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MassDEP’s Draft Action Plan for Regulatory Reform – Comments Due 11/21/11

Posted October 28, 2011 by

Dear MassDEP Stakeholders:

As many of you know, in April 2011 MassDEP launched a Regulatory Reform Initiative. Through the spring and summer, the agency has been soliciting input from a broad range of stakeholders on possible changes to how it conducts its programs in order to reduce staff time spent while maintaining its high standards for protection of the environment and public health.  The resulting

Draft Action Plan for Regulatory Reform at MassDEP 
is now available for public comment until Monday, November 21, 2011.

http://www.mass.gov/dep/about/priorities/regreform.htm


Background: 
In the last nine years, MassDEP has been subject to significant cuts in both budget and workforce.  In 2002, the agency had an annual budget of $62 million and 1,200 full time staff. This year, MassDEP

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UMaine Engineers Without Borders Receives Woodard & Curran Foundation Inaugural Grant

Posted October 18, 2011 by

The Woodard & Curran Foundation is pleased to announce that a project to bring clean water to the village of Dulce Vivir in western Honduras, sponsored by the University of Maine student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), is the recipient of a $5,000 grant, the first to be issued by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization established in October 2010.

Foundation President Thomas Francoeur said the selection was based on the project’s strong alignment with the Foundation’s dedication to local and global solutions for a healthier world. “The Woodard & Curran Foundation is committed to supporting causes related to the environment, health, education, and civic needs, and the Dulce Vivir project is a clear match in all four areas.

Dan Gerges, President of the UMaine EWB student chapter, said, “This $5,000 grant means more than most can imagine. The money will be put towards construction materials and supplies. Receiving this grant takes the pressure off fundraising, allowing us to focus our efforts on ensuring a safe and effective design. Above all, it will help to improve the lives of the people of Dulce Vivir.”

Bruce Nicholson, chairman of the Woodard & Curran Foundation’s Giving Committee, said nearly 30 applications were received from nonprofit organizations throughout the eastern United States. “Our committee did an excellent job evaluating each application, and when our review was complete, selection of the Dulce Vivir project was unanimous.”

As explained on the University of Maine’s EWB website, the 120 residents of Dulce Vivir suffer from illnesses resulting from poor sanitation, limited access of safe water, and flooding. The U Maine EWB student chapter has been working in Dulce Vivir since 2008. Its first project was a drainage design that diverted runoff, significantly helping the flooding problem. The group is currently focusing on completing construction of leach fields and installing septic tanks in connection with a sewage collection system.

The Woodard & Curran Foundation was formed by the employees of Woodard & Curran, located in offices in Portland and Bangor, ME; Andover and Dedham, MA; Cheshire, CT; Providence, RI; White Plains, NY; East Windsor, NJ; and Atlanta, GA. Its mission is to take Woodard & Curran’s vision of exemplary corporate citizenship further by growing and investing financial resources beyond a line item in an annual budget and making significant contributions to charitable organizations aligned with its commitment to the environment, health, education, and civic causes.

The Foundation is sponsoring its first public events the weekend of October 22-23, 2011 with “Easy as Pi” road races in Portland, ME on Saturday, October 22, and in Pawtucket, RI on Sunday, October 23. For more information, visit www.woodardcurranfoundation.org.

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Former Seattle District Commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joins Normandeau

Posted October 14, 2011 by

Col. Tony Wright

Bedford, New Hampshire. October 10, 2010

– Colonel (Ret.) Anthony Wright, Former Commander of the Seattle District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined Normandeau Associates as a Vice President. Colonel Wright will focus on the management of large, complex projects and continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates. Colonel Wright will add high level regulatory expertise to the firm regarding environmental impact studies, licensing and permitting for energy projects, harbor dredging, transportation and other infrastructure projects. He also will play a major role in strengthening our relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as with the Navy, Air Force, Homeland Security, Coast Guard, Veterans Administration and other federal and state agencies. Normandeau has provided contracting services to the Corps of Engineers for many years, including a current 5 year contract with the Walla Walla (WA) District for hydropower services. “Colonel Wright’s West Coast presence compliments Colonel Thalken’s (former New England District Commander) East Coast presence. When combined with Bob Varney, the highly respected former U.S. EPA New England Regional Administrator and our growing number of top-notch environmental scientists and managers we can provide both national level and enhanced regional regulatory expertise for both our public and private sector clients” said Pam Hall, President and CEO of Normandeau Associates.

“I am excited by the opportunity to work at Normandeau Associates,” said Colonel (Ret.) Tony Wright. “The firm has an exceptional reputation within regulatory agencies and among clients for its professionalism and the high quality of its work. The cutting edge technologies applied by the firm’s scientists, environmental and public involvement professionals are at the forefront in solving many of the Nation’s most pressing environmental challenges.”

Most recently Colonel (Ret.) Wright served as Commander of Seattle District of the Army Corps of Engineers where he directed 1000 employees with an annual budget of over $650M. He had a wide range of responsibilities including:  operation of 23 harbors, 257 miles of levees and 6 flood control projects; management of three large hydropower projects (including Chief Joseph, the nation’s 2nd largest); oversight of major design and construction on Army and Air Force bases in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana; permitting of highways, airports, railroads, electric transmission lines, hydropower, wind farms and other development projects; water supply and river basin studies; and disaster assistance. In addition, Colonel Wright served as U.S. Chair, Kootenay Lake Board of Control, International Joint Commission, and as a board member, for the Interagency Dredged Material Management Program.

Colonel (Ret.) Wright has over 25 years of engineering, management and regulatory experience with assignments throughout the United States and abroad, including Fort Irwin CA, Fort Lewis WA, Fort Riley, KS, Washington D.C., several assignments to Germany, and 3 tours of duty in Iraq. In his new position, he will work with Normandeau staff and clients throughout the country as well as internationally.

Colonel (Ret.) Wright holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls OR and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy, from the National War College, in Washington D.C.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., a rapidly-growing employee-owned company in business for over 40 years, is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country and is known for its technical excellence and outstanding client service.  Normandeau Associates specializes in environmental impact studies, permitting and licensing of projects, wetlands mapping, stormwater management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife studies, and public involvement and community outreach.  Normandeau Associates provides services across several market sectors including hydropower, transportation, ports and waterways, electric and gas transmission, energy generation, NGO’s and Federal, state and local government.  Normandeau Associates, with over 250 staff members working in 20 offices and three laboratories across the country, has worked on projects in nearly 40 states as well as in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, France and Uzbekistan.

For additional information, please contact Colonel Wright at (360) 553-9297 or visit www.normandeau.com.

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The Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security

Posted October 13, 2011 by

May 21-23, 2011  Boston, Massachusetts

www.GCOCS.org

The First Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security

For over a decade, some policy makers and progressive thinkers in military and intelligence establishments have indicated concern about the impacts of climate change and threats to national and human security. A major element of that concern is the impact of climate change on oceans, and how sea level rise, warming, acidification, and the disappearance of ice mass in the North and South poles will pose threats to our national security. These threats can be direct, such as impacting our military installations at sea level, and indirect, such as by the destabilization of populations and countries through the loss of food sources and flooding.

The purpose of the First Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) is to:

  • Raise the awareness level of the threat of climate change to our oceans and the consequent threat to our human and national security,
  • Identify, prioritize and fill the knowledge gaps in science and technology which inhibit understanding of and adaption to future threats;
  • Generate global security policy and governance recommendations in the light of the climate, ocean, and security continuum.

GCOCS will help shape our collective understanding and positively influence our futures through strategic and important conversations enhanced by cross-pollination of diverse, multi-disciplinary perspectives elicited through plenary, panel and world café sessions.

This Conference is a joint presentation of the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security at the University of Massachusetts at Boston (CIOCS) and Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). GCOCS will be held May 21-23, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Normandeau Associates Promotes Curt Thalken, P.E., to Senior Vice President

Posted October 3, 2011 by

Bedford, New Hampshire. September 22, 2011 – Normandeau Associates is pleased to announce the promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Curtis Thalken, P.E. to the position of Senior Vice President. “Normandeau’s continued growth, both in services provided to our clients and geographic span of control make it necessary for us to expand our senior management structure” said Normandeau President and CEO Pam Hall. “Curt’s senior management experience, within the U.S. Army and understanding of the environmental consulting industry make him an ideal candidate to oversee our expanding national and international operations.”

COL Thalken has been a Vice President, with Normandeau for two years. Before joining Normandeau, he served in the U.S. Army for 25 years. His experience includes work in both austere and developed environments and teaching in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. His military career culminated as Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) responsible for aspects of the Federal Government’s engineering efforts and regulatory programs within New England. While District Commander, his management responsibilities included over 700 employees and an annual budget exceeding $210 million.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., is a rapidly-growing, employee-owned company, in business for over 40 years, and is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country. Normandeau Associates specializes in environmental impact studies, permitting and licensing of projects, wetlands mapping, stormwater management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife studies, and public involvement and community outreach. Normandeau provides services across several market sectors including hydropower, transportation, ports and waterways, electric and gas transmission, energy generation, NGO’s and Federal, state and local government. Normandeau currently has a staff of over 250 working in 20 offices, with three laboratories across the country and has worked on projects in 46 states as well as in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, Germany and Afghanistan.

For additional information, please contact Colonel Thalken at (603) 472-5191 or visit www.normandeau.com .

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