November 10: 2016 Fall Meeting/Conference & Trade Show Attended by 500!
GMWEA's annual meeting drew over 300 water quality professionals and 200 exhibitors to the Sheraton Hotel
& Conference Center in Burlington. Attendees participated in nine technical sessions, toured 85 exhibits of water quality technology and service firms, enjoyed a catered lunch, had fun, and voted on GMWEA By Laws amendments.
Technical sessions included: Electrical Safe Work Practices; Overflow Prevention & Maintenance - A New & Inexpensive Techonlogy & Approach; How Low is Low Enough (PFOAs)?; Water & Wastewater Sampling from the Laboratory Perspective; Meeting an Effluent Total Phosphorus of .01 mg/l -- Pilot Study Results; Ethics in Water & Wastewater.
GMWEA Provides Advisory on the Clean Water Report of January 15, 2017
The Clean Water Report, published by Vermont's Office of the Treasurer, elicited concern from many GMWEA members and their municipalities. In a letter to Representative David Deen, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, GMWEA -- in consultation with many allied organizations, individual members, and municipalities -- made the following primary comments:
GWMEA welcomes input from individual members and municipalities on policy positions! Use contact information or forms on the site to let us know your thoughts and recommendations.`
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September 29, 2016: GMWEA Receives LCI's Lake Champlain Heritage Award
Lake Champlain International presented GMWEA with its prestigious Heritage Award at a ceremony on September 29. The award, given annually, acknowledges GMWEA members' long service to water quality management that helps protect Vermont's precious water resources. Below: Sen. Patrick Leahy presents the award to GMWEA board member Bob Fischer and GMWEA president Rick Kenney. Thanks to Jack Rowell for the photo!
November 9, 2016: GMWEA and NEWEA Host Vermont's First-Ever Poo & Brew
Thirty-eight operators, water quality industry representatives, and state and city officials from Vermont and throughout New England convened in South Burlington to learn more about two very different technology "infrastructures." The event brings together young professionals to network, learn more about each other's facilities, and have a good time. The event began with a tour of South Burlington's Class 5 WRRF, led by water quality supervisor and GMWEA board member Bob Fischer; participants then went to Queen City Brewery, where they sampled a range of Queen City's brews. Paul Hale, managing partner of Queen City, explained the processes of brewing and showed off the high-tech, which some participants noted was a bit shinier than some of Bob Fischer's at SBWRRF. Thanks to GMWEA board member Chris Cox of Montpelier WRRF for organizing the event and to Charlie Tyler for the photos!
January 19, 2017: GMWEA Holds Legislators Meet & Greet at Statehouse
GMWEA board and staff members, along with representatives from NEWEA, VRWA, and other allies convened at the Statehouse cafeteria to greet legislators as they start the new session. We handed out brochures, grabbed elbows and schmoozed, and provided lawmakers with a water quality acronym sheet -- which received a lot of appreciation. The annual event is intended to remind lawmakers of the important role of water quality in Vermont's way of life, and to show them the faces of the real people who protect Vermont's health and natural waters. Legislators responded enthusiastically. We were fortunate to receive a visit from Vermont's lone, hard-working representative in Washington, Peter Welch! Below: The GMWEA, NEWEA, VRWA folks, Amy Macrellis of Stone Environmental, and Rep. Welch.