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"Salt of the Earth" Award & Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program


"Salt of the Earth" Award

The MSSC Board of Directors recognize industry leaders that demonstrate outstanding commitment, leadership, vision and dedication to our water industry by promoting advancements in technologies for desalination, reuse, salinity control strategies, water/energy efficiencies and related public policies that assist communities in meeting water needs.  

 

2018 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winners:

Ronald W. Sullivan, Eastern Municipal Water District Board Vice-President and Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Commissioner

EMWD Division 4: The City of Menifee, the central and southern portions of the City of Perris, the eastern portion of the City of Canyon Lake, and the unincorporated areas of Mead Valley, Good Hope, and Romoland.

A board member since January 2003, Ron Sullivan brings a wide variety of service with city and county organizations, including chair of the Riverside County Planning Commission, City of Hemet Planning Commission, and Riverside County Aviation Commission. He served as a representative to former State Senator Marian Bergeson. A licensed general contractor, he is experienced in real estate planning, design, development, and construction. He is an owner in Sullivan & Sullivan R.E. Group Inc.

Mr. Sullivan serves on EMWD's Operations and Engineering Committee and the Planning Committee. He is also liaison with Western Municipal Water District, Western Riverside Water and Wastewater Financing Authority, and the Pechanga Tribal Committee as well as EMWD's commissioner of the five-member Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. His EMWD board term expires in January 2021.

A board member since January 2003, Ron Sullivan brings a wide variety of service with city and county organizations, including chair of the Riverside County Planning Commission, City of Hemet Planning Commission, and Riverside County Aviation Commission. He served as a representative to former State Senator Marian Bergeson. A licensed general contractor, he is experienced in real estate planning, design, development, and construction. He is an owner in Sullivan & Sullivan R.E. Group Inc.

Mr. Sullivan serves on EMWD's Operations and Engineering Committee and the Planning Committee. He is also liaison with Western Municipal Water District, Western Riverside Water and Wastewater Financing Authority, and the Pechanga Tribal Committee as well as EMWD's commissioner of the five-member Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. His EMWD board term expires in January 2021.

 

Karl Longley, Professor & Dean Emeritus of Engineering, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), Environmental Engineer & Program Manager, Fresno State’s California Water Institute

Karl Longley's current responsibilities include serving as a research engineer for the California Water Institute located at Fresno State.  His current research is focused on the development of treatment technologies for the treatment of saline waters.  He has also been the principal investigator for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant focused on developing solutions for the safe drinking water needs of small, economically disadvantaged communities (DACs). Karl Longley is a gubernatorial appointee who has been serving on California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVWB) from 1989 to1997 and 1999 to the present.  A very significant action by Longley as a board member has been the white paper he authored and presented in 2003 that pointed to the need for a long-term salinity management program.  This program is now designated as the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long Term Sustainability (CV-SALTS).  The CVWB’s salinity and nutrient management program is now being finalized after over ten years of intensive stakeholder effort, and it will be incorporated into the basin plans for which the CVWB has responsibility.  The implementation of the new basin plan provisions for nutrient and salinity will be a long term effort that will insure that Central Valley salt and nutrient issues will be properly mitigated in the future.

Karl Longley served on a large number of committees including as a member of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Agency’s Board of Consultants (1994-1998), and the California Governor’s Environmental Policy Council (1993-1997).  He is a U.S. Army officer working as an environmental engineer beginning in 1960 and departing active duty as a lieutenant colonel in 1981.

Dr. Longley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico, and both a Master of Science in Engineering degree (Sanitary Engineering and Water Resources program) and a Doctor of Science degree (School of Hygiene and Public Health) from the Johns Hopkins University.  He is a registered professional engineer in California and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

 


MSSC Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program

$2500 Scholarship - The scholarship is awarded to the student based on the overall evaluation of a 500 word essay about career objectives, transcript, letter of recommendation, and leadership in extracurricular activities related to water resources. 

Eligibility - Each applicant must be a full time undergraduate or graduate student in water resources related degree program for the 2017/2018 academic year. (Students actively enrolled in an approved intern program are eligible for scholarship). 


2018 Award Winner Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winner:

Raul Gonzalez, Technical Support Engineer, Avista Technologies

Raul Gonzalez is a technical support engineer at Avista Technologies, providing application support for customers in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. While completing his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Civil Engineering, Raul participated in the Orange County Water District internship program focused on regulatory and water production. In this role, Raul gained hands-on experience with operations and maintenance of an indirect potable reuse facility. Today, Raul is a certified treatment operator in the State of California, an active member of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) and is pursuing Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

 


 

2017 Award Winner Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winner:

Tom Davis, Director of the Center for Inland Desalination Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Tom Davis is a native of Columbia, SC. He earned his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. Most of his career has been devoted to the understanding of ion-exchange membranes and their applications to electrodialysis and fuel cells. His employment includes Southern Research Institute, Exxon, Graver Water, the University of South Carolina, and ZDD, Inc., a small company that is commercializing technology for reduction of the amount of water lost in the disposal of concentrate from desalination of saline water. ZDD (Zero Discharge Desalination) technology was demonstrated at Alamogordo, NM, where the groundwater is nearly saturated with gypsum, and it was used in UTEP’s entry in the Desal Prize competition. He is currently involved in a start-up company, Atlas Regeneration Technologies, to commercialize a UTEP invention – a sensor to detect hardness in water treated by a water softener to determine when the softener should be regenerated. Other research includes the use of electrodialysis to recover acid from process water and the use of photovoltaic (PV) power in desalination.

 

 

2016 Award Winners Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners:

U.S. Representative, Grace Napolitano
Grace Flores Napolitano was first elected to Congress in November, 1998. She is currently serving her fifth term representing California's 38th District. Her Los Angeles County-based district covers several cities in the Southeast and San Gabriel Valley areas including Norwalk, Pomona, Santa Fe Springs, La Puente, the City of Industry, Montebello, and Pico Rivera, plus the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Puente Valley, and parts of Whittier, East Los Angeles, Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, and Valinda.
 
The Congresswoman has been a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources since the 106th Congress and was selected the Chair of the Water and Power Subcommittee for the 110th Congress. She has always been an avid promoter of conservation, water recycling, desalination, and sound groundwater management and storage to address Southern California's need for adequate water quality and supply. She is proud of her legislative efforts on a number of fronts - assisting in the implementation of CALFED, a water management plan for the State of California, protection of the fragile ecosystem in the Bay-Delta and promotion of the use of advanced technologies. Her legislative effort in 1999 to begin removal of a 10.5 million ton uranium tailings pile at the banks of the Colorado in Moab, Utah, stands out as a major accomplishment, alleviating a very real danger to the health of more than 25 million people living in 7 states, an ecosystem that supports the Southwest's tourism industry, two national monuments, and a variety of pristine natural habitats.
 
At the start of the 110th Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Napolitano as the most senior new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, yielding her a voice for her communities on matters of jurisdiction over America's surface transportation, freight and passenger rail, the inland waterway system, international maritime commerce, the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers' support of the nation's water resources, and the federal clean water program.
 
Napolitano brings strong background and experience to the Committee with 6 years on the California State Assembly Transportation Committee, and current work on rail safety and congestion relief in the San Gabriel Valley. She will continue her work advocating on behalf of the transportation needs faced in the eastern half of Los Angeles County, which lacks mass transit and has the most congested and underserved transportation system in the country. She will also continue advancing and promoting the ideas of minorities, including the many Hispanic Americans who not only design and build our transportation systems, but use mass transit in greater proportion.


Edmund G. "Ed" Archuleta, Director of Water Initiatives

Edmund G. "Ed" Archuleta was manager of the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January 1989 until his retirement in January 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of water, wastewater, reclaimed water service, and storm water to the greater El Paso metropolitan area. He reported to and implemented strategic policies set by the seven-member Public Service Board. Ed was then named the Transition and Special Projects Manager for the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board from January through July 2013. Ed joined UTEP as Director of Water Initiatives on September 1, 2013.

A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, New Mexico, and Iowa, Mr. Archuleta earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Management degree from the University of New Mexico. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers Diplomat. He was appointed in June 2006 by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering/Science to develop a publication on Water Reuse as an Approach on Meeting Future Water Supply Needs. Most recently, he was named The WateReuse Association's Person of the Year for 2010.

In 2010, Mr. Archuleta was appointed by President Barack Obama to represent the United States as Chairman on the three-member Pecos River Compact Commission. Archuleta serves with two other Commissioners – one representing the state of Texas, and the other represents New Mexico.

Mr. Archuleta is currently involved with several technical and professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, WateReuse Foundation, the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers, the Texas Water Conservation Association, New Mexico/Texas Water Commission, and Far West Texas Planning Group. He is a past Chairman of the Water Research Foundation, and past Board Member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the WateReuse Association, and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. He served as chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, an organization of 17 member cities in the West. He is an advisory board member to the USO- El Paso Chapter.

Mr. Archuleta is currently serving or has served on several civic organizations, including the United Way, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Paso del Norte Group, El Paso Symphony, Community en Acción and New Mexico State University Academy of Civil Engineers. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board of New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.

 


 

2015 Award Winner Announced at MSSC Annual Salinity Summit 

On behalf of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winner:

William Steele, Area Manager of the Southern California Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region

William “Bill” Steele oversees implementation of Reclamation’s program which includes: Title XVI Reclamation Water Reuse and Recycling; desalination research; water conservation; drought assistance; planning activities covering water reuse and recycling, conjunctive use of ground and surface water resources, storm water runoff augmentation, watershed modeling to address both water quantity and quality issues, and the development of new water sources; and technical assistance to Native American Tribes.

Bill has worked in water resources since 1972 at the State and Federal levels of government as well as a private consultant. He has 42 years of experience in water resources. His Federal service has all been with Reclamation for over 35 years, with the last 12 years serving as Area Manager in Southern California. Prior to coming to Southern California, Bill held various positions in Reclamation’s Washington headquarters office. From 2000 to 2002, he represented the Lower Colorado Regional Director in Washington as their Regional Liaison with the Department of the Interior, Congress and OMB and from 1998 to 2000, he was the Federal Program Manager of the Salton Sea Project serving as joint lead with the Salton Sea Authority.

Bill retired after 28 years from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.

On October 28th, 2012, Bill was recognized by California State University, San Bernardino for his many years in water as their 10th recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award in Water Resources.

Bill Steele is a native of Virginia and attended college at Clemson University, Clemson, SC where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Science in Resources Economics with a minor in City and Regional Planning.

Bill is married and the father of three children and the grandfather of two grandchildren.