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RMW January 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW FROM THE RMSAWWA Chair Bud Spillman AS I WALKED OUT OF THE KEYSTONE Conference Center this past September after attending the Joint Annual Confer-ence, the raindrops began to fall. Being parked in the lot west of the facility, I had a rather short walk to get to my vehicle. Before I could reach my truck, the wind-driven rain was falling faster, and I was getting wetter. After getting underway, I headed east up over Loveland Pass, just to see something different from the route I had taken to the Conference; west through Laramie, Kremmling, and pass-ing through Silverthorne. As I reached the top of the pass, past the Arapahoe Basin ski area, I was able to pause and watch the ground turn white with an early snow. I sat and watched the peaks disappear into the clouds and the dusting of snow turn into a solid, white ground cover. As with most fast moving storms, the sun soon peered out in the far west. While I sat enjoying the view, I was able to contem-plate that this was the beginning of a new season of regenerating the snow pack for next year’s run-off. As source water managers, this time of year signals the end of one water year, but the beginning of a new season and anticipation of what the next season might bring—forecast-ing, a review of historical data, and antici-pating what might be expected during the “recharge season.” The RMSAWWA is also near the end of a season; an extended time of discussing the merits of bringing an executive director on board to help direct and assist the Board in meeting the Stra-tegic Goals of the Section’s Strategic Plan. And due to the need to submit articles early to meet the deadlines required to provide our readers this great publication, I too am going to fore-cast. Forecast where I believe the RMSAWWA Section will be in January 2017 in our effort to bring on board an Executive Director to assist and guide the organization in the management of meeting our Mission. We are fortunate insofar as we won’t be limited by what the winter season might bring; we control our outcome, as we progress to bring on board an Executive Director for the Sec-tion. After soliciting candidates in September, we were able to conduct interviews in mid- October, and if my forecast is correct, we have selected a candidate who is currently working with Section volunteers to meet the needs of the Section. Believe me when I say that it was no easy task! The Section received 64 resumes and conducted six interviews to lead us to a final selection. This was a true team effort as many Board Members and some Committee Chairs weighed-in, in one form or another. Challenging? The candidates interviewed were some of the best! I was humbled by the qual-ity of character and degree of professionalism and experience of the individuals seeking the position. We received interest from coast to coast and many points in between. Who is this individual you might ask? As I write this, I can only forecast the progress of our process; not the results of our efforts! It’s a similar process to resource managers fore-casting 8 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 that there will be a snow pack, but not always knowing how much or in which water-sheds. I am simply forecasting that there will be an Executive Director on board for RMSAWWA and working diligently to meet the needs of the membership. Finally, the new year brings with it a new member magazine title. Rocky Mountain Water indicates that the publication is for water professionals within the Rocky Mountain region. Kudos to Lacey Williams, Chair of the Joint Publications Committee, and congratulations to all of the committee members and everyone who made this happen! The magazine name change (formally initiated at the 2016 Winter Planning Meeting) was proposed and ultimately implemented to better represent and market the visions and missions of RMSAWWA and RMWEA. Bud Spillman is a retired Wyoming Water System Operator, maintaining Level 4 WT & Level 2 D Certifications. He can be reached at watref@msn.com. Rocky Mountain Water magazine is published 6 times a year for the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA and WEA. Correspondence and articles should be sent to LAURA HIGH at lehigh61@msn.com. Publication of any article/comment herein does not constitute an endorsement by RMSAWWA, RMWEA, or the staff of Rocky Mountain Water for products or services. Contribute to Rocky Mountain Water Rocky Mountain Water magazine is open to contributions from section members, water and wastewater utilities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, as well as consultants, engineers, and product manufacturers who have an interest in the regional water industry. publication months: January, March, May, July, September and November. deadlines: Ten weeks before publication date. submissions: Rocky Mountain Water doesn’t consider unsolicited submissions. Please contact Editor LAURA HIGH for information on article development: lehigh61@msn.com 2017 Editorial Calendar january: Collection and Distribution march: Resource Recovery may: Effective Utility Management july: One Water september: Innovation and Technology november: Process and Treatment Rocky Mountain Water is looking for interesting and innovative projects to share with readers. Contact LAURA HIGH at lehigh61@msn.com to share your ideas. 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