Worth Noting - May 2014

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Dr. Eileen O’Neill took the reins as the executive director of the Water Environment Federation in February. She had been the interim executive director since summer 2013, and prior to that was the deputy executive direct or.

Albert Demerich was named the production manager for Envirotech Environmental Consulting Inc. (Delaware), a company that deals with environmental management services, stormwater management and water-quality management.

Marilyn Sucoe was named the staff engineer/stormwater administrator for the Village of Lisle (Ill.). She replaces Mary Lou Kalsted, who retired after serving the village for 32 years.

Rick Sahlin was named the public works director for the City of Chehalis (Wash.). Sahlin had been serving as the interim public works director.

The Elm Drive Project in Mississauga, Ontario, received the Project of the Year Award (for the Environment Less Than $2 Million Category) from the Ontario Public Works Association. The green infrastructure project, designed to take pressure off the sewer system, included the installation of permeable pavement and six engineered garden planters. The award recognizes excellence in managing and administering public works.

The American Water Works Association announced the following elections and appointments:

  • Gene Koontz, president-elect (he will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June 2015)
  • Brenda Lennox, vice president
  • Tom Moulton, vice president
  • Warner Palermo, vice president
  • Lela Perkins, vice president
  • Steve Shoaf, vice president
  • Uma Vempati, director-at-large
  • Pete Samson, service provider director-at-large

Learning Opportunities

American Water Works Association

The AWWA is offering the following courses:

  • May 14 – Using Envision Tools in the Water Industry, Webinar
  • July 23-25 – Summer Workshop, Denver, Colo.

Visit www.awwa.org.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The ASCE is offering the following courses:

  • May 15-16 – Project Management, San Francisco
  • May 22-23 – Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers, Scarborough, Maine
  • June 12-13 – Financial Management for the Professional Engineer, San Antonio
  • June 19-20 – Leadership Development for the Engineer, Kansas City, Kan.
  • July 24-25 – Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers, Greenwood Village, Colo.

Visit www.asce.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development is offering the following courses in Madison:

  • June 2-3 – Advance Modeling Using HEC-RAS
  • June 4-6 – Unsteady Flow Modeling Using HEC-RAS
  • Oct. 20-21 – Using WinSLAMM v. 10.0.1: Meeting Urban Stormwater Management Goals

Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering the following courses:

  • May 6-8 – Pumps and Motors, Madison
  • May 14 – General Safety, North Fond du Lac
  • Sept. 17 – Permit-Required Confined-Space Entry, Plover
  • Dec. 9 – General Safety, Plover

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.


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