Internet Water Report

Internet Water Report

January 2020 • The email newsletter of NEIWPCC, publisher of Interstate Waters

IN THIS ISSUE: Planning for EngagementEPA ScienceWastewaterConferencesIn BriefAccoladesNotices and Events

Planning to Reach Out

Planning, engagement, and planning for engagement, bear fruit at place-based programs around the region.

Scientific reports and long-term plans are the foundation for future work.

3 students clustered around a thermometer

A scene from The Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor, an annual engagement event, on October 22. chris bowser/hrnerr


EPA Panel Takes Up Rollbacks

Wetlands, Mercury Threats Assessed

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Proposals to curtail federal oversight over wetlands, and to allow power plants to emit more mercury, are facing criticism from an internal source: the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, including many Trump administration appointees.

The board is scheduled to make final its response to the new rules on January 17. The panel posted drafts critical of the proposed rules on December 31. (more…)

Teachers, WWOs, Pair for Outreach

New Hampshire school teachers teamed up with wastewater operators in November at a workshop to explore ways to educate students and community members about water issues. It’s outreach that could spark interest in wastewater careers.

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At the workshop, left to right:: Alexandra Krishnamoorthy, Matt Cusato, Jennifer Lichtensteiger, Sheila Foley, Sue Mack. n.h. des


Nonpoint, Biology Conferences Gear Up

NEIWPCC’s conference season begins on March 4 in Newport, Rhode Island, with the Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference.

Its 31st annual Nonpoint Source Conference follows on April 23 in Woodstock, Vermont.

River meandering across verdant landscape

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NEIWPCC plans these events every year in conjunction with the environmental agencies of the host states, which change every year.

Later this year, NEIWPCC will offer a national workshop that highlights ways the New England states are getting the most out of the federal State Revolving Funds.

The National Tanks Conference will follow in late September. (more…)

In Brief

NEIWPCC Commissioner Robert Varney will lead an international advisory board on environmental aspects of such issues as the forthcoming United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Varney is a former regional administrator of New England EPA.

The Peconic Estuary Program is seeking an intern to monitor Alewife in the Peconic River March 1–mid-May. Applications are due by February 1.

The stormwater permit that EPA Region 1 has issued for New Hampshire’s Great Bay could become a model for managing nonpoint-source pollution

Craft breweries in Maine are adopting sustainability, including water reuse, recycling, and processing of brew effluent to be friendly to local wastewater treatment systems.

The EPA has negotiated 3 settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits related to its municipal storm sewer system permits from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Public comments on the settlement close on January 27.

Michigan is the latest state to sue PFAS manufacturers.

Accolades and Accomplishments

Among the recent graduates of the Leadership Rhode Island Program is Dr. Courtney Schmidt, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst and staff scientist at the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.

NEIWPCC is pleased to welcome the following three new employees, all assisting the New York State Department of Health.

  • Joel Bernosky is a NEIWPCC environmental analyst (drinking water specialist) serving NYSDOH’s western district. He works from the agency’s Buffalo office.
  • Stephanie Facchine serves the NYSDOH capital district as a NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst (drinking water specialist), and is based in Albany.
  • Maxwell Landsman-Gerjoi is a NEIWPCC environmental analyst (hydrogeologist), also based in Albany

Here in Lowell, please welcome Tyler Way, our new office maintenance/clerk.

In addition, at the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Mae Kate Campbell joins the staff as an environmental analyst. Way and Campbell both started this week.


November 22 marked Susan Sullivan’s thirtieth anniversary at NEIWPCC. Sullivan joined the staff in 1989 as an environmental analyst. She has been the Commission’s executive director since 2017.

Leaving the Commission, with our thanks for years of service, are Denise Ruzicka and Suzanne Blancaflor of Connecticut, and Alicia Good of Rhode Island.

Nelle D’Aversa, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst who is the bioextraction coordinator at the Long Island Sound Study, wrote  of her work in the 2019 issue of Habitat Hotline Atlantic.

In October, Dr. Jim Ammerman, science coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study and a NEIWPCC environmental analyst, presented on using monitoring data and citizen science to address hypoxia at the Association of National Estuary Programs in Dewey Beach, Delaware. He led sessions at that conference and also at meeting of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation in Mobile, Alabama.

Also in October, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst Jennifer Lichtensteiger moderated a session on regulations at the New England Water Environment Association’s Northeast Residuals & Biosolids Conference in Springfield, Mass.

Notices and Events


Requests for proposals, employment opportunities, and internships are posted as they become available.


We offer courses and workshops around the region for wastewater and drinking water professionals. See NEIWPCC’s Training and Renewals web page.
New events are added regularly to our calendar page.


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Planning for EngagementEPA ScienceWastewaterConferences
In BriefAccoladesNotices and Events