Monday, October 30, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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University Club of Albany 
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Albany, NY 12210

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University Club of Albany Foundation 

CDRPC@50 - Richard Lyons - 10/30 

The 5th CDRPC@50 event will feature Richard Lyons who worked for the Albany County Sewer District for over 40 years. He retired as executive director and now works part time as a project manager. He will present “Albany County Water Purification District; History of Protecting Public Health and Improving Water Quality.” CE Credit available.

Capital District Regional Planning Commission Continues 
Speaker Series at University Club to Mark Anniversary 

Richard Lyons of Albany County Sewer District will discuss “Albany County Water Purification District: History of Protecting Public Health and Improving Water Quality” Monday, October 30

Richard Lyons, left, then executive director, Sewer District, talks to Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive as he shows McCoy the new power generator plant that runs off waste heat during a press event at the North Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. The county has recently installed a combined heat and power system that captures heat created by sludge disposal. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)


ALBANY, NY – The fifth in the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s (CDRPC) speaker series, CDRPC@50, will feature Richard Lyons, former Executive Director of the Albany County Water Purification District and a 40-yar veteran of water quality stewardshipThe event will be held at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street on Monday, October 30th at 12p.m. 

Richard will discuss The Albany County Water Purification District: History of Protecting Public Health and Improving Water Quality. The District was formed in 1968 by resolution 45 of the County Legislature. 2017 marks the 43rd year of providing wastewater conveyance and treatment service to eight communities serving a population of over 200,000, while improving the water environment and protecting public health. 

The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. The cost for the luncheon is $20. Reservations for the October 30  luncheon are required by Friday, October 27 and may be made online at www.universityclubalbany.com or by contacting Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or donna@cdrpc.org.

Richard Lyons has worked for the Albany County Water Purification District for over 40 years; in June 2015, he retired as executive director and now works part time as a project manager. He was president of the New York Water Environment Association in 2012. Lyons has received numerous awards from NYWEA and the American Public Works Association and received the Water Environment Federation’s Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 1998. Richard is the president of the CSO Pool Communities Corporation, the Local Development Corporation made up of 6 local communities participating in the CDRPC-led Albany Pool Communities Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. 

This event is open to the public and presented by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) and the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. One need not be a member of either organization to attend. If your municipality has passed a resolution accepting CDRPC as a training provider, this event will meet the State law for Planning and Zoning Boards continuing education requirements (sample resolutions available upon request). A certificate of attendance will be provided to Planning and Zoning Board attendees. Certification Maintenance credits may also be available for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners.



The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), a regional planning and resource center, is in its 50th year of providing support to New York’s Capital Region. The CDRPC provides objective analysis of data, trends, opportunities, and challenges relevant to the Region’s economic development and planning communities. Since its creation, the Commission has been promoting intergovernmental cooperation; communicating, collaborating, and facilitating regional initiatives; and fostering dialogues on solutions to regional problems. The CDRPC was established by an agreement signed by representatives of Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga and Schenectady Counties in 1967, and these counties continue their commitment to the organization by providing financial support for its programs and services to this day. This funding forms the basis for CDRPC’s operating budget, and is further used to leverage funding from grants and other revenue sources to serve the best interests of the public and private sectors in the Region. For further information about CDRPC please visit www.cdrpc.org or https://www.facebook.com/cdrpc.

The 501c3 University Club Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. For more information call 518-463-1151 or visit www.universityclubalbany.com.