CSWEA Message from the Chair









    By Timothy Wedin

    In the early 1990s, I worked at a Boy Scout camp in the mountains of New Mexico. It was a life-changing job, where I was able to spend three summers working with youth from around the country. Not only was I able to teach them camping and backpacking skills, but I was also able to pass on some life lessons. Part of my work involved teaching them about environmental stewardship as well as how to be leaders. Over those three summers, I ended up with a book of quotations that I liked to use to help convey ideas to the campers. My favorite of these is from Theodore Roosevelt:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not (someone) who points out how the strong (person) stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the (person) who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends (themself) in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he (or she) fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that (their) place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    Over the past year, I have watched as MN Section members have stepped forward to help with the Section’s work. They may have spent the day at a seminar registration desk, helped find a speaker for a seminar, reviewed awards nominations, or stepped forward to cover some perceived small task. There are too many volunteers to name here, but thanks you to you all. Without your enthusiasm, devotion, and your willingness to spend your time in this worthy cause, we would not have had the triumphs that we did this year.

    As we reach the end of this year, we start to focus on upcoming events and the direction that our Section will take. On April 17, we will hold our next MN Section Exchange in St. Cloud. We’ll take this opportunity to review the past year and identify how our Section will move forward over the next year. We hope that you can join us.

    At the Annual Meeting in Dury Lane, we will begin our next year of work. Incoming chair Pete Daniels and vice-chair Patrick Honey are excited to lead the Section into our 92nd year. The energy and dedication that they bring to the MN Section will ensure that we have another great year. I hope that you will join me in supporting them, whether by volunteering on a committee or helping with some perceived small task.

    Again, thank you for your energetic support over the past year. I am proud to be a part of such a dynamic organization.


    Mission Statement

    To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.