Announcing: This Is Why, CWEA AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo

On June 26th the CWEA Board of Directors made the decision to convert AC20 into a virtual conference for the safety of our members, exhibitors and staff. If you are already registered for AC20 in Reno, NV, your existing conference registration will be automatically applied to the virtual conference.

Moving our face-to-face conference to a fully online format presents us with the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what online delivery affords and plenty of opportunities to participate in meaningful collaboration with colleagues near and far.

CWEA AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo
October 19-23, 2020

For our first-ever virtual conference, we are planning to offer 50+ contact hours with a mix of live, interactive sessions and recorded content you can access any time. All AC20 recorded content will be available to registered attendees on-demand for 90 days after the conference. The Conference Committee continues to plan, so conent and contact hours are subject to change.

We look forward to having you join us for this reimagined event and celebrate CWEA and our members’ collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.

CWEA’s Annual Conference is known for its vibrant programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over emerging and salient topics in our field. The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including sessions, workshops, and keynotes, plus space to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, and professionals from across California.

NETWORKING AT THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Networking is a cornerstone of our annual event and attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through a new dynamic virtual conference platform. The virtual system also has interactive exhibition features and includes plentiful opportunities for sponsorship exposure, all while attendees connect from the comfort and safety of their home or office.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities during the virtual conference experience, please contact Christine Carchia, Senior Manager, Exhibitions & Sponsorship Sales, CWEA ccarchia@cwea.org or call 510.746.7415.

REGISTRATION

If you are currently registered for AC20, your registration is automatically applied to the virtual conference. Unable to attend? Please contact Member Services at memberservices@cwea.org.

If you have not yet registered for the AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo, we will be relaunching registration in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to CWEA’s AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo.

More details will follow shortly.

Sincerely,

CWEA MEMBER SERVICES

510.382.7800 x0
memberservices@cwea.org
www.cwea.org

AC20 is now Postponed to Oct 27-30 in Reno

This afternoon, Friday, March 13th, the board of directors and executive committee of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) made the necessary decision to postpone the organization’s Annual Conference, slated for Reno, NV, March 31-April 3, 2020, based on direction from California Governor Gavin Newsom to suspend large public gatherings during this public health emergency.

CWEA’s AC20 is rescheduled for October 27-30, 2020, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV. 

We’d like to thank the CWEA volunteers who worked tirelessly to create an amazing Annual Conference, and we will leverage their hard work as we reconfirm speakers, topics, and events for the conference in October.


Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will be canceled for those who booked within the CWEA room block. When your reservation in the block is cancelled, the hotel will email a notice and issue refunds if a credit card was charged.

Reservations made outside of the room block via other reservation vehicles (Hotels.com, Travelocity, etc), must be cancelled by you directly by contacting the online travel agent used for booking.

As we make arrangements with the hotel for AC20, October 27-30, 2020, a new hotel reservation link will be communicated to you via email and the CWEA website. In addition, if the hotel has your email on file, the Atlantis will email a link to make your new room reservation.

Attendee Registration

Your registration will automatically transfer to the rescheduled AC20, October 27-30, 2020. There is no need to re-register. Registration on MyCWEA will temporarily close and we will notify members when registration re-opens.

If you do require a refund or would like to substitute someone, please send an email requesting refund/substitution instructions to memberservices@cwea.org.

Exhibitor Info

Exhibitor reservations will transfer automatically to the new dates. The exhibit hall floorplan will stay the same and you will keep the same booth number(s).  If you can no longer exhibit with us and require a refund, please contact:

Christine Carchia, CWEA
O: 510.746.7415
M: 415.595.4495
E: ccarchia@cwea.org

Technical Program/Presenters

We anticipate having the same technical program – we will contact presenters to confirm your availability to present on the rescheduled dates of October 27-30.

Awards

The Board’s Membership and External Relations Committee will meet soon to decide how to honor this year’s award-winning members and agencies. More info coming soon.


The CWEA Board and staff place the health and safety of our members, attendees and staff as our first priority, and we hope this situation passes quickly and hope that by taking this step to postpone we are contributing to protecting public health.

We’ve gathered coronavirus (COVID-19) advisories from the CDC, OSHA, WEF and others on the CWEA Water News site if you’d like to review those.

Stay safe, and we’ll see you later this year in Reno!

Sincerely,

Kevin Calderwood

President
CWEA
HDR

Jenn Jones, CAE

Executive Director/CEO
CWEA

Important Reminder

Please don’t forget to cancel your airline reservations as well.

Six Pre-Conference Workshops for In-Depth Learning

Don’t miss these great AC20 workshops. Register soon, the SAVER rate ends this Friday 3/13.

Date and Location

Tuesday, March 31
10:00am to 5:00pm

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Meeting Rooms
Reno, NV

Right after the workshops have some fun, relax and network at the fun CWEA-NWEA Ice Breaker 

1) Build Your Own Asset Management Program!

Learn more >
Register >

Participate on a task force to improve efficiency and restore credibility to a fictitious agency plagued with regulatory requirements, miscommunication, staff turnover, and tight budgets. Your mission will be to develop a programmatic solution to address the recent Consent Decree that requires the implementation of an asset management program.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Have a greater understanding of asset management in the water industry.
  • Provide more informed participation in the development of their own asset management program.
  • Maximize the use of their asset management program.

Workshop Primary Facilitator

Michael Zacharia, Principal Engineer, West Yost Associates


2) Introduction to Advanced Water Treatment – 3 day Workshop

Learn more >
Register >

This three-day workshop will provide utility operators with information to operate and monitor advanced water treatment technologies. During this session, these technologies will be presented and discussed along with interactive activities associated with the technologies. The workshop will provide operators with a working knowledge of advanced water treatment technologies.

Effective questioning, hands-on activities and team projects will be used to apply new knowledge and to demonstrate the capability to understand advanced water treatment systems.

Workshop Schedule 

Tuesday, March 31: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 1: 8:50 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 2: 8:50 AM – 4:00 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe an overview of the treatment processes that are associated with advanced water treatment.
  • Outline the skills & knowledge that operators of advanced water treatment systems need.
  • Describe reasons for implementing advanced water treatment systems.

Primary Speaker(s)

John Rowe, Process Engineer, Office of Water Programs at Sacramento State

Additional Info

Learn more about Advanced Water Treatment Operator certification at AWTOperator.org >


3) Instrumentation and Electrical Drawings 101

Learn more >
Register >

Have you ever wondered how a pump station works or had to troubleshoot a problem but didn’t know where to start? Understanding where to find details about the electrical and controls work for a pump station can really boost your confidence when you’re asked to fix a problem.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigate a simple pump station drawing set.
  • After participating in this session, participants will be able to identify the main source of power for major pump station equipment.
  • Distinguish flow, pressure, and temperature instruments, control functions, and alarms. We will also discuss how setpoints are used.

Primary Speaker

Linda Leong, Engineer, CWEA SF Bay Section, Professional Development Committee


4) Ops: Nutrient Removal Process Troubleshooting from Start-Up through Asset Life

Learn more >
Register >

As facilities transition from secondary treatment to nutrient removal, the operational strategy and philosophy changes. Adopting process controls that incorporate SRT control, sidestream management, and other controls are critical for reliable treatment. Attendees will gain insight into modern process controls, as well as guidelines for optimizing various operational parameters.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamentals of nutrient removal.
  • List potential issues that might arise during the transition from secondary treatment to nutrient removal.
  • Describe the most vital parameters to monitor as a means to diagnose the biological process.

Primary Speaker:

Scott Joslyn, Operations Specialist, Grave V, HDR


5) Process Control Analyzers: Journey-Level Training on Process Control Analyzers used in the Water and Wastewater industries

Learn more >
Register >

The vendor-neutral training for those who need to understand the principles of operation of modern process analyzers in order to competently specify the most appropriate technology and installation constraints. Emphasis on the “Total Cost of Ownership” for each of the presented analyzer technologies, since use of these online analyzers is becoming necessary with permits requiring reduced nutrient discharges limits.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental measurement principles utilized for ammonia, phosphate, nitrate, chlorine, dissolved oxygen, pH, ORP, turbidity, and solids analyzers.
  • Identify potential errors and interferences for the various measurement technologies, and how they influence measurements.
  • Understand the technology limitations for each measurement principle, and then determine the utility of each measurement, whether it would be most effectively used for process monitoring or control.

Workshop facilitator:

Charles Aycock, Principal, Municipal Automation Services


Partner Event – supported by CWEA, NWEA, CASA and ReNUWIt

6) Partnering for Impact: 2020 Water Forum

Learn more >
Register >

Featuring Nevada and California water leaders.

NWII and its founders will host the Partnering for Impact 2020 Water Forum on March 31, 2020 at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with the Nevada and California Water Environment Association Annual Conference. The event will feature over 100 leaders from water sector and will address how partnering can help challenges of innovation, collaboration, and workforce development in the water sector. This event will sell out quickly. Registration is handled by our sister association Nevada Water Environment Association.

2020 Themes

• Visionary Leadership to Accelerate Results
• Driving Innovation with Advances in Research and Technology
• Achieving Goals through Innovative Partnerships

Q&A Coronavirus – AC20 Update

7/2/20 Update

Announcing: This Is Why
CWEA AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo

On June 26th the CWEA Board of Directors made the decision to convert AC20 into a virtual conference for the safety of our members, exhibitors and staff. If you are already registered for AC20 in Reno, NV, your existing conference registration will be automatically applied to the virtual conference.

Moving our face-to-face conference to a fully online format presents us with the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what online delivery affords and plenty of opportunities to participate in meaningful collaboration with colleagues near and far.

CWEA AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo
October 19-23, 2020

For our first-ever virtual conference, we are planning to offer 50+ contact hours with a mix of live, interactive sessions and recorded content you can access any time. All AC20 recorded content will be available to registered attendees on-demand for 90 days after the conference. The Conference Committee continues to plan, so conent and contact hours are subject to change.

We look forward to having you join us for this reimagined event and celebrate CWEA and our members’ collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.

CWEA’s Annual Conference is known for its vibrant programming, impactful networking, and opportunities to reflect and connect over emerging and salient topics in our field. The virtual conference will include our regular offerings and opportunities for engagement, including sessions, workshops, and keynotes, plus space to connect with sponsors, exhibitors, and professionals from across California.

NETWORKING AT THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Networking is a cornerstone of our annual event and attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through a new dynamic virtual conference platform. The virtual system also has interactive exhibition features and includes plentiful opportunities for sponsorship exposure, all while attendees connect from the comfort and safety of their home or office.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities during the virtual conference experience, please contact Christine Carchia, Senior Manager, Exhibitions & Sponsorship Sales, CWEA ccarchia@cwea.org or call 510.746.7415.

REGISTRATION

If you are currently registered for AC20, your registration is automatically applied to the virtual conference. Unable to attend? Please contact Member Services at memberservices@cwea.org.

If you have not yet registered for the AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo, we will be relaunching registration in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to CWEA’s AC20 Virtual Conference & Expo.

More details will follow shortly.

Sincerely,

CWEA MEMBER SERVICES

510.382.7800 x0
memberservices@cwea.org
www.cwea.org

 

3/13/20 Update:

Annual Conference 2020 is postponed

AC20 will now take place Oct 27-30 in Reno.

For details on what this means for attendees and exhibitors please read the letter from the CWEA President and Executive Director >

3/10/20 Update:

  • AC20 is on
  • The CDC notes the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is thought to be low. Link to CDC guidance.
  • A letter from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • The Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa are taking additional steps to ensure a safe and healthy conference environment.
    Additional Atlantis procedures include:

    • Re-outfitted cleaning chemicals and restroom soap dispensers to meet the latest industry guidelines
    • Expanded cleaning of all public areas
    • Expanded locations of hand sanitizers
    • Banquet staff has extensive food handling training and will wear gloves during CWEA’s event
    • HR policy for team members to remain home when sick
    • More information to come from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • Washoe County (Reno-Sparks area) has not issued any public advisories that would alter or cancel an event such as ours
  • We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors, and staff
  • We will be posting recommendations that will include:
      • No handshakes
      • No hugs
      • Wipe digital devices before sharing
      • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer

We’ll introduce more details on these efforts closer to the conference.

The CWEA Board and Conference Committee are looking forward to a fantastic and safe event.


What is CWEA doing in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we understand you may have questions about the CWEA Annual Conference. The CWEA Board and staff places the health and safety of our members, attendees and staff as our first priority.

The CDC notes the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is thought to be low. Link to CDC guidance.

Based on current federal and state guidance, Annual Conference is a go.

The CWEA Board and Staff are monitoring and reviewing daily updates from federal, state and local health officials. As information changes, we’ll take any additional necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.

What steps are the Reno-Sparks Convention Center taking?

Please see this letter from Convention Center General Manager (pdf) >

What steps will be taken at Annual Conference?

Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizers are important.

We are implementing standard practices for events and conferences recommended by healthcare providers. We are following the guidance of the CDC, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and others for instructions on how to properly manage the conference.

At AC20 you’ll see signs and hand sanitizing stations such as this.

We recommend following best practices for hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette during the conference, and every day. Recommendations include:

  • Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing or sneeze into your elbow
  • Please understand any attendee or exhibitor’s request not to shake hands
  • Stay away from someone who is coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

These hand sanitation practices also help prevent the spread of seasonal colds and flu.

What happens next?

The CWEA Board and Staff will continue to monitor daily instructions from the CDC, state and local health officials.

We’ll be frequently updating this Q&A with the latest information on an ongoing basis.

What about the safety of collection system and wastewater treatment professionals?

Wastewater worker safety information was assembled by WEF and is available on the CWEA E-Bulletin website or on the WEF website.

View and download CDC handwashing reminder posters

Agencies and Firms Attending AC20

AARC Consultants
AECOM
Aquatic Bioassay & Consulting
Bachtel Wastewater Engineers
Big Bear Area RWWA
Biotage
Black & Veatch
Brown and Caldwell
Cal Poly University
Calaveras County Water Dist
California Water Service Group
Caltest Analytical Laboratory
Carmel Area Wastewater District
Carollo Engineers
Carpinteria SD
CDM Smith
Central Contra Costa SD
Central Marin Sanitation Agency
Central Valley Clean Water Association
City of American Canyon
City of Barstow
City of Burlingame
City of Carlsbad
City of Crescent City
City of Davis
City of El Cajon
City of El Centro
City of Escondido
City of Eureka
City of Fresno
City of Gonzales
City of Hayward
City of Healdsburg
City of Lincoln
City of Livermore
City of Madera
City of Manteca WQCF
City of Merced
City of Modesto
City of Morgan Hill
City of Mountain View
City of Mt. Shasta
City of Oceanside
City of Pacifica
City of Paso Robles
City of Petaluma
City of Pinole
City of Redlands
City of Reedley
City of Reno
City of Riverbank
City of Roseville
City of Sacramento
City of San Bruno
City of San Diego
City of San Leandro
City of San Luis Obispo
City of San Mateo
City of Santa Ana
City of Santa Barbara
City of Simi Valley
City of South San Francisco
City of Stockton
City of Sunnyvale
City of Tracy
City of Vacaville
City of Ventura
City of Watsonville
City of Woodland
Columbia Community College
Costa Mesa SD
County of Santa Cruz
CWEA-GES
Delta Diablo
Desert Water Agency
DTN Engineers, Inc
Dublin San Ramon Services District
Duke’s Root Control, Inc.
East Bay MUD
East Niles Community Services District
Elsinore Valley MWD
EmNet
Encina Wastewater Authority
Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District
Food, Supplement, Vertical Farming
GHD Inc.
Goleta West SD
Hach
Hazen and Sawyer
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Humboldt CSD
Incline Village GID
Infiltrator Water Technogies
Inframark Water Infrastructure Operations
Ironhouse SD
Irvine Ranch Water District
Jacobs
KSB Inc.
Las Gallinas Valley SD
Lee & Ro, Inc.
Leucadia WD
Long Beach Water Department
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Mammoth Community Water District
Martinez Refining Company
MurCal, Inc.
NapaSan
Nixon Peabody LLP
North of River SD #1
Novato SD
Office of Water Programs
Ojai Valley Sanitary District
Olivenhain Municipal WD
Orange County Sanitation District
Oro Loma Sanitary District
Pace Engineering
Pacific Ecorisk
Papros Inc.
Pinole-Hercules WPCP
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
R&G Promotions and Outreach
RCAC
Resinating LLC
Rincon Del Diablo MWD
Rodeo Sanitary District
RvL Associates
Sacramento Area SD
Sacramento Area Sewer District
Sacramento Regional CSD
San Bernardino Valley College
San Francisco PUC
SCV Water
Selma Kingsburg Fowler CSD
Silicon Valley Clean Water
South Coast WD
South Orange County Wastewater Authority
South Placer MUD
South Tahoe PUD
Squaw Valley Public Svc. Dist
Stantec
Stege SD
Tahoe City PUD
Tanner Pacific, Inc
Tesco Controls, Inc.
The City of Brentwood
Town of Yountville
Truckee SD
Tuolumne Utilities District
UC Davis
Union Sanitary District
Vallecitos Water District
Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District
Valley SD
Vandenberg Village CSD
Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority
Water Systems Consulting, Inc.
West Bay Sanitary District
West County Wastewater District
West Valley Sanitation District
West Yost Associates
Western Municipal Water District
William Ray Consulting
Woodard & Curran

 

Don’t miss AC20 in Reno, get signed-up today >

POSTPONED – Partnering for Impact: 2020 Water Forum featuring Nevada, California Water Leaders

This event is POSTPONED. New date to be announced soon.

Hosted by the Nevada Water Innovation Institute in collaboration with CWEA, NWEA and CASA

NWII and its partners will host the Partnering for Impact 2020 Water Forum on March 31, 2020 at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with the Nevada and California Water Environment Association Annual Conference. The event will feature over 100 leaders from water sector and will address how partnering can help challenges of innovation, collaboration, and workforce development in the water sector. This event will sell out quickly. Registration is handled by our sister association Nevada Water Environment Association.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Atlantis Resort and Spa – Reno, Nevada

2020 Themes

• Visionary Leadership to Accelerate Results
• Driving Innovation with Advances in Research and Technology
• Achieving Goals through Innovative Partnerships

Confirmed Speakers

  • Ralph Exton, Chief Commercial Officer at SUEZ – Water Technologies and Solutions
  • Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Norma Comacho, Chief Executive Officer for Valley Water
  • Robert C. Ferrante, General Manager for Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
  • Jackie Jarrell, Deputy Director for Charlotte Water and WEF Board of Trustees President
  • Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist and Vice President at Carollo Engineers
  • Krishna Pagilla PhD, Director at the Nevada Water Innovation Institute
  • Alise Porto, Director, Strategy Projects at Switch
  • Nancy Vogel, Director, CA Governor’s Water Portfolio Program
  • David Sedlak, Professor, UC Berkeley Deputy Director, ReNUWIt
  • David Johnson, Deputy GM, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Mark Foree, GM, Truckee Meadows Water Authority
  • Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor, Arizona State University
  • Rick Warner, Program Developer, Nevada Water Innovation Institute

Invited Participants

  • Cristina Ahmadpour, President of Isle Utilities North America
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority, San Francisco Public Utility Commission, ReNUWIt
  • The Water Research Foundation, Founding Agencies of the Nevada Water Innovation Institute

NWEA, CWEA, CASA

Featured Sessions

View All AC20 Sessions >

Co-Digestion: Gearing Up for Senate Bill 1383

Regulations will soon be finalized to define the State’s strategies for meeting the landfill organic diversion requirements mandated under SB 1383.  There could be incentives for communities to implement projects that provide co-digestion of wastewater biosolids and other organic materials.

  • Wednesday Morning Track: Regulations Under Senate Bill 1383 and POTW Co-Digestion Capacity with Sarah Deslauriers, Carollo Engineers
  • Wednesday Afternoon Track: Regulatory and Optimization Challenges with Digester Gas Systems
  • Thursday Morning Track: Co-digestion Operations and Maintenance

(more…)

Save the Date for AC20 in Reno

NEW Joint CWEA/NWEA Exhibit Hall and Events
NEW Partnering for Impact Event by ReNUWIt and University of Nevada, Reno

Resources

AC20 Reasons for Reno

  • The Sacramento Convention Center is closed 2020 through 2021 for remodeling. Other Bay Area and Northern California convention centers are very expensive or have limitations for mid-sized conferences such as AC.
  • The Reno Convention Center is recently renovated, modern, spacious and comfortable. It is highly rated and they are offering several incentives.
  • Reno hotels are affordable and plentiful, including the host hotel Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa.
  • Flights from all major CA cities right into Reno are convenient.
  • Restaurants are nearby, including several in the Atlantis.
  • Fun and excitement – Downtown Reno is short 12-15 minute drive.
  • Many California water associations enjoy Nevada’s friendly hospitality. California agencies send team members to NV for the CA-NV AWWA conference and TriState Conference in Las Vegas.

Reasons to Attend AC

  • Meet and network with 2,000 water professionals (now from CA and NV!).
  • Learn from 200+ presenters during the 150 technical sessions and workshops.
  • Learn about hot topics water leaders told us their folks need to know now, including: asset management; collection systems; SSS-WDR; one water; water reuse; advanced water treatment; ELAP; alternative delivery; regulations; nutrient removal; operations; biosolids and more.
  • Learn about new technologies and talk with 150 vendors in the exhibit hall.
  • And of course have some fun – ice breakers; bowling tournament; awards ceremony; special networking lunches; social events and more!

Bonus Reno Benefits

  • Joint events with water pros from the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA).
  • Joint California-Nevada Partnering for Impact event organized by the University of Reno and ReNUWIt.
  • Exciting new tour locations including Reno, Lake Tahoe and Truckee advanced water resource recovery facilities.
  • First time in decades Annual Conference is near our Sierra Section members.
  • 2-hour drive from Sacramento and several Northern California cities.
  • During downtime great rec opportunities – skiing, hiking and Tahoe!

 

“The California-Nevada Section of AWWA regularly holds conferences in Reno, and it always meets or exceeds expectations. There is a terrific, newly renovated convention center. Reno is affordable, and features plenty of opportunities for learning, networking, and fun.”
– Tim Worley, Executive Director, CA-NV AWWWA

We’re Here to Help

We’re happy to talk with your agency about the benefits of Reno

Kevin Calderwood, CWEA President

Alec Mackie, CWEA staff
510.382.7800 x114

 

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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Exhibit Hall: You Don’t Know 💩 Game Show

Play for over $1,000 in prizes!

Teams and audience members can win prizes.

A wastewater game show for wastewater professionals.

Schedule

Round 1: Wednesday, 4/1, 5:00-6:30pm
Round 2 and finals: Thursday, 4/2, 5:00-6:30pm
Audience questions are called randomly throughout the game show – you could win a gift card $25-100!!

Game Show Hosts

CWEA
Monte Hamamoto, SVCW

NWEA
Clayton Coon, City of Henderson

Teams

Apply here >

  • Teams are THREE people.
  • Please designate a team contact.
  • We recommend diverse experience: engineer, operations and lab.
  • We are looking for THREE teams from California and THREE teams from Nevada.
  • Format:
    • Team versus team quiz show format
    • Each round lasts 20 minutes
    • There are 20 wastewater questions developed by the judges
    • Team with the most correct answers wins the round
    • All decisions of the judges are final
    • Prizes are gift cards $20-$100.

Audience door prizes

  • Be there and ready to answer a tech question and you might win a door prize!
  • Door prizes are gift cards from $25 to $100
  • Judges will ask the audience and randomly pick a participant
  • Answer correctly and you win
  • Decisions of the judges are final
  • You’ll be asked to sign for receiving the door prize

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 2020 in Reno.
  3. Contest will occur Wednesday, April 1st, 5:30-6:30 pm and Thursday, April 2nd, 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. Winners will be announced through the app Thursday afternoon.

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 (inside the exhibit hall)
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 (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 March.


Participation Rules:

The following contest rules apply to the CWEA 2020 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 2020 in Reno.
  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 1 (inside the exhibit hall) and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 (inside the exhibit hall)
  4. One grand-prize winner will receive the grand prize announced on Thursday, April 2 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 1 and 2.