NEIWPCC is excited to introduce…
These virtual sessions, coordinated by NEIWPCC, aim to provide a forum to hear about and discuss the intersection of state revolving funds (SRF) and nonpoint source pollution (NPS). In addition to learning about the successes of other programs, join us for breakouts and chat about accomplishments, questions, and challenges of your own as we work to bridge the gap between SRF and NPS. This past year we’ve missed crucial opportunities to chat with colleagues across programs and state lines.
Conference social hours and those moments bumping into someone while grabbing a coffee or tea between sessions are sometimes the most beneficial aspects of professional workshops. We’ve organized these sessions as a chance to meet new potential collaborators, reconnect with peers after more than a year apart, and explore new ideas.
Co-moderated by Jeff Lerner, Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program, we will be hearing about two collaborative efforts to acquire land for the protection of water resources. First, we will explore work in the Sebago Lake watershed in Maine which utilized DWSRF and other funds for source water protection to maintain Portland’s water supply. Second, we will be hopping to the west coast to hear about an effort by the Western Rivers Conservancy in partnership with the Yurok Tribe in California to use CWSRF in combination with other funds to protect thousands of acres, establishing a sustainable community forest and habitat sanctuary in the Blue Creek watershed.
Additional details and resources from past sessions will be posted below shortly.
Joining us from the west coast, Eliza Keeley-Arnold will share Washington’s approach to prioritizing projects using SRF and §319 through their unique Combined Funding Program. Sharing the virtual stage with Eliza, Vermont’s Celia Riechel will share the various ways SRF is being utilized to address NPS pollution. With an emphasis on how partnerships play an integral role in this overlapping work, both of our speakers will help you explore opportunities within your own work.
Celia Riechel, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation – Presentation PDF
Eliza Keeley-Arnold, Washington Department of Ecology – Presentation PDF
Hear from Don Waye at EPA Headquarters who will provide a national overview of the obstacles and opportunities for using CWSRF for nonpoint source reduction activities such as addressing nutrients from agriculture. Then Dwight Wilcox will share insights from Minnesota’s Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Program in advocacy of using SRF for NPS projects. Lastly, Amanda Reed of the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment will speak to their funding of interseeders for large scale soil health and other ways the state has utilized SRF for NPS projects.
Don Waye, US EPA Headquarters – Presentation PDF
Dwight Wilcox, formerly of the Minnesota AgBMP Loan Program – Presentation PDF
Amanda Reed, Kansas Department of Health and the Environment – Presentation PDF
Climate Resiliency and Adaptation for Water Infrastructure
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The webinar recording can be accessed here.
The first webinar in this series includes case studies from New Hampshire on sustainability programs for wastewater projects as well as funding partnerships and incentives to help achieve program goals. Additionally, speakers from Maine present on the implementation of climate adaptation plans as well as a technical case study from work completed in Brownville, ME. Lastly, we explore changes to water infrastructure projects in New York following Hurricane Sandy.
Sharon L. Nall, P.E., Supervisor Planning, Protection and Assistance Section
Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Water Division | New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Brandy M. Piers, P.E., Senior Environmental Engineer, Bureau of Water Quality Management | Maine Department of Environmental Protection
James Lord, P.E., Senior Project Engineer | Dirigo Engineering
William A. Brizzell, Jr., P.E., Deputy Director, Division of Engineering and Program Management | NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
In-Person Workshop Update
NEIWPCC’s top priority is the health and safety of our colleagues, partners, and the community. After conferring with our partners at EPA, NEIWPCC has made the decision to go virtual with the 2021 National SRF Workshop. Dates TBD.
If you have any questions, please contact James Plummer.