May 2019 • The email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, publisher of Interstate Waters
IN THIS ISSUE: Hudson Eels • Recent Conferences: Aquatic Biologists • Onsite Wastewater • Nonpoint Source • Maine Training • Blackstone River • Annual Report • Tanks News • In Brief • Accolades • Notices and Events
Eel Project Documents Volunteer Data
Every spring since 2008, volunteers have waded in to the Hudson River and its tributaries to count migrating juvenile American eels.
This year, that activity and the data it collects are backed by a formal quality assurance project plan (QAPP).
Such project plans allow researchers and decision makers to know how data were collected. The organizers of the Hudson River Eel Project hope this QAPP will allow project data to be included in the next American Eel Stock Assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. (more…)
Many Meetings for Water Pros
The Commission’s regular annual conference on nonpoint source pollution had plenty of competition this spring, as it was joined by four other events not always on the annual calendar.
- NEIWPCC played the lead role in organizing a conference for aquatic biologists in the Northeast. Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Feb. 27 – March 1. MORE
- The Commission last held its Onsite Short Course for septic and other onsite professionals in 2016. This year’s was in Groton, Conn., April 2 – 4. MORE
- The 30th Nonpoint Source Conference included sessions on erosion of rural roads and coastal nutrient management. Portsmouth, N.H., April 18 – 19. MORE
- Every two years, the Commission’s JETCC staff holds the North Country Convention to bring training resources to northern Maine. Presque Isle, April 24 – 25. MORE
- The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s third and final workshop in a series about the bay’s watershed focused on the Blackstone River branch of the estuary. Worcester, April 29. MORE
The triennial Onsite and biennial North Country events rarely occur in the same year, while the Blackstone event was a one-time follow-up on the release of a comprehensive report on the health of the Narragansett watershed.
‘A Year’s Work’ at NEIWPCC
More than half of the Commission’s 2018 Annual Report is a detailed timeline showing the highlights of the year.
The timeline shows training classes by day and credit-hours by week, endings of 99 contracts and other agreements, electronic newsletters and print publications, webinars, workgroup meetings, Commission meetings, and other events of NEIWPCC and its partners.
This year’s report is organized around the theme “All in a Year’s Work.”
L.U.S.T.Line Recaps 30 Years of UST Regulation
In the 85th issue of L.U.S.T.Line, NEIWPCC’s tanks newsletter, Carolyn Hoskinson, the director of the EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks, reflects on “30 Years of Federal UST Regulation: Looking Back, Going Forward.”
L.U.S.T.Line is NEIWPCC’s oldest continuous publication. Since its inception in 1985, the newsletter has evolved into the “paper of record” for underground-storage-tanks news and issues nationally, and is available both in print and online. (more…)
Accolades and Accomplishments
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.
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
Notices and Events
NEIWPCC is currently hiring for multiple positions. Full descriptions are available on our website.
Lowell, Mass. headquarters
- Information Officer, Certification and Renewals (application deadline, 5/31/19)
Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Assistant Environmental Analyst (SWMP Technician) Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, N.Y. (application deadline, 5/24/19)
New York State Source Water Protection—New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of Health
- Environmental Analyst—Drinking Water Specialist Syracuse, N.Y. (application deadline, 5/31)
- Environmental Analyst—Drinking Water Specialist Monticello, N.Y. (application deadline, 5/24/19)
- Environmental Analyst—Drinking Water Specialist New York, N.Y. (application deadline, 5/24/19)
Requests for proposals, employment opportunities, and internships are posted as they become available.
- May 13 – 20: National Infrastructure Week.
- May 14: New England Wetland Webinar Series, Coastal Bank Erosion Hazard Maps.
- May 16 & 19, June 1 & 15, Hampton Bays, N.Y.: Nighttime Horseshoe Crab Monitoring with Peconic Estuary Program staff.
- May 24: Staatsburg, N.Y.: NYSDEC Free Fishing Clinic at Norrie Point Environmental Center.
- June 2 – 5, New Castle, N.H.: New England Water Environment Association’s spring meeting and exhibit.
- June 10 – 12: NYWEA Spring Technical Conference & Exhibition.
- August 10, Multiple locations on the Hudson River: Great Hudson River Fish Count. With staff of the Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- September 12 – 13, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: Fall meeting of NEIWPCC’s governing Commission.
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.
iWR • May 2019 • To front page
Hudson Eels • Annual Report • Tanks News
In Brief • Accolades • Notices and Events
Recent Conferences: Aquatic Biologists • Onsite Wastewater • Nonpoint SourceMaine Training • Blackstone River