The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) have announced that Dr. Eric A. Howe has accepted the position of program director of the LCBP, replacing Dr. William (Bill) Howland who retired in June after seventeen years. Howe has worked on water quality and watershed management issues in the Lake Champlain basin for nearly 20 years; for the past seven years he has served as Technical Coordinator for LCBP.
As the program director for LCBP, Howe is expected to work to administer a federally-funded program designed to protect and preserve Lake Champlain and its bi-state and bi-national watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, promote the use of sound science to support management decisions, enhance water quality, and promote community involvement and stewardship. Howe will also serve as director of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, a federally recognized Heritage Program and subprogram of LCBP whose focus is to increase knowledge and appreciation of the area’s cultural heritage, outdoor recreational opportunities, and historic landmarks.
Howe holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and a Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont. He obtained his Bachelor of Science at the State University of New York in Environmental and Forest Biology. Eric started his career in environmental protection in the late 1990s working with the Darrin Fresh Water Institute of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Subsequent positions included serving as a lake protection scientist for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Division prior to joining NEIWPCC as the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Technical Coordinator in 2009.
NEIWPCC is a not-for-profit interstate agency that works to meet the water-related needs of its member states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This includes coordinating forums and events, developing educational and technical resources, training environmental professionals and providing overall leadership in water management and protection. NEIWPCC has served as the host of LCBP for over 25 years, since 1991. Lead by Senator Patrick Leahy, the US Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act of 1990 which initiated the development of the Lake Champlain Basin Program located in Grand Isle, VT. New York, Vermont, and Quebec work hand-in- hand to address critical issues facing Lake Champlain.