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What We Do

NEIWPCC is a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality.

Our Five Areas of Work and Impact

Connections: We engage and convene water quality professionals and other stakeholders across the Northeast to collaborate on clean water and environmental science challenges across shared regions, ecosystems, and areas of expertise.

Protection: We conduct research into water-related topics, monitor environmental factors, and fund such work by others. We also implement and fund environmental restoration and other on-the-ground projects.

Training: We develop, coordinate, and conduct training courses that serve water quality professionals regionally and nationwide.

Education: We fund and/or staff programs that engage the public through events, exhibits, web and print publications, and other outreach activities.

Engagement: We actively represent the interests of member states at meetings with federal and state officials and in regional and national water and wastewater associations.

Critical Objectives and Strategic Goals

Strategic Plan imageNEIWPCC has engaged in a comprehensive, inclusive process to clarify our critical objectives and strategic goals. We are grateful to the many stakeholders who contributed throughout the process, and proud to share our new strategic plan.

This plan is our guide for NEIWPCC’s bright future. It will help us focus our priorities, align our efforts, and make best use of the resources at our disposal. We look forward to working with you—our partners, staff, and other supporters—to make this plan a reality.

Water Program Priorities

In 2020, we updated our Water Program Priorities. NEIWPCC’s Water Program Priorities articulate the near- and medium-term programmatic goals  of the organization and are updated every five years.

NEIWPCC’s 2020 Water Program Priorities include the following five topics:

  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern/PFAS
  • Watershed Planning and Waterbody Protection
  • Infrastructure and State Revolving Fund
  • Clean Water Act Reauthorization
  • Training and Certification

Additionally, we recognize that all of our work is completed on a backdrop of a changing climate and that each priority topic has its own considerations that are linked to the impacts of climate change and to resiliency.

Communities with lower socio-economic status and those with larger minority populations are disproportionally those that contend with serious water quality issues and threats to their access to clean and safe water. NEIWPCC’s vision statement–Clean and sustainable water throughout the Northeast–is inclusive of those communities.

Our work in service of underserved and underrepresented groups is a key aspect of our priorities and is described throughout this document. NEIWPCC understands that we are not achieving our mission and realizing our vision until all of our communities have access to clean and safe water.

Our Water Program Divisions: