We’re “On The Move” in 2013
By Timothy Worley, Ph.D., Executive Director, CA-NV AWWA
Reflecting on the past is a worthwhile
activity—understanding history helps
to inform actions and decisions today,
which makes this issue of Source an especially
interesting mix of past, present, and
future. Also, celebrating a recent success looks
backward to provide an important boost to
morale, and pride in one’s accomplishment.
The temptation is to write in detail about the
achievements of 2012, of which the California-
Nevada Section may be justifiably proud. The
Section published an annual report, maintained
a focus on hexavalent chromium treatment,
helped students at San Jose State launch
the Section’s first student chapter, restored
the financial reserve to the target amount,
and drew record attendance at its signature
training event—the Water Education Seminar
(WES) in Southern California. These are only
a few of the success stories of 2012.
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To focus solely on recent accomplishments,
however, would be to rest on one’s laurels.
That’s a trap of too much pride, and while
the Section is happy and thankful for the
terrific efforts of many volunteers and a
dedicated staff, its sights are firmly on the
future. Plans are in place for a banner year
in 2013, truly showing how the Section is an
organization on the move.
Here are a few things to watch for, and use to
your benefit, in the year ahead.
• The international Inorganic Contaminants
Symposium will start the year strong;
be sure not to miss this opportunity on
February 5-6, preceded by a full day workshop
of the Water Research Foundation
on hexavalent chromium.
• The Section will literally be “on the move”
as we look to inhabit new, energy and
water efficient (LEED platinum) offices
with a larger training room leased from
Cucamonga Valley Water District.
• Expect an expanded educational presence
in northern California, potentially with a
training center for the Section’s classes,
exams, and other needs.
• On-line education offerings will increase,
with the addition of at least four new
modules produced by AWWA.
• Policy matters like chromium (VI) regulation,
and involvement on legislative issues
like hydraulic fracturing, infrastructure
funding, and recycled water will elevate our
advocacy on behalf of member utilities.
Remember that all of these and many other
continuing programs are not only for members,
they also come from members. Call any of the
Section’s staff or leaders to get involved in your
organization this year. The community will
welcome you with open arms. S