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RMW - May 2017

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. Advertising For information on advertising opportunities, please contact KATHLEEN PISHOTTA at kathleen@apogeepublications.com or 888.371.4933. Published By APOGEE PUBLICATIONS 6528 Greenleaf Ave., Ste. 219 • Whittier, CA 90601 562.698.3424 • apogeepublications.com NICOLE MILLMAN-FALK, editor AUDE CABALDON, art director ©Apogee Publications 2017 All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part,without the prior written consent of the publisher. FROM THE AWWA Director Kevin Bergschneider, AWWA Vice President WELCOME TO THE MAY ISSUE OF Rocky Mountain Water. When our RMSAWWA Chair, Bud Spillman, asked me to guest write the column usually reserved for the Chair of the Section, I jumped at the chance. My goal from this message is to give you an update on AWWA and add some insight on the role of an AWWA Director and some of the journeys I have been on as an AWWA Vice President. Let’s start with a few updates from AWWA. Membership From the diagram below you can see that the hard work of membership engagement, recruitment, and retention has paid off. The support and col-laboration from AWWA Headquarters working with the Sections has produced an average gain of about 500 members per year since 2012.The Rocky Mountain Section has 2,380 members and has seen an increase of almost 50 members this past year. AWWA Section realignment AWWA has recently announced a realignment of the 43 Sections. As the map on page 9 shows, the Rocky Mountain Section will now be linked to our western North American colleagues indicated in orange. In my opinion, it’s a benefit that the Rocky Mountain Section will again be linked with those regions that are challenged as we are with a more arid environment. Many of these Western North American Sections also share the Colorado River and its many tributaries. I am pleased to serve as one of the six Vice Presi-dents of AWWA. My term ends in June 2018. A key role of an AWWA VP is travelling to Section confer-ences throughout North America as the AWWA Visiting Officer. My travels in 2016 took me from the East Coast in August, to the Midwest for the Nebraska Section conference the first week of November, and culmi-nated with a trip to Mexico in the second week of November. The Chesapeake Section of AWWA held its TRICON Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. It is called TRICON because the conference is put on by the AWWA Section, the WEF Affiliate, and the Water/Wastewater Operators Association from Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. The Nebraska Section’s conference in Kearney also had three organizing entities: the AWWA Section, the WEF Affiliate, and the American Public Works Association Chapter of Nebraska. The three orga-nizations each hold a two-day conference with an overlap day. The exhibitors in Kearney were appreciative of the opportunity to interact with members from all three organizations in a single 8 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW


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