AWOP Planning Meeting Update – Region 3 April 2011

One of the key components of the area-wide optimization program (AWOP) is the routine planning meetings held between participating state program personnel, EPA, ASDWA, and the contractor, Process Applications, Inc.  These meetings are part of the strategic implementation process used to sustain the AWOP partnerships and activities (e.g., the network).  The meetings accomplish multiple objectives including:  sharing ideas, agreeing on direction and priorities, providing multi-state support and encouragement to improve program performance, sharing techni­cal and management information and approaches and overall sustaining the AWOP human infrastructure.

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Falling Waters, West Virginia – April 12 – 14, 2011

The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC and Process Applications, Inc. met in Falling Waters, West Virginia in April 2011. In addition representatives from North Carolina attended the meeting.  A major objective of this meeting was to kick off a train the trainer series on the DBP PBT protocol.  The focus of the first session was to introduce and develop DBP PBT facilitator skills.  Each of the state participants are expected to take the training materials back to their respective state programs and, if necessary, train other state facilitators to support actual DBP PBT events for selected water utilities in their states.  The training materials used for this initial session represent the current enhanced materials from the South Carolina and Kentucky DBP PBT pilot development programs.  The train the trainer approach being used in Region 3 is designed to encourage immediate implementation of the newly acquired skills transferred to the state program attendees.  Some of the challenges is the train the trainer approach were discussed and plans made to implement training efforts at the individual states.  Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina are planning implementation with multiple facilities.  Maryland and Virginia are planning on starting with an individual system.  The next session will cover presentation of Session 1 of the DBP PBT protocol and will be held on June 21 – 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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