2023 P3S Conference Call for Proposals

What knowledge will you share in Monterey? Apply today to be a speaker

The 50th annual Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater conference is taking place January 30 – February 1 in Monterey.  We expect to attract 300-400 professionals to the conference.

This year’s P3S Conference Committee seeks innovative speakers to share their expertise with P3S professionals to further their knowledge and grow in their careers.

If you have an interesting topic, case study, or success story to share, please submit your proposal today. The committee is looking for presentations related to the challenges and topics listed below.

Each presentation must be 50 minutes (including discussion time) to qualify for one (1) CWEA contact hour in a specific practice area, depending on the topic.

CWEA also believes that outcome-centered learning is the best way to support conference participants, as they gain the knowledge and skills they need to do their work. Therefore, we ask presenters to design their technical sessions with engagement and practice in mind.


Deadline: September 30th at 11:59 p.m.

The 2023 P3S Program leads include:

  • William Edwards, P3S Committee Chair, City of Vacaville
  • Ed Oyama, Program Lead (primary), West Valley Sanitation District
  • Shannon Simmers,  Program Committee (secondary), City of Redlands

2023 P3S Hot Topics and Subcategories

Emerging Issues

  • Emerging Pollutants: PFAS, PFOA, PFOS Source Reduction
  • Emerging Pollutants: 6PPD, pesticides, microplastics, microbeads
  • Projects considering environmental justice
  • Responses to climate change and/or the pandemic
  • Effects of pollution on the environment and wildlife

Basic Pretreatment Training

  • Pretreatment 101, Introduction to the Pretreatment Program
  • P&ID basic training
  • Basic plan reading and HGI/GGI sizing

Source Control Inspector Training

  • Pretreatment inspections and data collection
  • Pretreatment program issues
  • Unique dischargers (cannabis, breweries, wineries, distilleries, biocremation or centralized waste treatment)
  • Chemical and monitoring equipment training

Environmental Compliance Inspector (ECI) Certification Exam Prep

  • Exam prep classes (Grades 1 through 4) and ECI practice exams

Regulations and Permitting

  • Local limits
  • Permit writing
  • Criminal/enforcement case studies
  • What to expect during an audit
  • Water reuse and enhanced source control


  • Stormwater inspections
  • Stormwater regulatory update
  • Stormwater best practices and case studies
  • Low flow diversions to sewers

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Inspections, Permitting, and Management

  • Trap and software technologies
  • Permitting
  • Restaurant inspections
  • Cleaning techniques
  • Future of FOG regulations
  • Non-traditional restaurants – microenterprise home kitchen operations (MEHKO), food trucks, food carts
  •  Source control 101 for the collection system worker

Leadership, Management, and Communication

  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership skills
  • Presentation/speaking skills
  • Supervisor 101
  • Women in P3S

Other topic areas