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Welcome to the latest edition of the Syracuse EFC eNews! Inside, you'll find recent news from EPA and other partners and organizations on environmental policy and issues, new publications, funding opportunities, and events.
Jointly funded and supported research by the Syracuse EFC, SyracuseCoE (New York State's Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems), and Center for Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University was awarded third place out of 170 projects at the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University in January. The research was presented by Syracuse University L.C. Smith College of Civil and Environmental Engineering student Gerardo Martinez.

The project, CAFO Leachate Management through Dairy Wetlands, studies the effectiveness of a constructed wetland at treating silage leachate and barnyard runoff at a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in Madison County, NY.


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The Syracuse EFC is seeking input from local governments through its online Community Needs Survey until the end of March. Your response helps us help New York State municipalities!


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Workshops, Trainings & Webinars

Date: March 27, 2014 | 10:00am-2:30pm  

Location: Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

Cost: $30.00 


This Syracuse EFC Technical Assistance Partnership Forum (TAPF) will feature panel discussions and presentations on Onondaga Lake water quality habitat improvements, state and federal funding updates, as well as financing. Participants include community representatives and technical assistance providers.


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The Syracuse EFC and its partners in the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) are offering several webinar series for small water systems serving 10,000 or fewer customers. All EFCN webinars are free of charge under a cooperative agreement with the US EPA.  


Water Loss Reduction for Small Water Systems  

Part 2 | March 17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST  

Save the Date 

Part 3 | March 31, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST  

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Asset Management for Small Water Systems 

Core Component 1 - The Current State of the Assets (repeat) | March 6, 2014, 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

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Leadership Webinar Series 
Part 2: Effective Messaging | March 7, 2014,
2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
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Water System Partnerships Regionalization 

Part 3 of 4: Water Company | March 12, 2014,

2:30pm - 3:30pm EST 

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Registration for Smart Management for Small Communities is filling up! Normal registration rates end March 31st.

Date: April 22-24, 2014
Location: Minnowbrook Conference Center
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 

Training Topics Include: 

- Funding Projects: Finance tools and grant writing, the REDC's and you, state and federal funding roundtable

- Process Facilitation: Leadership training; community engagement; rural, character-based zoning and planning

- Environmental Projects: Agriculture and water resources, disaster mitigation


Please contact Brad DeFrees at for more information.

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Hosted by the Upstate Freshwater Institute and SUNY-ESF, this forum presents the most recent findings by the research community concerning Onondaga Lake and other ecosystems in New York State.

Date: March 28, 2014
Location: Gateway Center, SUNY-ESF Campus
Syracuse, NY 

Research Topics Include:

Water quality modeling, optics, robotic monitoring, phosphorus cycling, macroinvertebrates, and fish 

Webinar for Water Utilities on Planning for Climate Change Impacts  


EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities program will host a webinar to help water utilities analyze risk and make decisions under uncertainty when planning for climate change. The webinar is part of a series of presentations for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities to learn more about the tools and resources available to help them fulfill their public health and environmental missions.  

March 19, 2014 

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free   

US EPA 2014 Green Infrastructure Free Webcast Series

Case Studies: Implementing Green Infrastructure Under Enforcement Orders 
March 4, 2014, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST 

The US EPA will continue its free broadcast of the 2014 Green Infrastructure Webcast Series on March 4th with a review of several case studies on the implementation of Green Infrastructure under Enforcement Orders.


This series is generally intended for public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure and enhance established programs. 


Presented by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), these free webinars increase awareness about the dangers of everyday household products on human health and the environment. Attendees will learn how to make smart choices to protect their family while saving money!


Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

Cost: Free 

Webinar Schedule:

- How Green is Your Clean? | Tuesday, March 18 

- Safer Household Products | Wednesday, March 26  

- Hazardous Waste at Home | Wednesday, April 2

- Potential Hidden Dangers of Personal Care Products  Wednesday, April 9   


Community Spotlight
Town of New Scotland to Receive 2.9 Million Zero-Interest Financing for New Salem Water District Improvements
The Board of Directors of the Environmental Facilities Corporation recently approved a three-year, $2,898,000 no-interest loan to create the New Salem Water District for the Town of New Scotland, which currently relies on insufficient private wells and a small public water main shared with the Town of Bethlehem.  
The project will consolidate an existing water system and upgrade the connection to Bethlehem, along with a new distribution system and storage tank. In addition to the loan, the project will be partially financed by a $152,000 grant from the Town of Bethlehem.


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In This Issue 

Syracuse EFC Supported Research Awarded Third Place at National Research Conference
Community Needs Survey Reminder: Input Still Needed from Local Governments
Technical Assistance Partnership Forum (TAPF) on Onondaga Lake Improvements
Upcoming Environmental Finance Center Network Webinars for Small Water Systems
Regular Registration Rates End March 31st for EFC's Local Leadership Conference at Minnowbrook
15th Annual Onondaga Lake Scientific Forum
Webinar for Water Utilities on Planning for Climate Change Impacts
EPA 2014 Green Infrastructure Free Webcast Series
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute Webinar Series
Town of New Scotland to Receive $2.9 Million Zero-Interest Financing for New Salem Water District Improvements


March 4, 2014 
Syracuse, NY
Upstate Freshwater Institute & SUNY-ESF 
15th Annual Onondaga Lake Scientific Forum
March 28, 2014
April 22-24, 2014 
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 

About EFC 

The Syracuse Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University located at SyracuseCoE facilitates the development of sustainable and resilient communities across US EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations), the US, and abroad.


Located at the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, EFC enhances the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and private sectors to make change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life.

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