Who We Are

The Northeast States and Caribbean Island Regional Water Program was funded in September of 2008 by USDA NIFA National Integrated Water Resources Program (NIWQP). The region encompasses EPA Regions 1 and 2 - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Our program is based on the premise that the infusion of knowledge and the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) within agricultural, rural, and urbanizing communities will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of water quality protection and improvements. Our program emerges from the combined research, education, and Extension strengths of the regions’ ten Land Grant Universities (LGUs) and incorporates key stakeholders and partners into a framework to advance the protection and improvement of water quality.

Our long term goal is to strengthen the research, teaching and Extension capacity of LGUs to deliver outcome-based water programs that educate, empower, and engage agricultural producers, residents, and communities throughout the region to steward their local water resources. With eight focus areas and a distributed leadership format, we expand our knowledge base and transfer research-based tools to stakeholders at various scales (home, farm, community and watershed) using a variety of education and outreach activities and outputs. As a result, our stakeholders make science-based decisions and employ management practices that improve the quality and quantity of surface and ground water resources. We engage our students in these endeavors and enrich curricula with new insights and case studies that emerge from the program. The merger of Regions 1 and 2 expands our ability to translate relevant research and technologies into training programs, demonstration projects and management practices tailored to the unique requirements of our stakeholders.

Program delivery emerges from the following eight focus areas: (relevant National Theme)

Drinking Water and Private Wells (Drinking Water and Human Health)

NEMO (Non-point Pollution for Municipal Officials, Watershed Management)

Onsite Wastewater Training Center (Pollution Assessment and Prevention)

Sustainable Landscaping (Pollution Assessment and Prevention)

Water Quality and Production Agriculture (Nutrient & Pesticide Mgmt and Animal Waste Mgmt)

Watershed Assessment (Watershed Mgmt & Environmental Restoration)

The Island Initiative (encompasses many themes)

Small Farms Initiative (Nutrient & Pesticide Mgmt and Animal Waste Mgmt)


This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2008-51130-19504. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.