Early Bird registration ends Sept 12! PNCWA2014 registration for individuals is open here!


OR Regional 2014 Operators Conference News:

THE OREGON OPERATORS CONFERENCE was co sponsored by the Umpqua Basin Operators Section, the Oregon Region of PNCWA, Umqua Community College, and the Southern Oregon Subsection of PNWS-AWWA, It offered both water and wastewater CEUS. Pictured are Mark Poling, PNCWA Past President; Jason Canady, PNWS Chair; Chris Miccolis, PNCWA OR Regional Director; Jim Baird, UBOS Section President; and Robin VanWinkle of Umpqua Community College. 


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Preconference Workshops Announced:

Law & Odor – Why and How to Keep Your Neighbor Happy

Sunday, October 26    8:30 am–4:00 pm
Cost (lunch included): $100 Members, $115 Nonmembers

Sponsored by:    PNCWA Odor and Air Quality Committee

Moderator:    Miaomiao Zhang, CH2M HILL

Speakers:    Dirk Apgar, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
        Frank Dick, City of Vancouver WA Public Works
        Richard Finger, Self-employed Consultant
        David Kopchynski, Parametrix

Managing Activated Sludge for Optimization

Sunday, October 26    9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Cost (lunch included): $100 Members, $115 Nonmembers

Sponsored by:    PNCWA Plant Operations and Maintenance Committee

Moderator:    Marcos Lopez, Tetra Tech

Speakers:    Sue Lawrence, City of La Center WA            
James Santroch, Tetra Tech
Sean Scuras, Tetra Tech

Developing a Hierarchy of Assets around Functional Systems

Sunday, October 26    9:00 AM–4:30 PM   
Cost (lunch included): $100 Members, $115 Nonmembers

Sponsored by:    PNCWA Asset Management Committee

Moderator:    Marc Yarlott, Veolia North America

Speakers:    Robert “Dave” Coffman, Veolia North America
Melissa Demsky, Veolia North America        
Richard Ludlow, Oak Lodge Sanitary District


Climate Adaptation Planning: Simple ways to make sure your utility is ready for the challenges ahead

Sunday, October 26    1:00 PM–5:00 PM
Cost (lunch included): $60 Members, $75 Nonmembers

Sponsored by:    PNCWA Sustainability Committee

Moderator:    Cyndy Bratz, Bratz Environmental Engineering

Speakers:    John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho
Michael Cox, EPA Region 10
John Dummer, Clean Water Services
Charles Luce, US Forest Service
Tracy Morgenstern, City of Seattle
John Phillips, King County
Spencer Reeder, Cascadia Consultants  
Lara Whitely Binder, University of Washington


Special "Math for Operators" Workshop to run concurrently Wednesday Oct. 29

Teaching Operators Math:  An Infallible Technique Bridging Problems to Solutions

Wednesday 8:00 am–3:00 pm     $75 (lunch included)

  • Water/wastewater treatment plants are getting increasingly sophisticated as their importance in protecting human and environmental heath continues to grow. The nexus of this societal imperative is the water/wastewater treatment plant operator.
  • With so much at stake, operators must master the science and math of water/wastewater treatment.
  • The intent of this workshop is to give operators the tools and techniques to solve water/wastewater math problems that are direct, unfailing and easily understood.
  • The knowledge gained will also assist operators in passing on these techniques to their co-workers.
  • Eric Wahlberg from Brown and Caldwell brings the worlds of process engineering/plant operations and learning/knowledge in a package that will not disappoint

Oregon Operators Conference news

Find more info here.


Potential Impact of Operators moving to Environmental Management Positions

A new article in WEF Highlights addresses the issue:

(by John Seldon) When we have operators trained as technologists in our water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), how will we not lose them to environmental management positions?

When it comes to skill sets, managing personnel is a whole other kettle of fish. Those good at operating a WRRF process, whether they are trained as an engineer or technologist, are not automatically skilled at personnel management. However, these two skill sets are not mutually exclusive. Those who have a true interest and can demonstrate skill at managing personnel, budgets, and administrative tasks should be given the opportunity to try it.

In my opinion, a WRRF manager must first be a successful operator before going on to a managerial position in wastewater treatment.

But we need to be able to track our best operators-technologists through a career without losing them to management, with its traditionally higher salaries and benefits. This can be done in large measure by providing comparable compensation to both managers and senior operators who have similar levels of experience, remain up-to-date in their skills, and show long-term continuity in high-quality process performance.

Read the complete article here....

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/06/06/3168165/code-revisions-target-water-quality.html#storylink=cp
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/06/06/3168165/code-revisions-target-water-quality.html#storylink=cp

PNCWA2014 Program finalized

Download and check out the mot recent updates to the Technical Program (v9b July 8, 2014.)

The online version of the PNCWA2014 Technical Program may be found here at https://www.pncwa.net/conftool/index.php?page=browseSessions&conf=annual14

It is a great program and PNCWA thanks all the professionals who submitted abstracts. Presenters and the Technical Program are the backbone of the Annual Conference and it promises to be a superb one.





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