PNCWA Scholarship Applications Due May 22

From its inception in 2010, the PNCWA scholarship fund has awarded $19,500 in PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships. Applications and information for 2015 scholarships are at
Three to four scholarships, valued at $1,200-$1,500 each, will be awarded. At a minimum one scholarship will be dedicated for PNCWA-affiliated members and/or their dependents. Scholarship applications are encouraged from, and PNCWA will strive to award scholarships to, students attending both 2- and 4-year institutions and pursuing Associates, Bachelors, and/or Master’s degrees. Learn more or apply.


Earth Day Celebrates Water Quality

Water Quality Professionals join celebrations and help educate the public throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Coeur d'Alene, The city’s wastewater utility division provided a “Plinko” game aimed at educating players at the importance of stormwater management.

Kellogg Idaho is celebrating with the Earth Day announcement by the USDA that under its Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program, that Kellogg was awarded a $4,410,000 low interest loan and a grant of $4,980,000 (total $9,390,000) for Collections System replacement project. Likewise the City of Myrtle Point OR was awarded a $2,854,000 low interest loan and a grant of $1,100,451 (total $3,954,451) for Wastewater improvements and the Sunrise Water Association (WA) was awarded a $559,000 low interest loan and a grant of $448,000 (total $1,007,000) for Wastewater treatment facility upgrades. Read more about the program here.


Water Quality Trading in Oregon, Washington & Idaho: April 28 Webinar

April 28, 2015. 11:00 AM Pacific - 12:30 PM Pacific

Cost: PNCWA members no cost; nonmembers $90.00. 0.1 CEUS Requested.


Register online now.  



Bob Baumgartner, Moderator

Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership

Dennis Ades, Oregon DEQ

Helen Bresler, Washington DOE

Michael McIntyre, Idaho DEQ





11:00   Bob Baumgartner (Clean Water Services): Introduce presenters, review agenda, review questions to be answered
11:10   Bobby Cochran (Willamette Partnership): Overview of Water Quality Trading, National Perspective
11:25   Dennis Ades (Oregon DEQ): Status of trading in Oregon; rules and guidance; trading examples; insights on how to implement trading effectively in Oregon
11:40   Helen Bresler (WA ECY): Status of trading in Washington; rules and guidance; trading examples; insights on how to implement trading effectively in Washington
11:55   Michael McIntyre (Idaho DEQ): Status of trading in Idaho; rules and guidance; trading examples; insights on how to implement trading effectively in Idaho
12:10   Bob Baumgartner: Panel discussion 
12:30   Adjourn





How do treatment plant loadings influence the area needed for a water quality trading program? For example, will temperature loadings from a treatment plant overwhelm the ability for riparian shading to work? Or will a large phosphorus loading from one plant flood a local trading market?


Are there clear guidelines about the water quality credit available from best management practices (BMPs) and riparian restoration in the watershed to determine phosphorus credits that could be available in a water quality trading program?


Where is riparian restoration most likely to be a feasible part of a water quality trading program for temperature?


What are the range of costs per gallon or mgd for water quality trading programs for phosphorus and temperature?


Watersheds cross state borders, but state rules vary. Is cross border effluent trading possible and if so, how does it work? (There is no cross border trading framework for ID/OR/WA, but Freshwater Trust is working with all 3 states to move 3rd party certification forward.)


Does non-point source reduction need to be located upstream or downstream of the treatment plant?  Does it depend on the plant location and watershed configuration?


Increasing atmospheric temperature and decreasing snowpacks due to climate change will likely contribute to warming rivers. Given projected future conditions, will temperature limits be achievable?  Temperature regulations are based on the needs of aquatic life to keep our rivers fishable.  Any thoughts regarding how climate change may influence effluent temperature limits, the ability to meet them, and technical approaches to meeting them?



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WEFMAX in Coeur d'Alene - May 13 - 15, 2015

Reserve hotel room by
April 3, 2015
$139.00/$169.00/$189.00 | 1.800.688.5253

Meet WEF Vice President Rick Warner, WEF Board of Trustee Jenny Hartfelder, and WEF House of Delegates Speaker-Elect Jamie Eichenberger.

Learn more!

The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association will host this WEFMAX held in Coeur d'Alene, ID.  Coeur d'Alene is known as a tourist haven for outdoor pursuits.  Nestled in a pine-green mantle beside a gen of a lake, Coeur d'Alene has perhaps the most idyllic setting of any Idaho town.  Restaurants with waterfront dining, a 3,300-foot floating boardwalk, and resort hotels cluster along the water's edge.  American bald eagles and the largest population of osprey in the Western United States make their homes here; the watery playground attracts sailors and water-skiers as well.  There are more than 29 golf courses within the floating 14th hole of the golf course at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.  Lake Coeur d'Alene offers boating and water-skiing as well as fishing for bass, trout, and salmon.  World class snow skiing is within a 90 minute drive of downtown. Click on the Activities Directory for more information.

MA Leaders Summit: Wednesday, May 13th, at 2:30 pm
The Pacific Northwest CWA will host a topic for discussion on "Social Media"

WEF House of Delegates Meeting: Wednesday, May 13th at 4:00 pm

WEFMAX Session Topics: Thursday, May 14th - Friday May 15th
MA Financial Stability, Membership, MA Leadership Development, and Student Chapters

WEFMAX Host Session:  Thursday, May 14th at 3:00 pm
The Pacific Northwest CWA will lead a session on "Collaborating with Other Organizations"

Learn more!


WEF Utility Partnership Program within PNCWA

The WEF Utility Partnership Program (UPP) consolidates all WEF members within your organization onto one account, streamlining the renewal process and maximizing your resources.

Forward looking UPP member organizations within PNCWA as of Mar. 17 include

  • City of Albany
  • City of Bend
  • City of Edmonds
  • City of Gresham
  • City of Redmond
  • City of Sequim
  • City of Snoqualmie
  • City of Tacoma
  • Clark Regional Wastewater District
  • Clean Water Services
  • Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board
  • King County Dept. Of Nat'l Res & Parks
  • Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District
  • Oak Lodge Sanitary District
  • Pierce County Public Works and Utilities
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • WES Clackamas County

As an added bonus, UPP members benefit from complimentary memberships for public officials and new members, as well as special pricing on WEFTEC® and the WEF Knowledge Center.

Utility Partnership Program Brochure 2015 (in pdf format)

Key Benefits Include:

New to 2015:

  • All employees of a UPP utility will receive UPP member rates for WEFTEC registration. For more information please visit the WEFTEC UPP page.
  • Utility employees designated as members will have synchronized renewal dates, on ONE invoice, for an easy one-time per year payment.
  • 1-2 no charge memberships for elected/appointed officials, designated by the utility at their discretion.
  • Up to 5* new WEF members can be added by the utility each year, at no charge for the first year of membership.
  • 40% off the list price for all WEF Knowledge Center courses.
  • UPP members receive up to 40% off WEF Products.
  • All members, who were already WEF members, retain original membership number, credit for all years of membership, and remain a full-voting WEF member.

 *Amount of complimentary first-year memberships based on total number of members who join.

Contact Brittany for questions and enrollment!
Customer Service: | 800-666-0206
Brittany Burch: | 703-684-2400 x 7213




The Water Environment Federation and PNCWA are committed to spreading the word about the value and importance of water.  WATER’S WORTH IT, a new campaign from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) aims to raise awareness about the value and importance of water, water-related issues, and the water profession. We encourage you to learn more about this exciting new effort and how you can help WEF be a voice for water. Learn more....




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