Time has just flown by this year, and it is already time to pass the gavel. As I reflect on writing my last message, I wanted you to know what an honor it has been for me to serve you this year as your President for CSWEA. CSWEA is a very strong Membership Association (MA) within WEF, and we do our job well. You are to be congratulated for all your hard work and volunteer time as it is reflected in all the good things that are happening within our organization.
Mark Eddington, Kishwaukee WRD, will be replacing me at the Annual Meeting in May as your next President for CSWEA. Mark has a long and successful history volunteering his time to CSWEA. Mark has held many positions within our organization, and will do an excellent job as your incoming President. Mark has my full support.
I also wanted to take this time to thank all of the people who worked tirelessly to bring you the 93rd Annual CSWEA Meeting. The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) lead by Tim Wedin, MCES, did an outstanding job this year. Members of the LAC this year included:
The Technical Program Committee, lead by Emma Larson, City of St. Cloud, did a fantastic job organizing this year’s technical program at the Annual Meeting. Approximately 160 abstracts were submitted, which allowed us to hold 5 concurrent presentation sessions. This is outstanding, and I want to thank all of you who submitted abstracts, as well as presented. Members of the Technical Program Committee who reviewed all of the abstracts and developed the final technical program included:
Since my last message, there have been several other big events that have occurred in our area, including the Illinois Section Operator Training Courses, Illinois Section S&YP Holiday Party, Illinois Section Meeting, Illinois Section B.E.E.R. Seminar, Wisconsin Government Affairs Seminar, Wisconsin Section Board Meeting, Minnesota Section 37th Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operational Problems, Minnesota Section Winter Collections Workshop with MWOA, and the Minnesota Section Lift Pilot Open House for OREGE SLG Process at the Rochester WRP. I will briefly cover each of these events below.
Two Illinois Section Operator Training Courses were held this past winter. On December 10th, the first Operator Training Course was held at the Greater Peoria Sanitary District in Peoria, IL, and covered the Fundamentals of Secondary Treatment. The second training was held on February 6th at the Lake County Public Works in Libertyville, IL and covered the Fundamentals of Maintenance Practices I. Both of these Illinois Section operator training courses were well attended, and the hope is that someday, these training sessions can be expanded to both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Congratulations again to Mike Holland for organizing these operator training events. The Illinois Section also held their Section Meeting at the Fox River WRD, and the S&YP Holiday Party on December 18th in Elgin, IL. The Illinois Section, in association with the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, also held a Biosolids, Energy, and Environment Recover (B.E.E.R.) Seminar on November 19th in Glen Ellyn, IL.
The Wisconsin Section conducted their Board Meeting on December 19th in Fond Du Lac, WI. They also conducted the Wisconsin Government Affairs Seminar the following day, which was held on February 20, 2020 in Fond Du Lac. These events were well attended.
The Minnesota Section held the 37th Annual Innovative Approaches to Wastewater Operational Problems Conference, in collaboration with the Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association (MWOA), on February 4th in St. Cloud, MN. The MN Section also conducted their Winter Collections Workshop with MWOA on January 22nd, which was held at the MCES Regional Maintenance Facility in Eagan, MN. The event was well attended. The MN Section also held their Lift Pilot Open House for OREGE SLG Process at the Rochester Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on December 17th.
While it is now Spring, there are several activities/functions that are planned for the coming months. Please take a look at the list below of great educational and social events already in the works and begin planning to attend:
Information for these upcoming events can be found on our website, CSWEA.org. These events are valued by CSWEA members, as well as by many other distinguished professionals, wastewater pioneers, operators, manufacturers, professors, and students throughout the region.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I have greatly enjoyed this past year.