Internet Water Report

Internet Water Report

The email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, publisher of Interstate Waters

IN THIS ISSUE: Filling a Gap on the HudsonSalmon in the Classroom Narragansett Estuary Is Cleaner, Challenged • NEIWPCC, States, Oppose Lab Closing • Short Course is Long on Training • Interstate Waters • Accolades • Notices and Events

Filling ‘Key Observational Gap’ on the Hudson

Two days of water-level measurements from the Turkey Point Tide Station. Source: NOAA’s Tides and Currents web page.

The National Water Level Observation Network gained data from the Hudson River last October.

That’s when the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) added the Turkey Point Tide Station to its national network. The station provides near-real-time reporting of water and meteorological conditions.

NEIWPCC staff member Christopher Mitchell, other NEIWPCC staff members, and others at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR) built the monitoring station on the western bank of the Hudson. HRNERR spent three years bringing the station in line with NOAA standards. Continued…

Salmon in the Classroom

“Raising Salmon in the Classroom” is the latest video in the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Diving In series, which highlights the ways that people are learning about and getting involved in caring for the Basin.

This installment shows students from Westport and Willsboro, N.Y., learning about the salmon life cycle and habitat.

Students raise salmon from eggs and release them into local streams. They learn about stream ecology and the connections of these tributaries to Lake Champlain.

The Salmon in the Classroom program is supported by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Trout Unlimited.

Narragansett Estuary Is Cleaner, Challenged

A controversial decision by the EPA nearly upstaged the rollout of a landmark study of the Narragansett Bay Estuary last fall. Nonetheless, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and its partners presented the most comprehensive scientific assessment of the estuary’s health to date.

The bi-state Narragansett Bay estuary watershed. Source: NBEP

The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed report combines the work of numerous research partners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While most of the bay is in Rhode Island, 60 percent of the watershed lies within Massachusetts.

Some key findings are as follows. Continued…

NEIWPCC, States, Oppose Lab Closing

NEIWPCC strongly opposes a plan to close the EPA regional laboratory located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The closure is part of a long-term effort to reduce wasted space in federally owned buildings and to vacate leases. The EPA had not made a final decision on the lab’s fate as this issue of the Internet Water Report was going to press.

From Chelmsford, New England Regional Laboratory mobile vans can travel to anywhere in New England within five hours.

To voice its opposition, NEIWPCC, on behalf its seven member states, wrote a comment letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last August opposing the agency-proposed closure of the Chelmsford lab.

The states, through the letter, said that closing the facility will have “financial consequences” for the New England States and will “delay the rapid response” needed to “safeguard human health and the environment” in this region. Continued…

‘Short’ Course Is Long on Training

The field trip from the 2016 Short Course

Five times since 2002, NEIWPCC’s Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division has coordinated and hosted the Northeast Onsite Wastewater Treatment Short Course and Equipment Exhibition.

The sixth Short Course (so named because it offers many training opportunities in a single three-day conference) will be April 2 – 4, 2019, in Mystic, Connecticut.

The event allows onsite wastewater professionals to satisfy training requirements and stay abreast of developments in the onsite field, in the span of a short conference.

The Short Course was last held in 2016, in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Magazine examines ‘Pollution from Everywhere’

Three approaches to controlling nutrient pollution are described in a story in the September, 2017, issue of Interstate Waters.

Another article tells how the early work of NEIWPCC’s Technical Advisory Board lay the groundwork for environmental progress of the 1970s and the robust state environmental-protection programs of the present day.

Other stories describe the history of water power in Lowell, Massachusetts, and share highlights from NEIWPCC’s place-based partners. Continued…

Accolades and Accomplishments

Alexandra Dunn and Peter Lopez are the new EPA administrators for Regions 1 and 2, respectively. NEIWPCC also wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Deborah Szaro (Region 1) and Catherine McCabe (Region 2), both of whom served as their region’s Acting Administrator for the past year.

In December, the U.S. Senate confirmed David Ross to lead the EPA’s Office of Water.

Congratulations to Tom Groves, NEIWPCC’s Director of Wastewater and Onsite Systems, on receiving the Richard J. Otis Award for Industry Achievement in October at the annual conference of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association.

NEIWPCC Senior Program Manager Mike Jennings and Financial Accountant Jean Quigley each recently completed a six-week management and leadership course at Middlesex Community College.


Travis Noyes and Jana Ferguson have both recently joined the Commission. Noyes represents the state of Maine. He is the Executive Vice President and Engineering Division Director at CES, Inc. Ferguson represents Massachusetts and is the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Thank you to outgoing Commissioners Jane Sexton of Maine and Michael Celona of Massachusetts. Both had served on the Commission since 2013.

Notices and Events

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