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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

Sac Regional project

Past President Christoph Dobson at the Echo Water construction site.

Regional San Summit: The Echo Water Project

Valued over $1.75 billion, Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District’s (Regional San’s) monumental Echo Water Project is among the largest public works projects in the area’s history. This full-day track will bring together the team of engineers, operators, construction managers, and thought leaders that made this major upgrade project a success. Learn about the innovative strategies applied to achieve the nitrogen treatment objectives, the unique contracting and asset management strategies, and the challenges with commissioning a 181 mgd nitrogen removal treatment process.

PFAS was used in firefighting foam

PFAS was used in firefighting foam

PFAS Summit

Catch up with the latest news on the fast-moving, emerging topic of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances, (PFAS). Arlene Blum, PhD, biophysical chemist, author, mountaineer, Research Associate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute will be the keynote speaker for this event. Arlene’s riveting talk will be followed by an update on California Water Board PFAS Actions from Annalisa Kihara, Program Manager for the SWRCB PFAS activities.

  • Wednesday Morning Track: PFAS Basics; SWRCB Actions and panel discussion
  • Wednesday Afternoon Track: PFAS perspectives – laboratory; biosolids and water reuse

Collections System 101

AC20 will have two back-to-back tracks to provide a full day of introductory education. Facilitated by Jennifer Rojas, Long Beach Water Department and Dennis Lambert, Rodeo Sanitary District, the following topics will be covered:

  • Wednesday Morning Track: Easements 101 and Basic Math for Collection System Operators
  • Wednesday Afternoon Track: Pump Physics 101 with Ronald Aceto, Cornell Pumps

CWEA members with SWRCB staff.

Get the Latest Updates Directly from Our State Regulators

AC20 attendees will have an opportunity to hear directly from State and Regional Water Board staff about some of the hottest regulatory issues in California in the following exciting tracks:

  • Regulations Deep Dive: This track will start with a basic introduction to wastewater regulations presented by Diana Messina, Chief of the SWRCB Surface Water Permitting Section. This session will also provide an extended opportunity for audience participants to ask Diana questions and get feedback on a wide-array of topics. Following Diana’s informative talk, attendees will get an update on the new Whole Effluent Toxicity Policy and its impact NPDES Permittees from Jim Marshall, from the Central Valley RWQCB. Finally, the track will be rounded by with a riveting discussion about opportunities for Integrated Stormwater/Wastewater Planning in California. Come to this session ready to participate and learn!
  • SSO WDR Program Updates: This track will provide attendees with the latest on the State Water Boards SSO Program. Hear two perspectives with a head-to-head discussion with Diana Messina and Paul Causey. Following this, the audience will hear the latest on SSO enforcement by Jim Fisher Senior Engineer in the SWRCB Enforcement Unit.
  • Sewering in Disadvantaged Communities: The State Water Board is collaborating with the Central Valley Water Board for policy writing and implementation of Senate Bill 1215, which adds provisions to the California Water Code related to bringing sewer services to disadvantaged communities. This informative track will start with a presentation from Scott Armstrong, Central Valley RWQCB Program Manager over the start-up of this new program that will eventually grow to other regions in the state. Following this talk, the audience will hear about a program being implemented by the Sacramento Area Sewer District that is leveraging funding available for disadvantaged communities to meet SB 1215 objectives. This track will be rounded out with a panel discussion from our two speakers.

Operations-Led Pilot Studies

Do you have a pilot study planned in the next year? The operations and engineering staff at the Napa Sanitation District and the City of Galt decided to forego hiring a team of consultants to develop and implement their needed pilot studies and instead did the work themselves. This track will explore the operations-led pilot study approach and will provide lessons learned and key take away messages that were gained through this process. A panel discussion will give the audience a chance to ask their own questions of the operations staff that successfully pulled these studies off.

Winning the War on Flushable Wipes

Wet wipes have become a household staple in recent years. However, wipes labeled as “flushable” are having significant impacts on our sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plants, clogging pumps, piping, and other equipment. This track will be developed by Jessica Gauger, CASA’s Director of Legislative Advocacy. Jessica has been leading CASA’s efforts to support a ban on the use of the term “flushable” on wet wipes packaging. Jessica will facilitate a series of presentations that cover the advocacy, research and public outreach efforts toward winning the war on flushable wipes.

Partnering for Impact

Organized by the University of Nevada Water Innovation Institute, co-hosted by CWEA and NWEA

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Since 2016, the University of Nevada Reno – Nevada Water Innovation Institute (NWII) has convened annual Partnering for Impact events in conjunction with the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA) Annual Conference. These events bring together a diverse cross-section of water leaders to explore synergies in the advancement of utility-university-industry partnerships, workforce development, and more sustainable water management practices to accelerate the One Water movement.

CWEA is excited to announce the Partnering for Impact event will be held in conjunction with the joint conference and is open to CWEA members. This year’s programmatic theme is driving innovation and implementation of innovative practices and methods leading to greater adoption of integrated water management practices.  The full-day event will explore the following topics:

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

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