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Jeff Miller, President

Evans Mill Environmental, LLC



In his book, "Who Moved My Cheese", Spencer Johnson, MD wrote a parable that took a look at the issue of change. In the parable the four characters, the mice Sniff and Scurry and the little people Hem and Haw lived together in a maze, and they all address the disappearance of their cheese (the status quo) in their own way.

Sniff was quick to sniff out the change. When Sniff detected change in the air, Scurry would frantically search through the maze for new cheese. Together, they quickly adapted to the disappearance of their cheese, or in other words, they quickly adapted to the change.

Hem and Haw, with their sophisticated brains, reacted more slowly to the change. It took them a considerable amount of time to realize the cheese had disappeared. Haw analyzed the changes and his fears and, over time, reacted to the missing cheese by entering the maze in search of new cheese.  Eventually, Haw learned that cheese has a life span of its own, meaning that knowledge changes with time and you must adapt to the changes.  Hem, however,  thought change should not happen.  He was entitled to "his" cheese and reacted by demanding that the former status quo be returned.

At Evans Mill, we have moved the cheese.


With this inaugural article, the first in a monthly series of articles, we intend to provide our clients with information from the various environmental specialties that are both informative and timely.

Unless you are like Hem, you probably realize that the regulatory atmosphere is constantly changing. New regulations are constantly being approved by the government at all levels governing stormwater control, on-lot sewage disposal, NPDES requirements, and the soon-to-be-released TMDL and water reuse requirements being instituted in Pennsylvania.

Discussed in future articles will be new wastewater treatment technologies, land application disposal options, stormwater requirements, Act 2 developments, and other issues as they appear on the regulatory horizon.

In June, we will bring you an article by Rick Dunn. Rick, a designer in our environmental engineering division, will review some of the latest membrane treatment technologies being proposed for use in Pennsylvania. Included in Rick’s discussion will be the overall relative costs, treatment efficiencies, and applicability to various projects.

Remember... Old beliefs don’t lead to new cheese, so smell the cheese often. We will do our best to keep it from getting old!

Enjoy the Adventure!

Special thanks to Spencer Johnson, MD. Without his book, “Who Moved My Cheese”, we at Evans Mill may have never realized the truth about change.  his book may have been published several years ago, but its message is as relevant today as it was then.  If you have not read this book, I would urge you to buy a copy for yourself and everyone in your organization.


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18 Nov 2013



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