Partnerships | Direct Assistance to States
One important way in which NEIWPCC assists our member states is by providing staff who work directly with state agencies. In doing so, we provide the highly specific skills and expertise that the states require to address their water-related priorities.
- NEIWPCC staff work with DHHS’s Drinking Water Program in implementing 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.
- At MassDEP’s Bureau of Resource Protection, NEIWPCC staff 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.
- A NEIWPCC environmental analyst at the MassDEP Division of Watershed Management assists in managing the division’s Quality Assurance Program, in support of Clean Water Act data collection, water body health assessment, and TMDL development.
New York State
- NEIWPCC employs multiple staff 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.
- A NEIWPCC environmental analyst based at NYSDEC’s Region 7 office in Syracuse serves as the Onondaga Lake watershed coordinator, facilitating public engagement and fostering communication on high-profile issues related to the lake.
- 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.
- NEIWPCC staff 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.
- 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.