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President’s Message – March 2015

March typically continues the rainy season in Northern California. Unfortunately, for the 4th year in a row, there is little to no rain, and not much snowpack. This leads us to another year of drought and makes the March workshop/lunch topic even more pertinent to those of us in Nor Cal. Mr. Robert Roscoe will discuss drought and climate change impacts on California’s water supply. If there is one thing we all need to survive it is water. Mr. Roscoe will let us know what the projections are for us to have any water in the future.

In addition, to monthly workshops, APWA is committed to serving you - the members of APWA. One thing we will do this month is take our educational opportunities on the road. We will offer a Pavement Seminar in Ukiah. (One of the more northerly portions of our Chapter.) We will also be offering a Construction Management Seminar in the Bay Area in April (stay tuned for more details).

At a local APWA level, we have added a Emerging Leader postion on the Nor Cal board. Bringing younger leaders together to discuss issues, network and have a little fun. If you are a younger member that is involved in any way in public works, you are welcome to come out and join us for one of our events. Membership is not even required.

Keep posted on our website for more information on Emerging Leaders events and Educational opportunities. Lastly, Happy Saint Patrick’s day and to quote an old Irish saying, “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.”

See you at the March Workshop and Luncheon!

Sincerely,




2015 Executive Board


Past President - David Ferguson
President - Scott Dmytrow
Vice President – Brian Balbas
Secretary – Edric Kwan
Treasurer - Phil Harrington
Chapter Delegate - Joubin Pakpour
Director of Membership – Joseph Ortega
Director of Special Events – John Medlock
Director of Education – Andrew Clough
Director of Emerging Leaders – April Malvino




2014 Awards Nomination Submittals
Deadline to submit is to January 12, 2015


Let’s recognize the outstanding individuals, groups and projects representing the best in the public works profession. Submit your nominees and project before January 12, 2015, click here for more information and categories.




About Us:

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services.

Chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world with over 28,000 members. The Association currently consists of 67 Chapters throughout North America of which the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER is one.

The NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER covers eleven counties in northwest California. San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, plus northern San Mateo.

Formed in 1947, the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER was the first APWA Chapter "west of the Mississippi."

We typically meet the fourth Thursday of the month and are always looking for volunteers. Please check our events page for upcoming luncheons.


What We Do:

  • Monthly lunch meetings (except July and August)
  • Guest speakers on timely topics
  • Annual public works agency internships  (Summer)
  • Educational seminars and satellite video teleconferences
  • Technical field trip
  • E-Blast and Website Updating with listings of seminars and jobs available
  • Annual awards program recognizing people, projects and contractors in Public Works (February)
  • National Public Works Week activities (May)
  • Holiday Party with East Bay Municipal Engineers (December)
  • Joint meetings with other associations (ASCE, SAME, EBME, MSA)
  • Committee activities (technical and non-technical)
  • Northern California Public Works Conference -annual 2 day seminar on repair and maintenance in Public Works (November)    
  • Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament (July)                                                                                                                    

See our Annual Report prepared  by Joubin Pakpour, Chapter Delegate 2014

(Stay tuned for Update)

2014 Internship Program

(Stay tuned for Update)

Check out photos from our latest events

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Latest Job Announcements

Learn more about the Public Works Institute

Become a Northern CA Chapter Member
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Check out the members library
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2014 Chapter Liaisons to APWA Committees and Programs
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or join us at our next executive committee meeting

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