State Water Organization Elects New Leaders

Monday, August 20, 2012
Contact: Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, 202-756-0600 x 1, Association of Clean Water Administrators
State Water Organization Elects New Leaders
Steve Gunderson, Director of the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is the newly elected President of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). Gunderson and other officers and directors were confirmed on August 15 in Park City, Utah at the conclusion of the non-profit organization’s 51st Annual Meeting.
“I am honored to have been elected President of the Association of Clean Water Administrators. I look forward to working with the Association’s partners, especially the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to ensure that the state and interstate perspective is appropriately considered in the development of national policy related to the quality of the waters in our streams, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal areas,” said Gunderson following his election.
Also serving in new leadership roles following the election are Vice President Shellie Chard-McClary, Director, Water Quality Division, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Region III Board Representative Collin Burrell, Associate Director, Water Quality Division, Department of the Environment, Government of the District of Columbia. Several other Board members and officers were elected to a second term or reappointed.
ACWA is the independent, nonpartisan, national organization of state and interstate water program directors, responsible for the daily implementation of the Clean Water Act’s water quality programs. “There is no other national group whose entire agenda is set by a Board of Directors composed only of state and interstate water quality program administrators who are experts in this field,” notes Executive Director and General Counsel Alexandra Dapolito Dunn. “As we observe the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, this is the right group of people to ensure that the voice of states and interstates is heard regarding the many clean water challenges and opportunities facing our nation.”