Update on a New Generation of Enhanced I/A Septic Systems webinar

Last winter NEWEA was invited to collaborate with the US EPA Southeast New England Program (SNEP) on I/A septic systems planning, one of their top priorities.  NEWEA subsequently created a Task Force to help accelerate these systems through permitting and into the market.  In June SNEP hosted a three-day workshop for 100 water professionals to “Push the Ball Forward on I/A Septic Systems”.  That workshop produced over five hours of video and a 49-page summary report.

The NEWEA Innovation Council will host a one-hour webinar on 9/15 at noon to summarize and discuss the workshop findings.  In essence there are multiple new technology entrants which produce effluent nitrogen levels at 10 mg/L or better. Those approaches are game changers for nitrogen sensitive areas that may never get sewered or perhaps are toward the end of a 30-year sewering plan. The technologies work and are cost competitive.  The issues now are around permitting, funding, and OM&M (Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring).

Click HERE to view the webinar flyer.

Click HERE to register for this free event.

And we invite you to spread the word to your organization as appropriate.

For reference, you may find this article a helpful foundation read on the topic.

Contact Bruce H. Walton, NEWEA I/A OWTS Task Force Chair, with questions at bwalton@battaliawinston.com or C 617-633-5065

https://www.newea.org/about-us/committees/innovative-alternative-onsite-water-treatment-systems-task-force/

https://www.newea.org/about-us/committees/innovation-council/

 

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Calling all MUNICIPAL winter management personnel!!! Are you looking to improve your snow and ice management strategies, save money through improved calibration techniques, considering brine use, AND looking to get certified as a Green SnowPro Professional? Well…

You are invited to participate in the 2021 NH Salt Symposium/Liquids Workshop and Municipal Green SnowPro Planning Session on September 14th at Pat’s Peak in Henniker.

There will be a specific Municipal Track at the New Hampshire Salt Symposium/Liquids Workshop on September 14, 2021 at Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker. Once again, the event is a partnership with the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA).

In addition to announcing the return of a Municipal Green SnowPro Program, this year’s focus will be on liquids.   We know and appreciate that many municipalities have already taken this step or are considering it as a component of your winter operations arsenal.  And, this is a chance to share your knowledge and learn from others. 

The special session for municipalities to help shape the Green SnowPro Municipal Certification process needs your input now that enabling legislation has been passed to move forward bringing municipalities back into the program or into it for the first time. Come and lend your experience, expertise, and voices to create the Municipal Green SnowPro Certification Program for New Hampshire! If you don’t assist with writing rules now, you cannot complain about them later…We hope to see you there!!!

Click here to LEARN MORE https://go.sima.org/liquids-workshop

Register now! – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-salt-symposium-liquid-strategy-workshop-tickets-159169023835

Remember that you can earn CSP credits by attending

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Request for Bids – Wolfeboro – Lake Wentworth Stormwater BMP construction

Wentworth Watershed Association & the Town of Wolfeboro
Lake Wentworth Grant Project – Phase 4 – 2021

INVITATION TO BIDDERS

Sealed proposals for construction of the Lake Wentworth Grant Project – Phase 4 – 2021 will be received via email by the Town of Wolfeboro, 84 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH 03894 attn. Kathryn Carpentier at financedirector@wolfeboronh.us on behalf of Wentworth Watershed Association and the Town of Wolfeboro until 2:00 PM EST on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 with a bid opening to follow at 3:00 PM EST. The Owner, reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any informalities in the bidding and to accept the bid considered to be in the Owner’s best interests.

The project consists of installation and stormwater improvements at the intersection of Fernald Ave and Fernald Crossing in Wolfeboro, NH 03894. Work includes installation of stormwater improvements, underground piping, and slope regrading as shown on plans dated July 2021 by CEI.

Prospective Contractors are allowed and strongly encouraged to visit the site to review the existing conditions, access, etc. with the proposed plans before submitting a proposal.

Drawings and Contract Documents are available electronically by phone request to 603-424-8444 ext. 305 or by emailing mlundsted@ceiengineers.com to receive PDFs by email.  Also see files attached below:

Bid Package – Fern Ave & Fernald Crossing

Fern Ave & Fernald Crossing Contract Plans

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2022 Local Source Water Protection Grant Applications Are Now Available!

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. Funding amounts have been increased. 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 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, 2021.

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:  Bess Morrison, Source Protection Coordinator

Bess.Morrison@des.nh.gov

(603) 271-2950

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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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