Monthly Archives: January 2017

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) Class & Exam – Boxboro, MA: March 16 – 17, 2017

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) Training and Exam Offered
Class Dates: March 16 from 8:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
………………….March 17 from 8:00am – 1:00pm (Friday)
Exam Date:  March 17 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, immediately following the class
Location:      Boxboro Regency, 242 Adams Place, Boxboro, MA

Class Registration:  Required;  Deadline:  March 10th
Exam Registration IN ADVANCE:  Required AND Separate from Class Registration.
Exam Registration should be done 14 days in advance of the class.

(NOTE:  Certification is not complete until the candidate conducts a field audit sometime in the twelve months following the exam.  The field audit fee is included in the exam fee; if a “do-over” is needed, the re-take fee is $125.)


Absentee Ballot for 2017 BOD Election Available to Members

Election Committee Report to the Members

January 29, 2017 – The election to determine the 2017 Board of Directors will take place at the Annual Meeting of the Members on Friday – February 3rd at F1-Boston in Braintree, MA.  With the deadline for member intentions passed the Committee reports the following to the membership:

Election Committee Report
Total Number Nomination Forms Returned:  7
Total Number of Nominations:  26
Region 1:           7
Region 2:         10
Region 3:           9
Total Number Accepted:          7
Total Number Declined:           9
Total Number No Response:   9

The seven candidates running for six positions on the 2017 Board of Directors are listed by Region here.  Only 2016-2017 members in good standing are eligible to participate in the election process.  The Voting Ballot will be available at the Annual Meeting of Members.

MEMBERS NOT ATTENDING THE ANNUAL MEETING can obtain an Absentee Ballot here.
Absentee Ballots must be received no later than Thursday – February 2nd at 5:00 PM

Thank you for your overwhelming response to our Special Meeting of the Members (Friday, February 3, 2017) at F1 Boston in Braintree, MA.  Registration for CEU Classes has closed; we have reached maximum capacity.  Registration for lunch, the guest speaker and racing remains open until Monday, January 30th at 5:00 pm.  Register here.

THANK YOU to our Generous Meeting Sponsors:

LUNCH SPONSOR, Hunter Industries


Support Those Who Support You!


We look forward to seeing everyone at the winter meeting.  If you have any question, please feel free to contact Jim McGovern, Election Committee Chair here.

Thank you for your continued support,
2017 Election Committee:
Jim McGovern, Treasurer and Election Committee Chair
Kyle McNerney, President
Kevin Rudat, Vice President
Stephen Evans, Clerk

Special Annual Meeting on February 3 at F1-Boston


WHEN:     February 3, 2017 – Friday
WHERE:   F1 Boston, 290 Wood Rd, Braintree, MA
WHAT:     CEU Classes, Lunch Mtg / Election of 2017 Directors / Guest Speaker, Off to the Races!

7:45a        Registration
CLASSES:  IA-certified Instructor Ted Moriarty, Owner of Smart Watering Company
8 – 10a      Class:  “Irrigation Troubleshooting for Water Savings. A Different Look at Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems to Maximize Water Efficiency” – 2 CEU, Class Capacity 50
10a -12p  Class:  “Are We Really Saving Water by Using Drip Irrigation? Looking at Drip Irrigation Design and Installation to Maximize Water Efficiency” – 2CEU, Class Capacity 50
12 – 1p     Lunch and Annual Election
1 – 2p       Guest Speaker:  “The Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for 2017 and What Landscape Irrigation Contractors Should Be Paying Attention to in 2017″
Elizabeth R. McCartney, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, Irrigation Association
2 – 4p       Safety Meeting and Racing (MANDATORY FOR RACERS)

Discounted rate offered to members.
Discounted rate offered to nonmembers when applying for NEW Membership Special.

Nomination Deadline for 2017 BOD Election is January 20


It’s difficult to believe another season has passed and 2017 is here.  And with the new year it is once again time to decide which members will lead the Association in 2017.  Three of the nine 2016 Directors will continue into 2017 and serve the second year of their two-year term. Five of the remaining Board members have positions with terms expiring in 2016 and these vacancies need to be filled.  One Board Member with a term expiring in 2017 has resigned and a replacement to continue in this position is needed.  The Board Member elected to this position will serve 1 year, the remainder of the original 2-year term.

A NOMINATION PACKET was mailed last month to current members and is available HERE.
Only 2016-2017 members in good standing are eligible to participate in the nomination and election processes.  Only one Nomination Form from each member (company) is accepted and it must come from the IANE’s Contact Member.

Nomination Deadline is January 20th @ 5:00PM


We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016-2017 Special Meeting of the Member (Friday, February 3, 2017) at F1 Boston in Braintree, MA.  There will be an educational component in the morning followed by lunch, annual election,  IA guest speaker and racing.


If you’d like to share your thoughts and/or time, we welcome hearing from you   Please feel to contact a Committee member.

Thank you for your continued support,
Jim McGovern, Treasurer and Election Committee Chair
Kyle McNerney, President
Kevin Rudat, Vice President
Stephen Evans, Clerk

Irrigation Technician (CIT) Training – Dedham, MA: February 7 – 8, 2017

Irrigation Technician Training and Exam Offered
Class Dates:  February 7 from 8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday)
…………………..February 8 from 8:00am – 12:00pm (Wednesday)
Exam Date:   February 8 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:       60 Stergis Way, Dedham, MA

Class Registration: Required; deadline January 31, 2017
Exam Registration IN ADVANCE: Required AND Separate from Class Registration

Class Description:

  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Layout and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.

Becoming a Certified Irrigation Technician allows you to:

  • Add instant credibility with customers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.

Drought Conditions Improve in Areas of Commonwealth, Rainfall Deficit Continues Across State

MA Drought Status LOGO bold crop2Drought Conditions Improve in Areas of Commonwealth, Rainfall Deficit Continues Across State
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary

Press Release Contact: Katie Gronendyke – 617-626-1129 or

BOSTON – January 6, 2017 – Although many areas of the state experienced some precipitation in December and the early portion of January, large portions of the state continue to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Western, Central, and Southeast Massachusetts, unchanged from the month of December; a Drought Watch for Northeast Massachusetts, down from a Drought Warning in the month of December; and a Drought Advisory for the Cape and Islands, unchanged from the month of December. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

“With below average rainfall over the course of the previous month, drought conditions have changed very little as the Commonwealth heads into the start of 2017,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “We all must continue to administer best indoor water conservation practices to ensure we avoid water sources from becoming stressed and are allowed to rebound faster.”

“While recent precipitation has helped to reduce the severity of the drought in parts of the state, drought conditions continue and the public is urged to take steps to reduce indoor water usage,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Recovery from this long-term drought will require both continued conservation measures and above-normal levels of precipitation for the foreseeable future.”

A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates over six consecutive months of groundwater and stream flow levels being below normal, and larger reservoirs at below normal levels. This initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning regions are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. A Drought Watch represents extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels resulting from prolonged periods of precipitation deficit, including a lack of snowfall in the winter months. The declaration of a Drought Watch warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.

January Drought Conditions

The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they 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 stretch our water supplies into the spring.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) permits exempt certain water uses from mandatory restrictions, including: for health or safety reasons; the production of food and fiber; the maintenance of livestock; and to meet the core functions of a business. MassDEP continues to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.

“Drought conditions have persisted into the winter months, so people should continue to use water wisely,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Conserving water within the home, such as fixing leaky faucets, toilets and showerheads, will preserve the supply and save money.”

Task Force officials noted that although reservoir levels are recovering during this natural recharge period, most are still below normal. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.

“While it’s still early in the season, we haven’t seen much of a snowpack yet out in the Quabbin area,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “There are many ways to save water indoors, and we continue to urge residents and businesses to conserve water wherever and however they can.”

The declaration of a Drought Warning, Drought Watch, and a Drought Advisory requires the Drought Management Task Force to meet on a regular basis to more closely assess conditions across the state, coordinate dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare any responses that may be needed in the future. The Task Force will next meet in February. For further information on water conservation and what you 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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