Spring 2000 — Vol. 30 No. 1

NYWEA news

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Special issue on pollution prevention,
by Adam Zabinski

P2 In The Next Century—a NYSDEC conference

Letter to the editor,
by Roger Owens

P2 in the new millennium,
by Mary Werner

Pollution prevention: A key to economic sustainability,
by Deborah Freeman and Kathleen Malone

Encouraging P2 and E2 in New York,
by Adele Ferranti, Miriam Pye, Gary Davidson, and Dana Levy

An award-winning P2 success in the pharmaceutical industry,
by Matthew Traister, PE

Small Business Assistance Program offers air P2 tips,
by Amy Fowler

Pollution prevention: a winning strategy for industry,
by Tanya Lahr, PE

Reducing mercury use

Public participation and pollution prevention,
by David Colbert

Engaging local governments in watershed management,
by Timothy D. Schaeffer and Valerie A. Luzadis

Supporters of the 72d Annual Meeting  . . . and photos

People & places

NYWEA—Scholarship Contributors

NYWEA news

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A new page has turned

by Bob Hennigan

At the annual meting we had the regular changing of the guard as Ron Delo handed over the presidency to Adam Zabinski. Dave Ellis became president-elect. John Cameron became vice president.

At this juncture, a brief review of 1999 is in order. Ron Delo, aided by the enthusiastic support of the officers and the board, brought to the office of president unique leadership qualities which helped to make 1999 one of the most productive years in Association history. Many new initiatives of the leadership group and many of the initiatives of the past few years under previous officers and Boards came to fruition this year. Some of these were the following: the production of the first joint directory between AWWA and NYWEA; signing of partnership agreements with AWWA, Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Coalition, and the NYS Public Works Association; formation of the Northeast Water Quality Coalition consisting of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New England, and New York. The Coalition held its first meeting in New York City under Ron's leadership.

The institutional membership category was established, and New York City became the first member followed by Rockland County. The scholarship program and fund drive were established under the leadership of Dave Ellis, Walter Saukin, and Al Lopez. Additional focus was placed on promoting construction grants, tracking and reacting to state legislation and regulations, advancing biosolids' use and acceptance, and encouraging a watershed approach to water quality management. The relationship with NYSDEC was greatly strengthened by the appointment of liaisons by Commissioner John Cahill to the chapters and to the Association Board at the request of the Association.

The Spring Meeting at "Peak and Peek" was notable, and the Annual Meeting was one of the most successful ever held. Four superb issues of CLEARWATERS were produced. The budget was balanced. A number of specialty conferences were held. The New York City watershed conference was sponsored by the Lower Hudson Chapter and was a valuable event. The Western Chapter's annual Greater Buffalo Environmental Conference continued its successful run.

The activity and commitment of all the volunteers, officers, Board, committee chairs, and members supplied the energy and support to make all this come about. The work of the Association staff, Patricia Cerro-Reehil and Maggie Hoose, was remarkable in responding to and supporting this activity.

We had another changing of the guard. After 26 years as an officer and executive secretary (director), I stepped down as executive director to become director of special projects. As the director of the Scholarship Fund Drive, you will all be hearing from me. Be ready to open your wallets for this worthwhile cause.

This particular change is rather bittersweet. I enjoyed the run and all the people who were part of this experience. My successor is Patricia Cerro-Reehil. She has been with the Association since March 3, 1987, some 13+ years. During this long service, she has acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to do a fine job. Her experience is buttressed by her professional education in association management acquired over the years including a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University and a BS in Association Management from SUNY Empire State College. This background is furthered by her innate people skills, her energy, and her ambition.

Finally, we had another changing of the guard. Leah Caldwell has stepped down as editor of CLEARWATERS. She was an excellent editor and raised the quality and professionalism of the magazine. She is succeeded by Bob Bellandi, formerly a technical editor with O'Brien & Gere Engineers. He will do a first-class job.

The Association is in great hands and shape and ready for the third millennium. Your support and commitment are essential. Take on the day.

Hennigan honored

Twenty-three years of service to the New York Water Environment Association. This extraordinary record prompted the Association's Board of Directors to recognize Bob Hennigan with a special award at the 72nd Annual Meeting.

Bob was executive director between 1970 and 1978 and again from 1986 through last year. He also held various other positions in the organization including president in 1985. With his leadership, NYWEA has grown in size and expanded its reach. It is now the most well-respected environmental organization of professionals involved in wastewater management in New York State.

True to form, Bob is continuing his dedicated service to the Association. His new role is that of Director of Special Projects, and he will focus on fund-raising for NYWEA's new scholarship program. (Expect to hear from him.)

A resurgence of energy

by Patricia Cerro-Reehil, Executive Director

With the onset of the new millennium, there seems to be a resurgence of energy and enthusiasm around and about NYWEA. This could be in part due to the successful annual meeting that was held in January where we had over one thousand people in attendance, but I believe it's more than that. Maybe it has something to do with the partnering agreement recently signed with the New York Section of the American Water Works Association or the recently published joint directory. Perhaps it's the scholarship program that is off and running. In light of all this activity, it is indeed an exciting time to take over as Executive Director. In this position, I look forward to getting to know more of you and helping NYWEA become an even stronger and more vital organization.

I think that it is important to have a sense of ownership of the organization you belong to. Ask yourself if you value your membership. One way to get the most out of your membership is to get involved. Review the committee application (a copy is in this issue). Look at our existing committees, and find one you like. Get involved on your local chapter board. If there are no openings, volunteer to help at one of the local meetings. Show us your talents. Write an article for CLEARWATERS. Submit an abstract for presentation at an upcoming meeting. There are indeed several opportunities to make your membership more fulfilling.

I celebrate the volunteer spirit in the Association and commend each one of you for putting your ideas and energy into action on behalf of NYWEA. Remember that NYWEA is your association—get involved! Think about the people and projects you will affect—you won't regret it.

Keep up the good work!


by Bob Bellandi

After more issues than she may care to count, Leah Caldwell has put down her red pen and left me in charge of editing CLEARWATERS. I first encountered this publication in the mid-1970s when it was a few pages of blue ink on white paper. Those who have come before me—notably Leah, Laurie Harrington, and Judy Doherty—have transformed it from little more than a newsletter into a respected magazine. My obligation to them is to build on the solid foundation they have left me.

Those magazine-makers have labored under the tutelage of Bob Hennigan whose insistence on balance, perspective, and clarity have guided CLEARWATERS for decades. Bob is loosening the reins a bit, but only a bit, and I am grateful that I will have his extraordinary store of experience and wit to rely on.

CLEARWATERS is the magazine of NYWEA members, and I will also rely on your insight and common sense. We don't publish this magazine to be liked. We publish it to inform NYWEA members with pertinent news. Let me know how we're doing.

This issue breaks ground for NYWEA and addresses pollution prevention. The content of this issue has benefited from the extraordinary initiative and support of Mary Werner, Director of NYSDEC's Pollution Prevention Unit, and from the specific support of Mary's associate, Cheryl O'Brien. We are grateful for their considerable assistance.
Bob Bellandi is a technical writer-editor. He holds certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and is a member of the HTML Writers Guild.

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