Notice is hereby given that the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) is making available the draft State of Connecticut Integrated Water Quality Report for public review and comment (Public Notice) from May 19, 2020 to June 19, 2020. This Report was prepared by the CT DEEP to fulfill requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under Sections 305(b) and 303(d). The final document will be submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) following the Department’s consideration of comments received.
Interested persons may obtain copies of the draft Integrated Water Quality Report (IWQR) on the CT DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/iwqr. Hard copies of the document may be requested by contacting the Department at email@example.com.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection office located at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT is closed to the public until further notice.
Comments on the draft document must be received at the Department by June 19, 2020 in order to be considered prior to submission of the final document to US EPA. Comments should be directed electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org . Written comments may also be submitted in paper form to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Water Planning and Management Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127, Attn: Rebecca Jascot.
Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic and social distancing measures implemented by CT DEEP staff, there could be delays in the response to your comments.
CT DEEP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request an accommodation contact us at 860-418-5910 or email@example.com.
Graham Stevens Bureau Chief Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
Connecticut producers who are interested in improving their stewardship of land including cropland, pastures, and forests should consider applying for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Applications for FY2020 funding are currently being accepted. The application deadline for first round funding opportunities is June 1, 2020.
Through CSP, NRCS helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. Program benefits include increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife population improvements, and better resilience to weather extremes.
Agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities such as cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rates, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.
The program helps producers better evaluate conservation options and benefits to their operations, as well as to our natural resources. Methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds and allow them to pick practices that work for their objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.
While applications for CSP are accepted year-round, to be considered for FY2020 funds they must be received by June 1, 2020.
Interested? Find out if you’re qualified for CSP by contacting your local USDA service center or visiting the Get Started portion of our website.https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ct/contact/local/ ... See MoreSee Less
The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) is a local not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the towns and citizens of Eastern Connecticut with their conservation needs....
CT DEEP Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program for land trusts, municipalities, and water companies. Deadlines Extended: 7/1/20 (application); 8/1/20 (appraisals and letters of support)
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council will host its 12th National Monitoring Conference during the week of April 19, 2021, likely in Providence, RI. All federal, state, tribal, and local water professionals, nonprofits, academia, and volunteer citizen scientists are welcome at this important national forum.
Networking and opportunities to create new relationships will abound for attendees. Whether you seek to develop new skills, learn about the latest technologies, or simply exchange information on a wide variety of topics relevant to water resources, the National Monitoring Conference is for you. Lakes and wetlands, rivers and streams, coastal waters and estuaries, groundwater, and processed water—all water resources—will be represented. The conference attracts the highest quality professional papers and posters and is a destination conference for many in the field.
2021 Conference Themes Include: • Monitoring Biological Integrity and Ecological Health in Rivers and Streams, Lakes and Reservoirs and Estuaries • Emerging and Persistent Contaminants of Concern to Aquatic Life and Human Health • Monitoring Water Across a Changing Hydrologic Cycle • Tools to Mine, Share, and Visualize Water Quality Data • Tools to Acquire, Analyze and Model Water Quality Data and Relationships • New Technologies for Remote Sensing and Satellite Applications, Continuous and Discrete Monitoring, and Other Applications • Effective Monitoring Collaborations and Partnerships • Assessing Nonpoint Source Impacts on Water Quality and Measuring Effectiveness of Best Management Practices • Assessing and measuring the effectiveness of TMDLS and Watershed-based Management • HABs and Other Nutrient Relationships • Groundwater monitoring, characterization, and trends
Please distribute this announcement to your staff and water colleagues
Questions? Learn more about the Council and previous conferences at: acwi.gov/monitoring/. Contact the 2021 National Water Monitoring Conference Co-Chairs Lareina Guenzel, Guenzel.Lareina@epa.gov; Tim Oden, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Marie DeLorenzo, email@example.com. To get on our conference mailing list, please contact Philip Forsberg, firstname.lastname@example.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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