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Advanced Irrigation Seminars (4) in December

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Advanced Irrigation Seminars (4)

FOR THE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL

DATE:                   December 5, 2017, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday)
LOCATION:          60 Stergis Way, Dedham, MA
REGISTRATION:   Required; Online Registration
COST:                    Discount for IANE Members!

1.) FLOW SENSOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION AND TROUBLESHOOTING:
This session will discuss how flow sensors work, how to incorporate them into an irrigation system, accessories and how to troubleshoot with some hands on demonstrations.
7:30-9:30AM
(2.0 CREDITS)
2.) UNDERSTANDING AND TROUBLESHOOTING COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS:
Today, even many residential controllers have remote accessibility and this is rapidly changing the skills required of the irrigation technician. We will explore the different methods of communication technology used and how to troubleshoot and repair.
9:30-11:30AM
(2.0 CREDITS)
3.) MANAGING AN IRRIGATION SERVICE COMPANY:
This is the newly UPDATED version of the popular IA class, which discusses what the irrigation contractor needs to be successful in the irrigation maintenance, repair and water management business, especially with all of the new technology that allows for remote access, monitoring and management. Topics include operations, service agreements, marketing and pricing.
11:30AM-4:00PM
(4.0 CREDITS), INCLUDES LUNCH
4.) HDPE PIPING IN IRRIGATION:
We are seeing more and more HDPE piping in commercial irrigation system. This seminar will discuss the materials, design, installation techniques and repair from basic to advanced.
4:00-6:00PM
(2.0 CREDITS)

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CIC Training and Exam: December 7&8 and 13; Worcester and Dedham, MA

 The IANE is proud to sponsor -

Irrigation Contractor Training
CLASS Dates:  December 7 & 8, 2017
CLASS Times:  8:00AM – 5:00PM
CLASS Location:  Quinsigamond Community College -
25 Federal Street – Worcester, MA  01608
CLASS Cost and Registration:  $425, reflects discount for IANE members (includes study materials).  Register online here.

EXAM Date:  December 13, 2017
EXAM Time:  12:00 – 4:00PM
EXAM Location:  60 Stergis Way – Dedham, MA  02026
EXAM Cost and Registration:  Exam fee & registration is separate and should be done through the Irrigation Association at least 14 days before the exam date. Exam registration forms and additional information can be found at www.irrigation.org, for questions please call 703-536-7080.


Irrigation Contractor training is designed to:

  • To help professionals in the irrigation industry understand what is expected of a competent irrigation contractor.
  • To identify areas and topics in which contractors should be experts in order to achieve business goals and profitable results.
  • To prepare individuals who will be taking the CIC examination.
  • To refresh the existing skills of irrigation contractors.

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New England Grows 2017: November 29 – December 1

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November 29 – December 1, 2017
 
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02210
 
NewEnglandGROWS.org 
(508) 653-3009

New England GROWS is the largest and most popular horticulture industry event in the Northeast – connecting thousands of today’s nursery, landscape and tree care professionals with top experts and leading suppliers from across the country and around the world. Registration starts as low as $29 for all three days of the show. For details please visit NewEnglandGROWS.org or call (508) 653-3009.

New England GROWS is an educational partnership between the New England Nursery Association, Massachusetts Arborists Association, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals and Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association. Its co-sponsor network includes 30 allied green industry organizations.   Participation helps New England GROWS support the green industry through grants to the region’s Cooperative Extension Systems, the FFA Organization, local horticultural schools, and more.

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Don’t Delay, Register Today! Aug 29 Residential Irrigation Training in NH

Residential Irrigation Installation Training
Date: August 29 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tues); Rain Date: August 30.;………..
Location: 121 Spaulding Road, Fremont, NH 03044
Cost: $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Gear up for success with hands-on installation of an irrigation system from beginning to end.

  • Design and layout in the field
  • Job flow discussions
  • Sprinkler selection and installation
  • Piping and installation
  • Installation of valves
  • Drip irrigation installation
  • Backflow Installation
  • Scheduling and controller review
  • Tools, job preparation, wire location and more
  • Internet based controller programing

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
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Last Call for Golfers!

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… don’t wait until it’s too late!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is WEDNESDAY at NOON
REGISTER HERE

There’s still time to join us at our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA.  We play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes.

And NEW this year . . .

GOLF BALL AIR CANNON – Land Closest to the Pin on the Green and Win!

Powered by compressed air, the golf ball cannon can shoot a golf ball up to 325 yards with no recoil. The golfer whose cannon shot comes the closest to the pin on the green receives a 1-week resort getaway certificate for two. (Sponsored by Rain Bird)

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS

ATLANTIC IRRIGATION SPECIALTIES
C.PINE ASSOCIATES
HUNTER / FX LUMINAIRE
LARCHMONT ENGINEERING & IRRIGATION
NORTHEAST TURF & IRRIGATION SUPPLY
PAIGE ELECTRIC
SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY
THE TORO COMPANY
Don’t see your name? Don’t worry!

MAJOR SPONSORSHIPS and HOLE SPONSORSHIPS are still available HERE!

S I L E N T   A U C T I O N   D O N A T I O N S  are VERY much appreciated!

Contact Tim A. Smith directly with any questions and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS: 508-359-7022 ext. 204 or Tim@Moisturetek.com

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R A F O U R S O M E AND S A V E $90!
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Residential Irrigation Installation Training – Fremont, NH; Aug 29

Residential Irrigation Installation Training
Date: August 29 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tues); Rain Date:  August 30.;………..
Location: 121 Spaulding Road, Fremont, NH  03044
Cost: $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Gear up for success with hands-on installation of an irrigation system from beginning to end.

  • Design and layout in the field
  • Job flow discussions
  • Sprinkler selection and installation
  • Piping and installation
  • Installation of valves
  • Drip irrigation installation
  • Backflow Installation
  • Scheduling and controller review
  • Tools, job preparation, wire location and more
  • Internet based controller programing

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
LEARN MORE

Register NOW StarRegister Online or Download Registration Form

Golf Registration: Join Us on August 17

Golfer Icon for BlogThere’s still time to join us at our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA.

Take a well deserved break from the busy season.  It is a fun and relaxing day.  We play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes.  And NEW this year . . .

GOLF BALL AIR CANNON –  Land Closest to the Pin on the Green and Win!!

Powered by compressed air, the golf ball cannon can shoot a golf ball up to 325 yards with no recoil. The golfer whose cannon shot comes the closest to the pin on the green receives a 1-week resort getaway certificate for two.  (Sponsored by Rain Bird)

THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  MAJOR  SPONSORS

ATLANTIC   IRRIGATION   SPECIALTIES
C.PINE   ASSOCIATES
HUNTER  /  FX  LUMINAIRE
NORTHEAST   TURF  &  IRRIGATION   SUPPLY
PAIGE ELECTRIC
SITEONE   LANDSCAPE   SUPPLY
Don’t see your name?  Don’t worry!

There’s still time to become a supporter:

MAJOR   SPONSORSHIPS   and   HOLE   SPONSORSHIPS  are  still  available  HERE!

S I L E N T    A U C T I O N    D O N A T I O N S  are  VERY  much  appreciated!

Contact Tim A. Smith directly with any questions and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS:   508-359-7022 ext. 204  or  Tim@Moisturetek.com

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R   A   F O U R S O M E   AND   S A V E  $90!
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GOLF Registration Now Open!

Golfer Icon for BlogThis year we will host our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 17 at award winning Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA. We will play an 18-hole Shotgun format followed by refreshments, lunch, awards and lots of great prizes. Join us for a well deserved break from the busy season. It is a fun and relaxing day. Besides where else can you hang out with over 100 other people who actually understand what you do and why you do it?!

Online Registration, Sponsorship and Payment Now Available
R E G I S T E R   A   F O U R S O M E   AND   S A V E  $90!
D E A D L I N E   I S   A U G U S T  16
Register NOW!   Register HERE!

Commercial Irrigation Installation Training – So. Dennis, MA: July 25, 2017

Commercial Irrigation Installation Training
Date:           July 25 from 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tuesday)…………………
Location:    Johnny Kelly Park, 180 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, MA
Cost:           $119 per company representative, includes lunch

Learn from industry pro’s with hands-on installation of a baseball field in Dennis, MA from beginning to end.

  •  Design and Layout in the field
  •  Job flow discussions
  •  Sprinkler selection and installation
  •  Piping and installation
  •  Installation of valves
  •  PVC solvent welding
  •  2 Wire system discussion
  •  Scheduling and controller review
  •  Tools, job preparation, wire locating and more

The IANE is proud to co-sponsor this educational opportunity.
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Drought Conditions Across the Commonwealth Return to Normal

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Drought Conditions Across the Commonwealth Return to Normal
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Media Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or katie.gronendyke@state.ma.us

BOSTON – May 11, 2017 – With above normal precipitation at the end of March, all of April and the beginning of this month, all indices across the Commonwealth have recovered fully. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: Normal Condition levels for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast Regions as well as the Cape and Islands; down from a Drought Advisory in the month of April, and unchanged for the Western Region. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.

“With the state experiencing above average precipitation for the past few months, and the continuation of best water conservation practices administered by the public, the Commonwealth’s water systems have finally reached normal conditions after two plus years of running a deficit,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Now that the outdoor watering season has begun, we must all remain diligent in our conservation practices to ensure that when prolonged dry conditions occur in the future, the state’s reservoirs, groundwater, soil moisture and streamflow systems aren’t further stressed, allowing them to recover quickly.”

“While we are pleased that drought conditions have ended for now, residents are encouraged to make indoor and outdoor water conservation a way of life to help preserve this essential resource.” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

Normal Condition levels, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan pdf format of Drought Management Plan
file size 1MB, indicates precipitation and groundwater levels that have returned to normal, and warrants routine data collection and distribution amongst government agencies.

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The state continues to monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. As the Commonwealth transition’s into the growing and watering season, the state reminds residents to think carefully about what they plant, encourages good landscape practices, recommends watering plants only early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, residents are asked to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to sustain our water supplies and have enough for the environment.

“The Quabbin Reservoir remains slightly below normal, but the level continues to rise,” said Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is still important for our customers to conserve water, particularly as the weather warms up and outdoor usage starts to increase.”

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will continue to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies.

“Despite the lifting of the drought advisory, we will continue to offer technical assistance to public water suppliers and communities across the Commonwealth to help them manage their water resources,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “And as we move into the warm-weather months, when water use is at its peak, we encourage water suppliers to work with their customers to continue their efforts to use water wisely.”

The declaration of a Normal Condition means that the Drought Management Task Force no longer meets on a regular basis; however, state agencies will continue to closely monitor and assess conditions across the state, coordinate any needed dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare additional responses that may be needed in the future. For further information on water conservation and what residents can do, visit the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ drought page, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page, and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Governor Charles D. Baker
Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

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