2017 Sidney Groundwater Festival

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The Public Education committee is looking for volunteers to help with the Western Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival on Friday April 28th in Sidney, NE. The festival is held at the Cheyenne County Community Center and the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp. We will be presenting the Wastewater Jeopardy game to approximately 150 4th and 5th grade students. If you would like to help out with the festival, please contact Brittany Travers (brittany@e-equipmentsolutions.com | 402-880-0321) or Todd Sukup (wastewater@cityofsidney.org | 308-249-2224). Thanks for your continued support of the Public Education committee’s youth outreach program! 

President - Todd Sukup
City of Sidney
Phone: 402-254-6185

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Todd is employed by the City of Sidney, and is Superintendent of the WWTF.  He has a LBWA (Learned by walking around) with his 23 years of experience. Todd carries a class 2 Wastewater certification and a grade 3 water certification.  Todd has service as Chair of the NWOD, NWOD delegate to the NWEA board, and a Director at Large on the board, and is currently the chair of the Safety Committee.

When not at work Todd enjoys Deer Hunting, occasionally going goose hunting, and beating the snot out of a little white ball which most people call golf. 

Todd is married to a lovely lady named Robin and has two wonderful kids Jordon and Michael.

Past President - Scott Aurit
HDR Engineering
Phone: 402-926-7082

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Mr. Aurit is a Project Manager for HDR Engineering.  He is currently managing the Major CSO Projects for the City of Omaha Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program Implementation.  Scott received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska.  He has 16 years of experience.  

Scott is Married to Sarah and has 4 children, John Paul (JP), Gianna, Elizabeth, and Andrew

Vice President - Tom Miller
Electric Pump
Phone: 515-265-2222

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Tom is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Electric Pump Inc. out of Des Moines IA.  Tom received his BS Marketing degree from Iowa State University.  As part of a family owned business,  Tom has grown up in the water and wastewater market serving EPI in various roles from Territory sales, Engineering sales, Head of Project Management as well as Sales Management.  Through Tom’s tenure, Electric Pump has grown into an upper Midwest distributor of products and services as well as acquiring firms that has added diversity to the company.  Quality Control Equipment Company (QCEC) manufacturers Wastewater samplers, Pumpcon International (Conway AR) manufacturers Control panels and components for the waste water market place and the most recent acquisition, Starnet Technologies out of Racine WI, which manufacturers unitized control structures as well as SCADA and integration solutions for water and wastewater in the upper Midwest.

Tom is married to wife Deb and tries to keep up with the hectic schedule of 6 children, Patricia, Blake, Madeline, Anna, Gavin and Garrett

Treasurer - Dave Sykora
City of Omaha
Phone: 402-444-3922



David Sykora

Born and raised in Omaha. David attended Creighton Prep and received a Degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences from UNO. David has been with the City of Omaha in Wastewater for 8 yrs and is a Nebraska class IV Wastewater operator. David is currently the Papillion Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant superintendent.

When not at work dave enjoys fishing, working on cars, and enjoying time with his wife and 5 children.

Secretary - Lucas Billesbach
JEO Consulting Group Inc.
Phone: 402-392-9910

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Mr. Billesbach is the Environmental Engineering Department Manager at JEO Consulting Group. Lucas received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2005 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Creighton University in 2010. Lucas is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Nebraska and Iowa and has a wide range of experience in water, wastewater, and stormwater projects. Lucas was Chair of the Great Plains Conference from 2013 to 2015. Lucas is married to his wife Sarah and has 3 children; Quentin, Lucille, and Evita.

Federation Delegate - Mike Arends
City of Omaha
Phone: 402-444-3915

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Mr. Arends is a Plant Manager for the City of Omaha. His 23+ years of experience in wastewater treatment include engineering, permitting, facility optimization, watershed planning, CSO Program development, and plant operations and maintenance management. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and a Class IV Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator in Nebraska. He is a past President, Secretary, and Executive Board member of the NWEA and has been awarded the William D. Hatfield Award and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. Mike and his wife Lori have five sons, John, Tyler, Zachary, Zachary, and Joshua.

NWOD Delegate - Lynn Garton
City of Scottsbluff
Phone: 308-630-6292

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Director-at-Large - Jim Heyen
City of Hastings
Phone: 402-462-3673

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Mr. Heyen is the Wastewater Superintendent at Hastings Utilities. He has been in the wastewater field since 1978.  His 35+ years started as a part time High School job in Gibbon and then took him to McCook, Lincoln & Scottsbluff within Nebraska and also a 6 year stay in Waynesboro, Virginia where he oversaw municipality operations as well as industrial. He currently is a certified Class IV Wastewater Operator in Nebraska and also holds a Class II Water certificate. Jim also holds a Class I Wastewater Operator (equivalent to NE Class IV) in Virginia.

From 2002 – 2011, Jim was a vital part of the Nebraska Rural Water Staff, servicing communities with technical support for their Wastewater Treatment Systems.

Jim has received a Scott Wilber Award, in each of the past 4 decades, for Excellence in operation and maintenance of a Nebraska facility.  In 2013 and 2014 he received the Gold Safety Award. Jim was also awarded the Quarter Century Award through the National Water Environment Association for 25+ years of service in the Wastewater field in operation and management capacities.

Jim is married to his wife Deb and has 2 sons Seth and Jared, and one grandson Xander.

Director-at-Large - Aaron Dressel
City of York
Phone: 402-363-2680

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Mr. Dressel is the Wastewater Superintendent for the City of York. He has worked in the wastewater field for 10 years and is a Nebraska class IV wastewater operator. Aaron is a Navy veteran and has earned a degree in Building Utilities Maintenance from River-land technical college in Rochester MN with over 20 years’ experience in industrial maintenance. Aaron is Married to Lisa and has two children Christian and Jace.

Job Postings


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invites applications for the position of: 

Utility Service Person II

SALARY: Starting - $15.13/hour

Apply at:

Office, 300 Sixth Street, Rapid City, South Dakota

CLOSING DATE: Friday, April 14, 2017
4:00 pm, Mountain Time

The Rapid City Public Works Department is seeking qualified individuals for Utility Service Person II – Water Reclamation.

Application and information may be obtained at:




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Upcoming Events

NWOD Membership
12-31-2017 12:00 am
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2017 WEF Collection Systems Conference Opening Reception
05-21-2017 6:00 pm
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Heartland Conference
07-20-2017 12:00 am
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Heartland Conference Vendor Registration
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Certification Training
08-21-2017 7:30 am
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