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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

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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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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WEF Utility of the Future Webinar Jan 23

Webinar Series:  Enabling the Water Resources Utility of the Future

Webinar:  Achieving and Maintaining Economic and Social Health for the Community
January 23, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 PM, EST

The landscape that has traditionally driven clean water utilities is changing rapidly. Today’s utility managers are no longer just treating and discharging wastewater. They are looking for ways to optimize their efficiency, recover valuable resources, and enhance their contribution to the overall health of watersheds and their communities.

As “anchor institutions” in their communities, these Utilities of the Future employ innovative approaches not only to meet their own goals, but also to support the financial and social health of the communities they serve. Please join NACWA, WEF, U.S. EPA, WateReuse, and WE&RF for this webinar describing how leading clean water utilities are using innovative assistance programs to support low-income ratepayers and small water systems serving surrounding communities, enhancing the overall economic and social well-being of the entire area.





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WEF Needs You To Be a Water Advocate!

Aging infrastructure, strict regulatory requirements, and continued economic pressures have put unprecedented stress on local governments and agencies that provide essential water services, but you can help! The Water Advocates program will create a network of water professionals in every state and community, in every congressional district, to get the word out about the value of water and steps needed to protect it. As part of the network, you’ll receive the training and information needed to become an effective Water Advocate for clean and safe water. It’s a great opportunity to help in specific ways, including letters to elected officials and newspaper editors, presentations to business and community organizations, and visits to legislative offices. 

Water needs YOUR voice. Click here to view the flyer. To sign up, log onto the WEFCOM community titled "Water Advocates" and join the community.  You can also submit your information to [email protected]. Please include your name, title, organization, address, e-mail, and telephone number. After you sign up, you will be in the Water Advocates program and receive important announcments about actions you can take to help.

PNCWA Member Survey for 2017

Are you a PNCWA Member?

Please take our 2017 PNCWA Membership Survey. We need your feedback. The survey takes less than 2 minutes and will provide the member services committee with valuable information to inform our membership strategic plan!

EPA Awards Idaho $14.6 Million for Clean Water Projects

From the EPA: 

SEATTLE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is awarding $14.6 million to Idaho’s clean water and drinking water revolving funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be used to finance water quality protection and drinking water projects that will last far into the future.

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PNCWA Reception at WEFTEC 2017

NEWS: EPA Grant Helps Students Protect Hood Canal Watershed

Exciting news for students in and around Western Washington! The EPA issued the following press release today:

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Three PNCWA Board Positions Are Open

 The PNCWA Board of Directors comprises the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, two WEF Delegates, and four Regional Directors. This year, the PNCWA Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the following positions: 

PNCWA Vice President
The Presidential rotation is a four-year commitment beginning with Vice President. To qualify, a nominee must have documented evidence of professional experience and capabilities including:

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PNCWA's Haley Falconer Selected as Water Rep for International Sustainability Conference

Next week, one thousand young professionals from around the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the first ever Unleash Lab. For nine days, delegates will gather to tackle and discuss the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and find real, scalable solutions to issues like health, energy, education, and the environment.

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Call for Photos for the 2019 PNCWA Calendar

Back by popular demand, the PNCWA Member Services Committee is creating a calendar for 2019 which we will distribute at the PNCWA Annual Conference this fall. 

We put together amazing calendars for 2017 and for 2018 and we want to do it again. As a family of outstanding professionals who work hard to protect the environment and recover our resources, PNCWA wants to highlight the people, projects, and facilities that show the best of our industry in the Pacific Northwest.
Read on for your chance to be in the 2019 PNCWA Calendar!
 
Photo Requirements: 
  • The types of photos we are looking for include PNW water professionals in the office or in the field, PNW water professionals participating in water-related community programs, wastewater facilities, pump/lift stations, stormwater infrastructure, collection systems, etc. Be creative, be silly, be yourself. This calendar is intended to be a celebration of our industry and the work we all do as professionals protecting our most important resource: water! 
  • The photo must show water quality infrastructure and/or people from the Pacific Northwest
  • Also, the photo must be owned with no copyrights attached or where permission can be granted to PNCWA.
  • The photo must be digital and a printable quality of at least 300 dpi.
How to Submit:  
  • Use this form: Photo Submission form  and include a  caption for each photograph, describing who, what, and where 
When to Submit: 
  • Submissions are due by Aug 15, 2018.
For any additional questions, contact Brittany Burch.  

Resilience Planning and Adaptation Workshop for Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Utilities

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington, the EPA is hosting a free workshop to assist with adaption and long-term infrastructure planning related to utility resilience planning.

During the one-day, no-cost training, participants will learn how changing environmental conditions and extreme weather events in the Pacific Northwest could impact their utilities. Participants will also explore potential vulnerabilities to water infrastructure and strategies for reducing risk and enhancing utility resilience.

The workshop is designed for participants who make or influence planning and resource allocation decisions within drinking water, wastewater, or stormwater utilities and from governmental agencies who work with water utilities. Participants will learn about tools and resources available through the Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative and CREAT, a risk-assessment application that helps utilities in adapting to extreme weather events through a better understanding of current and future weather conditions. 

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PNCWA Cosponsors WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2017

This conference is held by the Water Environment Federation in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and Northwest Biosolids. The Water Environment Federation's Residuals and Biosolids Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Residuals and Biosolids conference in Seattle, Washington. The conference will cover a variety of topics including bioenergy. The super saver rate ends March 10! Click here to attend the reception or register to be a sponsor.    

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Press Release: 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.

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Struvite Recovery Webinar Presentations Available

Struvite recovery webinar presentations are now 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)