CSWEA Message From The Chair




    New Opportunities For Everyone

    By Rachel Lee

    Here we start a new year of CSWEA and section leadership. My predecessors encouraged, or perhaps warned me, that it would be good to have goals in mind before the year started. Heeding their advice, I have been pondering initiatives. Would I follow WEF’s lead and focus on workforce initiatives? Should we incorporate a women’s group into the section? Should we focus on resource recovery and utilities of the future? Is it time to review our strategic plan?

    Should I push the limits of my writing ability and entertain you with articles that read more like The Holderness Family’s musical tributes to life with a young family, but with a special CSWEA Wisconsin Section flair? I can relate to all of their videos. It’s May now, and their most recent song focused on the special chaos that May brings. In my house there are a minimum of seven baseball events and two soccer ones each week plus some school projects, concerts, fundraisers, and field trips. It’s conference season, and the grass is growing fast enough that I could mow three times a week and still be behind. That’s my life these days, and surely many of you are in the same boat. However, May doesn’t allow for hours of creative writing.

    There were many ideas to consider, but I can see that one is very much calling out to be addressed. It came from interactions at the annual meeting. There were several people who reached out wanting to get involved in the Wisconsin Section at the annual conference, and in my efforts to have our committee roster updated, several opportunities have appeared. It’s wonderful to see people interested in being involved, and having new volunteers will only energize our section more.

    Please reach out if you would like to get involved in any of the Section committees or if you have new ideas. You can reach out to any of our officers or committee leaders included in the committee roster to learn more and get more involved. Some ideas to consider:

    • Watershed and Stormwater Committee, which promotes an increased understanding in water quality protection matters and watershed-based solutions. They also encourage the active participation of Section members on watershed stakeholder teams, and host an annual webinar to educate our members. This committee is seeking members and a Vice Chair.
    • Young Professionals and Students Committee, which¬†hosts a Brewers outing each August and several other networking events throughout the year. A representative from the committee is often given the opportunity to attend the WEF YP Summit on behalf of the association. This committee is always open to new members and is a great way for Young Professionals to get involved and learn more about our section.

    The section is looking to initiate a new committee or subcommittee focused on energy management, biogas production and use, resource recovery, and perhaps water reuse. We are going to discuss this at CSX, so please share your ideas and opinions ahead of time.

    Many of our committees host seminars throughout the year. This edition of CS Water includes articles highlighting the Government Affairs Seminar and the Biosolids Symposium. Please give those articles a read and consider attending one of our seminars. It’s not too late to attend the Northwoods Collection System Seminar on July 25 in Marshfield.

    As we endure the end of the school year and transition into summer, there is much to look forward to. Cook outs and time at the pool are always fun. Summer vacations hopefully bring relaxation and new adventures. Wisconsin really is beautiful in the summer, and I encourage all of you to get out and see our local waterways.

    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.