Green Sheet – Proposed FY18 Comments and Recommendations

The June 2017 installment of the Green Sheet gives a brief overview of the Advisory Board’s Integrated Comments and Recommendations. Highlights include:

  • How we get to the lowest rate increase in five years
  • How we reevaluate risk to protect ratepayers in future years
  • Our approach on Deer Island’s NPDES permit and how it could save ratepayers millions of dollars

 

You can view, print, or download our entire Integrated Comments and Recommendations here.

May 2017 – Advisory Board Recommends 3.19% Increase in MWRA Community Assessments

This May 2017 installment of News and Notes highlights the Advisory Board’s recommendation for a 3.19% rate increase for FY18, down from the Authority’s 3.79% recommendation. Details can be found in the Advisory Board’s Comments and Recommendations. Ot read more

Advisory Board Recommends 3.19% Increase in MWRA Community Assessments

A Record Low: AB recommends 3.19% rate increase... read more

Moving from Rhetoric to Useful Information

Editorial by Executive Director Joe Favaloro

Following months of escalating rhetoric on both sides, it’s time to take a step back and assess what we need to do to move forward. If there is ever going to be a resolution to the off-trail activity debate, there needs to be a better understanding – on all sides – of all the impacts.

Ware River Watershed Management AreasWith this in mind, I strongly believe that any review of the Ware River Watershed public access plan must be preceded by a comprehensive study. The research, conducted by an independent third party, should investigate the issues in question: the impacts of unauthorized trail construction and off-trail activities.

The study should explore how these factors affect the core mission of DCR’s Division of Watershed Supply Protection and Office of Watershed Management, as well as how watershed stakeholders may be impacted, from all trail users, to MWRA customers, and even Ware River communities.

The study must look at the potential technical impacts, including water quality, forest management, and endangered species habitat.

Beyond the technical components, the study should dive into community impacts. What would be the enforcement and cost implications of changes to the access plan?

The study should also establish the context for this debate by examining the history of watershed development: how recreational uses were allowed, the court decision permitting the filtration waiver, and the regulatory and management impacts of this decision.

Finally, we see it as wise to “go beyond” our system and review how other filtered or unfiltered systems manage recreational activities.

This is just a rough outline. Once the study is completed, then an informed determination on the next steps could be made.
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I would recommend to the MWRA that they share in the cost of this study with the State. I would further recommend that a representative of recreational activities have a seat on the working committee, along with DWSP, EOEEA, MWRA, and the Advisory Board. Together, their responsibility would be to flesh out the scope of the study and to evaluate the proposals, perhaps with varying perspectives, but equipped with the same facts. In return, I expect the public access rules to be respected and obeyed by all recreational users in the meanwhile.

Again, I stress that my job is to represent the interests of MWRA communities, and this means protecting our watersheds, ensuring our filtration waiver, and providing high quality drinking water to 2.5 million residents of Greater Boston.

I fully recognize that this issue is not limited to the most vocal debaters so far, but rather, affects many. In that spirit, the study ensures the most responsible path moving forward by providing all parties – myself included – with the knowledge to make the most educated decision possible. The stakes are enormous and allowing some fact-finding is the right next step.

April 2017 – Moving from Rhetoric to Useful Information

This April 2017 edition of News and Notes brings the focus back to watershed management, and what we believe to be the necessary steps going forward: Any review of the Ware River Watershed public access plan must be preceded by a comprehensive study. The research should read more

FY 2017, Quarter Three Review

This edition gives an overview of MWRA’s capital and current expense spending through the close of the third quarter of FY17.

Click below to learn more about:

• Current status of the HEEC cross-harbor cable relocation project

• Reduction in waterworks capital spending since Quarter 2

• And more!

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Enterococcus: A Microorganism with Enormous Consequences

Not sure what enterococcus is? You're not alone. read more

New Water Infrastructure Report

"The US is funding just one-third of its water infrastructure needs."

That's just one of the many significant findings described in the new report from the Value of Water Campaign. read more

March 2017 – Advisory Board Operations Committee Recommends Phase III of Local Water System Assistance Program

This March 2017 edition of News and Notes describes Phase III of the Local Water System Assistance Program, which helps communities with 0% interest loans to make improvements to their local systems. Phase III totals $292 million in funding. Other topics in this newslet read more

Green Sheet – Proposed FY18 CEB Overview

This edition of the Green Sheet provides an overview of the MWRA’s proposed FY18 Current Expense Budget. Click the image below to learn:

• What the proposed MWRA wholesale rate increase is

• Current cost estimates for the cross-harbor cable project

• How much a new Deer Island NPDES permit might cost

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February 2017 – Thank You for Your Service

This installment of News and Notes for February 2017 celebrates the achievements of Mr. Walter Woods, who is three months away from his 99th birthday, and is retiring from the Advisory Board as the Wellesley representative. We also discuss:   The Authority’s read more

Thank You for Your Service – In Appreciation of Walter Woods
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Mr. Woods (l) with Mr. Laskey, MWRA Executive Director

Three months away from his 99th birthday, Walter Woods is retiring from the Advisory Board as the Wellesley representative. Walter has been an integral part of the Advisory Board from day one.

In fact, before day one, he served on the pre-Advisory Board Formation Committee to develop our by-laws, hire staff, and help with other endeavors. Over the next 32 years, Walter served as a member of our Executive Committee, holding at times the offices of Secretary, Chairman of Operations, and Chair of the Advisory Board.

While already impressive, this represents only a fraction of Walter’s career. He is an engineering graduate of MIT, worked as a structural engineer at NASA, designed jet fighters for Republic Aircraft, and served as Chief Mechanical and Engineering Officer for the MBTA. Furthermore, he was elected to the Wellesley Board of Public Works and served over 15 years, including four as Chairman.

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Mr. Woods with Mr. Taverna, current AB Chairman

In his “spare” time, Walter makes wine. Not only is this wine delicious, but it has also been awarded gold medals in numerous competitions. He is an avid gardener, and many have benefited from his expert tips.

MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey stated at our meeting, “Walter is a true gentleman and a dedicated public servant. Over the years, his sharp intellect and common sense approach have greatly contributed to the success of the MWRA Advisory Board, and in doing so, the success of the MWRA.”

AB Chairman Lou Taverna noted, “Walter has served with distinction and diligence. Our successes today are routed in the commitment of members such as Walter. He is irreplaceable.”

Thank you, Walter, for all that you have contributed.

Green Sheet – Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy

In this edition of the Green Sheet, we look at the Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy from a dollars perspective. Click below to learn:

• What is redundancy, and why is it important?
• How much will it cost?
• How much will my water bill go up?

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Boosting Economic Development

Last week, the Advisory Board presented information from a UMass Boston Collins Center Report, identifying the crucial relationship between water and sewer infrastructure and potential economic growth. read more

January 2017 – Shaping MWRA Projects and Initiatives

This installment of News and Notes for January 2017 talks about giving the communities a voice: The role of the Advisory Board is to provide feed back on MWRA projects and initiatives. The AB weighed in on two such undertakings, voting positions on the Metropolitan Tunn read more

Shaping MWRA Projects and Initiatives – Giving Communities a Voice

The role of the Advisory Board is to provide feedback on MWRA projects and initiatives. At the January 19 meeting in Canton, the AB weighed in on two such undertakings.

The first was the MWRA’s emerging plans for system-wide water redundancy. Having participated in a half-day information session on redundancy in December, AB members unanimously voted to support an emerging MWRA plan to insure water system redundancy to the metropolitan area.

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Community members at the metropolitan redundancy workshop

AB members included five conditions to their recommendation:

1. Use a Program Management Division (PMD) approach, similar to the Boston Harbor Project

2. Select deep rock tunnel versus surface piping alternative

3. Support the MWRA’s recommendation for two tunnels, north and south

4. Recommend that MWRA construct both tunnels concurrently, rather than in a phased manner

5. Pursue strategies that dedicate revenue from non-typical, or one-time water users sources (e.g. drought connections) to help fund the Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy

The MWRA Board of Directors will take up their discussion on redundancy as we move forward in the spring. The Advisory Board looks forward to participating with the Board and MWRA staff in shaping this critical project.

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Smoke testing

AB members also weighed in on expanding eligible projects under the Local Community I/I Grant/Loan Program. This community-initiated discussion was first presented at our Operations Committee meeting in November. Eligible projects now include:

  • Permanent flow monitoring equipment
  • Sewer inspection equipment
  • Building inspections, smoke testing, dye testing
  • Administrative tasks related to planning/development of procedures and public outreach
  • Database development and mapping of connections to public utilities

This expansion will provide communities more tools to upgrade their local sewer systems.

Your voice can make a difference. Please attend AB Operations and regular meetings. There are also seats available on our Executive Committee. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Auditor’s Report: Municipal Water Infrastructure Severely Underfunded

In a January 2017 report, MA Auditor Suzanne Bump called for a “more holistic” approach to meeting water infrastructure needs in the Commonwealth. read more

Green Sheet – FY17 Mid-Year Update

This edition gives an overview of MWRA’s capital and current expense spending halfway through the fiscal year. Click below to learn:

• The current estimated costs for the Cross-Harbor Cable relocation

• How much waterworks capital spending is overspent and why this is a good thing

• And more!

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Just the FAQs – Watershed Management

The Green Sheet is a monthly video series that focuses on financial topics. The question staff asked was what to do if we had a great topic for a video that wasn’t financial in nature? Voila, the Just the FAQs video series was created. The inaugural episode outlined the role and responsibilities of the Advisory Board, followed by other editions. Unlike the regular Green Sheet, this series was intended to be used on an as-needed basis.

The latest edition of Just the FAQs takes on the topic of watershed management, explaining the history and the importance of watershed protection in the MWRA waterworks system. As always, we hope you find these videos informative and helpful.

 

Just the FAQs – Watershed Management from MWRA Advisory Board on Vimeo.

Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative

In addition to MWRA’s Lead Loan Program, the Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Collaborative is an excellent resource for communities as they continue to rehabilitate critical water infrastructure. The site contains resources pertaining to all steps of the process:

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  • A roadmap to build consensus with community stakeholders and to develop a plan for implementation
  • Tools for replacement practices, from highly technical descriptions to broader, more accessible language useful for outreach
  • Descriptions of policies
  • References to community case studies

The Collaborative was created to expedite voluntary LSLR in communities to keep lead out of drinking water and is composed of numerous national organizations. With topics as important as drinking water safety, the Advisory Board will to continue to equip our communities with the best tools available. Stay tuned for more updates!

December 2016 – #MuniWorks Recap

This installment of News and Notes for December 2016 discusses the Advisory Board’s well-attended meeting at Boston College on the subject of MWRA long-­term water redundancy. With over 120 participants, the event was an outstanding opportunity to learn from MWRA  read more

#MuniWorks | Stakeholder Letter for MWRA Long-Term Water Redundancy workshop

Dear Stakeholder,

Each decade there is one construction project that sets the stage for decades to come – a generational decision the impacts and benefits of which are felt for the next 30 years or beyond. For the MWRA, these projects have included the Boston Harbor Cleanup, the Carroll Water Treatment Plant, and the MetroWest Tunnel. Today, the generational decision for the MWRA is how to best ensure potable drinking water for all of its cities and towns all of the time. The project that will accomplish this for Greater Boston is the MWRA’s Metropolitan Water Redundancy Project.

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Advisory Board Raises Concerns over Mountain Biking

Once you blur the difference between watershed lands and recreational parkland, you have ultimately eliminated your natural water protection filter. read more

November 2016 – Advisory Board Raises Concerns over Mountain Biking

This installment of News and Notes for November 2016 talks about the current state of watershed land. As part of its watershed management plan, DCR has established clear rules and regulations that allow for passive recreational use of watershed lands – activities such a read more

Stormwater Update: Notes from the Finance Forum

The Advisory Board is energized about helping our communities continue to address their stormwater needs. read more

Draft Agenda for #MuniWorks Redundancy Meeting

Check out the draft agenda for the December 8 meeting on Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy, and RSVP to reserve your seat. read more

Save the Date!

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When: December 8, 2016, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Boston College, Yawkey Center (Murray Room)
Why: Provide communities and all other stakeholders the opportunity to weigh in on, listen to, and participate in MWRA’s evolving plans for Water System Redundancy.

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New Challenges for MWRA Pellets

Our victory on establishing a science-based, defensible molybdenum limit, which would allow for the year-round, in-state, beneficial reuse of MWRA pellets, was thrown a curve ball by the recently released Department of Agricultural Resources Plant Nutrient Application Requirements for Agricultural Land Regulations 330 CMR 3.00.

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In essence, the scope of the regulation has been dramatically increased, making it practically nonviable for land-use application of MWRA pellets in state.

In our comments, the Advisory Board states that “we laud DAR’s goal to regulate and enforce the registration and application of plant nutrients put on our soil to reduce phosphorus loadings to water bodies. However, all biosolids are not the same and need to be reviewed differently.” Click through to access MWRA and MWRA AB comments.

We will work closely with MWRA staff and DAR to ensure the in-state beneficial reuse of MWRA pellets are not only a goal, but also an attainable reality.

October 2016 – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

This installment of News and Notes for October 2016 talks about the new challenges for MWRA Pellets: Recently released Department of Agricultural Resources Plant Nutrient Application Requirements for Agricultural Land Regulations 330 CMR 3.00 challenge our victory on lo read more

FREE Stormwater Finance Forum

On November 15 and 16, the New England Environmental Finance Center (NEEFC) will be hosting a forum on financing stormwater at the University of New Hampshire. The event is FREE and caters to municipal officials, public works officials, community leaders, technical assistance providers, and regional funders. Topics will include:

  • Financing strategies to bolster municipal stormwater budgets,
  • Guidance for estimating short- and long-term stormwater costs, and
  • Minimizing stormwater control costs while maximizing the value of municipal water resources.

As the July 2017 MS4 permits approach, this forum promises to be a worthwhile resource. Check out the agenda and calendar event.

 

MWRA Submits Progress Report for Last Five Years

The report, required by the statute that created the agency, describes the agency’s accomplishments between 2011 and 2015 and was transmitted to the Governor and the Legislature. read more

MassDEP Officially Changes Molybdenum Limits

Advisory Board initiative to increase molybdenum limits successful! read more

“High Five from Governor Baker”

MWRA staff's support for veterans praised by Governor Baker. read more

Green Sheet – FY17 Challenges and Priorities

From NPDES permits strategies, rates moving forward, and a new approach to system expansion, the September 2016 Green Sheet lays out the Advisory Board's FY17 challenges and priorities. read more

MWRA Identifies FY17 Priorities and Challenges

The drought, getting lead out of drinking water, and more in MWRA's kickoff presentation... read more

New Advisory Board Website

There is a new face to the Advisory Board website! This summer, staff worked hard to develop a site that addresses the different needs and concerns for all of our visitors.   The “one size fits all” approach of the old website was left behind for a new design read more

Challenges Ahead

At the next Advisory Board meeting Executive Director Joe Favaloro will update members on the challenges we see ahead for FY17. Top of the list are:   The Advisory Board has stated time and again that “we pay for projects once.” The MWRA agrees with our position, b read more

Clinton NPDES Permit Imminent?

Clinton EPA Letter Lancaster EPA Letter EPA has issued letters to Clinton and Lancaster (below) that asserts its right to issue them co-permits for MWRA’s Clinton Wastewater Treatment Plant. In all likelihood this indicates that the final Clinton NPDES permit will read more

Cross-Harbor Cable

Ratepayers Pay for Projects Once!! An Editorial by AB Executive Director Joe Favaloro The battle between the MWRA and NSTAR/Eversource (Harbor Electric Energy Company) took another turn earlier this month.   A suit was filed by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz regarding th read more

Final Stormwater Permits Challenged

The Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship (MCWRS) has jointly filed a petition for review of the final Massachusetts Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) General Permit in the First Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. MCWRS Appeal

Meet the Advisory Board’s Newest Staffer!

Lenna Ostrodka will be officially joining AB staff on Friday, September 16. read more

Would You Like to Join the Executive Committee?

September 7th Deadline Approaching You still have time if you would like to be considered for the FY17 Advisory Board’s Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee will meet on September 9th, and their nominations will be voted on at the full meeting on the 15th read more

Another Successful Field Trip!

Viewing Active Construction Sites Over 90 Advisory Board members and guests attended the annual Advisory Board Field Trip on the 18th. As usual, MWRA staff did a stellar job providing detailed tours and presentations of the Chelsea Headworks, Nut Island Pump Station, an read more

"Top of the Tank" Family Fun Event in Stoneham

Spot Pond

 

The Friends of the Fells has invited you all to a “Top of the Tank” family fun day as part of the official ribbon cutting for the Spot Pond Covered Storage Tank and Pump Station. Click here for more information.

 

Proposed FY17 Integrated Comments and Recommendations

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The final e-document of the Advisory Board’s Proposed FY17 Integrated Comments and Recommendations is complete! Read to learn:

  • How the Advisory Board would reduce the rate increase to 3.34% from 3.91%
  • The Advisory Board’s new approach to making it easier to join the MWRA’s waterworks system
  • How the MWRA has “smoothed” rates for both water and wastewater customers, while keeping under the “Four No More” threshold

Click the image to view or download the entire document, or individual chapters.

 

Lead Initiatives and MS4 Permits

In the April 2016 edition of News and Notes:

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  • Guidelines for the “Get The Lead Out” Loans recommended by the Advisory Board…
  • How much the Clean Water Trust allocated for water testing in public schools…
  • Free MS4 Permit resources for communities…
  • And more!
News and Notes – March 2016

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to learn…

  • News and Notes Image March…more about the $100 million “Get the Lead Out” Loan Program for MWRA communities
  • …about changes coming to the SRF program
  • …how much money has been raised for Mary Ann McClellan’s memorial bench at Nut Island
  • …and more!
Lead Forum Rescheduled – Monday, March 28

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Forum On Lead in Drinking Water Postponed

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for tonight into tomorrow morning for the metropolitan Boston area.

As such, the MWRA has decided to postpone the March 21 Forum on Lead in Drinking Water, as many of the participants are responsible for snow removal in their communities and will have been up all night or busy with clean-up duties.

Given the importance of this Forum, the MWRA wants to make sure as many people as possible can attend.

We will work with the Authority to reschedule as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

MWRA's Proposed FY17 CIP and CEB Presentation

At the March 17 Advisory Board meeting and formal public hearing, MWRA staff presented an overview of the Proposed FY17 CIP and CEB. You can find a copy of the presentation for review/printing here.

February 2016 News and Notes

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This month’s edition of News and Notes is here! Read to learn:

  • What Advisory Board initiative has taken another step forward.
  • What new location the Advisory Board’s official public hearing and March Advisory Board meeting will be held at.
  • How many years of public service Executive Committee member Bill Hadley will have when he retires next month, and how long he has served on the Advisory Board.

 

2015 Rate Survey

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The 2015 Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey is now online! Click the image to view or download.

January 2016 MWRA Board of Directors Summary

The Advisory Board’s summary of the January 2016 meeting of the MWRA Board of Directors is now available to view/download!

Voting Summary Sheet and Discussion Highlights

MWRA Board of Directors Backup Materials (Staff Summaries)

News and Notes January 2016

Click here to view this month’s edition of News and Notes.

Come Work for the Advisory Board

Highly organized? A wiz at bookkeeping and payroll? Know someone who is? Come work for the Advisory Board!

The Advisory Board is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Executive Assistant. This role is a key member of our small team, responsible for many high-level administrative duties and projects. To read the full job description click here.

To apply please email your cover letter and resume to mwra.ab@mwraadvisoryboard.com by February 29, 2016.

December 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The December 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary is here! Read to learn about:

  • How much capital spending the MWRA has proposed for FY17
  • The critical waterworks project has been added to the CIP at an estimated $1.4 billion

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

December News & Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to receive information on the following:

  • Ratepayers Pay for Projects Once
  • The CSO Program is Substantially Complete
  • Proposed FY17 MWRA CIP is transmitted to the Advisory Board for Review
November 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The November 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary  features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • MWRA Staff updated the Board on progress being made on the Valve and Piping Replacement Project
  • OPEB Trustees choose where to invest OPEB funds

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

November News & Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to see:

  • Efforts being made to have Massachusetts obtain primacy on the wastewater side
  • The dedication of a Public Building in honor of John J. Carroll
  • Information on the Advisory Board’s newest staff member
Green Sheet – Behind the Projections

This edition of the Green Sheet focuses on the MWRA’s planning estimates, which offer rate projections for the next ten years. In particular, we delve into the assumptions that go into these projections to help understand how the numbers evolve over time.

October 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The October 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • Changes to Pension Benefits

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Green Sheet – FY16 1st Quarter Update

This installment of the Green Sheet provides an overview of the MWRA’s capital and current expense budgets for the first three months of the current fiscal year. Click below to learn:

  • How increased retirements are affecting the MWRA’s budget.
  • How much the Authority plans to contribute to OPEB at the end of FY16.
  • What court-mandated project is driving overspending in the wastewater capital budget.
September 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The September 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • MWRA Board votes to provide Southfield with MWRA water, contingent upon fulfillment of all regulatory and procedural requirements
  • Authority proposes to issue a request for interest for the potential future supply and delivery of food waste to Deer Island for co-digestion

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Just The FAQs – Infrastructure Funding

This installment of Just The FAQs runs through some of the various federal, state, and quasi-state grant and loan funding available to Massachusetts cities and towns for water and sewer projects.

September 2015 News and Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to see:

  • The full listing of the newly elected FY16 Executive Committee
  • The next steps being taken to change the DEP molybdenum limits.
  • See photos of the memorial bench dedicated to Baby Bella on Deer Island by MWRA employees.
Green Sheet – Economic Development Report

This month’s edition of the Green Sheet provides an overview of the Collins Center report commissioned by the Advisory Board that quantifies the economic benefits of investing in water/sewer infrastructure. Click below to learn:

  • For every $1 invested, how much in new tax revenue and funds into the private economy is generated?
  • How many thousands of jobs have been created as a result of the Boston Harbor cleanup?
  • Which two areas have been held back by a lack of water/sewer infrastructure?
Come Work for the Advisory Board!

The Advisory Board has an immediate opening for a Policy and Finance Analyst. Ideal candidates will have great analytical, research, and communication experience along with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a PC-intensive environment. Interested? Check out the full job description and submit your resume and cover letter to mwra.ab@mwraadvisoryboard.com by October 10, 2015.

July 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The July 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • Memorandums of Understanding with the Town of Winthrop and the City of Quincy
  • Update on Invasive Aquatic Plant Management at MWRA Reservoirs

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

August 2015 News and Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to see:

  • How many people attended the MWRA Advisory Board’s Annual Field Trip
  • How many Chairmen the Advisory Board has had since 1985 including outgoing Chair Katherine Dunphy
  • Which two members of the MWRA Board of Directors were sworn in by Governor Charles Baker
Green Sheet – FY15 Year-End Review

This month’s Green Sheet provides an overview of the MWRA’s actual capital and current expense spending for FY15. Click below to learn:

  • How much has the Authority spent on capital projects in its 30-year history?
  • What were the impacts of the historic snowfall on the Authority’s budget?
  • What non-rate revenue source has declined over 75% in the past eight years?
July 2015 News and Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to learn more about:

  • What we’ll see on this year’s Annual Field Trip, and how to sign up
  • How much Debt Service Assistance the MWRA would have received this year if the original formula had been fully funded. (Hint: it’s in the tens of millions)
  • Read MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey’s reflections on the MWRA’s 30th Anniversary
June 24, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The June 24, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • MWRA Board of Directors welcomes new member
  • Have you seen the latest visitor at the Quabbin Spillway?
  • MWRA Board approves Capital Budget of $148.1 million spending level
  • MWRA Board approves Current Expense Budget of $702.5 million, a combined increase of 3.4%

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

June 2015 News and Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to learn more about:

  • The MWRA Board of Directors approving a 3.4% Combined Assessment for the FY16 Current Expense Budget
  • The MWRA/Advisory Board 30th Anniversary Reunion
  • The Advisory Board’s Annual Field Trip – Save the Date – August 20, 2015
June 3, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The June 3, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • Advisory Board and MWRA Budget Presentations to the Committee of the Whole
  • Approval of Memorandum of Understanding  change in the recommended water fluoridation dose from the Centers for Disease Control

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Just The FAQs – 30-Year History

In recognition of our thirtieth anniversary, we are proud to release this “snapshot” as our second Just The FAQs video. Intended as a companion to the first video in this series (“Who We Are“), this video delves more deeply into the actions, activities, and successes of the Advisory Board over the last thirty years.

Introducing: Just The FAQs!

The Advisory Board is thrilled to kick off a new informational video series entitled “Just The FAQs,” which will address complex topics and frequently asked questions relevant to MWRA Communities. For our inaugural video, we are addressing the most basic question of all: “Who is the MWRA Advisory Board?”

In it, we make a clear distinction between the mission and role of the Advisory Board versus the mission and role of the MWRA, and provide a quick overview of the ways in which we advocate for communities and ratepayers and ensure accountability for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s spending and operations.

Also, check back this Thursday when our companion video “A 30-Year History” will be released and will feature a much more detailed account of the Advisory Board’s major accomplishments since being established.

Proposed FY16 Comments and Recommendations

The Advisory Board’s Integrated Comments and Recommendations on the MCover JPGWRA’s Proposed FY16 CIP and CEB are here! Click the image of the document (right) to access the dedicated page for the PFY16 review including:

  • The Green Sheet video overview of the Adv. Board’s financial CEB recommendations
  • Individual chapters of the document for download
  • The entire interactive e-document. This combined version features live hyperlinks that jump to the pages referenced and even link to external web content referenced in the document. Easy to read on both your computer and the tablet of your choice!
May 2015 News and Notes

Check out this month’s edition of News and Notes to find out:

  • What beaches in Massachusetts were found to be cleaner than beaches in Miami, Santa Monica and even Honolulu?
  • How much of a reduction is the Advisory Board recommending on MWRA’s FY16 rate assessments?
  • How can I reserve tickets to the MWRA/Advisory Board 30th Anniversary Reunion later this month?
May 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The May 13, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • Bond defeasance of future debt service
  • A change in the recommended water fluoridation dose from the Centers for Disease Control

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Green Sheet – Financial Recommendations for FY16 CEB and CIP

This month’s Green Sheet walks through the Advisory Board’s financial recommendations on the MWRA’s Proposed FY16 CEB and CIP.  Click below to find out:

  • What rate increase is the Advisory Board proposing?
  • How close is the pension to full funding?
Click to view our Green Sheet summary of the AB's Comments and Recommendations.
April 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The April 15, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • Establishment of an Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Irrevocable Trust
  • Updates on the Infiltration/Inflow and Local Water Pipeline and Water System Assistance Programs

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

April 2015 News and Notes

This month’s edition of News and Notes features information on:

  • The potential impacts of the loss of the tax exemption for interest on municipal bonds
  • A fluoride reduction at the MWRA’s Carroll Water Treatment Plant based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control
Green Sheet – FY15 3rd Quarter Update

This month’s edition of the Green Sheet provides an overview MWRA’s spending through March 2015. Click below to learn about:

  • Some major milestones for the Authority and their budgetary implications.
  • How large the expected year-end defeasance transaction could be.
March 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary

The March 11, 2015 Board Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary features discussion on the following topics and more!

  • MWRA’s Final CSO Annual Progress Report for 2014
  • MWRA’s New Approach to its Draft Five-Year Strategic Business Plan 2016-2020

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

March 2015 News & Notes

This month’s edition of News and Notes features information on:

  • The Presentation of the 2014 Legislator of the Year Awards
  • The distribution of MWRA Inflow/Infiltration funds to the City of Waltham
Green Sheet – Proposed FY16 CEB and CIP

This month’s edition of the Green Sheet provides a high level overview of the MWRA’s Proposed FY16 current expense and capital budgets. Click below to find out:

  • How the debt service/operating expenses ratio has changed over time
  • What new projects were added to the Capital Improvement Program
February 2015 News & Notes

This month’s edition of News and Notes includes information on:

  • Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton’s attendance at the March Advisory Board meeting in Boston
  • Environmental Appeals Board’s denial of a review of the Charles River Pollution Control District’s NPDES Appeal
Green Sheet – Proposed FY16 Rate Assessment Increase

This month’s edition of the green sheet is being released early due to the cancellation of the Advisory Board meeting. View this edition of the Green Sheet to see:

  • What upcoming year is projected to be the most challenging year for wholesale rate increases
  • How the proposed FY16 assessment increases differ between water and sewer utilities

Want the detailed version of the FY16 Preliminary Assessments by community? Click here, or visit our FAQs page.

Advisory Board Meeting CANCELLED – Thursday, February 19

Based on the overwhelming response of Advisory Board members, the February 19, 2015 Advisory Board meeting at the Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington Street, Canton, MA has been CANCELLED!

All items on the agenda will be rolled over to the March meeting at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

 

Executive Committee Meeting CANCELLED – Friday, February 13

Please be advised that the Executive Committee meeting originally scheduled for Friday, February 13 at 8:30 AM has been cancelled. Many of our Committee members have snow duties in their respective communities and have been working tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of the storms, so we thank them for all of their hard work!

January 14, 2015 Board Summary & Discussion Highlights

The January 14, 2015 Board of Directors Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary are here!

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • Organizational changes at the MWRA
  • 2013 Deer Island Outfall Monitoring Overview shows no adverse impacts to marine life

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Green Sheet – FY15 Mid-Year Financial Update

This month’s Green Sheet provides an update on the MWRA’s budgets halfway through the current fiscal year. Click to view the highlights including:

  • Which 3 communities have begun using the expanded Phase 9 I/I funding?
  • How has favorable diesel pricing impacted the Authority’s budget?
December 17, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

The December 17, 2014 Board of Directors Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary are here!

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • the transmittal of the Authority’s FY16 Proposed Capital Improvement Program to the MWRA Advisory Board for its review and comment
  • MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey recognizes the efforts of outgoing Board Members, Secretary Maeve Bartlett, Chair of the MWRA Board of Directors, and Brian Swett, City of Boston Representative  

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

Newton Receives $3.7 Million from Expanded I/I Program

In a kickoff to the newly expanded Inflow/Infiltration Community Assistance Program, the Advisory Board and MWRA presented Mayor Setti Warren with a ceremonial check. Click here to view a video of the ceremony.

Newton Receives $3.7 Million

From left: Mayor Setti Warren, Joe Favaloro, MWRA Advisory Board Executive Director; Katherine Dunphy, MWRA Advisory Board Chair Alderman Ruthanne Fuller; Alderman Deb Crossley; Fred Laskey, MWRA Executive Director. Photo courtesy of the City of Newton.

December 2014 News and Notes

This month’s edition of News and Notes includes:

December 2014 – TWO Green Sheets!

December features two Green Sheet videos. First, is a video overview of the results of the 2014 Water and Sewer Retail Rate Survey.

The second video gives an overview of the components generally found in water and sewer retail rates. Be sure to compare this video to our video on wholesale rate methodology to see the differences.

2014 Water and Sewer Retail Rate Survey

2014 Survey PNG

The Advisory Board has released the 2014 Water and Sewer Retail Rate Survey. This year, water and sewer retail rates increased by an average of 3.5% over the 2013 survey.*

Click here to see our December 2014 Green Sheet giving a brief overview of the 2014 Rate Survey. For a primer on what retail rates are, click here.

For the last 28 years the Advisory Board has tracked the retail rate increases of the MWRA’s member communities as well as others in the Commonwealth and the nation. The Survey remains the Advisory Board’s most requested publication. Click here to see editions from prior years.

*Using the national industry standard of 90 thousand gallons/year.

November 12, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

The November 12, 2014 Board of Directors Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary are here!

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • Approval of the Advisory Board’s recommendation to extend entrance fee payments related to System Expansion
  • An update on the Lead and Copper rule compliance – MWRA has been under the lead action level for 19 straight rounds 

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.

November 2014 News and Notes

In this edition of News and Notes:

  • Governor Patrick 9cs (eliminates) Debt Service Assistance from FY15 State Budget
  • MWRA Dedicates Water Treatment Facility in Ware in honor of Bill Brutsch
Capital Financing Overview – November 2014 Green Sheet

This month’s edition of the Green Sheet provides an overview of the MWRA’s capital financing and answers some frequently asked questions including:

  • What percent of the Authority’s budget is capital financing?
  • What are the drivers of MWRA’s debt service costs?
  • What year will MWRA debt service be less than it is today?

Click below to find the answers to these questions and more.

October 2014 News and Notes

In this edition of News and Notes:

  • EPA will discuss MS4 permits at the November Advisory Board  meeting in Wellesley
  • Operations Committee meeting before the November Advisory Board meeting will discuss major upcoming Deer Island Projects and the plan to negate the impacts to communities
October 15, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

The October 15, 2014 Board of Directors Discussion Highlights and Voting Summary are here!

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • A specific case related to an existing member community led to a lengthy discussion on entrance fees.
  • Staff reassured the Board that Pandemic Safety Procedures are in place.

Additional background and MWRA staff summaries for all topics can be found here.  

#MuniWorks

Today’s #MuniWorks community workshop was a resounding success! 115 people signed up ranging from Advisory Board members, CFOs, business managers, and active citizens. Thank you to all who attended, and thank you to our wonderful presenters and panelists for their contributions.

If you missed the workshop you can check out our live-Tweets and other attendees Tweets by searching for “#MuniWorks” on Twitter. Also, keep checking our website, where we’ll post the final edited video recording of the workshop.

Below you can find two PowerPoints made by our presenters, as well as a handout with highlights from Mr. Woodcock’s verbal presentation:

 

Stormwater Fee Funding – Readling

If you want more information on Mr. Readling’s presentation, visit the Raftelis Financial Consultants website.

 

Funding Stormwater Management MAPC

Also be sure to check out MAPC’s Stormwater Financing page and follow them on Twitter at @MAPCMetroBoston.

 

MWRA Advisory Board Presentation 10-14

If you would like more information about Mr. Woodcock’s presentation, visit the Woodcock and Associates website.

 

We hope this is the first in what will be a series of workshops designed to benefit communities by providing resources and a forum to discuss water/wastewater issues.

 

FY15 1st Quarter Financials – October 2014 Green Sheet

This edition of the Green Sheet features a summary of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s capital and current expense budgets through the first quarter of FY 2015. Also highlighted are areas staff will be watching over the rest of the fiscal year including:

  • Waterworks capital spending
  • Interest rates on debt service
  • Personnel costs and succession planning
September 17, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights
If you are interested in reviewing the September 17, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.
To see the September 17th Board materials, please click here.
September News & Notes

In this edition of News and Notes:

  • Learn more about the presenters who will be at the Advisory Board’s Community Workshop on Water and Sewer Rates and Stormwater Fees
  • Get the latest on the Charles River Pollution Control District NPDES permit appeal regarding the co-permitted issue
Wholesale Rate Methodology – September 2014 Green Sheet

The September 2014 edition of the Green Sheet features an overview of the methodology used to calculate MWRA water and wastewater wholesale assessments. Click below to view. To view only the wastewater methodology, skip ahead to 2:30.

July 16, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights
If you are interested in viewing the July 16, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.
Further, if you would like to view the July 16th Board materials, please click here.
Advisory Board Tours Spot Pond, Gillis Pump Station, and the Fresh Pond Stormwater Outfall and Detention Basin

Thanks to all who made this year’s Advisory Board Field Trip a success! Flip through pictures from the day below.

Pictures courtesy of MWRA staff.

FY14 Financial Review – August 2014 Green Sheet

This month’s edition of the Green Sheet features an in-depth review of the MWRA’s capital and operating expenses through the end of fiscal year 2014. Click below to view. 

July News and Notes

If you are interested in viewing the July 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Lt. Governor Candidate Steve Kerrigan's Position on Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

Advisory Board staff contacted the campaigns of all candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor and invited them to respond to a questionnaire about their position on water and wastewater infrastructure needs in the Commonwealth. Our first official response was from candidate for Lieutenant Governor Steve Kerrigan. Read Mr. Kerrigan’s response here.

Thank you, Mr. Kerrigan for taking the time to outline your position on the critical issue of water and wastewater infrastructure needs!

You can read the original questionnaire sent to the candidates here.

Green Sheet – Capital Spending Cap

The July 2014 edition of the Advisory Board’s Green Sheet outlines the history of and methodology behind the MWRA’s capital spending cap.

 

June 25, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the June 25, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.

Further, if you would like to view the June 25th Board materials, please click here.

June News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the June 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

June 4, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the June 4, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.

Further, if you would like to view the June 4th Board materials, please click here.

June 2014 "Green Sheet" – AB Recommendations

Click below to view the June 2014 edition of the MWRA Advisory Board’s “Green Sheet” video recapping its recommendations on the Authority’s proposed FY15 CEB.

Proposed FY15 Integrated Comments and Recommendations

The Advisory Board has officially published its Integrated Comments and Recommendations on the Authority’s Proposed FY15 CIP and CEB. This year’s recommendations include:

  • Reducing the rate revenue requirement increase to 3.43%
  • Challenging the Authority to keep rate increases below 4.0% through FY20
    • Preserving $2.4 million in rate stabilization to help meet this goal
  • Landmark changes to the I/I Local Assistance Program
  • Several key policy recommendations

Follow this link to view the full text of the document: Proposed FY15 Integrated Comments and Recommendations (PDF)

To view individual chapters of the document please follow this link:  Proposed FY15 Comments and Recommendations by Section (PDF)

May 14, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the May 14, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.

Further, if you would like to view the May 14th Board materials, please click here.

May 2014 Green Sheet

This month’s installment of the Green Sheet discusses a history of the metropolitan waterworks system and the methodology behind entrance fees and connection costs for communities looking to join the MWRA. Click below to view.

April 16, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the April 16, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.

Further, if you would like to view the April 16th Board materials, please click here.

April News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the April 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

April 2014 Green Sheet

Click below to view the April 2014 Edition of the Advisory Board’s Green Sheet featuring an update on the MWRA’s budget through the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

March 12, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the March 12, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the March 12th Board materials, please click here

March News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the March 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

March 2014 Green Sheet

The March edition of the 2014 Green Sheet is here! It was presented at the official Advisory Board public hearing on the MWRA’s proposed FY15 CEB, and includes a “bird’s eye view” of both the CEB and the proposed FY15 CIP.

February 12, 2014 Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the February 12, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the February 12th Board materials, please click here.

February News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the February 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Green Sheet 2.0: Reinventing the AB’s Financial Publication

Historically, the Green Sheet was a brief update on the MWRA’s financials in newsletter format (similar to News and Notes) but printed on green paper to be clearly distinguished from the Advisory Board’s other publications. However, this was before websites, emails, and PDFs. Because so much has changed since the Green Sheet was first created, we’ve been working hard to update it for today’s audience using today’s tools.

Introducing: Green Sheet 2.0! What’s the same? It still provides a snapshot of the MWRA’s financials including updates on the Current Expense Budget and Capital Improvement Programs plus any additional important financial topics of interest. What’s new? We traded in green paper and black and white print for videos and color visuals.

Because this is our first time trying out the new format, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

We recommend watching the video in fullscreen mode (the button in the bottom right of the window below) to see all of the visuals and print clearly.

January 15th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the January 15, 2014 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the January 15th Board materials, please click here.

January News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the January 2014 News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Economic Development Report

Economic Development ReportAt its meeting today, the MWRA Advisory Board released its report delineating the relationship between water/wastewater infrastructure investment and economic development.

The independent report was prepared by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center at UMass Boston on behalf of the Advisory Board.

Click the image of the report to view and download!

2013 Retail Rate Survey

The Advisory Board is pleased to release its Annual 2013 Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey. Our most requested document, the Advisory Board has been using the annual survey to track and compare retail rates for over 25 years.

2013 Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey

Senate President Therese Murray Named Legislator of the Year

For her work and dedication in furthering the conversation about water and wastewater infrastructure funding, the MWRA Advisory Board is proud to name Senate President Murray as its Legislator of the Year. Thank you, Madame President!

Left to right: MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey, Advisory Board Chair Katherine Dunphy, Senate President Therese Murray, Advisory Board Executive Director Joseph Favaloro

Left to right: MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey, Advisory Board Chair Katherine Dunphy, Senate President Therese Murray, Advisory Board Executive Director Joseph Favaloro

December 18th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the December 18, 2013 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and Discussion Highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the December 18th Board materials, please click here.

MWRA Advisory Board Offices Closed

Due to current weather conditions, the Advisory Board offices at the Charlestown Navy Yard will be closed on Friday, January 3, 2014. If you have any time-sensitive needs please call 617-788-2054.

December News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the December News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Travis Ahern Joins the Advisory Board Staff

We’re thrilled to welcome Travis Ahern to the staff of the MWRA Advisory Board as our new Policy and Finance Analyst. Travis comes to us from the Town of Weston, Massachusetts where he served as a Financial Analyst for two years.

November 13th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the November 13, 2013 Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and discussion highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the November 13th Board materials, please click here.

October News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the October News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

AB Comments on Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Bills

To view a copy of the MWRA Advisory Board’s Comments to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture regarding Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Bills, please click here.

September News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the September News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

September 18th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the September 18th Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and discussion highlights, please click here. Further, if you would like to view the September 18th Board materials, please click here.

MWRA Advisory Board / Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

For a printable version of the MWRA Avisory Board and Executive Committee meeting schedule for FY14, please click here.

August News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the August News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

July News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the July News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Boston Harbor Tour A Success

A beautiful day allowed the Boston Redevelopment Authority an opportunity to highlight the link between economic development and the Boston Harbor Cleanup. Former Governor Michael Dukakis and Federal Judge Richard Stearns were both thanked for their roles in the Boston Harbor project.

See our pictures from the event on our Flickr page here

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Joseph Foti Sworn In

Joseph Foti Oath of Office

(from left to right: Secretary Richard Sullivan, Joseph C. Foti, Governor Deval Patrick, Advisory Board Executive Director Joseph Favaloro, MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey)

On July 1, 2013, Joseph Foti was sworn in for his fifth term on the MWRA Board of Directors.

Click here to see the full gallery of photos (courtesy of MWRA)

 

June 26th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the June 26th Board of Directors Voting Summary sheets and discussion highlights, please click here.  Further, if you would like to view the June 26th Board materials, please click here.

Judge Stearns Recognizes Advisory Board's Contributions

In his comments on the quarterly Compliance Order, Judge Stearns called the Advisory Board’s FY14 Comments and Recommendations “highly informative” and praised the Authority’s progress in cleaning up Boston Harbor and “providing consumers with arguably the best public drinking water in the United States” while responsibly managing its budget with the Advisory Board’s oversight. Click here here to read the full compliance order and Judge Stearns’s comments beginning on page 7.

June News & Notes

If you are interested in viewing the June News & Notes by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Spot Pond Storage Tank Construction

If you are interested in checking out the Time Lapse Video of Spot Pond Storage Tank Construction, please click here.

June Advisory Board Meeting

At the Advisory Board meeting on June 20th, there was a presentation given on the MWRA Year in Review by MWRA’s Executive Director Fred Laskey that can be viewed here and a presentation was also made on the Impacts of Co-permittee Requirements to Communities by MWRA ‘s Chief Operating Officer Michael Hornbrook that can be viewed here.

June 5th Board Discussion Highlights

If you are interested in viewing the June 5th Board of Directors discussion highlights, please click here.  Also, if you would like to view the June 5th Board materials, please click here.

AB's Comments and Recommendations on the Proposed FY14 CIP and CEB

The Advisory Board’s Comments and Recommendations on the Authority’s Proposed FY14 CIP and CEB can be found in its entirety and in individual sections by clicking on the following link: http://sdrv.ms/104u1Rq

April Advisory Board meeting

If you are interested in viewing a Laboratory Update presentation made by MWRA staff at the April Advisory Board meeting, please click here.

March Advisory Board meeting

If you are interested in viewing any of the presentations made by MWRA staff at the March Advisory Board meeting, please click on the links below.

FY14 Proposed CIP and CEB Budget Presentation

Mystic River Quality Presentation 

Summary of Proposed DEP Regulations

MWRA Advisory Board makes an appeal to the Legislature

February Advisory Board Meeting

If you are interested in viewing the presentations made by Jonathan Yeo of DCR at the most recent AB meeting, please click  on the the links for the Watershed Forest Management From Here Forward and the Update on DCR Watershed Protection.

Preliminary FY14 Water & Sewer Assessments

The Preliminary FY14 Water & Sewer Assessments for MWRA communities are now available here for viewing.

2012 Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey

The MWRA Advisory Board recently published it’s Annual Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey, please click here if you are interested in viewing the document in its entirety.

The State of Residuals Treatment at MWRA

If you are interested in viewing the full presentation that was made on the State of Residuals at the January Advisory Board meeting, please click here.

STAC Report released

The long-awaited Science and Technical Advisory Committee Report has been released this week.  The Committee was formed to review the principles of the Office of Watershed Management’s forestry program.  Please click here to view the report in its entirety.  Thank you!

November Advisory Board Meeting

If anyone is interested in viewing the presentations made at the November 15th Advisory Board meeting, please click on the links below:

2012 Retail Rates Survey Preview

http://mwraadvisoryboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Advisory-Board-Retail-Rate-Survey-Preview-11.15.12.pdf

Sustainable Water Management Initiative Briefing (SWMI)

http://mwraadvisoryboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2012-11-15-SWMI-briefing-for-MWRA2.pdf

Long Term Rates Management

http://mwraadvisoryboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2012-11-15-MWRA-Long-Term-Rates-Management1.pdf

Sandy Update

http://mwraadvisoryboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2012-11-15-MWRA-Sandy-Update1.pdf

Dedication to Edward M. Sullivan

 Former Advisory Board member Edward M. Sullivan was honored  on Sunday, September 23, 2012 by having the new Water Treatment Facility in Canton named after him.  Mr. Sullivan served over 20 years on the Advisory Board, was an Executive Committee member and also served as Secretary.   The AB congrats Mr. Sullivan on this honor and wishes him continued success.

Dedication to AB Member Walter Woods
Advisory Board Field Trip 2012

The Advisory Board would like to thank all those that contributed and attended the Annual Field Trip last week.  AB members and guests  visited several  MWRA sites, which included:  the John J. Carroll Water Treatment Plant, the Weston Shaft 5A and the Loring Road Hydroelectric Facility.  There was also a special dedication near the Shaft 5A site to long-time AB member Walter Woods of Wellesley, MA. 

If you are interested in viewing photos from the trip, please click here.

July Board Discussion Highlights

 The Board Discussion Highlights is a monthly publication produced by the MWRA Advisory Board.   If you are interested in viewing the details of what occurred at the July MWRA Board of Directors meeting, please click here

Congrats to Andrew Pappastergion!

Congratulations to Advisory Board Representative to the MWRA Board of Directors, Andrew Pappastergion for getting sworn in for his sixth term on Tuesday, July 24th at the State House by Governor Patrick.   Mr. Pappastergion has been an active member of the Advisory Board since 1985 and has served as Chairman for five years during that time period.  The AB wishes him continued success!

FY13 Integrated Comments and Recommendations

If you are interested in viewing the FY13 Comments and Recommendations by the MWRA Advisory Board, please click here.

Tom Tilas of AECOM making a case for DEP primacy for wastewater issues

April Full Advisory Board Meeting in Canton

If there is anyone interested in viewing the presentations made from the Full Advisory Board Meeting in Canton on Thursday, April 19th, please click here for the presentation on Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants and here for the presentation made for EPA NPDES Delegated Authority to Mass DEP.

FY2013 BOD Schedule

Please click here to check out the schedule for next year’s Board of Director’s meetings.

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission to be releasing final recommedations

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission will be releasing it’s final report on February 7th.  If you are interested in reviewing the final draft, please click here.

2011 Water & Sewer Retail Rate Survey

If you are interested in finding out about the Water & Sewer Rates in your community, please click here.

Mayor Howard honored by the MWRA Advisory Board

Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations & Emergency Response Training

Mass DEP enacted revisions to the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations in 2008 and the Public Water System is now expected to comply with these new regulations.  The MWRA is now offering training to cities and towns to review these measurese and assist in providing critical information with regard to Emergency Response Planning.  If you are interested in attending any of the training, please review the schedule and register with the contact listed.

Updated Draft Recommendations by the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission is set to meet on November 9th to discuss their latest Draft Recommendations.

Proposed recommendations by the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission

Please check out the Blue Communities Act which is a proposed recommendation by the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission.

Senator Kerry's Office responds to AB's letter

Senator Kerry’s Office recently responded to Executive Director Joe Favaloro’s letter regarding Water and Sewer Infrastruture with a summary called the Build Act.  The Build Act is being discussed as a possible mechanism for funding water projects.

Initiative Petition could have dramatic impact on cities and towns

 For more information, please review the Initiative Petition Information Sheet and Petition 11-10  which was certified by the Attorney General’s Office on September 7, 2011.

Letter to President Obama

MWRA Advisory Board Executive Director Joe Favaloro recently wrote a letter to President Obama with regard to Water and Sewer Infrastructure.  If you are interested in reading it, please click here.

The Advisory Board Field Trip to Boston Harbor, Spectacle and Deer Island

More than 120 people attended the AB Field trip held on August 18th.  Members and guest had the opportunity to cruise the Boston Harbor visit Spectacle Island and tour Deer Island Treatment Plant.

The AB appreciates all those that attended and extends a special thanks to President of the Boston Harbor Association Vivien Li for her outstanding narration of all the significant changes made around the Harbor during the 21 mile cruise.  Please click here for some scenic shots from the trip.

MWRA Approves FY12 CIP and CEB
  • 3.49% rate increase
  • CIP includes $173.9 million budgeted spending in FY12
Advisory Board Annual Field Trip (August 17, 2011)

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