A steady stream of projects

Colene Carter
Technical Services Program Manager
APWA Kansas City Office

Every Technical Committee has some set tasks for each year. These include contributing articles to the Reporter, organizing three Congress sessions, reviewing all of the advocacy and guidance position papers in their subject area, suggesting topics for Click, Listen & Learn sessions, and providing comments on proposed legislation. Of course, the committees also tackle other projects.

The Water Resources Management Committee has been working on adding a conference within a conference. This year's Congress will include a one-day summit covering all aspects of stormwater management.

A new publication is in the works. The committee is working with two past committee members, Bob Carr and Bud Curtis, who are putting together an introduction to hydrology and hydraulics. Bob Carr has also been serving as APWA's representative on the International Stormwater BMP Database project (

The committee has been providing input on a possible new stormwater manager certification program for APWA, and is also planning a review of the bookstore's offerings in water resources.

APWA filed the committee's comments on NPDES Permit Requirement for Peak Wet Weather Discharges from POTW Serving SSO Collection Systems. The comments stressed the need for great specificity and guidance for NPDES authorities using the new "no feasible alternative" analysis when determining when to permit peak wet weather flow diversions. Comments were also filed on the Revised NPDES Permit Regulation & Effluent Limitation Guidelines for CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation).

The committee is following the Water Resources Development Act; it did not pass last year but should be a priority for this year. APWA is a part of the WIN Coalition supporting the Clean Water Trust Fund.

With the committee's oversight, APWA joined several other water organizations in seeking explicit language excluding water systems (PWS/POTW) from the requirements of the Chemical Security Facility Anti-Terrorism Act.

APWA joined with several other water sector organizations, including NACWA, WEF, NAWC, and AWWA, in signing a joint statement of intent with EPA. The purpose of this collaboration is to promote effective utility management as a tool to enhance the stewardship of infrastructure, improve utility performance and respond to other challenges. The group will establish a framework for working together to advance understanding of the principles and practices of effective utility management and to encourage and promote their wider application. Joe Superneau is on the Effective Utility Management Steering Committee.

The committee receives regular updates on the Water Is Life & Infrastructure Makes It Happen project which assists utilities in pilot projects for the design and implementation of public education campaigns.

Presentations on the work of the committee were offered to APWA chapters. (The committee maintains a PowerPoint™ presentation online, as well. More information is available on by selecting Technical Committees and Water Resources Management.)

Members of the Water Resources Management Committee are: Mary Meloy, Chair, Bend, OR; Keith Duncan, Norman, OK; Matt Singleton, Grapevine, TX; Bill Spearman, Columbia, SC; Joe Superneau, Springfield, MA; and Tom Trice, Bloomfield Township, MI. The At-Large Director to the committee is George Crombie, Plymouth, MA.

Colene Carter can be reached at (816) 595-5221 or