Engagement, the Fruits of our Labor
By Patrick Haney
It’s been an existing and busy summer for the Minnesota Section of CSWEA. We’ve hosted or conducted a major event each month with the help of our amazing MN CSWEA members.
In June, we conducted our annual Minnesota Exchange workshop, which allows our leadership to spend a day together shaping the direction of our section for the year. The MN section continues to perform well financially. This will allow our section to engage in sponsorships and promoting our members. Additionally, we are considering sending a member to WEFMAX this upcoming year. A main focus point of our conversations included how to be an open and inclusive organization. While this will be an on-going discussion, we hope to find more ways to advertise our committee meetings and encourage curious professionals to join our phone calls. We are also focusing on new outreach and membership initiatives, knowing that active and engaged membership opens up opportunities for the professionals in our field.
The WEF Nutrient Symposium was conducted in July. It’s always a pleasure to listen to the greatest minds in the industry, especially when their presenting in our backyard. Speaking of greatest minds in the industry, CSWEA was well represented at the conference with several presentations. I’d like to personally thank all the volunteers that helped WEF make this symposium a success. CSWEA had volunteers on the Steering Committee, Program Committee, and as Room Monitors during the event.
In August, the Minnesota Section hosted its first Effective Utility Management (EUM) Workshop. This workshop has been conducted successfully by the WI Section for several years. Rachel Lee was able to share previous workshop agenda and provided feedback on successful approaches to the event. To that end, I’d like to thank the Wisconsin Section. It’s a prime example of how the Sections can work together to forward the interests of our professional community. The 1st Annual MN CSWEA EUM Workshop was well attended with 50 people, and the feedback we received on the presentations was extremely positive. I’d like to thank the presenters, the planning committee, and WSB for hosting the event.
Looking forward, the Conference on the Environment will be held on November 7th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference truly takes a “One Environment” perspective. The MN CSWEA combines with the Upper Midwest Section of Air and Waste management Association, which allows conference attendees to learn about a variety of environmental topics including water, wastewater, Stormwater, residual, air emissions, clean energy, and landfill management. We will soon begin planning for the 37th Annual Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operational Problems Workshop most recently hosted by the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. In addition, planning continues for the 2020 CSWEA Annual Meeting in St. Paul. If you’d like to volunteer and help plan either event, please feel free to contact me.
Finally, CSWEA welcomes the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference to the Minneapolis Convention Center March 31st through April 3rd, with the Exhibition April 1st and 2nd. CSWEA is hosting the Friends of Biosolids social at the Conference on March 31st. Volunteers are needed to plan and host the event. This is a highlight of the conference and always well-attended. I encourage all CSWEA members to consider serving as room monitors for the Conference technical sessions. Typically room monitors receive free access to the Conference for the day of their attendance. Feel free to reach out to George Sprouse, firstname.lastname@example.org (Metropolitan Council Environmental Services) or Anna Munson, MunsonA@bv.com (Black & Veatch) to volunteer your time.
Be on the lookout for additional announcements for social events and the Collections Systems Workshop co-hosted with the Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association. As you can see, there are no shortages of meaningful opportunities to engage in CSWEA in the coming months. Please reach out to myself or other members of the MN CSWEA Section if you’d like to volunteer your time, network, and engage with your peers. It’s been a rewarding summer and I hope members continue to engage, learn, and have fun in the coming months.
MN Section Chair