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GMWEA Tradeshow, November 8!

It’s almost here!

GMWEA will present its 35th annual Tradeshow and Conference — our largest and most  anticipated annual event — on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, Vt.

Don’t miss this event — it’s Vermont’s most important water quality professional development opportunity!

It brings together over 400 water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals, water quality technology and service providers, DPW administrators, staff from water-related nonprofit organizations, State agency administrators, educators, and students.

2018’s keynote speaker, Vt. ANR Secretary Julie Moore, will speak about the challenges facing Vermont’s natural waters and our water quality infrastructure. The tradeshow will feature over 100 exhibitors as well as six technical trainings — see below– presented by renowned experts, a delicious lunch, guest speakers, vendor raffles, and lots of networking opportunities.

The sessions (for full descriptions and registration information, visit https://www.gmwea.org/fall-trade-show.html):

Online Resources at OPR (Office of Professional Regulation), presented by Tara Grenier, OPR’s licensing administration supervisor, and Kara Shangraw, OPR’s license administrator for water/wastewater system designers and operators

Safe Handling, Storage, and Pumping of Water and Wastewater Chemicals, presented by Loren A. Swears, Slack Chemical Technical Applications

Polymer: An Owner’s Manual, presented by Ryan Peebles, New England regional manager, Cleanwaters, Inc.

Basic Math for Water and Wastewater Operators, presented by Matt Guerino, training specialist, Vermont Rural Water Association

Updated Boil Water Notice Policy, presented by Ben Montross, compliance and support services section chief, Vt. DEC Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, and Patrick Smart, DEC, DWGWP Division

Working in Confined Spaces, presented by Raymond Morang, safety, training, and service manager, E.J. Prescott Inc.

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$100 NEWWA Conference Discount!

GMWEA members now have an exceptional opportunity to participate in one of our region’s most important water quality career-development opportunities.

It’s New England Water Works Association’s annual conference, held this year in Stowe, Vermont.  The four-day event starts on September 16, but you can register – and receive an immediate $100 discount – now!

Don’t wait!  The discounts will be awarded only to the first 20 GMWEA members to register.

New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) will present its annual conference September 16 through 19, at Stowe Mountain Lodge.  Thanks to NEWWA/GMWEA mission-sharing agreements, we are able to offer GMWEA members a $100 discount for registration, whether you register for a single day or the whole event!

In addition to many technical sessions and expert presentations, the conference offers unparalleled networking opportunities for water quality professionals, a region-wide drinking water taste test, recreational activities, and a special town hall panel on PFOAs and PFAs in New England.

Click here to view the entire agenda: http://newwa.org/Portals/6/Events/Annual%20Conference/2018%20Annual%20Conference/Conference%20Program%20for%20Web%202018-05-29.pdf

To take advantage of the $100 discount, current GMWEA members (only!) can register by directly contacting Katelyn Todesco at NEWWA – ktodesco@newwa.org.

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Lake Champlain Aboard the Melosira

Written by Tom DiPietro. Photos courtesy of James Sherrard.

The skies threatened rain, but that did not dampen spirits aboard the Melosira, the University of Vermont’s Lake Champlain research vessel. It was on this cool September afternoon that over a dozen GMWEA members joined UVM Sea Grant staff aboard the vessel for a tour of Lake Champlain. It was a scenic tour — but one with a focus on water quality monitoring and management.

The tour set off near the ECHO Center in Burlington, made a stop above the effluent pipe from the Burlington Main plant, and then headed north to the mouth of the Winooski River before returning to shore. During the tour, GMWEA members learned about some of the sampling conducted as part of research conducted by UVM and Sea Grant. The Melosira’s crew demonstrated use of their CTD (Conductivity Temperature and Depth) meter near the Burlington plant’s effluent pipe and then again at the mouth of the Winooski river. This instrument collects valuable water quality data for researchers as they continually assess lake conditions.

(Left: The CTD meter used by researchers aboard the Melosira.)

In between stops and sampling, UVM Sea Grant staff shared their on-going research efforts with the group. This included discussions on “data buoys” located throughout the lake, phosphorous pollution and blue-green algae, lake sturgeon migration, microplastics in the water column, and the impacts of road salt on the lake.

Also aboard was Joel Banner Baird, a staff writer for the Burlington Free Press. Joel had the opportunity to engage with GMWEA members and also learn a little more about the lake. In the article that he prepared for the Burlington Free Press he recapped, “Lake Champlain is much more vulnerable to terrestrial pollution than are the Great Lakes… The land area that drains into Lake Champlain, measured against the lake itself, is huge compared to the ratio of watershed to water of the Great Lakes. That unusually high ratio means that the consequences of what happens upstream can add up quickly.”

(Above photo: GMWEA members Karen Adams, Chelsea Mandingo, and Tom DiPietro aboard the Melosira.)

The entire article can be found here: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2017/09/09/lake-scientists-launch-lesson-plan-landlubbers/636864001/

The event was well received and the attendees are looking forward to a similar event next year. Special thanks to the Melosira crew, Kris Stepenuck and the rest of Sea Grant team for organizing the event.

If you were also aboard the Melosira, or are interested in Lake Champlain and its waters, please leave a comment on this post!

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