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EPA Launches New Program With $1 Billion in Loans Available for Water Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of approximately $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.

EPA’s WIFIA program will provide long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to creditworthy water projects. WIFIA provides another option for financing large infrastructure projects – generally at least $20 million – in addition to the State Revolving Funds and bond market. WIFIA is available to state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs. EPA estimates that funds appropriated to the WIFIA program can be leveraged at a ratio greater than 50 to one, which means the $17 million program budget could allow EPA to make approximately $1 billion in loans and stimulate about $2 billion in total infrastructure investment.

“The launch of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program marks a huge step forward for modernizing our nation’s aging water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “WIFIA gives us a new opportunity to provide billions of dollars in low-interest loans to communities to build large infrastructure projects, significantly accelerating investments that benefit our nation’s public health and water security for generations to come.”

Some of the projects that WIFIA enables EPA to provide assistance for include:

  • drinking water treatment and distribution projects
  • wastewater conveyance and treatment projects
  • enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
  • desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects
  • drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects

EPA will evaluate projects using criteria such as the extent to which the project is nationally or regionally significant, helps maintain or protect public health or the environment, protects against extreme weather, and serves regions with significant water resource challenges. EPA will make selections on a competitive basis.

EPA estimates that the U.S. needs about $660 billion in investments for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure over the next 20 years.

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Struvite Recovery Webinar Presentations Available

  • Case Studies—Struvite Recovery for Phosphorus Removal and Recovery at Wastewater Treatment Plants
    • Struvite Recovery at Durham and Rock Creek Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTF), OR  (PDF) by Peter Schauer, Clean Water Services, OR.  The presentation will discuss the history of the first struvite recovery facility in United States that was opened at the Durham WWTF in 2009, and the struvite recovery facility that opened in 2012 at the Rock Creek WWTF. Updates on the recent operations will be provided.
    • Struvite Recovery at West Boise WWTF, ID (PDF) by William Benko and Ron Gearhart, City of Boise, ID The presentation will highlight the latest operational requirements and optimization of the struvite production facility and the impacts from the 2015 startup of the enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) improvements constructed at the West Boise WWTF, as well as from Launder Street WWTF’s 2015 conversion from a chemical phosphorus removal plant to an EBPR plant.
    • Recording of complete webinar (PNCWA YouTube Channel)

PNCWA Member Spotlight

 #MyWaterLegacy (from the Coeur d'Alene Press)

After 30 years with the city of Coeur d’Alene, Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson will retire at the end of 2016. The city will host a public open house in honor of Fredrickson from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the city of Coeur d’Alene Library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. Fredrickson joined the city in November 1986 as the street department superintendent and began his tenure with the city's Wastewater Department in 1991.

Under his leadership, the city’s wastewater facilities have undergone numerous upgrades to ensure quality service and respond to the ever-changing regulatory landscape both in the state and at the federal government level. In 2013, Frederickson earned the William D. Hatfield Award from the Water Environment Federation and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, which is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. Fredrickson is also known in the community for giving hundreds of tours of the facility since 1991. Groups of children from schools, higher education officials and other community members have gotten a glimpse of the treatment plant with Frederickson as their guide. Continue reading

EPA Kicks Off Fifth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

College students compete to design green infrastructure for their campus

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a competition for college and university students to design innovative solutions for our nation’s water infrastructure. Using their campuses as labs, teams develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Since 2012, more than 420 student teams have participated in the challenge.

“Stormwater is one of the nation’s most significant water challenges, with increasing amounts of runoff polluting our nation’s streams, rivers and lakes,” said Joel Beauvais, Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “Through the Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA invites our country’s future planners, designers, and engineers to apply their classroom learning and help us solve stormwater management problems through innovative green infrastructure design and technology.”

Teams may register for the 2016 Challenge from September 1st to September 30th. The 2016 Challenge winners will be announced in spring 2017. Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win $1,000 for student teams and $2,000 for faculty research.

More information is available at

May 13, 2016

WEFTEC Wants to Celebrate Your Ingenious Fixes

WEFTEC 2016 will host the Fifth Annual Ingenuity Contest. This competition recognizes that some innovations come not from a research lab but from the need to tackle a persistent problem with nothing more than the materials at hand and a hearty dose of ingenuity with a tweak here or a little fix there.

WEFTEC will showcase these imaginative, inventive, and effective ways you’ve found to overcome those pesky problems. Selected inventors will be invited to give 10-minute presentations. The competition is open to all clever ideas related to treatment processes, collection systems, laboratory practices, stormwater, administration, human resources, you name it. The bottom line: Even if you’re not sure that your innovation qualifies, submit it. Even if you can’t come to WEFTEC, please submit your idea as we will share them with lots of people!

So, throw together a roughly 1-page description of the problem you faced and the fix you found. If your invention or idea can be photographed, snap a picture and include that. Submitters do not have to write a full WEFTEC paper. What you provide in your submission is all that is needed in writing. The Ingenuity Content submission portal is open now until May 26, 2016. Questions? Email us at ►

2016 Calendar entriesMay 6, 2016

PNCWA Calendar Project Preview some of the entries!




April 25 2016

Welcome to PNCWA

Membership in PNCWA offers great opportunities for individual and professional involvement in a versatile and active environmental association. PNCWA, along with the Water Environment Association (WEF), offer a wide range of resources for individuals to contribute to the water environment profession.
PNCWA promotes the professional development of our members, the dissemination of information to the public and policy makers, and the advancement of science and technology needed to protect human health and the environment.
We welcome you to PNCWA and look forward to your support and involvement. (Pictured are the Volunteer leaders of the PNCWA Board, Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Communication Liaisons from the April 22 meeting at Kennedy School in Portland).

What We're Following: Resource Recovery

April 18

See also:► PNCWA Resource Recovery Committee

A growing number of communities around the world grapple with environmental challenges of scarce natural resources, foul air, and polluted waterways. But thanks to decades of research, many have recognized value hiding in urban waste streams and are developing safe and effective products captured from the wastewater treatment process.

King County's Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) treats an average 175 million gallons of wastewater per day at three regional plants and two satellite plants. The Resource Recovery section manages the administration and distribution of  Loop biosolids, recycled water, and biogas.► Continue Reading

April 8, 2016

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize deadline is April 15.

PNCWA Volunteers needed to judge research papers!

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.

The competition is open to any high school student in grades 9-12, and are 15 years of age by August 1st of the competition year.  All research papers must be uploaded online no later than April 15th of each year to compete in their state’s competition.  All state winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the SJWP National Competition.  The national winner will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in the SJWP International Competition.  To learn more about the SJWP competition: ► Continue Reading .  PNCWA members wishing to volunteer to judge research papers contact Catherine Chertudi, SJWP Coordinator for PNCWA: ► or by phone:  208.384.3912.


April 8, 2016 See also: ► PNCWA Stormwater Committee

Recognizing Stormwater Management Achievements

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) launched a program this year to recognize communities for high-performing stormwater management efforts. Mark Doneux of the Capitol Region Watershed District and WEF’s Pallavi Raviprakash discuss the achievements of the US award-winning communities, including the overall winners the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and City of Fairbanks, Alaska. WEF recognized the City of Tacoma for its innovative approach to addressing contamination stemming from its industrial past. ► Continue reading (see page 16-17)




March 31, 2016; By Keith Erickson,

History of Cd'A Wastewater Treatment Plant Chronicled

In 1999, Coeur d’Alene wastewater utility superintendent Sid Fredrickson set out to write a brief 3 to 4 page history/profile on the sewage plant. The project evolved into significantly more than a summary.

Nearly 15 years later, Fredrickson recently completed a Comprehensive History of the Wastewater Department for the City of Coeur d’Alene. Fredrickson spent countless hours over the years researching old newspaper articles, wastewater department archives, City Council minutes, and old photos and illustrations to compile an 89-page history of the 75-year-old treatment plant. ► Continue Reading


March 28, 2016 See also: ► PNCWA Government Affairs Committee

Idaho DEQ seeks comment on proposed revision to statewide water quality trading guidance

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a proposed revision to its statewide water quality trading guidance.

The proposed revision incorporates concepts developed by state water quality agencies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, facilitated by Willamette Partnership and The Freshwater Trust and reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The revision ensures the guidance is current and answers common stakeholder questions. Submit written comments by April 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. MDT, on DEQ’s website or by mail or e-mail.► Continue Reading



March 24, 2016

SJWP: Students Solving Water Challenges!

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize empowers high school students to identify and research ways to solve water challenges in our communities today and into the future.  ► In 2016, research papers are due to the Water Environment Federation by April 15.  Winners must be selected for each state by the end of April.  The national SJWP competition will be held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, June 17-18. For more information or to VOLUNTEER to judge research papers, contact Catherine Chertudi, SJWP Coordinator for PNCWA: ► or by phone:  208.384.3912. ► Continue Reading
March 22, 2016

Water Environment Federation Announces White House Water Commitments

WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill to attend today’s White House Water Summit in Washington, DC

In celebration of ► World Water Day, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces its participation in today’s ► White House Water Summit and specific contributions to this long-term effort. The White House is hosting a special water summit from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and to highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future. ► Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

WEFTEC Wants to Celebrate Your Ingenious Fixes

WEFTEC 2016 will host the Fifth Annual Ingenuity Contest. This competition recognizes that some innovations come not from a research lab but from the need to tackle a persistent problem with nothing more than the materials at hand and a hearty dose of ingenuity with a tweak here or a little fix there. WEFTEC will showcase these imaginative, inventive, and effective ways you’ve found to overcome those pesky problems. Selected inventors will be invited to give 10-minute presentations. ► Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Getting Passionate About Water and Jobs

by Paul Bowen, WEF President

Recently I participated in the Young Professionals (YP) Summit sponsored by WEF/AWWA and held in conjunction with the Utility Management Conference.  Not only did I have the chance to interact with YPs, I also had the privilege of talking with numerous veterans of our military.  These young men and women, who have served our country, were eager to make connections in our industry.  As I mingled among the YPs and veterans, I found both groups wanting to engage in conversation and more than willing to talk about their goals and dreams. ► Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

WEF Awards Nominations Accepted Through April 1

It’s awards season time at WEF. WEF is now accepting nominations for their annual awards program through April 1st. Visit the Awards and Recognition webpage at ► and download the nomination form (the form is typically 1 page, length of applications can vary, each award provides instructions, including required background material). ► Continue Reading

March 1, 2016

PNCWA Calendar Project: Call for Photographs

The PNCWA Board is creating a calendar for 2017. PNCWA is a family of outstanding professionals who work hard to protect the environment and recover our resources. We would like to highlight the people, projects, and facilities that show the best of our industry in the Pacific Northwest.

The types of photos we are looking for include your wastewater facility, pump/lift station, stormwater infrastructure, or collection system. The photos can include both completed or in construction facilities. While facilities and infrastructure are fascinating, they don’t tell the whole story—This calendar will also highlight the people who operate those facilities. So please include photos of laboratory, operations and maintenance staff as well. All submission will be be published online. ► Continue Reading