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Welcome to the Southwest Section of the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA)! OWEA is a non-profit, wastewater related organization with nearly 2000 members dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our most precious natural resource ... WATER.

Founded in 1926, OWEA has grown to meet the challenges of our ever-changing environment. OWEA is one of the early members of the Water Environment Federation, an international federation of member associations with over 35,000 members worldwide and 81 affiliated Member Associations. WEF represents an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. As a member of WEF, OWEA enjoys the benefits of all the resources and relationships of an international organization and proudly work to achieve the mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

OWEA is divided into four Sections, each having its own governing structure. These sections, which generally consist of the four corners of the state, allow these areas further involvement with the affairs of their particular region, and offer members an opportunity to participate in our Association without extensive travel. This also offers members the ability to work closely with others in our profession, offer peer support, discuss problems and arrive at appropriate solutions.

Our members consist of Scientists and Laboratory Specialists, Engineers, Treatment Plant and Collection Systems Personnel, Manufacturer's Representatives, Educators, Students, and Regulators. We work through committees and publications.

Southwest Section Bulletin Board:

NEW! The SWOWEA Executive Committee is proposing to amend the Rules and Regulations to better serve the membership. These amendments include changing the terms of Secretary and Treasurer from 1 year to 2-year terms. This will help provide a more cohesive transition for the officers. Please check out the PROPOSED Rules and Regulations link to the left. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Executive Committee. You can find contact information under the Executive Committee tab at the top.


Did you know that as a Young Professional you could recieve a $50 gift card just for attending a Section Meeting? Did you also know that you can recieve free contact hours and PDH's, meet other YP's in the industry and have a great time doing it? It's all TRUE! Check out the YP update in the download section to the left or contact Kelly Kuhbander or Jason Lee. Their contact information can be found under the Committee Chairs tab above!


If you plan to take one of the OEPA certification exams soon, consider attending the upcoming Operator Education Day on April 25th in Montgomery County. Check out the link to the left and register on line at OWEA website.


The Plant Operations Committee is once again presenting the Wastewater Plant Operations Workshop featuring Rich Weigand, Director of the West Virginia Environmental Training Center. This workshop is scheduled for May 13-14 and has sold out every time, so register early! Only 20 spots available! Click on the link to the left for the flyer with more details and register at OWEA website.


The next section meeting will be Thursday, May 15 and hosted by the City of Dayton - Department of Water. It will include a tour of Carillon Park where one can visit the 1913 flood exhibit building and the Wright Flyer III airplane among other Dayton and area historical exhibits! Also, we will be voting on the new slate of officers at this meeting.


The Spring edition of the WAVE is now available. Check out the link to the left to get all the latest information about what is going in the Section!


Contact Hours! The SWOWEA tracks all contact hours that were obtained through the section. The list can be found under the links to the left. If you need to check on contact hours that were obtained through the OWEA, check the link on the OWEA website


Past Presidents! The annual Past President's luncheon was held on December 13, 2013 at Parmizzano's in the Dayton Marriott. Pictured below are the presidents that attended the 2013 luncheon. See how many you can name in the picture below! They are the ones to thank for the strong organization we are today. The SW Executive Committee appreciates these past presidents for laying the groundwork to develop a strong section with competent leaders!

Pictured below are:

Standing: Carl Gatton, David Reimer, Don Cuthbert, Dan Martin, Jeff Olsen, Steve Morrison, Chuck Lenhart, Steve Durall, Tom Kutcher, Barb Swafford, Steve Laffel, Carl Guenther and Gary Haubner.

Sitting: Dan Sullivan, Debbie Schafer, Jane Winkler, Kathy Cook, Barb Wagner and Gary Johnson

Not pictured: Mark Livengood

Past & Present Presidents

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