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Committee Information:


Chair: Bruce McDaniel (

The committee shall make annual recommendations to the WVWEA Executive Committee and Federation Board of Directors for recipients of the various Federation and Association awards.  The committee shall develop and administer detailed criteria for evaluating nominations for Federation and Association awards and medals.  The committee shall have continuing oversight over the Federation’s program of awards and medals and make appropriate recommendations to the WVWEA Executive Committee and Federation Board of Directors.

The following awards and timeframes are recommended:

- Arthur S. Bedell Award - Yearly
- Operator of the Year - Yearly
- Past President’s Award - Yearly
- Hatfield - Yearly
- Lab Analyst Excellence Award - Yearly
- Burke Safety Award - Yearly
- Quarter Century Operator - As Applicable
- Others as Deemed Necessary

Constitution and Bylaws

Chair: Bruce McDaniel (

The committee shall consider and recommend language for changes in the Constitution and Bylaws in accordance with proposals referred to it by the WVWEA Executive Committee or the Federation Board of Directors.  The committee shall continually review the Constitution and Bylaws for consistency and clarity, and shall recommend any language changes to correct flaws.


Chair: Ron Byrnside (

The committee shall develop, recommend and conduct programs that improve the technical, leadership, and management skills of water quality professionals, that advocate high ethical standards, and that promote adequate compensation for and recognition of the value of these skills and standards.  The committee shall assist the President-elect with putting on the program for the Annual Conference and assist the 1st Vice President with the program at EXPO.

Exhibit Hall

Chair: Larry Bonar (

The committee shall provide and oversee the arrangement of booth space for vendors who attend the annual conference and wish to display their products in the exhibit hall.

Government Affairs

Chair: Jim Downey (

The committee shall provide direction and leadership on the formation of state government environmental policies, interaction with WEA members and WEF on these policies, and implementation of sound environmental policies.  The committee shall keep abreast of all bills coming before the West Virginia Legislature which affect environmental policies.  This work also includes the electronic disbursement of information to all WVWEA Executive Committee and all Committee Chairmen.

Local Arrangements

Chair: To Be Announced

The committee shall make arrangements for the annual operators picnic which begins the annual conference. These arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing the picnic venue, food, beverages, and prizes.

Membership/Young Professionals

Chair: Shelley Watkins (

The committee shall develop programs to promote membership in the Association and shall develop programs to assist the Association in providing services to the Association’s statewide members.  The committee shall also serve as liaison in promoting the Association to other statewide professional organizations.

 Mountain Currents

Chair: Fred Roman (Editor,, Ron Byrnside (Advertising,

The committee shall solicit members of the assocation for articles and advertisement for incorporation into the association's news magazine. The committee shall also edit the magazine and deliver it to the print shop.


Chair: Mike Giannani (

The committee shall consist of three eligible voting members appointed by the President.  The President shall designate the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee.  The committee shall nominate candidates for the elective offices of the Association.


Chair: Richard Weigand (

The committee shall be composed of at least the past-president, one member of the 5-“S” Society, and shall solicit applications and review said applicants for award of one or more annual scholarships.  The committee shall routinely evaluate the application and selection process and recommend improvements to the Executive Committee.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Chair: Craig Richards (

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.

Any high school student (grade 9-12) with a water-related science project is eligible to participate in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. Teams of up to three students may enter; however, only one state representative is guaranteed a trip to the national competition to present their team project.

Projects should focus on local, regional, national, or global issues. It is essential that all projects use a research-oriented approach, which means they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis.

To be eligible for the state competition, students must complete the online entry form and electronically submit their research paper. There are no specific paper guidelines at the state level. Teams of up to three students may enter; however, only one student representative is guaranteed sponsorship to the national competition.

Based on the papers, and in some cases personal interviews at science fairs, a group of water professionals will identify the best water-related science project from each state. Most state winners will be announced online at on May 3, 2011.

State winners and their science teachers will receive an all-expense-paid trip the national SJWP competition.

In addition, the state winner will receive a state medal and a one year WEF student membership. The state winner’s school will receive a framed certificate.


Chair: Rich Weigand (

The committee shall monitor training and certification activities as they relate to the licensing of wastewater operators within the state.  This shall include reporting on the number of licenses issued annually and shall include serving as a liaison to the WVBPH Certificate Officer regarding licensing and examination issues and certification regulations.