Welcome to GAWP
Thank you for your interest in the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization). Included on this website, you will find information designed to enhance your career and to broaden your understanding of the Water/Wastewater field. We have endeavored to make this site a useful and dynamic source of up-to-date information.
Historically, our Association's primary focus has been to provide education and training opportunities for people working in the water and wastewater field, and we are continually expanding and enhancing our services to our membership, other elected officials, the media, and the public.
In addition, the Association has increased the scope of its activities and the depth of its involvement, becoming a prominent and authoritative source of information on water-related issues to the General Assembly and If you are not an active member, we encourage and invite you to consider joining others who have decided to be a part of this preeminent environmental association. If you are an active member, we appreciate your continued support and welcome your input.
The Georgia Association of Water Professionals educates, provides professional development and promotes sound public policy in the water resources and related environmental fields.
The Georgia Association of Water Professionals will be the go‐to source for reliable information on Georgia's water resources for water professionals, decision makers, the media, and the public.
Pam’s entire 35-year career has been in the field of water management, primarily serving water utilities. She started her career in 1976 in the Engineering Division of the St. Paul District Corps of Engineers. She later joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison in the Water Regulation Division. She rejoined the Federal Government following graduate school, working as a hydrologist for the National Weather Service offices in Tulsa and Atlanta. She worked for the Atlanta Regional Commission in the mid-1980s, and began working with local water managers and utilities. Pam became a consultant with Jordan, Jones & Goulding in 1987, and joined AECOM in 2005 as a Vice President and senior water resources practitioner.
She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the 2008 class of Leadership Cobb, and the 2013 Gwinnett Senior Leadership Class, and a 2010 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL). She recently served for three years as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Georgia Southern University’s College of Engineering and Information Technology.
Pam enjoys family time combined with travelling, hiking, biking, live music, dancing, and dessert. She recently hiked the Julian Alps in Slovenia, and travelled with her family to the Pantanal region in Brazil in April to explore the largest wetland ecosystem in the world. She just returned from another trip with her family to Brazil and Argentina to explore the largest waterfall and hydroelectric dam in the world. (Water is more than her profession...water fascinates her.)
Ernest U. Earn, Jr.
Mr. Earn is a Senior Project Manager with the Cobb County Water System and has been with the water system for nine years. Prior to joining CCWS, he spent 35 years with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, mostly in the Watershed Protection Branch.
He has extensive experience in evaluating the operation of wastewater treatment plants and laboratories, and the process of certification of water/wastewater treatment plant operators and laboratory analysts. In 1990 he was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris to the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts where he served until 2001. During this time he represented the Certification Board at meetings of the Association of Boards of Certification and served as their President in 1998.
He is a member of many associations including the Water Environment Federation, of which he is a past-chair of their Laboratory Practices Committee and currently serves on their program committee, the American Water Works Association, the Georgia Farm Bureau, as well as the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). He has also received numerous awards from various associations, including Georgia Environmental Health Association, the Harris F. Seidel award from the Association of Boards of Certification and the Ira C. Kelly, Hugh A. Wyckoff, Charles H. Jones, and Alva T. Storey awards from GAWP. He is a life member of WEF and a life and honorary member of GAWP.
Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) is a not-for-profit
Association founded in 1932 with membership of nearly 4,000 water and wastewater
treatment plant operators and managers, municipal and industrial officials and
environmental managers, civil engineers, environmental engineers, scientists,
manufacturers and their representatives, contractors, elected officials, and
others concerned with Georgia's water resources. GAWP also has over 300 Utility
and Corporate organizational members. Our chief purpose is to educate and
assist those who have an interest in the proper management and protection of
Georgia's water resources. Our membership also includes the professionals who
implement state and federal water supply, water protection, and water resources
laws and regulations.
GAWP is dedicated to exceptional professional education,
dissemination of sound technical principles and scientific information,
increased public understanding, and promotion of valid public laws and
programs. Our chief purpose is to assist those who have an interest in water,
wastewater, and related topics in the State of Georgia. GAWP holds four major
technical conferences over the course of the year and conducts Georgia's second-largest professional meeting with over 1,000 attendees. In addition, the
Association hosts or co-sponsors numerous specialty workshops across the state
and the Southeast. GAWP is divided into eight geographic Districts, with each
District having an appointed Director and an Assistant. We believe personal
contact is critical to maintaining a healthy Association and local assistance
is achieved via direct support from these 16 volunteers. They, along with
eight GAWP employees, deliver exceptional member support services and strive to
further Georgia water professional's merit and value on a daily basis.
GAWP also owns and operates the Georgia Water and Wastewater
Institute (GWWI), which provides the vast majority of training for water and
wastewater treatment plant operators, laboratory analysts, and other water
industry professionals in Georgia. For further information on GWWI, visit www.gwwi.org.
GAWP is affiliated with the Water Environment Federation (WEF)
through GAWP's WEF Section, which is comprised of some 1,000 professionals in
the field of water protection in Georgia. WEF represents public and private
water utilities, consulting engineers, equipment manufacturers, elected
officials, and others charged with the responsibility of protecting water
resources. The Water Environment Federation is an international association of
some 40,000 professionals in this field.
GAWP is affiliated with the American Water Works Association
(AWWA) through the Georgia Section of AWWA. The Georgia Section of the American
Water Works Association is comprised of some 1,200 professionals in the field
of water supply in Georgia. AWWA represents public and private water utilities,
consulting engineers, equipment manufacturers, elected officials, and others
charged with the responsibility of providing a safe and clean supply of
drinking water. The American Water Works Association is an international
association of some 60,000 professionals in this field.
GAWP is also affiliated with the American Water Resources
Association through its respective Georgia Chapter, the Georgia Ground Water
Association and the Georgia Water Wise Council. Each of these organizations has
approximately 200 members within the total membership of GAWP.