Draft Clinton NPDES Permit Issued
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the draft Clinton National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for the Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Staff is currently reviewing the permit specifically as it relates to co-permittee language, increases to community I/I requirements and Collection and Maintenance Plan reporting.
The Clinton permit is the precursor to the Deer Island Treatment Plant NPDES permit.
The MWRA has requested, and EPA granted, a 30-day extension on the comment period. Advisory Board staff will keep you apprised of any actions that might be warranted.
DCR Relaunches Watershed Forestry Program
The Advisory Board has pushed hard to restart the Watershed Forestry Program.
The Forestry Program is a critical piece of watershed protection, as well as providing an offset to watershed budget expenses.
MWRA Advisory Board Chair Katherine Dunphy and Executive Director Joe Favaloro recently toured the forestry operations at the Quabbin.
In their press release, the Department of Conservation and Recreation acknowledged the timeline and approach to relaunching the Forestry Program.
2013 Water and Sewer Retail Rate Survey
Thank you to all who have returned your questionnaire for this year's Retail Rate Survey! Each year your responses make possible our most requested document. To date, the Advisory Board has received only 60% of the MWRA communities' information. If you haven't yet returned your completed questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a new copy to fill out.
Update Your Contacts!
The Advisory Board is pleased to announce that it has updated staff email addresses to distinguish itself from the MWRA. You can now email everyone in our office with the format FirstName.LastName@mwraadvisoryboard.com.
Don't worry though - all of our old email addresses still forward to our inboxes so you can reach us no matter what!