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  • Mon, June 14, 2021 9:39 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)


    The Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) is pleased to announce our environmental grant awards for 2021 as follows (total amount of all awards is $12,000):

    • Andover Sustainable CT Committee – Town of Andover

      Andover’s Sustainable CT committee, a sub-committee of the town’s Economic Development Commission, seeks to achieve Sustainable CT certification for Andover and encourage actions in town with a high collective impact for current and future residents. As a Sustainable CT community, they strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking. EPOC’s grant will support the building of a community education garden to develop and promote community growing spaces. This community garden will be an inclusive educational space that provides opportunities for residents to engage in local farming and gardening. The garden will double as an educational space to teach the community about the diverse types of garden beds that can be built or purchased for their own living situations.

    • The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

      The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (TMA) is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education. EPOC’s grant will support the launching of a new Citizen Science project to help gather data on freshwater mussels which are one of the most imperiled groups of animals in the United States. Today, of the 12 freshwater mussel species found in Connecticut, seven are endangered, threatened, or are species of concern. The project goals include education of the public about presence and importance of freshwater mussels in CT; identifying spots with high populations of freshwater mussels and populations of species of concern/endangered/threatened; and, to contribute survey data to state wildlife authorities to aid in planning and informing conservation/management actions.

    • Friends of Sherwood Island State Park

      The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, the first State Park founded in Connecticut, are an integral support system for the 234-acres of beaches, woodlands, and marshes open to the public.  The Friends physically assist park management with habitat restoration, support of a Purple Martin colony, planting trees and shrubs, and sponsoring educational lectures and guided trail walks. EPOC’s grant will support The Friends mission of expanding the interest in protecting the dunes through knowledge, understanding and appreciation. Portable and bi-lingual, explanatory lawn signs will be established, which can be moved around the Sherwood Island Park wherever the Garden Team volunteers are planting beach grass or removing invasive species, and can educate the beach visitors and urge them to ask questions and also volunteer.

    • Two Rivers Magnet Middle School

      Two Rivers Magnet Middle School is a science magnet school in East Hartford, with a majority of students from the Hartford population. EPOC’s grant will support the restoration of a native plant habitat in a field downriver of the confluence of the Connecticut River and Hockanum River left by Riverfront Recapture. Goals are to remove alien invasive species including Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) to allow for seeding and seedling transplants of select native plants that have high pollinator value.  These will include species of Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum, P. tenuifolium); New England Blazing Star (Liatris novae-angliae), Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardenalis), and several others.

    • Northwest Conservation District

      The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) serves 34 towns in northwestern Connecticut on conservation challenges. These challenges include drinking water and aquifer protection, wetland protection and restoration, aquatic resource protection through Low Impact Development (LID) measures, Open Space and Farmland Preservation, sustainable land care and land use, and agricultural resiliency and renewable energy. EPOC’s grant will support the Northwest Conservation District (NWCD), partnering with the Beardsley Memorial Library in Winchester, Connecticut, to install, plant, and maintain vegetable gardens and a pollinator garden. This grant will fund the purchase of two metal raised garden beds, vegetable seeds, native pollinator-friendly plants, high quality topsoil, gardening tools, educational materials, and appropriate signage. The primary goal of this project is to educate children and families about at-home gardening and the importance of pollinators.

    • Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC)

      Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy is a regional conservation organization working with the communities of Litchfield and northern Fairfield Counties to safeguard natural and working lands, public recreation areas, and drinking water resources forever. Founded in 1965, NCLC is the largest land trust in Connecticut, protecting 12,500 acres (and growing) of vast, connected natural areas. NCLC’s conserved lands include 21 public hiking preserves, 40 working farms, and over 3,000 acres of habitat for rare and endangered species. EPOC’s grant will support a bird survey and habitat analysis and restoration plan at its Hauser Preserve in Litchfield, Connecticut focusing on the ground nesting and threatened bobolink. The project will entail a bird survey, field nesting bird habitat analysis, and cover restoration plan.

    • Stamford Museum and Nature Center

      The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. They seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience. EPOC’s grant will be used to restore a woodland meadow located in the forest by vernal ponds that is also used as a teaching site for environmental education classes and the outdoor education curriculum.  This ecosystem contributes to the biodiversity of the site at a time when meadow ecosystems and their species have been on the decline.   The goal of the project is to restore the woodland meadow to attract species who depend on the meadow ecosystem for survival.  They will monitor an increase in species as a result of the restoration as a way to measure the success of the project.

    • Niantic River Watershed Committee, Inc.

      The Niantic River Watershed Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving water quality in the Niantic River and its tributaries.  The Committee is comprised of volunteers from the four watershed towns of East Lyme, Montville, Salem and Waterford, and nearby communities. EPOC’s grant will be used to expand upon the 2020 pilot project to sample 38 known stormwater outfalls to the Niantic River. In collaboration with the municipal DPWs, NRWC will use the collected data to track pollutants back through specific storm drain networks to identify and reduce or eliminate pollutant sources, resulting in improved aquatic habitat, a decrease in nutrient-driven algae blooms, fewer episodes of hypoxia, and a reduction in recreational shellfish bed closures following rainfalls of one inch or more.

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    The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community-based groups and environmental education organizations, funding for local projects that benefit the environment on an annual basis. For further information, see our Grant Program page on our website at www.epoc.org/grants.


  • Tue, March 23, 2021 4:22 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC is collecting questions on the recently published Remediation Standard Regulations (Wave 2) and the Environmental Use Restrictions (EURs). Questions submitted will be forwarded to CT DEEP staff for review and future panel discussion meeting. You may submit questions using the following online form:

    RSR & EUR Question Form

    The deadline to submit questions is May 1, 2021.

  • Wed, February 17, 2021 11:46 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The Remediation Standard Regulations (Wave 2) and the Environmental Use Restrictions (EURs) have been published and are effective as of February 16, 2021. Please see the following links to the regulations. Note: These documents show deleted text ([in brackets]) and new text (underlined) as compared to the previous regulations. We expect a “clean copy” of the new regulations will be posted soon. Also, EPOC will be conducting training programs on these regulations in the near future.

  • Tue, January 05, 2021 1:49 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC 2021 Environmental Scholarship Fund
    Applications now being accepted through 
    April 30, 2021.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE, SEE:

    www.epoc.org/scholarship

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

  • Mon, May 11, 2020 5:24 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    CT DEEP has provided a copy of their presentation from our virtual meeting on 5/8/20, CLICK HERE (PDF).  

  • Fri, April 24, 2020 2:50 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    CT DEEP is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways.  Please check this page for updates on DEEP’s facilities, process changes, and response initiatives.

  • Tue, January 07, 2020 1:00 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC 2020 Environmental Scholarship Fund

    Application Deadline is April 30, 2020

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE, SEE:

    www.epoc.org/scholarship

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    EPOC recognizes its duty to assist in the education of individuals planning a career in the environmental industry. Consequently, the EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist Connecticut residents, or an immediate family member (spouse or child) of an EPOC Member in good standing, who are attending an accredited college or university (CT colleges or out of state colleges) and have declared majors pertinent to the environmental field. Students must be enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD degree program. The scholarships are awarded annually to those entering Junior year, Senior, or Graduate level (full or part time), and are enrolled in accepted programs of study (see below) preparing the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional* in the State of Connecticut as defined by the CT DEEP, or a professional in a related service discipline who may render technical assistance to the Technical Environmental Professional.

    *As defined by the CT DEP, a Technical Environmental Professional (TEP) is anyone, including a Licensed Environmental Professional, who collects soil, water,vapor, or air samples in order to investigate and remediate pollution to the state's soil or water, and who may be directly employed or retained as a consultant by a public or private employer.

    Accepted programs of study include the following: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Earth Science, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Soil Sciences, Water Resources, Toxicology, Wetland Science, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical, Agricultural), and Other Related Degreed Environmental Programs.

    We ask that you assist us in publicizing the availability of the scholarships. If you know of students who meet our criteria, or professors, department chairs or personnel in financial aid offices at the universities you have attended, please inform them of the availability of the scholarship fund and direct them to EPOC's website. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to those who may be interested.

    For further information about the EPOC Scholarship Fund, contact Seth Molofsky at (860) 537-0337 or Email: epoc@epoc.org.


  • Thu, October 31, 2019 2:33 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The EPOC Environmental Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment. The applications will be judged against the environmental benefits of the project and compared to the other grant submittals. Environmental benefits can vary widely and successful applications may include projects that improve the environment, such as: property and watershed clean-ups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts. Also proposals that promote environmental education within Connecticut or monitor environmental conditions of watersheds or ecosystems are acceptable.

    Grant applications are now being accepted and are due by March 15, 2020.

    For further information and application form, please see our website at:

    www.epoc.org/grants

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

  • Thu, October 31, 2019 11:36 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The EPOC Environmental Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to assist qualified applicants who are attending a college or university (in CT or out of state) and have declared majors pertinent to the environmental field. The scholarships are awarded annually to junior, senior, and graduate level students (full or part-time) enrolled in accepted programs of study leading the student to become a Technical Environmental Professional in the State of Connecticut as defined by the CT DEEP, or a professional in a related service discipline who may render technical assistance to the Technical Environmental Professional. EPOC would like to express its thanks to all the students applying for a scholarship this year. At a recent meeting of the EPOC Scholarship Fund Committee, this year’s scholarship winners were voted on and approved. Congratulations to the following:

    Brian Robinson

    Brian is a resident of East Haven and is an Environmental Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Brian is a part-time student, and works as an environmental engineering consultant in CT. One of Brian’s professors writes, “I have thoroughly enjoyed having Brian in class because of the insight he brings from his professional career. He recently highlighted his professional work for a class research project. It was interesting for me to see how he could apply what we were learning in the classroom, to the techniques that he was using as a practicing engineer in the field.” In his essay, Brian states, “I pursue an academic path centered on remediation and research focused on the use of advanced oxidative processes to completely mineralize contaminants to their most benign forms. I do not believe relocation or containment of contaminants is truly a solution – it is merely our best option in the absence of a feasible alternative. With the support of the EPOC, I aim to find an answer to our hazardous waste problems that is beneficial to all, not just those fortunate enough to live upwind and out of the radius of influence of dumping grounds.”

    Stephanie Wood

    Stephanie is a resident of Worcester, MA and has been an Associate Member of EPOC for many years. She is pursuing a master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University – Nicholas School of the Environment, in Durham, NC. Stefanie is currently employed as an environmental consultant overseeing petroleum remediation projects throughout MA, CT, RI, and NY. One of Stephanie’s professors writes, “I am writing with enthusiastic support for Stefanie Wood’s application for the EPOC Scholarship. I serve as the Faculty Director of the Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program, which entails both teaching and advising all DEL students. I have been impressed with Stefanie from the first reading of her application and I am thrilled that she is part of our Class of 2020.” In her essay, Stephanie states, “EPOC has been a part of my professional life for so long. I have lived and breathed fuel oil, gasoline, kerosene, #4, #6 for years (literally and figuratively). This is my opportunity to see beyond that narrow lens and I am seizing it whole-heatedly. I love what I am learning, and I want to bring it back and share it with my fellow professionals in Connecticut.”

    Kaitlin Taylor

    Kaitlin is a resident of Wethersfield and is a senior at CT Central State University (CCSU), pursuing a degree in Geology. Her professor’s reference letter states, “I am glad to provide this letter in strong support of Kaitlin Taylor’s application for Environmental Professionals' Organization of Connecticut scholarship…Kaitlin is a highly capable and very motivated individual who has a strong commitment to learning. Her extensive course work and research experience are great preparatory tools for success in environmental related fields upon graduation.” Kaitlin writes in her application essay, “This scholarship is important to me because it will allow me to focus more time on environmental geology research in the 2019-2020 academic year. Along with an internship with the Connecticut DEEP, I will also be assisting with a study on uranium contamination in Southbury, CT.”

    Isabelle Rein

    Isabelle is a resident of Winsted and is a senior at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and is pursuing a major in geology. She has been a Teaching Assistant for Geology/Environmental Geology classes and this year will add the upper level Structural Geology course. One of Isabelle’s professors writes, “I think very highly of Ms. Rein and am happy to be able to give her an extremely strong and unqualified recommendation for this scholarship. I believe that she is an extremely strong candidate - she has a significant knowledge base for an undergraduate, has a tremendous work ethic, can work independently and has the ability to easily interact with people.”. In her essay, Isabelle states, “My education is providing me with excellent educational and travel experiences to learn how geology can be applied to everything. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and instilling excitement in others about the importance of Earth Science, Geology and Environmental Studies.”

    Robin Waterman

    Robin is a full-time graduate student at Wesleyan University and is pursuing MS degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. Her Environmental Studies advisor writes, “Robin is an exceptionally bright and motivated young scientist. We are currently designing her summer experiments, to continue her training in plant evolutionary ecology and response to environmental stress. Next year and in her later work, Robin plans to bring an evolutionary and ecological perspective to agricultural systems, with the specific goal of working toward more sustainable approaches.” Robin writes in her application essay, “My biology and environmental studies undergraduate degrees are preparing me to apply relevant scientific reasoning to a range of environmental issues and evolving ecological systems. My graduate studies will focus my attention and expertise on the nexus between plants, humans, and the environment. This academic training will have many potential applications to the environmental field, including optimization of sustainable agriculture systems, bioenergy production, climate change mitigation, and phytoremediation of toxic pollution.”

    The EPOC Scholarship Fund is financed through the support of EPOC programs, proceeds from golf tournaments, and direct contributions from individuals and companies. EPOC is a non-profit organization, and as such, contributions to the Scholarship Fund are tax deductible for most firms. Unlike many other organizations, 100% of your contributions go in the EPOC Scholarship Fund. A committee of volunteers who support its goals and ideals manages the fund. For further information, please visit our website at www.epoc.org/scholarship.

  • Tue, May 28, 2019 11:16 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) is pleased to announce our environmental grant awards for 2019 as follows (total amount of all awards is $10,749):

    • Northwest Conservation District

      The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) serves 34 towns in northwestern Connecticut by addressing drinking water and aquifer protection, watershed and wetland protection and restoration, aquatic resource protection through Low Impact Development (LID) measures, Open Space and Farmland Preservation, sustainable land care and land use, invasive plant management, agricultural resiliency and renewable energy. The Conservation Districts began nationally in the 1930s in response to concerns over agricultural erosion, floods and the sky-blackening dust storms of the Dust Bowl. In Connecticut, NWCD is one of five districts. EPOC’s grant will be used to establish a Low-Impact Design (LID) native pollinator rain garden to mediate stormwater runoff and serve as a living laboratory at Torrington High School (THS) in partnership with Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC). Students from NCCC’s General Botany course and THS’s BioClub, Honors Biology, and Introductory Biology will be involved with planning and planting of the project, based on principles from their varied courses.

    • Lake Waramaug Task Force

      The Lake Waramaug Task Force (LWTF) was founded in 1976 and is an organization of volunteers and scientists that provides leadership in restoring and maintaining the ecology and water quality of Lake Waramaug and its watershed. Lake Waramaug is bordered by the towns of Washington, Warren and Kent. LWTF’s principle services include researching and designing the most effective water quality management solutions; managing extensive in-lake restoration systems that aids in removing / isolating harmful nutrients; improving the lake’s habitat for cold water fish and beneficial zooplankton; and controlling the non-native aquatic invasive plant species in the lake. EPOC’s grant will be used to fund the stormwater sampling cost of their Catch Basin Inventory Project of Lake Waramaug. LWTF is focusing on runoff from the near-lake residents and roads via the catch basin network on the highway surrounding the lake. The Catch Basin Inventory Project of Lake Waramaug will help LWTF evaluate, rank and address near-lake stormwater runoff.

    • Audubon Connecticut

      Audubon Connecticut, an operating unit of the National Audubon Society, is one of Connecticut's premier conservation and environmental education organizations. Their mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Since 2012, and with prior support from EPOC, Audubon CT has partnered with the City of Bridgeport, the City of West Haven, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) to coordinate the WildLife Guards program. Through this program, Audubon CT hires local high school students, or WildLife Guards, from Bridgeport and West Haven to work alongside Audubon field biologists in stewarding, monitoring, and raising public awareness about the beach-nesting birds that share our shores. These youth receive training from the partners in coastal ecology, public engagement, and general job skills, then become the official wildlife monitors at Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport and Sandy Point in West Haven, tasked with tracking the reproductive success of state-threatened bird species and sharing their knowledge with visitors.

    • Great Hollow Nature Preserve

      Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is a newly established organization in New Fairfield, CT that is dedicated to biodiversity conservation, applied ecological research, and experiential environmental education. Great Hollow also operates as a biological field station and welcomes external researchers, including both professionals and students, to use its 825-acre preserve for their work. Their staff and collaborators conduct integrative, conservation-driven studies of wildlife, plants, and ecosystems within and beyond the preserve. EPOC’s grant will be used for the cost of plants, fencing materials, interpretive signage, and tools to establish a pollinator garden at Great Hollow Nature Preserve, where it can then be viewed by the public and used in their education and outreach programs for years to come. In so doing, they will also be greatly increasing the availability of habitat for pollinators at the nature preserve, in an area that will foster visitor engagement.
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    The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community-based groups and environmental education organizations, funding for local projects that benefit the environment on an annual basis. For further information, see our Grant Program page on our website at www.epoc.org/grants.


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