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There are fifteen HWEA committees in which you may participate and contribute your time in helping to preserve and enhance the local water environment. If you are interested in joining a specialty committee, please contact the respective chair or vice-chairperson listed below or any one of the HWEA officers.

BIOSOLIDS/CO-GENERATION COMMITTEE

The Biosolids/Co-Generation Committee was established in 2006 and its focus is on the beneficial reuse of biosolids and the potential for renewable energy associated with digester gas applications.  The committee also helps to host a biosolids conference every other year to provide an avenue for exchange of current information in the field. 

 

 

Melissa Carmichael

 

 

Biosolids/Co-Generation Co-Chair
Brown and Caldwell
E-mail: biosolids@hwea.org

Vacant

 

Contact president@hwea.org if you are interested in joining!

BOARD ADVISORY/CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS COMMITTEE

The Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Committee considers and recommends language for changes in the Constitution and Bylaws in accordance with proposals referred to it by the members of HWEA or by the Board of Directors. The committee continually reviews the Constitution and Bylaws for consistency and clarity, and recommends any language changes to correct flaws. The committee is also responsible for coordinating with WEF on the approval of any Constitution and Bylaws amendment.

 

Stacy Taniguchi

 

 

Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Co-Chair
E-mail: constitution-bylaws@hwea.org
female

 

Shannon Holman

 

 

Board Advisory/Constitution & Bylaws Co-Chair
E-mail:constitution-bylaws@hwea.org
female

COLLECTION SYSTEMS COMMITTEE

The Collection Systems Committee was established in 1999. The mission statement of the committee is to protect public health and the environment by promoting the safe and efficient collection and transport of wastewater. The committee provides a forum to review, discuss, and address local and national issues involving wastewater collections systems, including technological advancements, and regulatory policies.  The committee also helps to host a collection systems conference every other year to provide an avenue for exchange of current information in the field. 

 

Vacant

 

 

Contact president@hwea.org if you are interested in joining!

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Communications Committee is responsible for the maintenance of the organization’s website and for the development, production, and dissemination of the HWEA Newsletter called the Lua Line. This newsletter is intended to inform members of the activities of HWEA both locally and nationally. Three issues of the newsletter are normally published each year: Spring, Summer, and Winter. In addition, the committee is also responsible for the distribution of HWEA emails.

 

Jessica Agsalda

 

 

Communications Committee Co-Chair
The Limtiaco Consulting Group
agsalda

Audrey Haerle

 

 

Communications Committee Co-Chair
The Limtiaco Consulting Group
agsalda

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Government Affairs Committee, formally known as the Environmental Affairs Committee, reviews and analyzes existing and proposed legislation, regulations and policies in the environmental field with specific emphasis on water quality and water resources-related issues. The committee serves as a source of information for government officials and other policy makers, and carries out programs to stimulate discussion and educate members about government affairs issues.

 

Vacant

 

 

Contact president@hwea.org if you are interested in joining! agsalda

LABORATORY COMMITTEE

The Laboratory Committee was formed in 1997. The primary focus of this committee is to initiate and promote the development of programs and services for environmental laboratory personnel. The Laboratory Committee assists in the selection of a member for the annual Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award and helps with judging of the Operations Challenge at the annual HWEA conference.

 

Cornelio Gagarin

 

 

Laboratory Co-Chair
City and County of Honolulu
laboratory@hwea.org
male

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee develops programs to promote membership in the association and develops programs to assist in providing services to its members. The committee is also responsible for maintaining the current mailing list and database for all active members. In addition, the Membership Committee Chair also serves on the Conference Committee to assist in verifying membership status of registrants.

 

Reid Ikemori

 

 

Membership Chair
City & County of Honolulu
membership@hwea.org
male

PACIFIC WATER CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

The Conference Chairs are responsible for planning the annual Pacific Water Conference, held jointly with the American Water Works Association Hawaii Chapter (AWWA-Hawaii).  The Conference Chairs leads the sub-committees which organize the technical program, exhibition, meeting arrangements, social events, donations, and other logistics.

 

Brandon Uejo

 

 

2021-2022 Conference Co-Chair
Park Engineering
pacficwatercon@gmail.com
agsalda

Troy Ching

 

 

2022-2023 Conference Co-Chair
HDR
pacficwatercon@gmail.com
agsalda

PRETREATMENT/ON-SITE TREATMENT COMMITTEE

The Pretreatment/On-Site Treatment Committee was established in 1999. The purpose of the committee is provide technical information to assist in the understanding and operation of industrial pretreatment systems and provide the latest information on pretreatment program issues which would enhance the working relationship between private industry and the government’s ever-changing regulations. The committee is also responsible for providing the community with technical and general support for pretreatment compliance.

 

Jack Tano

 

 

Pretreatment/On-Site Treatment Co-Chair
City & County of Honolulu
E-mail: pretreatment@hwea.org
male

 

Vacant

 

 

Contact president@hwea.org if you are interested in joining!

PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Public Education Committee develops, recommends, and assists in implementing public education programs designed to improve the public’s understanding of the water environment field. The committee was responsible for the production of an educational video which is presented to schools and other organizations who are interested in learning more about protecting the local water environment. In 2002, the committee also spearheaded an effort to generate public service announcements (PSAs) to educate the public about sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). Click here to see the latest report from the Public Education Committee on “World Water Day”!

 

Lori “Kaj” Morikami

 

 

Public Education Co-Chair
Department of Health, Wastewater Branch
public-education@hwea.org

 

Audrey Haerle

 

 

Public Education Co-Chair
The Limtiaco Consulting Group
public-education@hwea.org

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee coordinates dissemination of research information by encouraging members to attend workshops and seminars, sponsoring research presentations, and informing members of research programs, publications and events. The committee promotes local involvement in research groups and encourages members to provide peer-review of research projects. The committee also solicits and evaluates suggestions from regional water quality specialists, and is responsible for developing financial support for research by assisting prospective WERF Subscriber organizations and coordinating financial support for WERF.

 

Roger Babcock, Jr.

 

 

Research Chair
City & County of Honolulu
E-mail: research@hwea.org
rogerbabcock

SAFETY COMMITTEE

The goal of the Safety Committee is to encourage safety awareness, promote safety training and investigate new safety equipment. The committee encourages improvements in professional safety through interaction with HWEA members

 

Mona Gallegos

 

 

Safety Chair
City & County of Honolulu
E-mail: safety@hwea.org
Scott McAdam

STORMWATER COMMITTEE

The goal of the Stormwater Committee is to advance understanding of how the implementation of stormwater best management practices and policies contributes to the protection and restoration of water resources and increases community resiliency; to promote efficient, effective and balanced water resources compliance strategies; to define and promote stormwater management governance capacity. 

Phil Potter

 

 

Stormwater Co-Chair
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
E-mail: stormwater@hwea.org
Brad Takeneka

 

Jay Stone

 

 

Stormwater Co-Chair
BCH, A Bowers + Kubota Company
E-mail: stormwater@hwea.org
Jay Stone

STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The goal of the Student Affairs Committee is to encourage academic and social excellence, develop and manage a financial assistance program for HWEA members and their dependents in their quest for higher education and professional development. The committee is responsible for soliciting, screening, and distributing scholarship applicants to the Board of Directors for ranking. The committee also coordinates a poster session of graduate student projects at the annual HWEA conference.

 

Sara Lin

 

 

Student Affairs Co-Chair
Email: student-activities@hwea.org
Jayson Tasaka

 

Vacant

 

 

Contact president@hwea.org if you are interested in joining! Keith Miyashiro

WATER REUSE COMMITTEE

The Water Reuse Committee develops, recommends, and conducts programs to promote a general understanding of water reuse for non-potable and potable uses. The committee works with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health in developing its reuse guidelines. The committee also helps to host a reuse conference every other year to provide an avenue for exchange of current information in the water reuse field.

 

Lorna Heller

 

 

Water Reuse Co-Chair
Honolulu Board of Water Supply
E-mail: water-reuse@hwea.org
Eassie Miller

 

John Katahira

 

 

Water Reuse Co-Chair
The Limtiaco Consulting Group
E-mail: water-reuse@hwea.org
Elson Gushiken

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE

The Young Professionals Committee was established in 2005.  The objective of the committee is to promote younger member participation and involvement in HWEA activities. The target age is 35 years and younger.  The committee is a joint committee with the American Water Works Association Hawai‘i Section Younger Professionals Committee.

 

Jeff Onaga

 

 

Younger Member Co-Chair
Jacobs
E-mail: young-professionals@hwea.org
roger

 

Camille Gozum

 

 

Younger Member Co-Chair
GHD
E-mail: young-professionals@hwea.org
roger

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