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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE OHIO SECTION AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION SPRING 2024 Address Service Requested. Ohio Section American Water Works Association – 400 West Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 120, Worthington, Ohio 43085 Floating Solar Comes to Ohio Inside This Issue: • Restoring Sandusky Bay • The Journey for Ohio’s Women in Water Networking Group


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Waterfront SPRING 2024 WATERFRONT is published by Managing Editor Julia Waterer Design/layout Tabitha Robin Advertising Sales Jeff Kutny Advertising Co-ordinator Stefanie Hagidiakow Address Service Requested. Ohio Section American Water Works Association 400 West Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 120 Worthington, Ohio 43085 ©2024 Craig Kelman & Associates Ltd. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication, which does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher or the association, may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without prior written consent of the publisher. Tel: 866-985-9780 Fax: 866-985-9799 www.kelman.ca CHAIR Mike Giangiordano Michael.Giangiordano@jacobs.com VICE-CHAIR Luke Murry lmurry@gpdgroup.com AT-LARGE TRUSTEE Jason Adkins jadkins@indianhill.gov AT-LARGE TRUSTEE Jennifer Webster jennifer.webster@arcadis.com NE DISTRICT TRUSTEE Denita Bonhart denita_bonhart@clevelandwater.com NW DISTRICT TRUSTEE Scott Ballenger sjballenger@aquaamerica.com SE DISTRICT TRUSTEE Tyler York yorkta@bv.com SW DISTRICT TRUSTEE Lance Livesay Lance.livesay@amwater.com TREASURER Valerie Copanic vcopanic@warren.org SECRETARY Glenn Marzluf gmarzluf@delcowater.com PAST CHAIR Marcus Lehotay marcus.lehotay@fairbornoh.gov AWWA DIRECTOR Tyler Converse tyler.converse@cantonohio.gov EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Emily Pierson emily@assnoffices.com ASSOCIATION COORDINATOR Sydney Brennan sydney@assnoffices.com FEATURES DEPARTMENTS Ohio AWWA Unveils Redesigned Website ................................... 11 Strategic Plan 2024–2026 12 Corrosion Control Evaluations Triggered by Source and Treatment Changes 17 2024 OneWater Conference 23 Restoring Sandusky Bay ................................................................. 26 Floating Solar Comes to Ohio 31 Straight from the Chair 7 Call for Articles 8 2023–2024 Board & Committee Roster 9 OAWWA Diversity and Inclusion Update 34 Women in Water Update .............................................................................................................. 37 Advertiser Product & Service Center 38 26 RESTORING Sandusky Bay


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Spring has finally arrived. Outside we see new blooms on vegetation that have stood bare during winter. Birdsongs have returned, filling the air with a lively soundtrack to the serene spring mornings. Good riddance to winter, I say! Winter is cold and bleak, yet we’re ingrained to reflect on the prior year and set priorities for the next year. Why? Are you in the proper mindset to see the best you? And if you aren’t, should you be providing feedback for others or setting plans for the next fiscal year?

Let’s look at it a different way. Are you excited to leave your house on a 15-degree morning to walk your dog, shovel your walk or scrape your car? How long do you go without seeing your neighbors? We tend to fall into a winter groove that encourages bouts of short tempers, exhaustion and frustration. Winter can be downright dreadful. So why do we put so much emphasis on our people at that time of year?

Our people deserve better. I’m not going to change my organization’s fiscal year and I’m not going to change the employee review cycle. You won’t either and that’s okay. It’s not broken so it doesn’t need to be fixed. But can we improve? Can we use this time of year, the most inspirational time of year, to improve upon ourselves and empower others to do the same? Control what you can control. You can embrace nature’s freshness and energy and bring it to the workplace. You can take a co-worker out to coffee on an outdoor patio, or have a meeting in park. You can celebrate your co-workers both internal

and external. You can take time to check-in with yourself and review the priorities set months prior. Accept that you may not be on track and accept that you might want to adjust a priority that was developed during a bleak time of year. Every spring, I’m inspired to dust off my priorities and set at least one new priority on a different review period, spring-to-spring rather than winter-to-winter. I’m inspired to reach out and help others by encouraging, coaching, complimenting and supporting. I let the new blooms, birdsongs and serene mornings be the fuel for my inspiration and I encourage you to do the same. Why do I do it?

Water is an industry and a business. We are all dedicated to the world’s most vital resource and through water we all work together to ensure that our people are educated and trained to properly respond to the industry’s challenges. Our people are water, and water has a culture. Without a positive culture, we will struggle to have people, and without people we won’t have water. So, let’s be honest… have you struggled to find the right people? Have you struggled to retain people? How is your personal culture? How is your network’s culture? I’m inspired this spring to dust off my winter mindset and take positive actions to create a positive culture. I hope that you can also be inspired to encourage, coach, compliment and support the people in your water network; it’s my water network too. So, this spring, let us be inspired to bring our best selves to water so our people are inspired to do the same. Together we’ll sustain water to 2050 and far beyond. It starts with us. Are you ready?

We are all dedicated to the world’s most vital resource and through water we all work together to ensure that our people are educated and trained to properly respond to the industry’s challenges.
Straight From The Chair


Waterfront is published three times a year and distributed to all Ohio Section members. Highlights include Association news and updates, regulatory updates from the Ohio EPA, timely technical articles, and so much more.

Currently accepting article reservations for:

• 2024 Summer and Fall, and 2025 Spring

Deadline for technical content:

Summer issues: May 17

Fall issues: September 27

Article Requirements/Topics


• Maximum of 3,000 words or 6 pages including graphics, whichever is less


• Multiple graphics are encouraged

• Hi-res 300x300 dpi or greater


• Articles should be formatted in MS Word and include graphic and photo locations. All graphics should be submitted as separate files, in the highest resolution possible.

• The newsletter committee will review the articles and approve the content. Revisions may be requested.


• Utility Projects

• Research

• Industry Events

• Industry News

• Technology

• Innovative Utility Member Solutions (think Opflow Gimmick & Gadgets)

How to submit articles:

Send a request with synopsis of the article to oawwa@assnoffices.com

Technical articles should be submitted in a Word document file meeting the above criteria to oawwa@assnoffices.com.


2023-2024 Board & Committee Roster




At-Large Trustee

At-Large Trustee

NE District Trustee

NW District Trustee

SE District Trustee

SW District Trustee



Assistant Treasurer (non-voting)

Past Chair

AWWA Director

Mike Giangiordano michael.giangiordano@jacobs.com

Luke Murry lmurry@gpdgroup.com

Jennifer Webster jennifer.webster@arcadis.com

Jason Adkins jadkins@indianhill.gov

Denita Bonhart denita_bonhart@clevelandwater.com

Scott Ballenger sjballenger@aquaamerica.com

Tyler York yorkta@bv.com

Lance Livesay lance.livesay@amwater.com

Valerie Copanic vcopanic@warren.org

Glenn Marzluf gmarzluf@delcowater.com

Tim McCann timothy.mccann@aecom.com

Marcus Lehotay marcus.lehotay@fairbornoh.gov

Tyler Converse tyler.converse@cantonohio.gov


NW District Chair

NE District Chair

SE District Chair

SW District Chair


Rob Reeder rreeder@aquaamerica.com

Dave Gilbert david.gilbert@lakewoodoh.net

Charles Moore clmoore@columbus.gov

Joe Bates jbates@ci.xenia.oh.us


Asset Management


Charitable Outreach


Customer Service




Lake Erie Water Plant








Sourcewater Protection

Technical Program


Utility Management

Water Utility Council

Young Professionals


Jeff Presler jeff.pesler@woolpert.com

Cliff Shrive cshrive.cincinnati@gmail.com

Alyssa Ramsey alyssa.ramsey@jacobs.com

Jay Cermenaro jcermenaro@aymcdonald.com

Kim Spiert kaspiert@columbus.gov

Sandra Vozar sandra.vozar@lakewoodoh.net

Trish Harrison tricia.harrison@gcww.cincinnati-oh.gov

Steve Heimlich sheimlichalmu@gmail.com

Sam Jacob sjacob@cityofelyria.org

Tony Lococo tony@hlbaker.com

Megan Patterson mpatterson@brwncald.com

Gene Miller millerle@bv.com

Luke Murry lmurry@gpdgroup.com

Tim Truman tim.truman@daytonohio.gov

Rod Dunn rjdunn@columbus.gov

Jason Phillips jphillips@findlayohio.com

Bruce Whitteberry bruce.whitteberry@gcww.cincinnati-oh.gov

Wendy Bruzas wendy_bruzas@clevelandwater.com

Shawn Wagner swagner@newarkohio.net

Joe Crea jcrea@raftelis.com

Sarah Affrunti affruntis@swwater.org

Dane Elliott elliott.634@buckeyemail.osu.edu

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Ohio AWWA Unveils Redesigned Website

Connecting Members, Advancing the Water Profession

OAWWA is thrilled to announce the launch of its revamped website, representing a significant stride forward in its commitment to advancing the water profession throughout the Buckeye State. This redesigned platform serves as a pivotal tool in keeping our membership connected, informed, and engaged.

What’s New:

1. Fresh Look and Enhanced Functionality: Experience our website’s fresh new look and improved functionality, designed to provide a seamless and user-friendly browsing experience. Navigate with ease, access information effortlessly, and stay connected with fellow members.

2. Social Networking Support: Stay connected and engaged with your peers through built-in social networking support. Share updates, connect with colleagues, and foster meaningful professional relationships within the Ohio AWWA community.

Continued Support:

3. Simple Tools for Communication: Utilize intuitive communication tools to stay in touch with other members, committees, and stakeholders. Whether it’s sharing updates, documents, or photos, our platform facilitates seamless communication and collaboration.

4. Resource Sharing: Access a wealth of resources to support your professional development and initiatives. From educational materials to best practices, our website serves as a central repository for valuable information, empowering you to excel in your role.

5. Member Landing Page: Explore the new member landing page, providing personalized access to exclusive content, updates, and resources tailored to your interests and involvement within Ohio AWWA.

In addition to these exciting new features, the Ohio AWWA website will continue to provide essential support for event registration and payment, e-communications, and member management. Count on us to deliver seamless and efficient services to enhance your experience and facilitate your participation in our events and initiatives.

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Discover the enhanced capabilities of the Ohio AWWA website and become an active participant in advancing the water profession in Ohio. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the field, there’s a place for you in our vibrant and supportive community.

Visit the newly redesigned website at www.oawwa.org to explore all the exciting features and resources now available to you.

Together, let’s propel the water profession forward and make a lasting impact on water quality, sustainability, and resilience across Ohio.

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A better world through better water

A better world through better water

A better world through better water MISSION



Providing solutions to effectively manage the world’s most vital resource

Providing solutions to effectively manage the world’s most vital resource

Providing solutions to effectively manage the world’s most vital resource




Protect public health

Protect public health

Protect public health

Inspire innovation

Inspire innovation

Inspire innovation

Share best practices

Share best practices

Share best practices

Safeguard the environment

Safeguard the environment

Safeguard the environment

Advance diversity & inclusion

Advance diversity & inclusion

Advance diversity & inclusion

Strengthen public trust

Strengthen public trust

Strengthen public trust





OAWWA will foster an inclusive and valuable community for the water sector

Maximize member experience and benefits usage

Enhance new member experience

Retain and recruit members representing the entire water community

OAWWA will ensure long-term success and stability through balanced leadership

Identify and incorporate new voices and perspectives

Effectively generate, invest, and manage resources to serve members

Continue to develop volunteer talent within Districts

Diversify training offerings for drinking water professionals

Develop facilitated and interactive learning for operators pursuing or renewing drinking water licenses

Optimize program affordability and relevance

Leverage relationships with other industry organizations

Optimize and advance communications to set the standard for member awareness and organizational transparency

Continuously communicate the value of OAWWA membership



Evaluate Section member communications and outreach in relation to peer Sections and local industry organizations

Enhance visibility of water careers for a more resilient workforce

Create and curate recruitment materials emphasizing the variety of opportunities in water

Advocate for clearer and streamlined water career paths

Increase events, outreach, and engagement with trade schools, colleges, and high schools





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Evaluations Triggered by Source and Treatment Changes

Are you thinking about making a change to your water system’s source or treatment? One important factor to consider is the impact this change can have on the corrosivity of the finished water for lead and copper corrosion control. Consideration of possible impacts early in the process helps ensure corrosion control treatment (CCT) requirements are addressed and incorporated into the final design of the project. To help water systems address any potential issues, Ohio EPA has developed rules and guidance on corrosion control evaluations for source and treatment changes.

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 6109.121(A)(6) establishes rules requiring community and non-transient noncommunity water systems to conduct a new or update an existing CCT evaluation under certain conditions. Ohio EPA’s Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-81-81(F)(1) requires that public water systems (PWS) conduct a corrosion control evaluation with changes to source or treatment, regardless of whether the PWS is in compliance with the lead and copper rule. The scope of the evaluation depends on the type of source or treatment change that is proposed. Most detail plan approval applications for


treatment or source changes received by Ohio EPA’s Division of Drinking and Ground Waters require some type of corrosion control evaluation. In addition, operational changes, such as using an emergency interconnect for an extended period may necessitate a corrosion control evaluation.

Ohio EPA created ENG-9119-GD to further explain what source and treatment changes trigger a corrosion control evaluation and what is required for that evaluation. The types of source changes are listed in Appendix A and treatment changes are listed in Appendix B. If multiple changes are proposed, choose the highest risk level. Use Tables 1 and 2 to determine the requirements.

The steps in the process are stated in OAC Rule 3745-81-81(D) and described below:

1. Collect initial water quality parameters (WQPs) in both the distribution system and the entry point(s). Collection of raw WQPs may be necessary for source changes or certain treatment changes. Initial monitoring for source and treatment changes includes sampling and analysis of water quality parameters listed under the baseline monitoring in ENG-9119-GD. If the PWS already has optimal water quality parameters (OWQPs), these parameters are in addition to the parameters making up the baseline monitoring list. Baseline monitoring is important to establish the finished water quality ranges currently achieved, to help predict proposed finished water quality and to confirm finished water quality after the change in source or treatment.

2. The PWS conducts an evaluation or re-evaluation of corrosion control treatment. The PWS submits the CCT recommendation or study for Ohio EPA approval. If the corrosion control treatment recommendation requires that additional treatment be added, then the PWS must obtain detail plan approval for the treatment as determined by the CCT recommendation or study.

3. Ohio EPA reviews CCT evaluation and applicable detail plans for plan approval. Special conditions included in the plan approval will outline monitoring requirements once the source or treatment changes and applicable corrosion control treatment are online. WQP goals for finished water at entry point and distribution taps will also be outlined in the plan approval report.

4. The PWS installs the proposed treatment based on plans submitted, including any CCT. The PWS cannot initiate the new source or treatment until Ohio EPA approves the CCT evaluation and detail plans.

5. The PWS conducts follow-up WQP monitoring for at least two 6-month monitoring periods at the entry point(s) and distribution system. The number of distribution sample sites is based on population

as outlined in OAC Rule 3745-81-87 for follow up monitoring. In most cases, lead and copper sampling will also be reset to 6-month standard monitoring for at least two 6-month monitoring periods. The number of samples is based on population as outlined in OAC Rule 3745-81-86 for standard monitoring.

6. After the required monitoring period, Ohio EPA will review the water quality data and lead and copper results from the follow up monitoring to determine if the corrosion control treatment recommendation was implemented and effective in controlling lead and copper.

a. Ohio EPA may designate OWQPs or modify them. Most systems that will have OWQPs established or modified are those that serve a population greater than 50,000 or had an action level exceedance (ALE) for lead and/or copper. OWQPs will be set for entry point and distribution taps for one, or combination of, pH, alkalinity and/or orthophosphate residual.

b. If no OWQPs are designated, a letter will be sent accepting the corrosion control treatment or that the source/treatment change had no negative impact on the corrosivity of the finished water. The evaluation step is complete, and the system operates in accordance with water quality parameters goals set forth in the approved CCT plan.

7. If the system has Director-assigned OWQPs, the system operates to meet the water quality ranges or minimums that are designated per plan approval. The PWS conducts WQP monitoring for at least two 6-month monitoring periods after designation and must report the results to Ohio EPA in accordance with rule. OWQP monitoring will be subject to excursions per rule.

8. A PWS in compliance with OWQPs and lead and copper may have their monitoring reduced by Ohio EPA and will continue with OWQP and lead/copper monitoring. There are three types of evaluations required based on the risk level associated with the proposed change in source and treatment. The types of evaluations are described below:

• Comparison Study with Waiver Request

• In accordance with OAC Rule 3745-81-81(G), Ohio EPA may waive the requirement to conduct a new or updated CCT recommendation upon demonstration by a PWS that a source or treatment change will not impact the water quality or corrosiveness of the system.

• To demonstrate that a proposed source or treatment change will not impact the water quality or corrosiveness of the system, a PWS must


provide a comparison of current water quality and proposed water quality, as well as a letter summarizing the information and requesting the waiver. To obtain proposed water quality, systems may have to complete a bench scale or pilot study to determine the effects of the proposed change.

• Corrosion Control Treatment Recommendation (CCTR)

• The PWS must submit the recommendation using Ohio EPA’s CCTR Form. Data gathered from WQP monitoring should be used to complete the CCTR Form. Appendix A of the CCTR Form must also be completed to compare current and proposed water quality for source and treatment changes.

• CCT Study

• The PWS must evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the installation of CCT in conjunction with the proposed change. Analyses should be based on analogous system comparisons, pipe rig/loop tests, metal coupon tests, or partial system tests.

• Data gathered from WQP monitoring should be used, in addition to data gathered throughout the CCT study to determine the need for CCT, and the type of CCT if needed. Chemical and physical constraints limiting the use of CCT or a particular type of CCT should be outlined. The effects of the change proposed and impact of the installation of CCT on other water quality treatment processes should be evaluated. Additionally, current and proposed water quality must be compared.

All evaluations must collect baseline WQPs before and after source/treatment change in the distribution system and entry point(s). These results must be submitted to Ohio EPA. Each evaluation must also submit the CCTR form to Ohio EPA.

The corrosion control treatment recommendation from the evaluation should aim to achieve optimal corrosion control treatment of lead and copper and be based on recent guidance provided by U.S. EPA’s Optimal Corrosion Control Treatment Evaluation Technical Recommendations (revised), 2016.

As a reminder, all drinking water plans must be submitted through ePlans at edocpub.epa.ohio.gov/ planreview. Instructions for submittal can be found at epa.ohio.gov/static/portals/28/documents/engineering/ ePlans-Instructions.pdf.


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RESTORING Sandusky Bay

Source: The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org

Working with partners throughout Ohio, TNC is working to revitalize the waters and wetlands that flow into Sandusky Bay. Visit nature.org to learn more about TNC and their projects across the USA.

Not far from where the waters of Sandusky Bay meet the shore, large yellow bulldozers sound their backup alarms as they rumble across the muddy ground. Backhoes dig up and shift soil, recontouring the land. At first glance, it looks like any other construction site, as soil is dug up and shifted around.

But this isn’t construction – this is large scale habitat restoration. And to understand why it’s happening we need to go back a few hundred years.

An Interconnected and Thriving Past

Located where the mouth of the Sandusky River connects to the waters of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay is one of the most important bodies of water in northern Ohio with one of the largest ranges of coastal wetlands in the Lake Erie basin.

Before European colonization, it was a thriving, interconnected wetland matrix home to diverse wildlife and native vegetation. Fish, such as northern pike, used the shallow wetlands as nursery and spawning grounds, with vegetation providing shelter and plenty of food for young, newly hatched fish, such as insects and small crustaceans.

In the spring and fall, a cacophony of birdsong sounded from the shorelines, as migratory songbirds and waterfowl stopped at the waters and marshes to rest and refuel on their journeys. Indigenous Peoples fished the healthy, productive waters and foraged the plants growing throughout the open bay.

In fact, the Sandusky Bay was part of the Great Black Swamp – a deeply interconnected network of wetlands, waterways, dense forests and grasslands that stretched to northeast Indiana.

Wildlife Need Wetlands

Wetlands and the coastal areas around Sandusky Bay once supported diverse wildlife and native plants. While the isolated wetlands around Sandusky Bay today still support migratory birds and other wildlife, their populations have greatly declined due to the fragmented state of the land around the Bay.

As part of the H2Ohio Initiative, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio is collaborating with a diversity of stakeholders on a vision to restore and enhance ecosystem function and habitat in Sandusky Bay.

But, in the 19th century, European settlers began to drain and transform the Great Black Swamp into rich and productive agricultural land which had lasting, unintended consequences for the health of Lake Erie

The Bay Today

Today, Sandusky Bay looks far different from those earlier times, altered significantly by the dense population, various industries and agriculture in its surrounding areas. As the land was settled and developed, the Bay’s waterways were rerouted and its wetlands separated from each other. Shorelines are now hardened by earthen and rock dikes, disrupting the Bay’s ecosystem. Instead of waves dissipating on shore, the dikes ricochet the wave energy back into the Bay and churn up sediment making the waters turbid and preventing growth of native vegetation.

All of these factors together exacerbate the annual harmful algal blooms that erupt throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin during the warmer months. Thanks to the channelized and straightened waterways

and isolated wetlands, fertilizers and sediments from lands upstream flow into the Sandusky Bay before they can be naturally filtered, creating the perfect conditions for algae growth.

These landscape changes have also reduced suitable habitats for all kinds of wildlife, but especially for migratory and shore birds. While this area is still a birding hotspot, the abundance and diversity of migratory and shorebirds that once thrived here have declined as their habitat is now reduced to small, isolated wetlands.

Restoration at Scale

As part of the H2Ohio Initiative, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio is collaborating with a diversity of stakeholders on a vision to restore and enhance ecosystem function and habitat in Sandusky Bay. The first part of this ambitious plan – the Pickerel Creek Riparian project – was completed in 2023, reconnecting the creek to its floodplain and restoring more than 50 acres of wetland habitat.

The newly enhanced, connected wetlands will allow for more natural

movement of water between the creek and land during storms. The reconnected floodplain and restored wetlands will also allow sediment and nutrients to settle out before reaching Sandusky Bay, improving water quality and reducing harmful algal blooms in the Bay during the summer.

Now in the next phase of this restoration, TNC and partners are planting diverse native wetland vegetation, which will increase fish and wildlife habitat. Monitoring and removal of invasive species will take place over the coming years to ensure that the native plants successfully establish.

Following the completion of the Pickerel Creek Riparian project, work will begin on the second project within the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area near Raccoon Creek. As part of this work, TNC will restore more than four acres of coastal wetlands and plant native aquatic vegetation.

“Our work at Sandusky Bay is a testament to TNC’s ability to advance large, innovative projects, from beginning to implementation,” says TNC Restoration Ecologist Ashlee Decker. “Our work began

RECONNECTING WETLANDS Part of the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area wetland restoration involved digging new channels to allow the isolated wetlands to connect to each other once again. © Ecological Restoration, Inc. HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS Without connected wetlands to help filter out sediment and farm runoff, harmful algal blooms take place nearly every summer in the western basin of Lake Erie. © NASA

Restoring Landscapes

The Sandusky Bay Initiative, which TNC is a major partner, aims to restore more than 1,000 acres of habitat and associate ecological function to the entire Sandusky Bay area. More than dozen projects are in progress or being planned, including the Pickerel Creek Riparian project and the Raccoon Creek project, which TNC is leading.


with our staff’s comprehensive work in the legislature advocating to establish the H2Ohio fund set up and following that all the way through to implementing actual restoration work on the ground and following that work into the future to ensure it succeeds.”

Modeling Future Restoration

The Pickerel Creek Riparian Project and the Raccoon Creek Project are part of a larger landscape-scale restoration vision through the Sandusky Bay Initiative, which aims to restore more than 1,000 acres of habitat and associated ecological function to the entire 40,000-acre Sandusky Bay.

There are more than a dozen projects being planned over the next decade, with numerous partners and stakeholders, such as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, working together to achieve this conservation vision. TNC is a major

player in this initiative, leading the way in planning, design and managing funds to accomplish the work.

“It’s a complex system, which requires a lot of science to inform restoration,” says TNC Natural Infrastructure Director Alexis Sakas. “Strategically restoring natural infrastructure is novel work for TNC in the Midwest and for Lake Erie. We can’t put things back to exactly the way they were, but we can create more habitat and improve Sandusky Bay for nature and people.”

What’s more, this work contributes directly to TNC’s 2030 goals for conserving rivers and protecting people from climate change. Making Sandusky Bay more resilient through restoration and nature-based solutions has cascading effects on the broader Lake Erie and Great Lakes systems, ultimately helping create places where people and nature thrive.

To learn more about these initiatives, visit www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/ where-we-work/united-states/ohio/ stories-in-ohio/restoring-sandusky-bay.

About halfway through the restoration and rechanneling work at the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, you can already see how the wetlands and Sandusky Bay are being reconnected. © Ecological Restoration, Inc.
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Floating Solar Comes to Ohio

Del-Co Water Installs Ohio’s first FPV

In Delaware County, Ohio’s fastest growing county for the better part of the past two decades, land is quite literally at a premium. So, when Del-Co Water (Del-Co) decided to explore installing solar power to augment its energy needs, it wasn’t apparent where to look for ground. Then, as members of Del-Co’s Environmental Sustainability Committee brainstormed ideas, the idea of floating solar was discussed. Floating solar has been utilized in other parts of the United States, why not bring it to Ohio someone asked? And thus began the process of bringing FPV (floating solar photovoltaic) to Ohio!

Sustainability efforts began to be solidified several years ago at a Board of Directors meeting in which it was decided that Del-Co should place increased importance on environmental stewardship and sustainability. Del-Co has always considered its environmental impact, but this directive from the Board would help to formalize and solidify existing efforts. Soon thereafter, an Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) was formed. The ESC is a staff-driven committee consisting of diverse, passionate, dedicated Del-Co associates. The environmental sustainability directive would also be formalized in Del-Co’s Strategic Planning efforts as one of five key tenants that will guide Del-Co for the next decade. While some of these efforts are more traditional in nature (e.g., electric vehicles, habitat restoration, wetland mitigation, and composting), the FPV has brought a lot of excitement and possibility to Del-Co.


Del-Co Water is a member-owned, non-profit, cooperative drinking water company serving approximately 56,000 customers in the central Ohio region. While most customers reside in Delaware County, the 820 square mile service area extends into seven additional counties – Marion, Morrow, Knox, Franklin, Union, Licking, and Crawford. Del-Co owns and operates four water treatment plants (WTP) with a total capacity of 45 MGD. Three of the four WTPs are surface water plants and the fourth is a ground water plant. For the three surface-water WTPs, Del-Co maintains six upground, off-stream reservoirs which are utilized to stage raw water and provide necessary supply. The total storage of the six upground reservoirs is approximately 2.5 billion gallons of water.

As the exploratory stage progressed for the FPV project, one of the upground reservoirs at Del-Co’s Olentangy WTP emerged as the ideal location. Del-Co’s Olentangy WTP is its largest – with a capacity of 28.8 MGD. On this site, there are four upground reservoirs that draw source water from the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers. The water is pumped into the largest reservoir, then fed by gravity through the remaining three reservoirs, and finally into the WTP.

The selected reservoir, Upground Reservoir #4, is situated just west of the treatment plant, making it an ideal location for the installation. In total, the reservoir contains a volume of about 230 million gallons of water with a surface area of 29 acres.



As the daunting task of developing the solar project began, Brian Leach, Facilities Manager at Del-Co Water, was tapped to spearhead the project. During development, it became clear that there were other opportunities, not just the FPV, where solar could be installed. Coincidentally, at the same time, Del-Co was constructing a new building to house its Distribution and Engineering Departments. The building, the Wolf Water Center (an eventual winner of Columbus Business First’s 2023 Award for Best Industrial Project), provided another opportunity for additional solar arrays. The vision was a multifaceted approach that combined a rooftop solar array, carport array, and the FPV. All three installations would then be tied into a common point, providing electricity to the Olentangy WTP.

As the project progressed, many challenges surfaced. From financing concerns to supply chain issues, there were many instances when Brian thought the project may dry up or die on the vine. But through perseverance and persistence, the complex issues of financing, regulatory, and logistics were overcome. Of course, Brian could not have done it without great partners. Del-Co worked with MSI Utilities, D3Energy, and ARP Solar to bring this project to fruition. The FPV installation was completed in early 2024, with the full project expected to be complete by the summer. At that time, the system will be charged, fully operational, and providing power to the Olentangy WTP.

For the FPV, Del-Co selected a product from Ciel & Terre, the Hydrelio®. The Hydrelio® floating system is comprised of solar cells, HDPE plastic floats, mooring lines (polyester rope, galvanized steel cables, galvanized steel chain), and anchors


(concrete blocks). There are no chemicals used in the FPV system, nor are there any chemicals used in the cleaning process. The system comes with a data monitoring system built into the FPV, which is programmed to alarm if the system experiences any operational issues.

Fully functional, the FPV is a 1.2-megawatt installation that will cover nearly 3 acres on Upground Reservoir #4, providing an annual energy production of 1.6 gigawatt hours. The FPV is expected to provide about half of the energy needs of the Olentangy WTP, offsetting nearly 50% of Del-Co’s electricity consumption, resulting in substantial cost savings.

As installation began, Gary Easton of ARP noted that “we’re actually building the whole thing on the ground – nearly 2,600 solar panels being stitched together – then pushing it out onto the reservoir as we go”. Gary adds that “ARP is very proud to be a part of this effort because there was a time when everybody rolled their eyes at this type of project”. However, there can be a considerable decrease in energy costs, as Gary points out that “over the 25-year lifespan, Del-Co expects to save $1,000,000”.

Looking to the future, Del-Co hopes to expand upon this innovative project. Realizing the benefits of renewable energy, and considering the existing footprint, there is plenty of room for possible expansion. In total, Del-Co’s six upground reservoirs have a combined surface area of nearly 286 acres, providing ample space to install additional FPVs, while not losing any of the premium land in Delaware County. “The capability of putting a solar panel out on the reservoir and it producing energy for a guarantee of 25 years is pretty astounding” said Rich Stokey of MSI Utilities. Another partner, Stetson Tchividjian of D3Energy, is excited about the possibilities, noting that “the collaboration on this pioneering initiative and introduction of cutting-edge technology to Ohio is exciting” and that “Del-Co Water’s partnership with D3Energy for Ohio’s first floating solar array showcases their commitment to sustainability”. As demonstrated by this project as well as other initiatives, Del-Co continually strives to become a more responsible steward of the environment, while remaining dedicated to serving its

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My Diversity & Inclusion Journey

My current career is…

The Water Maintenance Coordinator for the City of Columbus Department of Water.

In my role, I oversee the SCADA Monitoring Operations of the Distribution System, and Building Maintenance functions of the department. I oversee a diverse workforce that maintains very high standards in our service to the community by providing uninterrupted water supply to the city.

My COC-DOW Opportunity happened…

I originally spent 23 years at Montgomery County Environmental Services in a variety of roles that ranged from a water meter reader (when we used books to write down our numbers), to a Water/Sewer Maintenance Worker, to a Water/Sewer Crew Leader, and eventually to a Water/Sewer Supervisor. In that role, I decided to focus my efforts on the Water Distribution side of the industry and was put in charge of our SCADA Supply group, where I served in that capacity until 2021. At that point, I saw an opportunity to advance my career to the City of Columbus when a position opened up as a Water Distribution Operator 2 in our Operations Control Center. At the Columbus Division of Water, we maintain and service 28 booster stations, 38 water tanks, and 40 plus Pressure Relief Valves in our system, while making sure these assets perform as designed.

At the end of 2022 I was given the opportunity to serve as the Interim Water Maintenance Coordinator for our Operations Control Center, and was officially given the job in March of 2023. In working diligently with my co-workers over this past year, I found that along with great team work, a desire to stay open to new ideas, and innovation, we all play a part in accomplishing this necessary work.

My Diversity and Inclusion Opportunity Happened…

In early 2023 I saw a request in our ‘H20 in the Know’ newsletter asking for any volunteers to join our OAWWA DEI Committee.

I then met with one of the members, Stacia Eckenwiler, and she gave me a brief overview of what to expect, and what the group wants to accomplish. There was no pressure, and she told me, what you put into it, is what you’ll get out of it. I signed up immediately.

In the summer of 2023, I had the privilege of attending my first International AWWA ACE Conference in Toronto, representing our own DEI Committee for the Ohio Section of the AWWA. There I met many water professionals from all backgrounds, all walks of life, with interests that pointed to one goal: Providing fresh, sustainable water to all communities. It was eye-opening to see that, even today, there are many individuals that still don’t have access to fresh, potable water. I observed that while we have a long way to go, as new challenges arise, new opportunities do too.

In AWWA’s State of the Water Industry 2022, aging workforce and anticipated retirements, followed by talent attraction and retention, were ranked as the fourth and eleventh most pressing issues facing the water sector in 2022. In the water industry, workers tend to be older, and lack gender and racial diversity in certain occupations, which points to the need for younger and more diverse talent.

Diversity and Inclusion Update
In the water industry, workers tend to be older, and lack gender and racial diversity in certain occupations, which points to the need for younger and more diverse talent.

In AWWA’s 2050 initiative, social and demographic drivers were listed among the important forces impacting the future of water, tying together public interest and concern about water quality and equity. Within the water sector, there is a tremendous opportunity to link business strategies to diverse ideas and perspectives from across our organizations, and communities served.

As an industry, we must stay focused on making that happen. We continue to do this through many programs, initiatives, and just hard work.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce…

I saw a statement from a contributor in our DEI Newsletter about her journey in D & I, and she said that her mentor once told her “If we both always agree, then one of us is not needed.” I sincerely believe that is the foundation of what makes a

diverse workforce so necessary. There is nothing wrong with constructive disagreements because having different perspectives on the same topic can be quite productive, as long as that common goal is reached. We have a workforce that is ever fluid and evolving, and we must evolve with it.

In my role….

I try to lead by example, and always stay open to different opinions, ideas, and perspectives. Teamwork requires your team, and they may have different solutions to problems that arise. If you don’t give your team a voice, you will find that your options and solutions will slowly disappear, and just stay as unresolved complications.

I feel I have just begun my DEI journey and look forward to collaborating with a network of professionals that see the value in promoting this positive initiative.

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The Journey for Ohio’s Women in Water Networking Group

At the inception of the One Water collaboration between Ohio AWWA and Ohio WEA, an opportunity was presented to unite women across the water and wastewater industries. Broadly speaking, women’s role in water is a crucial one – in many parts of the world women bear the brunt of collecting water, as well as responsibility for household hygiene and sanitation needs. Paradoxically, women are often absent in key positions throughout water utility management and infrastructure roles in the United States. And no one recognizes this more than the women that have built their careers in the water and wastewater professions.

This reality was the premise for the formation of Ohio’s Women in Water Networking Group. This group was created in order to connect, support and empower women in the water profession by forming a strong network between one another. The group got its start by hosting its inaugural event at the 2018 One Water conference in Columbus, a ‘speed-networking’ event in which women in the industry were randomly matched with one another for a few minutes at a time to connect. With over 100 women attending, the energy was invigorating, and the desire for such a group was immediately confirmed.

One certainty remains true as we continue to have the conversation about bringing more women in to this industry – women remain an underutilized resource when it comes to talent in the water industry. Although we make up half the world’s population, research has shown that we make up only 18% of the water utility workforce (Women in Water Utilities: Breaking Barriers, World Bank, Washington, DC. 2019). Most recently, at the 2023 One Water Conference, a panel was convened of various women in leadership roles outside of the water industry, in order to bring their perspectives on barriers around recruiting women into the workforce. We heard from local Columbus leaders from the Columbus

Women’s Commission, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Sharing experiences and ideas across multiple industries and work environments is just another step toward increasing opportunities and exposure for women in our industry.

Despite what are considered low numbers of female representation in the industry, there is some evidence that the numbers are increasing, however it is not across the board. While numbers are increasing in technical and management roles, there is still a lack of women in operation, maintenance, and other skilled positions. These low numbers are often misunderstood, and thought to occur because women are not focused on the field of water as a career opportunity, resulting in low attraction rates. While this is part of the reason, there are barriers through other routes: recruitment, retention and advancement. Entrenched social norms, workplace bias and lack of work-life balance aren’t just buzz terms – they are real conditions that take major efforts at all levels, and by all people, to change.

These are the reasons our group exists. We will continue to have discussions about how we can improve female representation in this industry. We are working together with representatives in both OAWWA and OWEA, and both of their Diversity and Inclusion-focused groups, to cross-promote and collaborate. We aspire to get a mentorship program in motion for 2024. And we will continue to foster ideas and conversations by way of organized events at the annual conference – and everyone is welcome to attend. After all, it takes everyone to make change.

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to be on our communication list, you can reach out to Stacia Eckenwiler at skeckenwiler@columbus.gov and Stephanie Johnson at stephanie.johnson@hdrinc.com. You can also join our LinkedIn page at www.linkedin.com/company/women-in-water-ohio.

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