A&WMA Alamo Chapter News
February 2015
Air & Waste Management Association
A&WMA - Alamo Chapter

February Luncheon

February 21st,  2019

Erich Birch, J.D., P.E.
Birch, Becker, & Moorman, L.L.P.


Presentation Topic:
Superfund – Is it time for a change? 

Brief description of speech: 

The federal Superfund statute is now nearly 40 years old and this presentation provides a summary of Superfund’s goals, history, and current status, leading up to the thought-provoking question of whether this law has outlived its usefulness.  As reflected in its name, the primary purposes of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) were to set up a program to respond to seriously contaminated waste sites, provide funding for the cleanup activities, and identify the parties liable for cleanup costs.  So, after all these many years of experience, did Superfund accomplish its goals?  Is it accomplishing its goals today?

Erich Birch Bio:
Erich Birch, J.D., P.E.
Birch, Becker, & Moorman, L.L.P.
4705 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 200
Austin, Texas  78759
(512) 349-9300, (512) 349-9303 – fax   

Erich Birch is an environmental lawyer with the firm of Birch, Becker & Moorman, LLP, where he assists clients with permitting, enforcement, environmental audits, contested hearings, and other environmental and regulatory matters.  Erich is a former attorney with the Texas Water Commission, and prior to practicing law he was an engineer in the chemical industry.  He is on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, is a former Chair of the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section, and was recently elected to the Texas Bar Foundation.  He provides ADR services to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is an arbitrator on the panel of the American Arbitration Association, a Credentialed Mediator, and an insurance Umpire.  He is also a Professional Engineer in Texas.  Erich has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Thanks to this Month's Sponsor! 


Pape-Dawson Engineers is a leader in the civil engineering arena, helping to build stronger communities across Texas. As a respected engineering firm established more than 50 years ago, the San Antonio-based firm is dedicated to providing services for environmental, land development, water resources, transportation, and land surveying. Pape-Dawson’s experience in evaluating environmental resources, as well as our familiarity with regulatory requirements, enables us to protect the environment while also delivering a successful project. Our professional biologists, geologists, environmental scientists, archaeologists, and engineers guide our clients through environmental regulations, from initial property assessment to comprehensive solution design and permitting.  Our goal is a successful outcome for every client, the environment, and the community.  

February Luncheon
February 21st,  2019


Luncheon Location

The Petroleum Club
8620 N New Braunfels
Suite 700 
San Antonio, TX 78217

                  Luncheon Pricing Chart for the Alamo Chapter of the A&WMA
Membership Status With RSVP W/Out RSVP
International Member $20 $25
Non-International/Local Participant $30 $35
Student $10 $10
RSVP: Please RSVP by 4:00PM on 02/19/19 via the A&WMA - Alamo Chapter website.

Please visit the A&WMA website for more information on International Membership.

A Letter from the Chair 


Dear A&WMA Alamo Chapter Members,

This year is already speeding by!  I can’t believe it is already February.  I would like to take this opportunity to encourage those that can help to volunteer for the Basura Bash on February 16, 2019.  This is the 25th year that the event has been held and we want to make this the best year yet!  The event started with cleaning the San Antonio River and has now grown to tributaries across the city.  This year, a total of 18 tributaries will be involved in the event.  A&WMA members will be volunteering at the Salado Creek at Walker Ranch site.

I have been involved in the event for the last 18 years in different roles – starting out as a truck driver picking up trash bags to the planning committee for the last 8 years or so (time flies) handling the logistics for the event.  Everyone on the planning committee is a volunteer and we are always looking for help.  Please consider joining the committee for the 2020 event! 

We have a tentative date in May for the Symposium.  We are looking for speakers for this event, so please contact any of the Board members or if you are interested in presenting at the Symposium.  The event takes a lot of hard work to be successful, so please let the Board know if you would like to volunteer! 

Thank you all for your continued participation in A&WMA luncheons and activities.  Member participation keeps the organization going and your continued support is appreciated. 
Best regards,
Heather Johnson
AWMA Alamo Chapter Chair



Mark your calendars!


The A&WMA - Alamo Chapter holds their luncheon on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

The luncheon dates for Spring 2019 are as follows: 

February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th

On the Menu
The Petroleum Club features a buffet including a salad bar with five salad selections, two homemade soups, fresh vegetables, cheeses, and fruits.  The hot bar includes two vegetables, fish du jour, entrée du jour, and a carving station with prime rib.  Dessert includes a variety of cakes and assorted ice creams with toppings.
A&WMA is selling T-shirts at each luncheon!  Their cost is only $10!  Please purchase a shirt and support your local A&WMA Chapter!



Terry Casey's Retirement Happy Hour!

Little Woodrow's (MEDICAL CENTER)

2535 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229

February 7 @ 5pm

Tables have been reserved!

No RSVP Needed, just come out and wish Terry the best!!!

Please Save the Date and Mark Your Calendars for
this Thursday, February 7th, 2019!

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars!

Basura Bash
February 16, 2019

A&WMA members will be volunteering at the Salado Creek at Walker Ranch site.

Please click here for more information and registration.
Looking for an inexpensive way to advertise?

Consider sponsoring the Luncheon!

$150 will feature your company in the newsletter and allow you to advertise at the Luncheon!

Contact Heather Johnson at for more information.

Upcoming Events


SAVE THE DATE: Air Quality Models Conference

March 19 - 21, 2019; Durham, NC 

Announcing the 8th Specialty Conference on this evolving topic! Planned by the Air and Waste Management Association, in conjunction with the Atmospheric Modeling and Meteorology Committee (APM) of the Technical Council, this conference will build on past successes and cover the implementation of the changes, experience gained, and viable solutions. 

For more information and registration 
please click here.


SAVE THE DATE: 112th Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE)

June 25 - 28, 2019; Quebec City, QC Canada 

The world is facing numerous challenges with regard to the environment, energy and health. More specifically climate change is considered by many as the global threat of our time. For the first time since its inception in 1907, the Air and Waste Management Association will meet in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, for the 112th Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE).

For more information and registration please click here.

SAVE THE DATE: 37th International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3)

October 2 - 3, 2019;  League City, TX

For more information and registration as it becomes available please click here.


Additional Upcoming Events and Webinars can be found on the
Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
International website.

To see a list of the current members of the A&WMA Alamo Chapter Board, please click here.
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