NEIWPCC’s annual report for fiscal year 2020 is available online. Our work during that period, which spanned Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020, was marked by change on two fronts to the way NEIWPCC does business: the launch of a new strategic plan and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
As usual, the report highlights NEIWPCC’s work around the Northeast to help preserve and advance clean water, which included establishing new collaboratives, supporting program partners and state environmental programs, and representing our member states’ interests on important water quality issues to federal parties.
The report also calls out work towards some of the critical objectives and strategic goals we finalized in April 2020.
Some of that progress was spurred on by the circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis. For example, less than a year after establishing the goal to offer online continuing education for wastewater and water professionals, it became necessary for us to revolutionize our 50-year-old in-person training programs. We now offer a variety of virtual courses where professionals can continue to receive crucial training to maintain their operator licenses.
NEIWPCC also served, and continues to serve, as facilitator and coordinator to help our partners respond to challenges presented by the pandemic—a testament to another of our strategic goals: establish initiatives and partnerships that anticipate or react quickly to rising environmental issues.
The report includes a letter from NEIWPCC Chair Mark Klotz, director of the NYSDEC Division of Water, about NEIWPCC’s new strategic plan and water program priorities; a letter from Executive Director Susan Sullivan, about our staff’s transition to mostly-remote work; a summary of our quality management program activities; and financial statements from NEIWPCC Comptroller Lucia Walker.