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Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange Webinar Series: Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response

June 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT






Alan Roberson, Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA)
Greg Prelewicz, Fairfax Water
Steve Beiber, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)

This webinar will leverage the case study from the spill on the Potomac River (in Virginia) in November 2016 to provide recommendations for a variety of participants including water utilities, and federal, state, and local governments. During the webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how to link source water protection and emergency preparedness and response
  • Learn what worked and what didn’t work during/after the spill
  • How lessons learned can improve planning for emergency preparedness and response

The source water for most of Metropolitan Washington DC was put at risk by a spill on the Potomac River in late 2016. The water systems responded aggressively to this spill in order to provide continuity of operations but the emergency response by other governmental entities was not optimal from the water systems’ perspective. Past source water mapping, as well ongoing source water monitoring, provided useful and timely data that was used in decision-making by the impacted water systems. Additional emergency preparedness work has been started as a result of the lessons learned from the response to this spill.

Alan Roberson (Source Water Collaborative Steering Committee Co-Chair) will provide some opening remarks, and Greg Prelewicz (Fairfax Water) and Steve Beiber (MWCOG) will provide a presentation about the Potomac River spill incident and lessons learned, and answer audience questions.

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This is the sixth webinar in the Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange Webinar Series. The Learning Exchange is an information sharing platform for source water protection advocates to discuss current challenges, share success stories, and transfer knowledge to bolster source water protection efforts across the country.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


ALAN ROBERSON is the Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). ASDWA’s members (the state drinking water agencies) are co- regulators with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Roberson has over 27 years of experience in the development of drinking water policy and federal drinking water regulations. He and his staff work closely with EPA and the state and territorial drinking water agencies in the development and implementation of federal drinking water regulations. Mr. Roberson coordinates with his members to establish the policy direction on all federal water regulatory and security and preparedness issues, as well as manage the finances and strategic planning for ASDWA.

GREG PRELEWICZ serves as Manager of Planning for Fairfax Water, Virginia’s largest water utility, where he oversees a staff of employees in system planning and development, source water planning and protection, site plan review, and GIS and mapping services. Greg has 20 years of experience in various water resources, environmental, and civil engineering areas, having worked the past 14 years at Fairfax Water. Greg arrived at Fairfax Water during the planning and discussion stage of the Potomac Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership (DWSPP) formation. He has been an active participant in the Potomac DWSPP and in Fairfax Water’s other source water protection activities since 2003.

STEVE BEIBER has over 25 years of experience in water quality management, environmental regulation, critical infrastructure protection, and public policy. Presently, he is responsible for managing COG’s regional Anacostia Restoration Partnership, water security programs, energy security programs, critical infrastructure protection, drought management and response, urban stream restoration, green infrastructure, and other related environmental programs for local governments and utilities in the Washington, DC area. Previously Mr. Bieber was Chief of Watershed Planning and Outreach for the Maryland Department of the Environment. Mr. Bieber also has extensive experience working with international groups on watershed management and water security issues. Sanitation Commission.


June 6, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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