My involvement in CSWEA began many years ago when I was asked to join a committee. As I can remember I was quite intimidated at first. But as I got more involved, I found the eagerness of everyone around me to give me guidance and mentor me in my role within CSWEA was awe inspiring. It gave me the confidence to take on more and more challenges and try to give back in the very way that I was welcomed into CSWEA.


The record-breaking attendance at the Annual Meeting in St. Paul Minnesota is the perfect spring board to send us into another exciting year. This year will have many great events to choose from. The Stormwater and Collection System Conference on June 20th at the NIU-Naperville campus is an excellent place to start. From the technical sessions and networking opportunities, to the Operator Training held in conjunction to the conference, this will be an exciting event.


Following that will be the Central States Section Exchange CSX at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI on July 20th. This event brings members together to share and discuss ideas for strengthening the Association. All are welcome to bring your innovative ideas and openly discuss their possibilities for the future.


Be sure to check out what the Operations Committee has been up to. There are monthly scheduled Operator Training webinars to further your knowledge, review for that next certification, or get in your CEUs, as well as an Operations Seminar on September 13th hosted at the Naperville Illinois Springbrook Water Reclamation Center. This event will have three technical presentations on PFOS, our first Operator Round Table on trouble shooting BNR issues, and to cap it off, a tour of the host facility.


These events are just a few of the many to come this year. Watch the CSWEA website for upcoming events from all of the committees. If you are interested in getting involved and don’t know where to start, reach out to one of the committees that sounds interesting to you. I can speak from personal experience that it will be a welcoming environment and will open up opportunities to showcase your talents to help the Section. You will also find lifelong friends and colleagues to help you throughout your career along the way. Networking is an invaluable tool and helps to make us all stronger.


I am looking forward to seeing everyone out there this year at one of the meetings, events, or social gathering!

-Jason Neighbors-

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