PENC Water/Wastewater Action Group

Chair:  
Monroe Huckaby, EI (mhuckaby@wkdickson.com)

Members:     
Tom Bach
Kelly Boone
Brian Johnson
Corey King
Becky Ward

Previously, Buildings, Transportation, and Water/Wastewater infrastructure and sustainability (I&S) were combined into one action group. At some point, folks decided they should be separated out, thus creating three separate I&S action groups. With the new structure, an overview of those three action groups has not been created. As a first topic of conversation, this action group should determine the mission and goals and/or priorities, whether general or specific. I’ve provided below the overall I&S description as a starting point for this group in developing the mission and goals.

 PENC Website Link to Infrastructure & Sustainability


Purpose Statement
PENC needs to be in a leadership position regarding North Carolina’s infrastructure and the sustainability of that infrastructure. No other organization in the state offers a professional perspective on the full diversity of infrastructure elements. The group will be guided by the premise that the State’s infrastructure must be robust, sustainable, and conducive for economic development for the state to compete on a national stage for standard of living for its citizens and attractiveness for businesses and talent.

Background
The Water/Wastewater Action Group will use the collective engineering resources of our profession to examine where to focus efforts on improving infrastructure and moving towards sustainable outcomes. The group will engage partner organizations and utilize our statewide leaders and policy makers to provide focus on the key infrastructure objectives for our state while providing engineering based support for these objectives. Goals of this group are to identify emerging technologies, research and gather data on the infrastructure issues of today using technologies of tomorrow and provide lawmakers with the information they need to make important decisions.

Expansion
The term infrastructure moves beyond just concrete and steel. This group will explore aspects of tangible and intangible infrastructure in today’s society including, transportation, energy, healthcare facilities, schools and education, cyber communications and water resources. Improved infrastructure and sustainability leads to economic growth in the region as corporations look to establishing major facilities throughout the country.Group members will engage in conversations with group and community leaders, compiling research and data that are then used to educate political leaders in moving toward a more sustainable future


Action Group Mission(s)

  • Review pending legislative action with Laurie Onorio (ljo@walkwest.com) or a designated representative of Walk West to establish proactive positions of key upcoming legislative issues.
  • Engage with stakeholder groups who are proponents of water/wastewater/stormwater infrastructure (e.g. ACEC, NCDEQ, APWA, NC Chamber of Commerce) to define common opportunities to promote.
  • Identify potential water/wastewater regulatory hurdles that could be reformed and partner with the Regulatory Reform Action Group about how to approach them.
  • Discuss how alternative delivery contracts (e.g. Design-Build) will impact licensure in the water/wastewater industry. (Establish a plan for educating members and public sector clients on the new Design Build/Public Private partnership law.)


Success Measures:

  • Development of a "hit team" on all water/wastewater issues to be drawn upon by Laurie Onorio as issue arise in the state legislature (Monroe, Brian, Becky, Kelly)
  • Define established positions on common legislative actions regarding water/wastewater/stormwater infrastructure
  • Identify and confirm consistent positions with key subject matter experts (SMEs) (three) on the role of PE licenses in the industry (NC AWWA-WEA, NCDEQ, APWA)
  • Develop a list and simple summary of topics that the water/wastewater/stormwater industry is concerned for potential presentation to legislators (e.g. nutrient discharge requirements/funding, operation & maintenance of stormwater control measures, emerging contaminants and disinfection byproduct rules, Pb & Cu)
  • Coordinate with roadway professional engineers to understand how the transition to alternative delivery contracts impacted professional licensure. Develop pros and cons for a professional engineer’s involvement in an alternative delivery project