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      Eric Magee, P.E., has joined LEE + RO, Inc. as a supervising engineer working out of the San Diego office where he brings more than 23 years of engineering experience in water, wastewater, and recycled water engineering. His experience also includes master planning for wastewater collections and stormwater projects, as well as projects for private,...

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        Long time CWEA member and volunteer, Linda Losurdo has recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. A GoFundMe page has been set up in her honor to help with necessities during this difficult time. Linda has been a loyal and dedicated member of the CWEA and local section of Santa Ana River Basin (SARBS). She stays...

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          The Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship is a scholarship for students in or interested in the water environment industry who are members of CWEA or sponsored by a CWEA member. Scholarships are given for the Fall – Summer school year following the application deadline. Applications are due on January 15 for the school year beginning the following...

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            On August 25, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler launched an innovation challenge to identify solutions to destroy PFAS. The Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge is a partnership between federal and state agencies seeking detailed plans for non-thermal technologies to destroy PFAS in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), used in firefighting. This challenge...

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              Congratulations to Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, winner of the Public Communication and Outreach Award! The utility initiated a sewer science education and outreach program that has reached more than 500 educators and more than 80,000 students, many of whom are advancing the water profession. The utility will be recognized on Oct. 7 at the WEF...

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                I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2021 CWEA State Board of Directors positions. Your local section and committee officers will receive the Executive Committee request for nominations for CWEA Directors and Officers this week. Below is a summary of the nomination process – and how you can become involved in selecting your...

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                  A panel of wastewater and public health experts has determined that occupational risk of COVID-19 infection for wastewater workers is low. The panel also found that standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel. WEF convened this blue-ribbon panel of...

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                    At CWEA, we celebrate the critical work of our members every day, but especially during the fourth annual California Water Professionals Appreciation week! On October 3-11, we will join hundreds of agencies throughout California in recognizing all you do—from keeping essential wastewater service flowing to taking action to protect California’s waterways. #ThankWaterPros Webinar Series Two webinars coming...

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                      Utilities have recognized the value of peracetic acid (PAA) as a wastewater and stormwater disinfectant for years, but limited education and design guidance have impeded its implementation. Aiming to bridge the PAA knowledge gap, Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities, a special publication from the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia),...

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                        From the Water Environment Federation… Studying concentrations of pathogens in wastewater — a practice known as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) — is a time-honored approach to gathering crucial public health data that traditional approaches might miss. During the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection...

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                          After four years of work, the Advanced Water Treatment Operator™ (AWTO™) certification program is now complete and launched by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). The exam for the highest-grade level, known as AWT5™, launched on July 15th, completing the planned roll-out of...

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                            The 2020 applications are now available online at awards.cwea.org. Recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field. Improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields. Stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment. Awards are given at the Local Section level first;...

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                              Membership Has Its Rewards: One Recruiter Will Receive a $500 Gift Card Over the course of your career, you’ve experienced first-hand the value of CWEA membership. During the 2020 CWEA Member Get a Member Campaign, encouraging your friends and colleagues to elevate their professional potential via CWEA membership allows us to further reward you –...

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                                As environmental professionals work to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, is time dedicated to the California Water Environment Association (AAEES) well spent? The answer from an active volunteer, Wendy Wert, P.E., BCEE, is a resounding yes and a compelling story. Wendy is registered civil engineer with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts....

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                                    Last week to pay it forward!!  Virtual Food Drive last day to contribute – Friday, July 17  CWEA San Diego Section, in partnership with local San Diego chapters of American Public Works Association (APWA) and Maintenance Superintendents Association (MSA) are showing our gratitude to our community of essential workers and soliciting donations to benefit those most in...

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                                      What’s in an identity? If you think of a movie star, you might remember one of their famous scenes. Think of a brand name such as Apple or Caterpillar and sleek phones or powerful, yellow machinery comes to mind. Identities are distinctive, and they tell a story. If you think about CWEA, what comes to...

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                                        View our brand resource page June Brand training for CWEA volunteer leaders New CWEA stationary New membership brochure New conference materials July New brand publicly launches New brand promo cards mailed to members Brand welcome page launches New certification materials New powerpoint templates CWEA program logos redesigned August Local Section logos redesigned September New CWEA.org...

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                                          Collaboration between WEF and Xylem aims to ensure consistent guidance for water operators. To ensure protection of the health and safety of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future, Dr. Andrew Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University, has been named Chief Medical Officer for the Water Environment Federation. As Chief Medical Officer,...

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                                            WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2021 #UMC21 Call for Abstracts Close Friday, June 26 The planning committee is now accepting abstracts, special topic sessions, and pre-conference workshop submissions. Check out the call for abstract topics to be a speaker at this prestigious management conference.  Speaking at UMC 2021 will offer increased networking opportunities, additional company exposure,...

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                                              The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Zoe Gotthold is the winner of the 2020 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. Gotthold, a student at Richland High School in Richland, Wash., developed prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy...

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                                                Member Alert: CWEA Membership renewal notices are now being emailed. In an effort to reduce paper we are now switching to email and limited mailing. Notices will start to arrive in email inboxes in the upcoming weeks from Member Services.

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                                                  At the Water Environment Federation (WEF), our vision is to create a community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment. A necessary component to achieving that vision is ensuring that every individual within the communities where we live, work, and serve is treated in an inclusive and equitable manner. The recent senseless killings...

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                                                    Update: On June 26th the CWEA Board formed a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force As water environment professionals, our mission is protecting and saving lives and operating systems that make our communities cleaner, healthier places for everyone to live in. Racism, inequality, and acts of violence are against everything CWEA stands for. CWEA stands with...

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                                                      Congratulaitons to: Thomas Hall and Joseph Lucia, WEF’s newest California WEF Life Members. Individuals who have been a member of WEF and one or more WEF Member Association for 35 or more consecutive years, and are at age 65 or older, are eligible to apply for WEF Life Membership. If you know someone that fits...

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                                                        On Friday, May 1st the gavel was passed for the first time in a virtual setting, from CWEA’s Outgoing President Kevin Calderwood to our new President Wendy Wert.  Wendy is a Civil Engineer in the Facilities Planning Division, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Congratulations Wendy! Members unanimously approved the slate of nominees for the...

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                                                          This Manual of Practice serves as an injury-reduction tool to all those working in the wastewater field. Safety, Health and Security in Wastewater Systems, MOP 1, 6th Edition, Chapter 8 There are guidelines for creating written programs and procedures as well as guidelines that describe how to perform a confined space entry, lockout/tagout, and chemical...

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                                                            Please note: Orders must be placed by a water or wastewater system. If you are not the correct contact, please share with the correct individual. Identification will be required at pick-up. Here is an announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Water-Wastewater Agency Response Network (CalWARN). Our friends at the California-Nevada American...

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                                                              Updated 4/30/20 FEMA and CalWARN offering water/wastewater utilities free cloth masks   Information from CASA… As facemasks and other essential PPE are in high demand as a result of this crisis, it may become more difficult for agencies to procure the necessary PPE to maintain operations and ensure worker safety. California Special Districts Association According...

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                                                                The CWEA History Committee was recently asked for the dates of the various name changes that our Association has adopted over the years. The initial question generated two more “naming” questions: what were the Association’s prior names and why were the changes made?  Answering the prior names question was easy – CWEA started out as the California Sewage Works Association (CSWA), transitioned to the California Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association...

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                                                                  While an association’s name is its primary element of branding, its logo is the visual representation of the association’s identify. The logo provides a means to quickly identify the association and its services. The logo should be created with visual tone and appeal that is linked strategically to the association’s mission and “story”. The current...

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                                                                    What we know today (4/16/20) WEF is continuing to work on the matter of wastewater worker protection from disease causing microorganisms and pathogens, in general — especially via aerosols — by forming a Blue Ribbon Panel to address the issue of required personal protective equipment and protective work and hygiene practices. To date, the scientific...

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                                                                      Updates These orders may apply to workers in the field and construction sites be sure to check with your employer and local health department. 4/6/20 – Riverside County requires face masks 4/7/20 – San Bernardino County requires face masks, $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail for not wearing one 4/7/20 – City of Carson...

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                                                                        WEF recently announced a brand-new resource for water professionals, Access Water®. As a 21st-century water quality professional, you need to work anywhere and everywhere on all kinds of devices and, to do that effectively, you must be able to instantly access and share technical content no matter where you are. But too often, cumbersome search...

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                                                                          WEF is pleased to offer access to a suite of new, digital programming opportunities, allowing you to connect with and learn from sector experts, while earning valuable PDHs – all from your computer or mobile device. Choose from a variety of options on the topics of most interest to you. Details can be found on the tabs...

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                                                                            Dear CWEA Member: This is a fast-moving situation and we want to provide updates as they become available. All CWEA groups are suspending events and meetings for the next eight weeks. AC20 is postponed to Oct 27-30 in Reno. We know CWEA members are essential employees who must report to work to maintain the wastewater...

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                                                                              View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > A message from WEF, our national federation… The Water Environment Federation is always focused on the health and safety of our members, whether at our events, in the water workplace, or here in the WEF office. We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19,...

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                                                                                View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here >      Download the CISA Guidance Water-Wastewater Specific Plan Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to...

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                                                                                  View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here >   This webinar occurred on March 19th. During the COVID-19 pandemic, water and wastewater utilities are currently triggering their response plans for continuity of operations. A significant component during pandemic is consideration of critical functions that include essential personnel whose role does not allow...

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                                                                                    View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here >

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                                                                                      This afternoon, Friday, March 13th, the board of directors and executive committee of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) made the necessary decision to postpone the organization’s Annual Conference, slated for Reno, NV, March 31-April 3, 2020, based on direction from California Governor Gavin Newsom to suspend large public gatherings during this public health emergency. CWEA’s...

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                                                                                        This webinar was hosted by WRF. To watch the recorded webinar, complete the registration form and you will be taken to the recorded webinar. Register and watch > The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a member of the Coronavirus family that was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in...

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                                                                                          The 2020 Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater conference set a new attendance record with 420 attendees. That is the second largest attendance record in the 2000s and the third largest since the conference began in the 1970s according to past P3S committee chairs. The conference was held at the Hilton Long Beach on January 27-29....

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                                                                                            WEF Field Guide to COVID-19 > Wastewater Treatment and COVID-19 Coronaviruses are susceptible to the same disinfection conditions in the healthcare setting as other viruses, so current disinfection conditions in wastewater treatment facilities is expected to be sufficient. This includes conditions for practices such as oxidation with hypochlorite (i.e., chlorine bleach) and peracetic acid, as...

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                                                                                              WEF Field Guide to COVID-19 >     How to avoid Coronavirus? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are maintaining a webpage on prevention and treatment of coronavirus. In short, the prevention guideance is the same for avoiding the flu. CDC Prevention guidance > Do Wastewater Workers Need to Take Special Precautions? Based...

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                                                                                                WEF Field Guide to COVID-19 > View recorded webinar > This webcast aired on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM Eastern. Please be sure to verify the most current information. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness, referred to as COVID-19. It was first detected in...

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                                                                                                  Open the Words on Water webpage to play the podcast > March 2, 2020 Dr. Rasha Maal-Bared is Senior Microbiologist at EPCOR and Scott Schaefer is Wastewater Practice Leader at AE2S and Chair of WEF’s Disinfection & Public Health Committee. In this episode Rasha and Scott discuss the coronavirus, its origin, and the agencies involved...

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                                                                                                    View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Message from WEF President, Jacqueline A. Jarrell, P.E. and  Executive Director Walter Marlowe, P.E., CAE A core part of our mission for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is sharing the latest science and technical information with you to enable protection of public health and...

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                                                                                                      The 2020 Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater conference set a new attendance record with 420 attendees. That is the second largest attendance record in the 2000s and the third largest since the conference began in the 1970s according to past P3S committee chairs. The conference was held at the Hilton Long Beach on January 27-29....

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                                                                                                        As a member of CWEA, you are invited to attend CWEA’s Annual Business Meeting and vote on the incoming CWEA Slate of Officers. This year, the voting session will occur April 3 at 11:00 AM—11:30 AM before the Awards Luncheon at CWEA’s Annual Conference. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend the...

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                                                                                                          Coverage of asset management stories is support by MentorAPM Just a few sample workshops, sessions and events related to wastewater engineering and research topics. For a complete schedule and to register visit AC.CWEA.org TUESDAY WORKSHOPS Build Your Own Asset Management Program (FEE) Facilitator: Michael Zacharia, West Yost Associates Instrumentation and Electrical Drawings 101: Hitchhiker’s Guide to...

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                                                                                                            The CWEA offices are closed on Monday. We will re-open on Tuesday Feb 18th. Have a wonderful long weekend and thank you to all the water and wastewater operators working the long holiday to help keep the clean water flowing!!

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                                                                                                              The Student Design (State and International) Competition which promotes interest in wastewater and water environment careers is an annual competition. Winners of the California competition will be sponsored by CWEA to participate in the International Water Environment Federation (WEF) competition in New Orleans or Chicago every fall. Past competition winners indicate that the trip to...

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                                                                                                                Hello, this is the winter quarterly report for the 2019 CWEA-MBS Year I want wish you all Happy Holidays from your Board of the Monterey Bay Section of the CWEA. This past year has seen some challenges and while we push through the challenges, we also had some good training and dinner events. I want to thank the MBS...

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                                                                                                                  Please note CWEA’s offices are closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020. Closed: Monday, January 20th Reopen: Tuesday January 21st

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                                                                                                                    Abstract Submission Deadline: January 30 at 4:00 p.m., MDT The WEF/AWWA Transformative Issues Symposium on Communications brings together water sector professionals to discuss today’s water communications challenges and opportunities. Submit your abstract today to be a part of the symposium’s interactive sessions and engaging discussions to help foster the exchange of ideas on this critical topic. Abstracts preferably...

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                                                                                                                      Water Amplified: The Communication Revolution This year’s Summit will focus on addressing the critical issue of communications in the water sector, and we’re excited to announce Tom Kunetz and Erin Mosley as featured speakers. They design and conduct interactive workshops and engaging lectures on a variety of personal and professional development topics. Together they open...

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                                                                                                                        It was a full year for CWEA members: responding to proposed ELAP regulations; honoring our Veterans in Water; celebrating the third annual California Water Professionals Appreciation Week and welcoming our new Executive Director Jenn Jones. Thank you for being a member, volunteering your time and dedicating your career to clean California water! “The beginning is...

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                                                                                                                          Story by Brave Blue World Production Team Liam Neeson narrated Brave Blue World shown to international water community Uplifting stories of innovation and problem-solving inspires audience Grassroots screenings scheduled before European premiere Global water leaders, innovators and activists gathered for the world premiere of Brave Blue World on December 16th in Hollywood. The powerful documentary...

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                                                                                                                            Clean Water Provisions in Final FY20 Budget After several months of negotiations beyond the start of the 2020 fiscal year, late last week Congress reached an agreement on the final FY20 budget for the federal government.  The $1.4 trillion omnibus agreement covers all 12 annual appropriations bills and will provide an increase in total federal...

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                                                                                                                              During this holiday season, our office will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2020. To leave a message with questions or issues that are not urgent you can call our office at (510) 382-7800 and leave a message at extension 0.  Questions about items with early January deadlines will be responded...

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                                                                                                                                Inspirational water documentary premieres in Los Angeles Brave Blue World premiere announced Innovators reveal an optimistic future for water Actor Matt Damon and activist Jaden Smith featured One year ago, a documentary crew set off on an incredible journey to meet with pioneers who are finding solutions to one of the world’s biggest challenges –...

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                                                                                                                                  Host a Screening Whether you are a corporate, water utility, research institute, NGO, or an organisation interested in water, and you would like to host a Brave Blue World screening, we have a number of options to suit your location and audience size! This is a great way to bring people together, to spark ideas...

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                                                                                                                                    Click here to open the November 2019 digital edition Articles include: One Way or Another Your Local Utility Lab Will Likely Soon Change Forever – an interview with three municipal California labs Profile of Lab Professional of the Year How to Get a Job in a Water Laboratory The Road Together, by Christine Sotelo, SWRCB...

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                                                                                                                                      Coverage of new ELAP regulations supported by LabWorks, waterLIMS™ ELAP will be one of several hot topics at AC20 in Reno. This year we are joining with the Nevada Water Environment Association in Reno to co-host several events. Reno is a fantastic city with affordable hotel rates and restaurants. This might be one of the...

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                                                                                                                                        By Terry Leeds Director, KC Water (originally appeared in the World Water: Stormwater Management Winter 2019 issue) As precipitation increases and collection and treatment systems age, local, regional, and national governments realize the critical need to manage stormwater not only to protect water quality, but also to save lives and property. Of course, we cannot...

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                                                                                                                                          Please join us in congratulating staff member Norah Duffy, Director of Certification, as recipient of the 2019 Next Gen Professional Award from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ​ ICE is a professional membership association providing education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry. ICE is...

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                                                                                                                                            Read the Member Value Report in the Fall issue of Clean Water CWEA also celebrated the retirement of Elizabeth Allan And welcomed new Executive Director Jenn Jones CAE, IOM 

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                                                                                                                                              The CWEA History Committee produces articles about the people, programs and plants that are significant to the history of our Association. In this edition of Clean Water, we will highlight one of CWEA’s most popular and visible awards – the California Chapter of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (CWEA 5-S). The Select Society...

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                                                                                                                                                CWEA’s New 5-S Bear Shovel  The History Committee article about the origins of CWEA’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5-S) was prompted by an historical change in the program – the adoption of a new design for California’s 5-S shovel. As Past-President Connie Leonard explains it, the design of the shovel was updated to make it unique to California.   So how and why did...

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                                                                                                                                                  Coverage of water workforce topics supported by waterTALENT At WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., announced a new effort to help American utilities surmount the looming water-sector skills shortage expected in coming years. During WEFTEC Technical Session No. 200: Water Policy Update,...

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                                                                                                                                                      With over 22,000 attendees and 992 exhibitors, WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago was one of the largest WEFTEC’s in the last decade. The event is one of the largest conferences and exhibitions for water professionals. The massive gathering of water pros this September (including a few thousand Californians!) was an opportunity for WEF to announce...

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                                                                                                                                                      In preparation for California Water Professionals Week during the first full week of October we are collecting profiles of veterans who work in the CA water sector. We are asking agency, public information and HR managers to help us gather great profiles of deserving CA water pros who are veterans. We will accept and republish...

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                                                                                                                                                        CWEA’s Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship was named after Kirtland “Kirt” Brooks, Association Manager and Bulletin editor for several years in the 1980’s. Kirt had joined the Association in the mid-60’s and become active in the San Francisco bay section and several other northern California sections. Kirt believed that by improving the technical qualification of operators...

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                                                                                                                                                          Meet Juan Guerreiro, Interim Assistant Director City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, a recipient of the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship in 2006. Juan received a Dual-Associate of Science degree in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations from Cuyamaca College but he didn’t stop there. Going on to get his Master’s, he also...

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                                                                                                                                                            A message from the Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater Conference Chair Dear Fellow Water Professionals, It is a fascinating time to work in the field of water. From enhanced source control to identifying constituents of emerging concern, new leaders and policies are emerging and changing the game. It has never been more pertinent for water professionals across...

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                                                                                                                                                              Attention Safety Professionals and Local Section Leaders Allow me to introduce myself – I am Marjorie Del Toro, your newly appointed Safety Chair for 2019-2020.  I am currently the CEO/President of ehsInc.org, SARBS past president, and part of the exclusive 5S club. I may be new to some of you; however, I am not new...

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                                                                                                                                                                CWEA held it’s 2nd Annual Student Design Competition on May 4th at the Orange County Sanitation District. A panel of distinguished CWEA members served as judges and three teams from California universities gave their best pitch for engineering designs. The judges were assembled by WEF Past President Jim Clark from Black & Veatch. The Santa Ana...

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                                                                                                                                                                  The California State Senate has voted to confirm Sean Maguire as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last year. “It is an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to continue serving the State of California,” Maguire said. “In my mind there is...

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                                                                                                                                                                    The California State Senate has voted to confirm Laurel Firestone as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following her appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this year. “It is an honor to be appointed by Governor Newsom and confirmed by the Senate to serve the people of California in this capacity.” Firestone said....

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                                                                                                                                                                      A message from the CWEA President I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the following 2020 CWEA State Board of Directors’ positions: Vice President from the South (will be President in year 3 of 4-year service); Director at-large from the North (3-year term); Director at-large from the South (serves as Treasurer in...

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                                                                                                                                                                        WEFTEC is the premier water quality event for students and young professionals interested in pursuing or developing a career in the water industry. Attend with your peers or professors to learn from some of the world’s foremost water experts. Explore below to learn about some of WEFTEC’s highlights for students and young professionals. Friday, September...

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                                                                                                                                                                          AFFI Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC), the only conference designed for and devoted to food and beverage environmental professionals of all disciplines. The 2020 Food & Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) presents the 50th annual gathering of food and beverage industry environmental professionals, their environmental consultants and vendors, and the academic community to share environmental...

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                                                                                                                                                                            CWEA’s coverage of the water workforce issues is supported by WaterTalent The Water Environment Federation’s Technical Practice Committee is looking for individuals willing to serve as authors for the first edition of an operator training manual titled Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals III – Advanced Treatment. This publication is the third in the Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals series. The...

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                                                                                                                                                                              2020 P3S Conference Hilton Long Beach January 27-29, 2020 We’ve extended the submittal deadline for the Call for Proposals for the 2020 P3S Conference until Friday September 13, 2019 as we want to make sure that everyone who’s been thinking about presenting at the conference has a chance to be included. Remember, this is a...

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                                                                                                                                                                                Earlier this year CWEA released revamped guidebooks, called Blue Prints, for the Environmental Compliance Inspector certification exam. View the new ECI blue prints here. The new Blue Prints and Suggested References make it easier to view the topic areas covered by exam. This continues the TCP Team’s plan to continuously improve certifications and help applicants navigate the certification...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s almost fall so it must be time for WEFTEC! Close to 25,000 water professionals; 1,000 technology exhibits; and hundreds of educational sessions make it one of the world’s largest water conferences. Not to be missed. California had an outstanding number of speakers selected to present. Don’t miss you friends speaking at WEFTEC. We’re also...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces 15 distinguished members (two from CWEA) as the 2019 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature, and contributions in the water profession. “These outstanding individuals have made a profound impact on the global water environment, and we are proud to recognize and honor their efforts,”...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      by Joe Haworth (as published in the Winter CWEA Bulletin 1996) That’s right! Members of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers for the California Water Environment Association can proudly proclaim that American icon, Rube Goldberg, is a member and a colleague. Mr. Goldberg, a well known cartoonist famous for gadgets and strange looking machinery,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you know an industrial user that should be recognized for their efforts and performance in process wastewater pretreatment technology, material recycling, waste minimization, pollution prevention practices, or stormwater runoff control? Here is your chance to provide them the recognition they deserve. The CWEA Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater (P3S) Committee is currently accepting nominations...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          By Michael Arceneaux and Jennifer Lyn Walker Water and wastewater utilities provide critical lifeline services to their communities and their regions. Supporting these vitally important functions requires secure information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), yet the sector’s IT and OT networks continue to face an onslaught of threats from cyber criminals, nation states, and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            CWEA recently selected Shloka Janapaty of San Jose to represent the state of California at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition for the project titled, A Novel, Fast, Low-Cost Approach to Achieve Near 100% LDPE Degradation and Leachate Remediation: Phanerochaete chrysosporium Landfill Bioremediation. Shloka’s project was selected as the first place project for California out...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              The California Water Environment Association, an association with 10,400 members working in California’s water sector, selected Jenn Jones, CAE, IOM, as their new Executive Director. Based in Oakland, CWEA is one of California’s largest associations dedicated to education and certification for water professionals. Jenn has over 20 years of association management experience and is a...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Take a Look Inside the Digital Conference Announcement! 148 Technical Sessions, 27 Workshops, 7 Facility Tours, 1,000+ Exhibitors, and more! WEFTEC gives you the opportunity to engage with water professionals from around the world, participate in prestigious programming, enhance your professional development and leadership skills, expand your business network, earn educational credits, and gain exposure...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has named Walter Marlowe, P.E., CAE as its new Executive Director. Marlow brings extensive, high-level experience in association leadership within the areas of civil engineering, construction, certification, and science, including a tenure as a Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers. As the current Executive Director of the American...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please encourage your House Member to support H.R. 1764, introduced by Representative John Garamendi.   H.R. 1764 would authorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or a delegated state under the Clean Water Act to issue a municipal clean water agency a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from five to 10 years. This change would...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Boroditsky’s TED talk in 2017. September 23, 2019 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM McCormick Place The Opening General Session sets the tone for the conference that draws thousands of water quality professionals from around the world each year. This year’s kick-off event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Lera Boroditsky, an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Message from the President As you may have heard, CWEA’s longtime Executive Director, Elizabeth Allan, will soon be enjoying a well-earned retirement. Over the last few months, the Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee conducted an extensive search for the best person to fill this important role. The Board of Directors is pleased...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Get Involved: Submit your application for the WEF House of Delegates Now Accepting Nominations for Delegate-at-Large (4 available positions) Join WEF’s House of Delegates in advancing WEF’s mission and vision by encouraging individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the water environment profession to apply for this position. WEF’s visibility in the water sector...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Each year the WEFTEC Program Committee takes on the huge task of creating the WEFTEC technical program. This group of more than 200 water sector experts volunteers their time and knowledge to solicit, review, and choose the papers and presentations that you will see in Chicago in September. With an acceptance rate of only about...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              As a token of appreciation for being a part of the Annual Conference, speakers, track facilitators, panelists and tour guides were honored by a donation in their name to the CWEA Kirt Brooks Scholarship or The Water Project – per their choice. CWEA is happy to report the final amount donated to both charities: The...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                A letter to CWEA members from CWEA’s President Collection Systems Committee Chair… Dear CWEA members, CASA is urgently seeking help from water professionals and agencies for wipes legislation they are supporting. We want to pass along their request on this important issue. CASA is sponsoring AB 1672 (Bloom). The bill would require proper labeling for wipes...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard R. McNeil also known as “Mac”, member and former President of the West County Wastewater District’s Board of Directors, died earlier this week, the agency announced. The West County Wastewater District (WCWD) is based in Richmond, CA. McNeil was a retired Political Science Professor at Contra Costa College and had been a District Board...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The 2019 Annual Conference (held at the Renaissance Palm Springs and Palm Springs Convention Center) included tracks on Leadership, Water Reuse, Biosolids, Pump Basics, Laboratory TNI Standards, Declining Flows, Asset Management, just to name a few. With over 1,000 attendees and 720 vendor attendees, the week was full of energy, learning, networking and fun! You can...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you Xylem for supporting our annual awards program! The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards program at its Annual Conference in Palm Springs on April 12. Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs plus a select group of special awards are eligible to compete statewide....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not all innovations come from a research lab. Sometimes, you need to tackle a persistent problem using just what’s at hand and a big shot of ingenuity. The competition is open to all clever ideas related to treatment processes, maintenance practice, safety measures, collection systems, laboratory practices, stormwater, administration, human resources, or anything else associated...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Utility of the Future Today recognition program returns for a fourth year to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. The deadline to apply for recognition this year is May 31. The Utility of the Future concept is being promoted as...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By now you’ve heard about the new Advanced Water Treatment Operator certification launching in May 2019 that CWEA and CA-NV AWWA have jointly developed. The AWTO certification is designed for drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment Operators working at facilities using advanced treatment technologies and related control processes. What does AWTO mean for you as...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As she retires, CWEA executive director Elizabeth Allan points with pride to the many achievements of the organization during her 17 years serving as the leader of the association’s professional staff. But it’s the people and the professional relationships she’s built that she will miss most once she leaves this spring. “We have great volunteers,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Introducing the new incoming CWEA Board of Directors. It was a unanimous vote at the Business Luncheon on Friday, April 12 in Palm Springs.  Joining the board for 2019 is: Vice President from the North—Arvind Akela Director from the North (to be Treasurer)—Shawn Nesgis Director from the South—Soma Bhadra WEF Delegate Director from the North—Debi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This year our entire available regular staff will be at AC.  That’s teamwork!  As a result, we are closing our physical office from April 8 through April 12, reopening Monday April 15. To leave a message with questions or issues that are not urgent you can call our office at (510) 382-7800 and leave a message at...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Zoeanne Tafolla We lost a friend and safety pioneer in the wastewater field on February, 24, 2019 when Lorri McAuliffe lost her six-year battle with cancer.  She and her husband, Chris, were a power couple in the field of wastewater. She was knowledgeable not only on all things safety, but she had first hand...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was a two day, in-depth Lab workshop focused on TNI topics. These are the TNI topics members told us are their top educational priorities: Quality Systems and the Chemistry and Microbiology modules in TNI 2016. We were proud to bring together a group of TNI experts from across the country to provide in-depth TNI...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        COMMENTS FROM AC18 ATTENDEES “This convention was the best one I have attended so far.” “Networking. Inspirational. Celebratory.” “The lab sessions are always useful for my profession. I am extremely happy you had the preconference workshop I could send a couple other staff members to.” “It felt like a well-rounded learning experience.” “I like the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CWEA Member and Vice Chair for the Santa Clara Valley Section, William Jennings Bryan Jr., of Gladstone, passed away unexpectedly, on the 25th of February, 2019. Comments from Silicon Valley Clean Water Manager Teresa Herrera The level of intensity has been high here at SVCW over the past month. Of course there are the normal...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today, the US Water Alliance and the UNC Environmental Finance Center are proud to release a new report, Strengthening Utilities through Consolidation: The Financial Impact. This report synthesizes the financial impacts of consolidating water utility service by looking at the real-world, diverse experiences of eight communities from across the country. There are tens of thousands...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coverage of asset management topics is supported by MentorAPM Access leading-edge content on trenchless technologies and infrastructure asset management. Trenchless Technology and Asset Management, Third Edition will help municipal managers, contractors, consulting engineers, and municipal staff engineers guide asset management programs and pipeline repair and rehabilitation efforts. Its contents provide detailed, straightforward coverage of the assessment, management,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a member of CWEA, you are invited to attend CWEA’s Annual Business Meeting and vote on the incoming CWEA Slate of Officers. This year, the voting session will occur April 12 at 11:00 AM—11:30 AM before the Awards Luncheon at CWEA’s Annual Conference. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last year, the CWEA Students and Young Professionals Committee participated in its first ever Community Service Project during the Annual Conference in Sacramento. The Water Project is a nonprofit organization helping sub-Saharan African communities gain access to clean, safe water through training expertise and financial support. The Students and Young Professionals Committee hosted an informational...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now Available: Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals Fact Sheets Chapters 1-10 Training for the operator of the future is at your finger tips today with WEF’s Operator fact sheets located in the On-Demand Wastewater Library. Members can now access fact sheets that support study efforts for all ten chapters of our Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals (WWTF) training resource. Visit the library...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ECI 2 Exam Blueprint Suggested References is now available! This is a new certification publication that is intended to help Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade 2 exam candidates better understand the test content and help trainers better understand the job role being tested. Also available is the new Technical Certification Program Candidate Handbook, which contains an overview...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Opening General Session: Leaders Aren’t Just Born at the Top Drew Dudley, Leadership Expert and Founder of Day One Leadership Wednesday, April 10th, Palm Springs Convention Center Leadership isn’t just for top bosses. Everyone, at every level of an organization, is a leader—and they likely don’t even recognize it. But, getting people to see their...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The TCP Committee and staff are working hard to improve our certification publications and to continue developing new content to help our members and candidate applicants. There will be several new publications rolling out in 2019. The new TCP Candidate Handbook is for certification applicants of all vocations. It contains an overview of the certification program’s...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CWEA along with WEF and several member associations in the water sector recently signed the following Water Infrastructure Letter to Congress in response to Congress urging that water infrastructure funding and financing be included in the expected major infrastructure package: The undersigned organizations write to urge Congress to include funding and financing for drinking water,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              P3S19 Conference Feb 11-13 Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay, Seaside View P3S19 conference webpage > Join us for an exciting opening session on Monday, Feb 13th at 9:00 am. Opening speakers include: Joe Charbonnet is a Science and Policy Associate at the Green Science Policy Institute. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Civil and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CWEA member Peter Jay Laubenheimer passed away in Sacramento on December 18, 2018. Pete joined Kennedy/Jenks in 1980 and established himself very rapidly as an in-house expert in hydraulics and wastewater treatment. Throughout the ’80s, he worked on large wastewater treatment plant design projects under the Federal Clean Water Program at Carmel, Reno-Sparks and many...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  During this holiday season, our office will be closed Monday, December 24th and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. To leave a message with questions or issues that are not urgent you can call our office at (510) 382-7800 and leave a message at extension 0.  Questions about items with early January deadlines will be responded...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District has hired Mike Prinz, a longtime North Bay wastewater official, as its general manager. Prinz, 48, of Santa Rosa, is an outgoing deputy director at the Santa Rosa Water Department and has more than 20 years of experience in water and wastewater management. The Las Gallinas sanitary district board...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WEF is seeking Spanish language abstracts for WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2019. More information about this conference can be found here. Download this PDF call for abstracts in Spanish that you to distribute among your networks. Abstracts are due via e-mail by November 26th.    

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Member Value Report  This year CWEA is celebrating 90 years. In those years many things have changed, but many things have remained the same. One of the stalwarts of CWEA is the diversity of its membership, and the willingness of those members to share their knowledge with others.  Three CWEA life members, all former Presidents of the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Member Value Report Mauricio Marin of Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is no stranger to instrumentation, controls and a switchboard. With his 25 years experience in the automation industry, the last 12 at VVWRA, he has provided electrical safety programs, initiated the first ever Main Switchboard electrical maintenance program at VVWRA and continues to provide training to plant personnel...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dear CWEA Members: I wanted to let you know that I will be retiring as CWEA’s Executive Director at the end of April 2019. A new phase of life awaits me. Choosing to retire from CWEA is definitely bittersweet for me. I love CWEA, our members, our staff, and our mission. I will miss you...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Attention pollution prevention, pretreatment, and stormwater professionals:  the CWEA P3S Committee is offering grants for P3S-related projects and has just extended their deadline to November 30! Don’t miss out and complete your application today! The Committee is excited to continue the grants program for P3S-related projects. Agencies are encourages to get creative and partner with community groups...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you, your colleagues or your staff looking to improve their leadership skills? The Water Leadership Institute (WLI) is now accepting applications for the 2019 program. WEF is looking for a diverse group representing all aspects of jobs in water sector (operators, engineers, scientists, communications staff, etc.) to join the 237 alumni active around the world.  WEF membership...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CWEA has decided to change vendors on the CWEA Local Section and State plaques. The new vendor is Rivanna, which is the same vendor as WEF award plaques. These new plaques are Bamboo 24 Gold Spectrum Plaque with a satin gold aluminum front plate. Bamboo is a grass and a rapidly renewable resource. Rivanna bamboo...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) was held in New Orleans Oct 1-3. With over 20,000 attendees it is one of the world’s largest clean water conventions. There are over 1,000 technology displays inside the 1-mile long New Orleans exhibit hall. California had an outstanding showing with over 150 Californians serving...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CWEA joined hundreds of agencies throughout California to celebrate the second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week between Oct. 6-14. This year, we focused on Women In Water and Veterans in Water by highlighting career opportunities and recognizing women and veterans dedicated to serving their communities. CWEA partnered with CASA, Katz and Associates, ACWA, and several...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The role of the CWEA Board of Directors is to set the vision and direction of the organization. To that end, we routinely undertake strategic planning at the same time we are continuing the programs and training our members have come to rely on. Our current strategic plan focuses on the value of CWEA both...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The California Legislature officially designated the first week in October California Water Professionals Appreciation Week. This year it will be October 6-14. New this year – we’re highlighting women and veterans in the water profession. We want to highlight our awesome team members and encourage more women and veterans to join our profession. You can...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scholarships Available for Utility Staff to Visit Utilities with Innovations of Interest Scholarships are available for utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest. The exchange, supported by WRF, WEF, and NACWA, provides an effective way for utilities to learn about, gain confidence in, and adopt new technologies and approaches more quickly. As water resource recovery...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Be sure to catch your friends and co-workers presenting at WEFTEC.  These are just a few of the great California speakers and presentations. Be sure to check the WEFTEC app for more details. WEFTEC.org Saturday CWEA Networking Dinner CWEA members and their guest are $55pp for this networking dinner. Organized by the Santa Ana River...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Water Environment Federation has released a line of training tools to equip operators with 21st century wastewater treatment methods and practices. The series helps prepare operators for the first three levels of certification examinations and qualify for continuing education credits (CEUs). The first publication in the series, Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals I: Liquid Treatment, covers all...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Connie Leonard, 2018-2019 CWEA President & Executive Committee Chair, CDM Smith, [email protected] I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2019 CWEA State Board of Directors positions. Your local section and committee officers received the Executive Committee request for nominations for CWEA Directors and Officers last week.  Below is a...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Everyone loves a great story. Do you have a great project or technology success story to share?  Apply now to speak at CWEA’s Annual Conference (AC19) in Palm Springs, April 9-12, 2019. We’re interested in project/technology stories about resource recovery, asset management, collection systems, laboratory management, water reuse and more. View the detailed list of challenge areas and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In keeping with the October Wastewater Professional theme of “Women in Water,” the CWEA History Committee has produced a brief profile of a woman who was a pioneer in the history of CWEA’s governance. Background Historically, the wastewater collection and treatment field in California was dominated by men through most of the 20th century.  And,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The CWEA P3S Committee is currently accepting proposals for conference sessions from individuals, groups and  organizations for the upcoming 2019 P3S Annual Conference to be held February 10-13 at Embassy Suites Monterey Bay Seaside. We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge and expertise with P3S leaders from...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          California’s water and wastewater agencies need approximately 6,000 new workers every year and that number continues to grow as more and more water professionals retire. Water careers provide an incredible opportunity for individuals who enjoy working with their hands, working outdoors and working as part of a larger team. Water careers offer great salaries and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “The CWEA has divided the state into 17 geographical Local Sections to accommodate its members’ needs across the State in a local format. Local Sections are grouped into two regions, Northern and Southern, and have quarterly Regional Committee meetings to discuss regional or statewide issues, and to share information with other Local Sections. Each CWEA...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Follow the Flush is a uniquely humorous, educational and participatory 5K walk that follows the path of Santa Cruz wastewater through natural and urban landscape. The free family-friendly event, recently held in May began at UC Santa Cruz and concluded at the City of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility where free tours were offered. The...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces that Braden Milford has won the 2018 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. Milford, a student at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, developed a system using naturally occurring bacteria to remove heavy metals from contaminated abandoned mine sites. He won...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you Student Design Competition Supporters We’ve started an important, new tradition at CWEA. We held our first ever Student Design Competition on Saturday, May 19th. A panel of distinguished CWEA members served as judges and five teams from California universities gave their best pitch for engineering designs. The judges were assembled by WEF Past President Jim Clark from Black...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our apologies – we need to CANCEL the June 14th CWEA certification orientation webinar. We had a staffing change and need to adjust assignments. Please be sure to remove any calendar reminder from your system. We cannot cancel those. Here are some additional resources to help prepare for a certification exam: Previously recorded orientation CWEA webinar...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CWEA President Debi Lewis updated attendees at the April 20th Annual Business Meeting on the State of the Association. The Association received a clean audit for FY16-17 with one departure from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which we anticipated (for treatment of membership dues on a cash basis). CWEA’s fiscal year ends June 30th; a...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reprinted from National Water Research Institute (NWRI) To continue our celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Clarke Prize Award, NWRI is pleased to showcase Laureate Dr. Perry McCarty, who won the award in 1997 for his research in environmental biotechnology.  McCarty is the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Emeritus...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced the Water Affordability Act of 2018, legislation that would help low-income families across the country pay for rising sewer and water bills. As municipalities work to comply with The Clean Water Act, the cost of compliance is placing a high burden on low-income families who pay for sewer and water...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is asking utilities to help assemble baseline data on the amount of resource recovery taking place at facilities in the U.S. and Canada. WEF is asking water resource recovery facilities to complete a survey by June 29 on current practices for water reuse, nutrient recovery, and energy generation. By participating...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Six years ago, 2017 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Fellow Ed McCormick led the development and implementation of an energizing program for the water sector. The program cemented East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; Oakland, Calif.) as the first North American water resource recovery facility to be a net producer of renewable energy. But according to McCormick,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) and California Water Environment Association (CWEA) have signed a memorandum of agreement to jointly develop the Advanced Water Treatment Operator (AWTO) Certification program. The certification exams are expected to be ready in the Spring of 2019. The certification will be open to all California...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Hyatt Regency Orange County Anaheim, California February 25-28, 2020 ABSTRACT SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: June 27, 2019 This conference is jointly sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and is held in cooperation with the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). The Conference Planning Committee...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2017 awards program at its Annual Conference in Sacramento on April 20. Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs plus a select group of special awards are eligible to compete statewide. To kick off the ceremony, Small Plant of the Year winner,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CWEA is excited to announce that Visala Tallavarjula of Santa Clara, California will once again represent the state of California for her project titled, “Irrigation Water Usage Efficiency Improvement by Modification of Root Zone Soil Properties Using Carbon Sequestration.” Visala was California’s winner in 2016, 2017 and this year! Visala Tallavarjula, one of 57 state winners announced by the Water...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you to our AC18 sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make the conference possible. View list of exhibitors > PURE WATER LEVEL TERTIARY LEVEL SECONDARY LEVEL SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On Friday April 20th the gavel was passed from CWEA’s Outgoing President Debi Lewis to our new President Connie Leonard.  Connie is a Project Manager for CDM Smith, based in the LA region. Congratulations Connie! Members unanimously approved the slate of nominees for the 2018-19 Board of Directors as recommended by the Board: Vice President...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One month ago CWEA held its Annual Conference in Sacramento to a record number of attendees. “We need to serve our communities – communities where we all live with our families. Stronger together means you can ask for help and it also means that you will find it.” – Debi Lewis CWEA Past President, Stantec...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CWEA members need your help! We’re trying to send two awesome teams to WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans and we need your help. CWEA is sending the LA Wrecking Crew to compete in the Ops Challenge. And, for the first time ever, CWEA is sending a California college team from UC Irvine to the Student Design...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As we build California’s water utilities of the future, one of the most common issues raised is workforce readiness. Where will all of those highly-skilled and experienced water professionals come from?  Particularly since 30-50% of the current workforce is in the process of retiring. To better understand the workforce skills gap, the Water Research Foundation...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As CWEA begins our new fiscal year in July, there are a few open volunteer leadership posts. If you are interested or know a good candidate, please see the nomination contact info below. Northern Safety Day – Program Planning Committee members Help plan the educational tracks and speakers for the annual Northern Safety Day seminar...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the California Water Environment Association and the CWEA History Committee is counting down to the 2028 CWEA Centennial.  To mark our 90th year, the CWEA History Committee has compiled some CWEA “founding facts.” AWWA and the Founding of CWEA – 1928 Did you know the American...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Utility of the Future (UOTF) concept is being promoted as the nation’s water systems transform operation through innovation and technology.  The Utility of the Future model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. “It is inspiring to see the many ways utilities are using innovation to...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WEFTEC® 2018 will host the seventh annual Operator Ingenuity Contest. Not all innovations come from a research lab. Sometimes, you need to tackle a persistent problem using just what’s at hand and a big shot of ingenuity. The competition is open to all clever ideas related to treatment processes, maintenance practices, safety measures, collection systems,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today, EPA announced the availability of approximately $5.5 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. This financing will help support approximately $11 billion in total infrastructure investment. In the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the WIFIA program solicits letters of interest from prospective borrowers seeking credit assistance from EPA....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 45th Annual Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater Conference was held in Riverside at the Riverside Convention Center on February 12–14, 2018. The conference offered up to 19.1 CWEA contact hours toward all technical certifications, up to 5 SWRCB Drinking Water contact hours for distribution hours, and 2.4 SWRCB WastewaterCEU’s. Conference brochure (pdf).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Every two years, the odor community comes together to share the latest developments, resolve challenges, and network, and this year the Odors and Air Pollutants Conference takes place in Portland, Oregon from March 25-28.  A committed team of volunteers have worked for months to develop the conference program, including speakers from across the world who will share...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CWEA members are invited to attend CWEA’s Annual Business Meeting and vote on the incoming CWEA Slate of Officers. This year, the voting session will occur April 20 at 11:00 AM—11:30 AM at the beginning of the Awards Luncheon at CWEA’s Annual Conference. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend the Annual Business...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At WEFTEC® 2017, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) named James H. Clark, WEF past president, to its latest class of WEF Fellows program honorees. This program celebrates the outstanding contributions WEF members have made to the water and wastewater sectors. Clark, who currently is a Los Angeles-based senior vice president for Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.),...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Union Sanitary District (USD) is celebrating 100 years of providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to its communities with a look back at its history, a look forward to the future, and an Open House event on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to share some family-friendly fun with customers. CWEA members are invited to attend as the District features treatment plant tours, kid-friendly activities,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Take a look at some hot topic sessions for Thursday, April 19th and start planning your schedule. Early bird deadline is March 2, just a few weeks away. Register today and save $100! AC18 will be here before you know it. Register online. FEATURED TRACKS THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Deep Dive: New Advanced Water Treatment Operator Certification and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ACWA, WEF join with U.S. EPA to host seven workshops  Mark Patrick McGuire and Katie Foreman In early December 2017, representatives from 24 state clean water programs involved in managing nutrient pollution as well as headquarters and regional staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met for 3 days to learn, discuss, and confer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The chance to participate in the Singapore International Water Week Scholarship Program was a wonderful opportunity to see how the rest of the world was approaching the same problems I encounter at our agency in Northern California. Singapore has made its approach to water management a business strategy for the country that it uses for...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) is opening the application process for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), an annual water research competition for California high school students. Applications are due by April 15, 2018. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is the world’s most prestigious water-science competition for students. The winner of the California...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FEATURED TRACKS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Are Regulations Spoiling the Co-Digestion Party? Sarah Deslauriers, Engineer, Carollo Engineers State-driven methane reducing mandates are under development that require the wastewater sector’s and local air district’s support to achieve them on time. Collaborate with state and regional regulators to determine if your agency can be part of the solution....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coverage of the wipes issue is supported by Aqualitec. WEF and NACWA File Amicus Brief in Support of District of Columbia’s Wipes Law By: Brianne Nakamura and Steve Spicer On Nov. 14, 2017 the Water Environment Federation and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies filed an amicus brief in support of a District of Columbia...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A policy perspective By: Amy Kathman In August 2017, a 2-day experts’ workshop, titled Creating the Space to Innovate, culminated a year’s worth of progress in advancing innovation. Leadership, culture, procurement practices, regulatory programs and policies, and permit conditions all contribute to putting innovation into practice as much as does the development of new technologies....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did you know that CWEA’s second President was an early leader in the field of collection system maintenance? The CWEA History Committee uncovered this little-known fact when we started documenting our early Association leaders. The CWEA History Committee introduced its “Past President Project” in the January 2015 issue of the Wastewater Professional. The goal of...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Being honored by the CWEA awards program improves the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields and stimulates public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment. CWEA has a many special awards that are awarded to individuals in addition to the standard state awards. Follow the links to...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The WEF Disinfection and Public Health Committee is seeking your input on your current practices regarding the design, operations, and performance of disinfection facilities. This survey was developed to update previous 1979 and 1989 surveys.  Your name and any information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence, and will only be reported as...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the most anticipated events during WEFTEC, the Operations Challenge is a unique and fast-paced test of the essential skills needed to operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities, their collections systems and laboratories — all vital to the protection of public health and the environment. This year’s competition included 44 teams from the U.S.,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FROM EPA: Preparedness and Response – Tools for Water Utilities Wildfires have caused major damage to homes and infrastructure in communities across California. EPA has developed several tools to help utilities respond to and recover from a variety of hazards, including wildfires. For area-specific information, pay attention to current watches and warnings issued by your...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WEAT-North Texas Section Harvey Relief Fundraiser The Water Environment Association of Texas – North Texas Section will match donations up to $5,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief to help assist water and wastewater utilities during this time as they wait for the water to recede. The utilities will be faced with many challenges ahead as they...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                John Robinson, CWEA LABS President will be speaking to the Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) AWWA/CWEA chapter on November 9th. This is his 3rd year speaking to the chapter while mentoring a senior design class for the last 4 years. The senior class last year won the 2016-2017 Engineering Project Showcase: Wastewater Sanitation and Reclamation: Solutions for Sustainable...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two U.S. high school students – Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe of Manhasset, N.Y. – have won the world’s most prestigious competition for water-related research for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with bacteria. Chang and Thorpe were awarded the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on August 29 in Stockholm for their...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Debi Lewis, 2017-2018 CWEA President & Executive Committee Chair, Stantec, Inc., [email protected] I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2018 CWEA State Board of Directors positions. Your local section and committee officers will receive the Executive Committee request for nominations for CWEA Directors and Officers next week.  Below is a...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces 11 distinguished members as the 2017 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature, and contributions in the water profession. Jim Clark and Ed McCormick are WEF Past President’s and CWEA Members. “WEF Fellows have significant professional accomplishments and have made impact in fields relevant to...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Twenty-five water utilities have been selected for recognition of their leadership in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities. The Utility of the Future framework provides...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and six other associations in the water sector issued a guide that assesses the feasibility of rate-funded customer assistance programs (CAPs) in each state to assist low-income households in the U.S. with rising water and wastewater rates. Water and wastewater rates in the United States are increasing sharply as utilities...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              National Green Infrastructure Certification Program celebrates a first year of successes By Pallavi Raviprakash The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) has two main purposes: to encourage water quality improvements via green infrastructure (GI) projects and to create jobs for those who know how to build them. NGICP took several major steps in the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Members attending CWEA’s April 28th Annual Business Meeting unanimously approved the slate of nominees for the 2017-18 Board of Directors as recommended by the Board: Vice President from the North (becoming President in 2019-20): Kevin Calderwood, Senior Project Manager at HDR Director from the South: Vicki Conway, Departmental Engineer, Wastewater Management, Sanitation Districts of Los...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thinking about becoming certified? Unsure of the next steps? Join us for a Technical Certification Orientation Webinar where we will cover the basics: The application process Developing a study plan What to expect on test day Now that you’re certified – how to renew And of course – we’ll cover the importance of certification This...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education is offering community college classes and scholarships for students seeking a career in the water and wastewater industry. Registration is now open for continuing or new students. The first class begins Wednesday evening, August 30th in Redwood City at 1400 Radio Road, from 6 to 9 p.m....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Volunteer Service Recognition Program honors a member’s significant contributions to WEF’s successes and achievements. The WEF Committee Leadership Council and House of Delegates (HOD) created this program to recognize outstanding volunteers who serve WEF through a committee or the HOD. “This program is a token of our deep appreciation for...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is considered the world’s most prestigious award presented to a high school student for a water-research project. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has coordinated the U.S. competition since its inception in 1997, and partners closely with their Member Association (MA) to execute the program. Initially a paper competition from...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund is a grant-making program for students who are engaged in the water environment field and who are members of CWEA or sponsored by CWEA members. CWEA established the endowment for an academic scholarship fund in 1988 with the main purpose of the program to provide educational funding assistance to individuals in the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tips and tricks for designing memorable conference presentations using the latest adult learning science. By Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presentations from the P3S 2017 Conference in Santa Rosa are now available at http://library.cwea.org/2017-p3s-conference. Thank you to all who came and presented! We are extremely grateful you shared your time and expertise with the P3S community. For those interested, an archive of presentations from pre-2017 P3S conferences and training events are available on our old...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chris Lundeen, CWEA Director of Certification, has accepted a position at a heath care professional certification board based in San Francisco. “It’s an exceptional opportunity for Chris, one that doesn’t come along often,” said CWEA executive director Elizabeth Allan, “so I’m thrilled for him on a personal level while at the same time very sad...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The City worked thoughtfully with its engineering team to design a wastewater treatment facility that can withstand the test of time. Upgrades will provide capacity for current and entitled projects within the City. The $28.5 million dollar project will provide safe, reliable service to Dixon residents and businesses now and for future generations. Download Flyer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sponsored by Interdependency is at the heart of the life of a water professional — what we do and how we act ripples throughout the water system that connects us all. And yet, much of our attention remains focused on common or technical-based problems but not with understanding the impact of our actions on the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We heard loud and clear from members today that they need more time to register for AC17 in Palm Springs. You got it! Early-bird registration is now extended until 3/24. But hurry get those registrations in soon! AC17 website Register on-line Hotel information Exhibitor information (hurry exhibit booths will soon sell out!) Sponsorship information Here’s a great...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CWEA members are invited to attend CWEA’s Annual Business Meeting and vote on the incoming CWEA Slate of Officers. This year, the voting session will occur April 28 at 11:00 AM—11:30 AM at the beginning of the Awards Luncheon at CWEA’s Annual Conference. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The following CWEA members recently became WEF Life Members. Congratulations! Richard F. Luthy Roger V. Stephenson Adam Olivieri Walter Bishop Individuals who have been a member of WEF and one or more WEF Member Association for 35 or more consecutive years, and are at age 65 or older, are eligible to apply for WEF Life Membership. The WEF Life...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is your Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team feeling overloaded and struggling to prioritize work orders? Maybe you see the need for more strategic approach to maintenance? This workshop provides an in-depth look at asset management philosophies used by many wastewater agencies across the country. The system is known as reliability centered maintenance, or RCM, and...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Know a Cal State student in need of a great internship? The Cal State Water Resources and Policy Institute (WRPI) has a great program to help connect students with great EPA internships in science, communication, research and in other practice areas… The California State University (CSU) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On November 10th 2016 CWEA’s Southern Sections Collection Systems Committee (SSCSC) held it 64th successful Workshop. The host site was at the city of San Diego’s Water Utility Center on Topaz Way. Two hundred fifty (250) attendees traveled from San Diego County, the Inland Empire and Orange County areas. Seventeen vendor firms and their representatives...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Jan. 10, 2017, the EPA issued in the Federal Registry a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the new Water Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Organizations interested in applying for low-interest loans and loan guarantees have until April 10, 2017, to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the EPA. Visit the EPA’s WIFIA...