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NEIWPCC Turns 75 and Honors 50 Years of the Clean Water Act

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 | Posted in News

Executive Director Invites Partners to Celebrate

NEIWPCC has two “watershed” moments to celebrate in 2022.

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972, the landmark environmental legislation that has, to this day, defined how United States water resources are protected and restored. It will also mark 75 years since NEIWPCC’s establishment by an act of Congress on July 30, 1947.

Throughout the year, NEIWPCC will be sharing stories from staff, commissioners, and partners to commemorate the organization’s strong history of advancing clean water in the Northeast.

“An anniversary isn’t just a celebration of success. It’s a celebration of the trust-based relationships we have built with partners, dedicated staff, and the states we serve. We are celebrating being a part of the Northeast water world, watching it grow and evolve, giving back, and being a part of the story,” Sullivan says.

“75 years of NEIWPCC and 50 of the Clean Water Act: where are we headed next? Probably where we have been, remaining steady, reliable, and consistent,” added Ms. Sullivan. “While NEIWPCC has come a long way from that small interstate commission formed in 1947, we have remained true to our roots. NEIWPCC will continue to fulfill our commitment to our seven member states, focusing on our areas of work and impact and on our five water program priorities: contaminants of emerging concern, watershed planning and waterbody protection, infrastructure, Clean Water Act reauthorization, and training and certification.”

Ms. Sullivan invites the environmental professionals and other stakeholders in the Northeast to join NEIWPCC in celebrating the partnerships that have defined our success, reflect on the progress we’ve made, and use our passion and expertise to take on the water quality challenges that lie ahead.