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Partnership for Environmental Technology Education

    Joint Report Maine Department of Environmental Protection:

    Bureau of Land and Water Quality - Division of Watershed Management, State Planning Office: Maine Coastal Program, Maine Center for Disease Control: Division of Environmental Health-

    Drinking Water Program

    Final Progress Report

    July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

    Project Period:

    Maine DEP - July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

    Maine SPO & DWP - January 1, 2006 December 31, 2006

    This report encompasses the reporting requirements for ME DEP contract #2006-25 and SPO/DWP contract #07B G406135

PROJECT TITLE: NONPOINT EDUCATION FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS (NEMO) th2006 to 2007 (8 Year)

    NEMO Quick Facts

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    #townsparticipants

    Full NEMO presentations2774489

    Chapter 500 presentations1249205

    MS4 Phase II SOP Trainings2230

    Basic NEMO Train the Trainer116

    Advanced trainings122

    Task One: Maintain the Maine NEMO Train-the-Trainer Program and a Statewide NEMO

    Network of Presenters. Percentage of coordinator’s time: 10%

    One one-day training sessions was provided for new NEMO Network partners. The Train-the-thTrainer sessions was held in Hallowell on May 15. Topics included NPS, linking land use to water quality, growth in small towns, drinking water protection, LID, and changes to state stormwater rules, chapter 500.

    The 16 attendees included the chair of the Belgrade Lakes water quality committee, DEP watershed assessment and planning, Education Director from Pemiquid Watershed Assoc, Chair of the South Portland planning board, two planners from KVCOG, Associate Engineer city of Portland, SPO land use team member, two planning board members from Searsport, planning coordinator from OOB and Watershed Educator from DEP.

    Ninety-five percent of participants reported that they intend to integrate a portion of the NEMO material into their outreach and education efforts, 30% plan on using drinking water protection ideas from the training and 20% plan on using Chapter 500 information.

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    SPO= State Planning Office, OOB= Old Orchard Beach, KVCOG = Kennebec Valley Council of Governments,

One advanced training opportunity was provided. Using GIS in Planning was a very successful

    training that highlighted four topics and presenters. Maine NEMO partnered with Gordon Longsworth from College of the Atlantic to present analysis to determine appropriate building sites on Mt. Dessert Island, Katrina Van Dusen from SRRRI on prioritizing wildlife habitat, Maine NEMO presented open space planning techniques and showcased several ordinances from municipalities in Maine, and Judy Colby-George from Spatial Alternatives presented on using GIS and Community Viz in the planning and public participation process.

    Eleven of the 22 attendees report that they are currently involved in the planning process and that this workshop was directly applicable to their work. Comments from attendees included “This was a fantastic

    program- and the discussions that developed during the presentation helped add even more dimension to these already complex issues. Thanks!” Participants included: Chair water quality committee from

    Belgrade Lakes Assoc, watershed assessment and planning DEP, DWP, intern from AVSWCD, Chair South Portland Planning Board, City Planner South Portland, Hallowell Conservation Commission, Land use team SPO, Chair St. George Conservation Commission, PVCOG, Environmental Planner KVCOG, Wells NERR, Planner & Cartographer Greater Portland COG, Comp Plan Chair Dixmont, Planning Board Sanford, Conservation Info Manager Maine Natural Areas Program, and GIS planner GPCOG.

    SRRRI= Sagadahoc Region Rural Resources Initiative, DWP =Drinking Water Protection, SPO=State Planning Office, AVSWCD= Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, PVCOG = Penobscot Valley Council of Governments, KVCOG= Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, GPCOG= Greater Portland Council of Governments, NERR= National Estuarine Research Reserve

    NEMO provided assistance and materials to Network partners as needed including statistical information, porous pavement info, shoreland zoning, open space and source water protection model ordinances, and training materials. The open space presentation was updated, and a new presentation on changes to state stormwater regulations was created.

    Task Two: Provide full NEMO presentations and

    related services to a minimum of 15 municipalities and

    other land use decision makers. Percentage of

    coordinator’s time: 15%

A total of 27 presentations were given from July 1- June 30, with a

    total of 489 attendees. Total towns participating: 74 Phase II

    towns: 20 *Drinking water priority towns: 10 Coastal towns: 39

    Alphabetical breakdown of towns with participants receiving a NEMO presentation: Alna, Auburn, *Augusta, Bangor, *Bath, Benton, Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, Biddeford, Branch, Bristol,

    Brooklin, Brooksville, Buckfield, Cape Elizabeth, Columbia Falls, Cumberland, *Damariscotta, Dedham,

    *Deer Isle, Dexter, Dresden, Eastbrook, Edgecomb, *Eliot, Ellsworth, Falmouth, Fairfield, Freeport, Greene,

    Greenland NH, Gouldsboro, Gorham, Hancock, Hanover, Harpswell, Hartford, Kittery, Lincolnville,

    Lincoln Center, Ogunquit, *Orano, Orland, Otisfield, Palmyra, Paris, Phillips, Phippsberg, *Pittsfield,

    Poland, Portland, Portsmouth NH, Raymond, Rome, Saco, Sanford, *Scarborough, South Berwick, South Paris,

    South Portland, Sumner, Surry, Topsham, Tremont, Verona Island, Wells, Westbrook, *West Paris, Windham,

    Winter Harbor, Winthrop, Woolwich, Yarmouth, *York,

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    Attendees also represented the following groups: COA, Down East Resource Conservation, Hancock

    Co Planning Com, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Penobscot Bay Press, Pine Tree Properties, Sargent Real

    Estate, MDEP, ISWG, OEST Engineerring, CCSWCD, Megunticook Lake Assoc. ME Growsmart

    Conference, Thomas Lake Group, Eastern Maine Development Council, Penobscot Valley Council of

    Governments

    Presentation dates and details:

    Island, Winter Harbor, COA, Down East Resource ; LID (8/7) York, Kennebunk, Kittery, Eliot, South

    Conservation, Hancock Co Planning Com, Maine Berwick, Wells, Ogunquit, Greenland NH, Portsmouth

    Coast Heritage Trust, Penobscot Bay Press, Pine NH, Irwindale CA (filmed for rebroadcast)

    Tree Properties, Sergeant Real Estate ; Lakes (8/17) Howard Pond Association, Hanover

    ; Chapter 500 (2/15) Auburn, Greene, Sebattus, ; Lakes/Source Water Protection (9/11) Dexter Poland ; Growth / LID (9/28) Paris, Buckfield, Otisfield, West ; Chapter 500 and LID (2/21) Winthrop PB Paris, Hartford, Sumner, South Paris (filmed for

    ; LID (2/27) Bangor planning board, engineers, LA rebroadcast)

    and planners ; Growth/LID (10/12) Lincolnville, Megunticook Lake

    ; SOP (3/6) Sanford Public Works Association

    ; LID (3/9) Maine Permaculture Group by Wendy ; LLWQ/Growth (10/18) Augusta , Maine GrowSmart

    Garland Conference

    ; Chapter 500 (4/4) by Don Witherill, Bath Bristol, ; LID (10/24) Raymond , Thomas Lake Group

    Dresden, Pittston, Woolwich, Phippsburg, ; Chapter 500 (11/9) Saco Planning Group Edgecomb, Damariscotta, Alna, Harpswell, ; Chapter 500 (11/10) Saco PB Topsham, Boothbay Harbor. ; Chapter 500 (11/15) Scarborough ; Chapter 500 (4/5) by Don Witherill, Fairfield, ; LID (11/16) Bangor, Orono, Old Town, Eastern Maine Rome, Palmyra, Pittsfield, and Benton. Development Council/ PVCOG ; SOP (4/9) Bangor by Laura Wilson ; Lincolnville Coastal Resources (11/29) (filmed for ; LID (4/9) Ellsworth by Laura Wilson rebroadcast) ; LID (4/23) Branch, Green and Phillips by Laura ; Chapter 500 (1/22) Biddeford, Cape Elizabeth, Wilson Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Portland, ; Chap 500 (5/15) at NEMO Train the Trainer Scarborough, Saco, South Portland, Westbrook, Windom, Yarmouth, MDEP, ISWG, OEST Engineerring,

    CCSWCD

    ; Chapter 500 (1/31) Bar Harbor, Brooklin, Brooksville,

    Columbia Falls, Dedham, Deer Isle, Eastbrook, Ellsworth,

    Gouldsboro, Hancock, Orland, Surry, Tremont, Verona

    **Scarborough will be running the taped presentation repeatedly on community access channel. *** Presentation in conjunction with MS4 SOP / IDDE training

    PB= planning board CC= conservation commission LLWQ=Linking Land Use to Water Quality LID= Low Impact Development SW=Stormwater CEO=code enforcement officer COLA=coalition of lakes associations SOP = standard operating procedure, IDDE = illicit discharge detection and elimination

    Task Three: Continue to coordinate Maine NEMO with other state programs, nonprofit groups,

    universities, and colleges; and represent Maine NEMO statewide. Percentage of coordinator’s

    time: 10%

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    a NROC model in Southern Maine, and ; Coordinated with SPO and SRRRI for GIS build-

    methods for expanding the Maine NEMO out of six town region, SPO and KVCOG on growth

    program. Joint presentations for Thomas Lake cap/subdivision ordinance revision, input for SPO

    and Megunticook Lake groups. Map and farm draft LID model ordinance, SPO meeting with Paula

    data for UMCE and NROC, and provided SOP 12/5, Distributed LID manual and directed

    and LID training materials comments and feedback to SPO

    ; Coordinated internship work with USM ; Coordination efforts with the Maine Drinking

    Environmental Studies Professor Water Program include NEMO program evaluation

    ; CICEET grant opportunity coordination with work, determining methods for integrating the

    NROC model in Southern Maine and training Spatial Alternatives, SRRRI,

    opportunities, NEMO program evaluation work and ; Coordinating with Jordan Pike (CC) for

    refining the message presented by NEMO Lebanon presentation, research incentives for

    ; Attended Chapter 500 training by DEP, currently shoreline owners for Dick Lehr spruce creek supplying towns with LID and Chapter 500 update group/town of Kittery, met with Rockport CC brochures. Chapter 500 mtg (7/13), Draft workshop on Clam Cove issues, Ogunquit open review with DEP for Chapter 500, Integrating space/growth discussions, LID info for impervious surface TMDLs into LID presentation, Saco/Scarborough, Coordinated map work for Researching buildout scenarios and cost for TMDL Otisfield and ongoing work on Growth watersheds, shared evaluation materials/methods presentation

    with DEP ; Spoke with Amy Hamden (Natl Park Service,

    ; Coordinated with CBEP on multiple projects, Chesapeake Bay) setting up a NEMO program, Provided 100 copies of IDDE/SOP training CDs for Maine Energy Council questions about

    CBEP trip to Washington DC, CBEP meeting (7/25, NEMO organizational structure, Spoke with 7/26), CBEP Stormwater LID grant project review CWP about organizing method for providing 11/15, Helped coordinate porous pavement in services for towns and passed along NROC info

    th Freeport/Scarborough Aug 11, input and photos to ; Collaborating with Julia Peterson (NROC) on CBEP LID factsheets, potential partnering on evaluation outcomes, Northern New England Northern New England LID conference LID Conference, Purchase info for Reading Site

    ; Sagadahoc Region Rural Resource Initiative Plans book to Peg Staehelie in Washington at meetings and training for NEMO partners SRV design co

    ; SOP/IDDE materials to Patrick Fournier, Forrest ; Attended Maine GrowSmart Summit, Maine Bell and Hilliar and Associates for work in Sanford Buffers conference 11/9, Stormwater Managers and Bill Laflamme (DEP), provided Bangor cluster Meeting 12/5, Moderator Maine Watershed with IDDE/SOP training materials, SOP training Managers Roundtable 11/16

    and Jeopardy game evaluation and tracking delivered ; BWH meeting (7/11), conference (2/9) to CCSWCD, Spoke with Director of Public ; ISWG meetings Education for the UCF Stormwater Academy in ; NEMO regularly passes along GrowSmart Florida who wants to modify the SOP jeopardy for Maine information to towns during four trainings statewide there presentations and as follow-up resources. ; Continued collaboration with the Well’s NERR Provided review of fact-sheets to Kristen includes providing resource guides, economic data Whiting-Grant. and model ordinances, participation with “Our ; Researched maintenance resources and bmp Children’s Water” workshop series bringing together manuals for private contractors York, Eliot, Kittery, and South Berwick to tackle ; Coordinated with Lower Penobscot Watershed action items from the York River watershed plan, Coalition on WRRI grant application ongoing partnership focused on integrating portions ; Coordinating with Emma Melvin on a Northern of the NH NROC model in Southern Maine and LID New England LID Conference with UMCE, training, 10/25, CTP advisory mtg 11/1, letter of NROC, and EPA. Researching target audience, recommendation for Wells grant request, coordinated topics and site for LID conference with Tin Smith on various coastal presentations ; Articles for Maine COLA, Coastal Newsletter ; Coordinated with Cooperative Extension (Laura article, interview for York Weekly on LID Wilson) on training sessions, newsletter articles, techniques and the York presentation, erosion control, shore stewards outreach and Growsmart Maine posted NEMO training education work, exploring possibilities of establishing

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    opportunities and put in newsletter, advertised LID

    in York, provided LID photos for Coastal Newsletter

    UNH=university of new Hampshire, NROC=natural resources outreach coalition, KVCOG=Kennebec Valley Council of Governments ISWG=Interlocal Stormwater Working Group CCSWCD=Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District SPO= State Planning Office, CC= conservation commission, CWP=Center for Watershed Protection

    Task Four: Develop training on Chapter 500 stormwater rules geared to municipal officials

    integrating new rules into local ordinances. Provide pilot training and integrate feedback. 15%

    The Chapter 500 presentation was developed and modified after pilot showings. A total of 12 presentations were given with 205 attendees from 49 communities (see task two presentation details). Feedback has been used to modify presentation and handout materials. Chapt 500 presentation materials were also delivered to Penobscot Bay Press for reprint.

    Task Five: Publish an electronic Maine NEMO monthly bulletin, maintain the Maine NEMO

    website including members only site, and update the Maine Resources Guide. Percentage of

    coordinator’s time: 5%

    The website was updated periodically with progress reports, newest versions of the IDDE/SOP training manual and the Jeopardy training game and updates. Maine NEMO was added to the Stormwater Authority website at stockpile.stormwaterauthority.org. The network list was updated three times. The Maine Resources Guide is currently being updated as well as fact sheet publications.

    Task Six: Continue to affiliate with the National NEMO Network and participate in professional

    development opportunities; when appropriate distribute this information to Maine NEMO

    Network partners. Percentage of coordinator’s time: 5%

    ; Participated in Cinco de NEMO planning discussions, teleconference calls, advisory committee,

    presentation and leading regional discussion at U5

    ; Updated report for CT Sea Grant / NOAA Maine, NEMO Goes Coastal and reported impacts to Natl

    NEMO

    ; Video and National NEMO contacts provided to Michigan DEQ, passed along septic inspection info to

    the Natl NEMO network, sent Maine bmp diagrams to NPS listserve request, follow-up with NPS

    listserve to locate IDDE inserts for MN ed coordinator and to pass along NROC training opportunities ; Participated in National discussions of LID, Natl NEMO reporting, program evaluation methods,

    establishing a train-the-trainer program, using GIS and working with phase II communities. ; Regularly communicate with network on Maine NEMO projects including CICEET grant application,

    and potential for work on theoretical buildout in impervious surface TMDL watersheds. ; Attended LID conference in Wilmington, N.C. 3/11 -3/14.

    ; Researched lid and green fact sheets from METRO regional government

    Task Seven: Continue developing the integration of GIS presentation maps, impervious %

    analysis, theoretical buildout, and water resources mapping into the NEMO program to assist

    towns in natural resource based planning. Percentage of coordinator’s time: 10%

    ; Provided advanced NEMO training (5/17) around the use of GIS for planning purposes.

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    ; NEMO partnered with Spatial Alternatives for an attempted CICEET grant to develop technical planning

    tools for use in the Merry Meeting Bay region.

    ; Water resources and land use maps for Bangor, Dexter (Wasookeag Lake), Hanover (Howard Pond),

    Houlton, Lincolnville, Kittery, Lebanon, Litchfield, Ogunquit, Otisfield, Rockport, Raymond, Scarborough,

    South Portland, Sebattus, Westbrook, Winthrop, York,

    ; Coordinated historical mapping project for Otisfield with volunteer USM student Intern help ; Currently integrating theoretical buildout project in IS TMDL watersheds with DEP and EPA.

    Task Eight: Provide technical resources and follow-up to support the communities Maine NEMO

    is working with. Percentage of coordinator’s time: 5%

    ; Municipalities receiving the Chapter 500 presentation received extensive follow-up materials to aid in revision

    of local ordinances. Materials included LID and model ordinance information, code and ordinance

    worksheet, checklist for revision, list of web resources, examples of municipal maintenance strategies, and a

    checklist for aligning municipal ordinances with chapter 500 rules.

    ; Various model ordinance information (water resource protection, drinking water protection, subdivision and

    open space subdivision development, stormwater utilities, septic system inspections, shoreland zoning, and

    funding open space options) was sent to towns and groups as requested.

    ; Copies of LID and Coastal presentation to Sean Weseloh McKeane, Secretariat, Provincial Oceans Network

    Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture

    ; LID information and parking standards researched and shared with Gorrill Palmer, Edwards and Kelsey,

    UMCE, Maine Permaculture Group and municipalities requesting LID presentations.

    ; MS4 support, copies of the IDDE/SOP training materials, access to PDAs for catchbasin data collection and

    outreach for NEMO presentations and GIS projects went to Windham, CBEP, CCSWCD, Sanford, Bangor,

    Brewer, Orono, Milford, Veazie, Old Town, Bill Laflamme and Patrick Fournier at the DEP, and 7 other

    individuals. More than 150 copies of the IDDE/SOP training materials have been distributed worldwide.

    Maine NEMO also provided the SOP training for Sanford in conjunction with a 319 grant for work in

    Goodall Brook.

    ; Otisfield is receiving help developing a presentation for town residents on the history of growth in town and

    how growth affects water resources. This presentation will be given to various groups including the Planning

    Board, Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Historical Society, the Town Meeting and a forum for

    residents.

    ; Other follow-up for towns included researching energy efficient land developers, contaminant effects on

    humans, septic options, drinking water well contamination rates, LID cost and techniques and trainings

    available for planning board members.

    ; 20 copies of the SOP manual provided to attendees at the Sanford SOP training.

    ; Provided LID parking requirement guidelines to Engineers reviewing Lewiston codes

    ; Sent buffer function slide to George Kerper, Searsport Planning Board

    Task Nine: Work with the Maine Center for Disease Control, Drinking Water Program to

    continue to integrate ground water protection strategies into the NEMO presentation, and adopt

    successful strategies for ground water and aquifer protection from other programs. Percentage of

    coordinator’s time: 10%

; Met with Maine Drinking Water Program on 3/1 to discuss program coordination

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    ; Drinking water protection was incorporated into both of the new LID and Open Space Subdivision

    presentations

    ; Source water protection was included in all presentations given during this time period

    Ground and surface water protection was included in all presentations including the priority towns of

    Augusta, Bath, Damariscotta, Deer Isle, Eliot, Orono, Pittsfield, Scarborough, West Paris and York. ; Reinforcement of protection importance for Freeport, Kennebunk, Kittery, South Berwick, and Wells, which

    all have PWS sources within town boundaries.

    ; Drinking water resources have been included in GIS maps for the towns of Bangor, Dexter, Ellsworth,

    Hanover, Kittery, Lincolnville, Litchfield, Ogunquit, Otisfield, Raymond, Rockport, Scarborough, South

    Paris South Portland, Westbrook, and York.

    Task Ten: Evaluate and include in the Annual Report the Maine NEMO program’s

    effectiveness. Percentage of coordinator’s time: 10%

; NEMO Train the Trainer: Survey results from the two latest

    trainings for new partners indicate that 91% of participants have

    incorporated NEMO ideas into their conversations, utilized skills

    from the workshops and recommended NEMO trainings to others.

    A full 72% have spoken to someone about using GIS in the planning

    process and 64 % have offered help or advice to a town group, and

    45% report helping a town with ordinance development since the

    NEMO training. Participants report that specific projects benefiting

    from the NEMO training include the Chewonki "Clean Water"

    curriculum, the Old Orchard Beach storm drain stenciling program,

    thand State-level water supply protection initiative. Old Orchard Beach 8 Graders Paint the

    Town!

    ; After 1 year 90% of participants reported working regularly with their planning boards, 50% report a change

    in their town’s behavior in using GIS in planning, 67% report a change in town’s behavior in determining

    areas to be developed and drinking water protection, and 58% report a change in their town’s behavior in

    open space planning.

; Chapter 500 presentation attendees These presentations focused on preparing municipal officials to

    change town ordinances to align with the new state stormwater regulations. After attending the presentation

    73% report that they feel ready to review their ordinances to update stormwater requirements.

    Town Impacts:

    ; York After a multi-town LID presentation, Steve Burns the Town Planner reported “The workshop last

    night was great! It was eye-opening for me, and I'm looking forward to seeing if we can work some new

    requirements into our codes to allow, encourage or even require some of these LID practices.

; South Paris After a multi-town LID presentation, Terry Ann Stevens, CEO reports “I really appreciate your

    willingness to come up and address the group. That meeting created an opportunity for these people from

    the various communities to meet each other and talk amongst themselves, ask questions of each other, and

    think about ways to collaborate on further training and educational opportunities. It also opened the door to

    not only thinking about the storm water issues you raised, but how each of the area towns addresses it

    currently, and what does and doesn’t work in each town’s ordinances. Instead of just competing with each

    other for scarce resources, we might actually begin communicating with each other about how we can

    conserve and preserve area resources. Imagine that?! Your enthusiasm and excitement about the topics we

    covered also helped make these ideas much more palatable to some folks who were in the room a bit

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    grudgingly, so thank you very much for that! I’m hoping that a number of things will happen as a result of the meeting we had. After our board reconvenes and talks about it, I may be in touch for further guidance.”

    th; Old Orchard Beach 8 Graders Paint The Town! Jan Fisk, Planning

    Coordinator for OOB conducted school presentations on June 11 and

    spent the morning of June 13 with the stenciling group, while a separate group went to the beach and did some clean-up. Now DPW has the

    stencils and will, as time permits, begin doing stenciling around town. The school hopes to have this as an annual event and part of their science thcourse for 8 graders.

    ; Ogunquit has followed up on open space planning efforts after their July

    05 NEMO presentation with a community forum/workshop in June 06

    thand another NEMO presentation, involvement in the Mt. A to the Sea Old Orchard Beach 8 Graders

    effort, presentations from the Wells Reserve and Southern Maine

    Regional Planning Commission. They report working on a number of

    plans for open space protection by developing new ordinances, acquisitions or easements:

    ; By introducing new ordinance for cluster housing which will require that 50% of

    developable land area of new subdivisions to be permanent open space.

    ; A collaboration of The Ogunquit Conservation Commission, Mt. A. to the Sea Coalition,

    So. Maine Regional Planning Commission and the Wells Reserve to acquire and/or

    preserve as open space portions a large rural/farm area west of the Maine Turnpike.

    ; The Town of Ogunquit provides (through the vote of its citizens) an annual grant of

    $25,000 for its Conservation Land Fund. Solely dedicated toward future acquisition of

    open space tracts.

    ; Developing language of a new Town Ordinance (with the assist of the SMRPC) for an

    Open Space Access Fee to be levied on a new subdivision. Proceeds to Conservation Land

    Fund.

Task Eleven: Coordinate NEMO Advisory Committee meetings.

    Percentage of coordinators time: 3%

; Advisory committee meetings 1/12, 3/8, 6/19

Task Twelve: Program reporting requirements- Percentage of coordinator’s time: 2%

    ; Quarterly Report 10/6

    ; Progress report 12/06

    ; Quarterly Report 1/07

    ; Quarterly Report 4/07

    ; Final Report 7/07

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