Newsletter from march 2019


Heather Cooke, WEAT President-Elect


Julie Nahrgang, WEAT Executive Director

An Overview of the 86th Legislative Session

Tuesday – March 12 at 6 pm

Clay Pit Restaurant


Downtown Austin, 1601 Guadalupe Street


03/12/19 6:00pm

Heather Cooke is currently the President-Elect of WEAT and has been managing government relations for Austin Water since 2009. In this role she manages Austin Water’s state legislative program and engages in rulemaking and federal issues. She has also led Austin Water’s efforts to secure SWIFT and State Revolving Fund loans from the Texas Water Development Board. Before moving to Texas, Heather served as a paralegal with the City of Philadelphia Water Department. She holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Julie Nahrgang is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Association of Texas. Julie has worked and volunteered with WEAT since 2009. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio and received a Lifetime Honorary Studentship to the Student Union at the London School of Economics. She has worked with nonprofits since 2003 as an organizer, manager, program developer, legislative liaison, and currently as an Executive Director. As such, Julie oversees all of the legislative and regulatory changes pertinent to the clean water sector. She monitors bills, testifies for and against wastewater related legislation, and represents WEAT and TACWA in a number of TCEQ and TWDB stakeholder areas. Julie is active with a number of community nonprofits and water aid organizations including the Gazelle Foundation.

Meeting Location, Cost, and Parking

Cost for Member and Guests

$20 / Students $5 – includes dinner and a beverage – Click here to Prepay via PayPal orcredit card

Free parking is available across the street from the restaurant in the Attorney General
Parking garage, after 6 pm.

Upcoming Events

March 15 – YP – Walnut Creek WWTP Tour
March 27 – Asset Management Webinar
April 2 – Texas Water 2019
May 8 – Safety & Security Webinar
May 15 – Collection Systems Webinar

Sponsorship alternatives have been developed in a way of keeping meeting cost low for all attendees. Sponsorship options include Classic (meeting), Gold, Platinum, and more! For more details, please contact Melissa Woo 512-652-5389,

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Platinum Sponsors

Environmental Improvements, Inc., established in 1966 is a Manufacturer’s Representative firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment. We represent a complete line of manufacturers capable of treating all variations of municipal water and wastewater applications. Coupled with our product service we have been providing treatment equipment and solutions in Texas for over forty-five years.

Hartwell Environmental Corporation represents leading manufacturers of water and wastewater treatment equipment used in municipal and industrial treatment facilities. Hartwell Environmental Corporation was founded in 1997. We have expanded from our headquarters in Houston to three branch offices in Austin and Arlington, TX and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our expansion has allowed us to better serve the municipal and industrial facilities in the states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Municipal Valve & Equipment Company provides Utilities and their Consultants flow control solutions including drainage backflow prevention, pump/flow control and critical energy dissipation. Our service team will repair your actuators and control valves onsite. Request a quote to remove and replace antiquated valves and actuators with our industry leading products turnkey!

At Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., we truly believe that Water is Precious…
As a result, our practice has been focused on the protection and development of water resources for our clients and their customers for 40 years. We are a firm of over 120 engineering and scientific professionals dedicated to planning and design of water infrastructure. Dedicated to water resources and environmental engineering, our firm balances sound engineering principles with innovative technology tailored to our clients’ needs. From initial project kick-off, through stringent QC review, to a completed project, our focus stays on developing cost-effective
solutions for our clients. We are involved from project inception to implementation and every step in between. It is what we do every day, as opposed to what we do when we have that type of project. We are proud to be one of the top engineering firms in Texas and Louisiana (ENR TX&LA 2018). Because of our focus on water-related matters, our engineers and scientists have become recognized experts in their fields at the local, state, and national level. Our motto is “quality deliverables on schedule…without exception.”

When you work with Stantec, you work with an award-winning team of more than 22,000 specialists working in over 400 locations, with over 150 staff in Austin. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring infrastructure projects to life. Our work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Our local strength, knowledge, and relationships, coupled with our worldclass expertise, have allowed us to go anywhere to meet our clients’ needs in more creative and personalized ways. With a
long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

March Meeting Sponsors

As one of the first environmental law firms founded in Texas, Lloyd Gosselink has continually evolved to meet our clients’ ever-changing and expanding demands in new areas of expertise. Our original core practices in environmental and utility law have grown to include practices in litigation, employment law, and business transactions, with a long history of serving public and private clients throughout Texas. Despite our growth, Lloyd Gosselink has never strayed from our founding mission of delivering top-quality, costeffective legal representation and working with our clients to develop innovative solutions to legal problems, while maintaining the highest professional standards. The Firm’s growing practice continues to attract top quality lawyers with real world experience, our lawyers are highly recognized in their fields and are widely sought-after speakers, and our Firm has been selected since 2012 as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services. Currently, Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine ranks AECOM the Number 2 consulting firm in the world; with focused expertise in water and wastewater infrastructure. With its incredibly diverse workforce, AECOM is ready and poised to address any water or wastewater project to meet our client needs. We are a leader in all of the key markets that we serve — including water, transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, high-rise buildings and government — and provide a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions. We support our clients in all phases of project delivery, from planning and feasibility, to design and construction, operation and maintenance, and monitoring. Today, with over 1,600 design and consulting services employees in Texas, AECOM has a deep
bench of local resources to tackle any project challenges that may arise.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Corporate Sponsors

WEAT CTS Officers


Jason Bybel 512-852-3021


Melissa Woo 512-652-5389


Greg Kirton 512-972-2053


Will Chandler 512-338-4212


Chris Pasch 512-687-2162

Section Rep

John Marler 512-912-5188


Rebecca Musk 512-617-3133

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