Internet Water Report

Internet Water Report

July 2018 • The email newsletter of NEIWPCC, publisher of Interstate Waters

IN THIS ISSUE: Hudson GrantsVisualizing ChamplainNew Stormwater PermitsWater Draws Realtors • Sniffing Out PollutionPeconic PlanningAccoladesNotices and Events

Lab Talk: Jose Amador explains his team’s research into optimizing performance of existing onsite wastewater treatment systems to reduce nitrogen inputs to water bodies. Amador is a professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute. The talk and a lab tour were part of an EPA program evaluation of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program that will conclude in September. EPA representatives and Estuary Program staff members are also in the photo, taken June 19.

Stream Crossings, Flooding, Get Grants, Design

Rushing water overtopping bridges and culverts threatens not only property and wildlife habitats, but also public safety.

More than 1,900 publicly owned road stream crossings in the Hudson River estuary watershed are too small to accommodate flood waters of a five-year storm. The Hudson River Estuary Program is likely to identify more undersized crossings as it continues to assess bridges and culverts in the watershed.

Analyst standing inside large culvert holding measuring rod

Megan Lung takes the measure of a culvert in September of 2016.


Visualizing the State of Lake Champlain

Map of Lake Champlain showing stat us of 4 management goals for each of the lake's 5 segments.

Detail map from State of the Lake 2018.

“Never before has there been so much support from lake users, resource managers, and government entities to improve Lake Champlain and its watershed.”

That is the upbeat introduction to the 2018 State of the Lake report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Mass., N.H., See New Stormwater Permits

As of July 1, Massachusetts and New Hampshire municipalities must seek coverage by new general stormwater permits, the first since 2003.

Affected communities have until October 1 to submit formal notices of intent to seek coverage under the permits.


Water Quality Class Draws Realtors

The effect of lake water quality on property values is the topic of a new course that is proving popular with Maine real estate professionals.

This spring, 244 real estate professionals attended the 3-hour course from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and NEIWPCC’s JETCC program.

Nearly 100 real estate professionals attended the class in Augusta, Maine.


Sniffing Out Illicit Discharges

A presenter of the four-legged kind helped to illustrate how innovative approaches are working to curb pollutants during NEIWPCC’s 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference.

Environmental Canine Services President and canine handler Karen Reynolds on duty with Remi.

Environmental Canine Services teamed up with Dana Allen of Watershed Consulting Services to describe how sewage sniffing dogs can complement efforts to seek out and eliminate illicit discharges in stormwater systems in Vermont.

New Peconic Plan, Director

On Joyce Novak’s first day as program director, the Peconic Estuary Program had already begun to revise its comprehensive plan for the estuary for the first time since 2001.


Accolades and Accomplishments

Please welcome Kale Connerty, who joined NEIWPCC in June as the Youth and the Environment (YEP) intern.

NEIWPCC Meeting and Events Coordinator Samantha James received a promotion to Business Operations Manager. In addition to managing the Business Operations staff, James will work closely with NEIWPCC’s Executive Director and Commissioners. James joined NEIWPCC in 2016.

Senior Program Manager Michael Jennings is assuming a new role with NEIWPCC’s Wastewater and Onsite Systems Division. Jennings had worked in the Water Resource Protection Division, supporting the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve while managing NEIWPCC’s Quality Management Program.

Jennings will now focus his talents on NEIWPCC’s environmental training program, including overseeing the Massachusetts wastewater operator training program, the Mass. Training Advisory Committee, and the NEIWPCC Trainers Workgroup. Jennings will also manage NEIWPCC’s training staff and an Environmental Analyst supporting wastewater. He has worked for NEIWPCC since 2000.

Audra Martin first joined NEIWPCC in 2017, working with Maine’s Drinking Water Program in Augusta. In June, she accepted an Environmental Analyst position with the Water Quality Division in Lowell. Martin serves as project manager for the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), oversees NEIWPCC’s LISS staff, and manages several workgroups related to wetlands and climate change.

Instructor facing class in front of a whiteboard bearing mathematical terms

Retired: Shown here teaching a math class last June, James LaLiberte has retired from NEIWPCC’s instructional staff as of June 29. He will continue to teach for NEIWPCC as a contractor.

Joyce Novak joined NEIWPCC in May as the new Program Director for the Peconic Estuary Program. (See related story in this issue.)

Christina Stringer is a new Environmental Analyst in the Water Resources Protection Division. She will work closely with the New York DEC to plan and manage a statewide public water supply source-water assessment and protection program. Stringer also directs the ground water and source water protection and emerging contaminants workgroups.

Bhavani Rathi joined NEIWPCC’s Long Island City Independent Environmental Monitoring staff at the end of June as an Environmental Engineer. Bhavani is a licensed professional engineer.

NEIWPCC Water Quality Division Director Richard Friesner recently completed his ninth year as Program Director for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. The summit brings together 250 high school youth delegates from all over the country who are passionate about the environment. The program was held in Washington, D.C., June 24 – 29.