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Interstate Waters Archive

Interstate Waters provides in-depth reporting on water issues that matter to NEIWPCC’s member states.

The magazine is published twice a year.

Fall 2021

  • “Tracing the Pandemic Through our Wastewater”
  • “Combating our Aging Wastewater Workforce”
  • “Daniel Miller: Restoring Hudson River Estuary Habitats”
  • “Beavers, TACos, and Lightning Talks”

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.