AC20 Call for Proposals – Due August 25th

AC20 Call for Speaker Proposals

Why do we do what we do? Is it for our family, our community, the environment or for all of them.  This year’s conference theme is “This is Why.”  Share what you’ve learned from a recent project or treatment plant upgrade. Share the reasons why your agency or team are implementing an exciting, new program. Apply now to speak at CWEA’s Annual Conference (AC20) in Reno, NV March 31-April 3, 2020.

View the detailed list of challenge areas and sub-topics here (pdf).

Over one thousand water professionals attend AC. 51% of attendees are management level and 78% are from municipal agencies. Track facilitators will help you create an exciting and memorable presentation. We’ll share brain based learning techniques to help you improve your presentation.

CWEA’s mission is to create an outstanding conference experience that connects water professionals with one another and engages them in building a rewarding career. AC20 will empower attendees to:

  • Create a Utility/Agency of the future
  • Grow their leadership, technical skills and capacity
  • Network with one another and share lessons learned
  • Have fun

Proposals are due August 25th
Submit your AC20 proposal today >

AC19 Women Impacting Water networking event.

AC20 Challenge areas

  • Co-digestion and Energy Resource Recovery
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Leadership Training
  • Nutrient Management and Removal
  • Regulations/Regulatory
  • Water Reuse
  • Operations 101
  • Asset Management

Target Audience Areas of Interest

  • Collection Systems
  • Engineering & Research
  • Electrical and Instrumentation
  • Laboratory
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Plant Operations
  • Pretreatment & Stormwater
  • Safety
  • Other

AC Session Types

  • Workshops (full or half day)
  • Technical Sessions (50 minutes)
  • Panel discussions (50 minutes)
  • Mobile exhibit hall tours (50 minutes)

Questions?

Please contact:
Monica Myhill
Director of Education, CWEA
mmyhill@cwea.org  |  510.746.7403

Photos from AC19

Over 1,000 attendees and 700 vendors leveled up at AC19 in Palm Springs. What a fantastic conference, thanks everyone for joining the conference. Next year at AC20 promises to be even bigger, bolder and colder! We’re heading to the Reno, NV Convention Center while the Sacramento Convention Center is closed for a major expansion project.

Photos from AC19

 

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Lab Analyst Grade 2!!! Way to go Phuc Tran @cityofvacaville

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Drew Dudley and Megan Yoo Schneider presenting on Leadership at #cweaac Opening General Session. @dayonedrew @megyooschneider #lollipopmoments

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Exhibit Hall: You Don’t Know 💩 Game Show

New for AC19 – a wastewater game show for wastewater pros.

Teams and members of the audience are eligible to win prizes. Play for over $1,000 in prizes!

Schedule

Round 1: Wednesday, 4/10, 5:30-6:30pm
Round 2 and finals: Thursday, 4/11, 5:30-6:30pm

Format

  • Team versus team quiz show format
  • Each round lasts 15 minutes
  • There are 20 wastewater questions developed by the judges
  • Teams with the most correct answers wins the round
  • All decisions of the judges, Duane Johnson and Denis Pollak, are final
  • Prizes for winning teams and audience prizes are $20 gift cards per person
  • Prizes for the championship team is a $100 gift card per person

Team Application

Apply now for your team to compete. Not all teams will be accepted so get your application in fast.

Teams:

  • THREE People
  • You can form the team at AC
  • All 3 people need to be ready to go at the scheduled time
  • Teams need to arrive at 5:00pm for a briefing
  • Designate a contact person on the website form and we’ll send more details
  • Team members can be switched with permission of the judges only

Participation Rules:

The following contest rules apply:

  1. Winner(s) must comply with all of the rules of the You Don’t Know Pooh Game Show (the Contest), including, but not limited to, any restrictions on age and/or residency, and have not committed any fraud or deception in entering the Contest or claiming the Prize.
  2. Contest is only open to attendees of the CWEA Annual Conference 2019 in Palm Springs.
  3. Contest will occur Wednesday, April 10th, 5:30-6:30 pm and Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-6:30 pm.
  4. One grand prize of $100 per team member will be awarded to the championship winning team.
  5. Smaller Prizes will be awarded to winning team members
  6. Smaller prizes will also be awarded to audience members who correctly answer questions when called upon by a judge.
  7. In consideration of the receipt of the prizes, the winners agree to sign CWEA’s form in order to receive the prize.
  8. The winners agree to allow CWEA and/or its designees the right to use winner’s name, likeness, portrait, recorded voice and/or biographical material for an unlimited period of time in order to advertise, promote or publicize CWEA and/or the products and services of any of its designees.
  9. The decisions of the Game Show hosts (judges) are final and cannot be appealed.
  10. Teams must arrive at the time they are scheduled or could be disqualified from the competition.
  11. CWEA makes no warranties of any kind with respect to the prize, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. CWEA hereby expressly disclaims any and all such warranties.
  12. The winner expressly releases CWEA, and any sponsors of the contest, and their respective officers, directors, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries and employees, from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that he/she may have, or may subsequently acquire, as a result of participating in the contest and/or receipt of the prize.
  13. Employees of CWEA, the Convention Center and Conference Hotel and their immediate family are not eligible.
  14. Vendors of CWEA and Annual Conference exhibitors are not eligible to participate in Contest.
  15. CWEA is not responsible for technology failures, or other inability of entrants to enter due to technical malfunction. CWEA is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail or for printing errors. No mechanically reproduced or completed entries will be accepted.

291 Participating Organizations and What Attendees Say About Annual Conference

COMMENTS FROM AC18 ATTENDEES

“This convention was the best one I have attended so far.”

“Networking. Inspirational. Celebratory.”

“The lab sessions are always useful for my profession. I am extremely happy you had the preconference workshop I could send a couple other staff members to.”

“It felt like a well-rounded learning experience.”

“I like the collaborative information between agencies.”

“I feel that the conference offers a great platform to establish relationship with other agencies that otherwise it would be difficult to search.”

“The talks were the most useful to me as a young engineer. It was good to see the variety of projects that are going on, problems that are run into, innovative solutions that are being implemented, etc.”

“I got to meet a variety of people and the tour was conducted very professionally.“

CONFERENCE APP

“The app was very helpful, and I was really impressed that my favorite sessions were added to my personal calendar as well.”

WATER TECHNOLOGY EXHIBIT HALL

“I enjoy being able to have face to face contact with the vendors I use all the time.”

“The exhibition hall is always my favorite part of the conference. It allows my staff and myself to speak with all our vendors face to face and look at other alternatives if I’m not happy with our current product.”

AC18 Photos

 

Organizations Attending AC19

A.W. Chesterton Company City of Simi Valley Olivenhain Municipal WD
ADS LLC City of South San Francisco Ontario Municipal Utilities Company
Akel Engineering Group City of Stockton Orange County Sanitation District
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, Inc. City of Sunnyvale Orange County Water District
AMConsulting City of Tracy Oro Loma Sanitary District
Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. City of Vacaville Pacific Ecorisk
Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting City of Ventura Padre Dam MWD
AqueoUS Vets City of Victorville Pamco
Arup City of Vista Pasadena Water and Power
Austin Water City of Winters PCL Construction, Inc.
Autodesk Clear Lake Environmental Research Center Pebble Beach CSD
Bachtel Wastewater Engineers CMSA Poly Processing Company
Barrett Engineered Pumps Coachella Valley Water District Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
Big Bear Area RWWA Compass Minerals R&C Valve Repair, Inc. (VISCOTHERM)
Big Bear City CSD Competency Training Systems R&G Promotions and Outreach
Biotage Costa Mesa SD Rain for Rent
Black & Veatch County of Los Angeles Dept of Public Works Rainbow MWD
Black Water Consulting Engineers County of San Bernardino-Special Districts RANCHO CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICT
Brown & Caldwell County of San Diego Rincon Del Diablo MWD
CASA County of San Luis Obispo Rockwell Engineering and Equipment Co.
Cal Poly Pomona County of Ventura Rodeo Sanitary District
California Product Stewardship Council Crescenta Valley Water District Running Springs WD
California State University, Long Beach CSU Stanislaus Sacramento Regional CSD
California Water Service CWEA San Bernardino Valley College
Caltest Analytical Lab David Jenkins and Associates, Inc. San Elijo Joint Powers Authority
Camarillo Sanitary District Delta Diablo SD SAN ELIJO JPA
CA-NV AWWA Desert Water Agency San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Carmel Area Wastewater District DN Tanks San Francisco RWQCB
Carollo Engineers Dublin San Ramon Services District Sancon
Carpinteria SD Dudek Santa Margarita WD
Castro Valley Sanitary District Duke’s Root Control, Inc. Selma Kingsburg Fowler CSD
Causey Consulting East Bay Municipal Utility District Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside
CDM Smith Eastern Municipal Water District Siemens
Central Contra Costa SD El Dorado Irrigation District Siemens Engine Business
Central Marin Sanitation Agency El Toro WD Silicon Valley Clean Water
Central Valley Clean Water Association Elsinore Valley MWD Skanska
Centrisys Corporation Emerson Sonoma County Water Agency
CH2M HILL EmNet South Coast WD
City of Anaheim Encina Wastewater Authority South Orange County Wastewater Authority
City of Bakersfield EPA South Placer MUD
City of Banning Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC South Tahoe PUD
City of Barstow Evoqua Water Technologies SPI Engineering
City of Belmont Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Stantec
City of Brawley Fibracast State Water Resources Control Board
City of Burlingame Fuel Cell Energy, Inc. Stege SD
City of Calexico FuelCell Energy Suez – AS
City of Camarillo GHD Inc. SUEZ North America
City of Carlsbad Goal Productions, Inc. SWRCB
City of Chino Golden Sun Marketing Tesco Controls, Inc.
City of Chula Vista Goleta SD Tetra Tech
City of Coachella Hazen and Sawyer The City of Brentwood
City of Davis HDR The NELAC Institute
City of Delano HDR Engineering, Inc. The Walsh Group
City of El Cajon Herwit Engineering Town of Windsor
City of El Centro Hi-Desert Water District Trabuco Canyon Water District
City of Encinitas Imperial Irrigation District Truckee SD
City of Escondido Inframark Water Infrastructure Operations Trussell Technologies
City of Fortuna Inland Empire Utilities Agency UC Davis
City of Fresno Innovyze Union Sanitary District
City of Garden Grove Ironhouse Sanitary District United Fluid Solutions
City of Glendale Ironhouse SD United Rentals
City of Gonzales Irvine Ranch Water District University of California Long Beach
City of Hanford Jacobs U-ROCK UTILITY EQUIPMENT
City of Hemet Water Department John Robinson Consulting, Inc US EPA Region 9 WTR-7
City of Highland Jurupa CSD USP Technologies
City of Livermore Kelman & Associates V&A Engineering
City of Lompoc Kennedy Jenks Consultants Vallecitos Water District
City of Los Angeles Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District
City of Madera Kimley-Horn & Associates Valley Center MWD
City of Manteca WQCF Kusters Water Valley Power Systems, Inc.
City of Merced Lake Arrowhead CSD Valley SD
City of Modesto Larry Walker Associates Veolia Water NA
City of Montclair Las Gallinas Valley SD Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority
City of Morgan Hill Las Virgenes Municipal WD VVWRA
City of Morro Bay Lee & Ro, Inc. Walsh Construction
City of Oceanside Leucadia WD Ware Malcomb
City of Ontario Long Beach Water Department Water Chemistry Instruction
City of Oxnard Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts Water Systems Consulting, Inc.
City of Pacifica Mammoth Community WD Water Works Engineers
City of Palo Alto Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Weck Laboratories, Inc.
City of Pasadena Microbio Engineering, Inc. Weir Technical Services
City of Paso Robles MISCOwater West Basin Municipal Water District
City of Petaluma Mission Springs WD West Bay Sanitary District
City of Pomona MKN Associates West County Wastewater District
City of Redding Montecito Sanitary District West Valley Sanitation District
City of Redlands Monterey One Water West Yost Associates
City of Reedley Moulton Niguel WD Western Municipal Water District
City of Riverbank Municipal Water District of Orange County Woodard & Curran
City of Riverside MurCal, Inc. World Water Works, Inc.
City of Roseville Nanostone Water XiO, Inc.
City of San Bernardino NapaSan Xylem Inc
City of San Clemente NAPCO
City of San Diego Nixon-Egli Equipment Company
City of San Jose North of River SD #1
City of San Luis Obispo North Tahoe PUD
City of San Mateo Novato SD
City of Santa Barbara Novozymes Biological
City of Santa Cruz NYC Dept.
City of Santa Monica Office of Water Programs
City of Santa Rosa Ojai Valley SD

Welcome to the Evolution

Game On!

This is a time of great change in the water sector. The workforce is changing through retirements and new hires. The technology is advancing to meet new demands with a goal of greater efficiency and environmental stewardship. California’s clean water professionals will head to the desert in April to “level up” their individual skills to keep pace with the changes our profession is going through. Join us for the Annual Conference (AC) from April 9 – 12, 2019, in Palm Springs to get your “game on.”

AC19 will lead off with seven pre-conference workshops designed to appeal to the diverse vocations and experience levels in our sector. Topics range from specific issues including industrial discharge permit writing and TNI standard implementation to broader subjects such as team development and asset management. The pre-conference workshops will also feature the return of Dr. David Jenkins and his insightful microscopes to help participants advance their understanding of activated sludge microbiology. This class has been in such high demand that Dr. Jenkins will offer a repeat of the course the following day.


Meet the CWEA Leaders Promoting AC19

 


The keynote presentation by Drew Dudley, a leadership expert and the founder of Day One Leadership, will anchor the proceedings by showing how moments of daily leadership can help everyone to raise their game. He will show how leadership is often a matter of small moments where individuals can have meaningful impacts on their fellow travelers.

Technical Sessions remain the centerpiece of the Annual Conference. AC19 will feature over 35 technical tracks that include over 115 sessions. Featured tracks cover asset management, declining wastewater flows, changing regulations, leadership skill development, nutrient removal and advances in reuse. A special day-long session will show how the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts are evolving to meet today’s challenges.

AC19 will include three technical tours of wastewater/water resource management facilities in the Coachella Valley. Conference participants will also be invited to attend site tours of two cannabis cultivation sites. The legalization of marijuana use in the State of California created a series of new challenges in the water management industry. Tour attendees will learn about wastewater flows generated from and pre-treatment technologies being used at cultivation sites.

Exhibits have always been a key part of CWEA’s Annual Conference. The rapid change of available technologies makes the exhibit hall an essential part of the learning experience at the Conference. The California Water Technology ExhibitionTM will feature over 120 exhibitors and the experience will be enhanced this year with features such as the Innovation Learning Center, mobile tours, conference app based scavenger hunt and more.

All of these conference elements bring many benefits to attendees. However, the most essential benefit provided by AC19 is simply the opportunity to network with your fellow water professionals. This is the best avenue to learn how others are adapting to change in the water environment landscape.

Next April can provide you with the opportunity to level up your own game. Join us in Palm Springs for AC19. Game on!

Connie Leonard
CWEA President
CDM Smith

Brian Peck
AC19 Conference Co-Chair
South Orange County Wastewater Authority

CWEA Sewer Hunt – Journey of a Thousand Pipes

Charge your smartphones and get ready to win fantastic prizes at the CWEA Sewer Hunt – Journey of a Thousand Pipes. All conference attendees who download the conference app are eligible to participate in this year’s scavenger hunt on Wednesday and Thursday in the exhibit hall during exhibit hall hours.


Visit participating Exhibitors, unlock and answer questions to win points all on the app. Accumulate over 1,000 points and you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize, sponsored by DUDEK. Winners will be announced through the app Thursday afternoon.

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 (inside the exhibit hall)
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 (inside the exhibit hall)

You do not need to be present to win. All you need to join the fun is a smartphone or tablet and the Eventscribe app. App will be available for download in April.


Participation Rules:

The following contest rules apply to the CWEA 2019 Annual Conference Scavenger Hunt, “CWEA Sewer Hunt, Journey of a Thousand Pipes.”

  1. Winner(s) must comply with all of the rules of the Scavenger Hunt (the Contest), including, but not limited to, any restrictions on age and/or residency, and have not committed any fraud or deception in entering the Contest or claiming the Prize.
  2. Contest is only open to attendees of the CWEA Annual Conference 2019 in Palm Springs.
  3. Contest will end and grand prize will be awarded to the person who is drawn from the pool of participants who received over 1,000 points. 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 (inside the exhibit hall) and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 (inside the exhibit hall)
  4. One grand-prize winner will receive the grand prize announced on Thursday, April 11 at 5:3o p.m.
  5. Smaller Prizes will be awarded to individuals selected from a pool of participants who accumulate points in increments of 200.
  6. In consideration of the receipt of the prizes, the winners agree to have the prize shipped to them at the address CWEA has on file unless otherwise informed.
  7. The winners agree to allow CWEA and/or its designees the right to use winner’s name, likeness, portrait, recorded voice and/or biographical material for an unlimited period of time in order to advertise, promote or publicize CWEA and/or the products and services of any of its designees.
  8. CWEA makes no warranties of any kind with respect to the prize, including, but not limited to, any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. CWEA hereby expressly disclaims any and all such warranties.
  9. The winner expressly releases CWEA, and any sponsors of the contest, and their respective officers, directors, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries and employees, from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that he/she may have, or may subsequently acquire, as a result of participating in the contest and/or receipt of the prize.
  10. Employees of CWEA, the Convention Center and Conference Hotel and their immediate family are not eligible.
  11. Vendors of CWEA and Annual Conference exhibitors are not eligible to participate in Contest.
  12. CWEA is not responsible for smartphone/tablet system or internet failure, or other inability of entrants to enter due to technical malfunction. CWEA is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail or for printing errors. No mechanically reproduced or completed entries will be accepted.
  13. Attendees are only eligible to win during the exhibit hall days at the Annual Conference, April 10 and 11.