However, GMWEA's annual Service Excellence Awards have NOT been canceled!  Our Awards Committee has been busy considering two dozen nominations in 10 award categories, and in May, 2020, we will announce those individuals, facilities, and companies who distinguished themselves through exemplary expertise and commitment in 2019.  The award ceremony and presentations will take place on November 4, 2020, at our annual Trade Show at the DoubleTree Hotel in Burlington.

What happens at GMWEA's Spring Meeting & Training Conference?  See below for notes on the 2019 event.

2019 Spring Meeting - Day's Agenda

Spring Member Meeting & Training Conference

Our 2019 Spring Meeting & Training Conference at Killington Grand Hotel drew a capacity crowd of 180 on Thursday, May 23. 

89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602   

We have canceled our annual Spring Meeting & Training Conference planned for May 21, 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns.  If you have already registered to exhibit or attend, please write to to arrange refunds of any fees.

Lunch 12:30

Keynote 1:00: Kirsten King, executive director, New England Water Works Association: "Silent Servants No More: Why Water and Wastewater Systems Need to Know How to Educate Customers on Why Water's Worth It."

GMWEA Annual Business Meeting: 1:20

  • Bylaws amendment vote
  • Board of directors vote
  • Annual Special and Service Excellence Awards

Vermont's Best Conference Prize Raffle!: 2:00

Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

A) Water Supply Rule Changes
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
Since finding PFAS compounds in North Bennington and Bennington three years ago, a priority for the Department has been to discover where else in Vermont PFAS contamination may exist.  While EPA monitoring under UCMR3 did not indicate that public water systems were a concern, the science surrounding these compounds has greatly expanded.  Consequently, the Department is now initiating rulemaking to establish an MCL for 5 PFAS compounds at 20 ng/l.  The presentation will cover the unique challenge these compounds present for monitoring, treatment, public notice, and the rulemaking process itself.
Speaker: Ellen Parr Doering, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

B) Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF Update
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs have gone through several changes over the years, but this past year brought some of the most extensive and exciting -- if we do say so ourselves!  Included in the changes are the expansion of eligible clean water projects, funding of private entities for clean water projects, sponsorship of natural resources projects by municipalities, and additional subsidy incentives for drinking water projects. Learn about how these changes can potentially help applicants get enhanced projects for less money.
Speakers: Ashley Lucht, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation; Milly Archer, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

C) Chemical Feed Pumps 101 – Part 1
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
This session will be covered in two parts; attendees are encouraged but not required to take both sessions. Part one covers the basic operation of chemical feed pumps along with how to properly select from the different types of chemical feed pumps and how to determine the correct sizing.
Speaker: Dave Harris, Ti-Sales
Concurrent Sessions
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

D) Implementing Green Stormwater Solutions in Rutland County
Credits: 1 Wastewater TCH
This session will cover how Tactical Basin Planning is the center of all project planning and development in the speakers’ local watersheds, and how the process they went through can apply to other watersheds around the state. Processes such as Stormwater Master Planning identify projects and feed the information into basin planning documents and models. Project partners currently use the Stormwater Master Planning process to identify and prioritize projects that will mitigate untreated stormwater flow to local rivers. This involves identification of areas with direct runoff into storm drains or to streams and rivers. Each project area is surveyed and assigned potential treatment practices; the project lead works closely with towns in the project area, conservation districts, regional planning commissions, and qualified consultants to maximize the breadth of the projects identified.
Speakers: Andres Torizzo, Watershed Consulting Associates; Hilary Solomon, Poulteny Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District; Nanci McGuire, Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District

E) Developing a Pipe Integrity Program
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
The Champlain Water District has developed a Pipe Integrity Program to assist the District in assessment of the condition of their transmission system. This program includes the use of available GIS data to develop a weighted risk priority score for each asset, which the District is using to proactively monitor and inspect areas with higher risk priority scores. This presentation will include a discussion of the development of the program, the District’s use of the program, and anticipated future refinement.
Speaker: Joe Duncan, PE, Champlain Water District

F) Chemical Feed Pumps 101 – Part 2
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
This session will be covered in two parts; attendees are encouraged but not required to take both sessions. Part two covers installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of chemical feed pumps.
Speaker: Dave Harris, Ti-Sales

Concurrent Sessions
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

G) VOSHA Trench and Excavation Safety
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. This session will cover the OSHA regulations that keep you and your co-workers safe when working around trenches, and will detail the protective systems, the role of the “competent person,” access and egress, and general trenching and excavation rules.
Speaker: Dan Whipple, VOSHA

H) 9:00 Stormwater Permitting Rule Summary and General Permit Update
Credits: Not approved for Water or Wastewater TCH credits
Act 64 of 2015, otherwise known as the Vermont Clean Water Act, put into motion several new stormwater regulatory requirements. The most recent developments include a new Stormwater Permitting Rule, which went into effect on 3/15/2019, and a forthcoming general permit that will include requirements for the 1,000 or so “three-acre sites.”  The presentation will provide a summary of the new rule and forthcoming general permit, including treatment requirements, feasibility criteria, and impact fees.
Speaker: Padraic Monks, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

I) Laboratory Procedures 
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
This session will cover some of the basic techniques used in the analytical laboratory, including procedures for using common lab tools such as balances, glassware, reagents, and essential instrumentation.  We will review various analytical methods that relate to the typical water or wastewater laboratory such as BOD, TSS, turbidity, and others; finally, we will review the quality control requirements and personal protection in the laboratory.  There will be a brief Q&A at the end of the presentation.
Speaker: Rod Lamothe, Endyne Inc.