The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is overseen by a Steering Committee of key individuals representing environmental and resource management agencies, nonprofit environmental groups, academic institutions, and other important stakeholders in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Steering Committee provides a unique forum to foster a collaborative and coordinated approach to critical issues affecting the Narragansett Bay watershed. Through consensus, the Steering Committee guides the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, establishes program priorities, and approves annual work plans (see Narragansett Bay Estuary Program Guiding Principles for Program Management). The Steering Committee meets quarterly and an Executive Committee, noted below (*), act on behalf of the Steering Committee between quarterly meetings.
For 2017, the Steering Committee’s quarterly meetings are held from 10:30am – 2:30 pm:
- March 15 – 235 Promenade Street, Providence Room 300
- June 21*
- September 20*
- December 6*
In 2012, the Management Committee selected the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to serve as the host entity for the Estuary Program. NEIWPCC is a congressionally authorized non-profit interstate organization, formed in 1947. NEIWPCC’s programmatic direction is decided by its Commission of 35 persons appointed by the governors of its member states; Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Commission serves its member states by coordinating efforts that encourage cooperation among the states, developing resources that foster progress on water issues, representing the region in matters of federal policy, training environmental professionals, managing programs and administrating grants, initiating and overseeing scientific research, educating the public, and providing overall leadership in water management and protection. NEIWPCC’s core work covers a variety of topics related to clean water including wastewater and onsite systems, water quality standards, wetlands, pollution abatement, stormwater, source water and groundwater, climate change, and nonpoint source pollution. The Commission has its headquarters in Lowell, Massachusetts with various satellite offices throughout the region.