Office of Water Programs
Dana Aunkst is currently the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Water Programs at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He is responsible for overseeing the operations of the bureaus of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Safe Drinking Water, and Clean Water, Compacts and Commissions Office and Planning and Conservation Division, and will oversee the Chesapeake Bay Office. Mr. Aunkst previously has served as the Acting Secretary, the Executive Deputy Secretary for Programs and the Deputy Secretary for Field Operations and served as the Director for the Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation at DEP. There he was responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the Department's programs and regulations related to water quality standards, drinking water facilities, and sewage and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
Mr. Aunkst started with DER in 1985 as an environmental engineer in the Meadville regional office. He also worked for a period of time in the Williamsport regional office. He has been with the Department off and on for 23 years and has worked in environmental protection, in both the private and public sectors, for 31 years.
Mr. Aunkst has also worked in private practice as a consulting environmental engineer, an industrial plant engineer, and for local government as a Public Works Manager. Mr. Aunkst holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.
DEP's water resource planning and partner outreach efforts, overseeing the Compacts and Commission Office, and a Planning and Conservation Division, which will coordinate efforts with county conservation districts.