Message from the President:
Welcome to all fellow state regulators and Captains of Industry. Without the interaction and great support from each of you, it would not be possible to have this type of organization today. I would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of the entire SORA organization to Mary Clark, the previous president. Her leadership over the past year was invaluable to everyone, especially during the transition to becoming an independent, self-supporting organization. We look forward to building upon the foundation that Mary and previous SORA presidents have worked so hard to create.
The annual SORA Business meeting was held this last October in conjunction with the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) Onsite Mega Conference. Although the meeting was a success, SORA walked away from the meeting with a goal of improving a couple of areas. One of those areas is increasing communication with stakeholders. Work has already started by meeting with the SORA Captains of Industry (COI) committee members to build better lines of communication with our industry partners. The COI play a pivotal role in achieving the overall goal of protecting and sustaining our valuable natural resources. Improving communication will keep the COI and SORA on the same path moving forward which will benefit both partners.
The second area of improvement that SORA would like to focus on is building SORA membership with the regulated community. Efforts are already underway by the SORA membership committee to create policies that attract regulators that may not have had opportunities to apply in the past. SORA understands that membership is the foundation to the organization and it is our goal to have a strong foundation that can last well into the future.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the next year and I would also like to acknowledge the hard-working members of the SORA Executive Committee (Eric Folks-President Elect; Jeremy Simmons-Secretary; Amanda Clark-Treasurer), SORA Board, committees, Captains of Industry, and the membership. Without the commitment and dedication of these people, this work would not be possible.
If you would like more information about SORA or if you are interested in becoming a member, please visit our website. www.soraus.com
SORA State Programs by Region
Data-Sharing committee. Following the development of the Chesapeake Bay agreement, the EPA wanted to look into a national data sharing effort. They developed a National Data Sharing Workgroup (SORA has representation in this workgroup). SORA developed the data-sharing committee to aid in this effort and the National Workgroup representative is the Chair of the SORA committee. The committee conducted a national assessment of Nitrogen reducing technologies to gain a better understanding of what states follow what standards as they pertain to nitrogen reducing technologies and if there would be interest in data sharing. They received initial responses from all 50 states but are now surveying states that have more than one permitting agency to gain full knowledge of the national viewpoints. The committee Chair is also working with the New England/Long Island Advanced Onsite Data Sharing Workgroup.
Strategic Planning Committee: The Strategic Planning Committee completed the organizations Strategic Plan last year. This was a 5 year plan developed to provide the organization with what the committee believed to the future direction of the organization. Currently the committee is working on an association operation manual.
Conference Planning Committee: This committee is in charge of working with partners on venue, educational sessions, field trips, and compiling the agenda for the SORA sessions.
SORA Sustainability White Paper
SORA Funding White Paper
Onsite Wastewater Nutrient Regulation Survey Report
The COI affiliate membership dues are $1000 annually; January 1 to December 31.
If you would like to become a member of SORA and request an invoice, please contact Amanda Clark at Amanda.Clark@ct.gov or 860-509-7368. If no invoice is required, please mail a check or money order and business card to:
State Onsite Regulators Association
2842 Main St. Suite 103
Glastonbury, CT 06033