Register for Training

We’re offering live, virtual wastewater trainings where attendees can earn Training Contact Hours (TCHs). See our calendar to register.

Read Our Annual Report

Our annual report for the 2020 fiscal year is now available. Learn how we helped the Northeast preserve and advance clean water in a year dominated by the COVID-19 crisis.

National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar

How can states and tribes communicate more meaningfully to restore impaired waters? Learn more.

Present at the Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference

The call for abstracts to present at the 2022 Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference is open until Friday, October 15, 2021. Learn more.

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Webinar: Meaningful State-Tribe Communication @ Zoom
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

On September 29*, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. EST, the National 303(d)/TMDL Webinar Series will host a webinar providing perspectives on meaningful government-to-government communication and relationship building between states and tribes to address water quality issues. (*Please note our new date for this event!)

The webinar will feature three speakers:

  • Bruce Jones of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) will speak about his work to coordinate data management with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and NWIFC member tribes in support of the Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Inventory and Assessment Program. He’ll also discuss his approach to effective communication with Washington State agency staff over his decades of work in this arena.
  • Nancy Schuldt of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will present on the Fond du Lac Band’s ongoing efforts to have the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency include impaired wild rice waters in their 303(d) lists, and recent actions by the Tribe and EPA Region 5 to ensure that these waters are appropriately listed and restored.
  • Elizabeth Betancourt of California’s Central Valley Regional Water Board will share lessons from the process she’s developed and led to establish Tribal Beneficial Uses in collaboration with the more than 100 Tribal communities in her region, including the steps she’s taken to build policy support for the program at the Tribal, regional, and state level.

Register online for the webinar, which is free and open to the public. The webinar will be recorded and will be available online for those who cannot join on September 29.

Since 2016, NEIWPCC, through a grant from the EPA, has hosted a series of informational webinars for state, territorial, and tribal program staff working on pollution budgets in impaired waterways under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

The webinars have featured presentations from a diverse array of experts on topics ranging from modeling tools to media relations skills. All previous webinar recordings, presentations, and supporting material are available in our archives. To propose a topic for a future webinar, submit an abstract here or contact Emma Gildesgame with ideas.

Please contact Emma Gildesgame with any questions or comments.

Members of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe Tribe harvest rice on Mud Lake

Tribal community members harvest wild rice in Minnesota. (Photo: George Stringham, USACE







Lake Champlain Research Conference @ University of Vermont Davis Center
Jan 10 – Jan 12 all-day

The Lake Champlain Basin ProgramLake Champlain Sea Grant, and the Lake Champlain Research Consortium are pleased to announce the next Lake Champlain Research Conference, to be held January 10th-11th, 2022 at the University of Vermont. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the US Clean Water Act of 1972, the conference will bring together lake and watershed stakeholders, including researchers, management practitioners, and the public, to learn about the state of research on Lake Champlain. The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion, networking, and collaboration. The conference will be multi-jurisdictional, featuring representation and research from New York, Vermont, Québec, and beyond.

Please see the event webpage for more information and to register.

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Our Programs

NEIWPCC is a not-for-profit interstate agency that serves and assists our states by coordinating activities and forums that encourage cooperation, developing resources that foster progress on water and wastewater issues, representing the region in matters of federal policy, training environmental professionals, initiating scientific research projects, educating the public, and providing overall leadership in water management and protection.
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Where Do We Serve?

Watersheds cross political boundaries. So do we. In addition to region-wide work at our Lowell, Massachusetts, headquarters, NEIWPCC manages or supports programs and environmental training in its seven member states. Many programs focus on a particular watershed or area. Learn More >

Additional NEIWPCC employees work in state offices across the region. Learn More >

Maine Training

NEIWPCC’s JETCC program trains and accredits wastewater operators in the state of Maine. Go>

Massachusetts Training

NEIWPCC trains and accredits wastewater operators and soil and septic inspectors in Massachusetts. Go>

Lake Champlain Basin Program

The Lake Champlain Basin Program runs and funds research, monitoring, mitigation, and public outreach programs that protect the lake. Go>

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program runs and funds research, monitoring, and mitigation projects that protect the bay and its watershed. Go>

Long Island Sound Study

The Long Island Sound Study Program runs and funds research, monitoring, mitigation, and public outreach programs that protect the sound. Go>

Hudson River Programs

In the Hudson Valley, two linked programs run and fund research, monitoring, mitigation, and public outreach programs that protect the Hudson estuary watershed. Go>

Peconic Estuary Partnership

The Peconic Estuary Partnership runs and funds research, monitoring, mitigation, and public outreach programs that protect the estuary. Go>

What Are the Issues?

Commercial and residential growth have combined to produce an abundance of pollutants that often flow unchecked into lakes, rivers, and bays. See below for the primary environmental issues of our region.