35 commissioners—five from each member state—oversee NEIWPCC. Each commissioner is appointed by their state governor. A state’s delegation typically consists of the heads of its environmental and health agencies, who generally designate representatives to attend NEIWPCC meetings on their behalf, supplemented by three highly experienced individuals from outside state government. This approach provides the Commission with diverse, expert leadership. The number of Commissioners from each state may vary from year to year due to the gubernatorial appointment process.
The full Commission meets three times per year. The Executive Committee, a subset of the Commission which consists of the heads of our member states’ environmental agencies or their representatives, conducts five regular meetings annually.
Each year, our Commissioners elect a chair and vice-chair, with these officer positions rotating among the states to ensure equal representation.
As MassDEP’s assistant commissioner for water resources, Douglas Fine manages the agency’s work on point and nonpoint sources of pollution, public drinking water supplies, and public waterfront access and oversees administration of revolving loan programs. Fine has been with the agency since 1989, serving in a range of policy development and operations management roles. From 2004 to 2015 he was assistant commissioner for planning and evaluation. Fine received an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Antioch College.
After serving for many years in various capacities in NYSDEC’s Division of Environmental Remediation and Division of Water, Mark Klotz is currently the Division of Water’s director, with responsibility for statewide water project management and policy development. Klotz is also a governor’s representative on the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact Council, the commissioner’s representative on the Delaware River Master’s Advisory Committee, and a state representative for the Association of Clean Water Administrators. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.
After serving for thirty years at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) including 16 years as Water Division Director, Harry Stewart is currently a Senior Associate at Normandeau Associates in Bedford, NH where he works on diverse water-related projects and Clean Water Act regulatory and permitting issues. He also previously worked for the USEPA. Harry served on the NEIWPCC Executive Committee (16 years) and as NEIWPCC Chairman and was also a longtime Board member including a term as President of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). He has received career awards for his contributions to clean water policy including ACWA’s Environmental Statesman Award, the New England Water Environmental Associations’ Alfred E. Peloquin Award and the New Hampshire Business and Industry Associations’ Above and Beyond Award. Harry received an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, an M.S. in Sanitary Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and is a registered professional civil and sanitary engineer.