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Tuesday:

Surface water control and construction regulatory hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Water & Power Subcommittee
February 7 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

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UPDATE 12/16:  Late last night, House and Senate conferees signed off on a conference report for the “megabus” package of several FY12 spending bills.  Rather than moving forward with the package released by the House yesterday (and initially described below), both chambers will now consider and vote on the conference report (H.R. 2055) within the next 48 hours or so.  Content of the two versions is nearly identical–only the vehicle is different.  Explanatory information for the bills has also been released and additional details are now included below.

12/15:  Today, the House unveiled its “megabus” proposal (H.R. 3571) for fiscal year 2012 appropriations.  The large package of bills contains 9 pieces of spending legislation, including Energy & Water and Interior & Environment.  Some highlights are below, more will be added as it becomes available.

The current continuing resolution expires at midnight tomorrow — it is unclear if this package will be approved by both chambers of Congress by then, but votes are expected tomorrow, and “votes are possible this weekend and next week.”

Energy & Water:  Provides the US Army Corps of Engineers with $5 billion, $145 billion above FY11. (Explanation)

  • Operation & Maintenance: $2.412 billion
  • O&M Delaware River: Philadelphia to the sea, $20.989 million; Philadelphia to Trenton, $1.073 million
  • Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery: $4.9 million

Interior & Environment:  Provides the US Environmental Protection Agency with $8.4 billion, $233 million below FY11. (Explanation)

  • Chesapeake Bay Program:  $57.391 million; $2 million for small watershed grants
  • Chesapeake Bay Executive Order:  $1.5 million; directive for an analysis of endocrine disruptors
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund:  $1.469 billion; -$56 million FY11 (State by state breakdown)
  • National Estuary Program:  $27.058 million

Provides the Interior Department with $10.3 billion, $310 million below FY11.

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service:  $1.5 billion, -$28 million FY11
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act:  $35.554 million, -$2 million FY11
  • Land & Water Conservation Fund:  $322 million (needs verification)

Most controversial policy riders that were included in early drafts of these appropriations bills have not been included in the final megabus.

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The current continuing resolution that has funded the government past the end of fiscal year 2011 while Congress works out funding details for FY 2012 is set to expire on Friday.  Information on the next omnibus appropriations package and/or CR is expected early this week.

Tuesday:

Water infrastructure hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
December 13 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Wednesday:

Water infrastructure hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
December 14 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Thursday:

Marine debris bill (H.R. 1171) hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs
December 15 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute seeks to hire a senior project manager who is highly skilled at collaborative project management in the areas of hydrology, water monitoring systems, and governmental environmental protection policy.   The candidate will lead the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s multi-year project to assess and improve the Northeast-Midwest Region’s “Water Information Supply.”  The project will carefully inventory, assess, and analyze the region’s system of water quality and quantity monitoring to determine its ability to address pressing questions raised by real-world resource-development and use scenarios, present and future, including intense hydraulic fracturing, agricultural development practices, and urban expansion.  NEMWI will communicate project output to NEMW region decision-makers in Washington and the region periodically throughout the project period.  This Northeast-Midwest project is a cooperative effort with the USGS.  The successful candidate shall demonstrate competency in:

  • Fresh water hydrology and quality and quantity issues
  • Current and emerging water quality and quantity monitoring methods and data analysis approaches
  • Project leadership specifically in carrying out collaborative policy-oriented efforts with tangible deliverables
  • Federal, state and non-governmental monitoring programs and their historic interrelationships
  • Familiarity with state, federal agency and Congressional policy-making processes
  • Successful non-profit fundraising experience
  • Team work and constructive problem-solving

The successful candidate will hold at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field (hydrology, aquatic sciences, geographic information systems data modeling, etc.), and have at least 10 years professional experience in the field as well as excellent written and oral communications skills.  The successful candidate will have authentic respect for divergent political and technical perspectives, and have the capacity to bring diverse stakeholders together constructively behind strong facts.

Type: Senior Policy/Science  |  Term:  Full-Time

Topic: Regional Water Quality/Quantity Monitoring Systems, Federal Policy

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, nonpartisan non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a full benefits package.  Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  NEMWI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications are due by December 15, 2011.  Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to acangelo@nemw.org with the subject line “Water Information Supply.”

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Following closely on the heels of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of its study plan for hydraulic fracturing in natural gas development, today the Delaware River Basin Commission revealed its proposed final regulation for fracking within its jurisdiction.

The rules focus on water withdrawal, use and management, and according to the DRBC website, “The Commission will rely on the oil and gas program of the state in which a natural gas well is located to regulate the construction and operation activities of the natural gas well and well pad for which separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication.”

The public comment period is closed and the final rule will be voted on by the commissioners on November 21.

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The Director of Watershed Programs (DWP) is a highly visible leadership position among water resource constituencies inPennsylvania, and the Director should be knowledgeable aboutPennsylvaniawater resources issues, familiar with federal, state and local regulations and programs.  He/she will establish a strategic direction for PEC’s work. The position is intended to achieve coordination and synergy among PEC programs regarding water resource management including ecological restoration, greenway and trail development and sustainable development. Resource sharing amongst and learning from other PEC offices and affiliates (PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers and Save Water PA) with respect to watershed programs are also responsibilities of the DWP.

PEC water resources programs are collaborative in nature focused on purposeful partnership with municipal officials, NGO’s, landowners and business.   The strategic goal as articulated in the PEC strategic plan is to “revolutionize the way stormwater is managed inPennsylvania.”

This is a senior staff position that reports to the Executive Vice President (Southeast Region) with the review and consent of the Executive Vice President (Western Region).  The position is full-time.  The DWP will supervise program staff in the SE Regional Office and will coordinate a staff team working on water resource programs across the state.

Position Activities:

1)      Lead policy development and translate policy into new initiatives both regionally and statewide.

2)      Track state and federal policy and regulatory issues,

3)      Program direction: Determine project objectives, determine resources necessary for project completion, obtain resources including consultants and staff, be results oriented.

4)      Administer projects: Prepare budgets for PEC annual budget, develop detailed work plans, monitor expenses and income, prepare contracts, prepare reports to funders and contractors, be responsive to contractors and funders.

5)      Develop resources: Be alert to funding and contract opportunities, prepare proposals/scopes of work, negotiate with prospective contractors.

6)      Supervise staff: Work with staff to develop work plans, share responsibilities, support staff in their needs and hold them accountable, create a positive work environment for staff in order to meet project objectives.

7)      Work with project partners: Identify partners, develop and define relationships through MOU’s, communicate with partners, meet the mutual needs of partners and PEC.

8)      Coordinate with supervisor: Prepare memos as needed and meet with supervisor to report on projects, discuss project objectives, submit contracts, proposals, workplans and other project related work for discussion and approval.

9)      Help build the program: Pursue additional opportunities in watershed education/planning, help expand the program and together with the DSR “grow the program.”

10)  Manage media relations: Work with PEC’s communications staff prepare press releases, contact writers/reporters, promote project objectives through the media, prepare articles for PEC’s Forum and other venues.

11)  Coordinate with PEC programs: Work with directors within the region and with offices statewide to achieve maximum project synergy.

Education:

A minimum Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S.) in a water-related field (hydrology, geology, environmental sciences, environmental policy or planning, other regional sciences or planning degree).  At least five years of project management experience, working with partner organizations, marshalling resources and supervising staff.

Required Skills:

Strategic Planning

Understand programmatic context, identify opportunities and establish strategic program direction.

Development of Resources

Identify funding needs, prepare proposal and contracts.

Project Management & Administration

Develop objectives, manage by workplan, coordinate resources including project consultants and staff.  Develop budgets, keep track of expenses and revenue.

Communication & Media Relations

Articulate project needs and activities to staff, partners, clients and supervisor using excellent verbal and writing skills and interpersonal skills.

Partner Relations Skills

Coordinate with partners, recruit and manage partners.

Supervisory Skills

Supervise and coordinate staff both in the Southeast Office and statewide.

Compensation:

This is a salaried position commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package (medical benefits, vacation, holidays, 403(b), life insurance, etc).

Location:

PEC’s Southeast Region Office is located at 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 532 in Center City Philadelphia.

To Apply:

Send cover letters (salary requirements) and resumes (three references) by no later than Monday, November 21 to:  Cindy Ferguson, Director of Operations, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 1315 Walnut Street, Ste. 532, Philadelphia, PA  19107

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Tuesday:

2011 flooding hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
October 18 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Thursday:

Water use in eastern US shale gas development hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee — Water & Power Subcommittee
October 20 — 2:30pm;  366 Dirksen

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