Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series:

Dissolved Phosphorus and Green Infrastructure: Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities

Wednesday, September 28th, 1:30 PM – 3:00PM ET

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Reducing phosphorus pollution in aquatic ecosystems is a primary goal in many watersheds across the United States to mitigate eutrophication and harmful algal blooms. Several forms of green infrastructure can effectively reduce loads of total phosphorus to surface waters through the retention of particles and associated phosphorus. Retention of dissolved phosphorus has proven to be more challenging, and in some cases poor retention of dissolved phosphorus, or even net dissolved phosphorus release, can compromise phosphorus load reduction goals. Furthermore, limited overall capacity to retain dissolved phosphorus in green infrastructure systems can potentially result in declining performance over time.

In this webinar, Eric Roy will discuss the fundamental biogeochemistry underpinning dissolved phosphorus dynamics in green infrastructure and highlight key mechanisms that control both dissolved phosphorus retention from water and release to water. Drawing on literature and recent research in Vermont, this presentation will address the challenge that dissolved phosphorus poses to water quality improvement efforts, opportunities to better manage dissolved phosphorus and enhance green infrastructure performance (including amendment of soil media with drinking water treatment residuals), and the use of phosphorus metrics to inform green infrastructure design. This webinar will include examples of green infrastructure at multiple scales, including urban green stormwater infrastructure (e.g., bioretention and subsurface gravel wetlands) as well as larger ecosystem-scale systems (e.g., restored riparian wetlands).

Speaker:

  • Eric D. Roy, PhD, Associate Professor at Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont

Register via Zoom: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_kD1PhX_-SGGsvJLHLb5SaA

 Who Should Attend:

Municipal decision makers, planners, and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, environmental organizations, practitioners, educators, and interested citizens – anyone who is considering a new project or looking to build on an existing program.

About the Soak up the Rain Webinar Series:

The Soak up the Rain Webinar Series highlights innovative green infrastructure approaches to managing stormwater in New England, presented by leaders from around the region. Through these webinars, you can:

  • Hear about stormwater and green infrastructure tools and resources
  • See who’s soaking up the rain as we showcase green infrastructure projects and programs
  • Engage with others in sharing successes, barriers, and lessons learned while implementing green infrastructure in New England communities.

For more on Soak up the Rain, visit: http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain

Disclaimer: EPA provides Soak up the Rain webinars solely for your reference and cannot attest to the accuracy of non-EPA information provided by third parties or any linked site. EPA does not endorse any non-federal government websites, entities, products, or services. Also, please be aware that the privacy protection provided on the EPA.gov domain (EPA Privacy and Security Notice) does not apply to these third-party sites. 

 

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Country Pond Lake Association Releases Requests for Qualifications – Boat Launch Design

Country Pond Lake Association (CPLA) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit statements of qualification from contractors to provide deliverables requested in the project scope of work.

In partnership with the Town of Newton, CPLA seeks consulting services to design best management practices (BMPs) at the Newton Town Boat Launch Ramp to reduce stormwater runoff volume, along with measures to stabilize the ramp itself, to address erosion and transport of materials into Country Pond. The project addresses stormwater runoff, erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loading at the gravel ramp. The goal of implementing the proposed BMPs is to reduce turbidity, phosphorus, and other nutrients within Country Pond, thereby helping to prevent water quality degradation.

Qualifications submittals are due September 16, 2022 by 5:00 PM following the submittal procedures described in the RFQ (see website link below to download the RFQ).

To download the RFQ and learn more about the project, please visit:    https://countrypondlakeassociation.org/newton-boat-ramp-project

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2023 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

Reminder: A Pre-proposal Consultation is REQUIRED for both 319 and 604(b) grants.  Call or email the project manager for your watershed to discuss your Pre-proposal by September 2, 2022.

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2023 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal request for proposals (RFP) to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due by 4 PM, September 16, 2022.

For more information, contact: 

Funds for this grant are appropriated through the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Water Quality Planning 604(b) Grants

Water Quality Planning 604(b) grants are available for water quality planning purposes. The 2023 Request for Letter of Intent (LOI) is now available. An approximate total award amount of $160,000 is available. All LOIs are due by 4 PM, September 16, 2022.

2023 Water Quality Planning 604(b) Letter of Intent   .pdf Icon

Section 604(b) of the EPA Clean Water Act requires funds to be allocated to entities for conducting water quality planning, including:

  1. Identifying the most cost effective and locally acceptable facility and nonpoint source (NPS) measures to meet and maintain water quality standards;
  2. Developing an implementation plan to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement water quality plans;
  3. Determining the nature, extent, and causes of water quality problems in the state; and
  4. Determining those publicly owned treatment works which should be constructed, taking into account the relative degree of effluent reduction attained and the consideration of alternatives to such construction.

Other eligible projects that address the above water quality concerns may include but are not limited to: developing corridor management plans for designated rivers; conducting monitoring to address specific water quality concerns; planning stormwater retrofits to address water quality impairments; green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology; working with municipalities committed to adopting specific model ordinances and/or meeting regulations (MS4 Permits) to address priority water quality planning concerns; and/or developing watershed-based plans in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria requiring nine key elements (a) through (i) for watershed-based plans.

Contact Andrea Bejtlich for additional information: andrea.l.bejtlich@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-8475

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New Hampshire Rivers Council Releases Requests for Qualifications for Winnicut River Stormwater Project

The New Hampshire Rivers Council (NHRC) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit statements of qualification from contractors to provide deliverables requested in the project scope of work. The project addresses stormwater runoff at a  project site within the Winnicut River watershed.

Stormwater flowing over impervious cover at the project site transports nutrients to the Winnicut River. The NHRC proposes design and installation of a raingarden at the project location to reduce amount of stormwater runoff and nutrients reaching the Winnicut River.

Qualifications submittals are due August 17, 2022 by 4:00 PM following the submittal procedures described in the RFQ (see website link below to download the RFQ).

To download the RFQ and learn more about the project, please visit: https://nhrivers.org/winnicut/

 

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Clean Water SRF 2022 Project Priority List for Public Comment

Please see the 2022 CWSRF Project Priority List (PPL) and 2022 Intended Use Plan (IUP).

CWSRF Public Hearing will be held virtually via GoToWebinar on Thursday, August 4, 2022.  The hearings will open at 9:00 a.m. and remain in session until all attendees have been given an opportunity to provide comments. Participants may join by computer or phone. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow public comment on the 2022 Draft Intended Use Plan (IUP) and 2022 PPL for Clean Water SRF which describes how NHDES intends to use the available CWSRF funds.

Public Hearing Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3794210540813141520

Please note, attendance at the public hearing is not a requirement. Comments on CWSRF PPL/IUP are also welcome via written letter, e-mail, and fax through Thursday, August 11th. There will be no formal presentation at the public hearing. The public hearing is for comments on the 2022 IUP and PPL only.

Please contact Kathie Bourret or Beth Malcolm with any questions.

Kathie Bourret, CWSRF Federal Provisions Administrator
Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Water Division, NHDES
29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95, Concord, NH 03302
Tel: (603) 271-2902

Beth Malcolm, CWSRF Administrator
Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Water Division
29 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 95, Concord, NH 03302
Telephone: (603) 271-2978

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Get Your Geomorphology On! Register NOW for a 2-day virtual short course with three days of optional in-person field trips around New England.

Using Fluvial Geomorphology to Improve Stream Restoration and Watershed Management 

The River Management Society and Field Geology Services are pleased to offer a short course entitled “Using Fluvial Geomorphology to Improve Stream Restoration and Watershed Management.” The course will be held online September 12-13, 2022 with optional one-day field trips near Portland, ME, on September 14, Gorham, NH, on September 15, and Amherst, MA, on September 16. This course covers the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology and their use in watershed assessments and designing stream restoration projects. A brief course description is found below with more information on the RMS website. Feel free to call Dr. Field at 207-491-9541 or e-mail jfield@field-geology.com for further information.

Registration discounts are available for registering early (prior to August 24), for attending multiple field trips, and for RMS members (and those that join during registration). Please call or email regarding additional discounts for students and groups of 5 or more. We look forward to seeing you in September! Please pass this announcement to others that you think might be interested in this course.

Course Description

This 2-day virtual short course with three days of optional in-person field trips will provide an overview of fluvial geomorphology with a thorough discussion of key concepts such as the principles of equilibrium, channel classification methods, channel evolution, and sediment transport capacity. A number of case studies from New England and elsewhere in the country will demonstrate how an understanding of fluvial geomorphology can be used in watershed assessments to identify the underlying causal mechanisms for erosion and flooding problems that are responsible for significant infrastructure damage and environmental degradation. Additional case studies will be used to reveal common errors made in stream restoration projects when the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology are poorly understood. The course will conclude with a discussion of the appropriate settings and conditions within which to employ a variety of widely used stream restoration techniques. The field trips will be to degraded streams where restoration projects may be completed and to already completed stream restoration sites in order to illustrate the fluvial geomorphology concepts and stream restoration techniques discussed in the course.

The short course will consist of visual presentations, small group exercises, and hands-on activities that will provide participants with practical experiences and examples to recognize unstable channel reaches in a watershed and identify the most appropriate stream restoration techniques that will best address the identified instabilities, if present. The course is designed for government officials, environmental and engineering consultants, construction contractors, non-profit watershed groups, educators, and others dealing with flooding, erosion, nutrient loading, and habitat issues along rivers and streams.

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2023 Local Source Water Protection Grant Applications Are Now Available!

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We’re pleased to announce grant funding is available from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to develop and implement programs to protect existing (active or planned) sources of public drinking water. Grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, watershed associations and state agencies.

Applicants can now receive up to $25,000 for projects protecting drinking water sources, including but not limited to watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, “on the ground” implementation projects, and source security. We continue to fund 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. Routine operations/maintenance activities are not eligible.

A new focus has been added to our source water protection grant program. Applicants can now receive up to $30,000 for a project which addresses climate/weather-related challenges – flooding, drought, stormwater pollution, erosion, and sedimentation. This funding is offered to make public water systems more resilient, sustainable and save money in the long-term. Further guidance can be found at the end of the application.

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 1, 2022.

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
• Developing, updating and implementation of local source water protection plans and ordinances with the integration of climate-related goals
• Certain transactional costs associated with land conservation to protect drinking water sources
• Implementation of stormwater best management practices
• Completing state Groundwater Reclassification for community well(s)
• High-risk residential heating oil tank replacement
• Education and outreach campaigns
• Projects which prepare first responders to protect public water supplies

For more information, visit https://www.des.nh.gov/business-and-community/loans-and-grants/drinking-water or contact NHDES staff if you have questions or wish to discuss your project.

Contact: Melissa Macheras, Source Protection Coordinator
Melissa.E.Macheras@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-2950

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Grants for Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal

Up to $65 million in funding is available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for fish passage projects that will remove in-stream barriers. This funding will support projects that reopen migratory pathways and restore access to healthy habitat for fish.

In collaboration with NOAA, selected partners will use these grant funds to implement locally-led removals of dams and other in-stream barriers to rebuild sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species, enhance watershed health, and improve economic vitality.

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local, and Native American tribal governments.

Proposals must be received through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern time on August 15, 2022.

To apply, visit  https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/grant/restoring-fish-passage-through-barrier-removal-grants

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2023 Watershed Assistance Grants Available

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

NHDES’ Watershed Assistance Section has released the 2023 Watershed Assistance Grants’ Pre-proposal request for proposals (RFP) to support local initiatives to restore impaired waters or protect high quality waters. Pre-proposals are due by 4 PM, September 16, 2022.

For more information, contact: 

Funds for this grant are appropriated through the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Water Quality Planning 604(b) Grants

Water Quality Planning 604(b) grants are available for water quality planning purposes. The 2023 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 16, 2022.

2023 Water Quality Planning 604(b) Letter of Intent   .pdf Icon

Section 604(b) of the EPA Clean Water Act requires funds to be allocated to entities for conducting water quality planning, including:

  1. Identifying the most cost effective and locally acceptable facility and nonpoint source (NPS) measures to meet and maintain water quality standards;
  2. Developing an implementation plan to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement water quality plans;
  3. Determining the nature, extent, and causes of water quality problems in the state; and
  4. Determining those publicly owned treatment works which should be constructed, taking into account the relative degree of effluent reduction attained and the consideration of alternatives to such construction.

Other eligible projects that address the above water quality concerns may include but are not limited to: developing corridor management plans for designated rivers; conducting monitoring to address specific water quality concerns; planning stormwater retrofits to address water quality impairments; green infrastructure projects that manage wet weather to maintain or restore natural hydrology; working with municipalities committed to adopting specific model ordinances and/or meeting regulations (MS4 Permits) to address priority water quality planning concerns; and/or developing watershed-based plans in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria requiring nine key elements (a) through (i) for watershed-based plans.

Contact Andrea Bejtlich for additional information: andrea.l.bejtlich@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-8475

 

 

 

 

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State officials will share how towns can protect drinking water for the future at the upcoming free workshop June 1

Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is collaborating with Saco Headwaters Alliance (SHA) and NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) to provide essential information to protect drinking water resources and provide a forum for communities to work together to protect these critical resources for the future. On Wednesday, June 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., state officials from the NHDES will present about protecting town drinking water supplies at Runnells Hall in Chocorua, with an online Zoom option. The program will be led by Paul Susca, Supervisor for the Planning, Protection and Assistance Section, and Pierce Rigrod, Drinking Water and Ground Water Supervisor for NHDES.

The workshop will cover the roles of municipalities and the state in protecting groundwater and drinking water resources and protection strategies such as local zoning provisions. Participants will also learn about common threats to drinking water and the benefits of groundwater protection measures. This workshop is geared towards planning board members, select boards, conservation commissioners, zoning boards, code enforcement officers, health inspectors, public water suppliers and anyone interested in learning more about on-the-ground development and implementation of recommended tools such as Groundwater Protection Ordinances, Groundwater Reclassification, and Source Water Protection Plans.

This program is free and open to the public. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting at www.gmcg.org, or in-person at education@gmcg.org.

Please contact Tara Schroeder, Education Coordinator, (603) 539-1859 if you have questions.

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