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John Riehl, longtime president of AFSCME Local 207, passed away at the age of 63. Riehl worked at the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant for 34 years where he served as an elected union steward.

Jeffrey Van Landuyt was named public works director for the City of Woodstock, Illinois. He previously served as the assistant public works director. Van Landuyt started in the department’s wastewater treatment division in 1981.

The West County Wastewater District Board in Richmond, California, selected Burl Toler Jr., a construction project manager for the City of San Francisco, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime board member George Schmidt.

American Water was awarded a research grant from the WateReuse Research Foundation to investigate human pathogens removal through various wastewater treatment processes. The project, titled “Establishing Pathogen Log Reduction Credits for Wastewater Treatment Processes (WWTPS),” will be led by Dr. Zia Bukhari, senior environmental scientist.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recognized the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District, the City of Garfield, Boise Paper, the City of St. Peter and the City of Belle Plaine for maintaining perfect wastewater treatment permit compliance during 2014.

Tampa Electric received the Edison Electric Institute’s 2015 Edison Award, the electric power industry’s highest honor, for its innovative design and construction of a cutting-edge wastewater treatment system at its Polk Power Station in Polk County, Florida.

The Macon Water Authority’s Lower Poplar Water Reclamation Wastewater Treatment Plant received a Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Jerry Ussher was named the wastewater treatment plant superintendent for the City of Zanesville, Ohio. He had been plant superintendent in Springfield, Ohio.

CH2M appointed Dr. David Parry to its Global Water Business Group as a key senior fellow technologist and vice president on the firm’s Global Wastewater Service team.

Harold Henderson, an operator at Valdosta’s Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the TopOp Award for District 7 from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, Iowa, received two Engineering Excellence Awards for the design of the wastewater treatment expansion at the South Plant in Iowa City. The project received a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and an Honor Award from ACEC-Iowa.

Gene Koontz of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was named president of the American Water Works Association.

The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center at Rose State College presented its first Oklahoma awards, “Celebrating Centers of Excellence.” Those honored included the City of Norman, Governmental Water Excellence Award; Quinton Lane, Outstanding Water Student of the Year; Sheena Zahler, Water Stewardship Award; Chris Wisniewski, Water Legacy Award; and Veolia Water North America, Water Contractor of the Year.

CH2M received the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award for developing and advancing methods to clean water, and increasing public acceptance of recycled water.

Officials in La Crescent, Minnesota, dedicated the city’s water treatment plant to former city employee Michael Albrecht, who died in September 2014. He was a longtime maintenance department supervisor and was integral to the water treatment plant’s installation and success.

Dan Mulhern of the Arlington Water Utility received the 2015 District Operator of the Year award from the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.

Mark Lavenberg was appointed director of the New Brunswick (New Jersey) Water Utility.

The Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, received the 15-year Director’s Award from Partnership for Safe Water.

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The American Water Works Association is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 5-23 – High-Tech Operator Course 2, online
  • Oct. 7 – Mixing to Improve Tank and System Water Quality Webinar, online
  • Oct. 8-9 – Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants, Tuckerton, New Jersey
  • Oct. 20-23 – Methodology for Delineating Wetlands, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
  • Oct. 21 – Introduction to Wetland Identification, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
  • Oct. 21 – 21st Century Management for Successful Water Agencies Webinar, online
  • Oct. 26 – Understanding Advanced Stormwater Management Techniques, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Oct. 28 – How Do I Monitor My Distribution System — and Why? Webinar, online

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water is offering these courses in Anchorage:

  • Oct. 5-6 – Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician
  • Oct. 7-8 – Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance
  • Oct. 19-20 – Pump Repair and Maintenance
  • Oct. 26-29 – ARWA 17th Annual Training Conference
  • Oct. 28-29 – Arc-Flash Electrical Safety NFPA 70E
  • Oct. 28-30 – Arc-Flash Electrical Safety NFPA 70E with Skills and Certification

Visit www.dec.alaska.gov.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 6-8 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Russellville
  • Oct. 13-15 – Advanced Water Distribution, Springdale
  • Oct. 20 – Basic Water Math, Hot Springs
  • Oct. 21 – Applied Water Math, Hot Springs
  • Oct. 22 – PWS Compliance, Hot Springs

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 6-8 – Advanced Treatment, Lonoke
  • Oct. 12 – Backflow Tester Recertification, Lonoke
  • Oct. 12-16 – Backflow Certification, Lonoke
  • Oct. 28 – Energy Conservation/Water Loss, Huntsville

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 3 – Exam BF, Reno, Nevada
  • Oct. 3 – Exam BF, Escondido, California
  • Oct. 6 – Exam BF, Watsonville, California
  • Oct. 6 – Water Use Efficiency Grade 3 Workshop, West Sacramento, California
  • Oct. 7 – Exam BF, Modesto, California
  • Oct. 9 – Exam XCC, Fair Oaks, California
  • Oct. 10 – Exam BF, Sunnyvale, California
  • Oct. 16 – Backflow Refresher, West Sacramento
  • Oct. 17 – Exam BF, West Sacramento

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Illinois Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 1 – Water Operator Exam Refresher for Class A and B, Elgin
  • Oct. 6 – Practical Solutions for External Corrosion Problems on Buried Water Mains, Elk Grove
  • Oct. 6 – Hands-On Waterline Location, Macomb
  • Oct. 7 – Water Operator Exam Refresher for Class C and D IEPA, Chicago
  • Oct. 8 – Chemical Properties, Equipment, Safety and Security, Greenville
  • Oct. 12 – Field Sampling and Analysis Webinar, online
  • Oct. 14 – Lock Out Tag Out Training, Rockford
  • Oct. 15 – Hands-On Basic Water Quality Testing, Peoria
  • Oct. 20 – Telemetry: A Detailed Look at Telemetry, Benton
  • Oct. 22 – Annual Regulatory Update, Elgin
  • Oct. 27 – Concrete Pipe: Selection, Installation, Inspection, Recent Developments, Lombard
  • Oct. 29 – Water/Sewer Plans 101, O’Fallon

Visit www.isawwa.org.
The Illinois Environmental Resources Training Center is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 5 – Class C Water Operations 1, Edwardsville
  • Oct. 6 – Class C Water Operations 2, Edwardsville
  • Oct. 13-16 – Cross Connection Control, Joliet
  • Oct. 27 – Class C Water Operations 1, Geneva
  • Oct. 28 – Class C Water Operations 2, Geneva

Visit www.siue.edu.


The Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operations Association is offering a Confined Space Training seminar on Oct. 22 in Bowling Green. Visit www.kwwoa.org.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering:

  • Oct. 15 – Fundamentals of Activated Sludge II, Linden
  • Oct. 28 – Health and Safety Seminar, East Lansing

Visit www.mi-wea.org.
The Michigan Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 6 – Fall Regional Meeting, Livonia
  • Oct. 7 – Fall Regional Meeting, Kalamazoo
  • Oct. 13-15 – Distribution System Short Course at Gull Lake, Hickory Corners
  • Oct. 13-15 – Limited Treatment Short Course at Gull Lake, Hickory Corners
  • Oct. 20 – Fall Regional Meeting, Gaylord
  • Oct. 21 – Fall Regional Meeting, Mt. Pleasant

Visit www.mi-water.org.


Oct. 4-6 - AWWA Southwest Section Annual Conference, Shreveport, Louisiana. Visit www.swawwa.org.

Oct. 4-6 - Nebraska Section AWWA Annual Conference, Younes Conference Center, Kearney. Visit www.awwaneb.org.

Oct. 4-7 - Atlantic Canada Section AWWA Annual Conference, Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Visit www.acwwa.ca.

Oct. 6-8 - North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference, Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck. Visit www.awwand.org.

Oct. 6-8 - Iowa Section AWWA Annual Conference, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. Visit www.ia-awwa.org.

Oct. 6-8 - World WaterTech North America, Hyatt Regency, Toronto, Ontario. Visit www.worldwatertechnorthamerica.com.

Oct. 11-13 - Alabama-Mississippi Section AWWA Annual Conference, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi. Visit www.almsawwa.org.

Oct. 12-14 - Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association North Central/Eastern Fall Wastewater Conference, Lexington. Visit www.kwwoa.org.

Oct. 13-16 - 2015 Water Infrastructure Conference, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, North Bethesda, Maryland. Visit www.awwa.org.

Oct. 16-17 - AWWA Regional Meeting of Section Officers, Wilmington, Delaware. Visit www.awwa.org.

Oct. 25-28 - Canadian Water and Wastewater Association National Water and Wastewater Conference, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, Whistler, British Columbia. Visit www.cwwawatergo.com.

Oct. 26-29 - California-Nevada Section AWWA Annual Fall Conference, Tropicana Resort, Las Vegas. Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


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