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MANAGEMENT PIPELINE 2. Stop referring to the USEPA as “those guys who let the mine waste out.” 3. Learn a new software program and use it. 4. Let it go when people spell “floride” or say “tolulene.” It’s not worth it. 5. Perform an optimum corrosion control study on our system—not really a resolution, more of a state-mandat-ed thing (See 1.), but I thought it might count. 6. Refigure out the magic behind that lbs/day = mgd x mg/L x 8.34 formula. Don’t kid yourselves, it’s not just a units thing. There’s witchcraft in there. 7. Throw in a definition of a random similar sounding word for no reason when describing a water term, such as: A coliphage is a bacteriophage that infects E. coli. This viral test is gaining popularity as an indicator of water con-tamination. On a side note, a colophon is a publisher’s distinctive emblematic imprint usually located on the spine or back of a book. 8. Buy an automobile cigarette lighter and show my kids how it works. They are still appalled and disbelieving about the origin of their precious power ports. 24 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 9. Attend an RMSAWWA/RMWEA social event or other industry mixer and befriend a weird looking stranger who is sitting alone. (If I talk to you at an event, don’t worry; it’s not you.) 10. Attend every breakfast meeting or opening early session at all conferences and retreats attended. 11. Tell a fellow industry professional what I like about them and forget what I don’t like about another. 12. Take a Khan Academy or MOOC course through Cours-era in a subject totally unrelated to water. Here’s to a new year! May the best days of your past be the worst days of your future. Blair Corning is the Environmental Manager at South Adams County Water and Sanitation District where he has worked for the past 17 years. He is involved in areas such as water quality, environmental regulatory programs, emergency planning, and communications. Corning has a Master of Science in Water Science from the University of Idaho and is a graduate of the AWWA Utility Management Institute. He can be reached at bcorning@sacwsd.org.


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