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Meeting Minutes 2016
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HWEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Pagoda Floating Restaurant, 2nd Floor LaSalle Room

ATTENDANCE:  
Board of Directors  
Emily Dong President
Staci Taniguchi Vice-President
Audrey Haerle Secretary-Treasurer
Lance Manabe Delegate
   
Committee – Representatives  
Lori Morikami Public Education Co-Chairperson
Audrey Haerle Public Education Co-Chairperson, Rebrand Co-Chairperson
Greg Arakaki Biosolids/Co-Generation Committee Co-Chairperson
Roger Babcock, Jr. Research Chairperson
   
General Membership  
Martin Roush  
   
NOT ABLE TO ATTEND:  
Shannon Holman Past President
Wayne Salas PWO Representative
Jon Baker PWO Vice Representative
Scott McAdam Conference Committee Co-Chairperson 2015/16 Safety Co-Chairperson
Puna Kaneakua Conference Committee Co-Chairperson 2016/2017 
John Katahira Ad-Hoc Committee
Roy Abe Ad-Hoc Committee
Wayne White Biosolids/Co-Generation Committee Co-Chairperson 
June Nakamura Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Co-Chairperson 
Lee Mansfield, Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Co-Chairperson
Kristie Ching Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Co-Chairperson
Jon Nishimura Collection Committee Chairperson
Tina Ono Collection Committee Chairperson
Leland Lee Communications Vice-Chairperson
Mark Goodrowe Communications Chairperson
Lori Kahikina Conference Committee Co-Chairperson 2015
Tim Steinberger Government Affairs Chairperson
Walter Billingsley Government Affairs Vice-Chairperson
Merlita Alimagno Laboratory Co-Chairperson
Layne Otomo Laboratory Co-Chairperson
Joni Tanimoto Membership Chairperson
Edie Alipio Pretreatment/On-Site Treatment Chairperson
Quintin Beltran Pretreatment/On-Site Treatment Co-Chairperson 
Dorreann Kaehuaea Pretreatment/On-Site Treatment Committee 
Melissa Carmichael PWO Committee
Pat Markham PWO Committee
Jason Nakata Rebrand Co-Chairperson
Jack Tano Registration Committee
Rebrand Co-Chairperson
Carol Zuerndorfer Registration Committee
Trudy Hamic Registration Committee
Carly Kaneko Safety Co-Chairperson
Mindy Yoneshige Student Affairs Co-Chairperson
Keith Miyashiro Student Affairs Co-Chairperson
Brad Takenaka Water Quality Co-Chairperson
Jay Stone Water Quality Co-Chairperson
Eassie Miller Water Reuse Co-Chairperson
Elson Gushiken Water Reuse Co-Chairperson
Jessica Agsalda Young Professionals Co-Chair
Susan Mukai Young Professional Co-Chairperson

 

 

PRESIDING: Emily Dong
RECORDER: Audrey Haerle

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Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 11:17 am.

Approval of December Meeting Minutes

  • Audrey did not receive any comments via email. Staci recommended replacing the term “profit” with “net income”. Emily motioned to approve, Staci, Lance seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Committee Reports

 A.Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Committee – Lee Mansfield, Kristie Ching & June Nakamura

  • Unable to attend. No report.

B.Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Facilities – Kevin Nakamura

  • Roger in attendance. Update at PWC. No report.

C.Biosolids/Co-Generation Committee – Greg Arakaki & Wayne White

  • No report.

D.Collection Systems Committee – Jon Nishimura/Tina Ono

  • Unable to attend. No report.

E.Communications committee – Mark Goodrowe & Leland Lee

  • Unable to attend. No report.

F.Conference Committee 2016/17 – Scott McAdam & Puna Kaneakua

  • Unable to attend. No report.

G.Government Affairs Committee – Tim Steinberger & Walter Billingsley

  • Unable to attend. No report.

H.Laboratory Committee – Merlita Alimagno & Layne Otomo

  • Unable to attend. No report.

I. Membership Committee – Joni Tanimoto

  • Unable to attend. No report.

J.Pretreatment Committee – Dorreann Kaehuaea

  • Unable to attend. No report.

K.Public Education Committee – Lori Morikami & Audrey Haerle

  • January 15, 2016: Mini WET Make-a-Splash event with CCH at Enchanted Lake Elementary. Audrey and Carrie Esaki (NAVFAC) attended and helped run activities for several classes in the morning. The activities were very fun and had the kids outside. Emily suggested that Audrey provide an article for the website about the WET Project.
  • We will keep in contact with CCH and hopefully plan another WET event.
  • Registered for Waikiki Aquarium’s Mauka to Makai Expo on April 23, 2016.
  • Considering another beach clean-up in March.

L.Research Committee - Roger Babcock, Jr.

  • In attendance. No Report.

M.Safety Committee – Scott McAdam &Carly Kaneko

  • No injuries reported.

N.Student Affairs Committee – Mindy Yoneshige/Keith Miyashiro

  • Unable to attend. No Report.

O.Water Reuse Committee – Eassie Miller & Elson Gushiken

  • Unable to attend. No report.

P.Water Quality Committee – Jay Stone & Brad Takenaka

  • Unable to attend. No report.

Q.Young Professionals Committee – Susan Mukai & Jessica Agsalda

  • Unable to attend. No report.

Board of Directors Items

 Secretary/Treasurer's Report: Audrey Haerle  
 Account Balances as of 01/28/2016  
ML Conference Checking $430,185.01
Bank of Hawaii $2,785.59
Petty Cash $50.00
CD Investments $100,000.00
TOTAL: 533,020.60
   
Total Income $254,099.50
Total Expenses $124,396.22
Rolling Balance $129,703.28
  • Transferred $10,000 from ML to the BOH checking account to accommodate for scholarships, student poster awards, conference and luncheon expenses.
  • Will obtain a check for WEF to cover one night of Dianne Crilley’s hotel for the PWC.
  • A check might be lost in the mail so we requested that Taryn cancel it as it was over
    $18,000 (for Collection Systems Conference expenses). Other people with reimbursements in the same batch have already received their checks in the mail.

·President Report: Emily Dong

  • In attendance. No report.

·Vice-President Report: Staci Taniguchi

  • Staci introduced Roger Babcock as the 2016-2017 Secretary-Treasurer nominee and Jon Baker as the 2016-2017 PWO Rep nominee. Staci asked for other nominations from the floor and requested a motion to vote.
  • Eassie was concerned about the lack of membership in attendance (only 15 members in attendance). Lance motioned to defer the vote until the General Meeting at the Pacific Water Conference. Emily seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
  • Announced upcoming PWC Service Event at Malama Maunalua. RSVP date has passed but more volunteers are welcome.
  • Brad Wong from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Program Specialist) and Polynesian Voyaging Society, presented He wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a (a canoe is an island, and an island a canoe), a discussion on the importance of water in Hawaii:
    • Hokulea’s mission is to spread knowledge worldwide about protecting the environment.
    • After Hawaiian lost authority in the islands, oral history was banned and therefore valuable knowledge of environmental management was also lost.
    • The term “wai” permeates throughout Hawaiian culture and language, it has much value physically and figuratively. “Wai wai” means prosperity.
    • Ola i ka wai - There is life in the waters (Kāneikawaiola – god of creation)
    • The Mele of Water (The Water of Kane) asks, “Where are the waters of Kane?”. Water is everywhere, in the mountaintops, the ground and the ocean (see http://www.sacred-texts.com/pac/ulh/ulh45.htm for entire script).
    • In Hawaiian culture, the environment was considered a priority in major decisions, now major decisions usually prioritize money, “the economy”.
    • “Aina” means more than land, it can be a spiritual term, or represent the ocean, or that which feeds us.
    • Native plants are the best at capturing trade wind vapor and transferring it to the soil and streams.
    • In Samoa, the streams are dominated with native plants and they appear very clean, at least in terms of sediment and turbidity.
    • Native Hawaiian footprint on Oahu used to be 14.1%, now the human footprint is 83%.
    • Native Hawaiian agriculture had fed 400,000 people, now we can only feed a small portion of that number (10%) and ship in most products.
    • Previously there were only a few groups that cared for each moku/ahupua’a, now there are several landowners and stakeholders in each ahupua’a. This makes management issues and communication more complicated.

·Federation Matters: Delegate, Lance Manabe

  • Lance is heading to Orlando, FL for WEFMAX in March.
  • Working on Awards Committee proposal.
  • Need to plan for incoming Delegate as his term is almost up.
  • Submitted nomination for Bedell Award but did not receive any nominations for Collection Systems or PWO.

·PWO Matters: Jon Baker and Wayne Salas

  • Unable to attend. No report.

·Past President: Shannon Holman

  • Unable to attend. No report.

Old Business

  • None.

New/Miscellaneous Business

  • None.

Internet Inquiries

  • None.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center (General Meeting after PWC).

Up-Coming Events:

  • Pacific Water Conference – Feb 2 - 4, 2016
  • Annual Golf Tournament – Feb 5, 2016
  • PWC Community Service event – Feb 6, 2016

Up-Coming Webcasts

Modeling 301 – A Look at What Can Be Done: Leading Edge Applications for Design, Energy Use Resource Recovery and Integrated Modeling 2016-02-03

Corrosion: Causes and Controls 2016-02-10

The Future of Environmental Sustainability – Recycling for a Healthier Planet 2016-03-02

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.

 

Audrey

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