Grant Opportunity! Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grants: 2018 Request for Proposals

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC), a partnership between the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has called for 2018 Request for Proposals. The goal of the HWC Grant Program is to “accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds”, with primary focus on prevention of land deterioration in the watershed by:
  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.
Applications are due February 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. Eastern and up to $3 million is available.
Additionally, two webinars have been scheduled to help those interested to get more information about the HWC Grant Program. 
  • On September 26, 2017, 2-3 p.m. Eastern — Peaks to People Water Fund: Lessons learned in the proof of concept phase and demonstration of the Watershed Investment Tool. Learn about work to accelerate forest restoration in Colorado to reduce the threat of severe wildfire in watersheds. The Peaks to People Water Fund received a Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program award in 2016.
  • On October 19, 2017, 2-3 p.m. Eastern – An informational webinar that will provide an overview of priorities for the 2018 program and a forum to answer questions about the program and the application and selection process.
For more information on the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program, resources that will help develop your proposal, and to register for the webinars, visit :http://www.usendowment.org/healthywatersheds.html

October 4, 2017 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

This meeting will be a work session on Task Force posters and the Task Force outreach website. Please attend in person if possible. It will be difficult to participate via phone for this session. However, the phone line will still be available.

Call in number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 5808928

Draft Agenda:

  • SRRTTF Outreach Website
  • SRRTTF Posters – edits

Revised drafts of posters for work session:

DRAFT Panel-1_spokane-river-forum_3.17.16-revised_kb
DRAFT Panel 2_spokane river forum_10.1.17 revised kmw
DRAFT Panel 3_spokane river forum_10.1.17 revised kmw
Panel-Ed_Outreach_SRF_09_21_2017 (New Panel)
Task Force poster top panels

Old versions of posters:
Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised
Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised (PDF)
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised

October 4, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

Webinar Information database tour:
Join the meeting: https://join.me/396-254-580

Meeting Documents and Presentations
– TTWG agn 10-04-17_draft_2
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_10_04_2017_Fingerprinting (PDF)
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_10_04_2017_Fingerprinting (pptx)
–  GroundwaterFingerprintingMemo_DRAFT_092517
– Potential EAP Projects
Additional EAP idea from Brian Nickel: Idea from Brian Nickel

Previous EAP Proposals (2017)
  fy2017 estimate of PCB in stormwater
–  fy2017 sediment sampling

September 27, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
 Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

In preparation for the Budget Summit at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, you all have homework! Please scroll down and review the document titled “Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG.” 
This document shows a consolidated list of PCB monitoring and control action projects (from longer lists compiled of ideas proposed in advance of the September Technical Track Work Group (TTWG) meeting). At that meeting, the TTWG discussed a broad range of options before agreeing to complete an online survey (after the options had been distilled into an actionable list) designed to provide a rough priority ranking. Individuals from 14 participating Task Force entities completed the survey, including nine of 13 SRRTTF voting member entities. The above mentioned document shows those activities, as ranked by the TTWG.
In August, the Task Force had a brief presentation covering some (Ecology-suggested) of the ideas, but the SRRTTF has not discussed the full list. Please take the time to read the document, thinking about best use of limited Task Force funds, and PENCIL in on it a High, Medium, or Low to denote your prioritization of each potential project. Add any discussion notes you’d like to bring up at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, where people will have a chance to advocate for or ask questions about these potential activities. It is worth keeping in mind that by the time a contract for the Washington state funding of $310,000 can be put in place, perhaps 18 months can be used for these funds (which must be used before June 30, 2019).
Please come to the 9/27 meeting having spent some time thinking about these ideas, and be ready to listen & discuss the potential activities. After dialogue on the activities at the meeting, the group will conduct a dot exercise to gain a visual representation, then hold discussion with the goal of reaching consensus on a list prioritized by the full Task Force.
Please review all other decision documents prior to the meeting as well.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to prepare, and see you on September 27th!

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF September 27_2017 Agenda_draft_V2

–  Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG

  8.23.17 SRRTTF Meeting Notes Draft_2
–  TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes
–  ACE commitment report for 9_27_2017 TF meeting
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_09_27_2017_Fingerprinting
–  GroundwaterFingerprintingMemo_DRAFT_092517

 

EPA to hold five public meetings in Idaho focusing on IDEQ seeking water quality permitting program

EPA NEWS RELEASE. www.epa.gov/newsroom
CONTACT: macIntyre.mark@epa.gov
EPA to hold five public meetings in Idaho focusing on IDEQ seeking water quality permitting program
Meetings will offer presentation, Q&A, followed by hearing to accept testimony and comments
Seattle (September 7, 2017) –
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on the State of Idaho’s application to assume the role of writing, administering and enforcing water quality discharge permits in the state. Until now, the job of writing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, performing facility inspections and otherwise enforcing the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (part of the federal Clean Water Act) has been the sole responsibility of federal authorities at EPA. The public comment period will close on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Beginning on Monday, September 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold five public meetings in cities across the state, each featuring a presentation and question and answer session, followed by a public hearing to accept comment and testimony on Idaho’s application to assume regulatory authority for administering the Clean Water Act permitting program in Idaho. EPA will continue to write and enforce NPDES permits for discharges to tribal waters within Idaho’s state borders.
The NPDES permit program, a key part of the federal Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants to waters in the United States. EPA officials underscored that while today’s Public Notice triggers a 60-day public comment period on Idaho’s program proposal, any final action by EPA to approve the program and transfer permitting authority is slated for July of next year.
By seeking authorization for the NPDES program, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality would gain the authority to write wastewater discharge permits for municipalities, businesses and industry, as well as enforce those permits to insure permit compliance with all the conditions required by the permit.
As part of the authorization agreement, EPA retains:
Oversight of State’s program;
  • Right to review permit consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between EPA and IDEQ;
  • To object to permits that are inconsistent with the Clean Water Act and federal NDPES regulations;
  • The right to federalize a State permit if the State does not adequately address EPA’s objection(s);
  • Retains enforcement authority over all dischargers;
  • Reserves the right to withdraw Idaho’s IPDES authorization if the State is not meeting Clean Water Act requirements and/or federal NDPES regulations; and
  • Right to conduct periodic program reviews
Following the close of the comment period, EPA will review all documents and decide whether IDEQ’s program meets federal requirements, Idaho’s authority to over discharge permits would be phased-in over four years for different types of permits.  EPA will continue to write permits within the phases that Idaho has yet to assume. Permits previously issued by EPA will remain in effect and become State IPDES permits, administered and enforced by the IDEQ.
Idaho plans to phase-in the permit program as follows:
Phase I (Upon delegation): Domestic Wastewater Facilities and the Pretreatment Program
Phase II (One year after delegation): Industrial Wastewater Facilities
Phase III (Two years after delegation): General Permit (non-Stormwater)
Phase IV (Three years after delegation): All Stormwater Permits and the Biosolids Program
Upcoming Public Meeting and Hearings locations and schedule:
Informational Meeting and Public Hearing City/Location/Address/Phone Number
Upcoming Public Meeting and Hearings locations and schedule:
Informational Meeting and Public Hearing City/Location/Address/Phone Number
Date and Time
Idaho Falls
Central Public Library
457 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 612-8460
Monday, September 11, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Twin Falls
Twin Falls Public Library
201 Fourth Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 733-2964
September 12, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Boise
Boise Public Library
715 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 972-8200
September 13, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Lewiston
Lewiston Community Center
1424 Main St
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 746-2313
September 14, 2017:  Duration: 4:00 p.m. until no later than 8:00 p.m. (PT)
Information meeting at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene Public Library
702 E Front Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 769-2315
September 15, 2017:  Duration: 2:00 p.m. until no later than 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Information meeting at 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Hearing will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m., until testimony is complete.
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For more information and access to the Federal Register notice, visit EPA’s NPDES page: https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/idaho-npdes-program-authorization

For more about Idaho’s IPDES Program development: http://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/ipdes/

Ecology News: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: This proposal is out for public comment until October 13, 2017 and may be of some interest to SRRTTF members.

August 23, 2017

Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water

For more information:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173219/0612/0612timedocs.html

To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:
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September 6, 2017 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call in number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 5808928

Draft Agenda:

  • SRRTTF Outreach Website (update and moving forward)
  • SRRTTF Posters – edits and new panel
  • SRRTTF letter of information to small communities (discussed as option at the full Task Force Meeting in August)
  • Task Force Funding for Education and Outreach Projects- brainstorm and prioritize

Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised
Panel 1_spokane river forum_3.17.16 revised (PDF)
Panel 2_spokane river forum_3.17.16
Panel 3_spokane river forum_3.8.16 revised

 

September 6, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

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Meeting Materials:
TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes

TTWG agn 09-06-17_draft v2
Spokane County project suggestions
SRSP TF Monitoring Stawman Proposal Draft2 08-28-17
Potential PCB Control Actions (1)

August 23, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:

Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Ecology News: The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-98 WAC Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and Chapter 173-95A WAC Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program

The following rulemaking adoption was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

August 8, 2017
Chapter 173-98 WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund
Chapter 173-95A WAC – Uses and Limitations of the Centennial Clean Water Program
For more information:
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