Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group

About Us

The SCEIG was formed in 1990, by state, federal, local, educational, and service agencies that provide regulatory, technical, financial, and educational assistance for environmental infrastructure projects. These agencies saw a need to coordinate efforts to assist small governments with the difficult task of developing, improving, and maintaining their water and wastewater systems. This group of experts has quarterly meetings to discuss the needs of small communities and what responses or remedies are appropriate and feasible.

The goal of the group is to assist small communities in identifying the most appropriate resources to help the communities resolve problems associated with environmental infrastructure. To this end, the group has four committees to address the most pressing needs of small communities: Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Decentralized Wastewater Working Group and the Appalachian Environmental Infrastructure Strategy Work Group.

In addition, the SCEIG has compiled a list of various documents, publications and internet resources for the use of small communities in considering the financing, installation, repair or expansion of environmental infrastructure.

SCEIG Helping Small Communities Meet Their Water & Wastewater System Needs

For a Power Point summary presentation regarding the Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group, click here to download this presentation. This helpful tool includes information on the following:
  • What is SCEIG?
  • Who works with SCEIG
  • How is SCEIG operated?
  • Committees and Training tools with training links.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee was formed to coordinate the financial resources administered by state and federal agencies to address environmental infrastructure needs of small communities. The Finance Committee meets bi-monthly to address the needs of specific communities if a member agency feels that a project cannot be funded without a coordinated effort. Included in the variety of ways in which the Finance Committee has been able to assist a community in the financial planning of a project, is a tool kit that can be accessed by clicking here.

Training Committee

The Training Committee offers workshops addressing local officials on what they need to know about water and wastewater systems. (click here for Curriculum Committee) or (click here for RCAP Training)

Decentralized Wastewater Working Group

The Decentralized Wastewater Working Group works together to address the current “gaps” in the continuum of wastewater solutions ranging from individual systems to large central sewer systems. The committee seeks to explore the concept of managed decentralized wastewater system options including individual, clustered and/or small community.

Appalachian Environmental Infrastructure Strategy Work Group

The Appalachian Environmental Infrastructure Strategy Work Group seeks to assist communities in Appalachia with funding water and wastewater infrastructure needs, by fostering and encouraging partnerships among state and local officials through peer support, information and coordination.