the email newsletter of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, publishers of the Interstate Water Report
July 2013 
Lessons Learned
States and EPA Discuss Storm Response

Top officials and staff from all seven of NEIWPCC's member states and EPA convened on June 25 at NEIWPCC headquarters in Lowell, Mass., for a workshop on storm response, a crucial topic given the pummeling we've taken in recent years from Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather events. The presentations and discussion illustrated the truth in the old adage: As painful as they are, disasters are also learning opportunities. Read about the workshop and the next steps.
Project Launch
Need to Reduce Nitrogen in Long Island Sound Drives New Study

Long Island Sound is a remarkably picturesque body of water, but look beneath the surface in some areas and you find a problem: critically low dissolved oxygen levels. One reason is an excess of nitrogen flowing into the sound from its five-state watershed. To help identify potential nitrogen load reductions, a contractor hired by NEIWPCC has now begun evaluating the feasibility of implementing low-cost process modifications and biological nitrogen removal retrofits at wastewater treatment plants in the upper Long Island Sound watershed. Read more about this important new project, which officially kicked off last month.  

Looking Ahead
Meeting Water Needs in the Coming Decades

The topic was the "Future of Water" as three leading thinkers on water issues came to Boston in June for a discussion co-hosted by The Nature Conservancy and public radio station WBUR. NEIWPCC participated as a community partner in this evening of conversation about water problems and solutions. Read what the experts had to say.

Rewarding Recognition
Prestigious Awards from EPA and ACWA 

At a ceremony on June 26 in Boston, NEIWPCC received an EPA Environmental Merit Award for our many years of work with multiple states on wastewater management schools. And in August, NEIWPCC's Susy King will be the recipient of a major award from the Association of Clean Water Administrators. Get the details on these exciting tributes to the work of NEIWPCC and our staff.

Talking Stormwater
Insights from an Expert

Tom Ballestero, director of the University of New Hampshire's Stormwater Center, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on stormwater treatment. He's also a NEIWPCC Commissioner, and we were thrilled to have him speak at our All-Staff Meeting in June. Ballestero delivered fascinating insights into innovative techniques for stormwater management. Read about his compelling presentation. 

Change in Maine
NEIWPCC Welcomes New Commissioners


The slate of NEIWPCC Commissioners from Maine recently took on a new look as Maine Governor Paul LePage made two new appointments. James Parker, a former state representative, and David Van Slyke, an environmental lawyer, will now be part of the Maine delegation at NEIWPCC Commission meetings. Learn more about our two newest Commissioners.

Making a Difference
When Planting, the Native Option is the Smart Choice 


Using native plants in your home landscape is a smart and simple way to help the environment. But the advantages aren't just environmental. If you're tired of all the watering and other upkeep associated with your garden and lawn, going native is the way to go. Read about this easy way to do the right thing.

Questions? Contact:
Stephen Hochbrunn, NEIWPCC Communications Manager
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