June 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

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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: Traci@ChesapeakeWEA.org

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.

October 3-7, 2020

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

Board Nomination Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020

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The following CWEA Board positions are open for election in 2020:
  • Trustee (DE)
  • Vice President 
  • WEF Delegate 

June 18 • Water Resources Webinar


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2020 Seniors Spotlight

Do you have a graduating senior?  
Let us know! We want to share a special “Senior Spotlight” in the near future to recognize their accomplishments! If you have a special graduating senior that you would like us to recognize, please submit the following information (by June 15) via email to admin@chesapeakewea.org:
  1. Graduate's name and school that they’re graduating from.
  2. A picture of your senior.
  3. Your name and company name.
  4. A short sentence on their future endeavors.
We look forward to celebrating this special milestone with you!

Volunteer Spotlight

Christopher "Chris" L. Overcash, P.E.

Senior Engineer, Deputy Director of Coastal Resilience
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

Instructor, Dept. of Environmental Health and Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering, Engineering for Professionals Program
Associate, Environment, Energy, Sustainability, and Health Institute
Johns Hopkins University

• CWEA: Student Committee Co-Chair/ Student Design Competition Chair
• Maryland Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee: Member
• Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality: Commissioner

A fun fact or something we wouldn’t know about you: Besides my professional pursuits I love helping coach both of my daughters’ softball teams. Oh, and I am also a two time Ironman - having completed Ironman Maryland in 2018 and 2019.

How long have you been part of the organization?  I have been helping out for about 10 years in support roles as I truly believe in the goals and objectives of the organization.
What is your favorite part of the organization? The Student Design competition. The design competition framework is a great way that CWEA and WEF provide opportunities to our next crop of engineers. These folks are the future of not only our profession but also the keystones of our world.
What made you choose the water world? I have always had a deep concern for the environment, stemming in large part from spending time in my grandparents cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania growing up. The cabin had a free flowing mountain stream in the backyard and me and my cousins spent a lot of time marveling at the creatures that called that stream home. When the time came for me to choose a profession, I gravitated to environmental engineer to be able to both understand and make a difference in our sustainable interaction with water and the animals that live there.
What would you say to someone who was interested in getting more involved or volunteering in CWEA? Reach out to CWEA and take the plunge. There are such a diverse range of committees, the organization has a spot for any interest. It’s also a tremendous way to connect and to stay connected with colleagues.

Chris, thank you for your work for CWEA!

Scholarship Winner Announced

CWEA Sponsored One of FWQA’s 2020 Scholarship Winners

Akshay Shah is a senior at Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County. 

Akshay, an honor student and Eagle Scout, says he learned early of his love for the Chesapeake Bay near his home by volunteering to participate in trash cleanup activities and tree plantings along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  He also installed rain gardens on school and neighborhood properties to limit wastewater runoff into the Severn and Magothy rivers.

Akshay took part in the Chesapeake Bay Leadership Program and became part of a program cultivating new oyster gardeners and connecting them with neighbors who have piers to support oyster gardening. He conducts Volunteer-A-Pier workshops with scouting groups, homeowner associations, and elementary schools to encourage oyster gardening and raise awareness of broader efforts to improve Bay health. The program now supports oyster gardening in 12 communities across two rivers. Partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, they will have raised and deposited nearly 200K oysters in the Magothy River oyster sanctuary by summer 2020. Akshay is also training volunteers for this program for future expansion.  Last summer he was an intern with the USDA Forest Service’s Engineering Group.

In his limited spare time Akshay likes to bake, creating delicious desserts.

He will be studying Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in the fall.

Job Board Spotlight

Material Matters, Inc. (MM) seeks a CEO who will lead the organization and will be responsible for managing the overall strategic and operational planning, growth, and performance of MM. In addition, the CEO will provide leadership and accountability for MM’s achievement of its mission, quality of its service, and meeting its financial objectives.

CWEA Student Design Competition

The CWEA Student Design Competition presentations were held virtually this year. Two teams; one from the University of District of Columbia, (which provided a well thought out design alternatives analysis for a waste-water treatment plant upgrade) and one from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, (which provided a stormwater design analysis for Fort Meade) vied for the honor to represent CWEA at the National Student Design Competition held at WEFTEC each year.  

JHU passed the gauntlet of CWEA member volunteer evaluators to emerge victorious. JHU will represent CWEA at the National Competition which, although still associated with WEFTEC in October, is to be held virtually.

The Student Design Competition committee is always on the lookout for additional schools to compete in this event each year. If you know of any or have interest in assisting please let us know! 

Golf Tournament - Registration Now Open!

Save the Dates!

Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference
After several weeks of thoughtful consideration and with great reluctance and sadness, we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Tri-Association Conference (Tri-Con).
Tri-Con is postponed until August 30 - September 2, 2021.
OCTOBER 3-7, 2020
Visit WEFTEC.org 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.

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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.

Statement From The WEF Board Of Trustees

The recent senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, coupled with the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Black Americans call into focus the racism and inequalities that exist in the United States today. The protests taking place over the past week and continuing this week are a manifestation of the discrimination, systemic barriers, frustration, and lack of a voice that Black Americans contend with on a daily basis.  WEF stands in support of those protesting peacefully for change.
Chesapeake Water Environment Association - June 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter