Register for the October 30th CDRPC@50 speaker series featuring Rich Lyons!

Richard Lyons, former Executive Director of the Albany County Water Purification District and a 40-year veteran of water quality stewardship will be the featured presenter at the fifth program of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s (CDRPC) speaker series, CDRPC@50 to be held at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Lyons, an award-winning presenter, 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.

Richard Lyons has worked for the Albany County Water Purification District for more than 40 years. In June 2015, he retired as executive director and now works part-time as a project manager. 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. 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.

The cost to attend the presentation is $20 which includes a lunch buffet. This event is open to the public and presented by the CDRPC and the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. Membership in either organization is not required to attend. Reservations are required by Friday, October 27, 2017 and may be accessed through CDRPC at or, or through the Foundation at, or by contacting Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or

If a given 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.

About the Organizers

Capital District Regional Planning Commission

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 or

University Club Foundation

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

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