February 2011

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Interstate Water Report

the e-mail newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission,
publishers of the Interstate Water Report

Welcome to the February 2011 edition of NEIWPCC’s e-mail newsletter, iWR. Please let us know what you think! Use this link to e-mail your comments and suggestions.

Nutrient Conflict Intensifies: More than three months have passed since U.S. EPA published its controversial final standards setting specific numeric limits on the amount of nutrient pollution allowed in Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams, and springs. But in this case, time is not proving to be a healer. Numerous lawsuits have been filed to stop the standards from becoming effective in Florida in early 2012, and many organizations have undertaken efforts to urge EPA from taking a similar approach in other states. Read about the conflict and about NEIWPCC’s stance, which we outlined in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Period of Transition: The impact of the November elections continues to play out as new gubernatorial appointees fill the seats of key state posts. In NEIWPCC’s member states, many environmental agencies and health departments now have new leaders at the top of their organizational charts, a transition that is shaking up the roster of NEIWPCC Commissioners. Read more about the new names on our Commissioners list.

Focus on Farming: With roughly seven months left before the expiration of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill, debate is escalating in Washington over the makeup of the 2012 edition of the legislation. And organizations concerned about agriculture’s impact on water quality want their message heard. Read a letter signed by more than 140 organizations including NEIWPCC.

Training Tribute: EPA New England has awarded its “2010 Regional Wastewater Operator Training Provider Excellence Award” to Leeann Hanson of Maine’s Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC), which is managed by NEIWPCC. Read about this well-deserved recognition for Hanson, who has served as JETCC’s training coordinator since 1995.

Gauging the Gages: Interest remains high in an article on streamgages that appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of NEIWPCC’s print newsletter, Interstate Water Report. The article examined the state of America’s vast and vital streamgaging network, through which data on river conditions is collected for multiple uses including forecasting floods and measuring the effects of climate change. Learn more.

Conference Alerts: Register now for the 2011 Northeast Regional Cyanobacteria Workshop, April 14, Boxborough, Mass., hosted by NEIWPCC. Registration is also open for the 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum, April 27-29, Portland, Maine. NEIWPCC is coordinating the forum, which will focus on “Science to Inform Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Management.” Information on sponsorship is available. And NEIWPCC continues preparations for the 22nd Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference, May 17-18, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Learn more about all three events.

Blue is the New Green: In a special iWR contribution from NEIWPCC intern Emily Bird, a junior majoring in environmental studies at the University of Vermont, she explains that there are plenty of good reasons to conserve water—and many simple ways to do so. Read about the hows and whys of water conservation.

 

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The opinions and information stated in iWR are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of NEIWPCC.