Coronavirus - Resources and Event Updates

Page last updated: April 7, 2020  |  This page will be updated periodically with limited general information, MWEA events information, and links to trusted sites for the most up-to-date official information.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time and for your continued support of MWEA. We understand that our members are concerned about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impacts on MWEA functions. Our staff are meeting daily and closely monitoring news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); World Health Organization (WHO); and the State of Michigan. 

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Emergency Operator Staffing
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Waters Worth It / Coronavirus Social Media Toolkit
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MWEA Event Status Updates

 

Emergency Operator Staffing: The water sector in Michigan is one large community, and we want to help each other in this time of need.

Complete this form if you can be available to help keep Michigan's water and wastewater operations running for those facilities that find themselves short staffed due to illness.  Your information will be shared with any water or water recovery facility manager in your area who request help to supplement their staff.

Do you NEED staff?  Please REQUEST to view the volunteer operator pool from Allison Wood, MWEA Executive Director (awood@mi-wea.org or 517-903-0032).  For privacy reasons, the information cannot be posted online. 

 

*NEW*: This is an unprecedented situation for most of us, and we want to provide you with resources to address your mental health.  People handle stress differently, and whatever you are feeling, it is okay to have those feelings.  If you, or a loved one, or a coworker, or a friend is struggling right now, feeling isolated, feeling trapped, having fears about what is going on around us right now, hopefully you can find some help here: MWEA Coronavirus Outbreak Mental Health Resources
 

Over 500 individuals from the water community in Michigan came together on 5 regional calls the week of March 23rd to understand how best to sustain operations during the coronavirus outbreak. Participants reviewed a new COVID-19 Sustaining Operations checklist, heard from colleagues about challenges and solutions they’ve come up with, and heard more about MI-WARN’s role during states of emergency.

We want to provide an opportunity for updates on this second round of calls.  Tentative agenda items include: Executive Order Update, Concerns and Solutions, Impact of Shutdown on Revenue, and impact on staffing or supplies.  Instead of breaking the calls out by region, we are offering 2 calls, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon (Monday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 15th).  Signup for both, or whichever is better for your schedule.  It doesn't matter what region you are in, you can join either call. Register online for the virtual meeting(s) you would like to attend.

Recordings and chat sessions from the first round of webinarsPlease note the Friday, 3/27 call had technical difficulties and did not record. 

Monday, March 23rd, 3:00pm (Regions 3 and 6, hosted by Wayne Jernberg)
FULL VIDEO RECORDING (YouTube Link)  |  AUDIO-ONLY RECORDING CHAT SESSION SUMMARY

Tuesday, March 24th, 1:00pm (Regions 2 North and 2 South, hosted by Don Grice)
FULL VIDEO RECORDING (YouTube Link)  |  AUDIO-ONLY RECORDING CHAT SESSION SUMMARY

Wednesday, March 25th, 9:00am (Region 7, hosted by Tim Neumann)
FULL VIDEO RECORDING (YouTube Link)  |  AUDIO-ONLY RECORDING  |   CHAT SESSION SUMMARY

Thursday, March 26th, 10:00am (Regions 1 and 5, hosted by Clyde Dugan)
FULL VIDEO RECORDING (YouTube Link)  |  AUDIO-ONLY RECORDING  |   CHAT SESSION SUMMARY

Friday, March 27th, 9:00am (Region 8, hosted by Tim Neumann)  recordings unavailable



The Water Environment Federation has put together a Waters Worth It / Coronavirus Social Media Toolkit.  It contains social media graphics, web banners, fact sheets and more.  

 

Following the announcement on March 11th from MI-DHHS that recommended canceling any events over 100 people, MWEA Board of Directors and staff have made the difficult decision to postpone, cancel or reformat many of our upcoming events. Please see below for updates. 

This situation is developing rapidly. Please use the links below to access more updated and in-depth information:

Water-Sector Specific Information

Trusted Sources

General Information

Coronavirus information from State of Michigan

MRWA Sustaining Operations Checklist


Tips from the MWEA Health & Safety Committee (updated 3.16.2020)
 

Updates on MWEA Events:

The following events are CANCELED:

  • Fundamentals of Wastewater Math II | March 18 in Midland
  • Managing Sustainable Process Seminar | April 2 in Oakland County 
  • Scholarship Golf Outing | May 20 in Pinckney

The following events are POSTPONED (dates will be announced as they are confirmed):

**The MWEA Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person events and trainings until the end of May. The health and safety of our members is our primary concern at this time. We are working on virtual options for training and will post updates as available.

MARCH

  • C&D Exam Prep | March 18-19 in Linden, MI
  • Fundamentals of Wastewater Math II | March 20 in Escanaba
  • MI Watershed Summit | March 25 in East Lansing *rescheduled to July 15*
  • 2020 Biosolids Conference | March 25-26 in Holland *rescheduled to August 19-20*
  • C&D Exam Prep | March 24-25 at NKSA **location changed**
  • C&D Exam Prep | March 26-27 in Boyne City
APRIL
  • C&D Exam Prep | April 1-2 in Taylor
  • C&D Exam Prep | April 1-2 at SHVUA
  • C&D Exam Prep | Apil 7-8 in Kalamazoo
  • C&D Exam Prep | April 7-9 in Lansing
  • A&B Exam Prep | April 9-10 in Boyne City
  • Maintenance 2 | April 15 in Kalamazoo
  • Tertiary & Disinfection | April 16 in Grandville
  • Fund. of Activated Sludge 1 | April 17 in Escanaba
  • Fund. of Activated Sludge 1 | April 21 in Bay City 
  • Workforce Development Workshop | April 22 in East Lansing *rescheduled to October 29*
  • Fund. of Wastewater Math 1 | April 23 at South Huron
  • Purpose & Fundamentals | April 23 in Linden
  • Health & Safety | April 29 in Grandville
MAY
  • Fund. of Solids Handling | May 13 in Grandville
  • Fund. of Wastewate Math 2 | May 14 at South Huron 
  • Lab Practices Seminar | May 14 in East Lansing *rescheduled to August 26*
  • Fund. of Activated Sludge 2 | May 15 in Escanaba 
  • Preliminary, Primary & Secondary Treatment | May 21 in Linden 
  • Lagoon Seminar | May 28 in East Lansing *rescheduled to August 6*
The following events are PROCEEDING AS PLANNED:

JUNE
  • Effective Utility Mgmt Workshop | June 6 in East Lansing 
  • 95th Annual Conference | June 20-24 in Grand Rapids *Annual Conference has not been canceled, but MWEA Board of Directors and Staff are actively monitoring updates and recommendations on group gatherings*
  • Fund. of Wastewater Math 2 | June 25 at South Huron

Presently, no Federal restrictions are in place to prevent meetings and travel in the United States. Registration is temporarily closed for some events as we await further information.

Ultimately, we encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home/do not travel if they are feeling unwell or have had contact with a known case of the COVID-19 virus.

Protect Yourself and Others from Contagion

 

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