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In this issue:
             New Project May Threaten Boston Harbor 
            Yale Students Water Trip to Nicaragua
            Offshore Wind Farm By Martha's Vineyard

Construction by Boston Harbor Raises Environmental Concern 

Lewis Wharf in the North End, one of the last parts of the city's coastline yet to be redeveloped, is at a crossroads.  A new five-story hotel is proposed to be built in a wave velocity zone and environmentalists argue that this development would increase the destruction of waves on the shoreline.  With Boston on the shortlist of cities at risk from rising sea levels, smart construction on the coast is crucial.

Read more here.

Yale Engineering Students Learn About Nicaragua's Water Issues 

In a new course called Environmental Technology in the Developing World, students travel to two rural villages in Nicaragua to study and test water filters in the field.  Taking measurements and learning about local water behavior allowed students to see the impact of science on other lives and communities.

Read more here.

Martha's Vineyard Wind Farm May Be Largest in North America

After the unsuccessful Cape Wind project last year, there is a new proposal for a wind farm 15 miles offshore of Martha's Vineyard that would generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity.  The Danish company pitching the Bay State Wind project, DONG Energy A/S, is the world's largest developer of offshore wind farms.

Read more here.

3D Printed Desalination Device Allows You to Drink from the Sea

Scientists at GE Global Research are working with the US Department of Energy to develop a super efficient desalination device that fits in the palm of your hand.  They believe that their miniaturized steam turbine could reduce desalination costs by 20%. 

Read more here.

MIT Engineers have Developed a Hydrogel that is 90% Water 

This new rubber-like adhesive is clear, flexible, and sticks with a strength similar to that of tendons and cartilage on a bone.  Even when stretched to 4.5 times its normal size, this material is still conductive enough to power an LED light when anchored by two metal electrodes. 

Droplets: New England Water News 

EPA - Grants for $1.75 million awarded to improve public health in New England communities

RTO Insider - Energy Department OKs Canadian hydro line in New England

Local Conferences and Events

2015 MIT Water Summit: Thriving Amid Change
MIT, Massachusetts; November 13-14, 2015

Discussion on Clean Technology: State and Local Support for the Sectors 
TechSandBox, Hopkinton, MA; November 17, 2015

2015 Maine Stormwater Conference 
South Portland, ME; November 16-18

Startup Weekend Blue
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Falmouth, MA;  November 20-22, 2015

Tech Conference 21
Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; November 22, 2015

NEWIN Water Pitch Night 
MassCEC, Boston, MA, December 2nd, 2015

Pitch Perfect - Practice Workshop
The Capital Network, Boston, MA; December 17, 2015

NEWEA 2016 Annual Conference
Boston, Massachusetts, January 24-27, 2016


National & International Conference Highlights

Orlando, FL, November 15-19, 2015

The American Water Resources Association Annual Conference
Denver, CO, November 16-19, 2015

Water 2.0 Conference
Washington, DC, November 18, 2015

Funding, Competitions & Other Opportunities

Submission Deadline: 3:00PM, November 27th, 2015

Featured Local Event:
2015 Maine Stormwater Conference

When: Friday, November 16-18, 2015
Where: South Portland, Maine

The biennial Maine Stormwater Conference brings together municipal, state, and federal employees; engineers; planners; academics; and other professionals to discuss stormwater management.

November 16, 2015

  • Water Wise Municipal Leaders
  • Planning & Ordinance
  • Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development
  • Keynote address given by Chet Arnold, CT NEMO Program
  • EnviroCert review course: CPESC

November 17, 2015

  • Policy
  • Watershed Management
  • LID in South Korea, hosted by the Northeast Chapter of IECA
  • Keynote address given by Ken Moraff, US EPA
  • EnviroCert review course: CESSWI

November 18, 2015

  • Field trip to UNH Stormwater Center, coordinated by Northeast Chapter of IECA
  • EnviroCert certification exams: CPESC, CESSWI, CMS4S, CPSWQ
    PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to sit for any of the certification exams, you must be pre-approved by EnviroCert. More information is available here. 

To register or learn more, click here.

Featured Local Event:
Startup Weekend Blue

When: Friday, November 20-22, 2015
Where: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Falmouth, MA

The Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs interested in the Blue Economy and water technology.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants will create working startups during the event and will be able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, this Startup Weekend is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

To register or learn more, click here.

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