Change of Command
The Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association elected as its new president Aaron Ausen, a civil engineer specializing in concrete engineering at Dalmaray Precast Concrete Products in Janesville.
Mark Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products in Portage was elected vice president and Roger Fanning and Len LaFrenier joined the board of directors. The association chose George Klaetsch as executive director and Klaetsch Public Affairs Strategies as its management firm and lobbyist. Erin Krueger is the association manager.
The Robert Lindner Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kelly Anne Guyse, daughter of Tom and Sheri Guyse of TG Soil and Water in Lyndon Station. Brandon Arndt, son of Dale Arndt of Arndt & Sons Plumbing in Brooklyn, received the Gretchen McQuestion Scholarship.
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Change of Command II
The Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association board of directors elected Lori Ende president, Brian Koski vice president, Chris Le Clair treasurer, and Andy Winkler secretary.
The MOWA board and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are working to create a general permit for pumpers to store more than 50,000 gallons of septage for short periods when fields are inaccessible.
The agency is creating educational material for homeowners and requests help from anyone interested in helping. The agency also needs certified people to help develop new certification to design and inspect Type IV systems with small flows. Contact Mark Wespetal at 800/657-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Onsite Institute in Mechanicsburg, Pa., invites industry professionals wishing to change the state’s onsite laws to offer their proposals at www.onsiteinstitute.com/your-voice. Visitors will find the current law, which they can download, mark up, and return for submittal to a legislative committee. Proposals will be kept anonymous.
State Onsite Regulators Alliance, Captains of Industry, and National Environmental Health Association Conference, Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego, Calif. 800/624-8301; www.nesc.wvu.edu/sora.
Training & Education
Point-of-Sale Fact Sheet
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension released a four-page fact sheet on “What You Should Know When You’re Having Your Septic System Inspected for the Transfer of Ownership Program.” Although based on Arizona code, most material is generic and is designed to help buyers, sellers, inspectors, and real estate agents know their responsibilities before, during, and after sale of a home with an onsite system. The document is a free download at www.cals.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1554.pdf.
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Summer Soils Seminar
The Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association has a soils seminar on July 20. Contact Carla Tourin at 952/345-1145 or email@example.com, or visit www.mowa-mn.com.
Licensing classes are the joint effort of the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Association (AOWA) and University of West Alabama (UWA). Courses are at UWA Livingston campus:
• July 12-13 – Pumpers Class
• July 18-20 – Advanced Installer I Class
• Aug. 9-10 – Continuing Education Class, Guntersville
• Aug. 15-17 – Advanced Installer II Class
The first day of Continuing Education classes is for installers and the second day is for pumpers and portable restroom operators. Call the training center at 205/652-3803 or visit www.aowatc.uwa.edu.
The California Onsite Wastewater Association is offering a Low-Pressure Pipe Drainfield and Drip Dispersal Design class on July 26 in Chico. Call Kit Rosefield at 530/513-6658 or visit www.cowa.org.
The Florida Onsite Wastewater Association Training Center has an Operations and Maintenance A class on July 10 in Gainesville. Contact FOWA at 321/363-1590 or visit www.fowaonsite.com.
The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture is offering an Onsite Wastewater Management class on July 26 in Gainesville. Contact the Continuing Education Center at 770/229-3477, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.ugaurbanag.com.
The Iowa Onsite Wastewater Association has its Site Evaluations and Soils course on Aug. 17 in Charles City. Contact Alice Vinsand at 515/225-1051, email@example.com, or visit www.iowwa.com.
The University of Minnesota Water Resources Center has these classes:
• Aug. 7 – Soils Continuing Education, Willmar
• Aug. 10 – Soils Continuing Education, New Ulm
• Aug. 21-24 – Service Provider, St. Cloud
Call Nick Haig at 800/322-8642 or visit www.septic.umn.edu.
The New England Onsite Wastewater Training Center at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston has these courses:
• July 12 – Microbiology for Wastewater Professionals
• July 26 – Surveying Techniques for the Wastewater Professional
• Aug. 9 – Surveying Basics for the Onsite Wastewater Contractor
Call 401/874-5950 or visit www.uri.edu/ce/wq.
The Chemeketa Community College in Salem has an Installer class on Aug. 15. Call 503/399-5181 or visit www.chemeketa.edu/busprofession/ccbi/customizedtraining/deq/classes.html.
The Pennsylvania Septage Management Association is offering these Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Inspection courses:
• July 17-18 – Advanced Onlot Wastewater Treatment System Inspection, West Chester
• July 25-26 – Basic Onlot Wastewater Treatment System Inspection, Chesterfield, N.J.
Call 717/763-7762 or visit www.psma.net.
The West Virginia Environmental Training Center, in cooperation with the Bureau for Public Health and Department of Environmental Protection, is offering a Home Aeration Unit Operator Training & Certification class June 12-15 in Morgantown. Contact the training center at www.wvetc.org or 304/372-7878.
- California Onsite Wastewater Association (COWA) (15)
- Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) (11)
- Iowa Onsite Wastewater Association (IOWWA) (20)
- State Onsite Regulators Alliance (SORA) (4)
- Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association (MOWA) (8)
- Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (WOWRA) (10)