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New Bedford, MA: SNEP ORISE Fellow, Shasten Sherwell, collecting samples for harmful algal bloom analysis in New Bedford, MA. Photo credit: Ian Dombroski

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EPA-SNEP says Goodbye and Good Luck to ORISE Fellow, Shasten Sherwell. For over two years, Shasten Sherwell has worked as a microbial ecologist, marine biologist, and dedicated team member with the Southeast New England Program. During her time as an ORISE Fellow stationed at EPA, Shasten was integral in researching harmful algal blooms throughout the SNEP region. As part of this effort, Shasten worked to design and facilitate the HABs Risk Communication webinar last year, which produced a preliminary list of key HAB questions that state and municipal partners receive most often. A completed HAB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be developed from this work in 2023 and posted to the SNEP website. Additionally, Shasten has spearheaded a SNEP-specific HAB monitoring program in key areas of the SNEP region including New Bedford, MA; Fall River, MA; and Woonsocket, RI. SNEP plans to continue this monitoring effort in Shasten’s absence. Thank you, Shasten, for all you’ve done; we wish you all the best in your new endeavors!
Program Updates 

SNEP responds to information request for active and completed projects on Cape Cod. In late August, EPA-SNEP responded to a request for information on all completed or in-progress SNEP-funded or SNEP-supported projects in Cape Cod. EPA-SNEP identified thirteen projects and developed brief one-page summary documents, which can be found here.
 
EPA-SNEP Announces Upcoming Workshop on Flow Duration Curve Development. On September 29, EPA-SNEP will host a half-day workshop to discuss how municipalities can apply the flow duration curves (FDCs) developed by EPA-SNEP to size and site green stormwater management technologies for new construction. This work complements the recently completed Stormwater Retrofit Manual developed by the SNEP Network for upgrading existing stormwater infrastructure. This workshop will provide an overview of how these FDCs were developed but will primarily focus on FDC application in the municipal setting. While municipal stormwater managers are the focus of this workshop, this event is open to the public. Register here. 

‘That’s a Wrap!’ SNEP Pilot Watersheds Near Completion of Year One Project Objectives. Over the past year, SNEP’s five pilot watershed initiatives (PWIs) have neared completion of their year one objectives. As these projects continue their work and enter year two, EPA-SNEP is working with our contractors and each of our PWI grantees to develop and finalize a long-term monitoring strategy to measure the impact of each PWI throughout the life of the grant and several years beyond. SNEP hopes to finalize and implement these long-term monitoring plans in 2023.

Cockeast Pond as a Living Laboratory – Takeaways from a Completed SNEP grant. In May 2022, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology completed their six-year SNEP grant-funded opportunity to “quantify potential for oyster aquaculture and impacts on estuarine nitrogen-related water quality” in Cockeast Pond (Westport, MA) and Lonnie’s Pond (Orleans, MA). A summary of this project can be found here.

Fall River, MA and New Bedford, MA Highlighted as Examples of Municipal Integrative Planning. Over the past 50 years, EPA, states, and municipalities have made significant progress protecting our waters through implementation of the  Clean Water Act  (CWA). However, challenges remain. As the nation faces population growth, aging infrastructure, limited resources, and increasingly complex water quality issues, new approaches to address CWA requirements are being explored. Communities managing wastewater treatment facilities, sewer systems, and stormwater infrastructure must prioritize their investments. View a  list of all integrated plans .
In 2012, EPA developed an integrated planning framework that explains how municipalities can prioritize multiple CWA requirements through a voluntary integrated plan while attaining other benefits that beautifies their communities. The cities of New Bedford and Fall River were both highlighted. For more information, please reference this EPA project story map.

CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Develops an Environmental Justice Index based on data from EPA and others. “The Environmental Justice Index uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank the cumulative impacts of environmental injustice on health for every census tract. Census tracts are subdivisions of counties for which the Census collects statistical data. The EJI ranks each tract on 36 environmental, social, and health factors and groups them into three overarching modules and ten different domains.” Access the Index here.

CZM Releases Fact Sheets to Help Coastal Property Owners Reduce Stormwater Pollution. Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management (CZM) announced the launch of the Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners website with fact sheets that offer property owners a range of best practices for reducing and treating stormwater on site. Each fact sheet includes information on the technique’s benefits; recommended guidelines for locating, designing, implementing, and maintaining specific practices; and a brief overview of regulatory and permitting requirements. Step-by-step instructional guidelines, photos, and figures can help homeowners select the most appropriate projects and practices for their property to help protect local water quality, reduce flooding, and improve wildlife habitats. The four techniques covered in this first round of fact sheets are: Vegetated Buffers“Green” Lawn and Garden PracticesRain Gardens, and Reducing Impervious Surfaces. In the coming year, CZM will add additional fact sheets on: Preventing Erosion, Minimizing Contaminants, and Vegetated Swales.
 Our Partners 

SNEP is proud to offer two subprograms: the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG) program and the SNEP Network, which specialize in and offer funding and technical assistance, respectively, throughout the SNEP region. For more information about these programs, please visit their websites by clicking the icons below.

 
                                              
2018-22 SWIG Impact Report. This week, the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants Program released a comprehensive report on the benefits the Program has provided communities in Southeast New England. With $10.3 million in funding granted to more than 50 organizations and municipalities, SWIG has made strides on water quality improvements, fish passage, and coastal restoration. Please reach out to Tom Ardito (tardito@estuaries.org) with any questions.
 
                                     

Download the report here:
https://estuaries.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/snep-impact-report-Final-4.pdf

The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (Stew-Map) held a webinar about organizations surveyed across the SNEP Region- the recording is now available!
The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project, conducted by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, Compass Cartographic and EPA’s Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division through the ORISE fellowship program, held a webinar about the project and development of the stewardship dashboard. The webinar covered the methodology used to document and map stewardship organizations and their supporting networks, as well as the environmental stewardship actions being taken in the SNEP region. The Stew-Map team has uploaded the network visualizations, public data, and presentations on the SNEP Network Website. The project dashboard will be available on the US Forest Service Northern Research Station website and linked on the SNEP Network website once available.

The SNEP Network develops a bylaw review story map and a new bylaw webpage with tools and resources.
The SNEP Network created a bylaw review tool story map that gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the bylaw review tool. The analysis framework in the bylaw review tool is designed to assist communities in applying cost-effective low impact development (LID) techniques. The tool allows you to compare local land use regulations with best practices. The SNEP Network has also assembled a bylaw review webpage with webinars and resources.

Low Impact Development (LID) Assessments are underway throughout the State of Rhode Island.
SNEP Network Partner, URI’s Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials program (URI-NEMO), completed a LID assessment with West Greenwich, RI, and the Town of Richmond, RI. URI-NEMO has also prepared draft LID assessments for Hopkinton, RI and South Kingstown, RI. The LID assessment allows for an in-depth review of the standards, ordinances, and regulations that shape the community as well as provide a comprehensive set of possible planning and design techniques. To learn more, visit URI-NEMO’s website with municipal LID/GI resources.

The SNEP Network hosted a “Stormwater Financing 101” Webinar on August 30th- recording is now available!
On August 30th, 2022, the SNEP Network hosted a “Stormwater Financing 101” webinar that explained how stormwater programs are managed, discussed the basics of setting a stormwater utility fee, and gave examples of stormwater program implementation. SNEP Network Partner, University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center (UNC-EFC) presented the webinar. The recording is available on the SNEP Network Website. Be sure to check it out to learn more! If you are interested in planning for sustainable stormwater financing options, the SNEP Network offers free technical assistance.
 
 
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

EPA and DOI Collaborative Recruitment Webinar
September 7-8, 2022; 1-3:30 ET | Virtual
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior are hosting a nationwide hiring webinar to recruit competitive candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.
 
One Water Summit 2022
September 13-15, 2022 | In Person
The US Water Alliance's One Water Summit gathers the most diverse group of water stakeholders in the country for a completely unique and urgent conversation about the future of water through engaging plenaries and workshops, dynamic institutes and site-visits, with plenty of networking time between individuals, organizations, and delegations. Our Summit also serves as a time to award the US Water Prize, where we recognize outstanding One Water leaders across the nation. 
 
MA Environmental Justice Council
September 15, 2022; 10:30AM ET | Virtual
Please register in advance for this webinar using the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Interpreters for the following languages will be available for the meeting: Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cape Verdean Creole. Pending confirmation on interpretive services for: Haitian Creole, Vietnamese. Written materials for this meeting will be translated into: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Khmer, Arabic, French, Cape Verdean Creole.
 
Dissolved Phosphorus and Green Infrastructure: Fundamentals, Challenges, and Opportunities
September 28, 2022; 1:30-3:30 ET | Virtual
In this webinar, Eric Roy – Associate Professor at Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont - will discuss the fundamental biogeochemistry underpinning dissolved phosphorus dynamics in green infrastructure and highlight key mechanisms that control both dissolved phosphorus retention from water and release to water. Drawing on literature and recent research in Vermont, this presentation will address the challenge that dissolved phosphorus poses to water quality improvement efforts, opportunities to better manage dissolved phosphorus and enhance green infrastructure performance (including amendment of soil media with drinking water treatment residuals), and the use of phosphorus metrics to inform green infrastructure design. This webinar will include examples of green infrastructure at multiple scales, including urban green stormwater infrastructure (e.g., bioretention and subsurface gravel wetlands) as well as larger ecosystem-scale systems (e.g., restored riparian wetlands).
 
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s Annual Science Event: Macro to Microplastic in Narragansett Bay
October 7, 2022; 8:00 – 5:00 ET | In Person
This learning forum aims to share the latest science of the sources and fates of plastics in the Narragansett Bay watershed. Our objective for this free, in-person, full-day event is to learn from scientists and practitioners about current understandings of plastic pollution: where does it come from? How does it impact communities, water quality, and wildlife? What information do advocates need to effectively move the needle on reducing its impacts? This event is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about plastic pollution.
 
2022 Coastal & Estuarine Summit
December 4-8, 2022 | Hybrid
Early bird registration is now open for the Restore America’s Estuaries 2022 Coastal and Estuarine Summit. In its 11th year, the 2022 Summit will bring together coastal restoration and management communities to explore issues, solutions, and lessons learned in their work. The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.
 
Call for Abstracts Due – Eighth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watershed
December 15, 2022 | Deadline
The Pacific Northwest is home to diverse landscapes from coastal fjords to saturated rain forests, to alpine glaciers and lakes, to arid grasslands. At the Eighth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW), federal and state scientists, academics, NGOs, and others will focus on Adaptive watershed science and ecosystem management in a changing climate. Visit www.ICRWatersheds.org or contact Conference Chairs Krista Jones (kljones@usgs.gov) or Laurel Stratton (lstratton@usgs.gov) for additional information.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management is hiring an Offshore Project Review Specialist.
The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is the lead policy, planning, and technical assistance agency on coastal and ocean issues within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and implements the state’s coastal program under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. CZM is seeking an Offshore Project Review Specialist position to assist the CZM team with its federal consistency review responsibilities and environmental impact analysis of permits and supporting documents related to offshore development including offshore wind, cables, pipelines, and aquaculture. To learn more about this new position and to apply, see the full position posting. For clarifying questions, please contact todd.callaghan@mass.gov
SNEP now has a new public calendar! Visit the Upcoming Events” tab on the SNEP website to learn more about public meetings and events hosted by SNEP, the Network, SWIG, and our Partners. You can even add events directly to your personal calendar!
New Funding Opportunities 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million in funding to advance the development and deployment of clean hydrogen technologies. To further decarbonize the grid, DOE is also launching a $20 million university research consortium to help states and Tribal communities successfully implement grid resilience programs and achieve decarbonization goals. By lowering the costs of clean hydrogen and leveraging industry investments in clean technologies, DOE is making significant strides towards President Biden’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 that prioritizes historically disadvantaged communities. The application process for both the clean hydrogen FOA and University Consortium funding will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on September 23, 2022, and full applications are due on December 1, 2022. For more information, read the full FOA on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange.
Looking for funding resources, but not sure where to start? Have a funding opportunity that you want to better distribute and advertise? Check out EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse! The Clearinghouse was developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, an information and assistance center identifying water infrastructure financing approaches that help communities reach their public health and environmental goals.
SNEP Reads
Have an idea for a story or something you’d like to see in our newsletter? Contact our Communications Coordinator, Adam Reilly at Reilly.Adam@epa.gov
About the Program
 
The Southeast New England Program (SNEP) is an EPA geographic program designed to foster collaboration among regional partners across southeast New England’s coastal watersheds; to support a resilient ecosystem of safe and healthy water, thriving watersheds and natural lands, and sustainable communities by sharing knowledge and resources, promoting innovative approaches, and leveraging economic and environmental investments to meet the needs of current and future generations.

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Program Contacts

Ian Dombroski
SNEP Coordinator,
EPA New England

Adam Reilly
SNEP Communications Coordinator 
EPA New England 

Martha Sheils
Director of the SNEP Network
New England Environmental Finance Center

Tom Ardito
Director of the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants program
Restore America's Estuaries

For additional information:  
EPA's Southeast New England Program (SNEP)
SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants (SWIG)
SNEP Network
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