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2014

  • On January 15, 2014
    WasteWater Education 501(c)3 invites Environmental Health Regulatory Staff to participate in the first online hosted Regulatory Round Table Review sessions.
    There is no charge for EH personnel.
    From 10am – Noon ET, please register for this live, interactive online discussion “Understanding Microbial Induced Corrosion in precast concrete.”
    This in-depth 2 hour discussion 
is designed for those in EH Departments who inspect concrete wastewater components: those who may want more information about what to look for and those who have experience of “MICC” to share. About the Instructor:Sam Lines, MBA, is a Member of the Board of Directors Wastewater Education.Sam has a vast array of knowledge and experience in all aspects of precast concrete operations. He provides technical assistance and operations consulting services as an active Committee Member for the National Precast Concrete Association.His expertise includes a variety of skills in operations management including quality, safety, process improvement, process flow, leadership, motivation, and training.

    He is a noted specialist in the precast concrete industry, consulting with many precast companies to help them in the areas of production, quality management, and safety. His research specialty is Microbially Induced Corrosion of Concrete (MICC) See  http://www.linkedin.com/in/samjlines

  • February 11, 2014: Valentine’s Day
    WasteWater Education 501(c)3 is an independent, impartial nonprofit and as such we are tasked with raising our own operating funds.Far from looking at this as an onerous task, this is a golden opportunity for us to tell you who, and what, we are and how our purpose most likely compliments your ideals and activities.
    We don’t fit into a neat definition of what you might think from our organization name!We see connections, and draw attention to those connections, in the many ways we use, and hopefully RE-use water.Hence our theme for 2014:
    “Water IS Water ~ Not Waste!”
  • Are you heading to Indy!
    If so be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth 1065!This year several of our Board of Directors will be on hand to talk about our 2014 programs and education initiatives. All of our 2014 Pumper Show materials will be available from our web site,YouTube, Google G+ and WordPress sites – so don’t worry, we won’t be loading you down with ‘stuff’. We are also planning some ‘in show’ live events. You will be able to scan the QR code (below) and have it all on your laptop, smart phone or tablet device for both IOS and Android.
  • March 2, 2014: Upcoming – Regulatory Round Table Review Series via Google Hangouts On Air Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 2 PM ET In 2012, Washington State Department of Health Wastewater Management Section partnered with the University of Washington’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to install 3 public domain, cost-effective septic treatment technologies.A US Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program’s (NEP) Toxics and nutrients reduction and prevention grant allocated $630,000 to evaluate the denitrification performance of these technologies. The goal of the project is to expand the list of affordable treatment options available for use in areas where nitrogen is identified as a contaminant of concern. Sewage typically contains high levels of nitrogen. Even with new technologies, on-site sewage (septic) treatment systems generally have limited ability for removing nitrogen in wastewater. This can result in increased nitrate concentrations, or “nitrogen loading” in ground and surface water. And high nitrate levels in drinking water can affect human health. Nitrogen loading is an environmental concern fueling the growth of algae. As algae dies and decays, it consumes oxygen. This process contributes to depleted dissolved oxygen conditions and can harm aquatic life.The technologies installed have been successful in other parts of the United States in removing high amounts of nitrogen from sewage. Because denitrification processes are temperature dependent, they were chosen to evaluate their effectiveness in Washington’s climate.
  • Welcome to Google Apps Series via Google Hangouts On AirThursday March 13, 2014 at 2pm ETAnyone may watch and ask questions via the Event Page. Closer to the event you may also watch via our YouTube For NonProfit Channel. The event will be recorded for later viewing.Chris Middings, Founder and President at NPG, specializes in managing Google Accounts. In this, the third of our walk through Google’s amazing range of nonprofit (and for profit) tools, Chris will explain the power of Analytics as a means to maximize the information gleaned from web traffic.

    We have been a Google For Nonprofits partner for many years, and are most grateful for our OneToday, YouTube (check out Chris’s 2 prior seminars on Google For NonProfits and Google AdGrants), EarthPro, Drive, G+ and Hangout tools but we have only just begun to realize the true reach of Google Analytics.

    Be sure to follow us on Facebook at WasteWater Education
    Plus Twitter @OWNWMI
    Plus our Google G+ Page!
    Check us out and let’s get connected!

  • March 13, 2014: Pass The Plunger! It’s Fix A Leak Week!
    March 17-23 is the annual EPAWaterSense ‘Fix A Leak Week!’
    Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide!
    This year, we’re chasing down leaks! Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so we’re hunting down the drips during Fix a Leak Week (March 17-23). Race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water, energy and money.
    EPAWaterSense 'Fix A Leak Week!' Golden Plunger Award
    To celebrate FALW, we are promoting 
    The Golden Plunger Relay Race.

    In a twist on the traditional road race this passing of the plunger will take place online via Twitter. Teams of Tweeters should be on their starting blocks at 9am on March 17 set to grab the ceremonial plunger and run for water across the Twittersphere!

  • April 17, 2014: WasteWater Education welcomes new Board Member

    Kay Lackey M.A., C.M.A.A., C.B.C.S.WasteWater Education 501(c)3 is proud to announce the appointment of our newest Board Member. Kay Lackey M.A., C.M.A.A., C.B.C.S.
    Organizational Development (OD) and Practice Management Consultant with 5 years of diverse consulting experience. Ed.D Organizational Leadership, Argosy University, Chicago, IL  (Anticipated graduation 2015).  M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.  B.S. Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

    Through our LinkedIn For NonProfits Board Connect, the Board created a focused Job Description seeking a young professional, someone who could bring a fresh voice and viewpoint to the issues facing water and wastewater integration for the 21st Century.

    Two key qualities the Board looked for: someone who could connect with Millennials, the generation we need to motivate to take up environmental health professions as an ‘environmental’ cause; and someone who was skilled in development. Welcome Kay Lackey!

  • April 25, 2014: Google Hangout: Better Lagoon Operations in MI

    Understanding More About Water balance for Better Lagoon Operations in MichiganAs Michigan is on course to experience ever fluctuating extreme weather events, it’s vital for you to know what to do when the next deluge happens ….. Ever wonder why you seem to end up with more water in your lagoons than you ought to have? Has your facility ever had an overflow in the spring, or come close to it?

    Does “Evaporation Equal Precipitation”? If you want to understand the water balance of your lagoon facility, save money and headaches, and avoid costly and unnecessary fines and capital expenditures, this presentation is for you!

    About the presenters: Marc Middlestadt. Huron Environmental Consultants and David G. VerSluis, Jr.  a Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA #2057) credentialed with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals
    For More Information Click Here

  • June 1, 2014: H2Outstanding Circle Of Friends
    It’s official!
    On June 9, 2014 the IRS database will officially start to recognize this organization as WasteWater Education Inc. 501(c)3.

    In the 12 years we’ve been in existence we have grown from a Northern Michigan based and focused policy advocate, to a statewide, and now a national and international education and outreach organization.

    Why is a nonprofit dedicated to education about wastewater?

    Our message is simple and clear – all water is connected, all water use is connected, water is water~ not waste!

    Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public education, outreach and consulting organization dedicated to advocacy for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and management of affordable, appropriate wastewater systems.

    We are independent and impartial, assisting individuals and communities to discover the financial and environmental advantages of implementing sustainable, integrated water infrastructures.

    Communities should be directly engaged in determining their specific needs and capabilities, and the water management solution that best meets those criteria. We provide information, resources and education activities to facilitate consensus building in an open, informed, collaborative, and inclusive process.

    setting a septic tankSimple Steps To a Statewide Michigan Code For Individual Wastewater Systems

    A great deal of misinformation and hyperbole surrounds the use of individual wastewater systems in Michigan.
    Without a basic understanding of how such systems have vastly improved the quality of life, and the environment, in Michigan, sound policy can be hijacked by rhetoric, vested interests and plain scare mongering. But we also recognize that there are locations within the state that have significant problems – why and how to address that has been part of the discussion about the need for a statewide sanitary code.

    Michigan is the last state without a basic statewide code to regulate individual wastewater systems. With several failed attempts to craft one, failure was virtually guaranteed last time when the proverbial ‘too many cooks’ all sought to slice out and protect their particular piece of the pie. A justifiable objection too was that the statewide regulations as proposed seriously undercut jurisdictions where onsite systems are well regulated already. Considerable objection was raised to the political components of who had a say over the ‘who, what and where’.

    What drove the road blocks of the past, and how simple steps could lead the way forward now, is a WasteWater Education discussion forum at WasteWaterEducation.info

    h2o2014jet

    WasteWater Education has a bare bones operating budget and to cover the basic necessities we have instituted the H2Outstanding Circle of Friends.

    A generous donation from Jet Inc. has enabled us to expand our online training, outreach and public education events by securing a 100 site Adobe Connect Event License. This in turn has given us leverage for 4 additional grant applications to extend public education to remote locations and into junior high school biology labs. If the next generation is to enjoy  the same level of environmental health that we have now – then NOW is the time to be motivating and exciting young people to become our replacements.

    If you see yourself in this Circle Of Friendsplease contact any of our Board members or our Executive Director.

    If you belong to an organization we can partner with, please do the same. We don’t care how we get there, or who gets the credit, this is too important.

  • June 22, 2014: WasteWater Education welcomes new Board Chair and launches 2014 Operating Support Raffle
    jasonmGreetings friends and colleagues,
    As the FY2014-15 Boar Chair of WasteWater Education Inc. 501(c)3 I would like to thank you all for your past support and thank you in advance for continuing to support the purpose of this organization: Jason Menchhofer R.S.

    Why is a nonprofit dedicated to education about wastewater?

    Our message is simple and clear – all water is connected, all water use is connected, water is water~ not waste!

    Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public education, outreach and consulting organization dedicated to advocacy for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and management of affordable, appropriate wastewater systems. We are independent and impartial, assisting individuals and communities to discover the financial and environmental advantages of implementing sustainable, integrated water infrastructures.

    We provide information, resources and education activities to facilitate consensus building in an open, informed, collaborative, and inclusive process.

    ticketWe are asking for your support for our Annual Operating Funds Raffle!

     

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