Establishment of the Common Ground Alliance

After the CGS was presented to the Secretary of Transportation, and with the support of Senator Majority Leader Trent Lott who recognized the importance of this document, it was decided that the work of the CGS should be continued and that the Best Practices document should become a living document. PHMSA was asked to facilitate and sponsor what became known as the Damage Prevention Path Forward. On June 15, 2000, the work of the team was completed when the Common Ground Alliance received its Certificate of Incorporation from the District of Columbia.

When established, the Common Ground Alliance identified the following purposes:

  • Prevent damage to underground infrastructure and increase safety by fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the protection of underground facilities
  • Support research and development
  • Conduct public awareness and education programs
  • Identify and disseminate stakeholder best practices
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for damage data collection analysis and dissemination.

The organization’s motto was and continues to be “Damage Prevention Is a Shared Responsibility.”