I’ve been trying to decide on the best thing about GMWEA’s Spring Conference, which is coming up on May 20 and 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30, online. And I can’t. There’s just so much informative, entertaining, and important stuff going on.
Maybe it’s the talk by Haley Pero, outreach specialist from Sen. Bernie Sanders’s office. Haley has been deeply involved in water quality issues, and for this appearance she agreed to talk about forthcoming federal funding for water quality infrastructure. We asked her to detail how much money is coming, where it’ll hit the ground in Vermont, and how municipalities can get in line for it. Not to be missed!
But then there’s Jeff Wennberg’s keynote address. Jeff retired in January after 35 years as DEC commissioner, mayor of Rutland, and head of Rutland’s DPW. I’ve worked with Jeff on various projects since 2004, and he really knows his stuff – the big picture AND the little details. His decades-long perspective on the water quality sector, a look back and a well-informed look into the future, is sure to be invaluable. Plus he’s a terrific speaker with a great sense of humor.
Of course, nobody should miss our annual Service Excellence Awards presentations. Nominations from around the state arrived starting in January and, given 2020’s trials and tribulations, our awards committee had to choose among some true heroes in the drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater fields. Operators, facilities, companies, and lab techs will all be honored, and everybody in the water quality community simply should BE THERE!
Then again, there are five hours of technical sessions, overflowing with TCHs. Topics range from basic skills to emerging technologies, and all are taught by top-notch experts. On Thursday, there’ll be sessions on Water Well Rehabilitation and Basic Math for Operators, and a session on a New Primary Bio-filter Technology that could change the game for facilities with small footprints. On Friday, there’ll be sessions on Affordable Telemetry for Small Systems and Water Corrosion Control.
The sponsor presentations will be great, too. Personally, I don’t want to miss DigSafe’s live how-to introduction to Exactix, a new web-based platform that allows excavators to create and manage their own DigSafe tickets online. And our fabulous new board candidates will introduce themselves. . .
Or maybe the best thing is that all this costs only $25 (for both days!), for GMWEA members.
All the details, including online registration and payment, are on our website at www.gmwea.org.
BIG THANKS are due our sponsors for this event, whose support allows GMWEA to present programs like this affordably: Ti-Sales, Surpass Chemical, Resource Management Inc., E.J. Prescott, Endyne Laboratory Services, DigSafe, and Champlin Associates. Be sure to check out their products, services, projects, and new technologies!
Daniel Hecht, executive director, GMWEA