Water Resources Monthly Meeting

When: June 15, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Brown & Caldwell Seattle Office, One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street, Suite 1200 (Map)

Logistics: No registration is necessary. Lunch is not provided, please bring your own. Contact seattleascewre@gmail.com with questions.

Title: Evaluation of Organic Contaminant Impacts on Water Quality In Surface Waters of the Puget Sound Region

Speaker: Edward P. Kolodziej
Associate Professor, University of Washington, (Tacoma/Seattle)
Principal Investigator, Center for Urban Waters (Tacoma, WA)

Bio:: Ed Kolodziej began his academic career with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (1998), after which he focused on environmental issues and went to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D (2004) in Environmental Engineering. He came to the UW in September 2014 as part of the UW Freshwater Science Initiative after seven years as faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He holds a joint faculty appointment with Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW Seattle, and is affiliated with local and regional water quality efforts through The Center for Urban Waters, also in Tacoma. (http://www.urbanwaters.org/)

Ed's interests include water quality and contaminant fate in natural and engineered systems, especially focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental issues affecting water and ecosystem health. His research group works to characterize and control non-point source pollution, understand attenuation mechanisms in natural systems, and optimize engineered systems for trace contaminant removal.

Abstract:Many thousands of potential contaminants are present in water, and yet we have little insight into which of these compounds are most harmful to aquatic organisms or humans. In recent years, water quality assessment has increasingly begun to shift toward broad spectrum screening techniques based upon high resolution mass spectrometry. As a complement to targeted detection methods, these methods may be especially well suited to identifying toxicants and other important bioactive chemicals in complex environmental samples, fingerprinting different sources of contaminants, and understanding the incidence of novel or unrecognized contaminant classes in water and organisms. This Thursday, we will describe the application of these analytical tools to characterize water quality in the Puget Sound region. To understand contaminant uptake processes and evaluate potential toxicants, we analyzed paired water-tissue samples from coho salmon experiencing acute mortality when exposed to highway runoff. In such samples, many chemical candidates were common to stormwater runoff, liver, and gill samples, indicating effective uptake of many contaminant classes into exposed fish. Such investigations clearly point to the importance of combining chemical analysis with biologically based tools that allow us to better understand water quality and pollutant flows in our receiving waters.

Seattle Monthly Meeting Register Online

When:July 5, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:Mirabella 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 (Map)
Please join us for the ASCE Seattle Section meeting in July! It will be at Mirabella. There will be a social hour, followed by dinner and a presentation. There is parking available on the street or in nearby parking lots (no parking available at Mirabella). There is construction happening in the area, so parking options are more limited. This parking map from SDOT may help you plan your trip.

5:30 Social Hour
6:00 Dinner
6:30 Program

$45 ($40 early bird) for General Admission
$20 ($15 early bird) for students, and free agents
Early bird rates end after Wednesday, June 28.

Registration closes Sunday, July 2.

Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (LOCEA) Presentation and Awards with Keynote Address by ASCE President-Elect Kristina Swallow

The Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has chosen three projects to receive the 2017 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards.

  • Outstanding Structures Project SR520 Floating Bridge
  • Outstanding Water Resources Project King County Barton CSO Control
  • Outstanding Small Project Golden Gardens Drainage and Stairway Renovation
The LOCEA Awards recognize projects that have improved the quality of life and contributed to the economic development of the local community, area, or region. These projects represent the successful combination of multiple engineering objectives, including design innovation and excellence, environmental sustainability, cost effectiveness, the effective use of materials, and aesthetics.

The Seattle Section of ASCE is also recognizing the Morse Lake Pump Plant for an Honor Award in the water resources category as part of this year's LOCEA Award competition.

ASCE President-Elect Kristina Swallow will give a keynote address.

Please join us for our last meeting until September to celebrate these achievements!

About the Speaker
Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE is ASCE's 2017 President-Elect and was inducted September 30, 2016. She is a program manager for the city of Las Vegas. Ms. Swallow leads a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system, and other duties include advising on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the City, as needed, at the Nevada Legislature, participating in public meetings, and guiding public outreach policy, as she explained to ASCE.

Active in the Society for more than two decades, Ms. Swallow serves as the new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute's first Board-appointed Governor and is a member of the Transportation Policy Committee. Among many past roles, she served as Region 8 Director from 2012-2015 and Region 8 Governor from 2005-2008.

Ms. Swallow earned the ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement in 2008, the ASCE Young Engineer of the Year Award for the Western Region in 2000, and the ASCE Young Engineer of the Year for Southern Nevada in 1998.

Dinner will be a buffet chosen by Mirabella's Chef, to include 2 entrees, 1 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 salad, dinner rolls and dessert.

Special accommodations for meals are available upon request. If you have any food allergies or require special accommodations, please contact Katie Sultani-Wright (kvswright@glosten.com) or enter information during registration.

Attendees must preregister; there will be no on-site registration. Contact the House and Hospitality Committee to make other payment arrangements.

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Needs

ASCE Seattle Section is searching for candidates to fill the role of chairperson of the Legislative Committee. The new State Advocacy Captain is Dr. Conrad Felice.

Candidates for volunteer positions at the local level should have the following qualities and be willing to perform the duties described.
  • Be a leader in the engineering profession and have sound understanding of all aspects of the engineering profession.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and can follow the bills and other initiatives that move across Washington State
  • Communicate frequently and work with the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council to influence our elected leaders regarding the issues ASCE and today's engineers are facing
  • Educate and communicate current legislative issues with the ASCE Seattle membership
  • Educate local and state elected officials on important engineering issues
  • Work with key Washington funding groups and programs to support legislation that is vital to the engineering profession
  • Work with a volunteer committee of engineers to organize events regarding key local legislative issues.
  • Participate in National Level training and fly to Washington DC to participate in a political process where you can share with members of congress your engineering perspective on structures, transportation, water resources, energy, to name a few to help influence program legislation. (Funding for travel, training and accommodations provided to selected volunteers.)
Submit an email to the Seattle Board as soon as practical for a committee role and inform us if you want to attend the November 14th training program in Washington D.C. A second training event will be held in May, 2017 in D.C.

Below is a description of the work that the Legislative Committee participates in.

The Legislative Committee functions in the political arena. The committee can become active in federal, state, county or other governmental issues that are of interest to the profession (such as university engineering budget considerations, issues that affect the practice of or employment of civil engineers, and environmental issues of significance to the profession). The committee is responsible for disseminating information from the AELC pertaining to state legislation. In recent years, the chair of the Legislative Committee has also been the AELC representative. If they are different, the Legislative Committee chair is an alternate to the AELC and shall be responsible for keeping abreast of current activities of the AELC.

The committee reviews proposed legislation and comments on it with regards to its effect on the civil engineering profession. The committee may request the Board take an official stance on certain legislation that is being proposed as appropriate. The committee and its members may also be called upon to testify at Legislative hearings or for other governmental committees (it must be noted that if such testimony is not previously approved by the Board or general membership, such testimony cannot represent the official position of the Seattle Section and is as an individual). The committee should work toward establishing a key contact group of members of the Society who have contacts with elected officials and who would be available to communicate the position of the Section. The committee is generally active prior to and during the sessions of the state legislature. The committee at times seeks the advice of other Section committees that may be more versed on a particular legislation topic. The committee typically sends at least one representative to the Society's annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C.

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