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Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC)

Process Monitor


The Process Monitor is responsible for monitoring the data from the plant’s computers and electronics and adjusting operations to maintain compliance with standards and regulations.  Serve as a lead to lower level staff regarding the operation of the plant and troubleshooting problems.  Monitor and operate a variety of computers and electronics in the monitoring of plant operations.  Monitor plant readings and adjust plant levels based on operational procedures and guidelines in order to maintain proper plant operations.  Maintain a variety of logs, reports, and documentation regarding plant operations and readings.  Oversee and/or respond to alarms or operational problems within plant property and at remote locations and takes corrective action based on defined procedures or supervisor direction.  Assist with completing applicable regulatory reports and working with related agencies.  Skill in operating a computer and applicable software applications.  Perform all duties of an Operator I or II as assigned.  Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

NBC – Process Monitor BP050

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Seeking Nominations for 2015 Officers & Board Members

If you are an operator, mechanic, electrician, laboratory technician, collections system operator, or work in administration – we need you!  Water/Wastewater vendors – we need you!   Supervisors, managers, superintendents, engineers – we need you!

Please use this nomination form to nominate yourself or someone else.  All officer positions and two executive board positions are open.  All nominations are welcome, and will be voted on by the NWPCA membership at December’s (Holiday/Food-drive) meeting.

For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact Scott Goodinson at (401) 468-4724 or by email.

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Bowling League begins 4th Season

BowlingCome join in the fun!  The NWPCA is excited to invite everyone to bowling every Wednesday at 4pm at AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Ave, Cranston, RI.  Our loose league 10-pin style bowling is open to all skill levels.  Cost is just over $2 per game with shoes included!  For more information, please contact Fred Croy at (781) 664-8143 or by email.

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Trade Show is only 2 weeks away – Still Time to Sign Up

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

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 9am-12noon to check out this excellent educational and networking event for RI 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 in Narragansett for the 1st 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.   Scores were 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 1st 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!!

Once again, the NWPCA will be participating in the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) 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, the RI operator will be visiting Massachusetts from Sept 21st – 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, MA.

If you are interested in participating in the Operator Exchange program, please contact Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122 or by email.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Operations Challenge Team – and GOOD LUCK!

Ocean State AllianceThe RI Operations Challenge team took 1st place in the collection system event at the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) 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 (WEF) 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 RI 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 Sept 27th – Oct 1st as part of WEF-TEC.

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

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by | July 9, 2014 · 2:22 pm

NWPCA Annual Award Winners

The NWPCA recognized six RI wastewater treatment facilities and three wastewater treatment professionals for outstanding achievements in 2014 at its annual awards ceremony held on May 9th at the Potowomut Golf Club in Warwick.  The Vice President of the New England Water Environment Association, Ray Willis, also recognized four RI 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  Consider joining the WEF Quarter Century Operator Club Award (!

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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