Waterlink – Fall 2015

Member Profile : Dan Roop, NEWEA Committee Appreciation


Dan Roop and his wife Abbie at the Pan Mass Challenge


In July, NEWEA’s Committee Member Appreciation Chair Dan Roop and his fellow committee members coordinated another very successful outing at Kimball Farms in what has become an eagerly anticipated summertime gathering for our membership. Dan has been an active member of NEWEA since 2012 and is presently employed by Tighe and Bond as a Staff Engineer in their new Westwood, MA office. Read More >>

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NEWEA News :


NEWEA met with Albania Association SHUKALB

Worlds Colliding: Albania & New England Meet in Woburn
On September 23, 2015, the NEWEA Executive Office met with SHUKALB, the water/wastewater association of Albania. The meeting was a great success, with both NEWEA and SHUKALB exchanging ideas and information on how to best serve its members. Read More >>

WEFTEC15 Recap
NEWEA had an outstanding presence and participation at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago, IL. Three teams participated in the Operations Challenge Competition with the New Hampshire and Maine teams taking 2nd and 3rd in the process control competition and numerous NEWEA members participated in Committee Leadership, Ops Challenge, Stormwater, Value of Water, Membership, Awards, Board of Trustees and House of Delegates. In addition NEWEA was recognized by WEF and received the Outstanding Member Association Award. Read More >>

Recap : NEWEA Operations Challenge Teams Excel at WEFTEC15


unnamed-9unnamed-11At the NEWEA Spring Meeting this past June, four teams participated in the New England Operations Challenge. Three of those teams represented NEWEA at WEFTEC in
Chicago including; Force Maine (Maine), the Seacoast Sewer Snakes (New Hampshire) and Ocean State Alliance (Rhode Island). Our teams competed against 42 teams from across North America as well as 2 new teams from Germany. Read More >>


Committee Spotlight : CSO/Wet Weather Issues Committee



The CSO/Wet Weather Issues Committee focuses on wet weather related issues including policies regarding combined sewer overflows (CSO), sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), and stormwater discharges and educating members and the general public on the technical, legislative, financial, and regulatory aspects of these issues.

We are pleased to cordially invite you to attend the 2015 CSO Wet Weather Specialty Conference and Exhibit: “Implementing Integrated Wet Weather Solutions in a Digital World”. Our 2-day conference in Lowell, MA, on October 26th and 27th, will discuss how communities have adopted integrated approaches to address wet weather problems… Read More >>


Personal News:

Congratulations to President Elect Ray Willis and Sally McDonald on their marriage.


Ray & Sally (McDonald) Willis

Congratulations to NEWEA Members Denise Moberg, Vice Chair of the Committee Member Appreciation Committee, and Robert Descheneau on their marriage.


Denise Moberg and Robert Descheneau

Congratulations to Bradley Moore of Bangor, Maine and Director of the Management Review Council on his retirement. He completed his work in Bangor on September 30.

Brad Moore

Congratulations to Nick Schwartz Chair of the Scholarships Committee and his wife Abby on the birth of his daughter.


Nick Schwartz, Abby and new daughter Daisy


Student News: Scholarships & Engagement Luncheons


Lunch & Learn at WPI

Student Scholarships for 2015-2016 are now available for both environmental field related majors and for non related majors. Three $3000 scholarships will be awarded. The awards are based on academic performance and demonstrated interest in environmental protection. Read More >>

Engagement Luncheons: This year NEWEA began hosting Student Engagement Lunch and Learns at local colleges and university throughout New England. On September 15th, we held a lunch and learn for the engineering and environmental students of WPI. The Students heard from several WPI Alumni as they spoke about their careers and roles within NEWEA and how NEWEA has enhanced their professional life. Read More >>

Awards: 2015 Humanitarian Grant Recipients

The Humanitarian Assistance Committee accepts grant proposals from NEWEA members for humanitarian and community type projects that identify worthy causes that support NEWEA’s mission “to preserve, protect and manage the water environment in New England”. Read More >>

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Humanitarian Grants:
Greenwich Bay Oyster Seeding Project ($2,500)
Friends of Forge Pond — Lake Management & Data Collection ($1,500)
Clarke School for Hearing and Speech — Environmental Curriculum Materials ($1,000)

Outreach: Promoting Water Quality


Marylee leading a World Water Monitoring event

Go with the Flow: Marylee Santoro, chair of the Laboratory Practice Committee, delivered a wastewater presentation in Spanish for the first time at the Stamford, CT Senior Center. The group was especially engaged in the flushable vs non-dispersible issue and intrigued by the demonstration of these items. Read More >>

Teacher Training: The Public Education Committee held a Teacher Training event on August 11. It was great success! There were 25 teachers and 7 volunteers, and offered three rotating workshops (World Water Monitoring Challenge, Waterworks Museum tour/activities, and NEWEA Schoolkit presentations).

Networking: On August 5th, NEWEA co-hosted the Women’s Environmental Network 22nd Coed Networking Social. This fun social event was held at Atlantic Wharf in Boston, MA. It was a great opportunity to get the word out about NEWEA with over 200 local environmental professionals.


On the Safe Side… : Safety Logo Contestunnamed-19

The NEWEA Safety Committee is looking for a new logo!
Every 3 years, the NEWEA Safety Committee conducts a “Safety Logo Contest.” The goal is to have the winning logo printed on T-shirts, cups and other promotional safety-related items so worker health and safety in WWTFs is recognized throughout New England.

Submit your safety logo ideas and you could win a one-night stay at the 2016 NEWEA Annual Conference, lunch with the Safety Committee, attendance at the Awards Luncheon and a T-shirt with your logo on it! Learn More >>

Calendar of Events : See you there!

October 19, 2015
Northeast Residuals & Biosolids Symposium
Part of BioCycle REFOR15, Doubletree Hotel, Danvers, MA

October 26-27, 2015
CSO/Wet Weather Specialty Conference & Exhibit
UMASS Conference Center & Inn, Lowell, MA

November 5, 2015
Poo & Brew, #2 Networking Event
Worcester, MA

November 18, 2015
Nutrient Removal Conference
Publick House, Sturbridge, MA

January 24-27, 2016
Annual Conference & Exhibit
Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA

May 3, 2016
Laboratory Information Management Systems Conference
Narragansett Bay Commission, Providence, RI

June 5-8, 2016
Joint NEWEA & NYWEA Spring Meeting & Exhibit
Mystic Marriott Hotel, Groton, CT

Do you have an item you want to see here or think is newsworthy? Please contact the NEWEA office or Ashley Dunn, Vice Chair of Newsletter Committee at and@framinghamma.gov

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