Between The Pipes

NYRWA would like to welcome our newest staff member, Craig Catalano, who will be providing technical assistance and training to wastewater systems and personnel in the Lake Champlain watershed.  This opportunity is made available through a partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Craig previously worked as a water and wastewater operations specialist with the Village of Saranac Lake over the past decade. We look forward to working with wastewater personnel in the watershed, and to watching Craig grow into and advance this new service.

If you are in the Lake Champlain watershed and would like any wastewater assistance please contact Craig by email: or contact him at 518-828-3155 ext. 190.

Welcome, Craig!

NYRWA CEO Jamie Herman would like to apologize for not getting this information out to our members sooner.  Due to changes in our grant funding for training, we will no longer be able to provide lunch for attendees at our one-day recertification training sessions.

In the past, NYRWA would charge a slight fee to cover the cost of the facility and the meals/beverages provided.  The various agencies who provide the funding for these training sessions have modified the requirements, and the training provided with their funding MUST BE free of charge to the attendees, without exception.  Given this new guidance, the majority of the one-day recertification training we provide will not include lunch, but will be free to attend.  We understand if this change is upsetting.  We hope our members will understand and continue to support the training efforts of this association.

Thank you to our system members for your understanding, and a HUGE thank you to our valued associate members who continue to provide quality recertification training as presenters at our sessions free of charge.  Please know we could not do this without your continued support.

Thank you!

We sincerely appreciate the following sponsors who have committed to a sponsorship for our 2022 Annual Technical Training Workshop & Exhibition in Verona on May 23-25, 2022. These sponsorships will be used for door prizes and a Sponsorship Grand Prize for attendees.

1) Premier Sponsors - Koester Associates, and G.A. Fleet Associates, Inc.

2) Gold Sponsors - Mueller Company, EJ Prescott, General Control Systems, Inc., Ti-SALES and C2AE

3) Silver Sponsors - Auctions International, Kennedy Valve and M&H and BCA Architects & Engineers

4) Golf Hole Sponsors - EJ Prescott

If you are an Associate Member or Exhibitor and wish to provide a sponsorship for our 2022 Annual Technical Training Workshop & Exhibition, please reach out to Jamie Herman at

Thank you one and all for your continued support of this association!

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As many of you know, each year the New York Rural Water Association distributes one-time grants to five students across New York State valued at $500.00 each to help defray the cost of tuition, books, or room and board at an accredited institution of higher learning approved by the NYRWA.

We are asking you, our members, to help distribute our Founder’s Scholarship Application to your local high school guidance offices to ensure students from your area have an opportunity to apply. Please share the application found here with your local school guidance office. The guidance office can copy and distribute the application to students within your village, city, or town. Before you provide this to the school, please fill in the "NYRWA Member System Name” i.e. Village of ……..

This is a member benefit and we appreciate your assistance in ensuring students from your area have this opportunity to apply. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must complete the application form in its entirety and return it to the NYRWA by the entry postmark deadline, February 4, 2022. All pertinent information on applying are within the official rules, including the requirement to include an essay and student transcripts to be eligible.

Learn more about NRWA Affinity Programs by visiting the NRWA website (
or by calling 1-800-545-1054. 

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Division of Water (DOW) is releasing three draft Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS) documents for public review and comment. The draft TOGS documents being released include:

· Addendum to "TOGS 1.1.1: Ambient Water Quality Standards and Guidance Values and Groundwater Effluent Limitations." The draft TOGS addendum establishes water quality guidance values (GVs) for Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-Dioxane.

· A revision of "TOGS 1.3.7: Analytical Detectability and Quantitation Guidelines for Selected Environmental Parameters." The revision establishes how NYSDEC selects analytical test methods for water quality monitoring and determines reporting limits for those methods. There are limited methods approved by State or Federal oversight bodies for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane, therefore this TOGS provides critical guidance on how to select analytical test methods for monitoring of these compounds.

· A new "TOGS 1.3.13: Permitting Strategy for Implementing Guidance Values for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane." The new TOGS establish how the GVs for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane will be applied to SPDES permits. This guidance will take effect when the GVs are issued.

New York State Department of Health (DOH) adopted Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane (1,4-D) in August of 2020. While the DOH MCLs provide protection for finished drinking water, NYSDEC's proposed GVs and supporting TOGS will provide timely and parallel protection of ambient waters, including those used as drinking water sources. The proposed GVs for PFOS and 1,4-D also provide protection for aquatic life and the associated fishing best use.

Public Comment on the Draft TOGS

The 30-day public comment period commenced on October 6, 2021. Written statements may be submitted to NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins or by email to Written statements must be submitted to the NYSDEC by 5:00 PM on December 6, 2021. Previous comment deadline was November 5, 2021.

Available Documents

The full text of the draft TOGS documents and additional supporting information can be found at or by contacting the NYSDEC (see below).

Contact: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3500, ATTN: Michelle Tompkins, Phone: (518) 402-8233, E-mail:


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 3-0301, 11-0303, 11-0305, 11-1301, 11-1303, and 11-1319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Part 10. This notice will be published in issue 43 of the State Register, dated October 27, 2021. These revisions are in regard to reducing the statewide daily possession limit for sunfish, increasing the statewide minimum size limit for crappie, and implementing special sunfish fishing regulations in select waters to provide opportunities to catch larger fish.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Loukmas
NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife
625 Broadway
Albany NY 12233-4753
Phone (518) 402-8897

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