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Interstate Waters Archive

Like its predecessor, the Interstate Water Report, Interstate Waters provides in-depth reporting on water issues that matter to NEIWPCC’s member states.

The magazine is published twice a year. Select stories have been republished in our reprint series.

Spring 2021

  • “A Roadmap for Advancing and Preserving Water Quality”
  • “Assessing Nitrogen Removal Retrofits”
  • “New Regional Initiative to Address Salt Pollution”
  • “Eliminating Systemic Racism in the Environmental Field”

September 2020

  • “Youth and the Environment”
  • “Teaching the Teachers”
  • “Reinventing NEIWPCC”
  • “Socially Distanced Eel Monitoring”

February 2020
The February issue of Interstate Waters explores how Connecticut helped municipalities and others to comply with its latest general permit for stormwater systems. Another story looks back at the gains the region has made reducing airborn mercury, and ahead at trends that threaten that progress. Reports detail the work of NEIWPCC workgroups, the status of federal legislation and regulation affecting water programs, and other news of water in the Northeast.

September 2019
The September, 2019, issue tells how NEIWPCC boat-launch stewards in New York and Vermont are fighting invasive aquatic species, one boat at a time. Another feature story travels up the Hudson River to visit all four stewardship sites of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, with a stop at the Reserve’s headquarters at Norrie Point.

The issue also brings news of recent issues in water-operator certification, PFAS, federal efforts to weaken water protections, and other developments.

March 2019
“Taking Out the Trash” reports on work to reduce aquatic trash by local organizations in New York and New Jersey. The projects were funded and administered by NEIWPCC and executed largely by volunteers including primary school students from Brooklyn.

Other stories look back at a decade of training wastewater managers, and describe the ongoing work that state agencies are doing on common these such as stormwater, wetlands, and PFAS. We also check in with EPA Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez.

September 2018
Does Phosphorus matter in estuaries? In the September, 2018, issue, the science coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study describes the conditions and dynamics that make phosphorus worth watching by policy makers and estuary managers.

Also in the magazine, NEIWPCC looks back on fifty years of wastewater training, and catches up with Alexandra Dunn, the administrator of EPA Region 1.

March 2018
The March 2018 issue examines how buffer zones protect water resources and provide other environmental goods and services. The issue also summarizes the legal controversy around the scope of the EPA’s authority to protect “waters of the United States.” Other stories touch on efforts to utilize environmental data collected by volunteers, and other topics.

September 2017
“Pollution from Everywhere” details how states in the Northeast are adopting different strategies to manage nutrient pollution. Other stories tell how the early work of the Commission laid the groundwork for decades of environmental progress, look back at the history of water power in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, describe recent accomplishments in watersheds around the region, and more. The issue also puts the spotlight on NEIWPCC’s new Executive Director, Susan Sullivan.

March 2017
Microfibers from fleece clothing are emerging as a contaminant of concern, and landscape architecture is finding ways to soak up urban runoff. These and other stories are published in the March 2017 issue of Interstate Waters. The issue also features details about the first-ever NEIWPCC research workshop and looks back at the nation’s response to clean-water issues as it intertwined with the career of Ronald Poltak.

Interstate Water Report

The Interstate Water Report was the predecessor of Interstate Waters.

September 2016
The climate is changing Lake Champlain, perflourinated compounds emerge as a troubling contaminant, and citizen-science efforts bridge many gaps, in the September, 2016, issue of the Interstate Water Report. Other coverage includes an economic assessment of the value of water clarity, tallying eels on the Hudson, stormwater grants for Narragansett Bay communities, and more.

March 2016
This issue features “Water Reuse: Lessons from California” by Dan Peckham of NEIWPCC, and “Is it Safe to Eat? State-Wide Inter-Agency Research Collaboration Is All About Fish” by Mark Nimiroski of NEIWPCC/RIDEM and Anna Meyer of NEIWPCC, and much more.

September 2015
The September 2015 issue includes a special report by NEIWPCC’s Heather Radcliffe on how the Clean Water Act could be modernized to better address twenty-first century water challenges. The issue also covers a much-needed workshop on fishways, NEIWPCC’s list of 19 water program priorities, and much more.

August 2015
This issue contains articles on wastewater infrastructure funding options, an unusual tide gauge, the link between nutrient loading and coastal acidification, and more.

September 2014
In this issue NEIWPCC’s Dan Peckham examines the unsettled questions and many disputes over limits on aluminum in America’s waters. This edition also covers spirited testimony from NEIWPCC’s Ron Poltak and others at a Congressional hearing in Washington.

October 2013
An examination of the often overlooked problem of ocean acidification; prospects in the Northeast for water quality trading between nonpoint and point sources of pollution; benefits of green roofs and the challenge for acceptance; an introduction to the field and lab work done by the Interstate Environmental Commission District; and NEIWPCC staff help gauge the state of Rhode Island’s waters.

April 2013
Special report examines water-related impacts of Hurricane Sandy and February 2013 blizzard while exploring strategies for coping with the extreme weather of the present and planning for a turbulent future; oyster restoration in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary; book review of David Gessner’s My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism.

Sping 2012
Cover article on the growing trend among water and wastewater treatment plants to get at least some of their energy from solar power; how NEIWPCC is working to alleviate nutrient runoff associated with lawn fertilizer through our leadership of the Northeast Voluntary Turf Fertilizer Initiative; NEIWPCC’s Richard Chase on the need for timeliness and accessibility standards for environmental data; and a book review of The Big Thirst, a new work on water from acclaimed author Charles Fishman.

Fall 2010
In-depth article on America’s streamgaging network; interview with U.S. Interior Department’s Anne Castle; study of mercury-containing devices at Massachusetts wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities; environmental policy post-changes in Washington; a fascinating case in South Florida; the National Tanks Conference; Presby Environmental’s secrets to success; the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico; and a book review of The Big Necessity.

Winter 2010
Special report on the concerns, conflicts, and progress associated with keeping the region’s roads clear of ice and snow; Massachusetts fights to control the spread of zebra mussels; Tracy Mehan on managing water demand; and an interview with Clarke Prize Winner Bruce Logan.

Winter 2008-09
Inside look at epic effort to build tunnel to prevent CSO and stormwater pollution at Boston beach; bold move by NEIWPCC to reduce mercury in region’s waters; rock snot makes worrisome appearance in the Northeast; and water and wastewater plants make moves to save energy and cut costs.

Winter 2007-08
NEIWPCC and states file high-profile plan to reduce mercury in Northeast waters; a New England power plant’s plans to get the mercury out; forum in Maine reveals latest research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the water environment.

Winter 2007
Special report on New England’s first major desalination plant and the environmental, economic, and regulatory issues raised by the project; NEIWPCC’s Ron Poltak receives major EPA award; Northeast AVGWLF water quality model; the ABCs of ORP.

Spring 2006
The water and wastewater side of the Hurricane Katrina story; efforts to reduce the backlog in NPDES permits; lessons learned from October’s epic rains; growing concerns over pharmaceuticals in the waste stream.

Fall 2005
Latest research on mercury in the Northeast produces unexpected and disturbing findings; an innovative way to deal with septage and grease waste in Maine; the benefits of “green roofs”; a court battle that holds a lesson for TMDL developers.

Spring 2005
Special report on growing difficulties faced by states as they train and recruit wastewater treatment plant operators; hatchery-raised sturgeon released in Hudson as part of habitat restoration effort; UMass professor works to create sustainable water infrastructure in developing nations.

January 2005, Special Edition
Keeping the Plants in Good Hands: In-depth article exploring the challenges associated with maintaining a well-trained, high-caliber wastewater workforce in an era of tight budgets, increasingly sophisticated facilities, underappreciation of industry and profession, and graying of staff.

Summer 2004
Special two-page section on the New England SPARROW Water Quality Model; Massachusetts’s latest tool for protecting wetlands and punishing those who illegally fill them; New York team finds a way to provide virtual visits to Hudson’s wetlands.

Fall 2003
Impact of the August 2003 blackout on water and wastewater treatment plants; interview with Bob Varney, EPA New England’s Regional Administrator; tank truck rollover classes in Maine.

Summer 2003
Vulnerability assessments at wastewater treatment plants; restoring water quality in the Charles River; sampling for American shad and striped bass on the Hudson River.

Water Connection

The Water Connection preceded the Interstate Water Report.

Winter 2002 — Stormwater

Fall 2002 — Year of Clean Water

Spring 2002 — Water Safety and Security

Summer 2000 — Wetlands

Winter 1999 — Coastal Pollution