News from the Head Lines of AALSO

It is close to Spring time in the nation and we at AALSO are ready to Spring into a GREAT SYMPOSIUM that we have planned for this April 19th in Seattle. The wonderful Seattle Aquarium will be our host for this informative event that will be held at the Seattle Convention Center. We have an informative and interesting agenda on the slate and we look forward to seeing you there. Our agenda looks at one of the tough troublesome issues for all Life Support Operators; Algae Control. We have arranged to have some of the best and brightest researchers and application specialists on hand to spread their knowledge and to answer your questions.

We are rolling out Level III Certification testing as well this year. This level will round out our series of Operator Certification for our Operator Members. I have been told it will challenge even the most experienced operators. Do you use large diameter PVC pipe in your facility? We have arranged for a certified instructor to provide a hands-on demonstration of solvent welding techniques for large diameter pipe. This will be very helpful for your facility to ensure large diameter pipe repairs are made right the first time.

Take a look at this year’s agenda and I am sure you will agree there is something there for everyone. As you will see, we have expanded our open Roundtable discussions format, which will give you access to leading experts to discuss your facility specific concerns. If you were present in Baltimore, you will agree this format is a tremendous opportunity to interact with some informative researchers and experts.

In today’s rough economic times, travel for Operators can be a tough sell for your facility. The attached agenda is there for you to use to demonstrate to your management the tremendous learning potential this Symposium will offer to you and your facility. This year our focus on algal control and treatment techniques will benefit every operator and facility that attends. The knowledge you will obtain and the networking base you will establish at our Symposium has proved to be invaluable to our membership over the years.

To compliment our strong and informative agenda we will provide food at all of our activities and venues. This is a tremendous savings for each facility. This means after you get here we will feed your mind and your stomach everyday. To give you extra time to make your travel plans, AALSO has waived the late fee for this years Symposium registration. We just ask that you email as soon as you have confirmed your attendance so we can ensure we have sufficient resources for you.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of AALSO and the AALSO Board and I look forward to seeing you in Seattle.

George Tenhagen
Your AALSO President