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Mentors and Technical Contacts for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Federal disaster funding programs are not tailored exclusively to water and wastewater utilities. Utilities that have successfully received disaster funding have volunteered to offer advice and answer questions for other utilities. Additional technical contacts in the water sector or disaster funding area may have information to help you, too. Both are shown below.

Funding Mentors

There are many benefits to having a funding mentor. Having a mentor helps save time and avoid errors when applying for federal funding assistance.

These volunteer mentors have experience in disaster recovery. They are from utilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Funding Mentor/Email

Type of Representation


Topic Areas

David Goldbloom-Helzner



EPA Water Security Division

General Water Security and Federal Disaster Funding, Fed FUNDS, and Recovery

Preston Wilson



FEMA Public Assistance Division

FEMA Public Assistance

Gary Sturdivan 



East Valley Water (retired)

FEMA Public Assistance and Mitigation

Mike Stuhr



Portland Water Authority

FEMA Public Assistance and Mitigation

Jonathan Reeves



DC Water

FEMA Public Assistance and Mitigation

Kurt Blomquist



Director Public Works, Keene, NH

FEMA Public Assistance and Mitigation

Gary Williams



Florida Rural Water Association

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Water Grants, Damage Assessments, and Rural Systems

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Technical Contacts

The following technical contacts may be helpful in answering questions related to disaster and mitigation funding.

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