CWEA Industrial & Hazardous Waste Committee

Workplan 2001-2002

Table of Contents

Mission Statement
Work Items
    Long Range Planning/Improvement
    International Pollution Prevention Subcommittee
    Kirk Brooks Scholarship Fund
    Reserve Funds

This workplan outlines the Industrial and Hazardous Waste (I&HW) Committee’s goals, objectives, and work items for the 2001-2002 year.

Mission Statement top

The Industrial and Hazardous Waste Committee is a Standing Committee of the California Water Environment Association. The Committee was created to promote professional and technical excellence in the field of water pollution source control through education and training.

Objectives top

1. Provide information to regulatory agencies, industry, or others relative to I&HW control through annual conferences, workshops, or other educational opportunities.

2. Provide a forum for interaction between all levels of interest related to the water pollution and hazardous waste (I&HW) control effort.

3. Recognize significant achievements in the field of I&HW control.

4. Serve as an information clearinghouse regarding specific regulations, regulatory trends, and technological developments in the area of I&HW control.

5. Provide advice to the CWEA Technical Certification Committee regarding the scope and content of examinations.

6. Develop fully all of the personnel, institutional, and financial resources available to the Committee and apply these resources, in total, to the furtherance of education, technical advance, and professional standing specifically related to the I&HW control effort.

Work Items top

Conferences top

The I&HW Committee will again be sponsoring two conferences. The first is the West Coast Water Pollution Prevention Symposium, to be held in late October 2001 in Santa Rosa, California. The Symposium Chair is Shannan Szychowski of Union Sanitary District. This year for the first time the Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network's (WRPPN's) Annual Conference. It is hoped that combining the two conferences will allow for more interaction between people doing water pollution prevention and those doing pollution prevention in other media. A total of approximately 250 people are expected to attend the joint conference. The WRPPN will take the lead on arrangements and finances, but the I&HW Committee is expected to hold separate registration for the joint conference.

The second conference is the 29th Annual CWEA Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference and Exhibition, to be held in February of 2002 in Southern California. Although a location has not yet been set, it is expected that the conference will again be held at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California. Conference Chair is Ann Heil and Arrangements Chair is Bill Garrett, both of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Ann Heil will also be handling the program for the conference. As in past years, the conference will include a one-day training session for industrial waste treatment plant operators. The session will primarily be offered in English with an available Spanish translation. Translation equipment was purchased by the Committee in 2000. Plans are being made for the conference to also include a one or two day training course by the U.S. EPA. The EPA has been requested to give a training course on development of local limitations for POTWs. If this course is not available, another training course will be considered. Plans are also being made to include a one-day separate training course for inspectors in conjunction with the conference. During the 2001-2002 year, conference planning will begin for the 2003 I&HW Conference, to be held in Northern California. Because conference space is becoming difficult to obtain in Northern California, the search for a conference location will begin in 2001. 

Meetings top

Four committee meetings are planned for both Northern California and Southern California, with an additional two joint meetings to be held. The two joint meetings will be held at the Industrial and Hazardous Waste Conference in March 2002 (Huntington Beach) and at the CWEA Annual Conference in April 2002 (Sacramento). The joint meetings will be business only. The other meetings will include technical presentations, except for the Northern California meetings that will be held in September 2001 in conjunction with the Northern Regional Training and Safety Conference and in November 2001 in conjunction with the Pollution Prevention Symposium. The final meeting schedule is attached to this workplan.

Long Range Planning/Improvement top

In late 1998, fifteen I&HW Committee members met to develop a long range plan for the I&HW Committee. Four critical areas were identified: communication, membership, leadership, and subcommittees. Projects were established to improve and enhance the I&HW Committee in these areas.


Ann Heil is chair of the Communications Task Force. This task force has created an electronic mailing list for the I&HW Committee that has proven to be highly successful. The list has over 200 members that discuss I&HW issues. Committee meeting announcements and meeting minutes are also posted to the list. The list has generated a large amount of positive feedback and seems to serve I&HW Committee members well. The I&HW Committee will continue sponsoring this list through 2001-2002. Additionally, the I&HW Committee has a web page up on the CWEA web site, at This web site includes the committee's bylaws, officers, subcommittee chairs, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, and award winners. Special announcements and regulations are also put up on the web site, as appropriate.  Maintenance of the web site will continue through 2001-2002, with Mike Zedek of the Orange County Sanitation District as the Webmaster for the I&HW Committee.


The Leadership Task Force consists of the I&HW Committee officers. The purpose of the task force is to develop committee members into successful leaders. To this end, the main project of the Leadership Task Force is to develop detailed listings of the duties of each officer. These listings are kept updated by each officer and passed to the successor of each office as the current officer leaves. Detailed duty lists have been developed for the secretary and vice-chair of the I&HW Committee. A detailed duty list for the chair will be developed during the 2001-2002 year.


The Membership Task Force is chaired by Rich von Langen. Under his leadership, the committee has developed and maintained detailed listings of all those who have attended I&HW Committee meetings and conferences. These lists have traditionally been maintained by the I&HW Committee secretary. However, at its first meeting of the 2001-2002 year, the Committee elected Kelly Christensen of Orange County Sanitation District as Membership Master for the Committee to permanently maintain the membership lists.

Other than properly tracking membership, the focus of the Membership Task Force is to find ways to better serve I&HW Committee members in outlying areas, away from the traditional Los Angeles/Orange County and Bay Area meeting locations. To this end, efforts will be made to hold one Southern California technical committee meeting in an outlying area each year. The location will be rotated between the Inland Empire, Tri-Counties, and San Diego areas. One meeting was held in the Inland Empire area in 2000, so the 2001-2002 meeting will be held in the Tri-Counties area. A similar effort is expected in Northern California. The I&HW Committee is also investigating the possibility of allowing attendance at committee meetings via conference call. CWEA staff have the technology readily available for voice conferencing. As another means of better serving outlying areas of the state, I&HW contacts from each local section will be identified and contacted.


Efforts will continue to ensure that all I&HW subcommittees are active. Subcommittee chairs are expected to help with the committee each year, either via arranging a technical speaker at a meeting or conference or providing other services.

Further Planning

Finally, as most of the changes recommended in the last long range planning effort have been implemented, in 2001-2002 the I&HW Committee will evaluate the progress on the planning effort and initiate a new planning effort. Past-Chair Allen Grayson has agreed to head up this effort. CWEA President John Larson has agreed to help the Committee with setting the format of a planning workshop and finding a facilitator for it.

Awards top

The I&HW Committee will continue its award programs essentially unchanged through 2001-2002. The Committee grants awards for Industrial Plant of the Year yearly at its I&HW Conference. Winners are chose in various categories through a competitive process. For 2001-2002, Mike Zedek will continue heading up this award effort in the South. Tim Potter of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District has headed up the award in the North for many years and will likely turn over his duties to a replacement in 2001-2002. The Committee will also grant a statewide award for Industrial and Hazardous Waste Control Person of the Year in 2001-2002 at the CWEA Annual Conference in April 2002, and will continue to award outstanding volunteers its Silver Cover Award for long-term dedication and service. One or two Silver Cover Awards are generally given out at the I&HW Conference annually.

 International Pollution Prevention Subcommitteetop

This subcommittee was formed, with financial support from WEF, to promote pollution prevention internationally. The I&HW Committee continues to support the efforts of this subcommittee but does not grant the subcommittee money for international travel. 

 Kirk Brooks Scholarship Fund top

For the past several years, the I&HW Committee has allocated $1000 or $2000 of its profits to the Kirk Brooks Scholarship Fund. As the $200,000 full funding target has been met, the contribution to the Kirk Brooks scholarship fund in 2001-2002 will be reduced to $500. 

 Reserve Funds top

The I&HW Committee turns over its profits each year to the CWEA. However, to support its activities the Committee maintains a reserve fund. This fund is used to pay expenses incurred prior to its conferences including hotel deposits, brochure printing, and mailing. The 2001 I&HW Conference required particularly large hotel deposits that required essentially the full balance of our reserve funds. The I&HW Committee was only able to pay its deposits because it had pre-paid several of them during the prior fiscal year. Because of this shortfall, it is necessary to increase the amount of reserve funds to allow all pre-conference expenses to be paid. The historical amount of $20,000 is not adequate given the growth in size of our conferences and the large deposits demanded by some hotels. Therefore, the Committee is increasing the size of its reserve fund to $25,000. This is being done over a two year period, with the reserve fund increasing to $22,500 as of the end of 2000-2001 and to $25,000 as of the end of 2001-2002.

 Miscellaneous top

The I&HW Committee often conducts one or two trainings each year in addition to its conferences and technical meetings. During 2000-2001 these trainings included an International Pollution Prevention Train-the-Trainer event in Southern California and an EPA Oil and Grease Pretreatment Training in conjunction with the Annual Conference. It is expected that several similar trainings will occur during 2001-2002. These may include TCP Environmental Compliance Inspector trainings led by committee personnel experienced in such trainings such as Larry Whitney, Regan Bailey, and Bill Garrett.


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