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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NWPCA Holiday Party Pays It Forward

NWPCA Happy Holidaysmembers gathered for the annual Holiday Party at the Kelley Gazerro Post in Cranston yesterday.   The room was full and the food was great and thanks to the generosity of all the attendees, the NPWCA donated 500 pounds of food and a check for $365 to the Rhode Island Food Bank today.

NWPCA members in attendance elected the following slate of officers for 2014:

Doug Nettleton, President (Town of Narragansett)

Scott Goodinson, Vice President (Warwick Sewer Authority)

Joe LaPlante, Treasurer (Narragansett Bay Commission)

Kathy Perez, Secretary (Town of South Kingstown)

Also elected (or in some cases re-elected) to the Executive Board were Bernard Bishop (Town of West Warwick), Peter Eldridge (United Water, NBC Bucklin Point Facility), Bob Mack, Director of Vendor/Consultant Coordination (New England Environmental Equipment, Inc.) and Jim Deluca, Director of Vendor/Consultant Coordination (Aqua Solutions, Inc.)

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Bowling League Begins Another Season

BowlingCome join in the fun – now in its third year!  The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association is excited to invite everyone to low-cost bowling every Thursday at 4 PM at AMF Cranston lanes, 1450 Elmwood Avenue in Cranston.  Our loose league 10-pin style bowling is open to all skill levels and no is experience required.  Cost is just over $2 per game with shoes included!  For more information please contact Fred Croy – 781-664-8143 – FCroy@TheMaherCorp.com.

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Officer Nominations for 2014

NWPCA is accepting nominations for all Officers and two Director positions for 2014.  If you are interested or would like to nominate someone please contact Bernard Bishop, chairman of the Nominating Committee at (401) 822-9228 or email him at bbishop@westwarwickri.org.  The deadline is November 8th for consideration at the November 12th General Business Meeting.

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Professional Development Opportunity for Rhode Island Wastewater Operators

The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association will once again be participating in the annual Operator Exchange Program, this year with the State of Connecticut.  The NWPCA is looking for a Rhode Island wastewater operator interested in spending several days in Connecticut touring different treatment facilities and seeing how things are done outside Rhode Island.  The New England Water Environment Association and the Connecticut operators’ association will pay for lodging and meals for the visiting Rhode Island operator.   Additional travel expenses may be approved/paid by the NWPCA.  The only requirement is for the Exchange Operator to submit a report following his/her trip, which may be included in an upcoming newsletter or otherwise published by the NWPCA.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122 or email janineburke@cox.com by September 9th.

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Annual Trade Show & Clambake

NWPCA’s annual trade show and clam bake is coming up on Friday, September 6, 2013 returning to the Twelve Acres Countryside Banquet House in Smithfield.

This is NWPCA’s premier educational and networking event.  There will be about 40 vendors exhibiting wastewater-related products and services.  This year’s event will again include demonstrations by the Rhode Island Operations Challenge Team and a pipe cutting competition with prizes.   There is still time to sign up if you are a vendor and interested in showcasing your latest products and services to Rhode Island-based wastewater operations and maintenance professionals.

Please see the event flyer for more information: Trade Show 2013 Clam Bake Flyer.   The deadline to RSVP is August 30st (August 23rd for vendors).  Contact Janine Burke for more information at janineburke@cox.net or 401-743-0122.

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