February 2021 - 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.

Contact Information

Traci Storm
CWEA Executive Administrator

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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!

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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

2021 Annual Sponsors

2021 CSAWWA/CWEA Virtual Student Career Fair

Friday, February 12, 2021
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

We are pleased to host the 2021 Career Fair virtually!

CWEA Webinar: EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Volunteer Spotlight

Jegnaw Essatu
WSSC Water, Support Section Manager - Laboratory Division Production Department
CWEA Laboratory Practices Chair

A fun fact or something we wouldn’t know about you:  I don’t like to do construction work but when I am forced to do it, I will. People who know me tell me it looks like it’s done by a professional.  
How long have you been part of the organization? 10 years.
What is your favorite part of the organization? I met several water and wastewater knowledgeable professionals.
What made you choose the water world? It's one of life's essential resources which is not really appreciated and taken for granted. I want to put my time here in our world to support preserving it.
What would you say to someone who was interested in getting more involved or volunteering in CWEA? It’s a career advantage to join CWEA. Great organization to meet professionals in the water and wastewater world.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccination for Essential Workers​ Webinar

February 10, 2021 • 1pm EST.

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Ad spots can be purchased via our online store. Click here for 1 month ad spot. Discounts available for 3 month ad spots.

Young Professionals Coffee Chat. Third Wednesday of Each Month.

Join the YPs for a virtual coffee chat on February 17 from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.! Every third Wednesday of the month, the YPs will meet to network and chat. We will feature guest spots from other CWEA committees, and presentations from other YPs. This month, we will be joined by Mike Ramirez, the Vice Chair of the Residuals and Biosolids Committee to talk about the work that he and the committee does. Additionally, we will have a few YPs talk about their own biosolids work. Contact Sanyukta Gokhale at sgokhale@greeley-hansen.com or Alana Gildner at GildnerA@bv.com for more information.

Be a CWEA Sponsor!

  • 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
Questions? Please contact: Traci Storm CWEA Executive Administrator
Annual Sponsorships are available at four levels:  Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze with substantial savings for value of benefits received!

There are also many additional sponsorship options for CWEA events and activities - please check out the A La Carte Menu.

View 2021 Sponsorship Program: Click Here

Recruitment for City’s YH2O Career Mentoring Program Begins

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Acting Director Matthew Garbark has announced that recruitment is now underway for the 2021 Class of YH2O Career Mentoring Program participants.  Applications will be accepted January 25 through February 26, 2021.  Applicants’ interviews will be held March 8 and 9, the Program officially begins on March 15.  To date, 96 youthful Baltimoreans have completed the Program and gone on to work in entry-level jobs in DPW and other water industry entities.

Introducing the WEF Operator Scholarship

The WEF Operator Scholarship* was established to provide financial assistance to water sector operators as they seek to build and grow their careers in water. 
Scholarship Details:
The WEF Operator Scholarship will award scholarships from $2,500 - $5,000. Scholarship funding is available to individuals aspiring to pursue a career as an operator in the water sector and to current operators at any career level. For Questions about the WEF Scholarship Fund for Operators contact: awards@wef.org or tcox@wef.org - Click here to learn more and to apply. *WEF membership required.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: WEF Collection Systems Virtual Conference

March 23, 2021 - March 25, 2021

Collection Systems 2021: A Virtual Event |
Registration is Now Open! Click here to register:

2021 Water Week Planned

Water Week will be held virtually in 2021, and it is scheduled for April 25 through May 1, 2021. More information can be found on the Water Week website.


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Chesapeake Water Environment Association - February 2021 - CWEA eNewsletter