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I ended up in the water industry after college. It was kinda by default since jobs were scarce and I just got lucky. But pipes and treatment fascinated me and even after I became a town manager. There I learned everyone wanted my water and sewer skills. So when I moved to Florida, I moved over to water and sewer full-time and continue to do so today.

I joined AWWA in 1986 and came to my first ACE in 1994. I haven’t missed one since. Along the way I have met a lot of great people, written papers, published books and developed training for AWWA and its members. I have chaired several AWWA conferences and technical programs. I am on the committee for WQTC – hence why I am here (and given two papers). The conference combines research, regulations and management into a package. WQTC is the opportunity to and learn about the research in the industry form the researchers and academics performing the work which is the reason to be here.

But I was probably always destined for water. I was born an Aquarius (water bearer). When I was a kid I really looked forward to hanging out along the AuSable River or my favorite place to fish, Kyle Lake. I never really thought about whether it was the water or the fishing that enthused me the both (they both did). Fond memories years later. Then I moved to eastern North Carolina and ended up spending a lot of time on the beach, again, not really asking whether it was fishing or the waves. When I moved to Naples, FL, I was re-energized by the waves, and it was a lot less about fishing as I rarely fished. Same as when I started hiking, I always seem to hike to water. Water falls, calm lakes, roaring oceans, streams, rivers – it doesn’t matter. It’s all water. In my industry – it’s all one water!

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Please thank a vet for their service.  Without them we would not be as free as we are and we would be a lot less safe.  They have made sacrifices many of us cannot understand – we were not there.  But please understand, vets went to fight because their country, that the rest of us, asked them to.  They didn’t go looking for a fight but they did not back down from one.  Some never came back – the ultimate sacrifice.  But they did it because we asked them to lay down their lives for us.  They fought for freedom (ours in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812), for the freedom of others (Civil War), Freedom from tyranny (WW1, WW2) idealism (Korea, Vietnam) and our defense from the attacks of others (Afghanistan).  We should never put them in harm’s way unless there is a national security reason to do so.  And then, we need to give them  our support and understanding coming back.  Those that give us their true service won’t ask for it, but we need to give it as freely as they risk their lives.  And remember, we cannot relate to what they experienced.  Only they can.  So thank  Vet for all you have!

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