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It is that time of year again when we are seeking proposals from college students for grant assistance for their research in groundwater-related topics! The deadline is fast approaching, November 11, 2016.
If you know a student that might be interested in applying for a $1,000 grant, please send them to this website for details: http://www.illinoisgroundwater.org/sgrants.html
Feel free to invite a college or university in Illinois that has a Geology/Hydrology/Environmental program to encourage their students to apply.
We also invite middle school and high school applicants too!
Amy M Gahala
Illinois Groundwater Association
Have you ever attended a Science Fair presentation at WATERCON? Do you wonder where we get those kids from?
Each year IJAS (Illinois Junior Academy of Science) holds a state-wide science fair. It gives a reason for students with a special interest in science to go beyond the classroom curriculum and develop their own investigation(s). It encourages students in their progress towards a career in science.
Of course, we are particularly interested in those projects that relate to the water industry. Help us find those projects - sign up to be a Science Fair Judge!
The competition for 2017 is being held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois on Saturday, May 6th.. It is not necessary to have an engineering or water operator background to judge, just a desire to be part of ISAWWA Outreach and have some fun!
To register to become a judge at this event - go to http://www.isawwa.org/event/IJAS
PA’s Water Security Division has just released a new product as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response System. The Guidance for Designing Communications Systems for Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems can be downloaded at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/srs_communications_guidance_081016.pdf
Online water quality and enhanced security monitoring components of a Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) require that data be transmitted from remote monitoring locations to a control center using a wired or wireless data communications system. This new guidance document describes the overall process for identifying available communications technologies, establishing evaluation criteria, comparing alternatives, and selecting a technology (or technologies).
September Jobs E-Newsletter
Our new members in August, 2016. If you see them at any upcoming area activities, please welcome them!!
Otter Lake Water Commission is accepting sealed bids on a 500 KW diesel generator. This ran our entire water plant.
The Otter Lake Water Commission recently upgraded its water treatment plant which required a larger generator. We are currently accepting sealed bids for our low hour 500kw Caterpillar diesel generator. The form for submitting a bid is linked below in this article.
Otter Lake Water Commission
6475 W Montgomery Road, PO Box 468
Virden IL 62690
(217) 965-1566 phone
(217) 965-1530 fax
Abel Wolman Award of Excellence
This award recognizes those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance characteristic of Abel Wolman's long and productive career.
2016 Recipient: Dr. Michael McGuire, California/Nevada Section
Award of Merit
This award is to recognize those outside the water industry who have demonstrated outstanding service in support of the principles of AWWA in providing better water for people.
2016 Recipient: Senator Barbara Boxer, California/Nevada Section
and Congressman Bob Gibbs, Ohio Section
Distinguished Public Service Award
This award is presented in recognition of distinguished public service outside the line of duty by an AWWA member.
2016 Recipient: Steve Dennis, California/Nevada Section
This award is presented to recognize the individual or organization that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity within an organization by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages, and effectively utilizes each individual’s talents.
2016 Recipients: Minneapolis Water Treatment & Distribution Services Division, Minnesota Section
Dr. John L. Leal Award
The Dr. John L. Leal Award is presented annually for distinguished service to the water profession in commemoration of the sound medical/public health expertise and the courageous leadership advancing public health that characterized the life of Dr. John L. Leal.
2016 Recipient: City of Grand Rapids Water System, Michigan Section
Honorary Member Award
This award is presented each year to individuals whose knowledge and accomplishments in the field of water supply entitle them to special recognition.
2016 Recipients: Dr. Bruce A. Macler, California/Nevada Section
Richard Talley, Texas Section
Outstanding Service to AWWA Award
This award recognizes and honors a member of AWWA who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Association through leadership and active participation in AWWA programs.
2016 Recipient: Kathryn L. (Katie) McCain, Texas Section
Water Industry Hall of Fame Award
This award recognizes those living and deceased who have made the most significant contributions to the field of public water supply.
2016 Recipients: George Harrison Fenkell, Michigan Section
Robert T. Sasman, Illinois Section
Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award
This award was established in 2008 to honor the legacy of Jack Hoffbuhr (retired Executive Director, AWWA) by recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments by a Section staff member of AWWA.
2016 Recipient: Dr. Timothy C. Worley, California/Nevada Section
John Lechner Award of Excellence
This award was established to recognize an AWWA Section Manufacturers/Associates Council member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the drinking water community and to AWWA's mission and goals.
2016 Recipient: Cliff Shrive, Ohio Section
Award criteria and submission forms for each award can be found on the AWWA website:
We are pleased to announce that John Dillon is our new Education Manager. In addition to the Education and other committees, he will be working very closely with Stacey and Angela to develop the training events.
John is retired at the end of July from the City of Batavia. He was the Water/Sewer Division Superintendent with a class A water license in Batavia. John has been involved in many of the water operator groups and is very knowledgeable of people in the water / wastewater industry.
John has been an ISAWWA member since 1988. He has water and wastewater experience and is a joy to work with. Please feel free to reach out to John for anything training related.
Early Bird registration for WATERCON ends February 15th. All registrations completed before February 15th will be mailed to the participants. Registrations after Feb 15th need to be picked up at WATERCON.
Register today to save time and money. See the list of over 600 people who have already pre-registered.
New Benchmark survey available on Use of Utility Vehicles for Emergency Standby. Complete the survey and the last page of the survey will share the results to date.
A member is initiating a leak detection program on a system with the following parameters: oldest piping is 1940s; serves 30,000 population; 108 miles of mains; pipe material is asbestos cement, cast iron, ductile iron & pvc.
NEW Training!! Project Management Workshop (Buffalo Grove) IEPA #9101
To Register: www.isawwa.org/event/11-02-15
MITCHELL W. BERG, 59 MACHESNEY PARK -
Mitchell W. Berg, 59 of Machesney Park passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Born November 19, 1955, in Soudan, Minnesota to Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg. Married Nancy Foor on July 8, 1978, in Rockford, IL. Mitch lived a life that was rich and full. He blessed so many with his wisdom, humor and love and the blessings were returned tenfold. Mitch was a devoted family man, proud and supportive of his wife and children. He loved to spend Saturdays with his granddaughter, Anna. A man of integrity, quiet wisdom and endless good humor, he always put the needs of others above his own. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and treasured time spent at Eagle's Nest Lake 3 with family and friends. Mitch was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings and tolerated the associated disappointments with customary grace. Mitch's lifelong work was in the water treatment industry and he was a mentor to many colleagues and customers. He was an independent business owner of Smith Ecological Systems for most of his career and also President of Woodlawn Utilities. He was a former officer of Elks Lodge 64. Survived by wife, Nancy; parents, Russell and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg; son, Benjamin (Rachel) Berg; daughter, Samantha Berg; sister, Michele (Berg) Cascarano; brother, Daniel (Catherine) Berg; granddaughter, Anna Marie; brothers-in-law, Stephen Foor and David (Kimberly) Foor; and sisters-in-law, Janis Foor and Susan (Patrick) Kelly; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews and dear friends. Predeceased by beloved mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lois and Bill Foor. A special thank you to hospice and the caring and skilled doctors and nurses at SwedishAmerican Hospital, especially nurse Nancy, who holds a special place in our hearts. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home. Visitation also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family for an establishment to be named at a later date. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
survey to gather examples of water reuse building codes that have been adopted by municipalities around Illinois and elsewhere and create an online repository of implementation success stories. Projects of particular interest include use of grey water for either outdoor watering or indoor reuse such as grey water used for irrigation or shower water for toilet flushing. Share your green codes and success stories for implementing water reuse designs and practices into new or existing building projects by participating in this survey.
This free eLearning course focuses on 4 major areas needed by small systems to maintain and achieve compliance with the Revised Total Coliform Rule; including when and how to conduct the RTCR assessment, evaluation of sampling procedures, source water treatment assessments and evaluation of distribution system operations and maintenance practices on coliform occurrence.
Click HERE to register
This eLearning course is made possible through a USEPA grant for small systems training in conjunction with AWWA’s training partner, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. Registration for this course is through AWWA, not ISAWWA.
Complete this survey to provide your feedback.
Water Plant Operator Jim Mitchell retired from the Highland Park Water Plant November 30, 2014 after 22 years of service.
Due to health issues, Water Plant Operator Charles ‘Jay’ Ames retired from the Highland Park Water Plant November 30, 2014 after 26 years of service. Jay died December 4th, 2014.
If you would like to attend his open house, it is December 16th, 2014 from 1-4pm at the Rockford Regional Office IEPA back room. RSVP to Sandy at 815-987-7760
Just wanted to let those of you who do not know already, that Jim Meltzer died last week Nov. 13th 2014.
Jim was a very dear friend of Becky and I and he will be deeply missed around here.
There will be a Life Celebration in late December, as there will be no funeral service.
Northern Filter Media will have a link on their Web site in memory of Jim.
We encourage you to share your memories and condolences: Online Condolences at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.
Jims Obituary can be viewed at : http://muscatinejournal.com/news/local/obituaries/james-l-meltzer/article_6e533529-dced-569b-aafd-3fa3e4cfe706.html.
Nora’s research project will better illuminate certain key facets of climate change and a number of complex corresponding environmental and human relationships. This work is of critical importance to countries like Uganda, which are the front line of climate change and already confronted with the challenge of providing adequate food and water to their people. The need to understand this phenomenon is great and urgent, as the clock is running and many lives are already being adversely impacted. Additionally, I believe that portions of the research findings will serve to enhance mankind’s understanding of climate change impacts on other water eco-systems. I view this potential enhancement of our understanding as being important and timely, based on my experience as a water utility manager who is seeing climate change impacts on U.S. source waters.
Nora brings a very high level of passion, professionalism and dedication to this research project and is working to diligently to achieve its stated goals. Nora exemplifies the type of individual that is needed to meet the growing water challenges of our world. I truly respect Nora’s her desire to apply her scientific knowledge and skill to produce a positive impact on the lives of others.
Please join me in following her and encouraging other students, educators and other water professionals to do the same.
10/04/16 Backflow Committee Meeting
10/7/2016 » 10/10/2016
Water Trailer - Fall Festival-Oktoberfest
All Committee Conference Call