“Stormwater for Towns” Meeting

Please join us at Mount Wachusett Community College on November 18 (9 – 11:30 am) to consider cost-effective stormwater solutions for cities and towns.

p-4-sw-for-towns-photoPolluted runoff is the leading cause of damages to local waters.  Fortunately, there are efficient ways to fix stormwater problems that impact property, harm aquatic life and spoil uses of streams, lakes and water supplies.

The 11/18 meeting will have expert speakers on runoff remedies, costs of Best Management Practices, EPA municipal (MS4) permits and stormwater assistance programs.  Municipal officials, stormwater committees, highway departments, lake associations, watershed groups and concerned citizens will gain practical guidance to help improve the health of streams and lakes.

This free meeting will include a roundtable discussion of participants views on local stormwater needs.  You can view meeting details and register online at Eventbrite.

For more information, phone (978) 534-0379 or email: mwc@commonwaters.org.  Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested – all are welcome.


Community Stormwater Solutions in Action Lessons from Monoosnoc Brook

Oct 17 CSSIA workshop

Stormwater is a leading cause of damage to streams, lakes, and water supplies. Fortunately,there are effective ways to prevent and fix polluted runoff. Leominster took a community approach to stormwater problems to remove 500 tons of debris and sediment from Monoosnoc Brook.

Municipal boards, builders, engineers, and watershed and lake associations will gain practical information to make positive impacts in their own communities at a free workshop on October 17, 2014 at Leominster Library. Expert speakers will present guidance in selecting practices to achieve more pollutant reduction for less cost. The free 2-hour workshop will be followed by an optional tour of nearby bio-swales, tree box filters, porous walkways and other BMP’s.

Pre-registration is requested – email mwc@commonwaters.org , or telephone 978-534-0379.

The Monoosnoc Brook project has been partly supported with Federal funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to the MA Department of Environmental Protection under an s.319 competitive grant.

Green Infrastructure Workshop and Vendor Fair

East%20Bioswale%20(NEI)smallA free workshop and vendor fair on clean water, green streets and green neighborhoods will be at Holyoke Community College on March 17.  This day-long event for builders, designers and municipal officials will include:

  • Presentations on design and construction considerations for green infrastructure BMPs
  • Three case studies about streetside bioretention, porous paving and gravel wetlands, which offer practical guidance for design, permitting, construction, cost and maintenance
  • Vendor fair featuring varied materials, resources and services used for stormwater green infrastructure projects
  • Lunch and networking opportunities (free box lunch provided)

The registration deadline is March 10, 2014.   Workshop sponsors are EPA Region 1; Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center.  For more details and to register for the workshop, visit http://wrrc.umass.edu/gi

1/25/14 Lake and Pond Workshop

The 27th Winter Workshop of the MA Congress of Lakes & Ponds Associations will be at Worcester State University.  This January 25 event is a great place to learn about lake & pond management, as well as discuss challenges with other lake & pond advocates.

The 8:30 a.m. plenary session will focus on stormwater policies and legislation affecting Massachusetts lakes and ponds.  Plenary speakers are State Senator Stephen Brewer (invited); State Rep. Anne Gobi; and Richard Sullivan, Secretary of the MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing the plenary, the COLAP meeting features five concurrent sessions on lake management techniques and a lunch break with exhibits and networking.  After lunch, participants can choose from five afternoon workshops on varied topics including Great Pond Law, aquatic plants, lake ecosystems, and state grants for dam repair or removal.

The afternoon sessions will also include a slideshow about how to keep lakes and ponds healthy.  This presentation by MWC’s Ed Himlan will share low-cost remedies that can prevent and fix polluted runoff.

For more details, see the 2014 Winter Workshop flyer that is available at www.macolap.org