YP Connections B IOSWALES IN THE B AYOU In This IssueBy Katie Schaffnit "Bioswales in the Bayou" x SYPC Service Project October 2, 2010 marked was a smashing success, andthe completion of the third would not have been possi- x WEFTEC 2010annual WEF Service Project. ble without the help of our YP ReceptionThis year, organized by the hard-working volunteers andSYPC, more than 75 volun- Student Design our generous sponsors. Ateers came together to build a Competition huge thank you goes out tobioswale in New Orleans’s The completed bioswale will the following groups for Career FairLower Ninth Ward, an area retain storm water allowing it their monetary support:hit hard by Hurricane Katrina to percolate slowly back into Process Advanced Engineering andin 2005. the groundwater. Automation and Environmental Services, companied by a water carni- Black & Veatch, Brown and Control Workshop val. Held on a nearby street, Caldwell, CDM, DC Water x MA Updates the carnival featured 14 x Getting Involved: booths manned by engineer- ing, government, and envi- Students and YPs ronmental groups, aimed at x Calendar of Events educating the public about water issues. The carnivalSYPC volunteers hard at work in drew nearly 200 visitors, City of New Orleans Police De-New Orleans partment, Cleveland Tubing, who learned what it might Delta Mining, EcoUrban LLC, The project, titled be like to have to collect and SYPC volunteers and the completed bioswale. Future Proof, Global Green,"Bioswales in the Bayou", carry all your drinking water Greater Little Zion Missionaryworked with local New Or- in a bucket, watched demon- & Sewer Services, Duperon Baptist Church, Groundworkleans landscape architecture strations of erosion due of Corporation, Fluid Control New Orleans, Hike forfirm FutureProof to design stormwater runoff, and got Specialities Inc., Hach Com- KaTREEna, Jenkins Farm andand build a 125 foot by 30 to have their pictures taken pany, HDR Engineering Nursery, Lower 9th Ward Vil-foot bioswale in the center of with Ricky the Raindrop Inc., Stantec Consulting lage, LSU Ag Center, New Or-a green housing community who came all the way from Service Inc., Veolia Water leans Sewerage and Water Board,that is under development by the Municipal Water District North America, Weston St. Pius X Catholic School,the national environmental of Orange County for the Solutions Inc., and Westfall Storm Hunter Hauling, Worldnon-profit, Global Green. It event. Manufacturing Co. Thank Water Works, and WEF.will direct stormwater away you also to the organizations The carnival and the ser-from the new homes, retain who donated both time and Planning is already underway vice project were extremelythe water and remove pollu- well received by the commu- materials to the days en- for next years service projecttion while helping runoff seep nity and even attracted the deavors: Archer Western (WEFTEC.11 in Los Angeles). Ifinto the groundwater. Alberici, Baker Transporta- you are interested in getting in- attention of the local media, tion and Logistics, Bayou volved, please contact Haley Fal- For the first time, this years resulting in an evening fea- Rebirth, Bottom Line Equip- coner atWEF Service Project was ac- ture on the local news. ment, Brentwood Industries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
P AGE 2 V OLUME 5, I SSUE 1 YP R ECEPTION By Sarah Hubbell indoor/outdoor Voodoo Gar- ing game of musical chairs. den area of the venue, enjoy- Sponsors of the event in- On Monday night at ing delicious food and bever- cluded CDM, Greeley and WEFTEC in New Orleans, ages. Several sponsoring com- Hansen, Hach, Marsh McBir- the Students and Young Pro- panies provided some great ney, AECOM, EDI and fessionals Committee hosted door prizes, including a Flip WWEMA. Our generous YPs Jennifer Shore, Haley the sixth annual YP Reception video camera and an Amazon sponsors make this event pos- Falconer, and Michelle at the incredible House of Kindle. Committee chair, sible at no charge to atten- Hatcher at WEFTEC.10’s Blues. About 250 young engi- Bob Wimmer, emceed a dees, so make plans now to YP Reception. neers and industry leaders dance competition and a rous- attend this event in Los Ange- mixed and mingled in the les at WEFTEC 2011! WEFTEC P ROCESS A UTOMATION AND C ONTROL W ORKSHOP By Eric Dodds workshop provided design tendees. The workshop was personnel, operational staff chaired by a YP (Erici Dodds) The S&YP co-sponsored the and utility managers with and included three YP speak- A Y EAR ‘Process Automation and practical fundamental knowl- ers (Steve Kerr, Matthew Control Fundamen- IN R EVIEW tals: SCADA 101’ workshop edge of control systems, ex- Schultz, and Eric Dodds). plaining what automation at WEFTEC’10 with the systems consist of, why auto- Automation and Information mation is beneficial, and how Technology (AIT) Committee automation systems are im- and the Municipal Wastewa- plemented. The workshop ter Treatment Design was well received by the at- (MWTD) Committee. TheC AREER F AIRBy Anil Tangirala Pirnie, and the Peace Corps. Over 200 and young professionals to learn more students attended the Career Fair. Stu- about WEF Technical Committees. SixThe WEFTEC.10 Career Fair was held dents were encouraged to submit their committees had booths at the Careerat the New Orleans Morial Convention resumes in advance of WEFTEC, and Fair to speak with young professionalsCenter on October 12, 2010, from 1 to WEF received a record number of re- on opportunities to get more involved4 PM. This year the following compa- sumes for the Career Fair. Mr. Christo- in WEF through committee work.nies participated in the Career Fair: pher Korab, Vice President of HumanAECOM, Black and Veatch, Brown and Resources for Aqua-Aerobic Systems,Caldwell, CDM, CH2MHILL, Carollo Inc. assisted students with last minuteEngineers, Environmental Dynamics, preparations and answered questionsFreese and Nichols, Greeley and Han- regarding career search strategies. WEFsen, Hazen and Sawyer, HDR, Malcolm also added an opportunity for students
P AGE 3 V OLUME 5, I SSUE 1 S TUDENT D ESIGN C OMPETITION By Michelle Hatcher ics ranging from sustainability, ren Zuravnsky at water reuse, wetland construc- lzuravnsky@greeley- WEFTEC 2011 hosted 11 tion, etc. Teams prepare a 20- hansen.com. The 2011 Stu- teams for the Student Design page submittal prior to dent Design Competition Competition for the wastewa- WEFTEC and 20-minute pres- Guidelines will be posted ter and environmental compe- entation for WEFTEC. Both shortly, so mark your chance titions. Teams from across the aspects of the competition are to become a part of this excit- country participated and in- judged and a final score is de- ing competition! cluded schools from the Uni- termined, with the winner versity of Florida, Southern announced at WEFTEC. This Methodist University, Ryerson year’s winners included South- University, University of Illi- ern Methodist University for nois – Urbana Champaign, their presentation titled Colorado State University, “Settler’s Village Wastewater University of North Dakota, Treatment Plant Expan- University of South Florida, sion”. The University of Flor- WEFTEC University of Waterloo, North ida received first place in the Dakota State University, South environmental competition Southern Methodist University Dakota State University, and won first place in the wastewa- with their presentation titled Virginia Tech. In all, there ter division. “Green Infrastructure Design were seven teams that partici- C ONTINUED pated in the traditional waste- for Pollutant Control from Transport Systems Crossing water competition, and four Land-Water Interfaces – A teams that participated in the Bridge too Far?”. Both first newer environmental competi- place teams received $2,500 in tion. The traditional wastewa- cash prizes as provided by our ter competition includes topics generous sponsors. Sponsors ranging from hydraulic capacity included Black & Veatch, design, upgrades to existing CDM, Greeley & Hansen, and systems, biosolids handling, Parsons Brinkerhoff. For addi- University of Florida won first etc. The newer, more con- tional team information, please place in the environmental divi- temporary environmental de- sion. see the SYPC webpage on sign competition includes top- www.wef.org, or contact Lau-
V OLUME 5, I SSUE 1 P AGE 4P ULASKI P ARK R AIN G ARDEN U PDATEBy Lou Storino, IWEA Stu-dent Chapter ChairThe Illinois Water Environ-ment Association’s StudentChapter and Young Profes-sionals Committee hosted afall rain garden maintenanceday on Saturday October 16, 2008. Special thanks to2010, at Pulaski Park in Chi- Kendra Sveum for coordinat- Volunteers from MWHcago. The rain garden was ing the event and Metropoli- Americas, Donohue and Asso-installed as the first service tan Water Reclamation Dis- ciates, AECOM, andproject of the WEF Students trict of Greater Chicago MWRDGC along with someand Young Professionals of their friends and families Volunteers adding a top dress- (MWRDGC) for lending ing of mulch to the gardenCommittee during WEFTEC their tools. after weeding and plantingV IRGINIA W ATER E NVIRONMENT A SSOCIATIONBy Stephanie Kunze cheered on the Old Dominion University (ODU) MonarchsASCE, the Eastern Virginia Mens Basketball team as theyRegional Activities Commit- took on the Richmond Spi-tee (EVRAC), and the Vir- ders and rallied from eightginia Water EnvironmentAssociation (VWEA) hosted a points down to beat Rich- MA mond 77-70. The attendeessocial event for young profes-sionals on Wednesday, De- enjoyed pizza and wings from U PDATES club level while watching thecember 1, 2010. Participants Some of Hampton Roads finest exciting game. YPs supporting ODU.YP S IN TN & KY L EARN A BOUT F LOOD R ECOVERY E FFORTS The Nashville YPs got efforts at the Dry Creek 17th at Louisville presented “Drinking Watertogether on November 9th for Wastewater Treatment Plant; MSD. Chuck Anderson, with Regulations – what are Stagea lunch and learn at Metro Patrick Moore, with Barge Strand Associates, presented 2 DBPR & Long Term 2Water Services for a presen- Waggoner Sumner & Can- “Picking a Pump in 30 min- EWSTR”. A big thanks goestation on the Flood Recovery non, presented on the recov- utes or Less”. A big thanks out to Ms. Baldwin and toEfforts of three facili- ery efforts at the Biosolids goes out to Mr. Anderson and CH2MHill for sponsoring theties. Gresham, Smith & Part- Facility; and Roy Denney, to Ray Wilkey, with ITT lunch.ners presented on the recov- with Metro Water Services, Flygt, for sponsoring theery efforts at the K.R. Har- took everyone on a tour of lunch. The Lexington YPsrington Water Treatment the Biosolids Facility. A big got together for a social onPlant that was completely thanks goes out to all the December 14th at Marik-flooded by the May speakers and to Southern kas. The Knoxville YPsevent. Heather Crabtree, Sales for sponsoring the hosted a lunch and learn onKen Cox, and Ron Taylor, all lunch. December 14th at Cannon andwith Metro Water Services, The Louisville YPs hosted a Cannon, Inc. Jennifer Bald-presented on the recovery lunch and learn on December win, with CH2M Hill, Rising flood waters
V OLUME 5, I SSUE 1 P AGE 5E NGAGING OUR M EMBERS :T HE T ECHNICAL C OORDINATINON S UB -C OMMITTEEBy Kendra Sveum Right now we are looking mation on their areas of inter- for YPs to fill specific volun- est and goals. The survey pro-The Technical Coordination teer requests with the fol- vided background informationsub-committee was estab- lowing WEF Committees: on the individuals to help inlished to focus on increasing selecting a mentor as well as G ET TINGnew member engagement and x Residual and Biosolids making suggestions to poten-filling volunteer needs, both tial activities that may be of I NVOLVED : x Membershipwithin and outside the x Municipal Wastewater interest with them. Currently S TUDENTSS&YPC. If you are a YP that is we are looking for more peo-interested in becoming more Treatment Design ple to serve as mentors to our ANDinvolved, either nationally or Last year the sub-committee new incoming members. If YP Slocally, but needs some help you are interested in gettinggetting started, please contact developed a mentor system to know a new YP in yourme at ksveum@donohue- to establish a guide for each area and helping them find aassociates.com, and we can new member as they learn place within WEF and yourfind something that fits your how to navigate the S&YPC MA, please let me know.interests. and WEF. Each new mem- The Problem: ber was asked to fill out a A 200 acre Biosolids Compost survey that gathered infor- Facility that has 100,000 cubic yards of composting, curing, and finished compost on site sits next to an earthen levee and just up-T HE W ASTEWATER C HALLENGE gradient from a sensitive wetland type ecosystem. The levee isBy Dianne Crilley system by applying traditional Wastewater Challenge Com- expected to breach and for sev- wastewater treatment princi- mittee. There is a limit of eral hours 5,000 CFS of agricul-The Water Environment Fed- ples learned in the classroom one team per student chap- tural runoff and snow melt will in an extraordinary situation ter. The top 12 teams will be run through the site with theeration would like to invite a normal runoff controls gettingteam from your school to that requires true and innova- selected to compete. overloaded. It is expected thatparticipate in the 2011 WEF tive “outside-the-box” think- most of this now further con-Wastewater Challenge ing. The deadline to submit taminated water will reach the(WWC). This hands-on chal- reports for entry is April site fence line and if not stoppedlenging and fun national com- WHERE: Sacramento, Cali- 1, 2011, at 5 PM PST. or successfully treated will dev-petition requires teams of fornia, at the 2011 WEF Re- astate the wetland. The Armystudents to treat agricultural siduals and Biosolids Confer- All team members must be a Corps of Engineers will be re-runoff from a biosolids com- ence pairing the breach within 12 registered WEF member. Forpost facility in order to pro- hours and therefore the solution WHEN: May 22-25, 2011 more information on how to to the problem should be consid-tect a wetland ecosystem, join please visit: ered temporary. The naturalusing an assortment of house- Questions: Post ques- slope of the facility would chan-hold products. The challenge tions to WEFWastewater- http://www.wef.org/ Members/ nel the flow to an area of nois an opportunity for students Challenge@wef.org more than 100 yards wide at theacross the nation to work page_joinwef.aspx? fence line.…...collaboratively, problem id=261&ekmensel=c57dfa7b To be eligible to compete,solve, and design an emer- your team must submit a De- _59_0_261_9 To learn about your team’sgency wastewater treatment sign Report to the WEF (click on “Student Package”). task, visit: http://www.wef.org/ PublicInformation/page.aspx? id=136
Calendar of events YP C ONNECTIONS February 9: Part Two of Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabili- tation and Replacement Webcast Series: Manhole Rehabilitation Co-Chairs:Michelle Hatcher: email@example.com February 8-11:Utility Management ConferenceKatie Schaffnit: firstname.lastname@example.org March 17-19: New Jersey WEA, Atlantic City, NJ Contributors: April 1: April Fool’s Day Dianne Crilley Eric Dodds April 10-12: Disinfection 2011, Cincinnati, OH Sarah Hubbell April 14: Young Professionals Summit, Louisville, KY Stephanie Kunze Lou Storino April 14-16: Tennessee-Kentucky WEA, Louisville, KY Kendra Sveum Anil Tangirala April 28-29: Iowa WEA, Davenport, IA May 19-20: British Columbia WWA, Vancouver, BC May 22-25: Residuals and Biosolids 2011, Sacramento, CA June 12-15: Collection Systems 2011, Raleigh, NC June 28-29: EWA/WEF/JSWA Cutting-Edge Technologies and BestWE’RE ON THE WEB Practices on Sewerage, Tokyo, Japan W W W . W E F . O RG July 31-August 3: Energy and Water 2011, Chicago, IL October 15-19: WEFTEC 2011, Los Angeles, CA