TT040 – Be the Champion: Building Knowledge with Informal Communities

Bob Dunlevy of U.S. EPA’s Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska) has been hosting and facilitating an asset management stakeholder group and conference call for 15 years. This week, Steve and Jennifer talk with Bob about building understanding of asset management in water utilities and how informal communities can be an essential tool for knowledge building. 

Topics Discussed

  • Meet Bob Dunlevy: LinkedIn
  • Bob’s Water Hero: Bridget O’Grady
  • EPA Region 7 Asset Management Stakeholder Group and Quarterly Conference Call
  • The usefulness of asset management – even outside of water utilities!
  • Highlights from 15 years of asset management meetings
  • Advice for those who are also looking to make an impact on small systems and rural communities
  • EPA Region 7 (Midwest)

“What you’re trying to do with asset management is not only ensure the technical capabilities of the system, but that it is managed and financially stable.”

Bob Dunlevy

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About the Guest

Robert Dunlevy is a scientist with the Ground Water and Drinking Water Branch in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 Water Division. EPA Region 7 protects human health and the environment in our nation’s Heartland and encompasses the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine Tribal Nations. In this role, Bob provides support to the capacity development and operator certification programs, Environmental Finance Center program, and grants. Through his EPA career, Bob has worked on various regulatory efforts including the 1996 amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act. He has worked with multiple programs, including: source water protection, state drinking water implementation, and wellhead protection. Through his work with the capacity development program, Bob made an effort to train and help implement the asset management process with other regions, states, and technical assistance providers.

Bob graduated from the now-named Missouri University of Science and Technology with a BS in geological engineering. Before starting with the EPA, he worked in the petroleum and construction industries. Bob brings over 33 years of EPA public service to his current role. Bob is an accomplished rafter who has rafted in the Grand Canyon, Big Bend National Park, and more rivers across the United States.