Virtual & In-Person
Stormwater runoff is currently the leading source of pollution to Massachusetts' rivers, streams, and other water bodies. Many cities and towns across the Commonwealth are required to meet Stormwater Management Standards and implement a wide variety of stormwater management strategies, like low impact development techniques, structural Best Management Practices (BMPs), and source control and pollution prevention. However, many communities struggle to fund such strategies.
Mass Rivers Alliance and partnering organizations have developed a FREE three-part Stormwater Financing Workshop Series to help municipalities learn about, and take advantage of, short- and long-term funding solutions for stormwater management. The workshops will guide municipalities in evaluating a variety of funding opportunities and will provide tools for developing long-term revenue streams through stormwater utility fees. This is an opportunity to learn from state and federal agencies, local municipalities, and regional environmental and financial consultants.
See below for more workshop and registration details.
Join us for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON
workshops this July & September!
Workshop 1: Addressing New Stormwater Regulatory Pressure Through Asset Management & Grant Funding
When: Thursday, July 13th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Topics Covered: Direction for the next MS4 permit, regulatory compliance costs, grant funding opportunities, and asset management for municipal stormwater projects.
Speaker Info & Presentations:
Newton Tedder, Senior Permit Writer, Stormwater Section, US EPA
Padmini Das, Section Chief, Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Program, MassDEP
Judy Rondeau, Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator, NPS Management Program, MassDEP
Courtney Rocha, Southeast Regional Coordinator, EEA MVP Planning & Action Grants Presentation
Michelle O'Toole, MEMA
Workshop 2: Capitalizing on Federal Funding & Considering Stormwater Utilities as a Sustainable Funding Solution
When: Wednesday, July 26th from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Pompositticut Community Center, 509 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775
Speaker Info & Presentations:
Alison Field-Juma, Executive Director, OARS
Maria Pinaud, Director of the Division of Municipal Services, Bureau of Water Resources, MassDEP
Martha Sheils, Director, New England Environmental Finance Center
Mary Tchamkina, Manager, Raftelis
Annaliese Keimel, Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Evan White, Senior Engineer, Town of Ashland Department of Public Works
Paul Starratt, Town Engineer, Town of Westford Engineering Department
Christine Collins, Tax Collector-Treasurer, Town of Westford
Chris Payant, Director, Town of Westborough Department of Public Works
Workshop 3: Collaborative Approaches to Establishing Stormwater Utilities
When: Tuesday, September 12th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Virtual (Zoom)
Topics Covered: Establishing pathways to collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and community buy-in for stormwater utilities.
Target Audience: Massachusetts municipalities, and non-profits working directly with communities, with interest in securing short- or long-term funding for stormwater management.
*Interested members of the public may also attend.
Josh Secunda, US EPA
Gretchen Young, City of Dover (NH)
Dave Hickey, Town of Wellesley