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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Highpoints Volume 31, No. 6 -- June 2015

Nominations Open for Prestigious AAEES Awards

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their professional achievement? Each year at the AAEES Awards Luncheon ceremony, the Academy honors top environmental engineers and scientists. The individual awards include:

  • Edward J. Cleary Award for outstanding management of environmental protection enterprises
  • Gordon Maskew Fair Award for substantial contributions to the environmental engineering and science profession
  • Stanley E. Kappe Award for outstanding service to the Academy and advancement of public awareness
  • Honorary Member for professional eminence and achievements
  • International Honorary Member for professional eminence and achievements

Forms for submitting nominations are available at http://www.aaees.org/aaeesawards-criteria.php. Please submit your nominations to Sammi Olmo at JSOlmo@aaees.org not later than July 15, 2015.

Frederick George Pohland Medal - The recipient of the 2015 Frederick George Pohland Medal is Dr. Morton Barlaz, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE. The Award will be presented at the AEESP Research and Education Conference at Yale University on Tuesday, June 16. Congratulations Dr. Barlaz!

BCEE/BCEEM Audit

Forty-five BCEE/BCEEMs, chosen at random, have received notices for the 2015 audit. BCES members are not yet eligible for the audit. Each person audited is being asked to supply the Recertification Committee with documentation substantiating at least 40 Professional Development Hours. If you work full-time you automatically receive 24 PDHs and then you only have to come up with 16 more. This can be done by attending seminars, classes, symposiums, exhibits, performing presentations, etc. The PDHs are acquired by continuing professional development activities during calendar years January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014 to ensure compliance with the continuing professional development requirements for Active and Life Active specialty certification. Those who were audited within the past 10 years are exempt from the current cycle.

Membership Corner

If you have not renewed your certification by March 31st it is considered expired! Please contact Joyce Dowen at Academy Headquarters at 410-266-3311 or JDowen@aaees.org. Did you know you can always renew online anytime at The AAEES Center at: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES.

AAEES Shirts Available!

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2015 Examinations

On April 22nd, the Admissions Committee completed evaluations of more than 45 applications paving the way for examinations to be conducted during July and August. Coupled with holdovers from previous years, more than 65 examinations will be administered this summer. If you are called upon to serve on a peer review panel or as a Chief Examiner, your cooperation and assistance in this effort will be appreciated and you will receive 0.5 PDH credit per interview.

Environmental Engineering and Scientist Survey

Survey

AAEES is conducting a short survey on our periodical, Environmental Engineer and Scientist, to gain insight and feedback from you, our readers, on how to make this publication more compelling.

To participate, go to http://bit.ly/2015EESSurvey.

The survey deadline has been extended to July 1st. Don't miss this opportunity to allow your voice to be heard!

Staff Summer Hours

Staff summer hours begin Memorial Day Weekend. The office closes Fridays at 12:00 p.m. Normal business hours resume following Labor Day Weekend. You may leave a message for any staff person by calling 410.266.3311 and listening for the appropriate extension, or send an email by clicking here.

Subscribe to the AAEES Meetings and Events Calendar

Click here to view the AAEES Events Calendar. Bookmark it or subscribe to our calendar to have the most up-to-date events, meetings, and announcements.

Have You Visited The AAEES Center? - BCEEs, BCEEMs, BCESs, Members, and Student Members.

You may now renew and update your Profile records online! Additional members-only benefits include an online directory, search for other members, view updated committee and board rosters, and purchase lapel pins, certificates, and other apparel!

Non-members and guests are also able to use the AAEES Center to apply for membership, subscribe to Environmental Engineer and Scientist, register for events, and to purchase AAEES publications. Click on the Login button on the AAEES.org home page to visit the AAEES Center or click on the following link: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES. The AAEES Center is a secure site.

AAEES on Social Media

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Youtube Flickr Blogspot

Please visit, follow, subscribe, and recommend the Academy on all of our newly updated social media networks! Contribute a valuable discussion to the 1900+ subscribers on LinkedIn, join the conversation on Twitter, check out your Academy's exciting events on Facebook, view the most up to date photos on Flickr, and much more! You can access all of the Academy's social media networks through the shortcuts on the AAEES homepage: http://www.aaees.org.

AAEES Activities

Elevate Your Visibility Today Through the Academy

It's easy and free to host an Academy Workshop or Seminar in your locale - If you would like to learn more, please email Workshops and Seminars Chair, Sarah Cwikla at Sarah.Cwikla@ghd.com, and copy JSOlmo@aaees.org. Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic (if any), possible speakers, and possible location. For three easy steps to hosting an event, click here.

June 7-10, 2015, AWWA ACE15 Conference was held in Anaheim, CA. Thank you to Issam Najm for organizing the AAEES exhibit booth.

June 22-25 2015, A&WMA's 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition is being held at The Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Please visit AAEES at Booth #108. The AEESP-AAEES-A&WMA Meet and Greet Lecture Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:30-8:30am. Click here to register. Contact A&WMA with any registration questions.
Organized by Merlyn Hough.

September 28, 2015, AAEES Breakfast at WEFTEC. All are invited! This year's breakfast is at 7:00 am. Details forthcoming. Earn one Academy PDH for attending. Click here to register.

September 27-30, 2015, WEFTEC - AAEES will be exhibiting again at Booth 1447 and volunteers for booth duty are welcome. Click here to sign up as an official Academy booth spokesperson. Not only will you get a chance to promote the Academy, but you will also find yourself making connections that are made possible only through your participation in the booth. Being there adds to your WEFTEC experience. We look forward to your joining the AAEES WEFTEC team!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Highpoints, Volume 31, Number 5 - May 2015

Thank You, Sponsors

The Academy expresses its heartfelt thanks to these firms who supported this year's Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards Luncheon and Conference (E3S). Their support helps to advance best practices of environmental engineering and science. PDHs were earned by attending the morning and afternoon technical presentations. Sponsors include:

American Public Health Association

Environmental Engineering & Science Foundation

ARCADIS

International Water Association

Baxter & Woodman

City of Los Angeles

CDM Smith

MWH Global

C.P. Huang, Ph.D., BCEEM

RMC Water and Environment

Hampton Roads Sanitation District

SCS Engineers

Veolia Water

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award, including the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology--ABET, GHD and MWH Global.

W. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Waste Management Medal, through the Environmental Engineering & Science Foundation -- Veolia Water.

W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award, through the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation - HDR.

Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award, through the Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation -- Innovyze.

Award Presentations Available Soon. You will receive notification for free access as soon as presentations become available online.

Nominations for AAEES Representative to the ABET Board of Delegates

The AAEES Education Committee is soliciting nominations for the position of AAEES Delegate to the ABET Board of Delegates.

The ABET Board of Delegates meets twice per year (usually in or near Baltimore, MD). The ABET Board of Delegates is responsible for oversight of accreditation operations, election of the ABET Board of Directors, and representing sponsoring organizations. Delegates serve a term of three years, and may be reappointed a maximum of one time for a total of six years. The AAEES Delegate also serves on one or more of the three ABET Area Delegations that meet at the same time. The three Area Delegations to which AAEES will have representation are the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), and the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC). Area and Board Delegates of ABET may not serve in multiple roles as Delegate, Officer, Director, or Commissioner.

Preferred qualifications for this appointment include experience as an ABET Program Evaluator and experience as a member of one of the ABET commissions, although exceptional candidates without these qualifications are also encouraged to apply. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment either as the AAEES Delegate or Alternate Delegate, or would like to nominate someone else, please forward your nomination(s) to the Chair of the AAEES Education Committee, David Chin at dchin@miami.edu. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2015.

AAEES Shirts Available!

AAEES Shirt
Click here to order yours now!

The superb feel of interlock knit enhanced by the subtle glow of jacquard knit shadow stripes. These easy care polos are 58/42 cotton/poly, flat knit collar, three-button placket and open hem sleeves. Available in Small to XXL. Click here to order yours now!

AAEES at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference

AAEES's 7th Annual Workshop and Breakfast at NJWEA's 100th Annual Conference held in Atlantic City, New Jersey May 11th-12th was a huge success. Thank you David Marabello and David Vaccari for making it happen.

Environmental Engineering and Scientist Survey

Survey

AAEES is conducting a short survey on our periodical, Environmental Engineer and Scientist, to gain insight and feedback from you, our readers, on how to make this publication more compelling.

To participate, go to http://bit.ly/2015EESSurvey.

The survey will close on June 1st.

Membership Corner

Did you know you can always renew online anytime at The AAEES Center?

Click here to go to the AAEES Center.

If you have not renewed your certification by March 31st it is considered expired! Please contact Joyce Dowen at 410-266-3311.

2015 Examinations

On April 22nd, the Admissions Committee completed evaluations of more than 45 applications paving the way for examinations to be conducted during July and August. Coupled with holdovers from previous years, more than 70 examinations will be administered this summer. If you are called upon to serve on a peer review panel or as a Chief Examiner, your cooperation and assistance in this effort is greatly appreciated and you will receive 0.5 PDH credit per interview.

Staff Summer Hours

Staff summer hours begin Memorial Day Weekend. The office closes Fridays at 12:00 p.m. Normal business hours resume following Labor Day Weekend. You may leave a message for any staff person by calling 410.266.3311 and listening for the appropriate extension, or send an email by clicking here.

Subscribe to the AAEES Meetings and Events Calendar

Click here to view the AAEES Events Calendar. Bookmark it or subscribe to our calendar to have the most up-to-date events, meetings, and announcements.

2015 Who's Who and Resource Guide

The 2015 editions of Who's Who in Environmental Engineering and Science and the Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guide are currently in production and will be available mid-June. Both publications will be made available electronically. If you wish to receive a print version, please email YMoulden@aaees.org and SPECIFICALLY request a print version of the Who's Who, a print version of the Resource Guide, or print versions of both the Who's Who and the Resource Guide by May 31st.

Have You Visited The AAEES Center? - BCEEs, BCEEMs, BCESs, Members, and Student Members

You may now renew and update your Profile records online! Additional members-only benefits include an online directory, search for other members, view updated committee and board rosters, and purchase lapel pins, certificates, and other apparel.

Non-members and guests are also able to use the AAEES Center to apply for membership, subscribe to Environmental Engineer and Scientist, register for events, and to purchase AAEES publications. Click on the Login button on the AAEES.org home page to visit the AAEES Center or click on the following link: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/StartPage.aspx?Site=AAEES. The AAEES Center is a secure site.

AAEES on Social Media

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Youtube Flickr Blogspot

Please visit, follow, subscribe, and recommend the Academy on all of our newly updated social media networks! Contribute a valuable discussion to the 1900+ subscribers on LinkedIn, join the conversation on Twitter, check out your Academy's exciting events on Facebook, view the most up to date photos on Flickr, and much more! You can access all of the Academy's social media networks through the shortcuts on the AAEES homepage: http://www.aaees.org.

AAEES Activities

Elevate Your Visibility Today Through the Academy

It's easy and free to host an Academy Workshop or Seminar in your locale - If you would like to learn more, please email Workshops and Seminars Chair, Sarah Cwikla at Sarah.Cwikla@ghd.com, and copy JSOlmo@aaees.org. Be sure to give an approximate date and suggested topic (if any), possible speakers, and possible location. For three easy steps to hosting an event, click here.

June 7-10, 2015, AWWA ACE15 Conference is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Please visit AAEES at Booth #248. The Annual AAEES/AIDIS/AWWA Luncheon will be on Wednesday June 10th. Click here to register. Contact AWWA's Customer Service or call 800.926.7337 if you have registration questions. Organized by Issam Najm.

June 22-25 2015, AWMA's 108th Annual Conference & Exhibition is being held at The Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC. Please visit AAEES at Booth #108. The AEESP-AAEES-A&WMA Meet and Greet Lecture Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:30-8:30am. Click here to register. Contact AWMA with any registration questions. Organized by Merlyn Hough.

Nominations for AAEES Delegate to the ABET Board of Delegates

The AAEES Education Committee is soliciting nominations for the position of AAEES Delegate to the ABET Board of Delegates.

The ABET Board of Delegates meets twice per year (usually in or near Baltimore, MD). The ABET Board of Delegates is responsible for oversight of accreditation operations, election of the ABET Board of Directors, and representing sponsoring organizations. Delegates serve a term of three years, and may be reappointed a maximum of one time for a total of six years. The AAEES Delegate also serves on one or more of the three ABET Area Delegations that meet at the same time. The three Area Delegations to which AAEES will have representation are the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), and the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC). Area and Board Delegates of ABET may not serve in multiple roles as Delegate, Officer, Director, or Commissioner.

Preferred qualifications for this appointment include experience as an ABET Program Evaluator and experience as a member of one of the ABET commissions, although exceptional candidates without these qualifications are also encouraged to apply. If you are interested in being considered for an appointment either as the AAEES Delegate or Alternate Delegate, or would like to nominate someone else, please forward your nomination(s) to the Chair of the AAEES Education Committee, David Chin at dchin@miami.edu. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2015.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 AAEES Awards Luncheon & Conference

e3s logoThe Academy's Awards Luncheon and Conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The event featured the presentation of the 2015 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (E3S) competition winners, the 2015 Environmental Communications Awards winners, recognition of distinguished environmental engineers, environmental scientists, and professionals, and an all-day technical conference.

Featured was Keynote Speaker, Dr. Roger Pulwarty, Director and Senior Advisor for Climate Research Director, National Integrated Drought Information System US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Awards presented included:

2015 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Award Winners

2015 Environmental Communications Award Winners

Gordon Maskew Fair Award
Richard G. Luthy, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Edward J. Cleary Award
Kevin Shafer, P.E.

International Honorary Member Award
Tsair-Fuh Lin, Ph.D.

Stanley E. Kappe Award
Richard J. Pope, P.E., BCEE

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Education Award
Dr. Larry Nies

W. Wesley Eckenfelder Graduate Research Award
Bryan D. Coday

W. Brewster Snow Award
John Trimmer

Innovyze Excellence in Computational Hydraulics/Hydrology Award
Amy Dale

Photos have been posted on Flickr and Facebook.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Tours State-of-the-Art Delaware Materials Recovery Facility

by Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE

On November 8, 2013 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) toured Delaware Solid Waste Authority's (DSWA) Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in New Castle, DE. The MRF, which opened on August 29, 2013, is the product of an innovative partnership between DWSA and ReCommunity. The automated recycling facility operates under a 20-year agreement to provide service to the entire state.

AAEES President Pat Canzano opened the event by explaining the importance of recycling to the state's economy and environment. This partnership aligns with statewide objectives for universal recycling programs with the goal of converting waste into economic opportunities.

ReCommunity invested $15 million to repurpose the existing 64,000 square foot facility, also installing state-of-the art sorting equipment within the Delaware Recycling Center (DRC) to process recyclable aluminum, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and glass collected from throughout Delaware.

"When DSWA reviewed the proposals for green industries at the DRC, it was clear ReCommunity is a leader in the recycling industry," said Pat Canzano DSWA CEO. "But what was most impressive about them is their commitment to Delaware and the surrounding community." The retrofitted facility allows DSWA to keep recycling operations in state, which has created more than 35 new jobs in Delaware, which is expected to increase to more than 70 jobs over time.

The world-class operation and design showcased within the ReCommunity Delaware facility includes advanced automated sorting capabilities that allow identification, separation and recovery of recyclables. The equipment includes screening, optical sorting, air and controls technology to recover more than 90 percent of available recyclables. The state-of-the-art facility can process more than 35 tons per hour, with the capacity to handle more than 160,000 tons per year.

At full capacity, ReCommunity Delaware will recover material that will prevent 464,331 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases from being emitted annually, which is equivalent to removing 85,045 cars from the road each year. It will also save 218,587 cubic yards of landfill space and avoid 1,806,539 gallons of wastewater from entering landfills.

After touring the automated recycling center, AAEES attendees visited DSWA's new Environmental Education Building. The Education Building is equipped with interactive exhibits that demonstrate how recyclables are sorted and processed from initiation to completion including waste collection, processing and landfill operations.

AAEES is a recognized authority on technical licensure and certification. As with most professions, the interests of the public and practitioners are connected to the delivery of quality engineering and science services. Reputable environmental professionals ensure better conditions for the public.

The AAEES specialty certification program establishes the specific expertise of licensed professional environmental engineers and environmental scientists through peer evaluation and examination. The Academy ensures that appropriate examinations for the environmental engineering and environmental science disciplines are available through support provided to the AAEES Trustees tour DSWA's new Environmental Education Building (above) National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Academy demonstrates its commitment to quality environmental engineering and environmental science education programs through active participation in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

An essential component of Certification is the Academy's continuing education requirements. The Academy's tour of DSWA's MRF and Education Building provided the leadership with an enlightened and inspired training opportunity. Through innovative partnerships such as the one between the DSWA and ReCommunity the profession, continues its journey toward making inclusive environmental leadership in the engineering and scientific fields a reality.

Board Certification is the next step beyond Professional Engineering licensure. The Academy also offers certification to scientists and membership categories that serve all levels from students to senior managers. To learn more about the organization, benefits of membership, and how to join, please go to the website at http://www.aaees.org.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 Women's Leadership Legacy Conference in Pasadena, CA, SOLD OUT!

by Wendy A. Wert, P.E., BCEE

On November 14, 2013 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (Academy) participated in the fourth annual Los Angeles County Public Works Women's Leadership Legacy Conference by hosting an interactive break-out session titled Women as Leaders in the Engineering and Scientific Professions. This event drew more than 600 attendees to the Pasadena Convention Center to share professional experiences with the nation's top female authors, television personalities, and business leaders.

Under the theme of The You Revolution, this innovative conference featured inspirational addresses, interactive break-out sessions, book signings, meet-and-greet sessions, and vendor booths. This year's star-studded line-up of presenters included Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, best-selling authors Hollye Dexter, Samantha Dunn, and Amy Friedman; Award Winning Documentary Producer Martha Adams, and US Geology Survey Seismologist Dr. Lucile M. Jones.

In addition, the conference featured Dr. Linda Livingstone, Dean of Pepperdine University School of Business & Management; Ruth Wong, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, County of Los Angeles; and Gail Farber, Director of Los Angeles County Public Works Department. The annual conference series was developed by the LA County Public Works' Women's Leadership Council. In this climate of constant change, there is a need for strong, committed leadership. Leadership skills are needed not only by those who occupy conventional governance roles. But, history has shown that some of the most important changes have been inspired by ordinary people courageous enough to lead. A reoccurring theme, throughout the conference, was the idea that one person, with a passion can change the world. The success of this event demonstrates the need for more of these forums.

At this year's conference, the Academy, a recognized authority on technical licensure and certification, hosted an interactive break-out session. As with most professions, the interests of the public and practitioners are connected to the delivery of quality engineering and science services. Reputable environmental professionals ensure better conditions for the public.

The Academy's specialty certification program establishes the specific expertise of licensed professional environmental engineers and environmental scientists through peer evaluation and examination. The Academy ensures that appropriate examinations for the environmental engineering and environmental science disciplines are available through support provided to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Academy demonstrates its commitment to quality environmental engineering and environmental science education programs through active participation in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The Academy and Public Works recognize the need to engage the talents of diverse individuals in the engineering and scientific professions. This shared commitment to quality leadership in the technical fields lead to a highly successful inaugural panel discussion. Judy Johnson, LA Basin Business Development Manager, of URS initiated the discussion by introducing the Academy's interactive break-out session titled Women as Leaders in the Engineering and Scientific Professions.

The Academy's Agencies and Government representative Grace Robinson Chan is the Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County where she currently provides executive direction to all departments of the agency through a team of managers who collectively oversee approximately 1,900 employees. Ms. Chan is a registered professional engineer in California and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. She received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983.

Ms. Chan is an avid mentor who participated in the early development of the Environmental Engineers of the Future program. In addition she has been involved with the Sanitation Districts' non-professional intern program through several community colleges for approximately five years. This program has been very successful in educating and training new treatment plant operators and solid waste engineering technicians and is a key part of staff succession planning.

Ms. Chan opened with humorous advice Everyone should be themselves… unless you're Beyonce. Then be Beyonce. After the laughter settled, she explained the importance of honesty in all professional interactions. Before we can lead others, we must first understand ourselves. We need to distinguish our talents and weaknesses, in order to use each to their maximum benefit. Stay true and do not compromise your values.

Ms. Chan continued the discussion by sharing her early experiences growing up in the household of a research chemist, who was an avid reader. She fondly remembered the stacks of books from diverse genera's that were a part of her childhood. Ms. Chan learned from her father to "read everything" since there are elements of value in all fields of study and one never knows what kernel of knowledge may help you solve the next challenge. Read books that have a purpose of personal development and growth. Read well to live well.

The panel agreed that Ms. Chan is well read. They mentioned observing "Grace under fire" during the public hearings for a challenging program. Her responses were factually correct, calmly delivered, and diplomatically selected. Ms. Chan has the diplomacy to "win" an argument by not entering into it.

Ms. Chan also stressed the importance of core values. She mentioned that most organizations draft these, but she also considers them while deliberating difficult decisions. It is the mission of the Sanitation Districts to protect the public health and the environment through innovative and cost effective wastewater and solid waste management, and in doing so convert waste into resources such as reclaimed water, renewable energy, and recycled materials. The core goals are integrity, leadership, and service. We are committed to ethical standards and integrity in our work. We are committed to the advancement of excellence in wastewater and solid waste management. We are committed to reliable, responsive and courteous service.

The Academy's Academia and Research representative Jeanette Brown is a Professor of Practice at Manhattan College and a Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut where she is currently leading research into the thermal conversion of carbon containing waste materials such as wastewater biosolids and food wastes to produce energy. She is the former Executive Director of the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. She is a Past President of the Water Environment Federation, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and American Society of Civil Engineers. Jeanette received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1966 and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in 1987. Her areas of expertise include utility management, biological nutrient removal, biosolids management including energy recovery and stormwater management.

Dr. Brown opened by encouraging involvement in professional organizations such as the Academy. She mentioned that all of the panelists in the break-out session are "Board Certified Environmental Engineers" and we are proud of that. Technical skills are important, and the only way to gain them is to keep working unbelievably hard. In life as well as in our careers we must take action. We must therefore always be progressing. Building upon success and learning from failure. Volunteering for committees and offices allows you to spend every day using your abilities to their maximum value for the good of others. As we move forward in pursuit of our goals, we need to lift others up with us as well.

The panel shared an example of Dr. Brown's leadership from the WEFTEC Operations Challenge awards program. These awards are given out to the highly skilled operators who are at the front lines of water treatment. Dr. Brown not only took the time to personally thank each and every winner for their contributions to the practice, but to everyone's surprise she invited the entire auditorium to her hotel room after the ceremony so that she could continue to mentor and celebrate their achievements. We have no idea how she worked out the logistics, but this is one of many examples of Jeanette's devotion not only to the field of environmental engineering but, more importantly the practitioners, the people who do the work.

The Academy's Industry and Business representative Kris Morico is a leader of corporate environmental programs at General Electric including: G.E.'s Global Water, Chemical Management Programs, and Environmental Excellence certification initiative, which recognizes locations with outstanding environmental performance. Kris also leads the 4th ecomagination team committed to a 25% absolute water reduction by 2015. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Connecticut, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, as well as a Certified Safety Professional. Kris also holds a Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and is an Environmental Laboratory Director through the same agency.

Kris received a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, an M.E.M. in Environmental Management from Yale University, and an E.M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. She serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as a trustee for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Kris is also a visiting lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Ms. Morico opened with some excellent advice Have a good sense of humor, have a little brevity! Ms. Morico continued by stressing the importance of relationships with professional mentors, colleagues, and friends as a key factor in career development. She shared her appreciation for the support she has received throughout her career from her mentor, friend, and fellow panelist, Jeanette Brown. Ms. Morico encouraged attendees to work at these relationships. Give more than you take, and help more than you receive.

The panel shared their experience while working with Ms. Morico on a number of national boards and committees. What stands out most is her willingness to take on tough challenges. For example, one of the most deliberated topics is the cost effectiveness of environmental sustainable practices. Through her vast professional experience she contributed data and credibility to this initiative. Now, due in no small part to her tireless efforts the Academy, has developed sustainability certification for both engineers and scientists.

Ms. Morico continued by suggesting that a humble manner can lead to success. For example scientific process requires critical peer review of technical work in order to validate the results. "Critical" technical comments are not negative, in fact they strengthen the body of work and are welcome by the authors. Integrity and character also matter. Exceptional character is the strength to do the right thing at all times, and to teach others to do the same. Our actions and deeds spread far and wide.

An essential component of Certification is the Academy's continuing education requirements. The Academy's interactive break-out session at the Public Works Leadership Legacy Conference provided the membership with an enlightened and inspired training opportunity. Through mentoring partnerships such as the one between the Academy and Public Works the profession, continues its journey toward making inclusive environmental leadership in the engineering and scientific fields a reality.

Board Certification is the next step beyond Professional Engineering licensure. The Academy also offers certification to scientists and membership categories that serve all levels from students to senior managers. To learn more about the organization, benefits of membership, and how to join, please go to the website at http://www.aaees.org.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Role of Local Agencies in California Water Resource Management

by Wendy Wert

Speakers Mike Sullivan, Rob Whitaker, Grace Chan, Rich Atwater, Ray Tremblay, Mike Selna.

On Sept. 26, 2013, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists hosted a dinner with 3 speakers discussing California water resources management and the role of local agencies facilitating water reuse. Two speakers from Southern California (Ms. Grace Robinson Chan, Chief Engineer and General Manager for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and Mr. Robb Whitaker, General Manager for the Water Replenishment District) spoke about Los Angeles-area programs that used reclaimed water. The third speaker, Mr. Rich Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee, spoke about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan regarding plans to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the California water supply.

Water Reclamation, Ground Water Recharge and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) has a 50 plus year history of water reclamation and have provided tertiary treated water for direct industrial reuse, landscape irrigation, agricultural irrigation and groundwater recharge. When totaled, the Districts have over 50 reuse sites for recycled water. Groundwater replenishment using recycled water is a source of the local potable water supply, and also is used to prevent seawater intrusion along the coast of greater Los Angeles County. The Districts completed construction of its first water reclamation facility, the Whittier Narrows Water Reclamation Facility, in 1962. The facility has been providing tertiary treated reclaimed water to the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Spreading Grounds in the Montebello Forebay ever since. Currently the Districts provide tertiary effluent treated water from several water reclamation plants for groundwater replenishment. The Districts treated water has become an important part of the overall supply providing water to the spreading grounds. This locally controlled and sustainable water source helps alleviate the historic over-drafting of the Central Groundwater Basin. In addition to maximizing ground water recharge with tertiary effluent treated water, the Districts recently assisted with research to determine if the higher-salinity wastewater bypassed around the water reclamation facilities can be cost-effectively recycled.

Attendees.

Water Replenishment District Commitment to Eliminating Colorado River Water as a Source of greater Los Angeles Area Potable Water

Mr. Robb Whittaker spoke about the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD), the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP) and the desire to be water independent (from State Water Project, MWD and Colorado River Water) by 2018. The latter program to achieve water independence is known by the acronym WIN (Water Independence Now). The WRD manages and provides groundwater to the southern and western sections of Los Angeles County. WRD's water sources include the existing groundwater, imported water from the California Aqueduct and the Colorado River, the above mentioned recycled water, and storm water, all of which are used to recharge the groundwater basin through the spreading grounds. The WRD set a goal of eliminating the need for imported water by 2018 through the increased use of recycled water. Through the GRIP and WIN programs, the Water Replenishment District hopes to take advantage of recent advances in membrane filtration and reverse osmosis to use more recycled water for groundwater replenishment. The supply of recycled water will be more stable and may be lower cost than the supply of imported water, especially in lean drought years.

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The Bay Delta Conservation Program, Peripheral Canal, and the Potential for Reliable State Project Waters

Mr. Richard Atwater of the Bay Delta Conservation Program (BDCP) spoke last. The Bay Delta is comprised of the area from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta to the San Francisco Bay. It is the source of water for 25 million Californians and the home of 750 species of wildlife and plants, but the system is in need of an upgrade. Decades-long fights between Northern and Southern California, environmentalists, farmers, and urban end users have culminated in the formation of the BDCP that will, in its authors' words, "balance the needs of fish and wildlife with California's human and economic needs." Part of a proposed Bay Delta restoration plan may be two 35-mile long tunnels to convey water without disturbing the sensitive ecosystems. The proposed tunnels have an estimated capital cost of $14 billion, according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and will take approximately 10 years to construct. Metropolitan Water District (MWD) financial studies indicate that these capital costs could be financed using DWR revenue bonds. The cost to the 19 million customers within the MWD service area would result in monthly water bill increases of about $4-$5 (per month) after the 10 year construction period (2026). This would be an increase from a typical 2013 monthly water bill in LA County of approximately $50 to $70.

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