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Download the recent “EPA Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021 – 2024” Many sections pertain to wastewater and biosolids

View pictures of the Massachusetts Operations Challenge Team “Mass Chaos” competing at WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago

An Act Promoting Awareness of Sewage Pollution in Public Waters Draft Rules Are Out!

From the MA DEP – PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
This Public Hearing Notice is available in alternative languages (Español — Tiếng Việt — Chinese — Kreyòl Ayisyen — Português — Khmer) on MassDEP’s website at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massdep-public-hearings-comment-opportunities.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under the authority of M.G.L. c.21A, §§ 26 – 53 and Section 2 of Chapter 322 of the Acts of 2020, will hold a public hearing in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30A on the new regulation 314 CMR 16.00 Notification Requirements to Promote Public Awareness of Sewage Pollution.
The proposed regulation is a requirement of An Act Promoting Awareness of Sewage Pollution in Public Waters and would establish requirements and procedures for notifying the public of sewage discharges and overflows into surface waters of the Commonwealth to protect and preserve public health. The proposed regulation and a background document are available on MassDEP’s website at: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/comment/.
Pursuant to the provisions for adequate alternative public access to agency hearings, set forth in Section 20 of Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and Governor Charles D. Baker’s COVID Executive Order No. 1 Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, s. 20, dated March 12, 2020, which was extended by COVID Executive Order No. 69, public hearings will be conducted online and via telephone. The date and registration information for the public hearings is as follows:
Wednesday, October 27, 2021Information Session: 1:00 p.m.Public Hearing: 2:00 p.m.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoc–vqjgqH933nsXnWqCwKna7be5U4MAT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021Information Session: 6:00 p.m.Public Hearing: 7:00 p.m.Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd-CsrD4uE9IlVHeXm8up5HC0h5uP6U7x
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Testimony may be presented orally at the public hearings.
MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on November 8, 2021.
Written comments must be submitted by email to massdep.npdes@mass.gov or by mail to: Attn: Sewage Notification, MassDEP, One Winter Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.
For special accommodations for these hearings, please call the MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request. MassDEP provides language access interpreter/translation services to limited English proficient individuals free of charge. If you need an interpreter to participate in this hearing, translation services can be found at the following link: https://www.mass.gov/infodetails/massdep-language-translation-assistance.
By Order of the Department

Martin Suuberg Commissioner

Click here to download the Public Notice
Click here to download the Draft Rules
Click here to down load the Note To Reviewers
Click here to download the Summary

The MAWEA Summer Newsletter Is Out! Click Here To Download

There are a lot of great articles – An overview of the Upper Blackstone Clean Water facility by Tim Loftus and Karla Sangrey, an interesting Process Control article by Dr. Eric Wahlberg, Chris Caron has written a comprehensive Confined Space article, there’s some information on various biosolids projects, Operator News, NEIWPCC News, and many other articles. Oh! ….. and don’t forget about that article on brewery wastes. Hardcopies will be mailed out to facilities but the digital version is available now. The digital version has many hyperlinks that provide additional information.

MAWEA Quarterly Meeting September 22, 2021 – 1 to 3 PM

Speakers

Charles Tyler (MAWEA) – MAWEA and NEWEA News And Activities

John Murphy (MA DEP) – Certification, Testing, and Renewal News

Jennifer Lichtensteiger – (NEIWPCC) Training News

Chris Caron  (American Safety) – Safety Minute

Technical Presentations

Practical Automated Process Control

Case Study #1 

“Upgrading the performance of an existing Modified Ludzack-Ettinger (MLE) system to enhance nitrogen removal with new valve actuators and an enhanced control strategy” 

Speakers: Paul Dombrowski, Amine Hanafi, Craig Gaudet (Woodard & Curran)

Case Study #2:

“Achieving low level (<3 mg/L) total nitrogen using flexible equipment and an innovative control strategy”

Speakers: Paul Dombrowski, Craig Gaudet  (Woodard & Curran)

                    One employee of the facility MUST register online at

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/1025848063994351618

Download the Meeting Flyer here.

Download the sign in sheet here.

A recent letter sent to the MA Legislature in support of funding for water and wastewater projects using ARPA funds

A recent letter sent to MA DEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg concerning biosolids disposal for MA facilities

PFAS Testing on MA Rivers Study- Click here to download

PFAS and Biosolids Disposal Costs Study – Click here to download

The Spring Newsletter Is Here – Click to download!

Join your fellow clean water professionals at the annual MAWEA Golf Outing on June 16th at the Heritage Country Club 85 Sampson Rd Charlton, MA (Next to Tree House Brewery) Click here to download the flyer

Pay for the Golf Outing Online @ mawea.org – Click on “Pay with a credit or debit card” on Home Page

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Want to join MAWEA? Download the application form here. New members can join now and their membership is valid through June 30, 2022.

MAWEA Membership Renewal Period Now Underway

Thanks to everyone that has already renewed their July 2020 to June 2021 memberships. We appreciate your support. If you want to renew for the July 2021 to June 2022 you can download a renewal application here – 2021 – 2022 Membership Application Questions? – mawea1965@yahoo.com

Training Opportunities:
NEIWPCC Training Calendar
WaterOperator.org Training Calendar
Please bookmark these links

The Winter 2021 Newsletter is Out! Click Here to Download

The Fall 2020 Newsletter is Out! Click Here to Download

The Summer 2020 Newsletter Is Out! Download Here

A special thanks to our newsletter advertisers – Tighe & Bond, FR Mahony, Wright Pierce, Industrial Pump, Statewide Aquastore, SUEZ, ProfessorWastewater.com, Williamson NE, and Aqua Solutions – we appreciate your support. There are some great articles (thank you authors!) and MAWEA news that you will find interesting.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Statements on COVID-19 and Wastewater

MassDEP COVID-19 resources for water suppliers and wastewater operators – Includes MA DEP and US EPA Contact List

NEIWPCC, MWWA, MAWEA, and OSHA Classes at Rick Alden Training Center Cancelled until further notice

Renew your MAWEA Membership, join the MAWEA, or register and pay for a Quarterly Meeting online – Click Here. We use Square to process credit cards on a secure website. If any of your contact or employer information has changed please notify us by email.

Great Recruiting From SUEZ
Great Recruiting Video from Saco, Maine
Springfield MA Centrifuges
Westfield Video of NEWEA Tour, Jeff Gamelli is the Speaker
Uxbridge Video (Pre Upgrade)
Great PFAS Video

Uxbridge Wastewater Upgrade Video On Vimeo

MAWEA Members In The News!

Charles River PCD In The News!

MA Licensed WW Operator Search Tool

MA State Regulations for Wastewater Facilities and Operators

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