On September 12, the Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1) hosted its annual Merit Awards. The public event was held at Faneuil Hall. More than 40 individuals and organizations received awards.
NEIWPCC congratulates all those honored and in particular three individuals associated with NEIWPCC, each receiving a lifetime achievement award.
The Town of Hardwick, Vermont, won EPA recognition for “[setting] an example of a town using resources wisely to secure its infrastructure and improve water quality.” Jon Jewitt serves as Hardwick’s Town Manager. Jewitt also is a NEIWPCC trainer (via his consulting business, Compliance Assistance Inc.) and served on the Commission’s Operator Training workgroup.
In addition, the EPA’s Ira Leighton “In Service to States” Award was presented to Nancy Seidman, who has dedicated more than three decades to air quality issues at the state, regional, and national level.
It is with the greatest gratitude that we thank Richard Kotelly for his 21 years of service to NEIWPCC as treasurer. Kotelly stepped down in September. The Commission elected Harry Stewart, a former NEIWPCC chair, to the post at its September meeting.
Additionally, NEIWPCC Commissioner Dennis Lutz (Vermont) was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Public Works Award by the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association recognizing his “significant achievements and innovations.”
Meg Modley, the Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator for NEIWPCC’s Lake Champlain Basin Program, recently received the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society’s Outstanding Member Award.
Congratulations also to NEIWPCC Sr. Program Manager Michael Jennings, who was recently certified through the Water Environment Federation‘s Green Infrastructure Certification Program.
Through new contracts and staffing changes, we are pleased to welcome the following staff members:
Headquarters, Lowell, Mass.
New York State DEC, Source Water Protection Program, Albany, NY
Hudson River Estuary Program, Albany, NY