New York Governor Cuomo recently announced $19 million in federal grant money for municipalities to fund clean water infrastructure improvement projects.
 
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating what appears to be a large bunker fish die-off washing up on Long Island’s beaches. Warmer water temperatures this year are suspected to be the cause. 

The Lake Champlain Basin Program, a program partner of NEIWPCC, published its December newsletter. Also of note, The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership launched its inaugural newsletter in August.

NEIWPCC and its program partner JETCC continue to offer live, virtual training for regional wastewater and drinking water operators. Classes are available year-round to provide ample opportunity to earn training contact hours for certification and license renewal requirements. New trainings are added to the schedule regularly.

NEIWPCC mourns the loss of Anthony "Tony" Gordon, who served as one of the first wastewater training program instructors. NEIWPCC Program Manager and JETCC Coordinator Leeann Hanson fondly remembered Gordon as a "training fixture in wastewater for the state of Maine" and "one of our industry’s local founding fathers.”