Communication and Outreach Committee

The Communication and Outreach Committee (COC) develops and supports internal and external communication, K-12 student education and public outreach directed at PNCWA members, educators, students, the general public, media and other water resource stakeholders for effective engagement in water environment activities and issues.

Our key activities include an annual Public Communications Camp, coordination of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize and Adopt-a-School grant programs, attendance at local science teacher conferences, and phased implementation of the Strategic Communications Plan Recommendations. Read our committee's Annual Report for 2016.

News & Highlights

Support our Future Water Professionals: Adopt-a-School 2017 Grant Cycle is Open, Deadline is Dec. 2

Our watersheds are healthier than they’ve been in generations, but more work is needed to protect our valuable resource. The Adopt-A-School program was established to support water science education, involvement and restoration activities by 4th-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. PNCWA supports any school curriculum that is water-related with elements of stormwater and wastewater instruction. The grant requires a connection with a local wastewater and/or stormwater professional in the form of a treatment facility tour or classroom presentation. Applications are due December 2, 2016 for the 2017 calendar year. Please also take a moment to review the Adopt-a-School 2016 Annual Report.

The Human Side of Communication

While we may not outwardly convey our strong passion for wastewater, it’s important to make that human connection with our audience to gain support for our work. Bill Gaffi, Clean Water Services General Manager coaches, “You need to speak to the heart, to get to the mind.” Sneak a peek at this article that sheds light on an innate skill we share that’s worth a beat.

Contact Info


Karen DeBaker, Chair
Clean Water Services