Accolades and Accomplishments
We have a lot to be excited about. Kudos, shout outs, thanks are abundant this month. Read on to learn more.
, NEIWPCC’s director of Water Quality, presented “Progress in Water Quality…But Still More Work to Do” for the Climate Change Initiative
, a research center at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Friesner’s talk focused on the Clean Water Act’s framework, water quality progress over its 50-year history, and current events related to our country’s surface water quality.
The New England Water Environment Association awarded three talented water professionals affiliated with NEIWPCC during their annual conference
earlier this year, including Don Kennedy
(see story above).
NEIWPCC Commissioner John Sullivan, received the Elizabeth A. Cutone Executive Leadership award. Sullivan is the chief engineer with Boston Water and Sewer.
Nora Lough, an instructor for NEIWPCC’s wastewater operator training program, received the Clair N. Sawyer Award, acknowledging her outstanding service in the wastewater industry in teaching, training, research, and innovation. Lough is the owner and lead instructor for Clean Water Training and Solutions, LLC and a biologist with the Narragansett Bay Commission.
, a NEIWPCC environmental analyst and watershed and GIS specialist for the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, recently completed the award-winning story map “How Do We Use Our Coasts?
” The map received the Best Interagency Collaboration award from the 2021 Esri Federal GIS Conference Map Gallery
. Twichell collaborated with EPA staff.
Kudos to Maryann Dugan
, NEIWPCC environmental analyst, and Vivian Frausto
, NEIWPCC events and operations coordinator, for their coordination efforts in producing NEIWPCC’s first all-virtual conference, for Northeast aquatic biologists
, held over four days in March (see story above).
Three NEIWPCC environmental analysts presented at the conference: Megan Lung, Hudson River Estuary Program, “A Look Back at the Action Agenda: Barrier Removal from 2015-2025 in the Hudson River Estuary;” Charles Stoll, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “Chloride Concentrations Across New York State Flowing Waters;” and Matthew Vaughan, Lake Champlain Basin Program, “Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Water Quality Monitoring on Lake Champlain.”
, NEIWPCC environmental analyst, recently published an updated Water Quality Standards Matrix
to NEIWPCC’s website. The matrix compares how NEIWPCC states and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate 30 distinct water quality standards (see story above).
, NEIWPCC environmental analyst and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program staff scientist, is the new president-elect of the New England Estuarine Research Society
. Schmidt has been serving as the organization’s treasurer since 2014. She will complete three, two-year terms as president-elect, president, and past-president before stepping down in 2026.
Ashley Inserillo, NEIWPCC program manager at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Water Protection, was awarded the 2020 NEIWPCC Annual Achievement Award during our All Staff Meeting in March. Inserillo was nominated by multiple team members for her leadership, setting a tone of collaboration, mutual respect, unity, and resourcefulness. Despite the pandemic, Inserillo successfully built strong relationships within the state health and environmental protection agencies and stepped in, mid-year, as the new capacity development coordinator for NYSDOH.