The Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship is a scholarship for students in or interested in the water environment industry who are members of CWEA or sponsored by CWEA members. Scholarships are given for the Fall – Summer school year following the application deadline. Applications are due on January 15 for the school year beginning the following September. Applicants are notified in March of their status/amount of award. The scholarships can be claimed after July 1st by sending CWEA an original proof of enrollment form from their college, trade school, or university. More details about the program are below. Also, learn about the scholarship’s namesake, Kirt Brooks.
Read these application requirements carefully.
1. WHAT IS THE KIRT BROOKS MEMORIAL WATER ENVIRONMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?
The program provides annual scholarships for individuals attending a College, University, Community College or Technical Trade School and pursuing a course of study related to the Water Environment Field. It is awarded to applicants selected by the Scholarship Committee.
2. WHO MAY APPLY?
Members of CWEA and Individuals Sponsored by a Member of CWEA who are pursuing a career in the water environment industry are eligible to apply. Local Section or Committee activities are not substitutes for CWEA membership. Scholarship Committee members, CWEA staff, and their relatives are not eligible.
Photos and winners from the Redwood Empire’s annual awards banquet in November. They also swore in their brand new Board of Directors.
- Public Education Person of the Year – Rob Cole from Central Marin Sanitation Agency
- Operator of the Year - Tim Erskine from Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Collection System of the Year (0-249 Miles) awarded to the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
- P3S Person of the Year (Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater) – Bob Adamson from Central Marin Sanitation Agency
- Public Education Program Award – Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin County
- Plant of the Year Safety Award - Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
- Mechanical Technician of the Year – Dave Psaila, Easterly WWTP- Vacaville
- Laboratory Person of the Year - Christina Harshell from Fairfield Suisun Sewer District
- Operator in Training of the Year – Murray McKinnie Award – Jose Gutierrez
- Electrical / Instrumentation Person of the Year – Jeff Boheim, Central Marin Sanitation Agency
- Collection System Person of the Year - Antonio Barros from Central Marin Sanitation Agency
- Engineering Achievement Award – Central Marin Sanitation Agency
- Gimmicks & Gadgets Award - Warren Banzett
First published by SCAP, here are California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) updates from Kris Flaig and Greg Adams on the past year and the coming year in climate change regulations…
By Kris Flaig
City of Los Angeles
The apparent lull of August was followed by the Herculean efforts by the State Legislature to pass several hundred bills, several of which directly affect the SCAQMD, some of which could affect us all down the road. The Governor, true to his promise, signed a few and vetoed several, then called the legislature back to work for unfinished business. [snip]
While legislative progress was made, POTWs are making some progress through the California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG). Our consultant, CH2M Hill, led by Jackie Kepke, is able to use the collaborative efforts of POTWs across the State (e.g., LACSD and BACWA), as well as NACWA and ACWA positions, to approach regulators. Jackie submitted comments to the ARB on Mandatory GHG Emission Reporting, providing feedback relative to a recent ARB Workshop, including comments on problems with reporting, and sampling and testing. In a letter to the ARB on Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Jackie expressed the need to exclude municipal wastewater (an essential public service) from a Cap and Trade Program, and for incentives combined with fewer regulatory hurdles for CHP to use renewable fuels. CWCCG leadership, led by Jackie, will be meeting with ARB senior staff regarding Cap and Trade issues. Jackie and her CH2M Hill colleagues also attend and report on specific workshops and webinars. The CWCCG Steering Committee is working closely with our consultant to effectuate the direction desired by the CWCCG Policy Committee.
On July 1, 2009, the Water Environment Research Foundation began an open access policy for research reports which are more than two years old. WERF is offering a host of free Research on the Treatment and Management of Residuals and Biosolids reports from its archives. These open access reports are free to the public as downloads and are marked in blue in the chart.
- Almost a third of WERF’s research projects have focused on the treatment and management of residuals and biosolids.
- This research is valued at over $20 million. Two of the six programs in WERF’s new program-directed research process launched in 2005 will continue work in this area – they include Solids Treatment, Residuals & Reuse and Wastewater Treatment & Reuse.
- Key subscriber challenges are related to residuals and biosolids, including the Operations Optimization research programs, and Biosolids Pathogen Risk and Communication.
- The biosolids TCR (Targeted Collaborative Research) program was set up by WERF to fund research on key biosolids-related issues identified in the 2003 WERF-EPA Biosolids Research Summit and by the TCR funding partners. Biosolids TCR funding partners include 12 WERF subscribers; each contributed between $5,000 to $50,000 per year for five years. To date, 55 projects have been completed and about 15 are ongoing.
Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator, has awarded Water For People its highest rating of four stars for the seventh consecutive year. This award is reserved for charities that demonstrate the highest levels of operational excellence and fiscal management.
Only 2% of the 5,000+ charities rated by Charity Navigator have achieved the remarkable feat of earning this award for seven or more consecutive years.
Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries. The organization has active water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.