AC23 Conference & Expo Call for Proposals

What knowledge will you share in San Diego? Apply to be a speaker

The AC23 Education Program Committee is currently accepting presentation proposals for the upcoming Annual Conference & Expo on April 18-21, 2023, in San Diego. This is a valuable opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise.

This year’s conference theme is One Community. One PurposeThe focus is on intentionality, uniting the wastewater community, and collaborating for a greater calling.

Presentations from an experienced presenter and a first-time presenter, as well as from different disciplines, are highly preferred by the AC23 Education Program Committee.

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

Speakers whose proposals are accepted will receive a list of engagement activities appropriate to your topic that allow participants to apply knowledge and connect with each other.

Presentation proposals are due by September 20 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline. Please adhere to the proposal requirements below to be considered by the AC23 Education Program Committee. All speakers must complete their profile tasks for the presentation proposal to be considered complete.

CWEA will provide a virtual opportunity to accepted presenters to learn about effective session design in February 2023, prior to developing conference presentations.


Deadline: September 20th at 11:59 p.m.

Hot Topic Categories and Subtopics

  • Biogas Utilization
  • Solids treatment fundamentals and state-of-the-art operations
  • Biosolids management, strategy, and the future
  • Impacts of regulations and other market drivers
  • Technology – recent developments and implementations
  • Research and innovation
  • Update to WDR
  • Developing SOPs for SSOs
  • Strategies for identifying and mitigating I&I
  • Pump station design, operations, and maintenance
  • Force main maintenance and inspection training
  • Pipeline and Manhole Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques 
  • Wastewater surveillance (COVID/Monkeypox/community health)
  • Climate Resiliency and Sea Level Rise Planning
  • Impacts to Sewer Maintenance due to new Water Use Efficiency Standards
  • Decarbonization Wastewater (energy management/GHG emissions, etc)
  • Managing Construction and Supply Chain Challenges 
  • Diversity Equity, & Inclusion / Inclusive leadership / unconscious bias
  • Recognizing the mental health of your workforce
  • Managing a hybrid/remote agency workforce
  • Decision Making Skills for First-time leaders
  • How to become a frontline supervisor
  • Dealing with the public on the job site 
  • Treatment of sidestream flows
  • Watershed approaches to managing nutrients
  • Nutrient Regulations
  • Transition from carbon removal to nutrient removal for process control
  • Microbology of a nutrient system
  • Effect of cannabis industry on wastewater industry 
  • Unregulated substances of concern (PFAS)
  • Regulatory basics/refreshers/101s
  • Updates for Legally Responsible Official
  • Changes to Operator certification
  • Pre-Treatment Regulations, Inspections, and Approaches to Managing Dischargers
  • Activated sludge basics
  • Operations perspectives on managing construction
  • Odor monitoring, control, and treatment
  • Energy management
  • Disinfection optimization/chemical alternatives/operational efficiencies to reduce costs 
  • Impacts to operations and recycled water production due to new Water Use Efficiency Standards
  • Producing the right recycled water for customers (salinity/odors/trash/nutrients)
  • DPR draft criteria/enhanced source control
  • Chemical Use Strategies in Advanced Water Treatment Plants
  • O&M and optimization of advanced treatment systems 
  • Data Review and Analysis
  • Data Integrity and Ethics
  • Method Update Rule
  • PFAS Impacts on Laboratory Testing
  • TNI Standards/Maintenance for Labs
  • Cleaning and Inspection of Horizontal (GIS) Assets
  • Asset management on vertical (non-GIS) facilities
  • Reliability centered maintenance/condition assessment
  • Asset management as part of succession planning
  • SB 865 Compliance Mapping of Underground Facilities
  • O&M for non-electrical personnel
  • Digital solutions
  • Instrumentation & controls
  • Upgrading SCADA Systems and Cybersecurity


NEW for AC23: session lengths are 30 or 60 minutes.

There is no limit to the number of presentation proposals that may be submitted by an individual, company, or organization.  However, you must submit one proposal at a time using the online form.

In the proposal form, please indicate if your presentation will be 30 or 60 minutes, which can include time for discussion and questions. A 60-minute session is strongly preferred and will qualify for 1.2 CWEA contact hours in a specific practice area, depending on the topic. If you opt for a 30-minute session, the committee will consolidate it with a related topic that is also 30 minutes in length to fill a 60-minute time slot. Please also consider inviting a speaker(s) from another organization or company to fill a 60-minute session, including time for discussion and questions.

Proposals submitted by the due date will become the property of the CWEA AC23 Education Program Committee and will not be returned. Proprietary or confidential information included in proposals must be conspicuously stated.


The Education Committee will consider the educational value of each proposal, the expertise of the speakers, the speaker’s ability to engage an audience, and the speaker’s past conference evaluation results (if any). Preference will be given to presentation proposals aligned with the hot topic areas.

Additional considerations used to evaluate proposals:

  • Presentations co-presented between an experienced presenter and first-time presenter
  • Presentation co-presented between different disciplines (i.e., engineer and operations & maintenance)
  • Information that has not been presented at a previous Annual Conference
  • Clear and practical takeaways for attendees
  • Topic with wide appeal to multiple audiences or to an individual practice area


CWEA is a not-for-profit association. To keep registration costs affordable, CWEA is unable to reimburse speaker travel expenses or pay honorariums. Speakers can register/pay to attend for one day or the full conference at a slightly discounted rate (to be determined).

The success of our conference depends on the efforts of CWEA volunteers. Your interest and commitment as a speaker are greatly appreciated. If the proposal is accepted by the Education Program Committee, speakers will be required to sign a CWEA speaker agreement and complete tasks in the Cadmium platform this fall.