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The Clayton County Water Authority Environmental Compliance Division in Jonesboro received the 2014 Georgia Fats, Oils and Grease Alliance Program of the Year Award in the 500-750 Qualifying Active Facilities category.

Connie Sanchez, a chemist with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, was named 2014 Lab Person of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association.

The Water Division of the Worcester (Mass.) Department of Public Works and Parks was named a 2014 Utility of the Year in the Large-Size Systems category by the New England Water Works Association.

The Kemmerer (Wyo.) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Good Housekeeping and Safety Award from the Joint Powers Board. The plant was nominated by Jason Palmer, president of the Wyoming Water Quality and Pollution Control Association Board of Directors.

Linda Schick, sewer/wastewater superintendent for the Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, won a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Award from the New England Water Environment Association.

Jay Kates Water Systems was hired to manage the wastewater system for Norway, South Carolina.

Gilbert G. Mesa was named executive director of the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority in New Mexico.

Todd McCleary was named wastewater superintendent for the City of Red Oak, Iowa. He succeeds Tom Bentley, who retired after 30 years with the city.

George B. Hayes was named the director of the Chesterfield County (Virginia) Department of Utilities. He succeeds Roy E. Covington, who retired.

Sally Kuzon, director of public works for the City of Batavia, New York, received the 2014 Professional Manager of the Year award from the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association.

Ray Jones was named executive director of the Water Utilities Association of Arizona.

Jerry Atkinson, general manager of the Bell County (Texas) Water Control and Improvement District, has retired. During his 13-year tenure he led the district through three major water treatment plant expansions, increasing capacity from 53 mgd to 90 mgd.

The Detroit Metro Branch of the American Public Works Association presented the Marysville Water Filtration Plant with its 2014 Project of the Year Award in the environment category.

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies presented the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department with the Public Outreach and Education Achievement Award for its Water Purification Demonstration Project public outreach program. The project confirmed the feasibility of purifying recycled water to supplement local drinking water supplies. 

Terry Gougeon, operator of the Alpena (Michigan) Water Treatment Facility, has retired. In his 37 years with the plant he held nearly every job title, working as the operator for the last few years. Mike Collins will take over as plant manager.

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The American Water Works Association is offering these online courses:

  • May 6 – Pipeline R&R Planning: Costs/Benefits of Advanced Analytical Approaches
  • May 13 – How Do I Monitor My Distribution System – and Why?
  • May 20 – Inspect Collection Systems and Optimize Cleaning

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association is offering these courses:

  • May 26-27 – Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician, Anchorage
  • May 28-29 – Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance, Anchorage

Visit www.awwma.org.


The Alabama Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • May 13 – Competent Person/Confined Space, Troy
  • May 27-28 – AL/FL Joint Technical Training Conference, Orange Beach

Visit www.alruralwater.com.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • May 5-20 – Advanced Water Distribution Night Class, Fort Smith
  • May 11-15 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Fayetteville
  • May 12 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Fayetteville
  • May 19-21 – Basic Water Treatment, Camden
  • May 26-28 – Backflow Assembly Repair, Little Rock
  • May 26-28 – Intermediate Water Distribution, Blytheville
  • May 27 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Little Rock

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • May 5-7 – Basic Distribution, Lonoke
  • May 13-14 – Water License Renewal Class, Mt. Home
  • May 19-21 – Advanced Distribution, Lonoke

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section of the AWWA is offering these courses:

  • May 4 – Cross Connection Course, Rancho Cucamonga
  • May 5 – T1-T2 Review, West Sacramento
  • May 6 – T1-T2 Math Review, West Sacramento
  • May 6 – T3-T4 Math Review, West Sacramento
  • May 7 – T3-T4 Review, West Sacramento
  • May 11 – Backflow Tester Course, West Sacramento
  • May 19 – Desalination Workshop, San Diego
  • May 21 – Desalination Workshop, San Jose
  • May 26 – Water Use Efficiency Grade 1 Workshop, West Sacramento
  • May 29 – Backflow Refresher, Escondido

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • May 5 – EPA Grant Seminar, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
  • May 19 – EPA Grant Seminar, Alpine, Wyoming.

Visit www.rmwea.org.


The Illinois Section of the AWWA is offering these courses:

  • May 5 – Chemical Properties, Safety and Security, Carpentersville
  • May 6 – ILWARN: How to Register/Activate/Respond Webinar, online
  • May 7 – Keeping the Water Inside Your Pipe and the Dirt Outside, Channahon
  • May 12 – Pumps and Pump Maintenance, Moweaqua
  • May 14 – Hands on Basic Water Quality Testing, Champaign
  • May 19 – Phosphate Technology and Biofilm Control, Rockford
  • May 19 – Distribution Systems O&M – Hydrants, Valves, Water Service Lines, Macomb
  • May 20 – Chemical Properties, Safety and Security, Litchfield
  • May 20 – Drinking Water Chloramine Chemistry 101 Webinar, online

Visit www.isawwa.org.

The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville is offering these courses:

  • May 12-15 – Cross Connection Control, Springfield
  • May 18-22 – Wastewater Operator Short School, Edwardsville

Visit www.siue.edu.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • May 5 – Special Topics: UV and Ultrasound, Hays
  • May 6 – Asset Management, Wichita
  • May 6-7 – Wastewater Treatment Systems, Kansas City
  • May 12 – Special Topics: Introduction to Water and Wastewater Chemistry, Dodge City
  • May 20 – An Examination of Your Safety, Scott City
  • May 22 – An Examination of Your Ethics, Scott City

Visit www.kwea.net.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • May 12 – Fundamentals of Solids Handling, Linden
  • May 14 – Fundamentals of Activated Sludge I, Manistee
  • May 21 – Sustainable Energy Seminar, East Lansing

Visit www.mi-wea.org.

The Michigan Section of the AWWA is offering these courses:

  • May 12-14 – Short Course in Water Bacteriology, East Lansing
  • May 20 – Distribution Practices Seminar, Bath

Visit www.mi-water.org.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering these courses:

  • May 6 – 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training, Egg Harbor Township
  • May 6-8 – Motor Control Circuits: Wiring to Troubleshooting, New Brunswick
  • May 12 – 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training, Newton
  • May 12-13 – Maintaining Water Quality in the Distribution System, New Brunswick
  • May 13 – Discharge Prevention Program: Compliance in NJ, North Brunswick
  • May 21-22 – Fundamentals of Generators and Transformers, New Brunswick

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.  

New York

The New York Water Environment Association is offering a Class A and B Biosolids Drying Technologies Seminar May 21 in Rensselaer. Visit www.nywea.org.

The New York Section of the AWWA is offering these courses:

  • May 5 – Fundamentals of Occupational Chemical Exposure, Lyons
  • May 12 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Woodbury
  • May 13 – Process Verification and Calibration, Woodbury
  • May 26 – Microbiological Workshop for Water/Wastewater Testing, Troy
  • May 27 – Microbiological Workshop for Water/Wastewater Testing, Utica

Visit www.nysawwa.org.


The Ohio Water Environment Association is offering a Collections Systems Workshop May 14 in Lewis Center. Visit www.ohiowea.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is offering these courses:

  • May 4 – Trenching and Shoring, Midwest City
  • May 6 – Confined Space Entry, Midwest City
  • May 11-15 – OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Class, Midwest City
  • May 15 – Proctored Exam, Midwest City
  • May 18-22 – Operator Bootcamp, Midwest City

Visit www.rose.edu.

Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • May 1 – Open Exam Session, Stillwater
  • May 5-7 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • May 8 – Open Exam Session, Tulsa
  • May 13-14 – C Water Operator, Tulsa
  • May 18 – General Refresher for Water Lab Operators, Stillwater
  • May 18-21 – C Water Laboratory, Stillwater
  • May 19-21 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Water Environment Association of Texas is offering a Cybersecurity Webinar May 6. Visit www.weat.org.

The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • May 12 – Utilities Safety, Longview
  • May 13 – Utilities Safety, Corpus Christi
  • May 19 – Valve and Hydrant, Victoria
  • May 19 – Water Distribution, online

Visit www.twua.org.


The Intermountain Section of the AWWA is offering a Leadership Forum May 7 in Sandy. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • May 4 – Distribution Certification, Fond du Lac
  • May 4 – Lab – Advanced, Green Bay

Visit www.dnr.wi.gov.

The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering these courses in Madison:

  • May 4-6 – Advanced Asset Management Practices for Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • May 6 – Budgeting for Public Works
  • May 12-14 – Pumps and Motors
  • May 19 – Management Assessment
  • May 20 – Labor and Employee Relations

Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • May 5 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, Bayfield
  • May 5 – Municipal Water Operator Exam Review, Plover
  • May 5 – Small Water System Operator Basics, Bayfield

Visit www.wrwa.org.    


April 28 - May 1 - California Water Environment Association Annual Conference, San Diego Town and Country Resort. Call 510/382-7800 or visit www.cwea.org.

April 28 - May 1 - Water Environment Association of Utah Annual Conference, Dixie Center, St. George. Visit www.weau.org.

May 3-6 - Florida Water Environment Association Florida Water Resources Conference, Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando. Call 407/363-7751 or visit www.fwea.org.

May 4-6 - Oklahoma Water Environment Association-Oklahoma Chapter American Public Works Association 2015 Joint Conference, Renaissance Hotel and Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City. Visit www.owea.org.

May 5-7 - Montana Water Environment Association-Montana Section American Water Works Association 2015 Joint Conference, Holiday Inn Grand, Billings. Visit www.montana-awwa.org.

May 6-8 - Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association Annual Statewide Conference, Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage. Call 907/561-9777 or visit www.awwma.org.

May 6-8 - Arizona Section AWWA Annual Conference, Renaissance Glendale Hotel, Glendale. Visit www.azwater.org.

May 18-20 - Central States Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Visit www.cswea.org.

May 18-21 - West Virginia Section AWWA Annual Conference, Canaan Valley Resort, Davis. Visit www.wvawwa.org.

May 20-21 - Puerto Rico Section AWWA Annual Conference, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan. Visit www.prwea.org.

May 20-22 - Connecticut Section AWWA Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell. Visit www.ctawwa.org.

May 27-30 - British Columbia Section AWWA Annual Conference, Kelowna. Visit www.bcwwa.org.


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