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COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT What Our Members Remember Most About WEFTEC 2016 ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 | 27 RIGHT ON THE HEELS OF A successful RMWEA/RMSAWWA Joint Annual Conference in Key-stone, Colo., I had the privilege of join-ing several other water professionals from our section to attend WEFTEC 2016 in New Orleans, La. WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America, and the largest annual water quality technology exhibition in the world. Because the scale of this event is so mind-bogglingly large and can’t be fully described in one article, I wanted to catch up with a few of our RMWEA colleagues I ran into in New Orleans to have them share one thing that stood out for them from this year. I am excited about the advances in DNA characterization of activated sludge microbi-ology. This will provide some great informa-tion but it’s too slow to replace filament ID by microscope for process control. The pre-con-ference workshops were a highlight for me. My wife, Sharon, joined me for the 30th year in the workshop on Wastewater Treatment Microbiology. Along with several national experts, we taught 32 participants about microscopy, protozoa/metazoan observation, and filament identification. We still sell out each year because participants like it and tell others about the workshop. Everybody is gratified when the “light turns on” and some-one understands what we are trying to get across. —Ron Schuyler, COWAC There was a lot of full-scale interest in innovative technologies such as A-stage By Cole Sigmon


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