Redefining Urban Space: Site Remediation and Green Infrastructure Practices on Contaminated Properties in Chelsea, MA

Thursday, March 26th, 2020, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST

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Integrating sustainable green infrastructure practices as part of Brownfields clean up and site remediation is challenging, but crucial to increase resiliency to extreme weather events and improve environmental quality. This webinar will showcase the planning, design, and implementation of successful green and resilient infrastructure practices on Brownfields in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Chelsea is a dense, urban community with a socioeconomically and demographically diverse population and a long industrial history. Creative reuse of former industrial sites is vital to reverse exposure to environmental and public health risks, support open space preservation, and implement sustainable development. The City has faced many unique design challenges in implementing their vision, including opportunities to address stormwater management, heat mitigation, and green infrastructure.

This webinar will cover successful planning and implementation strategies for site reuse and remediation, including incorporating green infrastructure, and planning for climate adaptation. It will also share innovative approaches for public engagement and collaborative approaches that produce results.

Presenter:

Alexander Train, AICP, Assistant Director, Planning and

Development Department, Chelsea, Massachusetts

*Registration sitehttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8431238085166243843   

For information on the Soak Up the Rain and the webinar series- http://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain  

 

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Landscaping for Water Quality Two Day Training – March 26 & 27

NHDES Soak Up the Rain Program, UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Municipalities, and other experts “in the field,” team up to provide Landscaping For Water Quality Two Day Training Workshop.

Please join us or spread the word to landscapers and others who develop, maintain, or preserve properties in New Hampshire.

When: Thu, 03/26/2020 to Fri, 03/27/2020, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Derry Municipal Center, 14 Manning Street, Derry, NH 03038

Participants will learn how to use ecological concepts and landscape features such as rain gardens, vegetative buffers, and other green infrastructure to protect lakes, rivers, streams and bays. Instructors are from universities, university centers, university extension, environmental agencies, municipalities, and private enterprise. Thanks to all of our sponsors!

Sponsored by: UNH Extension, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Landscape Association, NH Sea Grant, NH Soak Up the Rain, and Town of Derry.

More information, agenda and Registration at: https://extension.unh.edu/events/landscaping-water-quality

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Save the Date for NH Stream Crossing Initiative Protocol Training on May 29th at NHDES in Concord, NH

Project partners are working to address flood risks and make our infrastructure more resilient through a proactive approach by identifying and replacing problem culverts and bridges before they can fail and cause damage. Identifying crossings for replacement that will maximize ecological benefits while addressing infrastructure safety can save money and help to restore aquatic habitat in the long run.

With approximately 20,000 stream crossings in New Hampshire, the goal is to assess and prioritize which crossings are the best candidates for replacement to improve public safety, infrastructure resilience and aquatic habitat restoration.

By implementing the NH Stream Crossing Initiative Protocols in YOUR watersheds, you can prioritize future grant application requests, populate watershed-based plans for future restoration efforts, and inform budget planning and decision making in both municipal and nonprofit realms. Data collected through the initiative is quality control vetted by professionals in the NHDES Geological Survey and other partnering agencies to assure stream crossing data is collected consistently across the state. The protocols can be viewed by visiting: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/documents/culvert-assessment-protocol.pdf

Want to become a NH Stream Crossing Initiative Protocol team leader for the 2020 season? We invite you to participate in a full day of training at NHDES in Concord on May 29th. Following that training, there will be another day devoted to conducting the protocols at field sites. Date to be determined.

Interested? Please get in touch with Shane Csiki at the NHDES Geological Survey by emailing shane.csiki@des.nh.gov or calling him at 271-2876. I am looking forward to taking this training in May and hope to see some of our stakeholders there. This is a great opportunity to formally assess all the stream crossings in your watershed!

Want to see if stream crossings have been assessed in your watershed? Check out the Aquatic Restoration Mapper at: http://nhdes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=21173c9556be4c52bc20ea706e1c9f5a

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Registration is open for the 2020 New Hampshire Water & Watershed Conference (NHWWC)

Registration is open for the 2020 NH Water & Watershed Conference!

March 13, 2020 at Plymouth State University

The NHWWC is a key event for sharing water resource information and research. This year the conference theme is Persistent and Evolving Water Issues. The conference agenda includes presentations and posters that connect information and research from a variety of water topics.

The conference agenda includes sessions on topics such as contaminants, public and private partnerships, climate change and land use change. Check out the agenda to see the full list of presentation topics.

Register now! Space is limited.

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Questions? Please e-mail us at nhwwc2020@gmail.com

 

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You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium in Hancock, NH – February 29th

The Norway Pond Commission is pleased present the 3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium.  Join us for a morning of talks highlighting recent research, and plans for future research, on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock.

 The symposium will be held at the Harris Center on Saturday February 29th, 2020. (Snow date will be Saturday March 7th.)  All are welcome to come and learn about Norway Pond.  If you want to stay for just one or two talks, that’s okay.  In the afternoon will be a workshop where research planned for 2020 will be discussed.  If you are planning to attend, please email me at tcshevenell@gmail.com by February 22nd so we will have a head count.

 Symposium Program

 8:30     Registration (No fee. Open to the public)

9:00     Opening Remarks:  Tom Shevenell

9:15     Steve ArconeWhy Is There a Norway Pond? A Work in Progress on Its Origin.

9:45     H. Marie LawrenceIs Anybody in There?  CyanoScope Observations on Norway   Pond.

10:15   Break

10:45   Rick Van de Poll:   Why Do Water Quality Measurements Matter? What Your Kids Can Do About It.

11:15   Lisa Doner:  Keynote Address—How Does Norway Pond’s History Compare with Other Lakes and Ponds in Northern New England?ow

12:00   Closing Remarks:  Tom Shevenell

12:15   End of Program:  (For those staying for the Workshop please bring a lunch)

1:15 – 3:00  Workshop:  Commissioners, presenters and selected experts to present and discuss current research and explore  future Norway Pond research plans.

 

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Aquatic Resource Mitigation 2020 Grant Announcement:

 $3,300,000 available for preservation, restoration, enhancement projects

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund is now accepting pre-proposals for a 2020 Grant Round for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects across the state. The ARM Fund has $3,300,000 to award for this grant round.

The ARM Fund Program provides wetlands permit applicants the option to contribute payments to this fund in lieu of implementing a permittee-responsible mitigation alternative. These mitigation options might include restoration of existing impaired wetlands, land acquisition and preservation, or construction of new wetlands. In many circumstances, these other options may be more costly, time consuming or complex to implement for the wetlands permit holder as compared with an ARM Fund contribution.

The ARM Fund Program has been a successful option for permit applicants and has resulted in the funding of many significant wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects across the state. Since 2006, the ARM Fund has awarded grant money to 106 projects that include preservation and habitat restoration, as well as stream passage improvement projects. These projects have resulted in approximately 24,000 acres of land conservation, 100 acres of restoration, protection of 300 vernal pools, and 50 miles of stream passage improvements.

NHDES accounts for ARM Fund payments on a major watershed basis. Projects must consider the specific goals of the service area and replace, restore or protect similar wetlands and streams, and their functions and values, lost in the watershed.

Pre-proposals are due May 29, 2020. The pre-applications will be reviewed the month of June and feedback given to each applicant. Full applications are due August 31, 2020. Please see the ARM Fund website for application forms and for additional information about the program. For more information, please contact Lori Sommer, NHDES Wetland Mitigation Coordinator, at lori.sommer@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-4059.

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31st Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference at the Woodstock Inn, VT – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The 31st Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference for the New England states and New York will be held on April 23 & 24, 2020 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. Both full conference and single day registrations are available.

Attendee and Exhibitor Early Bird Registration will close March 17th. All registration will close April 7th.

This conference, which is coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with member states and EPA, has become the premier forum for sharing information about nonpoint source pollution (NPS) issues and projects in this region.

For more information about this conference, and to register, please visit http://neiwpcc.org/NPS31VT.

We hope to see you in Woodstock!

  • Sent on behalf of James Plummer by:NEIWPCC
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Alexandra Morneau
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Get Tickets NOW for the 2020 Wild and Scenic Film Festival and Reception – This event will sell out!

NOTE: This event has sold out prior to the event date for the last ten years in a row. Get your tickets NOW to ensure your seat at this unique and inspiring event!

March 27, 2020 Reception at 6:00 PM Films begin at 7:00 PM

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Bringing the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Concord for ten years running!

The New Hampshire Rivers Council is bringing one of the largest environmental film festivals to the  Red River Theatres in Concord on  Friday, March 27, 2020. The event begins at 6:00 PM with a reception, door prizes, raffle, and more.  #nhriversfilmfestival

To learn more, visit our website.

Tickets are just $15 for Rivers Council members or  $20 for not-yet-members (ticket price includes a one-time, introductory one-year membership with ticket purchase). Please call 603.796.2615 if you are unsure of your past status). Click here to purchase your tickets now.

 

 

 

 

There is still time to be a sponsor. If you or your company is interested in being a part of this fun event contact us at 603.228.6472 or info@nhrivers.org

New Hampshire Rivers Council 54 Portsmouth St | Concord, NH 03301 603.228.6472 | info@nhrivers.org | NHRivers.org

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Environmental Merit Awards in New England

Celebrating 50 years of protecting New England’s environment

Call for Nominations

For fifty years, EPA New England has honored those who have made outstanding contributions to protect New England’s environment. EPA’s Environmental Merit Awards Program has honored teachers, citizen activists, business leaders, scientists, public officials and others who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of the region’s public health and natural environment. The Environmental Merit Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments during the past year and over a lifetime.

Please consider completing a simply application and nominate an individual, business, professional organization, government agency, community leader, NGO or academic for their outstanding work protecting New England’s environment.

Deadline: February 12, 2020

Please submit all nominations on-line here:

https://www.epa.gov/environmental-merit-awards-new-england

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EPA’s Urban Waters Federal Partnership Funding Opportunities

Environmental Education Local Grants for EPA Region 1

The Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 1 supports locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Applications due: January 6

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support.

Proposals due: January 30

Environmental Justice Program Collaborative Problem Solving Grants

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities.

Due: February 7

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