June 2011

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Interstate Water Report

the email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission,
publishers of the Interstate Water Report

Welcome to the June 2011 edition of NEIWPCC’s email newsletter, iWR. As always, please let us know what you think!
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Controlling Highway Runoff: While America’s highways play an indispensable role in the nation’s economy and everyday life, they also provide an amazingly efficient pathway for pollutants to enter the water environment. Oil; road salt; leaks of fluids such as antifreeze; material associated with aging tires, brakes, and engine parts—it all collects on heavily traveled highway surfaces, and can be washed into nearby waters. Read about a new effort in Washington to control runoff from federally funded highways, and get NEIWPCC Executive Director Ron Poltak’s take on the news.

Center of Attention: A Talk With EPA’s Ann Codrington: As acting director of the Drinking Water Protection Division of U.S. EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Ann Codrington has been intricately involved in the government’s response to several high-profile environmental issues, including the controversy over the natural gas-extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing. Read the iWR interview with Codrington, conducted March 2 in our Lowell offices.

High Waters, Heavy Load: To grasp the full extent of a problem, sometimes it helps to get a bird’s-eye view. In late April, NEIWPCC’s Bill Howland flew over Lake Champlain in a rented plane to see the impact of the heavy rain and snowmelt that brought the lake’s water levels to record highs this spring. The astonishing photographs taken by Howland, program manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program, show sediment plumes and shoreline erosion of alarming proportion—and raise serious concerns about the nutrient load being delivered to the lake. Read an interview with Howland and access an online gallery of his photographs.

Transition at the Top: The latest list of NEIWPCC Officers and Commissioners includes several changes, including one at the very top. Vermont’s Peter LaFlamme (seen at left) is serving as our acting chair. The list also includes new representatives in Maine and Massachusetts. Get the details.

Success Stories: NEIWPCC recently coordinated two much-anticipated conferences—the 2011 Northeast Water Science Forum and the 2011 Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference—and both events more than met the high expectations. Read about the conference highlights, including the Science Forum’s keynote address by EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas (at left), and access links to view online archives of the presentations.

Focus on Training: NEIWPCC’s commitment to continually improve our training programs can be seen in our launch of a new web-based system that displays our schedule of courses calendar-style and color-coded by state. Connect to the new training calendar and read about other developments in the training arena.

Water Work: Once again this summer, NEIWPCC’s coordination of the Youth and the Environment Program in Lowell, Mass., will allow a small group of young people from the Lowell area to get a hands-on environmental education while earning a steady wage. Learn about YEP as well as a terrific new resource for career information on working in the water and wastewater fields.

Year in Review: NEIWPCC's latest annual report looks back on our achievements in fiscal 2010 and the progress made on water and wastewater issues. Learn more.

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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.