2018 Water Policy Conference
Water Utility Options for New Infrastructure Funding –
Discuss Alternative Project Delivery with Experienced Colleagues
To benefit from President Trump’s new infrastructure plan, many water systems may find it helpful to consider alternative project delivery arrangements – the topic of two policy discussions at AMWA’s 2018 Water Policy Conference.
Half of the $200 billion in proposed new spending under the administration’s plan would go to projects based largely on the amount of non-federal revenue they bring to the table. In an interactive discussion on Sunday afternoon, March 18, featuring John Entsminger of Las Vegas Valley Water District and Ray Hoffman of Cascade Water Alliance, utility managers will engage on “Decision Making Principles for Alternative Project Delivery with Private Sector Partners.” Then on Monday, March 19, Maureen Stapleton of San Diego County Water Authority, Donovan Burton of San Antonio Water System, Norma Camacho of Santa Clara Valley Water District and Scott Haskins of Jacobs will share their experiences in “Straight Talk About Alternative Project Delivery and P3s: Public and Private Sector Perspectives.” Discussion in the two policy sessions will cover construction management-at-risk and design-build-operate P3s, among other possibilities.
A panel of AMWA-member utility executives from water systems hard hit in the 2017 hurricane season – Yvonne Forrest of the Houston Department of Public Works, Kirk Zuelch of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Eli Diaz Atienza of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority – will address the impacts of the devastating storms on their water systems and surrounding communities.
Top administration officials on the program include Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy D.J. Gribbin, Associate Director for Infrastructure Alexander Herrgott from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, DHS Acting Deputy Under Secretary Bob Kolasky of the National Protection and Programs Directorate and FEMA Acting Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness John Rabin.
Discussing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s water priorities will be:
- Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Lee Forsgren, who will focus on issues including “Waters of the United States,” integrated water resource planning and water affordability;
- Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Director Peter Grevatt, who will give status reports on priority regulatory items including the Lead and Copper Rule, perchlorate, health advisories and source water protection; and
- A panel of WIFIA Program staffers, who will offer an update on the next round of funding for the agency’s newest water infrastructure financing program.
Key U.S. Senate and House members will supply their perspectives on legislation and national developments impacting the nation’s water utilities:
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife;
- Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee;
- Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Environment Subcommittee;
- Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the House Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee;
- Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee;
- Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), former chairman of the House Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee;
- Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), member of the House Environment Subcommittee; and
- Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), member of the House Budget Committee and sponsor of the Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Act.
Popular political analyst David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report will lay the groundwork for the conference’s policy discussions by handicapping the crucial 2018 midterm elections.
AMWA encourages conference participants to visit their members of Congress while in Washington, D.C. Briefing papers on important drinking water policy issues will be provided in conference registration packets.
The deadline has passed for making hotel reservations at the special AMWA conference rate. Attendees needing a room at the Liaison Capitol Hill at the conference rate should contact Eugenia Cadena in the AMWA office (202-331-2820).