For SORA Members

Message from the President:     

Welcome SORA! Thank you to our members for your participation in SORA. The regulator and Captains of Industry (COI) members make SORA what it is: a collaborative space for information sharing, problem solving, and advancement of the decentralized industry.

I am grateful and excited to serve as SORA’s President for 2020. As a group of public servants, I know the regulator members have a high standard. I will do my best to fulfill their expectations. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can better serve you.

Looking back over the last few years of SORA’s development one can see that SORA has deep roots but is in some ways a young association. I’d like to thank and acknowledge the 2019 SORA Board for their service shepherding the association through changing times, the COIs for their support and generosity, and the regulator community for their patience and trust. We have, in a few short years, recreated ourselves as a member-funded and COI-supported association with self-determination, agility, and renewed focus. We have sustained the regulator listserv and expanded to a new platform: the Joint Regulator-COI listserv, which allows open dialog among all participating regulator members and the COIs. This wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.

And there is still plenty of work left to do. The best way to honor the good work that has gotten us here is for us to build upon it. And there’s so much potential for what this group of experts can accomplish. We need to continue to strengthen our communication with stakeholders. We need to build our capacity to support and weigh in on research and emergent issues. And, we need embrace and develop our role as the nation’s experts in onsite regulation.

That’s why I’d like to issue a challenge to SORA regulator members: Plan to serve on a committee for a year. If not this year, then soon. Many hands make light work. Together we can add to SORA’s positive influence on the onsite industry.

And to our COIs, and the broader onsite industry, I’d like to offer a promise: SORA will continue to grow and improve. We are committed and focused. We are passionate about our mission and our work. And we have charted a clear path forward. Thank you.

If you would like more information about SORA or if you are interested in becoming a member, please visit our website. www.soraus.com

Jeremy Simmons – SORA President


SORA State Programs by Region

Committee Activities:

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.

Past Works:
SORA Sustainability White Paper
SORA Funding White Paper
Onsite Wastewater Nutrient Regulation Survey Report

COI membership:
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:

SORA

State Onsite Regulators Association

2842 Main St. Suite 103

Glastonbury, CT 06033