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Rural Alabama Wastewater Infrastructure meeting set in Lowndes

By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal
The office of 7th District Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell has announced a Rural Alabama Wastewater Infrastructure meeting will be held Monday, July 30 at the Lowndes Interpretive Center in White Hall.

According to Sewell’s office, attendees will meet at 10 a.m. at the Lowndes Interpertive Center and travel to three sites at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. before lunch and a discussion from 12:30 – 2:15 p.m. on “Addressing the gaps in reliable onsite wastewater treatment services in rural Alabama.”

There will also be a second meeting at 2:30 p.m. with Uniontown Community Members.

The first meeting will discuss the “framing the challenge and status of Legislative Solutions” by Congresswoman Sewell; the state/federal perspective fromUSDA, Chris Beeker and Nivory Gordon; the Alabama Department of Public Health, Sherry Bradley and Michele Jones; the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Joe Kelly and Sonja Massey; and the expert perspective from University and Engineering Experts.

Representing the universities and and engineers will be: Dr. Mark Barnett, Auburn University; Dr. Kevin White, University of South Alabama; Happy Fulford, University of South Alabama; Nick Lawkis, University of South Alabama; Dr. John Higginbotham, University of Alabama; Royrickers Cook, Auburn University; Thomas Minetree, Auburn University; Engineering Without Borders, Melissa Herkt, Auburn; University, Engineering Without Borders, Dr. Upmanu Lall, Columbia University (Joining via phone); and Rural Communities Assistance Partnership/Communities Unlimited,  Shaunte Stallworth.

And the final topic will be “Identify Deliverables/Next Steps.”

There will also be a second meeting at 2:30 p.m. with Uniontown Community Members.