Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group

Goals

  1. Provide useful information for small community leadership for developing, improving and maintaining their environmental infrastructure.
  2. Assist small communities in identifying the most appropriate resources to help them resolve problems associated with environmental infrastructure.
  3. Develop additional technical and financial resources to help small communities resolve problems associated with environmental infrastructure.

Objectives

Curriculum and Training Committee

  1. Assist technical providers in conducting training events in the following areas:
    1. Leadership training for utility decision-makers in Appalachia counties in Ohio
    2. Utility management
    3. Financial management
    4. Project development short courses
    5. Applied asset management
    6. GIS
    7. Leak detection
    8. Rate setting
    9. Hands-on courses for water and wastewater operators
    10. Wastewater treatment for small systems
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of training events listed above through the use of evaluation forms at each training event.
  3. Promote training events on the SCEIG website. Members of SCEIG will also promote training sessions on their own websites as allowed by each agency.
  4. Conduct a webinar on a topic decided by the members of SCEIG.

Finance Committee

  1. Conduct six bi-monthly finance meetings at the offices of OWDA on the second Friday of the following months; February, April, June, August, October, and December.
  2. Follow up with each community that attends a finance committee meeting approximately 8-months after the initial SCEIG Finance Committee meeting.
  3. Enter each project into the database and enter new information as the project progresses.
  4. Discuss ways to increase coordination of funding projects among the state and federal funding agencies.

Appalachia Environmental Infrastructure Strategy Group

  1. Conduct two meetings per year at the offices of Ohio EPA's Southeast District with SCEIG members.
  2. Identify priority projects in Appalachia counties in Ohio and actively follow their progress.

Shared Resources Committee

  1. Educate local government agencies about the benefits of shared resources and partnerships.
  2. Increase realistic expectations for available funding.

Small System and Decentralized Committee

  1. Prepare three case studies for recently designed and/or constructed decentralized systems in the communities of Coolville, West Farmington and Christiansburg. These case studies will be incorporated into the "Guide for Completing a Decentralized Wastewater Project".
  2. Disseminate case studies to the design community.