OWEA Sends Three Teams to
WEFTEC 2014 Operations Challenge
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Join OWEA for the Ohio Mixer
Sunday, September 28th at 6 pm
Presentations, Coursework Reports, and Photos
August 26-29, 2014 | Columbus
The Ohio Water Environment Association
The Ohio Water Environment Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association that provides technical education and training for Ohio water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. OWEA's nearly 2000 members are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our most precious natural resource ... WATER. (more about OWEA)
|New OWEA Royal & White Polos in Stock - Order Yours Now
UltraClub Adult Cool & Dry Mesh Sport Two-Tone Polo
Control your comfort with this two-tone mesh performance polo that will keep you cool and dry. Visit OWEA's Online Store or call 614.488.5800.
|Ohio's Bluyé DeMessie Runner Up at National SJWP
Mr. Bluyé DeMessie was selected as a Runner Up at the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition for his project “Developing a Sustainable Water Filtration System for Low Income Countries”. DeMessie recently completed the 11th Grade at William Mason High School
Ohio Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner
Runner Up National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition
DeMessie - OH (left)
with Deepika Kurup - NH (Winner/center) and Zachary Loeb - FL (Runner Up/right)
|WEF Trustee Tapped to Attend One Water Conference
George Martin, WEF Board Trustee, will attend the August One Water Conference. George currently serves as the General Manager of the Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) in Greenwood, SC. A WEF member since 1982, George has served as Vice-chair and Chair of the Collection Systems Committee and Vice-chair and Chair of the Program Committee. He was awarded the WEF Collection System Award in 2008. In addition, he has served on numerous work groups within WEF.
|Full House for 2014 Government Affairs Workshop
A record 216 people registered for OWEA's Government Affairs Workshop, held on March 13, 2014 at NorthPointe. The opening session featured Craig Butler, new Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and followed with a strong agenda focusing on nutrients, funding, and workforce development issues. See more photos and mark your calendar for next year's workshop on March 5, 2015. Photo: John Owen, Workshop Chair (l), Craig Butler, Director Ohio EPA (c), and Dale Kocarek, GAC Chair (r).
|OWEA's "Water's Worth It" Legislative Reception
OWEA’s leadership met with members of Ohio’s 130th General Assembly at the "Water’s Worth It" Legislative Reception on February 25, 2014 in the Atrium at the Ohio Statehouse. OWEA encouraged legislators and their staffs to utilize the expertise of OWEA and its members as their resource for water quality information. For more info regarding this event and future efforts, please contact President Dan Sullivan or Legislative Event Coordinator/Past President Tom Angelo. Event photos.
|Nutrient Controls Costs Survey
The Government Affairs Committee requests your input on the Nutrients Controls and Costs at Public Wastewater and Water Survey. Read the full introduction from Dale Kocarek, Government Affairs Chair.
|OWEA Holds Annual Mega Meeting
OWEA's leadership team, including Section Officers, Committee Chairs, Executive Committee Members, and Staff met at the Olentangy Environmental Control Center on September 11, 2013. The group reviewed OWEA's operations and planned for the upcoming year. In the afternoon, the Executive Committee took on the Section Presidents in a Certification Challenge. The EC managed a win, despite the strong showing by the Section Presidents. View all photos in OWEA's Photo Galleries.
|OWEA and OEPA Sign MOU at 2013 OWEA Conference
2012-2013 OWEA President Tom Angelo and OEPA Director Scott Nally signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a cooperative relationship between the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). The parties intend to focus on the exchange of technical information and education in the areas of wastewater and storm water infrastructure, treatment, and technologies to better promote environmental professionalism in Ohio.
(l-r) Scott Nally (OEPA Director), Doug Clark (OWEA Legislative Committee Chair), Tom Angelo (OWEA 2012-2013 President), and Dale Kocarek (Chair OWEA Government Affairs Committee) Additional photos
|OWEA Technical Review Group submitted comments to Ohio EPA on Developing Rules to Reduce the Impacts of Nutrients in Surface Water.
To learn more about the Technical Review Group - visit OWEA's Government Affairs Committee page or Regulatory/Legislative link.
Are You Following OWEA?
OWEA Social Media group is focusing on Public Outreach posts via all OWEA Social Media sites (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook). This initiative is designed to provide membership with valuable information related to the industry and to build a stronger social connection to its audience. Briefs will include Regulatory Updates, Water Quality Outreach and Education, Ops Optimization Articles, and Job Postings/Event Announcements. We hope that this initiative is well-received by all! Thank you.
Investment in Water Infrastructure Creates Jobs, Drives Innovation, and Safeguards Public Health
During this partisan election season, a rare opportunity exists to stand together to support a truly bipartisan cause that affects every American – that cause is the desperate need to invest in our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure. The widespread deterioration of America’s water and wastewater infrastructure is reaching a critical stage. With this crisis comes incredible opportunity - forty years of data, experience and expert studies undeniably demonstrate that investing in water infrastructure creates jobs and boosts the nation’s economy. If we fail to invest in water infrastructure, we do so at our own peril. Congress and the President must make investment in water infrastructure a national priority. Voters need to ask elected officials and political candidates what they intend to do to address these needs and ask our leaders to commit to making water investment a top priority. (read more)
Submit a Roll Call Announcement
Were you promoted to a new position or did you recently change your place of employment? Let your colleagues know in the Roll Call section of the next Buckeye Bulletin. Complete the Roll Call Submission Form.
(Announcements published for OWEA members. Not a member yet? Memberships available.)
US EPA Final Clean Water Act Methods Update Rule
EPA has issued a final rule to approve several new or revised analytical methods, or test procedures, for measuring regulated pollutants in wastewater. Please vist the EPA website for more info.
Be a Voice for Water
Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, tell the world what water’s worth to you!
Welcome to WATER’S WORTH IT, a new messaging campaign from the Water Environment Federation that aims to raise awareness about the value and importance of water, water-related issues, and the water profession. We encourage you to learn more about this exciting new effort and how you can help WEF be a voice for water.
||OWEA Raises Public Awareness of Proper Disposal
of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products