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PNCWA Sponsored Students to Compete at the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Contest

Alex Howard (Timberline High School, Boise ID), Cheney Sung (Oregon Episcopal School, Portland OR) and Sagarika Samavedi (Interlake High School, Bellevue WA have been selected as 2018 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.

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New Scholarship! Daniel Keil Service for Water Legacy Scholarship Created

PNCWA’s ability to support promising students in the water environment fields has received a huge boost thanks to the generosity of David and John Keil. Their gift of $21,000, in memory of their father Daniel Keil, has established the Daniel Keil Service for Water Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college student in pursuit of a career in a water environment field who combines academic promise with a demonstrated commitment to service.

David and John said, “This scholarship is especially dear to us considering our father’s nearly 40 years of service in water professional organizations, including the National Rural Water Association and Montana Rural Water Systems, his founding roles in the Tiber County Water District and the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority, and his time as a volunteer in Sierra Leone in the Peace Corps’ first year.”

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PNCWA Utility Management Committee Leadership Change

Eric Habermeyer taking the reins at the PNCWA Utility Management Committee

Eric is a civil engineer with Seattle Public Utilities wastewater system operations group. He has 10 years of experience with the planning, design, and operation of wastewater conveyance facilities. Alex Mockos,  also with Seattle Public Utilities, will continue to assist as the vice chair and will play a lead role in some activities. The Utility Management Committee is moving forward with key issues of interests in finance, asset management, knowledge retention, and more. David Gordon, current Committee Chair has taken a position with Blue Cypress Consulting, and is relocating to the eastern U.S. 

Western Washington Short School still has room

Western Washington Short School & Trade Show for Water & Wastewater Operators, Engineers & Managers

Tuesday & Wednesday June 5 & 6, 2018
Lynnwood Convention Center
6 concurrent sessions on Tuesday & 5 on Wednesday
66 hours of training available


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Call for PNCWA Awards Nominations 2018

Announcing the 2018 Call for PNCWA Awards Nominations

The Awards Committee is seeking your help to elevate the prominence and prestige of the PNCWA and WEF Awards, so they are viewed as highly regarded, treasured, and respective of the excellent water professionals receiving the awards and recognitions.

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Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program

The Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program returns for a third year to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

Application closes May 30, 5 p.m.

Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.
The Utility of the Future framework provides a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. The recognition program component, Utility of the Future Today, was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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2018 Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference May 17-18

Roadmap to Reuse
Get ideas and insights from four innovative reuse projects at the 2018 Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference in Portland, Oregon, on May 17-18, 2018 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97220.

Program Highlights: In these four sessions, city leaders will share first-hand experiences and in-depth profiles on their projects, giving you a roadmap to reuse for your projects at home.  CEU’s offered for OR, WA and ID.

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The Future Won't Wait. It’s #TimeToBuild

April Photo of the Month: PNCWA GAC at Fly-in

PNCWA Government Affairs Committee members at the 2018 Fly-in

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Water Week Events

WATER WEEK EVENTS

National Water Policy Fly-In

April 17 - 18, 2018
Washington, DC

As the Trump Administration and Congress turn their collective focus towards infrastructure investment, it is crucial that policy makers hear directly from YOU about the challenges your utility, agency and community face; and that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now. The issues of infrastructure funding, affordability, regulatory reform, and research support will be front-and-center in 2018, and utilities nationwide must make their voices heard on these critical priorities.

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Water Week 2018 is April 16-21

What PNCWA's representatives to the Fly-in will say:

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Oregon State University Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative

Oregon State University stands ready to tackle that challenge, with help from a visionary gift to the College of Engineering. 

A $3.28 million commitment from Jon and Stephanie DeVaan has allowed OSU to launch the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative. The effort, led by Lewis Semprini, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering (pictured below), will build on the university’s strengths to become a national leader in designing, building, and testing systems-level approaches to the problem of access to clean water. 

Lewis SempriniFaculty in the College of Engineering and across campus are recognized nationally and internationally for their groundbreaking research related to water systems. Several specialize in advanced technologies for treating drinking water, wastewater, and storm water, while others focus on the infrastructure needed for sustainable water management.

The DeVaans’ gift will support graduate students who join faculty research on clean and sustainable water technology solutions. Their gift will also allow undergraduate students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, developing their research skills and their passion for finding practical solutions to this critical global problem. Continue

EPA Announces New Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for WIFIA

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. The NOFA outlines the process that prospective borrowers must follow to be considered for WIFIA credit assistance and establishes relative weights for the selection criteria. Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018 are (1) provide for clean and safe drinking water, including reducing exposure to lead in the nation’s drinking water systems and (2) repair, rehabilitate, and replace aging infrastructure and conveyance systems. Letters of interest from prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA loans will be accepted until 12:00 PM (noon) EDT on July 6, 2018.

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WIFIA in the Pacific Northwest

WIFIA-financed King County, Wash., stormwater treatment project to protect water quality in the Duwamish River

Construction is underway in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Wash., on a combined sewer overflow (CSO) wet weather treatment station that will treat up to 265 million L/d (70 mgd) of polluted stormwater runoff that currently can flow into the Duwamish River during severe rain events. The $262 million Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station — a key part of King County’s broader objective to safeguard Puget Sound — is expected to help protect the Duwamish River from stormwater pollution for the next century.

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Support the Water For People Committee

Support the Water For People Committee

The Water For People committee would like to encourage PNCWA members to join our committee! Joining the committee is a great way to show your support for the Water For People organization and the critical services they provide. Committee members help plan and implement exciting events at the conference and during the year and raise awareness of the work of Water For People among PNCWA members. Please contact Kelsey Harpham if you are interesting in becoming a part of the committee!

Beer for Water Event is Successful!

PNCWA WFP and Optimism Brewing partner for fun and a great cause.

 

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WEF Awards

WEF Awards Deadline Extended to April 15

WEF is proud to present a variety of awards recognizing hard work in protecting one of the world's most valuable resources. Award recipients are individuals and organizations that contribute to the sustainability of water resources and make a profound impact on the future of the world’s water through involvement with water professionals and education.

  • National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program
  • Individual Service and Contribution Awards
  • Education Awards
  • Organization and Association Recognition Awards
  • Operational and Design Excellence Awards
  • Published Papers

See https://www.wef.org/membership/awards-recognition/wef-awards/


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Beer for Us, Water For Everyone

Beer for Us, Water For Everyone - PNCWA Committee Supporting Water For People

To celebrate World Water Day 2018 the PNCWA Water For People Committee is teaming up with Optimism Brewing in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle to support Water For People. Optimism Brewing will be offering 'virtual pints' all day, donations of which will go to Water For People's mission of providing drinking water and sanitation services to everyone forever.

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Call for Judges for Student Design Competition

The S&YP Committee is recruiting judges for the 2018 Student Design Competition! Three judges will be selected from the pool by March 31, 2018.  The SDC Subcommittee will select judges that represent the diverse nature of our industry.  Commitments include the review and scoring of a design notebook and team presentation feedback. 

  • Judges must be WEF-PNCWA members
  • No travel will be required.
  • The presentation will utilize an interactive web based platform and will be held on April 30, 2018
  • Participation as a judge will take approximately 10-15 hours of your time.
  • Three judges will be selected from the pool by March 31, 2018
We ask you to consider lending your expertise to this competition that provides real world experience for emerging industry professionals. Submit your name to volunteer

Disinfection and Reuse Symposium 2018 WEF Call for Abstracts is open - Closes February 26th

July 29, 2018 - July 31, 20

Portland Crowne Plaza | Portland, Oregon

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