The National SRF Workshop 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.
April 28, 2021
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.
Below-Market Financing for Land Conservation
Alison Souders, US EPA
Sebago Clean Waters: The Future is Clear
Paul Hunt, Portland Water District, and Spencer Meyer, Highstead Foundation
The Making of the Blue Creek Salmon Sanctuary and Yurok Tribal Community Forest
Zach Spector and Mik McKee, Western Rivers Conservancy
March 29, 2021
Hear from Don Waye at EPA 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.
The Secrets to the Success of the Minnesota AgBMP Loan Program
Dwight Wilcox, formerly of the Minnesota AgBMP Loan Program
Building Implementation Capacity for KS Water Quality Improvement Programs
Amanda Reed, Kansas Department of Health and the Environment
March 22, 2021
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.
Non‐Point Source Funding Under Vermont CWSRF
Celia Riechel, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Nonpoint Pollution Control with Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loans
Eliza Keeley-Arnold, Washington Department of Ecology
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
If you have any questions, please contact James Plummer.