Accolades and Accomplishments

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019 | Posted in iWR-5-19

Congratulations to Brian Kavanah and Tom O’Donovan, who have been selected as new state water program directors in Maine and New Hampshire respectively. Both will be joining NEIWPCC’s Executive Committee as the Commissioner designees for their states.

Kristin Kraseski’s recent work, “Treated Wastewater Reuse Roadmap” for the Long Island Sound Action Plan, was nominated for NYSDEC’s Sarah Shepard Clear Communication Award. Kraseski is a NEIWPCC environmental analyst.

Jim Ammerman, an environmental analyst with the Long Island Sound Study moderated a session on Microbes/Water Quality and a panel discussion on sediment-water column connections at the Long Island Sound Research Conference held on March 15.

Vicky O’Neill and Sarah Fernald, environmental analysts with the Long Island Sound Study and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, respectively, were contributing authors on a recent United States Geological Survey report, “Hurricane Sandy Impacts on Coastal Wetland Resilience.”

NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Jasper Hobbs presented a talk, “bloomWatch! Monitoring Cyanobacteria Blooms with a Smartphone” earlier this spring at the 2019 Connecticut Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference.

Heather Radcliffe, NEIWPCC’s senior staff attorney and senior program manager was recently honored as the 2019 recipient of the Annual Achievement award during the NEIWPCC All Staff meeting in April for her work with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.

The Water Environment Federation held its annual National Water Policy Fly-In April 3-4. NEIWPCC Executive Director, Susan Sullivan and environmental analyst James Plummer participated. Kudos to the National Association for Clean Water Administrators and the New England Water Environment Association for encouraging many water professionals to attend.

Staffing Updates

Through new contracts and staffing changes, we are pleased to welcome the following staff members:

Lake Champlain Basin Program, Grand Isle, Vermont

  • Lauren Jenness, environmental analyst

New York State Department of Health—Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Albany

  • Ashley Inserillo, program manager
  • Michael Suatoni, environmental analyst