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National NPS Training Workshop 2016

October 31 – November 3, 2016
Omni Parker House
Boston, MA 02108

Representatives from regional, state, and tribal NPS programs worked together over the course of several months to plan the agenda for the 2016 Training Workshop, centered around the following session topics:

  • Urban/suburban NPS issues
  • Agricultural NPS pollution
  • Best practices for development and implementation of watershed-based plans
  • Healthy watersheds and protecting unimpaired waters
  • NPS enforceable policies and programs
  • Climate change planning and resiliency
  • Improving program effectiveness for state/tribal 319 programs
  • Bacteria impairments
  • Innovative Tools
  • Integration between the TMDL and 319 program, per the TMDL vision
  • NPS 101 Breakout Session
  • Coastal NPS Breakout Session
  • Tribal Breakout Session

Target Audience:

  • State and Territorial Nonpoint Source Program Managers
  • Tribal Nonpoint Source Program Managers
  • U.S. EPA Regional and Headquarters Nonpoint Source Program Coordinators

Map

Nearby Green Infrastructure and Green Spaces (Map & Site Descriptions)

In an effort to showcase just some of the green infrastructure and green spaces that the city of Boston has to offer, a custom-made map and accompanying site descriptions was compiled to assist attendees in exploring some nearby GI sites (sites #1-6); urban green spaces and historic parks, and some of the more innovative GI projects in Boston (sites #7-11).


Webinars

Throughout the 2016 National NPS Training Workshop, live Webinars were recorded and are now available for viewing:


Agenda

Presentation PDFs from the workshop are now available online for viewing, through this version of the agenda.

Monday, October 31 – Day 1

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Rooftop Ballroom

  • Kristen McQuaide – NPS Coordinator, NEIWPCC
  • John Sullivan – Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Austin Blackmon – Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston
  • Beth Card – Deputy Commissioner, Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Curt Spalding – Regional Administrator for U.S. EPA Region 1

National Nonpoint Source Program Update

  • Lynda Hall – Chief, EPA’s NPS Control Branch, EPA Headquarters

General Session 1
Improving Program Effectiveness for State/Tribal 319 Programs

Tuesday, November 1 – Day 2

General Session 2
Innovative Tools and Methods to Better Understand and Address Pathogen Impairments

General Session 3
Agricultural NPS Pollution

General Session 4
Working in Paved Places – Shades of Green in a Gray Environment

General Session 5
Innovative Tools and Topics: Lightening round, Displays and Discussion

Wednesday, November 2 – Day 3

General Session 6
Playing Together in the CWA Sandbox: Integration between the CWA 319 and CWA 303(d) Listing and TMDL Programs

General Session 7
Best Practices for Development and Implementation of Watershed-based Plans

General Session 8
NPS Enforceable Policies and Programs

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

NPS 101 Breakout Session

Coastal NPS Problem-Solving: Shining Examples from the National Estuary Program

Tribal Breakout Session

Thursday, November 3 – Day 4

General Session 9
Climate Change Planning and Resiliency

  • EPA’s National Water Program: Responding to a Changing Climate – Jeff Peterson, EPA Headquarters
  • USDA Climate Hubs: Promoting Resiliency in Agriculture and Forestry – David Hollinger, USDA Forest Service
  • Facilitated Dialogue – Connecting Climate Change to State NPS Management Programs, facilitated by Barry Tonning

General Session 10
Healthy Watersheds and Protecting Unimpaired Waters