The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) began its existence in 1941 under the name Florida Sewerage and Industrial Waste Association. Subsequent name changes over the years are reflective of the evolution of public attitudes about wastewater management and the environment. Membership has grown over the years and today our membership exceeds 1,300 clean water professionals. Our local chapters, student chapters, committees and Utility Council help to unite Florida's clean water professionals responsible for protecting the environment through education programs, professional development and promotion of sound public policy.
More than 70 years after its creation, FWEA continues to make historic differences in the advancement of the water environment, science and technology, making it a leading professional water organization in Florida. Our history says a lot about the leadership, dedication and hard work of the members of this organization
Michael Sweeney, Ph.D.
Get Ready for a Successful 2019-2020!
It's truly an honor and privilege to serve as your president and contribute to the Florida Water Resources Journal. The magazine?s quality and presentation are highly regarded among all of the WEF member associations, and being able to write a monthly column is an exceptional opportunity.
Allow me to begin with outlining changes to your board of directors. The changes are minor by comparison to last year?s efforts, but intend to build on what our past president Kristiana Dragash started.
We have eight very capable directors at large (DALs) this year, with the only change being the addition of DAL Alice Varkey, P.Eng., succeeding Lindsay Marten-Ellis, who is pursuing an exciting new business venture. Varkey will be assisting the Manasota Chapter, Southwest Chapter, Manufacturers and Representatives Committee (MARC), and our strategic planning efforts.
The dedication remains to further promote opportunities for students in our eight student chapters and involve young professionals (YPs) in our leadership and activities. Supporting and growing the Student Design Competition and what it provides in the way of real-life experience also continues to be a focus. We cannot forget that students and YPs are the future of FWEA and our mission, and we must attract and retain our fair share of the best and brightest!