Liquid Assets | The Story of Our Water Infrastructure

Content Advisory Board

The members of the Content Advisory Board assisted the Liquid Assets initiative by providing information and ideas regarding the historical background and current issues facing the water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Steve Allbee, Project Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Steve Allbee is the principal author of The Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Gap Analysis, a comprehensive national-level assessment of the challenges that lie ahead for America’s water and wastewater systems.  He has published several articles and papers and advises both nationally and internationally on water utility asset management, project development, and infrastructure financial and technical assistance programs for underserved and disadvantaged communities.

Linda Blankenship, P.E., DEE, Principal Consultant, EMA, Inc.

Linda Blankenship is a principal consultant with EMA, Inc., a specialized consulting firm focused on technology and management solutions for  utilities and  local government.  From 2004 to 2007, she served as a board member of the Buried Asset Management Institute International, a nonprofit corporation that brings together owners of underground water infrastructure, industry, and researchers to evaluate and develop buried asset management protocols for application worldwide.

John Griffin, Executive Director of Underground Water Utilities, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta

The Department of Watershed Management manages Atlanta's drinking water, wastewater and storm water resources serving approximately 1.2 million customers, and oversees a $4 billion improvement program scheduled for completion by 2014. Griffin is responsible for developing a sustainable asset management program for Atlanta's water and wastewater assets. Atlanta is striving to ensure that its citizens have the best water resources and watershed protection possible.

Mark Kemp-Rye, Interim Communications Manager, National Environmental Services Center

Based at West Virginia University, the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) is an organization dedicated to providing small communities with information and expertise for dealing with drinking water and wastewater issues. NESC’s services include publications, technical assistance, Web sites, training, and hundreds of free and low-cost products.

Martin Melosi, Distinguished Professor, University of Houston, Department of History

Martin Melosi has spent more than three decades studying how rapid urbanization and the advances and adoption of technology affect the environment. As a distinguished author and historian, Dr. Melosi has written many books outlining the public policy and environmental issues facing cities and communities across the country.

Karen Schuckman, Instructor, Penn State, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

As a certified photogrammetrist and professional land surveyor, Karen Schuckman has two decades of experience in the geospatial industry. Currently teaching remote sensing in the World Campus certificate and master’s degree programs in geography, she also serves as a consultant for URS Corporation and has worked on projects in public works and infrastructure mapping, disaster response and recovery, and floodplain mapping.

Sunil Sinha, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Sinha received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work on sustainable water infrastructure management systems. He has authored more than seventy technical publications and has worked extensively on a variety of water infrastructure-related projects, especially buried water and wastewater pipe infrastructure systems.

Special Thanks, Concept Development

:: Buried Asset Management Institute - International
:: Tom Iseley
:: Bernard Krzys and Jim Rush at Benjamin Media
:: Grant Whittle