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Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 | Posted in News,Press Releases

NEIWPCC has chosen Susan Sullivan, an environmental scientist, to be its new executive director. Sullivan has been the agency’s deputy director since 1997. She succeeds Ronald Poltak, who has led the organization since 1983. 


Susan Sullivan to Lead Northeast Clean-Water Group

July 20, 2017 Press Release

The 70-year-old organization that coordinates clean-water efforts among states in the Northeast has chosen Susan Sullivan, an environmental scientist, to be its new executive director.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission is an interstate compact that includes the six New England states and New York. The group last year oversaw $14M in environmental research, training, certification, and monitoring efforts across the region.

Sullivan has been the agency’s deputy director since 1997. She succeeds Ronald Poltak of Auburn, New Hampshire, who has led the organization since 1983.

Sullivan first joined the Commission staff in 1989 as an environmental analyst. Poltak will retire on July 31.

The Commission employs a staff of 119 across seven states, including 33 at its Lowell, Massachusetts, headquarters. Its work includes

  • training and certification of wastewater-plant operators
  • management of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
  • research about, and monitoring of, the state of wetlands and estuaries, the economic impacts of climate change, and the health of Long Island Sound
  • inspections and support for ongoing recovery work in New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
  • support for state efforts to protect water resources, reduce water pollution, and improve water quality
  • regional coordination of policy on water-management and water-protection issues.

Sullivan has been active in national and international groups as an advocate for the region, the compact states, and for best clean-water practices generally. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Clean Water Administrators.

Sullivan represents the New England Water Environment Association to the Water Environment Federation’s House of Delegates, where she is a member of the body’s standing committees on Strategic Planning, on Outreach, and on its Nominating Committee.

The Commission was founded by Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts following an act of Congress in 1947. Legislatures in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont ratified the compact by 1955.

Sullivan lives in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The Commission’s chair, Michael Kuhns, praised Sullivan’s experience and suitability to head the programmatically diverse agency.

“The seven compact states will be well served by Susan’s experience, vision, and skill leading the Commission staff in the years ahead,” he said. “She is uniquely qualified.”

Kuhns is the director of Maine’s Bureau of Water Quality with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

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NOTE:
Bio of Susan Sullivan http://click.neiwpcc.org/neiwpcc_docs/bios/Sullivan%20Bio.pdf
Photo of Susan Sullivan https://photos.app.goo.gl/xfBu7sTvQVRJ3KcH2
About the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission http://www.neiwpcc.org/aboutus.asp