The successful management and operation of municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities involves technical and non-technical staff. Several professional associations, state regulatory agencies, public and private technical assistance providers and academic institutions routinely interact with municipal water and wastewater staff and/or elected officials. Involvement of these organizations in an integrated outreach program is crucial to success.
In 2007, the "Infrastructure Alliance for Energy Efficiency" (Alliance) was created through the FOCUS on Municipal Water and Wastewater Facilities Program to actively engage organizations in a collaborative approach to implement a comprehensive, well informed outreach program to raise municipal awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and the availability of NYSERDA programs.
Alliance partners assist in the development of customized outreach material, support the implementation of outreach activities such as workshops and training events, and disseminate materials to local elected officials, board members, utility managers and operations staff through publications, websites, mailings and events.
The organizations that are members of the Alliance are listed below; new organizations are added frequently. If your organization would like to join the Alliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Public Works Association – New York Chapter
The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 64 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.
Association of Towns of the State of NY
The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, computer software programs, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns.
Capital District Regional Planning Commission The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) is a regional planning and resource center serving Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties. CDRPC provides objective analysis of data, trends, opportunities, and challenges relevant to the Region's economic development and planning communities. CDRPC serves the best interests of the public and private sectors by promoting intergovernmental cooperation; communicating, collaborating, and facilitating regional initiatives; and sharing information and fostering dialogues on solutions to regional problems.
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
NY American Water Works Association
New York Section American Water Works Association was founded in 1914, as the first water association in the country. Over the years, NYSAWWA has grown from a few members in New York State to over 2,200. Member of NYSAWWA come from all parts of New York State and from every level in the water industry. Membership is individual or organizational.
Each year NYSAWWA puts together a comprehensive program of trainings and conferences to assist in the education of operators, engineers, management and more within the drinking water industry. Through these educational opportunities, attendees are provided with valuable information in the latest techniques, technologies and research in the field. The conferences – the Spring Meeting and the Tifft Symposium – provide not only education for a forum for discussion, network and socializing among other drinking water professionals.
NYSAWWA also publishes its newsletter, Aquarius, three times a year. Aquarius provides members with information on NYSAWWA governance, new events, fresh research in the water field and more. Members are also given the opportunity to volunteer on several different committees. By participating on these committees, members are helping to institute change and advancement within the drinking water field as a whole.
NY Rural Water Association
With over 900 members, New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) is the largest membership organization representing small water/wastewater systems in the state. Our system members include villages, towns, municipal water and sewer districts, county authorities, state and federal institutions/facilities, schools and colleges, investor-owned water utilities, homeowner associations, and privately owned systems such as mobile home parks. Most of our systems serve a population of less than 10,000 each. NYRWA is run by and for rural systems. A volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from rural water/wastewater systems and small communities governs us. In addition, NYRWA has over 135 Associate Members. Our Associate Members include industry suppliers, consultants, and contractors. The support of these companies is a key to NYRWA's success. NYRWA is also affiliated with the National Rural Water Association (NRWA).
NYRWA assists communities and systems to comply with complex regulations and to protect the public health and environment. We assist communities and systems through on-site technical assistance, specialized training, and as a liaison to the government. We provide hands-on practical technical assistance at no cost on a wide variety of topics such as state and federal regulations, reporting, fiscal management, initial and continuing training needs, source water protection, and system operation and maintenance. Our staff work one-on-one with system personnel throughout the state and make thousands of on-site visits to communities and systems annually.
NYRWA offers specialized training to industry professionals at regional meetings and our statewide annual technical conference. Our training sessions cover a broad spectrum of needs and allow our industry professionals to upgrade their skills. Finally, NYRWA acts as a liaison between the state and federal government, local communities, and rural water and wastewater systems. We monitor the rules and regulations promulgated by these agencies, track state and federal legislation, and work to express our opinions on behalf of our members in New York.
NY Water Environment Association, Inc.
NYS Association of Counties
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.
NYSAC represents New York counties before Federal, State and Local officials on matters germane to county governments; and we inform our membership and the public at large on issues of importance to county governments.
We strive to educate, train and provide research on public policy to Federal, State and Local officials and to the membership on issues important to counties.
We advocate for our 62 counties, including the City of New York, to the legislative and executive branches of government at the State and Federal levels.
NYS Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) is an association of, and for, cities and villages in New York. Since 1910, NYCOM has united local government officials in an active statewide network. With more than 590 member municipalities, NYCOM is a powerful advocate for city and village interests in the state legislature and with state agencies. We are a readily accessible source of practical information touching upon every area of municipal activity. NYCOM is also a leader in the on-going training and education of local officials. From training programs to legislative advocacy to inquiry handling, NYCOM assists city and village officials in providing essential services in a cost effective manner.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
The mission of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Facility Operations Assistance Section is to provide quality training and technical assistance/customer support services through professional teamwork to the regulated wastewater community and to DEC Regional Staff for the purpose of achieving compliance, optimizing performance and preventing pollution. Our goal is to enhance environmental quality and to protect public health.
Their website provides easy and rapid access to certification forms and requirements, seminars, technical assistance, and other resources to help us work together to preserve New York's water resources.
NYS Department of Health
Assuring the delivery of safe drinking water is critical to the public health and well being of all New Yorkers. The Department of Health oversees the delivery of drinking water to ensure that it is suitable for people to drink. To assure the safety of drinking water in New York, the Department of Health in cooperation with its partners, the county health departments, regulates the operation, design and quality of public water supplies and commercial bottled water suppliers; assures water sources are adequately protected; provides financial assistance to public water suppliers, reviews and approves plans for proposed realty subdivisions, and sets standards for constructing individual water supplies and individual wastewater systems (septic systems).
NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services
NYS Energy Research and Development Authority
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9 of the State Public Authorities Law through the reconstitution of the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority. NYSERDA's earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State's petroleum consumption. Subsequent research and development projects focused on topics including environmental effects of energy consumption, development of renewable resources, and advancement of innovative technologies.
NYSERDA strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State's energy, economic, and environmental wellbeing. In fulfilling its mission, NYSERDA's workforce reflects its public service orientation, placing a premium on objective analysis and collaboration, as well as reaching out to solicit multiple perspectives and share information. NYSERDA is committed to public service, striving to be a model of efficiency and effectiveness, while remaining flexible and responsive to its customers' needs. NYSERDA's programs and services provide a vehicle for the State to work collaboratively with businesses, academia, industry, the federal government, environmental community, public interest groups, and energy market participants. Through these collaborations, NYSERDA seeks to develop a diversified energy supply portfolio, improve market mechanisms, and facilitate the introduction and adoption of advanced technologies that will help New Yorkers plan for and respond to uncertainties in the energy markets.
NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation
The Environmental Facilities Corporation's primary mission is to promote environmental quality by providing low-cost capital to municipalities and other eligible borrowers, for environmental projects in New York State. This mission is accomplished through the administration of both the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF). Through these funds, low interest loans and grants have been made available to preserve and protect water quality and protect human health.
NYS Society of Professional Engineers, Inc.
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. is the premier organization of professional engineers (PEs) that promotes and defends the lawful and ethical practice of engineering. Our legislative program ensures that the laws in New York State provide the best possible working environment for PE's. Our close attention to public relations maximizes the exposure of professional engineers to the general public. Overall, our goal is to protect and promote professional engineers in all disciplines and areas of practice.
NYS Tug Hill Commission
The Tug Hill Commission uses a grassroots approach to help create a sound environment and economy for this special rural region of New York State. The commission's approach is viewed by many as a model for fostering environmental protection and appropriate rural economic development in a way that retains "home rule." The nine members of its governing body are all residents of the region.
The Commission provides technical assistance to local governments, economic development organizations, and other local groups in the areas of land use planning, community economic development, and natural resource management. The Commission also provides skill development and information for local officials through workshops and issues papers on a variety of topics. The Commission utilizes a model "circuit rider" program and helps local governments cut costs and save public funds through use of its computerized (GIS) mapping system and by fostering intermunicipal cooperation.
NYS Water and Sewer Co-Funding Initiative
The New York State Water and Sewer Infrastructure Co-funding Initiative is here to help New York State communities find sources of government funding for their water and sewer projects. Communities have several sources of government funding available to them and projects may be eligible to receive funding from more than one of these programs. Learning about these programs and applying for funding can be a challenging task, and the Co-funding Initiative has taken steps to make the process easier and more effective.
The Co-funding Initiative helps communities:
- Learn about government funding programs
- Determine which funding programs a project may be eligible for
- Understand the application process involved
- Obtain the optimum funding package for their project
- Streamline the funding process
- Obtain funding more quickly.
On this web site you will find brief descriptions of water and sewer government funding programs, a detailed presentation on water and sewer project planning and financing, a questionnaire that informs you which funding programs your project may be eligible for, and the Co-funding Initiative Memo of Understanding.
Office for Small Cities / New York State Office of Community Renewal
RCAP Solutions is a comprehensive not-for-profit community development organization that works with communities of all sizes to address a broad range of needs. RCAP Solutions has a 40 year history of providing training and technical assistance to address the needs of public water supply and wastewater systems in rural communities in the Northeastern United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. As a regional partner in a coordinated nationwide network, RCAP Solutions offers an integrated, multi-faceted approach to delivering high-quality technical assistance services customized to each community's unique requirements.
RCAP Solutions' staff helps communities assess their needs to promote public, environmental, and economic health and develop and implement their water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Funding for many of the RCAP Solutions' projects is provided for qualified communities through grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Rural Development, US Health and Human Services and contracts with individual states. RCAP Solutions also provides services on a competitive fee-for-service basis for projects beyond the scope of grant funded activities.
Southern Tier Central Regional Planning Board
Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board
The Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (STERPDB) is a special purpose unit of government, created under Articles 5-G and 12-B of the New York State General Municipal Law, as a joint undertaking by its member counties.
Having a small staff and limited budget, STERPDB relies upon the cooperation of its members with input from a range of Local, Regional & State leaders, as well as global experts to provide technical and financial assistance in supporting local initiatives and projects. Partners include the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Economic Development Administration of the US Department of Commerce (EDA) and the New York State Association of Regional Councils (NYSARC).
Major areas of activity include municipal infrastructure, broadband telecommunications, vocational education, rural health care, transportation, economic and community development, renewable energy, and workforce development.
Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board
The Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board is a Regional Planning Board, a unit of government created in 1969 by a resolution of the County Legislatures of Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties in New York State under the authority of Article 12B of the New York State General Municipal Law. From its headquarters in Salamanca (Cattaraugus County), New York, Southern Tier West serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties of New York State.
Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board maintains ongoing and active relationships with national, state, and local governments, agencies, and the private sector for-profit and non-profit organizations. Of particular importance are Southern Tier West's ongoing relationships with two specific federal agencies, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA).
In 1969, ARC designated Southern Tier West as one of the Local Development Districts (LDD's) in the Appalachian Region. In this capacity, Southern Tier West coordinates and oversees the direction of all ARC-funded investment in the three-county Southern Tier West region. ARC's mission is to be an advocate for and partner with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.
In 1976, EDA designated Southern Tier West as an Economic Development District (EDD). In this capacity, Southern Tier West coordinates and oversees the direction of all EDA-funded investment in the three-county Southern Tier West region. EDA's mission is to create a climate conducive to the development of private enterprise in America's distressed communities, so as to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States.
Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems
Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center
The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York serves the two states and two territories of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University is tasked by the EPA with facilitating the development of sustainable communities. We connect motivated local government officials and private organizations with technical assistance, assessment tools, and funding offered by our large network of collaborators and resources.
We also provide professional training and community outreach to engage, educate, and enable the public to make their own change toward improved environmental infrastructure and quality of life.
Our mission is to enhance the administrative and financial capacities of state and local government officials and the nonprofit and private sectors as they endeavor to improve environmental infrastructure and quality of life. Our Areas of Focus include Fostering Sustainable Communities, Promoting Green Building and Advancing Sustainable Infrastructure.
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development