Worth Noting - August 2014

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The Big Coppitt Regional Water Reclamation Facility received the 2013 Domestic Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its operations and maintenance practices.

The New Richland Wastewater Treatment Plant, operated by People Service, was recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for perfect permit compliance in 2013.

Medford Public Works was recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a perfect wastewater treatment plant permit compliance record in 2013.

The Maine Wastewater Control Association received U.S. EPA New England’s Environmental Merit Award for the “Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes” public education campaign.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green, Ky.) with its National Environmental Achievement Award for Federal Public Service. The award recognizes Latta’s contributions in promoting affordability of wastewater infrastructure projects for communities, and his sponsorship of H.R. 3862, the Clean Water Affordability Act. The legislation aims to provide relief and flexibility for communities with mandated, extensive water infrastructure projects.

Bob Shull, public works director in Ottawa, Ill., won the Kenneth C. Merideth Award from the Illinois Water Environment Association for his contributions to wastewater treatment plant operator professionalism.

Ridgewood Green RME received the Biogas Project of the Year Award from the American Biogas Council for a renewable energy project at the wastewater treatment plant owned by the Village of Ridgewood, N.J.

Rosaleen G. Hall was named the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. Hall is the president, treasurer and secretary at AZ Wastewater Industries in Phoenix.

Dana Green, facility operator at Renewable Water Resources’ Georges Creek/Marietta facilities, received the 2014 Operator of the Year Award from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina.

Joshua Webb, instrumentation and electronics technician for Renewable Water Resources, received the 2014 Maintenance Person of the Year Award from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina.

The City of Tomah Wastewater Treatment Plant was named the top plant in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.

TPO welcomes your contributions to this listing. To recognize members of your team, please send notices of new hires, promotions, service milestones, certifications or achievements to editor@tpomag.com.



TREEO Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville offers these courses:

  • Aug. 4 – Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance, Gainesville
  • Aug. 5-8 – FL Water Distribution Systems Operator Level 2 and 3 Training, Gainesville
  • Aug. 18-22 –FL Water Class A Certification Review, Gainesville
  • Aug. 19-22 – FL Water Class B Certification Review, Gainesville
  • Aug. 26-29 – FL  Water Class C Certification Review, Gainesville
  • Sept. 23-25 – Introduction to Electrical Maintenance, Boca Raton
  • Oct. 8-9 – Sequencing Batch Reactor Operation, Make it Work for You, Gainesville

Visit http://www.treeo.ufl.edu/wastewater-courses.aspx.


The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is offering these courses:

  • Aug. 28 – Financial Impact of Phosphorus Removal, Roachdale
  • Oct. 21 – GIS Mapping, Scottsburg
  • Oct. 29 – Lift Station Troubleshooting and Pump Service, Indianapolis
  • Nov. 6 – GIS Mapping, Cloverdale
  • Dec. 2 – Meeting Ammonia Limits in Lagoon Systems, Shipshewana

Visit www.inh2o.org.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 11 – Collections, East Lansing
  • Oct. 29 – Health and Safety, East Lansing
  • Nov. 5 – Process Seminar, East Lansing

Visit www.mi-wea.org.


The Nebraska Water Environment Association is offering a Wastewater Training course on Oct. 6-8 in Lincoln. Visit www.ne-wea.org.

New York

The New York Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 23 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Babylon
  • Oct. 29 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Bath
  • Nov. 5 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Syracuse
  • Nov. 13 – Disinfection Optimization, Chautauqua

Visit www.nywea.org.


The Ohio Water Environment Association is offering the following courses:

  • Oct. 30 – Watershed Workshop, Columbus
  • Dec. 11 – Biosolids Workshop, Lewis Center

Visit www.ohiowea.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering the following courses in Madison:

  • Oct. 28-30 – Wastewater Treatment Processes and Technologies, Madison
  • Dec. 3-5 – Sanitary Sewer and Collection System Engineering, Madison

Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering the following courses:

  • September 9-11 – Fundamentals of Modern Wastewater Treatment Process, Milwaukee
  • Sept. 16 – Confined-Space Entry, Wauwatosa

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.  

TPO invites your national, state or local association to post notices and news items in this column. Send contributions to editor@tpomag.com.


August 21
Fox Valley (Ill.) Operators Association 8th Annual Mini-Conference, Carpentersville. Email foxvalleyoa@gmail.com or visit http://fvoa-illinois.org.

Aug. 25-28
Kansas Water Environment Association-Kansas Section of American Water Works Association Joint Annual Conference, Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka. Visit www.kwea.net.

Aug. 26-29
One Water - Ohio Water Environment Association and American Water Works Association Joint Conference, Hilton Columbus Downtown. Visit www.ohiowea.org.

Aug. 27-28
Water Environment Association of Texas Laboratory Topics Biennial Conference and Expo, Dallas/Allen. Visit www.weat.org.

Sept. 8-11
WaterJAM, joint conference with the Virginia Water Environment Association and the Virginia Section of American Water Works Association, Hampton. Call 804/332-5286 or visit www.vwea.org.

Sept. 27-Oct. 1
Water Environment Federation WEFTEC Conference, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit www.weftec.org.


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