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MALSCE News - Week of August 16, 2010

Type:  Featured News  

News and Upcoming Events from the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE)


Summer Issue of the MALSCE Newsletter, The Surveyor:   http://www.malsce.org/malsce/file/MALSCE%20vol2%20Summer%202010%20Issue%20final.pdf

MassDOT  Job Openings, including State Survey Engineer position:  MassDOT Chief Engineer Frank Tramontozzi asked us to get this to MALSCE members
The following MassDOT job has been published.
Posting ID: J22375, Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Official Title: Civil Engineer VI,  Functional Title: Survey Engineer
Position filled


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has other job openings now for 3 different Civil Engineer III positions.  https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/3111/index.do is the main link to the State Human Resource Division web site.   Select for agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation to see other openings. 


Professional Land Surveying Certificate Program Information Session at The Arioch Center @Wentworth:  Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6 PM

Learn more about the academic program and admissions process for the PLS Certificate Program on August 19 at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.  You can also meet and talk with faculty.
To register, contact The Arioch Center office at 617-989-4300 or 
For more information:   http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=Wentworth-PLSInfo


MALSCE and EBC Summer Garden Party:  Thursday, August 19, 2010, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at  The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

You are invited to the 16th Annual EBC Summer Garden Party. Invite your clients and colleagues to join you on a beautiful late summer evening. This will be a great event for socializing and networking in a wonderful atmosphere overlooking the Boston waterfront. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar.
Register online through EBC for this event:
Co-Hosting Organizations:
American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA),  Environmental League of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE)
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, MassRecycle, Nexus/GRT, SWEP-MA          

More information:     http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?pk=custom&ac=viewEventDetails&eventId=MA-EBCSUM2010


October 1 – 2, 2010:  MALSCE’s Annual Convention at the Delaney House, Holyoke, MA - Educational Sessions, Exhibits, Awards and More.  
PLS and SIT Exam Refresher Courses will be held on Saturday, October 2. 

Exhibitor Information at: http://www.malsce.org/index.cfm?cdid=10445&pid=10386
More information coming up.


New Economic Development Law Extends Many Permits for Two Years

On August 6, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed a sweeping Economic Development law, which included the Permit Extension Act, automatically extending for two years most local, regional, and state land use permits.  

http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2010/Chapter240  is the link to the new law, which is Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2010.  The Permit Extension Act is  Section 173.   See Approvals for the definitions of permits extended by the law. 


The new law provides relief to owners and developers who have been unable to proceed with residential, commercial, or industrial projects due to the lack of available financing caused by the recent recession and sub-prime mortgage crisis.

(UPDATE:  in November 2010:  The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development issued a document on frequently asked questions related to the Permit Extension Act:  http://www.mass.gov/Ehed/docs/permitting/Permit%20Extension%20Act%20FAQ%2011-8-10%20FINAL.pdf)

Section 173, commonly referred to as the Permit Extension Act, extends for two years beyond their original term most state, regional, and local permits that were effective during the period of August 15, 2008 to August 15, 2010.   If your permit expired on August 15, 2008, it is now in effect until August 15, 2010.  If it is first issued on August 15, 2010, and would have expired on August 15, 2013, it will now expire on August 15, 2015.

The Act covers permits and approvals issued under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, Zoning Act, Subdivision Control Act, Wetlands Protection Act and many other pieces of land use legislation. Comprehensive Permits issued under G.L. c. 40B are a notable exception to the Act as Chapter 40B is the subject of a repeal petition that will be on the ballot in November 2010. 

In addition to excluding permits and licenses issued by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for hunting, fishing, or aquaculture, the Permit Extension Act also places some restrictions on extensions related to sewer connection permits and the transfer of permits.  To the extent an approval based on a connection to a sanitary sewer system is extended by the Permit Extension Act, the extension is contingent on the availability of capacity in the sewer system.  In addition, if an owner of property or holder of the permit transfers the property or a project, an extension is only valid if the new owner or permittee upholds all the terms of the permit as would have been required of the original owner or holder of the permit.


Storm Water - Impaired Waters Training -- Co-sponsored by MassDOT,  ACEC/MA and BSCES
Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms 2 & 3 
Register Online at:     
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BYHYNN3       by Wednesday, August 25, 2010.
Space is limited to the first 100 people that sign up, with preference being given to one person per firm.  There is no charge to attend, but you must register in advance.


The MassDOT Environmental  Division is holding a Storm Water - Impaired Waters Training.   
The purpose of this training is to ensure that no highway project discharging storm water runoff to an impaired water body, is designed without incorporating measures to treat the highway’s contribution to the impairment.

This is designed for:  Project Development, Design and Environmental Practitioners who design and permit MassDOT projects
Beginning in October 2010, all MassDOT projects will need to ensure storm water compliance.  This training will provide information on identifying impaired water bodies as well as guidance for determining the most appropriate storm water BMPs.  Topics also covered will include DEP's 303(d) list of Impaired Waters and a new Water Quality Data Form to be used during the design process. 
MassDOT – Environmental Division Personnel will present an overview of NPDES requirements for highway projects.  
Presenters will include:

Henry Barbaro, Supervisor of the Wetlands and Water Resources Unit
Mr. Henry Barbaro has been an employee of MassDOT Highway for over 15 years.  Prior to his employment at MassDOT he served as a wetland specialist at MassDEP.  In his capacity at MassDOT, he serves as the Supervisor of the Wetlands and Water Resources Unit, which is responsible for the procurement of all necessary State and Federal wetland permits in support of roadway construction and maintenance.  Henry is well versed in all aspects of wetland and storm water regulations, permitting and policy. 
Alex Murray, Storm Water Specialist
Mr. Alex Murray is the Storm Water Specialist in the Wetlands Unit.  He is the point person for MassDOT’s Storm Water Retrofit Program and is involved in wetland and storm water permitting for MassDOT projects.





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