Luckily, two opportunities came up recently that I'm proud to have completed successfully. One was a stormwater engineering course I took in Philadelphia. It was sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and focused on taking a scientific look at some of the popular new ways to deal with stormwater on development sites, including things like rain gardens. To sum up the course, we (in the habitat/water quality professional community) are not doing things big enough or with enough demands for maintenance and upkeep to have any type of wide-ranging positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, or any of the Northeast's ailing waters.
|Nice volume control, but lamest check dam/toe protection ever built, plus I think all the plants are invasive species, or dead, and there aren't enough of them. Oh, and that mulch is crap.|
So, I finally got smart. Without my current employer knowing about it, I signed up for the course/exam, paid for it myself ($50), and took a vacation day. Now I have it, and my boss doesn't even know it. I don't think she'll be my boss for much longer, so I guess I'll just let it ride...whoomp there it is!
It's only appropriate that I follow that menial state-issued card with a more fitting recognition of my achievement.
Thank you, that is all.