Streamline - Spring 2013 - (Page 11)

FromTheExecutiveDirector BY MYRICA W. KEISER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR It’s 2013 … we have talked continuously about change. It’s something that we have become accustomed to since it happens whether we want it to or not. VRWA has seen lots of changes, with some good and some not so good. But in the end, we feel that lessons have been learned and we have grown with them. FOR SOME TIME This is a time when we are able to speak on behalf of the many small rural systems on relevant legislative issues. Now with all of that said … we are starting 2013 with some changes as we have added some new faces to our team. Kay Forshey will be our Office Support/Administration Assistant replacing Michele Thacker. Michele and her husband Kevin are expecting a bouncing baby boy in February and she wants to be a stay-at-home Mother. As we wish her the best and will miss her, we also welcome Kay to our family. Kay will be the new voice on the phone when you call into the office. Next will be the new Water Circuit Rider Tracy Puckett, who is replacing Mark Norris. Tracy is from the Glade Springs area and worked at Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority. Tracy is no stranger when it comes to leak detection, water distribution and system and employee management. 2013 also started out with a “cliff hanger” as our government worked to make decisions in regards to the people’s budget. The question is just how well was it worked out and what it will mean to each of us. We are already in the planning stages of making that visit to the “hill” in February to approach Congress and the Senate. Our hope is that they will continue to believe in our mission and dedication to the small rural systems throughout the nation and keep our funds flowing. As this article is written, we plan to travel to Richmond in mid-January and visit with our delegates. This is a time when we are able to speak on behalf of the many small rural systems on relevant legislative issues. On Jan. 10, Governor Bob McDonnell gave his annual “State of the Commonwealth Address.” Governor McDonnell talked about areas of accomplishments in 2011; including funding for transportation, stabilizing the Virginia Retirement System, 2011 landmark “Top Jobs for the 21st Century,” increased funding for schools, and the process for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. He continued with an assessment of the need to increase resources for safer communities. He stressed the need to improve education. He also stressed the need for a clean environment. He proposed a $200 million water quality improvement bond that will provide $101 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades. He discussed $35 million for urban storm water projects in multiple municipalities with the budget surplus to provide $17 million for non-point source reduction projects, like agricultural best managements practices. In the end he stated, “We need further government and budget reforms to strengthen the Commonwealth’s fiscal standing in the face of unprecedented uncertainly in Washington. This session, let’s enact them.” Remember to use us as your voice, as your communicator in Richmond or in D.C. The more voices the louder we are heard. 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
What If?
Stormwater Management
Soapbox Farewell
Water and Wastewater Certifi cation Exam Test Taking Tips
Past 25 Years of VRWA
Proactive vs. Reactive
Asset Management and Drought Management
Is the Tank Contaminating the Water?
Committed to the Future of Rural Communities
Standard Operating Procedure For Leak Detection Using the Pressure Hold Method
The Virginia RATES Program is at Your Service
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Employee Introductions
VRWA 25th Annual Exposition Agenda
Wastewater Math
eLearning Benefits
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
Membership Application
Throwing My Loop
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index To Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2013