President's Message December 2022

lara kammereck

As we reach the end of 2022, I am grateful for our tri-state association returning to in-person activities where members reconnected. Committee participation has significantly increased, more than 900 attended the annual conference in Spokane, and region and section workshops were once again full. I am hopeful we will continue this strong engagement in 2023.

I recently attended the Oregon Operators Conference at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, Oregon. The event, in partnership with the PNCWA Oregon Region, Umpqua Basin Operators Section (UBOS), American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest Section, and Umpqua Community College, provides operators the opportunity to earn CEUs through technical presentations, facility tours, workshops, and a tradeshow. Seeing so many water and wastewater professionals gathered to network, engage, and exchange ideas was inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the hands-on demonstrations of products and services in our field.

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Government Affairs Update December 2022

gov't updateOregon
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing amendments to its water quality standards to protect aquatic life in Oregon Administrative Rules OAR-340-041-0002 and OAR-340-041-0101 through OAR-340-041-0340. These rules update and clarify Oregon’s Aquatic Life Use Subcategory designations based on newly available data. DEQ will open the public comment period on the proposed rules in mid-November 2022 until January 6, 2023. DEQ will also hold a public hearing on the proposed rulemaking at 3 p.m. Pacific on Dec. 15, 2022 by webinar/teleconference. To receive updates on this rulemaking, sign up at GovDelivery.

In case you missed it! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the following actions on PFAS in the last three months:

  • September 2022: The EPA is proposing to remove 12 chemicals identified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products to better protect human health and the environment. READ MORE.
  • October 2022: The EPA announced $748,180 in research grant funding to three institutions for research to improve understanding of how people are exposed to PFAS in several communities throughout the country. Funding was awarded to Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA), Duke University (Durham, NC), and Emory University (Atlanta, GA). READ MORE.
  • November 2022: The EPA published the Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 5), which will serve as the basis for regulatory considerations over the next five years under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The update included substantial expansion of PFAS, an important first step towards identifying additional PFAS that may require regulation under SDWA. READ MORE.
  • The EPA released “A Year of Progress Under EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap,” a report that underscores key actions taken by the agency during the first year of implementing the PFAS Roadmap. “EPA continues to deliver on its promise to confront PFAS and protect the health of people and communities across the nation,” said Radhika Fox, Assistant Administrator for Water and Co-Chair of EPA’s Council on PFAS. “Today’s progress report highlights how much we have accomplished in the first year of implementing the PFAS Roadmap. The report also signals important actions the agency will take in the year to come, including our work to invest $10 billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in solutions to protect communities from emerging contaminants like PFAS.” READ MORE.

President's Message November 2022

lara kammereckAutumn in the Pacific Northwest is a gorgeous season where leaves turn golden, the rain returns, and the weather cools. It’s also the time of year when the PNCWA board starts budget planning for 2023. We like to start the new calendar year with an approved budget that provides a roadmap of the activities for the coming year and the celebration of our annual conference in September.

We have begun reaching out to our committee chairs to finalize their goals, objectives, and work plans for 2023, including budget requests due by mid-November. The PNCWA board will review these requests, ensure they align with the Association’s strategic plan, and use them to create our budget framework. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Schmidt, our new Managing Director, at [email protected]. We appreciate the extra effort to keep our budget timeline on track and set our committees up for success in the coming year.

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Apply Now for Adopt-A-School Funding

Do you know educators or students who are working toward water science and career-connected education goals? The Adopt-A-School program was established to support stormwater and wastewater education, involvement, and restoration activities by K-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The average project funding level is $500 per application, and funding supports field learning activities, lab equipment, native plants, and more. If you’re a teacher, school, or school district, you can apply!

PNCWA is now accepting applications through January 14, 2023. Learn more and apply at

Government Affairs Update November 2022

gov't updateIdaho WQS and IDPES Rules Update
DEQ held a virtual scoping meeting on October 19, 2022, before initiating a rulemaking for Water Quality Standards and the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program. All agencies are required to perform a critical and comprehensive review of their chapters’ rules to reduce the overall regulatory burden, streamline various provisions, and increase clarity and ease of use.

Fuel Tank Seismic Stability
Oregon DEQ is developing rules to make Oregon fuel storage tanks more seismically resilient. A rules advisory committee was formed and met for the first time in late October 2022 to discuss the new Fuel Tank Seismic Stability program. The program is applicable to facilities that can store more than 2 million gallons of fuel on site, specifically within Lane, Multnomah, and Columbia counties. The work is a result of SB 1567, which passed in 2022. DEQ will be developing the program in coordination with DOGAMI.

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Resource Recovery Facility Spotlight - Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission’s (MWMC) Renewable Natural Gas Project

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The Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission’s (MWMC) Renewable Natural Gas Project was recently selected as the recipient of the 2022 Excellence in Resource Recovery Award. This award is presented to agencies that demonstrate outstanding performance in moving the concept of resource recovery forward in the Pacific Northwest region.

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Committee Spotlight: Resource Recovery, Sustainability, and Biosolids

Saltese Flats Wetland Restoration

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Heed the Call to Join the Stormwater Committee

Hello everyone, and welcome to the PNCWA Stormwater Committee!

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Know a Student or Young Professional? Get Them Involved

The Student and Young Professional Committee is excited to introduce our new leadership team and share our goals for the future of our committee. Based out of Portland, Riley Murnane is serving as our new chair. Riley has lived in Oregon for the last seven years and currently works for Hazen and Sawyer. Our vice chair, Cody Sprague, is from Boise and currently works at Mountain Waterworks as an engineer. Hannah Thomascall is the new S&YP board liaison and an engineer at Spokane County.

riley murnane  cody sprague  hannah thomascall 
Riley Murnane Cody Sprague Hannah Thomascall


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Submit Your Application for the 2023 InFLOW Program

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In 2019, the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) launched a program called InFLOW (Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water): an initiative that strives to identify promising students and young professionals from underrepresented minority groups who are interested in careers in the water industry. PNCWA is continuing in its mission to change the face of the water industry and help build a more diverse and inclusive world.

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President's Message September 2022

lara kammereckIt’s with great honor, gratitude, and excitement that I write my first message to you as president of PNCWA’s board of directors. As I accept this torch from Rob Lee, I’m reminded of the values and objectives that drew me to this community and the gratifying time I’ve spent in its service, all of which underscore the significance of my new responsibilities to you.

I joined PNCWA fifteen years ago. My time with the association has been marked by learning experiences and meaningful relationships formed through various committees and special initiatives, and, in 2018, I joined the board as secretary. Throughout these years, I’ve also served as a senior project manager in the Seattle area for Carollo Engineers, a role that has put me face-to-face with the challenges and opportunities PNCWA explores through collaboration, innovation, and exchange as well as the influence of our contributions toward providing clean water and securing healthy watersheds.

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PNCWA2022 By the Numbers


What a fantastic turnout at PNCWA 2022! We exceeded our attendance and sponsorship goals, brought back the Ops Challenge, toured treatment plants, learned about some of the latest technologies and innovations, and networked with water experts, all along the shores of the beautiful Spokane River. We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, conference planners, and attendees for making the conference an overwhelming success!

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Clean Water SRF & Funding Options Webinar


Please join the PNCWA Government Affairs Committee for a webinar on everyone’s favorite — clean water funding! Join us at 10 a.m. PST on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Learn how to join on the day of below.

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Fundraiser for Water For People

Water For People

If you were unable to join the Run For Water at our recent PNCWA conference or are just itching to get another opportunity to sweat in support of Water For People, join us for the World Water Classic 6/60K! On average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6K each day to fetch water to use for drinking, bathing, and cooking. You can help change that by running or walking 6K, biking 60K, or getting creative! Sign up now to move any time between October 7-16 and join the PNCWA group during registration. We will be coordinating meetups so you can get together with your PNCWA colleagues. Keep an eye on the PNCWA LinkedIn page for more information, or click here to register today.

2022 Award Winners

The Awards Committee highlights the achievements and dedication of the people in this industry. Each year, the committee relies on your nominations, and when the awards are given, we need your help in getting the word out to local media and stakeholders. These award recipients have done great work, which should be recognized outside of our association, especially since the benefits extend to everyone.

 Award  Recipient
 Arthur Sidney Bedell Award (WEF-PNCWA Award)  Mark Poling, Clean Water Services
 George W. Burke, Jr. Award (WEF–PNCWA Award)  City of Vancouver, WA (Jacobs)
 Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award (WEF–PNCWA Award)  Kayla Brown, Jacobs (Vancouver Project)
 William D. Hatfield Award (WEF–PNCWA Award)  Justine Abrook, Clean Water Services
 Individual Distinguished Achievement Award (PNCWA Award)  Aaron Camp, Coeur d'Alene, ID
 Lyman Ketcham Award (PNCWA Award)  Jeff Schmidt, Jacobs
 Municipal Water Protection Award (PNCWA Award)  Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station, King County, WA
 Sustainability Award (PNCWA)  Tri-City Solids Handling Capacity Improvements (Clackamas WES, OR)
 Innovative Stormwater Award (PNCWA)  Butternut Creek, Clean Water Services
 Stormwater Professional Excellence Award (PNCWA)  shhh, it's a secret
 Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional of the Year (PNCWA)  Jamie Hughes, Clean Water Services
 Woman of the Year (PNCWA)  Laurie Pierce, Pierce County, WA
 Excellence in Resource Recovery Award  Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission Renewable Natural Gas (Eugene-Springfield, OR)
 Watermark  The Watershed Vision Book, City of Boise, ID

President's Message August 2022

Rob LeeAs I write this, we’re less than a month away from our conference. We have around 500 people registered, including many folks who weren’t able to attend last year and a number of new attendees. It’s going to be awesome!

But I also write this with some sadness, as this marks the last official President’s message before my term ends. I’m grateful to our membership who entrusted me with the incredible honor and tremendous responsibility of serving as Board President. I’m so incredibly proud of our Association, our board, our committee chairs and volunteers, our regions and sections. There is so much great work going on, more than any single person could possibly fathom.

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A Message From Your Managing Director

marie schmidtHello! I am thrilled and honored to join PNCWA as Managing Director. I will be taking on day-to-day operations of the organization with the support of Association Management Inc. (AMI), so that PNCWA leadership can focus on strategic priorities.

Water has always been a fascination of mine, as I’m sure it’s been for you. I have a bachelor's degree in environmental science and a master's degree in water resources, both from University of Idaho. Over the last decade, I worked for the University of Idaho in the Coeur d’Alene Community Water Resource Center providing water outreach throughout north Idaho. I am excited to shift my attention to a broader audience throughout Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. I bring extensive experience in community education, collaborative partnerships, and project management to this position, and I am eager to work with all of you in PNCWA’s commitment to sustain healthy watersheds for future generations.

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Government Affairs Update August 2022

gov't updatePFAS, Biosolids, and Drinking Water
As the waste industry awaits new federal guidance, states are developing regulations and laws on how to manage PFAS in everything from packaging to clothing to biosolids. Learn more.

State governments have adopted new PFAS regulations, increasingly targeting contamination of biosolids and wastewater. Learn more.

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Meet the 2022 InFLOW Participants

InFLOW is a PNCWA initiative that strives to identify promising students and young professionals from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in the water industry. They participate in a year-long virtual program that culminates in the in-person annual conference. Each month, we highlight our participants, like Katelin Godwin, as they share why they’re excited about this year’s program.

Kate GodwinKatelin Godwin

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A New Way to Visit the Exhibit Hall


Exhibit Hall tours are a great way to learn about solution providers featured at the conference this year. The tours will place during the Exhibit Hall breaks on Tuesday morning (9:30 to 10:15 a.m.) and afternoon (2:45 to 3:30 p.m.). Check the technical program at the conference for the final schedule, meeting location, and CEU eligibility. A preliminary list of vendors is provided on our website, and the Emerging Technologies Committee extends our gratitude to all the exhibitors who showed interest in participating. See the list of participating companies below.

Preliminary Exhibit Hall Tours

Tour Category Technology Manufacturer
Pumping Systems ABS Contrablock Plus Sulzer
  Barnes Envie3 Chopper Pump Barnes
  Hidrostal Screw Centrifugal and Prerostal Hidrostal
  Hydromatic Grinder pumps Hydromatic
  Pump Monitoring Tools Fluke

Collection Systems CIPM (cured-in-place manhole)
fiberglass/PVC liners
CIP Construction Technologies
  SL-RAT: Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool InfoSense
  Triton+ Flow Monitor and ECHO level monitor ADS Environmental
  Magnesium Hydroxide (ALKA-Mag+) IER
  Sherwin-Williams Linings/Coatings Sherwin-Williams

StormSensor StormSensor
   stormBLOX™ SiC Rapid Storm Treatment
   ADS Triton+ Flow Monitor and ADS ECHO
level monitor
ADS Environmental
   KSB KRT and Amarex product line KSB
   Storm King Hydro International

Treatment     Duron UV Technology Wedeco/Xylem
  Packaged Treatment Systems AWC Solutions
  GritCleanse™ fluidized bed grit washer Hydro International
  ABS HST Turbocompressor Technology Sulzer
  Blue Wale Micro Bar Screen Or-Tec

Omnivore High Solids Digestion Anaergia
  Electro-osmosis dewatering ELODE
  Biosolids Treatment Technologies Ovivo
  Fournier Rotary Press Fournier
  Prestressed Concrete Modified Egg
DN Tanks

Ozzy Cup™ Screen Ovivo
  Cloud SCADA Platform XiO
  Bioforcetech Bioforcetech
  Anaergia PyroSys Anaergia