About Us

The Alaska Rural Water and Sanitation Working Group is made up of representatives from State, Federal and Local/Tribal entities, including: the Alaska Department of Conservation, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Public Health Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Denali Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Indian Health Service, US Arctic Research Commission, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Village Safe Water (AK DEC), Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

A core group meets on a monthly basis, while the partners-at-large meet 1-2 times, annually. Our group, coordinated by the USARC, is focused on water and sanitation in rural Alaska, its connection with health, and also the impact that climate change is/will have on water/sanitation infrastructure presently and in the future.


ARWSWG Working Group Members

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Don Antrobus (Denali Commission)
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Tasha Deardorff (US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development)
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Aaron Dotson (University of Alaska Anchorage)
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Bill Griffith (Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)
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Tom Hennessy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Brian Lefferts (Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation)
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Rebecca Pollis (Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)
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Dennis Wagner (Environmental Protection Agency)
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Cheryl Rosa (US Arctic Research Commission)




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