Government Affairs Update

In case you missed it! EPA has taken the following actions on PFAS in the last three months:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its framework for addressing new and new uses of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The framework outlines EPA’s planned approach when reviewing new PFAS and new uses of PFAS to ensure that, before these chemicals are allowed to enter into commerce, EPA will undertake an extensive evaluation to ensure they pose no harm to human health and the environment. The framework supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to address the impacts of these forever chemicals and advance EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to confront the human health and environmental risks of PFAS pollution.
  • EPA is seeking input on whether to propose to designate additional PFAS, including HFPO-DA, sometimes called GenX, and compounds that degrade in the environment by processes such as biodegradation, photolysis, and hydrolysis, to form certain PFAS. EPA is also seeking information on whether some PFAS compounds can or should be designated as a group or category. A Federal Register Notice has been published in the Federal Register at docket EPA-HQ-OLEM-2022-0922 and can be viewed on www.regulations.gov. The ANPRM will be open for a 60-day comment period through June 12, 2023.
  • In April 2023, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking the public for input regarding potential future hazardous substance designations of PFAS under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. This request for input and information follows EPA’s September 2022 proposed rule to designate two PFASperfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and their salts and structural isomers as hazardous substances under CERCLA. Learn more about the advance notice.

Save the Date!

Fall Communications Camp, October 26 in Bend, Oregon

2023 Fall Communications Camp is happening 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 26 in Bend, Oregon. A big thanks to the City of Bend for graciously hosting at their Kerri Training Facility, 22395 McGarth Rd.  The Camp will include a tour of the City of Bend’s Water Reclamation Facility and presentations by staff from the cities of Bend, Boise, and Prineville plus others. More details including the full agenda and registration details will be published in early August. This event will provide 0.625 CEUs, pending approval. The Communications Camp is a one-day specialty conference focused on how to communicate about water, strengthen communications skills, and effectively tools of the trade. Proceeds from the Communications Camp go towards PNCWA’s Adopt-a-School grant program, managed by the Communications and Outreach Committee, which funds K-12 educational projects focused on water and the environment.

Leadership Development Committee Member Survey on Workplace Well-Being

Leadership Development Committee solicits member survey for feedback on Workplace Wellbeing. Please participate here!

INTRODUCING THE 2023 WAVE COHORT

We’re excited to have double the size of the cohort compared to 2022! Please look out for these early career professionals at the upcoming conference!

Juliana Andrade
Student at Seattle University

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Spokane Area Facility Tour and Social Rescheduled

If you’re looking to learn more about wastewater treatment for Spokane County or meet other water professionals in the Spokane area, please join us for a tour of the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility followed by a social gathering at the nearby No-Li Brewhouse on July 27, 2023. Enjoy a complimentary beverage of your choice, courtesy the PNCWA Students and Young Professionals.

The tour will begin at 3 pm and the social will start around 5 pm. Feel free to come to both or just stop by for either part. If you’re interested, please sign up here – registration is free for everyone!

Four Questions on Endangered Species Act (ESA) Consultation for Stormwater Design

By: Tarelle Osborn, Principal & President, Osborn Consulting, and Deepa Mungasavalli, Practice Lead, Transportation Drainage, Osborn Consulting

Will my Roadway or Bridge Project require more Stormwater Treatment Facilities than planned?

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Government Affairs Update

July 2023

Federal:

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Message from the President

I am passionate about assuring a healthy environment for future generations. I want my children’s children to enjoy Larsen Lake in Bellevue, Washington, on the Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail, as much as I have for the past 25 years with my own family.

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Message From PNCWA2023 Technical Chair

I am beyond thrilled this year for the PNCWA2023 Technical Program, where we will be Catalyzing a Sound Future for Water together in Tacoma, WA through site tours and over 140 technical presentations. We are also excited to continue our partnership with WateREuse, who will be hosting a full day of Water Reuse focused presentations on Monday! While some things are far too great to change, like the caliber of people you’ll interact with at PNCWA each year, I’d like to share some of the exciting changes our team has been working toward to shape a more positive experience related to the PNCWA2023 technical program.

Abstract Review and Selection. For the first time, we implemented a double-blind review process for abstracts, removing the authors and represented companies for the scoring process. We did this to support a more equitable process for scoring and selection of abstracts, and we believe it made a positive impact on the diversity of speakers and content in our Technical Program!

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Check Out What PNCWA2023 has in Store and Don’t Miss Out on Early Bird Registration Pricing!

The PNCWA Annual Conference is less than 10 weeks away and registration is officially open! Early bird pricing ends on July 27th, so be sure to take advantage of the discounted registration fees if you are a PNCWA member. Not a member? Now is a great time to consider joining! Click here (link to: https://pncwa.memberclicks.net/about-membership) to find out more about becoming a member.

PNCWA2023 has a lot to offer in addition to the incredible technical program assembled by Kristi Steiner and her team! For those of you who arrive on Sunday, the PNCWA Water for People Committee will be hosting a fun run in the late morning and the Stormwater Committee is organizing a service project that will start shortly after the conclusion of the run. What a great way to enjoy the beautiful late summer weather in the Northwest alongside your water colleagues! Register for the 5K and/or service project here.

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Proposed Changes to PNCWA Bylaws

Seeking Membership Feedback

The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association is governed by a Constitution and Bylaws. From time to time, changes are needed to these documents. In these instances, the Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) Committee recommends changes to the Board and the membership.

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Save the Date: Stormwater Service Event

The Stormwater Committee will be hosting a Service Event on Sunday, September 10, 2023.

Come join us the Sunday before the Tacoma PNCWA Conference for a clean-up event at Point Defiance Park! Lunch will be provided around noon and the service event will kick off at 1:30 pm. Transportation will also be provided.

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Sustainability and Biosolids Committee Webinar: Advanced Thermal Treatment for PFAS

* Eligible for 0.2 CEUs 

The Sustainability and Biosolids Committee invites you to a webinar on June 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT) on Advanced Thermal Treatment for PFAS. The presence of PFAS in biosolids has resulted in significant challenges for the municipal wastewater industry, especially for those utilities who land apply biosolids for beneficial use. Current and pending regulations will require WRRFs to rethink their biosolids management programs. With these challenges comes opportunities making it an exciting time for solids treatment in our industry.  

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Meet Your Oregon Region Sections

West Central Operators Section

 

 

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Spokane Area Facility Tour and Social

If you’re looking to learn more about wastewater treatment for Spokane County or meet other water professionals in the Spokane area, please join us for a tour of the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility followed by a social gathering at the nearby No-Li Brewhouse on June 22, 2023.

The tour will begin at 3 pm and the social will start around 5 pm. Feel free to come to both or just stop by for either part. If you’re interested, please sign up here – registration is free to PNCWA members and $5 for non-members.

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Learning Hour Panel: Staffing Challenges and Solutions for Clean Water Agencies

Hosted by the PNCWA Utility Management Committee

Date & Time:  July 26, 2023 @ Noon to 1 PM

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WAVE Program: Meet the Cohort

The WAVE program engages students and emerging professionals from diverse backgrounds with the water industry through a series of workshops and attendance at the 2023 PNCWA conference. The workshops focus on the various paths within the water industry, networking, skills development, employment opportunities, and conference preparation. Each month until the conference, we will highlight our participants.

Angela Smith

Chief Operating Officer for Minority Construction Group LLC| Portland, OR

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President’s Message - May 2023

2023 PNCWA Awards Program


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PNCWA2023 Message from Conference Chair

To My Fellow Water Professionals: 

On behalf of the PNCWA2023 Conference Committee, I am thrilled to gather with you all this fall as the PNCWA annual conference returns to Puget Sound. Tacoma and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center will host our four-day celebration of clean water this September. This year’s conference focuses on “Catalyzing a Sound Future for Water.” We hope that your time in Tacoma exposes you to innovative approaches to solving problems, expands your connections with other clean water professionals, and inspires you to tackle the pressing water challenges facing our communities. 

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Leadership Corner: Introduction to Design Thinking

Greetings from the Leadership Development Committee! For those of you who are not familiar with the Committee’s work, we seek to develop leaders for the Association, our organizations, and our community. We hold workshops on leadership throughout the year. We also encourage each other through sharing articles, podcasts, blogs, and books on leadership. One book that I really like was introduced to me by our friends at Rogue Water at one of their Catalyst events. Designing Your Work Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans introduces design thinking to live, learn, and succeed in our work lives. The concept is thinking like a designer. What exactly does that mean?

Design thinking includes:

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