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Spring Conferences for All

Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 | Posted in iWR-1-19,News

This spring, hundreds of environmental professionals will participate in a NEIWPCC conference or workshop.

The Commission’s spring lineup is especially wide-ranging this year because it includes the Onsite Short Course, which is not offered every year, and a conference for aquatic biologists that had previously been organized by another group.

A woman with a poster addresses a grup standing on a dirt road near grass and trees

A field trip offered in conjunction with the 2013 Nonpoint Source Conference in Vermont. Participants visited the sites of four stream- restoration and stormwater-mitigation projects in the Town of Williston.

“For more than seventy years, NEIWPCC has grown and added new programs,” said Susan Sullivan, NEIWPCC’s executive director.

“We’re proud and excited to be offering so many different events, and to reach such a broad cross-section of environmental professionals in our member states,” she said.

The Commission will host, co-host, or assist with the planning of six conferences in five of its seven member states.

Researchers, wastewater and drinking water professionals, municipal and state officials, and other water stakeholders will share the latest research, tools, and solutions; network; and partake in training opportunities.

Nonpoint Source Pollution

Now in its 30th year, NEIWPCC’s Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) conference has provided a forum for sharing information and improving communication on NPS pollution issues and projects.

Like the first, which was held at Lake Winnipesauke, the conference will once again be in the Granite State.

Conference session topics include hydromodification, the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape with the construction of roads, buildings, parking lots, or other structures.

Other topics include resilience and the ongoing threat of climate change and sea level rise. The topics echo many of the same concerns addressed 30 years ago.

Other sessions will discuss lake water quality, green infrastructure, and the social science of preventing nonpoint source pollution.

The two-day conference will take place in Portsmouth, April 18 – 19. Registration will open in February.

The event is co-hosted with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and EPA Region 1.

In twos and threes, men and women wearing conference badges converse near some exhibits

At the 23rd Annual Nonpoint Source Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Northeast Aquatic Biology

Registration is open for NEIWPCC’s newest conference, for aquatic biologists.

The Northeast Aquatic Biologist Conference, which will take place February 27 – March 1, in Saratoga Springs, New York, continues a tradition of bringing together aquatic biologists to discuss the latest science, resources, and challenges in their environmental discipline.

More than 60 talks are scheduled covering a wide range of topics including, cyanobacteria, citizen science, lake and bio-assessments, and the impact of chloride.

A pre-conference workshop on February 26 will examine communicating data and cyanobacteria identification.

The data workshop features a deep dive into the statistical software “R,” and a collection of R packages that model, transform, and visually represent data.

NEIWPCC collaborated with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation in the planning of this event.

Septic Professionals

Is there such a thing as one-stop shopping for onsite (septic) professionals? For those attending a long-standing NEIWPCC conference there is.

The Northeast Onsite Short Course and Equipment Exhibition, held approximately every three years, is a blend of onsite technology, innovation, and training. See topics from the 2016 conference.

In a yard filled with lids, a man in a brown jacket and a pink hat addresses a group.

The 2016 Short Course included a field trip to the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center in Barnstable on Cape Cod.

Regional in scope, the two-day event is being held this year in Groton, Connecticut. The conference draws a wide range of environmental professionals from New England and New York.

Attendees may choose from several tracks with presentations covering policy, sustainability, environmental impacts, technology, and more. Registration opens in early February for the April 2 – 4 conference.

Wastewater Professionals

Later in April, and five hundred miles northeast, is NEIWPCC’s Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee‘s (JETCC) North Country Convention.

Every two years since 1990, this two-day educational event has offered training opportunities, presentations, and exhibits for environmental professionals in northern Maine.

The 2019 convention will be held on the campus of the Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, which recently established a new water treatment technology program for budding wastewater or drinking water professionals.

The Commission’s JETCC’s staff works closely with the Maine Water Environment Association and Maine Water Utilities Association to organize the event.

The two-day convention and continuing-education opportunity will take place April 24 – 25.

3 men with conference badges

A scene from the 2017 North Country Convention in Presque Isle.

Program Partners

Narragansett Estuary: The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) is hosting its final workshop highlighting findings from its State of the Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Technical Report.

The State of the Blackstone Watershed Workshop will be held on Monday, April 29, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The workshop will acknowledge the region’s history, highlight efforts taking place in the watershed, and provide opportunities for participants to forge new partnerships and set a path for future involvement that will improve the health of the watershed.

Registration will open in February. NBEP has held two previous workshops and, in coordination with NEIWPCC, a research webinar that showcased how researchers developed the study’s 24 environmental indicators.

Long Island Sound: Lastly, on March 15 in Port Jefferson, N.Y., New York Sea Grant, Connecticut Sea Grant, and the Long Island Sound Study will co-host the Long Island Sound Research Conference.

Held biannually, the conference focuses on Long Island Sound research and its implications for management.

The conference will include a panel discussion on benthic-pelagic coupling (the exchange of energy, mass, or nutrients between water column and sediments) in Long Island Sound.

The conference plenary speaker is Dr. Parker MacCready, a coastal and estuarine physical oceanographer at the School of Oceanography of the University of Washington.

Abstracts for the conference are being accepted through January 25. Registration for the one-day event closes March 1. The Long Island Sound Study is a NEIWPCC program partner.

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