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GMWEA News

November 8, 2018: Fall Tradeshow Draws 400 Water Quality Professionals


GMWEA's 25th annual Tradeshow and Conference of November 8, 2018, at the Doubletree Center in Burlington was a great success! 

Over 400 water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals, water quality technology and service providers, DPW administrators, staff from nonprofit organizations, and State agency administrators convened to attend training sessions, tour an incredible array of vendor exhibits, eat a delicious lunch, and hear speakers from Vermont and throughout New England.

Keynote speaker, Vt. Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore, spoke about new regulations and impending challenges facing Vermont's natural waters and water quality infrastructure. The day also featured exceptional displays by 90 exhibitors, six technical trainings, guest speakers, vendor raffles, and lots of networking opportunities.
 

We were saddened to hear about the untimely death of New England Water Works Association executive director, Steve Ryan, at 54.  GMWEA extends its sincerest sympathies to his family, and suggests that members contribute to a fund established for the education of his surviving children, Katherine and Connor.  Click here to donate: www.gofundme.com/ryan-family-fund.  


For more information on the event, including photos and a list of trainings presented, click here.

August, 2018: Members Receive $100 Discount for NEWWA's Fall Conference


GMWEA members now have an exceptional opportunity to participate in one of our region’s most important water quality career-development opportunities.  It’s New England Water Works Association’s annual conference, held this year in Stowe, Vermont.  The four-day event starts on September 16, but you can register – and receive an immediate $100 discount – now!  The discounts will be awarded only to the first 20 GMWEA members to register.

NEWWA will present its annual conference September 16 through 19, at Stowe Mountain Lodge.  Thanks to NEWWA/GMWEA mission-sharing agreements, we are able to offer GMWEA members a $100 discount for registration, whether you register for a single day or the whole event!


In addition to many technical sessions and expert presentations, the conference offers unparalleled networking opportunities for water quality professionals, a region-wide drinking water taste test, recreational activities, and a special town hall panel on PFOAs and PFAs in New England. Go to www.NEWWA.org for complete information.

To take advantage of the $100 discount, current GMWEA members (only!) can register by directly contacting Katelyn Todesco at NEWWA – ktodesco@newwa.org.

September, 2018: Fall Newsletter! Read, download, or print all the news in our Fall 2018 Newsletter (click here)!


Be sure to check out the lead stories:

  • George Dow Memorial Golf Tournament: Winners and almost-sorta winners -- who's who!
  • Water Quality Day Update: 230 more water-quality-savvy Vermonters!
  • Operation Water Workers - Motorcycle Charity Ride: GMWEA's newest program benefits water quality workers facing tough times. 




June, 2018: Read, download, or print all the news in our Summer 2018 Newsletter 
(click here)!  
Top stories in this issue:

  • 2018 Spring Meeting & Training Conference:  click here
  • Welcome, New GMWEA Board Members!:  click here
  • Who's the Best in the Business? GMWEA's 2017 Service Excellence Awards: click here

January 1, 2019: GMWEA Wins Grant for Public Outreach Project!


GMWEA was recently awarded a $9,860 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to conduct a year-long program of public education intended to reduce the average Vermont household's contribution to water pollution.


The Vermont Water-wise Communities Initiative will create a series of four informational brochures to be provided to every city and town, detailing the many damaging chemicals a typical household puts into its wastewater stream and providing tips for best-practice disposal.  Municipalities can include the brochures with quarterly sewer/water bills and/or property tax bills to make sure they get into the hands of every Vermont citizen.  The printed brochures will be accompanied by social media activity and conventional media attention. 


Many of the chemicals we flush, pour, spill, or wash off can't be removed by wastewater treatment facilities, and they end up lingering in streams, rivers, and lakes, damaging aquatic ecosystems.  Some commonly-flushed items like fats, oils, and greases (FOGs), combined with "flushable" wipes, Q-tips, and tampons, also cause clogs in pipes and pumps, reducing system efficiency and costing money in repairs.  


For more information, CLICK HEREto visit our blogsite!


Sincere thanks are due to the U.S. EPA, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Council, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program.