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Guest' s Viewpoint l An introduction to IaWEA reetings from IaWEA, the Iowa Water Environment Association. I am Jonathan Brown current President of IaWEA and have the honor of rep-resenting this fine organization. Many IaWEA members work for organiza -tions that are League members, and we share many common interests. Our main focus is in producing clean water from wastewater. We also maintain a high interest in all things water related. Founded in 1927, IaWEA exists today as an organization of professionals committed to the education and advancement of water quality and water pollution control tech -niques. The 600-plus members consist of educators, operators, engineers, regulators, municipal officials, manufacturers and equipment suppliers, contractors and students. IaWEA is directed by an Executive Board of members from different regions across Iowa. The Executive Board consists of 14 members and directs the activities of over 20 committees. These committees lead the effort of educating its members and the public regarding current water pollution control and water quality topics. IaWEA's goal is education and improvement in the qual -ity of Iowa waters. Although formally founded in 1927, the first training meeting was held in response to water quality problems from pollution due to overloaded or poorly operated treatment plants and was held at Iowa State College in Ames in 1915. The meeting was coordinated by the Engineering Extension Program, and the goal was to get in closer personal touch with the people in charge of Iowa water pollution control facilities and explain to them in careful detail the inherent principles of these installations and the absolute necessities in maintenance for their successful operations. The agenda consisted of tech -nical talks and demonstrations as well as plant visits which were found working in various stages of efficiency, thus empha -sizing the need for these activities. This training is the earliest documented formal training for wastewater operators in the U.S. Following are important milestones in IaWEA history: 1915 -First organized training for wastewater operators in the U.S. held in Ames (the origin of IaWEA) 1927 -Iowa Wastes Disposal Association founded (original name) 1928 -Federation of State Sewage Works Associations formed (now WEF) (Iowa was one of the seven charter Mem -ber Associations of WEF) 1945 -Iowa Sewage Works Association (name change) 1960 -Iowa Water Pollution Control Association (name change) 2010 -Iowa Water Environment Association (current name) Except interruptions during the war years, the IaWEA program continues today with an Annual Meeting and participa -tion in many aspects of water pollution control, water quality and protection of the environment. We worked closely with Iowa Section-American Water Works Association in planning the semi-annual Water and Wastewater Short Courses, and sponsor semi-annual technical training in its six regions. In addition, IaWEA sponsors specialized training at maintenance, biosolids, and collection system conferences. IaWEA also administers a voluntary collection system certification program in cooperation with the Association of Boards of Certification. IaWEA is an affiliate of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international not-for-profit organization dedi -cated to the preservation and enhancement of water quality world wide. You can find more information at the IaWEA Web site, www.iawea.org. President of IaWEA Jonathan Brown EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l President-elect: Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 Immediate Past President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l Past President: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 Past President: Ruth Randleman, Mayor, Carlisle, (515) 989-3224 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 l Ann Campbell, Mayor, Ames, (515) 239-5105 l Coleen Chipman, Council Member, North Liberty, (319) 626-5700 l Kay Cmelik, City Clerk/Finance Officer, Grinnell, (641) 236-2600 Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 l Jim Erb, Mayor, Charles City, (641) 257-6300 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Manager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/ Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 | Scott Peterson, City Administrator/Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Matt Walsh, Mayor, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Bruce E. Bergman, General Counsel l Monica Blay, Administrative Assistant l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Communications Coordinator l Aric Cudnohosky, Database Administrator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Lisa Jones, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, Director of Government Affairs l Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mullenix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representa-tive l Ryan Pealer, Network Administrator l Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative l Mick-ey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Terry Timmins, General Counsel l Mark Tomb, Director of Membership Services l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner l Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant G Jonathan Brown | President, IaWEA 4 Cityscape September 2014

Guest's Viewpoint

Greetings from IaWEA, the Iowa Water Environment Association. I am Jonathan Brown current President of IaWEA and have the honor of representing this fine organization. Many IaWEA members work for organizations that are League members, and we share many common interests. Our main focus is in producing clean water from wastewater. We also maintain a high interest in all things water related.

Founded in 1927, IaWEA exists today as an organization of professionals committed to the education and advancement of water quality and water pollution control techniques. The 600-plus members consist of educators, operators, engineers, regulators, municipal officials, manufacturers and equipment suppliers, contractors and students.

IaWEA is directed by an Executive Board of members from different regions across Iowa. The Executive Board consists of 14 members and directs the activities of over 20 committees. These committees lead the effort of educating its members and the public regarding current water pollution control and water quality topics. IaWEA's goal is education and improvement in the quality of Iowa waters.

Although formally founded in 1927, the first training meeting was held in response to water quality problems from pollution due to overloaded or poorly operated treatment plants and was held at Iowa State College in Ames in 1915. The meeting was coordinated by the Engineering Extension Program, and the goal was to get in closer personal touch with the people in charge of Iowa water pollution control facilities and explain to them in careful detail the inherent principles of these installations and the absolute necessities in maintenance for their successful operations. The agenda consisted of technical talks and demonstrations as well as plant visits which were found working in various stages of efficiency, thus emphasizing the need for these activities. This training is the earliest documented formal training for wastewater operators in the U.S. Following are important milestones in IaWEA history:

1915 - First organized training for wastewater operators in the U.S. held in Ames (the origin of IaWEA)

1927 - Iowa Wastes Disposal Association founded (original name)

1928 - Federation of State Sewage Works Associations formed (now WEF) (Iowa was one of the seven charter Member Associations of WEF)

1945 - Iowa Sewage Works Association (name change)

1960 - Iowa Water Pollution Control Association (name change)

2010 - Iowa Water Environment Association (current name)

Except interruptions during the war years, the IaWEA program continues today with an Annual Meeting and participation in many aspects of water pollution control, water quality and protection of the environment. We worked closely with Iowa Section-American Water Works Association in planning the semi-annual Water and Wastewater Short Courses, and sponsor semi-annual technical training in its six regions. In addition, IaWEA sponsors specialized training at maintenance, biosolids, and collection system conferences. IaWEA also administers a voluntary collection system certification program in cooperation with the Association of Boards of Certification.

IaWEA is an affiliate of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of water quality world wide. You can find more information at the IaWEA Web site, www.iawea.org.

President of IaWEA Jonathan Brown

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