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RMW January 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW FROM THE RMWEA President Joe Tamborini, P.E. 6 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 VOL. 54 NO. 46 JANUARY 2017 A JOINT PUBLICATION OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN SECTION of the AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION & ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION Publications Committee Chair LACEY WILLIAMS lwilliams@rasinc.org Editor LAURA HIGH lehigh61@msn.com Hot Topics LACEY WILLIAMS lwilliams@rasinc.org Management Pipeline BLAIR CORNING bcorning@sacwsd.org Miscellaneous SERENA HENDON shendon@pjckn.com Operations MARK HENDERSON mark.henderson@state.co.us STEPHANIE LUCE stephanie.luce@lrewater.com Science, Research & Technology (SRT) COLUMNIST NEEDED Wastewater ANGELA KANA akana@sehinc.com Water MATTHEW MCFADDEN matthew.mcfadden@hdrinc.com Rocky Mountain Water YPS MICHELLE MILLER michelle.miller2@tetratech.com E-blast Editors ANDREA LONG almountains@gmail.com HANNAH WILNER hwilner@sehinc.com E-blast Reviewer STEPHANIE FLECKENSTEIN stephaniefleckenstein@hdrinc.com HAPPY NEW YEAR! AND A NEW magazine title! I’m happy to write a column for the very first edition of Rocky Mountain Water. This magazine name change has occurred to better exemplify the vision and mission of RMWEA and RMSAWWA, as a focus on water management and water professionals in the Rocky Mountain region. A sincere thanks to everyone who casted a ballot in the original vote at the Joint Annual Conference and in the tie-breaking vote a few months ago. I believe the name change will make this magazine more visible to our members. One of my favorite things about the new year is getting new calendars for my home and for my office. For home, it’s a calendar full of photos displaying all the fun we had with the kids the past year, our travels, and our holidays. For the office, it’s the RMWEA calendar, displaying photos from our favorite area Resource Reclamation Facilities! Who doesn’t like to see the sunset reflecting off a 0.5 ntu clarifier effluent! This year we received more than 100 photos for the calendar, and the choices were terribly difficult to decide upon the best, and yes, there’s a photo of the sun reflecting off a clarifier! Due to publishing timelines, I have not had the opportunity to congratulate the Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Elevated Ops Team for its first place finish in the Operations Challenge Competition at WEFTEC this year! Team Captain Kelsey Gedge, along with Matt Duncan, Lance Wenholz, Josh Mallorey, Rebecca Miller, and Coach Orren West deserve our congratulations. Additionally, our Littleton/ Englewood Commode Commandos and Denver Metro’s Team Metro Bravo staunchly represented RMWEA, as once again we had three teams in this national competition. Personally, I had a wonderful time watching the events and used social media, including my very first tweet, to promote our teams! Speaking of teamwork, I would like to highlight one of our RMWEA core values in each column, and our first value is “Collaboration.” Our 2016 Joint Annual Conference in Keystone, Colo., was a terrific example of collaboration across our industry. We had nearly 900 people attend the conference, which was record attendance for the venue, and more than 100 technical presentations highlighting everything from advancements in collection systems to nutrient removal strategies. In particular, I appreciated the collaboration of RMWEA and RMSAWWA in hosting the Membership Appreciation Night on Sunday of the conference. I was able to meet dozens of new members, and I look forward to the event at this year’s conference, September 10–13, in Loveland, Colo. Finally, I would like highlight some of RMWEA’s many training opportunities. If you need professional training units (TUs) for any purpose, I strongly urge you sign up for our Operator Training Schools. The Fundamentals School is January 30–February 3, and the Intermediate and Advanced School is March 21–26. These schools offer unparalleled, in-depth training, with lessons specifically designed to build on each other over the course of the week. Additionally, our PWO Committee is offering the Englewood PWO Seminar (formerly the Red & Jerry’s Seminar) on February 16 and the Industrial Wastewater seminar in April. If you prefer online training, RMWEA’s online training committee has received State of Colorado TU approval for all of WEF’s online training courses. Please check our website, rmwea.org, for all the details on training opportunities. I would love to speak directly with anyone who has questions about RMWEA or who wants to volunteer and become more involved in the organization. Feel free to email me at any time: joe.r.tamburini@tetratech.com, or call me at 303.532.6581. Joe Tamburini, P.E., is the 2016–2017 RMWEA President. He is a Chemical Engineer and Process Treatment Lead for Tetra Tech in its downtown Denver office.


RMW January 2017
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