Steering Committee

What does it do?

The Steering Committee functions similar to a board of directors. They provide overall support, vision, and guidance to the Collaborative. They help guide the host partner, WV Rivers Coalition, in all aspects of the Collaborative, including providing assistance with researching funding opportunities, guiding short-term objectives, and developing long-term strategies for sustaining the Collaborative.

Meeting Notes

  • October 16th, 2020 - The Steering Committee, via email, approved the Goals for our Strategic Planning process.


  • October 1st, 2020 - Meeting Notes. Ashley and Jacqueline from our strategic planning consultant, Cadmus Group, gave a presentation and hosted a discussion on our big-picture, long-term Goals based on our survey results. They have taken the results of the survey and the discussion at this meeting to create a final draft list of Goals that our partners can provide comments on over the next week. Once we receive their feedback, we'll make any last changes and send them to the Steering Committee for approval. As not all comments from the survey were addressed directly in our meeting, Cadmus Group created this spreadsheet to track their responses to the survey results.


  • September 1st, 2020 - Meeting Notes. Watch the webinar or view the presentation. Tanner Haid gave an overview of our accomplishments in 2019-2020. Ashley Arayas led the group in a discussion about the structure and meeting schedule for our strategic planning process, as well as our next steps for defining the Collaborative's big-picture, long-term Goals. We will conduct a survey to collect feedback on creating "SMART Goals" and discuss at our next Gathering on October 1st, 2020.


  • August 4th, 2020 - Meeting Notes. Watch the webinar or view the presentation. Introductions to Renee Bryant with EPA Region 3 Source Water Protection Division and Ashley Arayas with Cadmus Group, our strategic plan consultant. Discussed our role as the Steering Committe; the strategic planning process; and two options for how to format our goals & objectives and action plans within the structure of the Collaborative and the plan, as laid out in the presentation above. Next step is to refine these ideas and present at a full gathering in September.


  • June 25th, 2020 - Watch the webinar or view the presentation. Discuss the results from our recent "Planning for Success" survey. This webinar is in preparation for our upcoming strategic planning process that we'll be undertaking in 2020-2021 and contains valuable insight into our collective experience with strategic plans & processes.

  • May 28th, 2020 - Watch the webinar or view the presentation. Discussed the results from our recent "Skills & Interests" Survey. We will be hosting another webinar next month on Thursday, June 25th at 10:00am regarding strategic planning.



  • February 7th, 2020 - Meeting Notes. The Steering Committee met to review all of the major updates since we last met in September 2019. We formally approved adding a Programmatic Milestone for accomplishing our state's Watershed Implementation Plan. Michelle Audie from the EPA's Source Water Program gave a presentation on Strategic Planning. Brandy Espinola with University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center discussed opportunities for a full-day workshop for water utilities.


  • September 18th, 2019 - Meeting Notes. WV Rivers Coalition gave a presentation on the Safe Water Conservation Collaborative's mission of "Protecting Land to Protect Drinking Water Supplies" to set the tone for the meeting. The workgroups and steering committee had breakout discussion and took notes on their next steps. The results of a post-meeting survey have insights into the success of the meeting.