Recognizing Stormwater Management Achievements

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) launched a program this year to recognize communities for high-performing stormwater management efforts. Mark Doneux of the Capitol Region Watershed District and WEF’s Pallavi Raviprakash discuss the achievements of the US award-winning communities, including the overall winners the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and City of Fairbanks, Alaska. WEF recognized the City of Tacoma for its innovative approach to addressing contamination stemming from its industrial past. ► Continue reading (see page 16-17)

See also: ► PNCWA Stormwater Committee

PNCWA Calendar Project: Call for Photographs

The PNCWA Board is creating a calendar for 2017. PNCWA is a family of outstanding professionals who work hard to protect the environment and recover our resources. We would like to highlight the people, projects, and facilities that show the best of our industry in the Pacific Northwest. 

The types of photos we are looking for include your wastewater facility, pump/lift station, stormwater infrastructure, or collection system. The photos can include both completed or in construction facilities. While facilities and infrastructure are fascinating, they don’t tell the whole story—This calendar will also highlight the people who operate those facilities. So please include photos of laboratory, operations and maintenance staff as well. 

Be creative, be silly, be yourself. This calendar is intend to be a celebration of our industry and the work we all do as professionals protecting our most important resource: water! 
The criteria are simple….
1) The photo must show water quality infrastructure and/or people from the Pacific Northwest.

2) The photo must be owned with no copyrights attached or where permission can be granted to PNCWA.

3) The photo must be digital and a printable quality of at least 300 dpi. 

Submit your digital photo via email to ► [email protected] with caption and description.

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History of Coeur d'Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant Chronicled

Sid Fredrikson

In 1999, Coeur d’Alene wastewater utility superintendent Sid Fredrickson set out to write a brief three-to-four page history/profile on the sewage plant. The project evolved into significantly more than a summary.

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Press Release: Idaho DEQ Seeks Comment on Proposed Revision to Statewide Water Quality Trading Guidance

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a proposed revision to its statewide water quality trading guidance.

The proposed revision incorporates concepts developed by state water quality agencies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, facilitated by Willamette Partnership and The Freshwater Trust and reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Water Environment Federation Announces White House Water Commitments

WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill to attend today’s White House Water Summit in Washington, DC

In celebration of ► World Water Day, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces its participation in today’s ► White House Water Summit and specific contributions to this long-term effort. The White House is hosting a special water summit from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and to highlight new commitments and announcements that the Administration and non-federal institutions are making to build a sustainable water future. ► Continue Reading

Getting Passionate About Water and Jobs

by Paul Bowen, WEF President

Recently I participated in the Young Professionals (YP) Summit sponsored by WEF/AWWA and held in conjunction with the Utility Management Conference.  Not only did I have the chance to interact with YPs, I also had the privilege of talking with numerous veterans of our military.  These young men and women, who have served our country, were eager to make connections in our industry.  As I mingled among the YPs and veterans, I found both groups wanting to engage in conversation and more than willing to talk about their goals and dreams. For each it’s an exciting time in their lives as they start to look to their future, and the whole experience seemed to tie in with ► World Water Day on March 22-- the 2016 theme is Water and Jobs.

Both YPs and veterans are part of future of water and the water industry.  Without the influx of these talented individuals our profession will continue to lose more than it gains.  While they offer different skill sets, different levels of experience, and a broad range of perspectives, all share a passion for water.  That passion will fuel them as their careers develop and move in different directions.

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