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NEIWPCC Launches Clean Water Podcast

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2022 | Posted in News, Publications

Launching on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, The Clean Water Pod explores the challenges and successes of restoring and protecting water quality. Host Jeff Berckes will speak with environmental professionals from across the country to build an understanding of how to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act.

Season one of the podcast will focus on the fundamentals of the Clean Water Act. Berckes will look at the various Clean Water Act-related programs – what they do and how they intersect with each other.

“This podcast really dives into the conversations going on in the water world,” said Courtney Botelho, NEIWPCC environmental analyst and project manager. “It’s a great opportunity to share success stories from people on the ground working to keep our waters clean.”

Episode 1: The Clean Water Act Turns 50

In this first episode, host Jeff Berckes is joined by John Goodin, former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, and Tom Stiles, director of the Bureau of Water for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. They discuss their experience working in clean water administration and reflect on the changes they have witnessed during their careers. Listen to episode one.

Future episodes will dive deeper into the programs of the Clean Water Act.

Tune In

The Clean Water Pod is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Follow @CleanWaterPod on Twitter for the latest updates.

About the Host

Jeff Berckes brings over 15 years of professional experience leading strategic planning projects at the state, local, and federal levels. He served as the program coordinator for the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for more than 13 years. Berckes has authored national-level policy papers and statewide program plans in water quality administration and agricultural runoff. He holds a master’s in environmental science from Oregon State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

This podcast is funded by a grant through the U.S. EPA and produced by Flip the Field and NEIWPCC.

Learn more about our work around the Clean Water Act 303(d) program.