The Tri-Counties Section (TCS) holds three training workshops per year and vendor support is the main way it is able to offer such great training at a bargain rate. TCS just tried out a brand new event at its September Workshop called the “Vendor Walk Grand Prize Drawing.” Participating vendors contributed an extra $20 dollars which went toward a grand prize of a flat screen TV (the TCS board voted to match funds up to $300 to ensure that it was a nice TV!)  The workshop attendees were given a list of participating vendors and if they learned from 15 of 20 participating vendors about those vendors’ products and got their signature, then their sheet went in the box for the grand prize drawing.

A survey of the vendors revealed that they thought this was a successful event and it earned an overwhelming thumbs up! More about this event is planned to be published in the E-Bulletin soon. Meanwhile, if you would like to learn more about the TCS Vendor Walk Grand Prize contact TCS President Teresa Kistner at 805-967-4519 ext. 107, or

The House of Representatives on September 22 passed legislation – The Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010 (H.R. 5809) – designed to promote safe disposal of drugs that would require EPA to study the environmental impacts of the disposal of prescription drugs and controlled substances. H.R. 5809 was introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) July 21 and approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee July 28. The House passed it by voice vote. Under H.R. 5809, EPA would be required to:

  • Examine the environmental impacts resulting from the ultimate disposal of controlled substances through existing methods;
  • Formulate recommendations on the destruction or ultimate disposal of prescription drugs, including controlled substances, after taking into consideration the environmental impacts it has studied, as well as the ease and cost of implementation of drug take-back programs and participation in these programs by communities; and
  • Identify additional authority needed to carry out its recommendations if EPA determines existing legal authorities are insufficient to implement them.

H.R. 5809 would require EPA to complete the study within 18 months of the law’s enactment and would allow local agencies and organizations to set up and run safe drug disposal efforts such as drop-off boxes and mail-in programs. Groups authorized by the attorney general would be permitted to accept controlled substances for disposal and the Drug Enforcement Agency would issue rules regarding drug take-back programs. Under current law, consumers are prohibited from giving unneeded, unused, or expired controlled substances to anyone other than law enforcement. The bill also would require the director of National Drug Control Policy, in consultation with the EPA administrator, to conduct a public education and outreach campaign to increase awareness of how pharmaceutical users may lawfully and safely dispose of prescription drugs.

From the San Diego Tribune

UTI0161080_t352 Ladin Delaney’s title wasn’t Guardian of San Diego’s Water, but it could have been.

As a staff engineer and later chief of the area’s top water-quality agency, Mr. Delaney devoted himself to protecting the ocean, bays, coastal lagoons, reservoirs and creeks throughout San Diego County and parts of Orange and Riverside counties.

After nearly 30 years with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board in San Diego, he retired in 1990 as executive officer of the regional board tasked with enforcing water-quality laws.

Mr. Delaney died of cancer Sept. 7 in Walla Walla, Wash. He was 72.

Colleagues said Mr. Delaney, known as “Red” to his friends, was a major figure in protecting and enhancing the quality of groundwaters and surface waters before the environmental movement was part of the social consciousness. The federal Clean Water Act was 10 years in the future and California’s environmental protection programs had few resources and lacked meaningful enforcement powers when Mr. Delaney joined the agency in 1962, said friend and colleague Art Coe.

The agency was then known as the California Water Pollution Control Board and Mr. Delaney worked diligently, developing many of the regional board’s water quality regulatory programs that are still being carried out, Coe said.

“The force of his personality and his tenacity were key (to getting things done),” Coe said. “No matter what he was doing, he was always totally committed.”

Dennis O’Leary, former executive officer of the San Diego regional board, was the person who hired Mr. Delaney. “He was extremely intelligent, very energetic and dedicated to his work,” O’Leary said. Mr. Delaney’s real strength was in his ability to get things done through persuasion, O’Leary said. “He was a very accomplished speaker and writer and had the skills of a good salesman,” he said.

Mr. Delaney was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Turtle Lake, N.D., to James and Lydia Delaney. He grew up in Walla Walla, and earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in sanitary engineering from Washington State University. He worked as an operator at a sewage treatment plant during his college years and was later instrumental in developing an operator training program at Palomar College.

Mr. Delaney and his wife, Carol, lived in the Spring Valley area until 2005, when they moved back to Walla Walla. He enjoyed horseback riding and camping.

He was a former president CWEA. He received the California Water Environment Association’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 1973 for extraordinary service.

Mr. Delaney is survived by his wife, Carol, of Walla Walla; a daughter, Peggy Jo, of Hawaii; two brothers, Bill of Camino and John of Walla Walla; a sister, Grace Schipporeit of Salem, Ore.; and two grandsons.

Services have been held in Washington.

The family suggests donations to Walla Walla Community Hospice, care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

The WEF Board of Trustees recently approved a modification to the Membership Committee mission, to focus on programs and services that add value to WEF membership – and we need your help.

Membership Committee Charge: Advise the Board of Trustees on strategies, programs, and services to enhance the value of WEF membership; work with Member Associations to develop programs to promote and enhance WEF membership; and work with staff to develop and implement approved membership value programs.

With our new focus, it is essential that the make-up of the Membership Committee include all of the segments of our membership, to ensure an inclusive and balanced perspective as we consider WEF programs and services, and assignments that may be given to the committee by the Board of Trustees.

We are soliciting members for the Membership Committee from all of the segments listed below, and are hoping you can join us in our important work.

  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Utility
  • Young Professionals
  • Academia
  • Representatives from MAs that require WEF membership
  • Representatives from MAs that provide a non-WEF membership option
  • Representative from the House of Delegates

We are happy to provide additional information, and can be contacted at the e-mail addresses below.

Howard Kimbrell, Chair –

Joe Bonaccorso, Vice Chair –

Interested WEF members can easily join our committee through the WEF web site, – click on “Members”; click on “Committees”; click on “Committee Membership Application” (left column).

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