AWAWG Subcommittees

The Alabama Water Agencies Working Group is made up of six subcommittees. The purposes and duties of each subcommittee is explained below:

Subcommittees
Legal
Database
Stakeholder
Legislation
​Reporting
Public Information
 

Legal

The role of the Legal Subcommittee is to work closely with the AWAWG Chair and Subcommittee Chairs, advising and conducting research on relevant water resources and other attendant legal issues, laws, policy issues or questions associated with the advisory role of the AWAWG and assisting with drafting of proposed legislation. The Legal Subcommittee is composed of all the attorneys of the five agencies of the AWAWG. The Legal Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Bennett Bearden [email], chair - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Vernon Barnett [email] - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Craig Kneisel [email] - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Will Gunter [email] - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Patrick Moody [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Indistries

 

Database

The Database Subcommittee shall create a comprehensive database of Alabama’s water resources. During this process, the Database Subcommittee is responsible for recommending policies, priorities, and procedures for creating and maintaining this database. The Database Subcommittee shall gather all existing data and assess the need for additional data, including, but not limited to, surface water, groundwater and instream flow/ecosystems data to develop a comprehensive, statewide assessment of Alabama’s water resources, water use and water needs of the industrial, economic, agricultural, public health and safety and environmental sectors. The Database Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Lynn Sisk [email], co-chair - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Tom Littlepage [email], co-chair - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Marlon Cook [email], co-chair - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Glen Zorn [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
  • Andrew Henderson [email] - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

 

Stakeholder

The Stakeholder Subcommittee shall organize and conduct meetings with outside stakeholders from groups that represent, at a minimum, economic, industrial, utility, public drinking water supply, public safety, recreational, environmental, ecological and agricultural interests, the AWAWG agency members, key legislators and the Governor’s staff. The Stakeholder Subcommittee shall provide input to the AWAWG Chair and agency members, including the vetting of the early policy alternatives analyses. One of the primary goals of Stakeholder Subcommittee meetings shall be to give the AWAWG a better perspective from informed stakeholders regarding existing conditions, perspectives and policy recommendations on water resources in Alabama. The Stakeholder Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Lance LeFleur [email], chair - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Brian Atkins [email] - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Glen Zorn [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
  • Bennett Bearden [email] - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Stan Cook [email] - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

 

Legislation

The Legislation Subcommittee was established to coordinate AWAWG policies related to State legislation.   It shall consider, review, draft and report back on proposed legislation in support of the AWAWG. The Legislation Subcommittee shall monitor, analyze and recommend policy direction and advocacy strategies based on stakeholder input on legislative and regulatory matters on water resources issues that affect the development of a statewide water  management plan for Alabama. In consultation with the AWAWG Legal Subcommittee, this Subcommittee shall assume a lead role in development and drafting of proposed legislation attendant to implementing a statewide water management plan. The Legislation Subcommittee shall consult with the Stakeholder Subcommittee and coordinate with the Public Information Subcommittee on all proposed legislation. The Legislation Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Pat O'Neil [email], co-chair - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Stan Cook [email], co-chair - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Tom Littlepage [email] - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Marlon Cook [email] - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Glenda Dean [email] - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Glen Zorn [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

 

Reporting

The Reporting Subcommittee shall review and revise all issue papers, documents, reports, databases, legislation and plans created by the AWAWG and approve them as to final form. The Reporting Subcommittee shall play a key leadership role, in consultation with the Legal and Legislation Subcommittees in reviewing, revising and finalizing the statewide water management plan and any attendant proposed legislation developed by the AWAWG. The Reporting Subcommittee shall also assist the AWAWG Chair in keeping and memorializing the record of all AWAWG meetings. The Reporting Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Pat O'Neil [email], co-chair - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Tom Littlepage [email], co-chair - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Lynn Sisk [email] - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Glen Zorn [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
  • Andrew Henderson [email] - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

 

Public Information

The Public Information Subcommittee shall develop public information materials and a website for the AWAWG. This Subcommittee shall draft recommendations for proactive and reactive media communications and forward recommendations to the Governor’s Policy Office for coordination with the Governor’s Press Office prior to any official release. This Subcommittee shall also make recommendations to the AWAWG and the Governor’s staff with respect to the planning and implementation of ongoing outreach to stakeholders and promotional activities aimed at fostering greater public awareness of the development and benefits of a statewide water management plan for Alabama. The Public Information Subcommittee reports to the AWAWG Chair.

Members:

  • Brian Atkins [email], chair - ADECA, Office of Water Resources
  • Larry Childers [email] - Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
  • Scott Hughes [email] - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Chris Greene [email] - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Bennett Bearden [email] - Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Brett Hall [email] - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
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