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Normandeau Staff Receives Multiple Certifications for Taxonomic Analysis

Posted May 22, 2012 by
Stowe, Pennsylvania – Normandeau staff members have obtained multiple certifications for the taxonomic analysis of aquatic invertebrate specimens by the Society for Freshwater Scientists (formally the North American Benthological Society):

  • Mr. George Christian certified in Group 1 General Arthropoda and Group 2 EPT
  • Mr. Bryan Lees certified in Group 1 General Arthropoda, Group 2 EPT, and Group 3 Chironomidae
  • Ms. Jennifer Smith certified in Group 1 General Arthropoda, Group 2 EPT, and Group 3 Chironomidae

Recent concerns about the quality of data produced by invertebrate taxonomists in the absence of a certification process compelled the Society to establish and offer a program that insures trained and skilled persons are providing aquatic invertebrate identifications. Invertebrate analysis is a specialized field in which data are generally used in an analogous fashion to measure water quality. Invertebrate studies have been conducted since the early 1900’s and began to become popular during the 1970’s following the passage of the Federal Clean Water Act, commensurate with the environmental movement.  Normandeau has been conducting these studies since 1970.

Normandeau operates three (3) biological laboratories with over 4,000 square feet of space dedicated to the taxonomic analysis of marine, estuarine, and freshwater macroinvertebrates; plankton and ichthyoplankton samples. This level of capability is rare in the biological laboratory field. Normandeau’s biological laboratories are located in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire which combined, constitute the largest taxonomy capacity on the east coast.

Invertebrate studies are conducted for numerous applications:

  • Federal, State, and local long-term watershed assessments
  • Federal Energy Relicensing for atomic, hydroelectric, and fossil-fueled power plants
  • Stream water quality monitoring studies by non-profit citizen watershed associations
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements
  • Delaware/Susquehanna River Basin Commission Docket requirements
  • Municipal Landfill Operating and Expansion permitting
  • Superfund Site pre and post-remediation (recovery) monitoring
  • Clean Water Act – Section 316a Thermal Variance studies
  • Tissue analysis for PCBs, metals, and other contaminants
  • Ecological risk assessments
  • Dredge monitoring (e.g., U.S. Army Corps)
  • Road, bridge, and storm water (culvert) construction monitoring
  • Remediated wetland colonization studies
  • Fish stomach content analysis (forage base)

For additional information, please contact Mr. George Christian (484)945-2325 (gchristian@normandeau.com) or visit www.normandeau.com.

About Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Normandeau Associates, Inc. is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the United States serving both the private and public sectors. Founded in 1970, it is a trusted leader in delivering sound, innovative scientific solutions to a global clientele. Normandeau’s extensive team of experienced field scientists, analysts, researchers, and permitting specialists delivers technically credible information to help achieve project goals, meets regulatory requirements, and promotes sustainable economic development while protecting and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire with offices nationwide, Normandeau is 100% owned by its employees. For more information please contact Normandeau at (603) 472-5191 or visit www.normandeau.com

About Society for Freshwater Science (SFS)
The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote further understanding of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, bogs, fens, riparian forests and grasslands). The society fosters exchange of scientific information among the membership, and with other professional societies, resource managers, policy makers, educators, and the public. Society members study the genetics to community structure of freshwater organisms, freshwater ecosystem function, and physical processes that affect freshwaters, and linkages between freshwater ecosystems and surrounding landscapes. Applied aspects of their science include habitat and water quality assessment, conservation, fisheries and invasive species management, integrated water resource management, and restoration. For more information visit: www.freshwater-science.org


MassCEC is requesting proposals from solar PV Installers to bid on Green Communitie

Posted May 16, 2012 by

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is requesting proposals from solar PV Installers to bid on the Green Communities of Shirley, Montague, and Pittsfield-Lenox in support of MassCEC’s Solarize Massachusetts Program.

As of the April 20, 2012 deadline for receipt of proposals for the 2012 Solarize Mass Program, one installer proposal was submitted for each of the Towns of Shirley, Montague, and Pittsfield-Lenox. These communities have independently requested a re-bid for more proposals, and therefore the RFP will be re-opened for a short period to solicit additional bids for the Towns of Shirley, Montague, and Pittsfield-Lenox. Proposals for the communities can be submitted by an Installer even if they have already submitted proposals for four additional Solarize Mass communities (or five, if that Installer also submitted a proposal for the Town of Palmer), which was the limit in the original RFP. MassCEC will accept Installer proposals, only for the Towns of Shirley, Montague, and Pittsfield-Lenox, through

11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, May 18, 2012
. Please submit all completed proposals to Solarize@MassCEC.com

Click here to access the RFP Documents

MassCEC, in partnership with the Green Communities Division of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), and 17 selected Green Communities, is rolling out the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts Program. To learn more about Solarize Mass visit www.SolarizeMass.com

Below is the timeline for the RFP process. Please review the RFP documentation for more details and information.

Solarize Mass Installer RFP for Shirley, Montague, and Pittsfield – Lenox Announced
May 15, 2012

Installer RFP Proposals Due
May 21, 2012

Announce Selected Installers
May 25, 2012 (on a rolling basis)

We are excited about the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts Program and look forward to receiving your proposal. Thank you for your support of solar power in Massachusetts!


ERM Opens New Office in Providence, RI

Posted May 16, 2012 by

Located in downtown Providence, ERM’s Rhode Island office looks to service the greater Providence area and beyond. Located less than 60 miles from Boston, and under 90 miles from Hartford, the Providence office supports ERM’s continued goal of embedding Sustainability into external services to clients as well as internal practices in our operations.

The office highlights key sustainability factors such as the availability of public transportation, accessibility from suburban locations, and being in close proximity to T.F. Green Airport. These types of commitments to a more sustainable work environment contribute to our efforts to decrease ERM’s carbon footprint.

The new office address:
ERM Providence

15 Park Row West
Suite 104
Providence, RI 02903
+1 401 415 9600 (office)
+1 401 415 9601 (fax)

Alicia Kabir

Providence, RI
+1 401 415 9608


John D’Agostino

Boston, MA
+1 617 646 7855


Dan Moon Moderates BBJ Panel at the Best Green Practices Awards Breakfast

Posted May 10, 2012 by

Daniel Moon, President & Executive Director of the EBC, moderated a panel at the Boston Business Journal’s Best Green Practices in Cleantech and Energy Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, May 9th. The panel was on green methods in the corporate world  and included from left: moderator Daniel Moon, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Business Council of New England, Dennis Carlberg, Director of Sustainability at Boston University, Jeff Holmes, Principal Engineer at Genzyme Corporation, John Rosenthal, President of Meredith Management and Lisa Wilk, President of Capaccio Environmental Engineering.

Photos from The Boston Business Journal,