Trade Show Is Only 2 Weeks Away But There’s Still Time to Sign Up

The annual vendor exhibition and clam bake scheduled for September 12th at Twelve Acres Banquet House is fast approaching but there’s still time to sign up.  The deadlines are as follows:

Vendor (for booth space, includes 2 meals):            August 29th

Members (for meal selection):                                    September 5th

Even if you can’t join us for the clam bake, you are still welcome to join us between 9 AM and Noon to check out this excellent educational and networking event for Rhode Island wastewater professionals.

For more information about booth space, contact Kathy Perez at (401) 255-5290. To join us for lunch ($30), contact Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122.

 

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First Annual Chowder Cook Off a “Bowl” Lot of Fun!

There was a great turnout on a gorgeous afternoon at the Scarborough treatment facility on Ocean Drive in Narragansett for the first annual NWPCA Great Chowder Cook Off on August 12th.

MC900215789[1]The Chowder Cook Off was the brain child of NWPCA Executive Board members Peter Eldridge, Tom Ciolfi, and Mike Spring as a way to increase attendance at monthly Board meetings and attract new members.

Competing for bragging rights with their personal clam chowder recipes were NWPCA President Doug Nettleton and Executive Board members Tom Ciolfi, Scott Goodinson, and Mike Spring.  NWPCA members sampled and rated all the chowders based on color, aroma, consistency and taste.   Judging was organized and scores compiled by host Peter Eldridge once everyone had a chance to sample the four very different clam chowders.

Scott Goodinson, Assistant Superintendent in Warwick, took first place with his white chowder recipe described by one of the judges as “zippy – yum!”

In addition to making chowder for the event, Tom Ciolfi manned the grill, serving up burgers and hotdogs as well as numerous delicious side dishes for all in attendance.

It was a truly enjoyable and tasty event.  And the start of a great new NWPCA tradition!!

 

 

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Attention Operators!!

MC900389192[1]Once again, the NWPCA will be participating in the New England Water Environment Association’s Operator Exchange program. This is an excellent professional development opportunity open to all of our members but especially valuable for treatment facility operations and maintenance personnel. The selected Exchange Operator gets to spend 3 days in another state, tour numerous wastewater treatment facilities and meet a lot of other wastewater professionals. Expenses are paid by the participating State Associations.

This year, Rhode Island is exchanging operators with Massachusetts with the Rhode Island operator visiting Massachusetts from September 21st through September 24th.  Tours will include the Upper Blackstone and Deer Island treatment facilities. The visit concludes at the annual operators’ association trade show held at the Wachusett Mountain Resort in Princeton.

If you are interested in participating in the Operator Exchange program, please contact State Director Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122 or email janineburke@cox.net.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Operations Challenge Team – and GOOD LUCK!

Ocean State AllianceThe Rhode Island Operations Challenge team took first place in the collection system event at the New England Water Environment Association’s annual competition held in Rockport, Maine, in early June.   The team also received recognition in four other categories, including laboratory testing, safety, maintenance, and process control theories earning them a spot at the Water Environment Federation’s national competition this Fall.

“The achievements of this hard-working team demonstrate the technical skills, knowledge and expertise of Rhode Island’s wastewater collection and treatment professionals,” said DEM Director Janet Coit in a congratulatory press release. “Their important work protects the health of Ocean State residents, the quality of our waters, and our state’s economy.”

The Rhode Island team, known as “Ocean State Alliance,” includes Joe Crosby, Mike Spring, Ed Davies and Mike Ceasrine of the Narragansett Bay Commission, and Vin Russo of the City of Warwick Sewer Authority.  They will be traveling to New Orleans for the national competition being held September 27th through October 1st as part of WEF-TEC.

After a short break, the team is already back to work practicing and preparing for nationals.

Good luck, guys!  We know you will represent NWPCA well!

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July 9, 2014 · 2:22 pm

NWPCA Annual Award Winners

The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association recognized six Rhode Island wastewater treatment facilities and three wastewater treatment professionals for outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual awards ceremony held on Friday, May 9th at the Potowomut Golf Club in Warwick.  The Vice President of the New England Water Environment Association, Ray Willis, also recognized four Rhode Island operators and the Narragansett Bay Commission for awards received from that regional organization.

This year’s award winners were:

Most Efficient Small Secondary Treatment Facility — Town of New Shoreham

Most Efficient Medium Secondary Treatment Facility — Town of Warren (Operated by United Water)

Most Efficient Large Secondary Treatment Facility — Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point)

Most Efficient Small Advanced Treatment Facility — Town of Smithfield (Operated by Veolia Water)

Most Efficient Large Advanced Treatment Facility — City of Cranston (Operated by Veolia Water)

Joseph Mattera Safety Award — Narragansett Bay Commission

In addition, the NWPCA recognized the following individuals for professional excellence:

Michael Spring, Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point Facility), the James Marvelle Award for leadership and contributions to the NWPCA

Thomas Azevedo, United Water – East Providence, Collections System Operator of the Year

Joseph Crosby, Narragansett Bay Commission (Field’s Point Facility), Robert J. Markelewicz Award for outstanding contributions to wastewater treatment system maintenance

The New England Water Environment Association recognized the following Rhode Island recipients:

Michael Bedard from the Town of West Warwick, received the Alfred E. Peloquin Award for his contributions to the wastewater operations profession.

Barry O’Brien from the Warwick Sewer Authority was named Operator of the Year.

Kyle Arnold, an employee of CH2MHill which operates the Woonsocket wastewater treatment facility, received the Operator Safety Award.

The Narragansett Bay Commission received awards for outstanding asset/infrastructure management and outstanding achievements in energy management.

The Warwick Sewer Authority received the NEWEA wastewater utility management award.

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit congratulated all the award winners in a press release saying: “DEM’s regulatory role is an important one, but we also recognize the mutual benefits of supporting the wastewater collections and treatment professions. These men and women are responsible for treating some 100 million gallons of commercial, residential, and industrial wastewater every day, and they certainly deserve our respect, support, and thanks for the work that they do—too often without notice.”

Congratulations to all this year’s award winners.  Keep up the great work!

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NWPCA Seeking Awards Nominations

If you know a wastewater professional deserving of recognition, please consider nominating that person for an award.  NWPCA is seeking nominations for its annual awards for operators and maintenance and collection system professionals as well as members who have made contributions to the NWPCA.  NWPCA is also seeking nominations for facilities with outstanding commitments to safety.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 4, 2014.  For more information, please see the award nomination form:  2014 Award Nomination Form

Also consider nominating someone for a New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) or Water Environment Federal (WEF) award as well (see http://www.newea.org/AboutUs/AwardsRecognitions/tabid/168/Default.aspx).  Consider joining the WEF Quarter Century Operator Club Award (http://www.wef.org/quartercentury/)!

The awards will be presented the evening of Friday, May 9th.  The Awards Banquet will be held at a new location this year – The Potowomut Country Club in Warwick.

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NEIWPCC to Offer Training on Dealing with Wipes and FOG

Pump Ragging IssueThe New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, along with the New England Water Environment Association and numerous others, is sponsoring training to assist collection system operators and maintenance personnel in dealing with the problems caused by baby wipes and fats, oils, and grease (FOG).  The one-day training will be held on May 6th at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  The cost is only $30 per person.   For more information, click here: wipes_FOG

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Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to Offer Training on Disaster Managment for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Here’s some FREE upcoming training we thought might be of interest to NWPCA Members:

Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities (MGT 343) will cover threats to water and wastewater systems, major legislative requirements, disaster recovery, as well as mitigating and responding to threats to facilities.  The 2-day training will be held on February 11th and 12th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick.  For more information contact RIEMA (401-946-9996) or click here:  Disaster_Mgmt_Wastewater

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So Long, Sister Sludge. . . You Will Be Missed!

On December 9, 2013, a retirement party was held at Tre Scalini Ristorante, New Haven, Connecticut, in honor of Janet Cordano, Customer Retention Specialist with Synagro.  For those who have known Janet all these years, we gratefully acknowledge the impact that she has had in our industry and in our professional lives.  Her friendly manner, her contagious smile, her professionalism – whether in good times or bad – has come to be synonymous with the good service and loyalty that we have always enjoyed with the Synagro family.  NWPCA wishes Janet all the best in the future. Janet Cordano

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Passages 2013: Steve McGuirl, Operator – New Shoreham, Westerly, RI, and Foxwoods Casino

by President Doug Nettleton

I first met Steve McGuirl while working for YWC as superintendent of the New Shoreham Treatment Facility on Block Island.  At first things were quite awkward as YWC was brought in to run the facility and in doing so had displaced Steve’s friend and superintendent.  As time went on, Steve came to realize that this had little to do with me and he became my trusted ally and co-worker in what was a very small crew.  He taught me much about the Island while introducing me to the other 360 inhabitants who lived year round on the “Block”.  A year after I left the Island for Westerly, Steve followed me over and became an operator at the Westerly facility.  When I left YWC shortly before the operations portion of YWC was sold, Steve and I ended up going down different paths with Steve eventually finding a position working for the Mashantucket’s at the Foxwoods Treatment Facility in Connecticut.  I would run into Steve at some of the NEWEA functions occasionally but had lost touch with him over the years, which is why it caught me by surprise to learn of his passing this fall.

Steve leaves two sons, Steve and John, as well as two grandchildren.  He was 58.

He will be missed.

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