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!