifies for up to 10 Technical Credit Hours toward certification requirements under the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program. Instructions from NHDES will be sent directly to registered operators regarding how to earn credit online.

REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website: www.agwt.org (click on “Events”)

Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: astone@agwt.org or 603-228-5444.

Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: pierce.rigrod@des.nh.gov or 603-271-0688.

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