How Maine hires military veterans to fill workforce gaps

March 8, 2024
With one of the oldest water workforces in the nation, Maine is making it easier for military veterans to enter the water workforce with professional certifications and stable careers.

Workforce is an underlying problem facing water utilities and companies across the United States, and Maine is leading the charge on developing programs to entice military veterans to an industry where their skills dovetail with the needs of treatment plants.

Travis Peaslee, Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority general manager; Emily Cole Prescott, President of Maine Water Environment Association; and Dustin Price, chief operator of Portland water district, explain why the program came to be and how it is evolving to address the state's water workforce challenges. 

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Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor. 

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