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Call for Nominations to the new Science Advisory Committee
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is one of 28 nationally designated programs operating under the National Estuary Program. On June 18, 2014, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s Management Committee created a new Science Advisory Committee to provide a forum for the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and its partners to examine, discuss and exchange scientific findings and technical information. The overarching charge mission is to facilitate the integration of science into the effective management of the Narragansett Bay Region. The Narragansett Bay Region, as set forth in the Estuary Program’s 2012 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, includes the Narragansett Bay and its watershed of over one million acres, as well as the smaller Wood-Pawcatuck and Southwest Coastal Ponds watersheds. In addition, the new Committee will serve as the official Science Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team.
The Committee is seeking a broad range of committed research scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other practitioners drawn from the relevant physical, chemical, geological, biological, social, and economic sciences. Members may be associated with academia, local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and private organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. This call for nominations is specifically seeking candidates with expertise in the following areas or related disciplines and candidates who specialize in multiple disciplines are preferred: (1) resource economics; (2) ecological/circulation modeling; (3) environmental sociology; (4) public health or risk assessment; (5) inorganic/organic chemistry preferably with expertise in contaminants of emerging concern; and (6) ground water and environmental monitoring.
Those who wish to submit a nomination for consideration to the Science Advisory Committee should send a letter of support with the nominee’s background information to Tom Borden, Program Director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Download Resolution 2014-01 Establishment of a Science Advisory
Employment Opening at the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
Environmental Analyst - Watershed Program Coordinator
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) are seeking an Environmental Analyst (Watershed Program Coordinator) to assist with various program issues to implement the Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Created in 1987, the NBEP is one of 28 national estuary programs designated pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act and funded, in large part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Analyst will assist with the technical projects and programs of the NBEP and in the management of competitive technical grants. Will provide technical input into the development of the Status and Trends Report for Narragansett Bay and its bi-state watershed. May assist with a wide range of environmental issues, according to program needs and the incumbent’s areas of expertise, which may include watershed protection and restoration, habitat restoration, climate change analysis, stormwater management, and land use. Assist with the collection and organization of existing environmental data and the creation, analysis, and mapping of geographic information system (GIS) data for the Narragansett Bay watershed.
The successful candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, natural science, resource management, biology, ecology, chemistry, or a related field along with related professional experience. Knowledge and experience with estuarine science and management, particularly in areas of water quality and quantity, watershed management, and/or estuarine ecology.
Send cover letter, resume, three references, and short writing sample by August 15, 2014 to:
NEIWPCC, Attn: Human Resources, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854 or via email to email@example.com
Please reference 14-NBEP-001 in the submission.
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Nutrient Management Grants for the Greater Narragansett Bay Watershed
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is seeking proposals for nutrient management projects in the greater Narragansett Bay Watershed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities, and other government agencies may apply for grant funding under this program. The grant funding will support projects that reduce nutrient pollution from fertilizers, septic systems, and other sources to both fresh and saltwater systems.
This grant program is part of the Southern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program, a partnership comprised of public and private stakeholders collaborating to create a broad ecological and institutional framework to protect, enhance, and restore the waters along southern New England. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) received $2,000,000 in funding to address projects in the coastal waters and watershed lands spanning from Westerly, Rhode Island to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts. This area includes the watersheds of Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, the Islands, and southern Cape Cod.
The U.S. EPA will provide funds for this initiative as grants through the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program. U.S. EPA Region 1 is working on a parallel track to fund priority nutrient projects on Cape Cod between the Buzzards Bay watershed and Pleasant Bay in Chatham, Massachusetts. The exact allocation among the entities has not yet been determined, but the Request for Proposals specifies that between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in federal funds will be available to each estuary program. The maximum award for a single project will be $400,000, but smaller projects are encouraged. Two-page pre-proposals are due June 9th.
As the host of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission is administering the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for projects within the greater Narragansett Bay watershed and has posted the RFP at: http://www.neiwpcc.org/contractors/opportunities.asp.
For projects within the Buzzards Bay watershed, see the Bid Solicitation at: http://restore.buzzardsbay.org/grants.html.
Press Release for Nutrient Management Grants for the Greater Narragansett Bay Watershed