Webinar Series

2022 Webinars

Next Steps for Water Equity:  Ensuring Equitable Implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

May 26, 2022 – 11:00am-12:00pm CT | 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

The Bipartisan infrastructure Law provides more than $50 billion for water infrastructure, presenting a historic opportunity for Great Lakes cities to modernize aging water systems, remove lead water lines, and manage stormwater and reduce urban flooding. Ensuring this funding is administered in an equitable manner is an urgent priority. The webinar will feature speakers from federal and state agencies who will discuss plans for assisting cities in accessing water infrastructure funding, including technical assistance for small or disadvantaged cities. It will also showcase one city’s successful program to remove lead water lines.

Moderator | Speakers:

  • Mayor Billy McKinney, Zion Illinois, vice chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and chair of the Mayors Commission on Water Equity
  • Jonathan Nelson, Senior Advisor for Technical Assistance and Community Outreach, Office of Water, U.S. EPA
  • Katrina Kessler, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Jake Pawlak, Deputy Mayor and Director, Office of Management and Budget, City of Pittsburgh and previous Senior Manager for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which has replaced 8,883 public lead lines and 5,846 private lead lines since 2016

Upcoming Webinars

  • July 28: Preparing your Grant Applications for Infrastructure
  • August 25: Innovations in Addressing Algal Blooms
  • September 2: Back to the Future – 50 Years of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
  • October 27: The Blue Economy Series – Sustainable Waterfront Development
  • November 17: The Blue Economy Series – Building Up Your Blue Tourism Brand
  • December 8: The Cities Initiative Year In Review