2021 CIPWO Summer Meeting Details:
The details for the upcoming 2021 CIPWO Summer Meeting are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, July 28th, 2021
Location: Fairbury IL WWTP (Fairbury North Park Pavilion on N. Jackson St, just south of E 900 North Rd. Junction (Map Coords: 40.757303, -88.519221)
Agenda: The 2021 Summer Meeting will be held at the Fairbury North Park Pavilion on N. Jackson St, and following the Business Meeting, Presentations, and Lunch we will then go to the Wastewater Plant for a tour in the afternoon.
Schedule: Registration 9am-10am, Business Meeting & two Presentations 10am-12pm, Lunch 12pm-1pm, Plant Tours 1-2:30pm.
First Presenter: Greg Schwartz, Aquafix Topic: Controlling Redworm Infestation et.al in WW Treatment
Second Presenter: Zach Knight & Brad Duncan Topic: Fairbury WWTP Long-term Control Plan Review
Notes: The Presentation titles are tentative awaiting an update from the Presenters for confirmation. CEUs have be applied for the presentations and should be available.
It would be of great help if you would click the LINK below and RSVP the number of attendees you plan to attend the meeting- Thank you in advance for your help!
2021 Spring Officer's Meeting Report
by Dave Collard
May 18, 2021 the Officer’s of CIPWO held its Spring Officer’s Meeting via conference call. Present for the meeting were Ian Magerl, Jessi Baker, Mike Elsberry, Dave Miller, and me. Logan Krippel was unable to attend. There were enough present to conduct the meeting.
The main topic of discussion was the Summer Meeting and whether it could take place given the current state of the pandemic. I am pleased to announce the decision was made that we are going to try to hold an in-person Summer Meeting on the normal date of the last Wednesday of July (07/28/21). The officers will be attempting to secure a site that is willing to accommodate the Meeting. If we can secure a suitable venue, we will then begin to investigate getting some speakers to present at the meeting.
If there are any members who would wish to volunteer to host the meeting please contact one of the Officers asap. Likewise, any venders or members, if you have a presentation that you would like to offer the group contact the officers as well.
Unfortunately, that is all the information that I have for you now. It is my intent to update the membership as the planning progresses. I look forward to meeting with you all this summer.
CIPWO Summer Meeting 2021
Date: July 28th, 2021
Location: Fairbury IL WWTP (Meeting will take place at the North Park Pavilion on N. Jackson St, just south of E 900 North Rd. Junction - Map Coords: 40.757303, -88.519221)
First Presenter: Greg Schwartz, Aquafix Topic: Controlling Redworm Infestation in WW Treatment
Second Presenter: Zach Knight & Brad Duncan Topics: Fairbury WWTP Long-term Control Plan Review
CIPWO Officer’s Survey Results
The results from the Survey came in during February with 18 members voting it was unanimous to retain the Officer’s at their current position for an extra year. As I reported earlier all of the Officer’s a indicated that they were willing to accept for an addition year so it seems this will be the official decision.
2020 Fall CIPWO Officer's Meeting Report
by Dave Collard
The CIPWO Officers met on November 17th via conference call to discuss the potential for a 2021 Winter Meeting. I am sorry to report that given the circumstances with the Pandemic it was decided that it would be best to cancel the meeting. The best we can do for now is to look forward to the next Summer Meeting.
There is one outstanding piece of business that we feel needs to be resolved. Normally, the Winter Meeting is when new officer's are selected and/or move to new positions. With no meeting planned the Officer's came up with the following plan. Jessi Baker will be sending out a survey via Survey Monkey asking the question of whether or not the current Officer's should have their appointments extended; the thought being that they have really not had an opportunity to perform the normal tasks and duties assigned. If the survey supports this question the Officers will act accordingly. However if the question should fail the Officers will look into other avenues to fill the position(s). You should see that survey coming out in early January 2021.
Finally, the Officers discussed potential alternative training methods to assist our members in acquiring the CEUs they will need starting in 2022. While nothing definitive came out of the discussion there were some ideas considered. If any of these develop to the point that is appropriate to pass on to the membership we will most certainly do so.
I believe I speak for all of the Officers on this; be safe, stay well!
IEPA Staffing & Certifications Changes
The IEPA informed the Board of Certifications November 4th, 2020 that it has promoted Cathy Siders to the Compliance Manager position which formerly was held by Roger Calloway.
They further informed that they are changing the method by which they administrate and facilitate the certification and renewal process for Operators. By the end of 2020 the Certifications for both Water and Wastewater Operators will be combined into one office referred too as the Operator's Certifications Department. This department will be managed by Tatum DeMay and the agency is adding several more staff positions to assist in meeting the workload related to Operator Certifications.
They stated that they have already migrated all of the Wastewater Operators data into the database that was previously used for Water treatment Operators only. There will be some minor changes when Trainers are registering training sessions, but all operators should see little change in their use of the website.
Additionally, the Agency informed the Board and offered apologies that they would not be ablehold any certification tests through December 2020 to allow time for these transitions to get resolved.
Wastewater Operators and Chief Operators are also requested to visit the sight and update your data as soon as possible. The Agency is attempting to discern which Operator's are still active and update their contact information etc.
CIPWO Spring Officer's Meeting Report & 2020 Summer Meeting Cancellation Notice
The CIPWO Officers met via conference call on 5/6/20 to discuss the potential for holding the 2020 Summer Meeting. It was decided at that time to wait until June to make a final call. That meeting took place today 6/11/20 at 10a.m. also via conference call. It was decided after deliberation of various potential options and much regret to cancel the 2020 Summer Meeting completely by unanimous vote. Given the restrictions still in-place and no real way to know when they might be lifted enough to allow a group of our size to convene, the question of who would be willing to host, etc. etc. We did not see any way to move forward. Dave Miller said he will use the extra time to prepare and work on potential options for the Winter Meeting.
There was no other business conducted by the Officer's today and the meeting was then concluded.
IEPA Wastewater Operator Certification Testing Information
Debbie Alderman of the IEPA asked me to pass on this link where all operators interested in news related to potential testing can get the most up-to-date information available. Please follow the link below if you have an interest in this information. You will note that all testing for June has been cancelled already. She reports that the Agency is now looking to July and may send out letters for exam admissions for that month. However, she said even that could be subject to change and that everyone should check the the linked web-page for the most relevant information. She also asks that you check it often!
2020 Winter Meeting Report
By: David Collard
The 2020 Winter Meeting was held on Jan 29, 2020 at Hudson Farm in Urbana IL. There was 47 individuals in attendance, 35 regular members and the balance made up of Associated Members from several different companies.
The meeting was called to order by Logan Krippel our CIPWO President for 2020 and it was started with a brief business meeting which took care of a few house-keeping items for the group and an announcement was made concerning the fact that Roger Calloway of the IEPA had retired as of 12/31/19. An attempt was made also to ask for volunteers for the vacant Vice-President position and without any the item was tabled for later discussion. The business meeting was then closed, and the presentations were started.
The first speaker was David Roskowic of ChemScan, Inc. who presented on Process Analyzers for Nutrient Control and Monitoring. This was mostly concerned with in-line analyzers when testing for chlorine residuals, ammonia, and several other analytes. David explained that these methods were more reliable than probes and explained how they could best assist operators in process control of their facilities. From my perspective I would say that in-line analyzers perfectly fit with the concept of work smarter not harder, and I’d say this presentation supported this idea well.
After a short break we invited Dan Johnson of AlgaeWheel, Inc. up for our second presentation. Dan had presented on the algae-based system several years ago for our group and was back to give an update. The system has advanced well since that time. It is now an accepted treatment process for wastewater treatment by the IEPA as well as sites in several other states, and even has sales outside the US in Mexico. The presentation went extremely well and actually ran a bit overtime with many questions being fielded by Dan.
Following the presentations, the group broke for a very nice lunch that was catered by Hickory River and lunch was followed by the drawing of door prizes (supplied by the Associate Members). The meeting then returned to the discussion of the new VP and Jessi Baker of U-CSD volunteered to fill the spot and was unanimously voted in by the membership. Thank you Jessi!
On behalf of CIPWO I wish to offer an extra thanks to the two Presenters as they stepped up on very short notice and served the Group well with these presentations! Likewise, I will mention that the CIPWO group is very thankful and beholden to our Associate/Sponsoring Members who regularly attend and support our Group. In attendance at this meeting were Peterson & Matz, Gasvoda & Associates, Municipal Equipment, & Metropolitan Industries! I will offer thanks too to our out-going President Mike Elsberry who will fill the Coordinator spot for the next 2 years which is vacated by Jim Royer. Thank you Jim for your service to CIPWO.
Lastly, many thanks to Bruce Butler of U-CSD who retired just yesterday; a longtime member of CIPWO, member and Past-president of IAWPCO, Past-Chair of the Wastewater Board of Certifications, and recipient of the Klassen Award.
I hope to see everyone for the 2020 Summer Meeting on July 29 this year!
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