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Direct Assistance to States

One important way that NEIWPCC assists our member states is by providing staff members who work directly with state agencies. We provide the highly specific skills and expertise that the states require to address their water-related priorities.

These staff members typically work at state offices with state employees.

Maine

NEIWPCC employees work within DHHS’s Drinking Water Program to implement drinking water programs and projects. They track the use of Drinking Water State Revolving Fund monies and provide technical support for financial and data management associated with drinking water projects. The projects have included online relicensing for well drillers, water operators, and soil inspectors.

Massachusetts

At MassDEP’s Bureau of Resource Protection, NEIWPCC staff members assist the Drinking Water Program with data management, administration, and public outreach. They maintain records, coordinate statistical reporting, and refine procedures for compliance with the Well Drillers Program and federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Recently, some of these employees were part of a team that tested school drinking-water systems for lead.

New York State

NEIWPCC employs multiple professionals who work with NYSDEC’s Division of Water, doing everything from managing grants for community nonpoint source pollution projects to developing database applications to process DOW permit applications.

Storm Recovery

Using federal funds directed to NEIWPCC via the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, we provide NYSDEC with staff to focus on storm recovery tasks and related work. Activities include expediting permits for GOSR projects and assisting with New York Rising Community Reconstruction projects.

Green Infrastructure

NEIWPCC staff members work with NYSDEC to oversee progress toward compliance with the New York City Combined Sewer Overflow Consent Order, which requires construction of grey and green infrastructure projects valued at $3-4 billion. This includes reviewing long-term control plans for all CSO-impacted water bodies in New York City. The staff also monitor progress toward compliance with the 2006 Long Island Sound Biological Nutrient Removal Consent Judgment.

Long Island Sound

One of our environmental analysts works on the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan at NYSDEC’s regional office at SUNY Stony Brook. This person is tasked with helping state and regional agency professionals to develop and implement the action plan.

Rhode Island

Our staff at RI DEM play a vital role with the agency’s water monitoring and assessment program. Activities include sampling algae and plants at sites across Rhode Island to help determine how much nitrogen and phosphorus the state’s water bodies can tolerate and still meet designated uses. Since 2010, when EPA began pushing states to shift from narrative to numeric nutrient criteria, our staff have assisted in the transition by collecting and analyzing data and conducting field research.