On the Ground at the Boy Scout Jamboree

By Carl Janson 

July 16, 2013 

 

Greetings from Beckley, West Virginia and the Bechtel Scout Facility. On Saturday and Sunday we completed getting the WEF Exhibit Area ready for the arrival of the Scouts and Leaders on Monday. The entrance is a 36” diameter Stormwater Pipe. Just before the entrance we have a Water Resources Map of the US where the boys and leaders are encouraged to pin their location. Upon entering the first of the two tents, we utilize a series of displays loaned to us by Alexandria VA’s Sanitary Authority to explain the various treatment stages and processes utilized at their water reclamation facility to treat sanitary wastes. From there visitors proceed to the microscope tables, where they can see some of the organisms that help to biologically treat the wastewater. After that, they are directed to the careers in water table, where careers available are explained and promoted. Prior to leaving the exhibit they are each given a BSA/WEF pin and a WEF Water is Worth It Campaign pin.

 

With over 40,000 scouts and leaders arriving on Monday, there were a few transportation hiccups. We had been able to drive on site for our Saturday and Sunday set up work, but on Monday we had to take shuttle busses to our Conservation Trail area. We waited almost an hour for the bus to the site, where we put the finishing touches for the arrival of the scouts. Monday was move in day and we had several groups of scouts/leaders stop in. We are expecting this to pick up on Wednesday – the first full day for the Conservation Trail (Tuesday is also a half day while scouts and leaders get settled). Also beginning on Wednesday, visitors are allowed to come on site.

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped set up the display and staff our WEF Exhibit here at the Jamboree. A special thanks To Ken Spear and Jim Condon for their veteran guidance and to Steve Harrison of WEF for all his work both in preparing for the Jamboree and his work here in WV on site. The East is in the midst of a heat wave and we are seeing temperatures in the mid 80’s on the site. Our exhibit tents are in the shade and we are thankful for that. We appreciate all the dedication of our onsite WEF member volunteers in helping to set up the exhibit and staff it. We are working with WEF in promoting a better awareness of water reclamation and the opportunities to have a career in this field. We also are stressing the importance of water and its conservation in our daily lives.

 

The transportation hiccup continued on Monday evening with us having to wait over two hours for the shuttle bus to arrive and take us to the shuttle lot. We have been assured that this will not happen on Tuesday. As I write this Blog we are heading to the shuttle lot for Tuesday. We are hopeful that they have improved the shuttle bus service. Signing off for now…

 

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On the Ground at the Boy Scout Jamboree By Carl Janson  July 16, 2013    Greetings from Beckley, West Virginia and the Bechtel Scout Facility. On Saturday and Sunday we completed getting the WEF Exhibit Area ready for the arrival

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On the Ground at the Boy Scout Jamboree

By Carl Janson 

July 16, 2013 

 

Greetings from Beckley, West Virginia and the Bechtel Scout Facility. On Saturday and Sunday we completed getting the WEF Exhibit Area ready for the arrival of the Scouts and Leaders on Monday. The entrance is a 36” diameter Stormwater Pipe. Just before the entrance we have a Water Resources Map of the US where the boys and leaders are encouraged to pin their location. Upon entering the first of the two tents, we utilize a series of displays loaned to us by Alexandria VA’s Sanitary Authority to explain the various treatment stages and processes utilized at their water reclamation facility to treat sanitary wastes. From there visitors proceed to the microscope tables, where they can see some of the organisms that help to biologically treat the wastewater. After that, they are directed to the careers in water table, where careers available are explained and promoted. Prior to leaving the exhibit they are each given a BSA/WEF pin and a WEF Water is Worth It Campaign pin.

 

With over 40,000 scouts and leaders arriving on Monday, there were a few transportation hiccups. We had been able to drive on site for our Saturday and Sunday set up work, but on Monday we had to take shuttle busses to our Conservation Trail area. We waited almost an hour for the bus to the site, where we put the finishing touches for the arrival of the scouts. Monday was move in day and we had several groups of scouts/leaders stop in. We are expecting this to pick up on Wednesday – the first full day for the Conservation Trail (Tuesday is also a half day while scouts and leaders get settled). Also beginning on Wednesday, visitors are allowed to come on site.

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped set up the display and staff our WEF Exhibit here at the Jamboree. A special thanks To Ken Spear and Jim Condon for their veteran guidance and to Steve Harrison of WEF for all his work both in preparing for the Jamboree and his work here in WV on site. The East is in the midst of a heat wave and we are seeing temperatures in the mid 80’s on the site. Our exhibit tents are in the shade and we are thankful for that. We appreciate all the dedication of our onsite WEF member volunteers in helping to set up the exhibit and staff it. We are working with WEF in promoting a better awareness of water reclamation and the opportunities to have a career in this field. We also are stressing the importance of water and its conservation in our daily lives.

 

The transportation hiccup continued on Monday evening with us having to wait over two hours for the shuttle bus to arrive and take us to the shuttle lot. We have been assured that this will not happen on Tuesday. As I write this Blog we are heading to the shuttle lot for Tuesday. We are hopeful that they have improved the shuttle bus service. Signing off for now…

 

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Carl E. Janson is currently President-CEO of Riordan Materials Corporation, a wastewater and water treatment equipment manufacturers representative headquartered in Blue Bell, Penn. Prior to joining the firm in 1985, Carl worked for Met Pro Corporation, Systems Division where he managed the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Over the course of his 35-year career, his professional focus has included water and wastewater equipment and air pollution control equipment engineering and sales.

A WEF member since 1976, Carl served on the Federation's House of Delegates from 2005 to 2008 and was an active member on the House Steering and Budget Committees. Currently an active member of WEF’s Stockholm Jr. Water Prize and Public Communications Committees, he is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) and the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA).

In addition to serving as President of PWEA, Carl has served on several of the MAs’ committees and worked closely with PWEA staff to organize and host the Philadelphia WEFMAX meeting in 2008. He is also a past President of the Eastern PA Operators Association and has received several of their service awards. Carl serves as his company’s representative in the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (WWEMA) and is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

A recipient of WEF’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, Carl is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

 


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