Chair Elect Report
John Van Arsdel
Greetings fellow ISAWWA members!
Here it is the dog days of summer, and we find across our great land that many are facing a serious shortage of water. It has been said that the last time the Midwest has been this dry was back in the 30’s. This, of course, means our work as water professionals is more important than ever as we strive to find new ways to conserve water and stretch our resources. There is a ripple effect that will carry out through the various economic chains as a result of this drought. Food prices will go up everywhere. Lawns are brown. Some trees are already dropping leaves.
The lack of rainfall was even noticeable at the Visitation Day golf outing in Champaign. The ponds on the golf course were, in many cases, dry. So when I hit my ball into the "water” I was able to walk out to it and retrieve it!
It goes to show that, even though I am part Scottish, I was not able to live up to my heritage by being a good golfer. However, on that day, it did rain a little and everyone on the course stayed out and continued playing. The rain did not last very long; and, fortunately, the temperature was lower than predicted, resulting in a nice day of play. Illinois American did a fantastic job at hosting the event. The course was very nice, dinner was great, and the fellowship of all the folks who attended was terrific!
WATERCON ’13 is in the planning stages. The ISAWWA met with the IWEA recently to work on a memorandum of agreement for continuing to work together on the WATERCON conference. This agreement spells out how the two organizations have worked out a strategy to continue building the conference into the premier water event for Illinois on an annual basis. Kudos to everyone who has worked so hard to make this event so successful and insuring the success continues.
For those of you who were not able to attend the AWWA ACE conference in Dallas in June, it was a great time. The ISAWWA Breakfast on Monday was well attended and made for a great start for the convention. Illinois was the recipient of some awards, but I was unable to attend the Tuesday afternoon session where some of those were given. Congrats go out to Randy Lusk, our "membership dude” who received the Zenno Gorder Award from AWWA. That is a great award to be able to bring home. It says a lot about the efforts put forth to continue to strive for adding to and maintaining our most precious resource, our members.
As we move forward, there are many opportunities that the Illinois Section makes available to you. Our education seminars and webinars for the rest of the year are chock full of useful class material. Our website is one of the easiest to use that I have found, and has our calendar of events loaded with things to do.
I look forward to the rest of this year and hope everyone has the opportunity to be a part of and grow with this great experience we call the Illinois Section AWWA.