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Training Programs Offered for New York Wastewater Professionals

Two training programs are being offered in March for New York wastewater professionals. Both programs are approved for six contact hours toward renewal of a wastewater treatment plant operator certificate. They will run from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm each day and will be held at the Washington County Municipal Center, Fort Edward, NY. The courses are:

  • Proper Sampling for Process and Reporting - March 1, 2016. This course explains and demonstrates proper sampling procedures. Topics to be reviewed include the development of a sampling plan, proper sampling locations, sampling devices and containers, preservation and holding times, and chain-of-custody procedures.
  • Laboratory Practices - March 2, 2016. This course provides wastewater professionals with the opportunity to learn the laboratory tests for SPDES permitting and plant operations.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is providing these programs in cooperation with the NYSDEC. Register for the training at NEIWPCC's website.

Reminder: Deadline for Sustain Our Great Lakes Grants Pre-proposals is February 17

Up to $5 million in grants is available for stream, riparian, and coastal wetland restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. The Request for Proposals and details about this grant program can be found on Sustain Our Great Lakes website. Sustain Our Great Lakes is a public-private partnership consisting of federal agencies and environmental organizations.

Those invited to provide full proposals will have applications due April 21. Interested applicants are encouraged to connect with New York's Great Lakes program staff and basin-wide stakeholders to develop competitive project proposals.

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