Our Water, Energy and Environment Committee (WEEC) provides a discussion forum for members of ACEC/MA to discuss business issues related to the field of environmental engineering and consulting (regulatory, policy, funding sources, networking opportunities). This committee was formerly known as Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee until March 2019, so you may see some references to EEAC.
The WEEC's mission is to:
Managed by three co-chairs, the WEEC has a membership organized around particular areas of membership expertise and interest. These areas include: water resources and wastewater, regulatory compliance, 21E MCP and site cleanup, wetlands and wildlife, energy and environment, solid waste, and storm water. All committee members are volunteer representatives from ACEC/MA member firms. Additional participants from member firms are always welcome.
The WEEC meets every month at Aldrich Center at The Engineering Center and by Zoom. It presents a general agenda which typically includes: 1) pending regulations being tracked by the committee, 2) status of member involvement in various work groups, 3) coordination of liaison meetings, 4) new issues/policy topics on horizon, and 5) informational session from member(s). Action items are prepared and approved for each meeting. Goals for the committee include: establishing a partnering relationship with state regulatory agencies; participating in study and policy groups; playing an active role in professional groups; and providing comment on pending regulation and policies that impact the environmental consulting field, as requested by the Executive Director and the ACEC/MA Board of Directors.
11/21/2022: MEPA Briefing with Tori Kim, MEPA Director
- PDF of Presentation on Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act to ACEC/MA
- PDF of Presentation on Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act 2022 Regulatory Revisions
9/22/2022 Briefing on new Climate and Energy Law with State Representative Jeff Roy, House Chair of Joint Committee on Telecommunications Utilities and Energy.
12/16/2021 Briefing on new MEPA Environmental Justice Regulations
PDF of Presentation by Tori Kim, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 12/16/2021 for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
Video of Presentation by Tori Kim, 12/16/2021 for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
PDF of Presentation by Michael Walsh, Concord Analytics 4/1/2021 for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
PDF of Presentation by Commissioner Martin Suuberg, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) on 3/5/2021 for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
Text of Presentation and Hand-out about Pollinator-Friendly Solar and Certification from Zara Dowling, UMass Clean Energy Extension, UMass Amherst on 10/21/20, for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
Presentation from Lynn Schloesser, ACEC Director - Water, Energy and Environment on 9/23/20, for ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
Recording of 9/23/20 Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQyQN-GJ3lU&feature=youtu.be
6/9/2020 Briefing on Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program
Presentation from Steve Long and Sara Burns, The Nature Conservancy, from 6/9/2020 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and Nature Based Solutions ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
Presentation from Julie Eaton, Weston & Sampson, from 6/9/2020 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program and Nature Based Solutions ACEC/MA WEEC Briefing
1/17/2019 Briefing with Boston Water and Sewer Commission
Presentation from 1/17/2019 ACEC/MA Private Sector Committee (PSC) and Energy & Environmental Affairs Committee (EEAC) - ACEC/MA Member Briefing with Boston Water and Sewer Commission's Director of Engineering Mike Nelson.
Presentation from 12/4/18 Member Briefing with MassDEP's Lisa Rhodes, Wetlands and Waterways Program, Bureau of Resource Protection, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Presentation from 11/13/18 Member briefing with MWRA's Kathy Murtagh, Director, Tunnel Redundancy, Fred Brandon, Director, Design and Construction, Yvonne Vanossenbruggen-Hart
Deputy Contract Manager
Presentation from 10/12/17 Member briefing with: Sorraia Tavares Strategic Sourcing Services Lead Operational Services Division
EEAC + Member Briefing, 9/19/2017 with The Nature Conservancy on Natural and Nature-Based Solutions for Vulnerability Reduction and Resilience:
Sara Burns, Water Resource Scientist and Steve Long, Director of Government Relations.
EEAC + Member Briefing, 8/29/2017 with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Download the MassCEC Presentation
EEAC, 5/30/2017 Meeting: Culvert Replacement Presentation
Download the Culvert Replacement Presentation
Engineers and Land Surveyors Day: Water Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs
Download the Presentation
4-11-2017: Division of Local Mandates, State Auditor's Office: The Cost of Water Infrastructure: Implications for State Policy and Municipal Budgets
Download the PPT Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC
Link to full report: Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets
Report Executive Summary
1-17-2017: EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - FY2017 Update to ACEC/MA EEAC
Download the Presentation
1-11-2017: MassDOT's ESA compliance efforts for the Northern Long-eared Bat - Tim Dexter, MassDOT
Download the Presentation
1-11-2017: Northern Long-eared Bat briefing from Stacy Minihane, PWS, Beals + Thomas
10/25/2016: Presentation from MA DOER Commissioner Judith Judson
9/22/2016: Presentation from Brian Dudley, MA DEP, on Cape Cod Water Issues
8/18/2016: Presentation from Kate Kerigan, Director for the Office of Regulatory & Permit Ombudsman & Special Projects.
5/17/2016: Presentation from Norman Orall, PE, DCR Chief of Planning and Engineering
4/5/2016: Mass DEP: Upcoming Changes to Infiltration/Inflow Requirements
3/10/2016 and 4/5/2016: Clean Water Trust and DEP Presentation to Water Infrastructure Alliance
6/24/2015: Presentation on state funding for Dams and Seawalls
6/24/2015: Presentation on SB1722, the Water Infrastructure P3 Bill
9/9/14: Presentation on Contract Assistance from MA Clean Water Trust
7/10/14: ACEC/MA Comments on Water Management Act Draft Regulations (310 CMR 36.00) and Guidance, filed on July 10, 2014
4/15/2014: Presentation on Enterprise Funds by Mark D. Abrahams, CPA President, The Abrahams Group.
2/25/2014: EOEEA Dam and Seawall Repair and Removal Fund - Program Overview 2014 by John Clarkeson, Director, Dam and Seawal Repair and Removal Fund Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC
11/19/2013: DCR Commissioner Jack Murray's Presentation to ACEC/MA EEAC
ACEC/MA Comments on Wetlands & Waterways, Water Quality Certification, and Wastewater regulations submitted on May 30, 2013 to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: Link
ACEC/MA Comments on the proposed Dam and Seawall Fund Regulations, submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on May 21, 2013: Link
Briefing on Regulatory Process for Dam and Seawalls Funds, March 2013: Link
Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission Report, May 9, 2012
Availability Study: Mass. Department of Environmental Protection and the Mass. Water Pollution Abatement Trust, November 4, 2010: Link
In FY2009, ACEC/MA sought and received clarification from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT) regarding the "CERTIFICATION OF REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER WITH REGARD TO USEFUL LIFE."
As a result of ACEC/MA's efforts, MWPAT implemented this form.
226 Causeway St, 6th Flr
Boston, MA 02114-2155
Weston & Sampson
55 Walkers Brook Drive, Suite 100
Reading, MA 01867
Antonio J. Da Cruz, PE
Tighe & Bond
120 Front Street, Suite 7
Worcester, MA 01608
Robert S. Belitz
Tighe & Bond, Inc.
President & CEO
53 Southampton Rd
Westfield, MA 01085-1371
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