The Straight Flush

The Straight Flush

A podcast by the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) focusing on Virginia wastewater and stormwater trends, initiatives, and individual's contributions to our industry

Episodes

April 1, 2024 28 mins

This episode kicks off a three-part series reviewing the intangible benefits of collaborative delivery. In this episode, our series host Jim Good (Jacobs) sits down with Kristina McGee (American Water) to discuss the the owners perspectives on the collaborative delivery process.

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This episode continues our three-part series reviewing the intangible benefits of collaborative delivery. In this episode, our series host Jim Good (Jacobs) sits down with Alan Parent (PC Construction) and Alex Hango (PC Construction) to discuss the the contractors perspectives on the collaborative delivery process.

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This episode concludes our three-part series reviewing the intangible benefits of collaborative delivery. In this episode, our series host Jim Good (Jacobs) sits down with Paul Delphos (Burns and McDonnell) and Bill M'Coy (HDR) to discuss the the engineers perspectives on the collaborative delivery process.

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We continue The Straight Flush's Operations Series with a special episode focusing on VWEA/WEF's Operations Challenge! This episode has host Stacie Crandall (HRSD) hosting a discussion with Tim Scott (HRSD), Lacy Burnette (Western Virginia Water Authority), and Patrick Porto (HRSD) exploring their path to state and national Operations Challenge competitions and what it has done for their career.

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We continue our Women Impacting Water series with Dana Hargrove and Adrianna Dimperio as they sit down with Sogol Gremi to hear about her immigration journey, and insightful experiences in the water sector.

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Podcast co-hosts Ryan Hendrix and Evan Bowles take a few moments to update the listeners on the activities and successes over the first 30 episodes of The Straight Flush podcast.

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September 26, 2023 29 mins

VWEA's WEF Delegate Chris Tabor (Hazen and Sawyer) catches up with WEF's current President Ifetayo Venner (Arcadis) to review WEF's current priorities and new strategic plan.

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The Straight Flush's Legacy Series continues with Jessica Hou (Gannett Fleming) sitting down with Lamont "Bud" Curtis (City of Newport News) to look back on his diverse career in consulting, politics, academia, and the public sector. We want to thank VWEA member Holly Anne Matel (HRSD) for recommending this podcast topic!

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Our guest host Stephanie Spalding (HDR) moderates a discussion on the coming challenges associated with the treatment, disposal, and beneficial use of wastewater biosolids - specifically the uncertain future associated with PFAS regulation and viable treatment technologies. Guests for this discussion include Dave Parry (Jacobs), Mohammad "Dr. Mo" Abu-Orf (Hazen and Sawyer), and Bill Toffey (Effluential Synergies).

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This is the final episode of a three-part series documenting the closure HRSD's Chesapeake-Elizabeth Treatment Plant in December 2021. In this episode, our series host Ryan Radspinner (HRSD) continues his conversation with Laura Kirkwood (HRSD),  Jeff Scarano (HRSD), and Michael Hess (HRSD) to discuss the design, stakeholder engagement, construction, and complex field measures taken to close the treatment plant. This episode w...

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This is episode two of a three-part series documenting the closure HRSD's Chesapeake-Elizabeth Treatment Plant in December 2021. In this episode, our series host Ryan Radspinner (HRSD) sits down with Laura Kirkwood (HRSD),  Jeff Scarano (HRSD), and Michael Hess (HRSD) to discuss the design, stakeholder engagement, construction, and complex field measures taken to close the treatment plant. This episode was recorded in March 20...

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This episode kicks off a three-part series documenting the closure HRSD's Chesapeake-Elizabeth Treatment Plant in December 2021. In this episode, our series host Ryan Radspinner (HRSD) sits down with Jay Bernas (HRSD) to discuss the background and key drivers for the closure of the plant. This episode was recorded in March 2022.

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We're kicking off a brand-new series titled Sewer Signals, where we'll discuss the emerging field of wastewater surveillance and how it benefits the field of epidemiology. This episode has our series host Marcia Degen (Virginia Department of Health) sitting down with Jamie Mitchell (HRSD) and Raul Gonzalez (HRSD) to introduce the topic of wastewater surveillance and discuss HRSD's journey into monitoring the prevalen...

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We conclude our three-part series on Combined Sewer Overflow systems with series host Kyle Logue (Greeley and Hansen) sitting down with Karen Pallansch (Alexandria Renew Enterprises) to discuss her utility's embrace and implementation of a novel CSO solution, and how their approach speaks to the future of water infrastructure and its relationship with the community. We would like to thank VWEA's Collection Systems Committ...

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We continue our three-part series on Combined Sewer Overflow systems as assembled by VWEA's Collection Systems Committee. In this episode , the series host Kyle Logue (Greeley and Hansen) catches up with Patrick Bradley (City of Richmond at time of recording) to review the history of federal and Virginia CSO regulations that shaped the strategy for infrastructure construction, operation, and management. Note that this episode ...

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This episode kicks off a three-part series assembled by VWEA's Collection Systems Committee. On this episode, the series host Kyle Logue (Greeley and Hansen) sits down with Tim Mitchell (Lynchburg Water Resources) to discuss the history of CSO in Virginia, and the investments they have taken to tackle this  challenge in their community.

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We continue our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series with VWEA's DE&I Committee Chair Shawn Heselton (HRSD) sitting down with VA AWWA's DE&I Committee Chair Supriya Murthy to discuss the collaboration between our two Associations and how to make actionable changes to shift the culture toward more inclusive organizations.

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We continue our Women Impacting Water series with Dana Hargrove (Western Virginia Water Authority) and Adrianna Dimperio (Draper Aden/TRC) as they catch up with Rusty Carvajal-Nigro (Hazen and Sawyer) to discuss her entry into the water infrastructure field and first impressions of our industry as a young professional.

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Members of the Utility Management Committee's One Water Focus Group, including Ryan Nagel (Hazen and Sawyer), Dana Hargrove (Western Virginia Water Authority), and Beate Wright (Carollo), review feedback from their recent One Water survey and what they believe it means for the future of One Water in Virginia.

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We begin the Straight Flush's Operations Series with Sarita Adkins-Moore (Pepper's Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority, formerly Town of Abingdon) to discuss her career path from entry level wastewater operator to the Director of Operations position,  with lessons learned along the way.

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