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RMW - May 2017

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW FROM THE RMWEA President Joe Tamburini, P.E. 6 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 VOL. 54 NO. 48 MAY 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@nixonshefrin.com Operations STEPHANIE LUCE stephanie.luce@lrewater.com Science, Research & Technology (SRT) Column Coordinator Needed Wastewater ANGELA KANA-VEYDOVEC akana-veydovec@martinmartin.com Water Column Coordinator Needed 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 MEMBERS OF OUR INDUSTRY UNDER-stand the importance of safe, clean water in our everyday lives. However, the gen-eral public may not fully understand or be as aware as we are of the issues facing the water industry. We hear scare stories such as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, or perhaps a community on a “water boil mandate,” but these stories are localized and specific. Never before has public outreach been as critical as it is now! Fortunately, it has never been easier to raise public awareness about water issues. Everyone seems to be on social media these days, and this offers a broad audience to listen to our message. There are several resources available through WEF, the Value of Water Coalition, and other advocacy groups. Grab a social media asset from http://thevalueofwater.org/mediakit/ download, and include it in a Facebook post, a LinkedIn post, or tweet it and shed some light on water issues! This month I would like to highlight another of our RMWEA core values. This month’s value is “Passionate.” A few months ago, I had the opportunity to join leaders from other WEF member associations across the country for a collaborative (and exhausting!) two days designed to learn from WEF and our other member associations. I was astonished by the passion from the professionals in our industry. Bill Gefroh has been the Secretary/Treasurer for 18 years; I wouldn’t wish that on anyone! That said, I was extremely proud to realize the level of passion of our Rocky Mountain volunteers compared to other WEF member associations. We accomplish more training, outreach, scholarships, and activities than any organization relying solely on volunteers. What could we accomplish if we had paid support for some of the more tedious tasks that freed up our volunteers to focus on even more programs to further our vision? We will update our strategic plan at the summer planning meeting in June, and I personally invite any members to provide ideas to include. I want to build on the passion of our members to do even more, so please email your suggestions! Speaking of passion, do you know anyone in school who has a passion for the water industry? RMWEA offers scholarships for graduating high school students and for current 2- and 4-year col-lege students considering a career in the water industry. The Bill Martin and Tony Campman Scholarships honor two men who had distin-guished careers in our industry. Applications are available on the RMWEA website and are due by June 15. Visit the RMWEA scholarship page (www.rmwea.org/scholarship.php), or contact Scholarship Committee Chair José Velazquez (jose@malovela.com) with questions. If you are interested in participating in any of RMWEA’s committees or activities, please reach out to me anytime at joe.r.tamburini@tetratech. com, or call 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.


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