In This Issue
NEIWPCC's Annual Report is Now Online | Interactive Map Explores
Rhode Island Salt Ponds | Strategies for Flood Resilience on the Hudson
In Brief | Accolades & Events
Bringing you the latest news, events, and updates from NEIWPCC and our partners.
Annual Report Available Online

NEIWPCC's annual report for fiscal year 2020 is available online. Our work during that period, which spanned Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020, was marked by change on two fronts to the way NEIWPCC does business: the launch of a new strategic plan...

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Interactive Map Explores Rhode Island Salt Ponds

The landscape along Rhode Island's south coast is carved up by salt ponds, each one a unique environment. A new, online resource tells the story of these ponds and the organization that protects them.

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Strategies for Hudson River Flood Resilience

In the state of New York, more than 100 public access sites, including parks, preserves, boat launches, and fishing piers along the shores of the tidal Hudson provide outstanding recreational, scenic, and economic value to the Hudson Valley.

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In Brief
The EPA recently announced $6.5 billion in funding available through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan programs.

The EPA announced the availability of funding through the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants program, which can help communities, including those along the Merrimack River, address pollution from combined sewer overflows. 

In other related news, the Merrimack River Watershed Council was awarded a $250 thousand grant from the U.S. Forest Services' Landscape Scale Restoration Program to protect the Merrimack River from climate change, pollution, and development.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan package of wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, and water reuse infrastructure funding. Several water infrastructure packages have also been introduced in the House of Representatives and are expected to reach the floor this month, according to the Water Environment Federation. 

Nominations for the 2021 EPA Region 1 Merit Awards are due by close of business May 17.

An interest piece from the New Hampshire Union Leader profiles Manchester’s wastewater treatment system and Fred McNeill, chief engineer for the city’s environmental protection division. McNeill is a NEIWPCC commissioner.

Environmental groups, including the Lake Champlain Committee are appealing a decision to allow the sinking of a century-old ferry in the lake for use with scuba tourism.

“Environmental Justice in the Narragansett Bay Region” compiles demographic and environmental data from the EPA’s Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool to highlight inequities in the bay and its watershed.

The Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) held their biennial conference virtually over the course of three days this April with sessions on water quality, climate change, and habitats and wildlife. The recordings are available online. The conference aimed to drive action on PEP’s new comprehensive conservation and management plan. In a new video, featured below, partners of PEP shared how, by working together, the program’s new management plan will guide crucial work to restore and protect the estuary over the next decade.
Accolades and Accomplishments
Sarah Fernald, NEIWPCC environmental analyst and Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve research coordinator, co-authored the research article Rapid tidal marsh development in anthropogenic backwaters in the February 2021 issue of "Earth Surface Processes and Landforms."

The team examined sediment data, historical maps, and aerial photographs, finding that the majority of tidal marshes in the Hudson River Estuary were an unintended result of industrial development and shoreline modifications.

Dan Rearick, NEIWPCC environmental analyst and Hudson River Estuary Program-Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System coordinator, recently co-authored a paper titled Pathway‐Based Approaches for Assessing Biological Hazards of Complex Mixtures of Contaminants: A Case Study in the Maumee River in the April 2021 issue of "Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry."

The paper describes assessments and studies in the Maumee River, which present integrated measurements of complex contaminant and chemical mixtures and their effects in the field.

Megan Lung, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst with the Hudson River Estuary Program, was presented with a Recognition of Resilience and Distinctive Service Award by the town of Esopus for her service to the community during 2020. On the award, Lung was listed as a “NYS DEC Friend of Esopus, Champion of Culverts and Knight of NEIWPCC.”
Employment opportunities and internships are posted as they become available. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Information Officer–Communications Specialist (Lowell, MA)
  • Environmental Engineer–Capital Replacement Liaison (Kingston, NY)
Staffing Updates
We are pleased to welcome the following new employees:
  • Mary Claire Arnold, environmental analyst, Long Island Sound regional coordinator, Stony Brook, NY. 
  • Lindsay Charlop, environmental analyst, Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve Coastal Training Program coordinator, in Staatsburg, NY.
  • Evan Karsberg, environmental analyst, Wastewater Operator Training and Certification Support, in Lowell, MA
Multiple webinars through June: FEMA’s Community Rating System.

May 11-13, 2021, Virtual: WEF’s Residuals and Biosolids 2021 Event.

May 17-21, 2021, Virtual: ACWA’s 2021 National Pretreatment Virtual Event.

May 20-21, 2021, Virtual: GMWEA's 2021 Spring Meeting & Training Conference.

May 20, 25, and 27, 2021, Virtual: NEIWPCC's 31st Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference.

June 9-10 and 15-16, 2021, Virtual: WEF’s Innovations in Process Engineering 2021 Event.

June 15-17, 2021, Virtual: NYWEA’s Spring Technical Conference & Exhibition.

June 22-23, 2021. Virtual: WEF’s Stormwater Summit 2021 Event.

TBD, Virtual: NEWEA’s 2021 Spring Meeting & Exhibit.

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