The Senate passed the five-year Agricultural Act of 2014, referred to as the Farm Bill, today by a vote of 68-32. Healthy Waters Coalition reports that it is very pleased the final package maintains all the provisions that the coalition advocated for with respect to water quality and nutrients. The package now heads to the President for signature.
Healthy Waters Coalition (HWC) states that they are very proud of the work that was done in advocating for provisions that strengthen the links between working agricultural lands and the quality of our Nation’s waters. Specifically, the final legislation included the HWC’s stronger language prioritizing nutrient management activities for funding within the newly created Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NACWA pulled together an overview of the RPCC and its purpose for HWC’s members. NACWA will be working with its interested members to encourage them to take advantage of the RCPP to work collaboratively with nearby farmers to achieve water quality benefits through effective nutrient management, and encourage all coalition members to consider the same.
HWC will continue to reach out to its members as they move forward on implementation and appreciates all of the support on behalf of this effort.
Burbank Leader Columnist Bryan Mahoney spent a day with his city’s sewer workers, cleaning part of Burbank’s 225 miles of sewers…
Day after day, these guys make civilized life possible, and when they’re doing their jobs, you barely ever notice they’re there. Every year about 3 billion gallons of sewage is pumped through the city’s sewer lines, and only seven employees make sure that moves along without incident.
The sewer professionals mentioned in the article – Supervisor Gerald Ellegood, Daniel Leech, Kelly Kusch and Armando Ruiz – are all LABS of CWEA members.
On November 8, 2013 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) toured Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s (DSWA) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in New Castle, DE. The MRF, which opened on August 29, 2013, is the product of an innovative partnership between DWSA and ReCommunity. The automated recycling facility operates under a 20-year agreement to provide service to the entire state.
AAEES President Pat Canzano opened the event by explaining the importance of recycling to the state’s economy and environment. This partnership aligns with statewide objectives for universal recycling programs with the goal of converting waste into economic opportunities.
ReCommunity invested $15 million to repurpose the existing 64,000 square foot facility, also installing state-of-the art sorting equipment within the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) to process recyclable aluminum, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and glass collected throughout Delaware.
“When DSWA reviewed the proposals for green industries at the DRC, it was clear ReCommunity is a leader in the recycling industry,” said Pat Canzano DSWA CEO. “But what was most impressive about them is their commitment to Delaware and the surrounding community.” The retrofitted facility allows DSWA to keep recycling operations in state, which has created more than 35 new jobs in Delaware, which is expected to increase to more than 70 jobs over time.
The world-class operation and design showcased within the ReCommunity Delaware facility includes advanced automated sorting capabilities that allow identification, separation and recovery of recyclables. The equipment includes screening, optical sorting, air and controls technology to recover more than 90 percent of available recyclables. The state-of-the-art facility can process more than 35 tons per hour, with the capacity to handle more than 160,000 tons per year.
At full capacity, ReCommunity Delaware will recover material that will prevent 464,331 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted annually, which is equivalent to removing 85,045 cars from the road each year. It will also save 218,587 cubic yards of landfill space and avoid 1,806,539 gallons of wastewater from entering landfills.
After touring the automated recycling center, AAEES attendees visited DSWA’s new Environmental Education Building. The Education Building is equipped with interactive exhibits that demonstrate how recyclables are sorted and processed from initiation to completion including waste collection, processing and landfill operations.
AAEES is a recognized authority on technical licensure and certification. As with most professions, the interests of the public and practitioners are connected to the delivery of quality engineering and science services. Reputable environmental professionals ensure better conditions for the public.
The AAEES specialty certification program establishes the specific expertise of licensed professional environmental engineers and environmental scientists through peer evaluation and examination. The Academy ensures that appropriate examinations for the environmental engineering and environmental science disciplines are available through support provided to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Academy demonstrates its commitment to quality environmental engineering and environmental science education programs through active participation in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
An essential component of Certification is the Academy’s continuing education requirements. The Academy’s tour of DSWA’s MRF and Education Building provided the leadership with an enlightened and inspired training opportunity. Through innovative partnerships such as the one between the DSWA and ReCommunity the profession, continues its journey toward making inclusive environmental leadership in the engineering and scientific fields a reality.
Board Certification is the next step beyond Professional Engineering licensure. The Academy also offers certification to scientists and membership categories that serve all levels from students to senior managers. To learn more about the organization, benefits of membership, and how to join, please go to the website at http://www.aaees.org.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 members representing water quality professionals around the world, formally announced today that Dr. Eileen O’Neill has been named the new Executive Director. O’Neill replaces former executive director Jeff Eger who resigned in July 2013. Dr. O’Neill has been serving WEF as the Interim Executive Director since Mr. Eger’s departure and prior to that, she was Deputy Executive Director.
“Dr. O’Neill is an experienced association executive with strong water sector knowledge based on diverse domestic and international experience”, said WEF President Sandra Ralston. “She has a proven track record during her 20-plus years with WEF delivering highly successful technical programming, increasing revenues and building partnerships.”
Before becoming Deputy Executive Director in 2011, Dr. O’Neill served as the organization’s chief technical officer with responsibility for oversight of WEF’s technical, international, and communications programs. In the past several years, she has been instrumental in creating national and international thought-leadership programming at WEF’s annual conference—WEFTEC—the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world.
Before joining WEF she worked as an academic and environmental consultant in the U.S. and in Europe. She has a B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.) and undertook a postdoctoral traineeship in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
“Dr. O’Neill has consistently led WEF operations to be more strategic and data-driven, which aligns WEF with industry trends and the changing needs of utilities and global professionals. She has worked for an enhanced and more forward-looking volunteer experience,” said President Ralston. “Her sincere appreciation of and partnership with the volunteer leaders is inspiring.”
“I am honored by this appointment to a leadership role in such a great organization,” said O’Neill. “It is especially exciting to serve the water profession and sector in such a time of change and opportunity. The vital role that water services play in communities is becoming increasingly clear and the need for innovative thinking and practices more widely recognized. I have no doubt that the collective talents of our members and volunteer leaders working with WEF’s dedicated staff will allow WEF to play a key role in ensuring that the promise of these new approaches is realized.”
5S recognizes individuals active in protecting the water environment through participation in Local, State, and/or Federal sponsored activities. Nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2014. The nomination form is available through CWEA’s website. Please consider nominating your peers who have or are contributing to the advancement of the wastewater profession. This is not a self-nominating award. Your peers count on you to recognize their achievements and nominate them. Submit nominations to 5S Chairs Darren Greenwood at email@example.com or David Greenwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected nominees will be awarded 5S Membership during the Icebreaker Reception at the 2014 Annual Conference in Santa Clara. Register at mycwea.org today!