TECHNICAL COMMITTEE NEWS
Spreading the word on water
Technical Services Program Manager
APWA Kansas City office
Members of the Water Resources Management Technical Committee are truly a resource for all APWA members. They are relied upon for their expertise in every area of water resources management. They are frequently asked for their comments on proposed legislation or regulations, guidance on education sessions or input on publications.
The committee anticipates a busy year in terms of legislative advocacy. The Public Policy Advocacy Priorities approved by the APWA Board of Directors include several water-related issues. Staying on top of resources development, infrastructure protection and funding, stormwater management and funding, and emergency response issues requires a significant time commitment from committee members.
Emergency management is obviously a topic of great interest in the water resources field at the moment. For that reason, a Water Resources subcommittee has been formed to tackle this issue. The new subcommittee is chaired by past committee member, Steve Masters. This group will be working with the Emergency Management Technical Committee on homeland security issues and a new publication on emergency response.
The committee is also forming a subcommittee to work on publications. Of particular interest is an effort to revise and bring up-to-date an APWA publication from the '80s, Urban Stormwater Management.
In its ongoing efforts to provide the latest and best available information to colleagues, the committee is preparing some interesting sessions for this year's Congress in Kansas City. Some of the topics to be covered are stormwater management, sewer collection systems and asset management.
Stormwater is definitely the hottest of the hot topics. And, the fire isn't likely to go out anytime soon. Committee members are constantly trying to come up with new ways to spread the word on the latest strategies.
Public works staff members all across the country are learning how to pull together volunteers for water quality monitoring, streambed restorations, cleanups, rainfall monitoring and erosion control enforcement. Others are teaching residents how to properly direct downspouts, plant rain gardens, and host stream-friendly car wash events. Many public works directors find themselves asking staff members to be educators and volunteer coordinators. Just when you thought public works had done it all!
As the field of stormwater management continues to grow and expand with new technologies, new methods and new ideas, the Water Resources Management Committee strives to stay informed and pass that information along to the APWA membership.
More information on the committee can be found on APWA's website by clicking on "Technical Committees" and choosing "Water Resources Management." You can find meeting summaries, position papers and contact information.
Members of the Water Resources Management Committee are:
Colene Carter can be reached at (816) 595-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.