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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Francine Durso

Francine Durso
Senior Project Manager
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)


Francine Durso is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. She has over 35 years of engineering experience in many aspects of water resources both public and private organizations.

Francine is currently a Senior Project Manager with the NC Department of Environmental Quality in the Division of Water Infrastructure. The Division was created in 2013 by the General Assembly to consolidate funding programs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The General Assembly also created the State Water Infrastructure Authority, a nine-member board responsible for awarding funding, developing a state water infrastructure master plan, maximizing the use of available loan and grant funding resources, and examining emerging utility practices. Francine is the primary staff liaison to the Authority and is responsible for leading projects and analyses that support the Authority’s work, including the development of North Carolina’s first Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan which presents the state’s roadmap for viable water and wastewater utilities.

Francine was also a Project Manager with the private engineering consulting firms of CH2M Hill and Arcadis for over 20 years. Her experience includes water and wastewater infrastructure master planning and the permitting, design, and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure.

Her background also includes stormwater management with the Tennessee Valley Authority. She participated in Raleigh’s stormwater stakeholder process that resulted in the City’s Stormwater Utility and the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission. She served on the Commission for 12 years and was its first Chair.