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Internet Water Report

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

Phosphorus as Estuary Topic: Unlikely, Rewarding

Phosphorus was the draw for 120 estuary researchers, administrators, and students usually concerned with nitrogen’s impact on the environment.

Conference speakers

Presenter Paul Stacey fields a question at the Estuary Research Workshop. Also in the photo, left to right: Chris Kincaid, Zhanfei Liu.

The participants in NEIWPCC’s second estuary research workshop came to hear Hans Paerl from the University of North Carolina, Robert Howarth of Cornell University, and other leading nutrient and coastal researchers.

The daylong conference was held at the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, in Narragansett. The Institute cosponsored the event.

Participants filled Corless Auditorium to hear about how, where, and under what conditions phosphorus pollution threatens estuaries. Continued…

Bay State Wastewater Operators Sprint for Renewal Deadline

Between now and the end of December, Massachusetts wastewater operators are taking steps to renew their licenses, which expire every two years.

Weston and Sampson’s David Wright instructs wastewater operators in protocols for working in confined spaces such as sewers, at a training workshop at NEIWPCC headquarters on October 11 of this year.

NEIWPCC has administered the wastewater operator certification and renewal program for Massachusetts since 2005. Continued…

An Hour and a Quarter in 1947

Two pages of yellow and brittle paper contain the typed record of the Commission’s first meeting in 1947. All three members were present.

At the invitation of Dr. Vlado A. Getting, member of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission representing the state of Massachusetts, the first meeting of the commission following enactment of the compact by the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and approval of the compact by Congress was held at the offices of the Massachusetts Department of Health in Boston on November 25, 1947, at 11 AM.

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Commissioners Share News, Elect Officers, Tour Green Infrastructure

Stormwater infiltration and urban development are compatible, according to Kate England of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. England led NEIWPCC’s Commissioners on a tour of green infrastructure in downtown Boston on September 28. Above, she explains how pavers with an open lattice design provide both infiltration and a durable surface for driving and parking. Also viewing the pavers (left to right): Maine Commissioner Mick Kuhns, NEIWPCC’s Michael Jennings, and Connecticut Commissioner Yvonne Bolton.

Vermont experienced widespread algae blooms in late September, according to Pete LaFlamme of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Meanwhile in Connecticut, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is deploying its limited resources on the agency’s most critical services as that state grapples with a budget crunch.

Welcome to the state reports, where members of NEIWPCC’s governing Commission share news about challenges and ongoing work in their agencies and their states. Continued…

Maine Will Continue New Wastewater Training Option

A new, unified, wastewater training school in Maine will be offered again next January.

The training school’s first graduating class poses with an instructor and the JETCC program staff in Portland on June 15.

Maine’s wastewater training program has long offered courses for operators at all levels. This year NEIWPCC’s Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC) tried something new. Continued…

Accolades and Accomplishments

Congratulations to four NEIWPCC staff members who recently received promotions. Shelly Clark, who manages grants and contracts, is now an Information Officer II.

Human Resources team member Julie Doherty was promoted to Information Officer III. In addition to managing two HR staff members, Doherty’s responsibilities include benefits and technology.

Heather Radcliffe has been promoted to Senior Program Manager. Radcliffe served as interim director of the Water Resource Protection Division earlier this year and is responsible for overseeing NEIWPCC contracts, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, and the Interstate Environmental Commission District.

Sarah Schaefer is now an Environmental Analyst II. Schaefer’s work with the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) includes grant administration. She was a key contributor to the EPA’s 5-year evaluation of the organization.

The Lowell Water Utility was recognized as a Utility of the Future Today during the Water Environment Federation’s annual conference on October 3, in Chicago, Ill. Lowell was one of 25 utilities so recognized nationally. The facility’s executive director, Mark Young, was also honored.

Paul Boutin and Scott Firmin were recognized during the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) Fall Convention on September 21. Both men received awards from the Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). Boutin, the Assistant Operator and Safety Coordinator for the Old Town Water Pollution Control Facility, was the recipient of JETCC’s Founder’s Award. Firmin received the Lee Agger Award. He is the Director of Wastewater Services for the Portland Water District and a JETCC instructor.

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