May 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter

Our Mission

The mission of The Chesapeake Water Environment Association is to improve water quality and protect the environment in the Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC area. This is accomplished, with the support of our members, through the exchange of technical and scientific information in the form of seminars, luncheons, webinars and conferences.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Although the Annual Sponsorships are closed for the 2020 year, there are many other sponsorship opportunities on our A La Carté Menu!  Check out page 2 of our Sponsorship brochure to see what’s available.  There are many great ways to get your business name and logo advertised throughout our membership. Sponsorship benefits include:
  • Increased corporate visibility and marketing opportunities within a wide audience of water industry professionals
  • Relationship-building access to key influencers involved in advancing water industry services, technology, and policy
  • Recognition as an environmental leader among peers, clients, and customers

Contact Information

Traci Storm
CWEA Executive Administrator

Connect With Us

Submit Newsletter Info

To provide comments or to suggest items to be included in our next eNewsletter, contact Traci Storm in the CWEA administrative office at 410-960-5514 or via email

WEF Continuing Education Opportunities

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) offers free webcasts for WEF members and $40 for non-members. Professional development hours (PDHs) can be earned for participation. More information, including the schedule of upcoming webcasts and archives of previous webcasts, can be found here.

Transformative Issues Symposium on Communications
August 17-19, 2020
Cincinnati OH

October 3-7, 2020

Visit WEF's website for detailed information on all their continuing education conferences, seminars, and webcasts. 

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Volunteer Spotlight

Alicia M. Grant
Greeley and Hansen
Project Engineer
• Young Professionals Committee Chair (2019-present)
• YH2O Water Mentoring Program (2017-2018)

A fun fact or something we wouldn’t know about you: I was an elite gymnast for a number of years competing in national and international competitions before pursuing Civil Engineering in college. Based on this past experience as a gymnast, I even had a brief appearance on a Network Television Talent Competition with an acrobatic group.

How long have you been part of the organization? I’ve been a member for 4 years, and volunteering now for over 3 years.

What is your favorite part of the organization? My favorite part of the organization is being able to perform industry and public outreach while simultaneously building new and lasting relationships with other professionals in the industry. My previous volunteer experience as a mentor for the YH2O Program in Baltimore gave me the unique experience of living out my goal to teach young people in my hometown about the various avenues to a stable and profitable career through the water industry. All the while I was able to network and learn from more experienced professionals and fellow mentors about the broader scope of the industry beyond the years of young professional.

Now as a YP chair I enjoy creating the environments for young professionals to network, and foster long lasting connections in the industry as we navigate the earlier steps in our careers.

What made you choose the water world? I chose the water industry out of sense of responsibility and passion to participate in the preservation of our environment and natural resources. While in college, I took a “Sustainability in Engineering” course that inspired me to focus on environmental engineering. The prospect of being able to ensure public safety as an engineer through drinking water treatment and distribution, or protect our waterways and ecosystems through ensuring proper waste and wastewater management ultimately lead to where I am today.

What would you say to someone who was interested in getting more involved or volunteering in CWEA? JOIN! It was the best decision I’ve ever made to jump out of my comfort zone and become a volunteering member of this professional organization. The educational opportunities, volunteering experiences, and professional connections I’ve made has made all the difference for me.

Alicia, thank you for your work for CWEA!

Save the Dates!

SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2020
Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference
 at Ocean City, MD.
Details coming soon!
OCTOBER 3-7, 2020
Visit for detailed information.
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Water Reuse Seminar
Details coming soon!
DECEMBER 1, 2020
Stormwater Seminar
Details coming soon!
DECEMBER 3, 2020
Collection Systems Seminar
Registration opening in September.

Golf Tournament - NEW DATE - Registration Now Open!

Digital Symposium

NEW Digital Programming

WEF is pleased to offer access to a suite of new, digital programming opportunities, allowing you to connect with and learn from sector experts, while earning valuable PDHs – all from your computer or mobile device.

Choose from a variety of options on the topics of most interest to you. Click for details.

Water Week 2020 Update – We Each Have a Role to Help the Financial Stability of Our Industry

Last week,  April 26 – May 2, was Water Week, and like most things these days it was a virtual event. On April 29th WEF was a co-host of a webinar with presentations by EPA Staff, Members of the US Congress and Senate, and leaders from the various water professional societies and NGOS. How to address COVID-19 was of course the primary topic. Contrary to last month’s CWEA Government Affairs article, saying that EPA was not going to reduce compliance on permit requirements; they are now hinting they may allow  more flexibility.  In contrast, the environmental organizations are not happy with that position; so stay tuned.

The second topic that many of the speakers discussed was the financial impact of the COVID pandemic.  This included relief to individuals not able to pay their utility bills and financial relief directly to the utilities. There is no doubt that utilities will be impacted financially and that will impact maintenance and new projects being financed – which will in spiral into impact on engineering firms and equipment manufacturers.  The purpose of the Water Week Fly-In is to promote our industry and petition for adequate financing.  Even though we could not be there in person, now more that ever, it is imperative that all of us contact our Congressional Members to encourage the passage of the bills that are being put forth for financial sustainability to the water sector.

Please go to the link
  • Listen to the webinar.
  • Download the 1-page ask document to call or write your representatives.
  • Access additional tools that you can use to spread the word and educate our policy leaders at ever level. 
This is the job of every citizen, not just the policy director for your organization. The more people they hear from, the more support we can hope for. If you do not know who your representative or senator is please contact me, the CWEA Government Affairs Chair, Marlou Gregory, and I will help you determine who your reps are and assist with other policy questions.

Webinar Series – Attendance is Free! Register Today!

Coronavirus Resources

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has developed a website to provide information about coronavirus and the water/wastewater sector. This website includes “limited general information, specific water-sector technical information, WEF events information, and links to trusted sites for the most up-to-date official information.”  WEF has also developed a series of coronavirus webinars which can be found here.

The Maryland Department of Health has developed a website regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will provide updates as they become available.

EPA Coronavirus Resources
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a website of information about coronavirus as it relates to water and wastewater. (The Official Website of the First State) has coronavirus information on their website. More information can be found here.

The DC Government urges you to stay home except if you need:
  • Essential healthcare
  • Essential food
  • Essential supplies
  • Go to your Essential job
On their website, find food resources, health guidance, resources for businesses and individuals, operating status of DC Government, and more. 
Chesapeake Water Environment Association - May 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter