Regional Roundtable Luncheon - Keynote: Municipal Drinking Water Supply

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:30am

Regional Roundtable Luncheon
District Local Technical Assistance 2017
Keynote: Municipal Drinking Water Supply

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) invites municipal leaders and municipal drinking water supervisors of our 43 member municipalities to join us for a keynote item presentation focused on Municipal Drinking Water Supply at our next Regional Roundtable Luncheon. Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will be our special guest speakers (see Presenter Bio's below). Local government leaders will have an opportunity to think and talk about this vital resource and will also receive information on current State priorities, as well as other information concerning best practices for water management and protecting drinking water supply. Agenda items will include:

  • Drinking Water Overview: Michael Gorski, MassDEP Western Regional Director
  • Water Management Act Sustainable Water Management Initiative Updates: Deuane LeVangie, MassDEP Water Management Section Chief
  • Capacity of your system: Brian Harrington, MassDEP WERO Deputy Regional Director & Water Resources, and Mike McGrath, Environmental Engineer & Regional Project Engineer for Municipal Services SRF Construction Loan Program
  • Best Practices - Pop up Presentations to Highlight a Few Strategies to Protecting Drinking Water Supply
  • Water Quality (lead and copper, new rules, emerging contaminants): Brian Harrington, MassDEP WERO Deputy Regional Director & Water Resources

Date - Time - Location:

This working luncheon event will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017, from 11:30am to 3:00pm.  The presentation will begin at 12:00pm at the Administrative Offices of the PVPC located at 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA in the Large Conference Room on the 2nd floor. 


To attend, please be sure to RSVP by April 27, 2017.  To RSVP, contact Mary Mazik, PVPC Administrative Assistant, at 413.781.6045 or email  For additional information of this event, contact Municipal Services Manager Joshua A. Garcia at


Brian Harrington - Deputy Regional Director, Bureau of Water Resources
MassDEP Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-755-2291 -

Brian Harrington joined MassDEP in 2001 as Regional Counsel.  In 2002, Brian was appointed Deputy Regional Director for the Bureau of Resource Protection (now Bureau of Water Resources) in the Western Region.  That Bureau oversees Drinking Water, Wastewater, Wetlands and the Municipal Services Program.

Prior to joining MassDEP, Brian was an attorney in Private Practice for 12 years in the Springfield Area practicing corporate, business and real estate law.  Brian was formerly a City Councilor in Northampton and a member of the Board of Public Works.  In addition to coaching youth sports, Brian has also served on a variety of committees in Northampton including the State Hospital Advisory Committee, Regional Solid Waste Planning Committee, Florence Plan Committee, Superintendent Search Committee and as Moderator of the Expiring Use (affordable housing) Committee.  Brian presently serves on the Board of Directors of Freedom Credit Union.

Brian’s experience as an attorney representing businesses, as a City Councilor and as a Board of Public Works member provides him, as a regulator, an understanding of the needs and interests of businesses and communities as they interact with MassDEP. 

Duane LeVangie - MassDEP Boston Headquarters Office
1 Winter Street, Boston, MA

Duane LeVangie serves as the Program Chief for MassDEP’s Water Management Program in the Bureau of Water Resources.  Mr. LeVangie has been employed by MassDEP since December 1990, progressing from Regional Planner, to Acting Program Manager and eventually to Program Chief.  He has a B.S. in Geography from Salem State College with a concentration in Urban/Economic Geography.

Michael McGrath - MassDEP Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-755-2202 –

Michael McGrath is a project engineer in the MassDEP’s  Division of Municipal Services SRF Program.  Mr. McGrath started at MassDEP in 1994 in the Drinking Water Program before joining the SRF Program in 2009.  Prior to working at MassDEP, he was employed by Almer Huntley Jr. & Associates in Northampton for 12 years.  He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Catherine Skiba - MassDEP Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-755-2119 –

Catherine Skiba is the Acting Service Center Manager at the Springfield Regional MassDEP Office.  Catherine joined MassDEP in 1998 in the Drinking Water Program and advanced to the Service Center in 2010.  Catherine is a hydrogeologist who worked at Tighe& Bond for the 12 years prior to working at MassDEP and at the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant for nearly 5 years after undergraduate college.  Catherine has a B.A. in Environmental Geology from the Connecticut State University and hydrogeology graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Massachusetts.   



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