Best Practices for Integrated Water Infrastructure Asset Management (IWAM)
IWAM Webinar Series & Focus Groups
This webinar series was recorded between February 28th and May 1st, 2019, and explored the best practices, opportunities, and barriers to catalyzing asset management and IWAM across the Great Lakes region. The four webinars collectively include presentations by 17 different expert panelists about diverse topics related to IWAM. Descriptions and links to recordings of each webinar are available below.
In addition, the Great Lakes Commission hosted three focus groups that brought together 30 professionals in the field of water infrastructure and asset management that took place in Mississauga Ontario (June 26, 2019), Dayton Ohio (June 22, 2019), and Erie, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2019). The ideas shared at these sessions are summarized in the IWAM Phase I Report (coming in November 2019).
Webinar 1: What is Integrated Water Asset Management?
The kick-off webinar of the IWAM series discussed the basic questions of what should be considered a water infrastructure “asset” and what it means to effectively manage them. It also explored primary drivers for asset management and desired outcomes for communities. While traditional (grey) infrastructure is often thought of as the pipes, pumps, and plants that treat and deliver water supplies, this narrow definition leaves out many essential elements of municipal systems. What about natural and engineered green infrastructure features? What about the knowledge, human capacity, and financing required to design and implement a long-term asset management plan? Why does this even matter? Download the recording of this webinar (link above) to learn more.
Webinar 1 Panelist of Presenters
- Tim Colling, Michigan Tech
- Christine Weigle, Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority
- Anna Wolf, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Webinar 2: Water Infrastructure Financing and IWAM
In this webinar a panel of experts shares their perspectives on current financing opportunities for asset management and discusses options for expanding financial support for IWAM. The webinar also explores how asset management can improve and support rate-setting and infrastructure financing.
Webinar 2 Panelist of Presenters
- Jay Kessen & Mark Hoskins, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Robert Boos, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)
- Jeff Hughes, University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center
Webinar 3: Technology and IWAM
This webinar explores how different types of software and technology can support asset management at different scales, from individual municipal supplies to regional systems, and how technology can be used to support data sharing agreements and coordinated decision-making by drinking, waste, and stormwater system managers. A panel of presenters will discuss how their organizations employ technology to conduct asset management and share ideas for systems looking to further integrate asset management into their work.
Webinar 3 Panelist of Presenters
- Bryon Wood & Jody Caldwell, Great Lakes Water Authority
- Heather Himmelberger, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
- Steve Rozycki, Macomb County, MI Public Works
Webinar 4: IWAM Policy and Program Implementation
The final webinar of the series explores how water infrastructure asset management programs are currently being designed and implemented in Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario. Panelists from these states and province give presentations on their asset management work and address the elements previously discussed throughout this webinar series, including (1) the scope of assets considered within their policies and programs, (2) short and long-term financing considerations, and (3) the technology they currently use or intend on using in the future.
Webinar 4 Panelist of Presenters
- Jessica Moy, Michigan Infrastructure Council
- Kelly Green, Michigan Water Asset Management Council
- Kelly Karll & Ann Burns, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
- Melissa Osborne, City of Windsor & Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM)
- Susan Schell, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency