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  • 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.

  • Fri, January 22, 2021 12:18 PM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    EPOC is now accepting applications for our 2021 Environmental Grants.

    The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

    For further information and application form, please see: www.epoc.org/grants

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    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. 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 within Connecticut that improve the environment, such as: property and watershed clean-ups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, monitoring environmental conditions of watersheds or ecosystems and hazardous waste collection efforts. Also, proposals that promote environmental education and development of youth for careers in the environmental field will be considered.

  • 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!

  • Wed, July 08, 2020 12:21 PM | 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 winner was voted on and approved. We extend our congratulations to:

    Summer Elizabeth Stebbins

    Summer is a resident of Middletown and is pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental GIS at Unity College in Unity, Maine. One of Summer’s professors submitted, “I was deeply impressed by Ms. Stebbins written work and analytical abilities. I wholeheartedly support Ms. Stebbins for a scholarship as she is a high-performing student who will be critical to have as a strong professional in environmental sciences. Currently she is working at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a GIS Analyst/Aquatic Biologist for the Invasive Aquatic Plant Program. She hopes to be a GIS Analyst with projects such as this after earning her master’s degree at Unity College.” Summer stated in her application, “I plan on pursuing research on lakes and ponds in Connecticut using GIS. As a scientist and a TEP, I know how important it is to collect data on our state’s lakes, ponds, and soils, but I also know that it is critical to use this data to improve public understanding. I am applying for this scholarship because I want to continue my career as an environmental professional in Connecticut, and a scholarship from EPOC is the exact support that I need.”

    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.

  • Thu, July 02, 2020 10:44 AM | Seth Molofsky (Administrator)

    The Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) is pleased to announce our environmental grant awards for 2020 as follows (total amount of all awards is $10,360):

    • Friends of the Lake

      Friends of the Lake (FOTL) was formed in 2003 to improve Lake Lillinonah for the recreational enjoyment for those who use it, to improve its water quality to the standards set forth in the Clean Water Act, and for the long term environmental protection of this beautiful section of the Housatonic River and its watershed. Lake Lillinonah is the second largest lake in Connecticut, located between the boundaries of Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, Roxbury and Southbury. Lake Lillinonah has had a small population of the invasive aquatic plant Trapa natans, water chestnut. In the past two years, FOTL has noted a marked increase in the population. The EPOC grant will be used promote, organize, and supervise pulling events focusing on the Still River area. Funds will also be used to conduct an aquatic plant survey in the Still River. The survey will allow FOTL to record the remaining plants species and their abundance to use as a comparison against future surveys to determine the long-term success of this project in creating a more diverse, healthy ecosystem.

    • New Canaan Land Trust

      The New Canaan Land Trust (NCLT) works to foster a connection between the New Canaan community and its natural resources through the conservation and sustainable stewardship of our open space. One of the New Canaan Land Trust’s premier properties is their Firefly Sanctuary, one of the first-known firefly sanctuaries in the United States. During the summer, tens of thousands of fireflies illuminate the night sky, and draw visitors from across the region. The EPOC grant will be used to improve the trail system to increase accessibility and limit impact of visitors, install seating area for visitors, install trailhead kiosk to educate visitors, and, to install split-rail fencing along property line.
    • Steep Rock Association, Inc.

      Steep Rock Association (SRA) is a land trust whose mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes in around Washington, CT, and the Shepaug River Valley. EPOC’s grant will be used as part of a collaborative with multiple organizations (including CT DEEP) to remove a dysfunctional culvert in Curtis Brook. This will help restore the natural function of Curtis brook by eliminating the barrier to aquatic organisms, including brook trout, and will greatly increase the amount of accessible cold-water stream habitat. Using existing rock material, a series of 3 step pools will be constructed in the streambed allowing for fish passage. Our grant will also allow for the preparation of a stream restoration design, which is needed for regulatory review, permitting, planning, fundraising, and project implementation.

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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.
  • 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.

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