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Annual NPS Conference 2018

The 29th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference took place April 25-26, 2018 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, New York.

The following resources pertaining to the conference are available:


Keynote Address

Advances in Watershed Management in Vermont: Policy – Funding – Planning
Neil C. Kamman, Senior Policy Advisor, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Examining Our Legacy: The Interconnected Relationship of Waterways and Forests
Erick Tichonuk, Co-Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

General Session 1 – Watershed Innovation

MS4 Retrofit Implementation in the New York City Drinking Water Reservoir Watershed
Robert Capowski and Ken Kosinski, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Partners + Data + GIS = Science! Developing environmental indicators for the Narragansett Bay Watershed 
Eivy Monroy, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Concurrent Session 2.1 – Innovation

Innovative and cost-effective groundwater treatment using PRBs for nitrogen removal to achieve site net 100+% nitrogen removal and watershed TMDL compliance
Pio Lombardo, Lombardo Associates, Inc.

RIDOT’s Innovative Approaches to EPA Consent Decree Compliance
Theresa McGovern and Annie Bastoni, VHB

Source Water Protection – 20 Years of On-Site Wastewater Treatment Programs in the NYC Watershed
Michael Meyer, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Concurrent Session 2.2 – Agricultural & Rural Practices

Developing a riparian forested buffer legacy of work
Lydia Brinkley, Upper Susquehanna Coalition

Cover crop mix seeding rate calculator for the systematic evaluation and development of cover crop mixes
Paul Salon, USDA-NRCS

Evaluating the impacts of subsurface agricultural tile drainage systems to water quality in Lake Champlain
Dave Braun, Stone Environmental

Concurrent Session 3.1 – NPS Hot Topics

Vermont’s comprehensive stormwater infrastructure mapping and IDDE program
Jim Pease, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, and Dave Braun, Stone Environmental

Designing solution for steep, erodible, constrained-corridor rural roads in Vermont – a case study of Fuller Hill Road, Warren, VT using road reshaping, ditching, and dry wells to manage runoff
Dana Allen, Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC

DAM Dashboard: Dam Assessment and Management Tool Pilot Project
David Roman, Geosyntec Consultants

Concurrent Session 3.2 – Tracking & Quantifying NPS Project Benefits

Tracking and Communicating Vermont’s Clean Water Progress
Emily Bird, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater Best Management Practices and Recommended Design Considerations
Tom DiPietro, City of South Burlington Department of Public Works, and Joseph Bartlett, Fitzgerald Environmental Associates

Precipitation and streamflow monitoring for Vermont MS4 communities
Joseph Bartlett, Fitzgerald Environmental Associates, and Serena Matt, Stone Environmental

Concurrent Session 4.1 – Stormwater & Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure: a major component for Charles River Sewer Separation at Willard Street, Cambridge, MA
Richard Claytor, Horsley Witten Group, Inc., and Roch Larochelle, HDR

High performance modular biofiltration systems – overcoming shortfalls of traditional vegetated BMPs
Robert Woodman, ACF Environmental

Green Infrastructure – Collaboration from design to post installation
Robert Woodman, ACF Environmental

Concurrent Session 4.2 – Onsite & Nutrient Removal

Cost-effective cluster and individual passive advanced septic systems achieving effluent Total Nitrogen 3+/- mg/L and Total Phosphorus <0.10 mg/L
Pio Lombardo, Lombardo Associates, Inc.

From shellfish to septic systems, the evolution of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island’s efforts to restore and protect Long Island’s waters
Christopher Clapp, The Nature Conservancy

Feasibility evaluation of engineered ecosystems to remove phosphorus in the St. Albans Bay Watershed, Vermont
Gabe Bolin and Dave Braun, Stone Environmental

General Session 5 – Innovation

Getting to 10%. The long road to water quality compliance in the Berry Brook and the innovations inspired along the way
Tom Ballestero, UNH Stormwater Center, and Bill Boulanger, City of Dover, NH

Sewage detection dogs as a complimentary tool in IDDE programs: A case study in Vermont
Dana Allen, Watershed Consulting Associates, and Karen Reynolds, Environmental Canine Services


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact James Plummer.

Photo credit: Brad Wenskoski