Internet Water Report

Internet Water Report

October 2018 • The email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, publisher of Interstate Waters

IN THIS ISSUE: Tanks ConferenceLI Sound Campaign
Training Water ManagersTaunton PartnershipsIEC PactMagazine Highlights
AccoladesNotices and Events

3 women on a beach collect, catalog, and bag trash

Hundreds of Long Islanders attended the September 15 Estuary Day held at the Seatuck Environmental Association in Islip, N.Y. Attendees learned about what they can do to help reduce nitrogen in Long Island’s waters through educational lectures, workshops, and crafts. Attendees also participated in a local beach clean-up, above, at the Islip Town Beach. The event was a first for NEIWPCC program partners Long Island Sound Study and Peconic Estuary Program. The two organizations teamed up with the South Shore Estuary Reserve to host this inaugural event kicking off National Estuaries week. PHOTO: NYSDEC

Tanks Forum Draws 750+

New underground tanks requirements due to take effect this month were on the agenda at the National Tanks Conference in Louisville in September.

Among other changes, the revised EPA regulation requires more frequent and more comprehensive inspections of underground storage tanks (USTs) by operators.

Tanks professionals from around the country and beyond made the most of networking opportunities at the National Tanks Conference in Louisville September 11 – 13.


Plastic Trash Targeted

Long Island Sound Study Campaign

Three stickers reading "Protect Our Wildlife: Break the Single-Use Habit," each with a different illustration. The first features a piping plover; the second, a reusable bag, reusable water bottle, and two birds; and the third, a windowpane flounder.

Stickers from the 2018 “Don’t Trash the Sound” campaign.

“Protect our wildlife: break the single-use plastic habit.”

That was the rallying cry for a plastic trash reduction campaign that engaged thousands of people in New York and Connecticut this summer. NEIWPCC staff members and others at the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) delivered the message, primarily through social media.

Beekeeping and Beer

Water Management Training in Maine

On November 14, NEIWPCC’s Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC) for the State of Maine will kick off its tenth consecutive Management Candidate School (MCS) for wastewater and drinking-water operators.

In prior years, bees, beer making, and even quilting have been included in the presentations that students make to hone their speaking skills. The topics supplement traditional management coursework stressing leadership, budgeting, rules, and regulations.

Men and women of varying ages posing for photograph outdoors

JETCC staff members Spring Connolly and Leeann Hanson (front row, second and third from the left) gathered with some MCS alumni during the 2017 MWEA Fall Conference held at the Sunday River Grand Hotel in Newry, Maine. All graduates were presented with a Maine MCS alumni pin, inset at far-left.


Taunton Focus: Science, Partners, People

October 1 Workshop in Fall River

A workshop on the major environmental factors affecting the Taunton River and its watershed celebrated partnerships with local and state agencies and groups—and with the EPA.

There was plenty of time for networking and conversation at the October 1 workshop in Fall River. The event, “State of the Taunton Watershed Workshop: Building Partnerships for Progress,” was jointly hosted by the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, and other partners.

The October 1 gathering in Fall River was the second of three workshops to present a comprehensive assessment of the health of the bi-state Narragansett watershed completed last year.

IEC Pact Ends Well

Monitoring, Inspections, Laboratory Continue

For six years, NEIWPCC has supported the Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) as that group reorganized and tuned its mission on behalf of the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

In September, the IEC completed its restructuring and became, once again, a self-managed interstate agency working for clean water.

Like NEIWPCC, the IEC is an interstate compact authorized by Congress. It performs critical monitoring in Long Island Sound and provides inspections of municipal and industrial wastewater facilities in the tri-state area to satisfy the terms of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System.

Since 2012, NEIWPCC had co-managed the IEC, including its grants and payroll.

As of publication of this report, the IEC was growing by filling new environmental-analyst positions.

Phosphorus, Training, and EPA’s Dunn

September Magazine Highlights Regional News

Marsh grass growing in a tidal wetlands

Though usually not a factor in the health of an estuary, phosphorus can contribute to estuarine blooms and low oxygen under some circumstances.

In the September, 2018, issue of Interstate Waters, James Ammerman describes the conditions and dynamics that make phosphorus worth watching by policy makers and estuary managers.