July 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


Did your copy of the Ecoletter arrive at the office, but you’re working from home?  You don’t need to miss out, we’ve got a digital version for you!  Click here to access the Ecoletter digital version. You can also access it from the CWEA website!

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. 

We are pleased to announce the following slate of officers for the 2020/2021 year

Click here for NOMINATIONS Form

Nominations [Open Positions] 
Vice President - Cece Nguyen
DE Trustee - Jegnaw Essatu, Hahns Hairston, Rebecca Winer-Skonovd
WEF Delegate - Ellen Frketic, Jim Shelton

*Click here to read Bio's from each Nominee.
Automatic Advancements 
President – 
Laura Jo Oakes
President Elect – Gian Cossa 
Past President – Aaron Hughes
Continuing Term in Office
Secretary – 
Cheryl Paulin
Treasurer – Alan Will
Trustee – MD - Clarence Beverhoudt
Trustee – DC - Gary Moore
WEF Delegate – Tim Wolfe
Utility Member Representative – Jessica Shiao
CTA Director – Kraig Moodie

If you would like to nominate yourself and/or another candidate for inclusion on the officer election ballot, please complete the NOMINATIONS FORM, by July 15, 2020.

Candidates must be a CWEA member in good standing for at least 2 years, and must have served on a CWEA committee for a minimum of 1 year during the most recent 5 years to be included on the ballot. 

The electronic nominations process serves to replace the traditional floor nominations that previously occurred during the CWEA Business Luncheon during the Tri-Association conference. Electronic ballots will be distributed to CWEA members in August.  

Please contact Traci Storm with questions or to request additional information.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Jessica Shiao
WSSC Water, Project Manager

 • Utility Member Representative
 • ​Student Activities Committee Co-Chair

A fun fact or something we wouldn’t know about you: I am the proud fur-mom of a rambunctious Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I will show photos of him to anyone who talks to me for more than five minutes.

How long have you been part of the organization? I have been a member of WEF and CWEA since 2015.
What is your favorite part of the organization? My favorite part of the organization is having the opportunity to meet new people in the industry, including colleagues from my own utility that I likely wouldn’t have met otherwise! I’ve been fortunate to learn about different aspects of the industry from these new contacts and greatly benefited from the expertise of more seasoned professionals.

What made you choose the water world? During my undergraduate studies in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, I developed a strong interest in public health and its relationship to the environment. I ended up volunteering with Engineers Without Borders, where I experienced firsthand the importance of clean water and sanitation systems to communities. Eventually, I ended up getting my Master’s in Environmental Engineering, and I feel that the water world is a perfect mix of technical engineering work and public service.

What would you say to someone who was interested in getting more involved or volunteering in CWEA? Reach out to the chairs of any committees that pique your interest! In more typical times (i.e. when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic), CWEA is always looking for motivated individuals to help out at events and take over outgoing leadership roles.

Jessica, thank you for your work for CWEA!

Zoe Gotthold is the winner of the 2020 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Gotthold, a student at Richland High School in Richland, Wash., developed prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy of traditional oil spill remediation techniques. She won $10,000 and will represent the United States at the international competition in August.

MABA Webinar Series

Click for more details.

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.

AUGUST 4, 2020
Managing Job Performance Webinar
Margie Hamner, ACC, CPTD

Time: 10am to Noon • Virtual Meeting. Register at ChesapeakeWEA.org.

Annual Business Meeting and Awards
Time: Noon • Virtual Meeting. More Details to Come.

OCTOBER 5-9, 2020
WEFTEC will be a fully virtual event held over five days. Called WEFTEC Connect, this virtual experience will offer attendees interactive education, an exhibitor showcase, and networking experiences.

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.

EUM Roadmap Webinar: Taking the Next Step Toward Sustainability

Click to learn more and to register.


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Chesapeake Water Environment Association - July 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter