Community Involvement in Essential Public Infrastructure

In the 1950s the federal government invested heavily in water and wastewater infrastructure. 60 years later a lot has changed. Communities in the Pacific Northwest and the nation are dealing with aging and failing infrastructure, new and stricter regulations, high customer service expectations and increased awareness of the environmental impact of water pollution. Federal dollars are no longer readily available to help pay the way. Chronic financial resource shortfalls across all agencies that manage surface water and watershed health compound the issues facing our communities.

Barney & Worth knows that involving and engaging ratepayers, policymakers and other key stakeholders in important decision-making processes is crucial for success of water resource planning and infrastructure improvement projects. Along the way, people become better informed about their water resources and treatment systems, and agencies build the support needed to make infrastructure improvements.

Barney & Worth h2o Expertise

  • Extensive knowledge about wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater systems: operations, funding, regulations, rate setting, construction, permitting.
  • Developing communications programs that engage ratepayers, policymakers, facility neighbors and other key stakeholders in decisions.
  • Creating award-winning materials and tools that effectively convey complex science and engineering information to the public.

Barney & Worth h2o Awards

B&W has had great success with our communication strategies, winning numerous national and regional awards for our clients.  Notable awards include:

  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies Environmental Achievement Award for Public Information & Education, 2010 and 2012 (Oak Lodge Sanitary District)
  • Pacific Northwest Section American Water Works Association Excellence in Communication Award
  • Best Marketing Campaign: Drinking Water Rate Increase, City of Tigard
  • Best Videos: Salem’s Underground Drinking Water Reserve; Saving Tomorrow’s Drinking Water Today
  • Best Water Conservation Program: Lake Oswego’s “Beat the Peak”
  • American Public Works Association 2011-12 national Project of the Year – City of Tigard’s New Burnham Street.