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