Spring Conference 2021

05/20/2021 08:15 AM - 05/21/2021 12:30 PM ET


  • $25.00  -  Member Registration
  • $70.00  -  Non-Member - Registration





Thursday, May 20, 2021

8:30 - Water Corrosion Control
Credits: 1 Water TCH
This one-hour session is designed to educate water operators regarding advantages of corrosion control, copper, lead, and iron pipe coating as well as manganese and tuberculation issues.  Operators will learn the advantages of corrosion control and how to save money by being proactive on detecting piping/delivery systems issues and failure.
Speaker: Ryan Peebles, New England regional manager, Cleanwaters, Inc.  

10:00 - Basic Math for Operators
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
Math isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, but we all use it in our daily lives. Come sit down and review some basic math skills we all use as operators. A brief review of applied math for operators will discuss equations and conversions including: area, volume, psi, cubic feet to gallons, etc.  
Speakers: Matt Guerino, training coordinator, Vermont Rural Water Association

11:30 - New Primary Bio-Filter Achieves High-Rate Transmission for Wet-Weather Inflows
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
A novel integrated primary and biological filter technology has demonstrated great potential for use in wet weather flow management.  This session will present results from a pilot study in Michigan and assess potential applications for Vermont in light of the system’s ~80% smaller footprint, ideal for space-limited treatment plants.  
Speaker: Jon Liberzon, vice president, Tomorrow Water

Friday, May 21, 2021  

8:30 - Affordable Telemetry for Small Systems
Credits: 1 Water TCH, 1 Wastewater TCH
Take control of your facility! This class will examine affordable stand-alone control systems, remote monitoring, data logging, and process/security alarms for pump stations and treatment processes at water and wastewater facilities.
Speakers: Ron Gehl, president, EOS Research, Inc.

9:45 - GMWEA Business Meeting and 2020 Service Excellence Awards Presentation
GMWEA members should attend this session to hear association news and to give a round of virtual applause to the 2020 award winners. There might not be any fun giveaways this year, but this is your chance to connect with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while. Tentatively scheduled: A special address by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will talk about recent initiatives proposing major investment in America’s critical water and wastewater infrastructure!

10:45 - Water Well Rehabilitation
Credits: 1 Water TCH
The presentation focuses on the design and construction of wells typically used to develop water from the aquifers of Vermont and New England, and how groundwater quality affects the performance and maintenance of wells. The session will address typical performance losses impacting wells, ways to determine related impacts on well yield, and typical approaches to develop and maintain wells completed in sand, gravel, and fractured bedrock aquifers.
Speaker: Frank Getchell, senior technical leader – water, Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.

11:45 Keynote Address by Jeff Wennberg: “Then and Now - Perspectives from Three Decades of Clean Water Policy and Management."  Jeff retired in January after 35 years as commissioner of Vermont DEC, mayor of Rutland, and superintendent of Rutland’s Public Works Department.  A big-picture thinker as well as  a maestro of the fine print, Jeff will talk about changes he’s seen in the water quality sector over the years, the role of emerging technologies and evolving challenges, and the future of water quality in Vermont.

12:15 Closing remarks

Thank You, Sponsors!


Sponsors help make GMWEA’s programs possible all year long -- and help keep our conferences and trainings low-cost for our members!  Be sure to catch the informative sponsor presentations  between Spring Conference trainings to learn more about emerging technologies and these firms’ exceptional products, services, and recent projects.