Hosted by American Water Works Association and the New England Water Works Association

March 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH

This free training is available to Vermont operators for 4.5 TCH (water)

Click here to download the registration form.

The American Water Works Association is hosting a meeting to bring together partners in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Participants will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, both the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as water utilities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state drinking water programs, conservation districts, and other entities.

The 2018 Farm Bill has a focus on source water protection. This a great opportunity to form new partnerships to address source water protection challenges associated with agriculture and forestry practices. New England states are leaders in source water protection. The meeting will focus on how partners have been collaborating with each other, with a specific emphasis on understanding how NRCS programs can help protect drinking water supplies.

Speakers will offer advice on how they have implemented projects on the ground. The meeting will include an overview of success stories in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Examples include collaborating on watershed protection, the National Water Quality Initiative, and Regional Conservation Partnership projects.

The meeting will include presentations describing the structure of NRCS, an overview of NRCS programs, and facilitated discussions. Attendees will learn how to work with NRCS and other partners to utilize Farm Bill funds to protect sources of drinking water.

Goals for the meeting:
• Highlight how partners have worked with NRCS in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to promote source water protection
• Provide a roadmap for how to identify opportunities to work together
• Educate water suppliers about NRCS programs that can help protect their water supplies

Speakers will include:
• Rick Knowlton, President, Maine Water Company
• Laurel Jackson, Water Resources Specialist, Portland Water District
• Juan Hernandez, Maine State Conservationist, USDA NRCS
• Vicky Drew, Vermont State Conservationist, USDA NRCS
• Rick Ellsmore, NH State Conservationist, USDA NRCS
• Karl Honkonen, Watershed Forester, USFS, State & Private Forestry
• Liz Royer, Executive Director, Vermont Rural Water Association

For more information, please contact:
Kira Jacobs, Drinking Water Program, EPA Region 1 (617) 918-1817, jacobs.kira@epa.gov
Chi Ho Sham, Eastern Research Group, Inc. and AWWA Technical & Educational Council and Board of Directors (781) 674-7358 or (617) 347-3639, ChiHo.Sham@erg.com
Kirsten King, New England Water Works Association (508) 893-7979, kirsten@NEWWA.org

Click here to download the registration form.