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National Water Policy Fly-In Recap

PNCWA Participates in Water Week 2023 by Sending 8 Members to Washington DC

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Government Affairs Committee Update

May 2023

Federal:

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President’s Message April 2023

WATER WEEK 2023 | APRIL 23-29

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CALLING ALL FUTURE LEADERS!

The PNCWA Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following positions beginning in September 2023:

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Webinars to Watch For: Bioenergy and Co-Digestion

Don’t forget to sign up for the Bioenergy and Co-Digestion webinar! This webinar, hosted by the Sustainability and Biosolids Committee, is on April 25th from 1-3 pm (PDT) and will cover the following topics.

  • Overview and trends of organic diversion regulations. 
  • Impacts and opportunities for utilities. 
  • Planning for accepting source-separated organics. 
  • Trends and barriers to recovering energy and resources from SSOs. 
  • Cost/Benefit model and case studies.

The webinar is free to members of PNCWA and only $10 for non-members. CEUs are actively being pursued in this webinar.

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Stormwater Learning Hour

Thursday, April 27, 12 pm Pacific/1 pm Mountain

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Leadership Corner: Gallup CliftonStrengths Workshop

One key to success is to fully understand how to apply your greatest talents and strengths in your everyday life. A person’s talents – those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come naturally – are the source of your true potential and power.

Please join us for an energetic and highly interactive Gallup CliftonStrengths workshop where you will have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of your talents and how to use them in your everyday life.  As part of your registration, you will receive a CliftonStrengths assessment code and complete the assessment prior to the workshop. We will explore how to develop talents into strengths and uncover how to aim your talents at career goals. Your participation in activities, discussion, and discovery, as well as listening to our panelists discuss how their Strengths have shaped their career experiences, will prepare you to create your own Strengths-based development plan.

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WAVE Program: Meet the Students

  

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.

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Get Involved: Join the Collections Systems Committee!

The Collections Systems Committee (CSC) facilitates the advancement of standards and methods used for the design, construction, operations, maintenance, and management of wastewater collection systems in the Pacific Northwest. We are looking for members who are willing to join the committee and take ownership of some of our smaller projects (such as setting up webinars, pre-conference workshops, etc.). We are an active committee, and we rely on the engagement of our members to increase our impact.

Meetings are held online on the 3rd Friday of odd months (the next meeting will be May 19th).  If you are interested in joining, please visit: https://www.pncwa.org/collections-committee

Highlighting Past PNCWA Scholarship Recipients

Daniel Isenberger was a 2018 PNCWA Scholarship Recipient while attending a Multi-Disciplinary 2-Year Water Quality Program at Umpqua Community College. During his attendance, he was able to work for a variety of Clean Water Utilities in the Southern Oregon Region through various Cooperative Work Experiences and be an active Member of PNCWA.

After graduation with an Associate’s Program in Water Quality, he returned to Eastern Oregon for seasonal ranch work before transferring to a Colorado-based College that offered an Undergrad in Water Management Technology. 

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Government Affairs Committee Update

Idaho

  • Updates to Idaho HHWQC for Arsenic:  The updates to Idaho’s human health criteria for arsenic were negotiated under Docket No. 58-0102-1801 and published as a proposed rule under Docket No. 58-0102-2201. The pending rule was adopted by the Idaho Board of Environmental Quality on May 26, 2022, and will be submitted to the Idaho Legislature for review during the 2023 legislative session. The pending rule includes the rule as initially proposed along with revisions in Subsections 210.01.b., Footnote k, and 210.03.e. and is available here. Once the pending rule is approved by the Idaho Legislature, DEQ will submit the rule to EPA for review.

Oregon

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World Water Day – Bringing People Together to Celebrate Knowledge and Good Beer

What a wonderful sight it was on March 22nd at Optimism Brewing as over 70 people split into teams in a (mostly friendly) battle of wits covering obscure waterways, water-based music, and what WSP stands for. We saw connections being made across the water industry and beyond that we rarely get to see outside of the PNCWA Annual Conference, all while raising more than $4,000 for Water For People. Thank you to our wonderful host, Optimism Brewing Company, and our generous Sponsors AECOM, Schnabel, WSP, Osborn Consulting, Stantec, T.Y. Lin, Carollo, and Consor, as well as our prize sponsors Rey Amargo Chocolate, Overcast Coffee and Elliott Bay Books.

Committee Spotlight: Stormwater - Projects Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill in the Pacific Northwest

On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Since then, the federal government has provided funding for various infrastructure projects. In the Pacific Northwest, funding has been awarded to projects that improve access to clean drinking water, provide access to reliable high-speed internet, repair and rebuild roads and bridges, improve multimodal transportation, upgrade power infrastructure, and provide forest fire protection.

Information on the breakdown of funding given to Idaho, Washington, and Oregon can be found in Part 1 of the blog post series here: Committee Spotlight: Stormwater (pncwa.org)

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President’s Message March 2023

World Water Day 2023: Wednesday, March 22

World Water Day 2023 is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis worldwide. Water is a core element of our survival. Yet, in our PNCWA area, it’s easy to take water and wastewater for granted — we don’t think about the infrastructure, people, and administration that strives to deliver clean water anytime we want. While throughout the world, there are billions of people that don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water or sanitary services.   

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WAVE Program: Meet the Students

The WAVE program engages students and emerging professionals from diverse backgrounds with the water industry through a series of workshops and attendance of 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.

Today, Meet Juliana, Nicole, and Jasper:

Juliana Andrade 
Student at Seattle University, studying Civil Engineering with an Environmental Specialization 
Brown and Caldwell, Environmental Engineering Intern 




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Stormwater Learning Hour

March Learning Hour 

Wednesday, March 22, 12 pm Pacific/1 pm Mountain 

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Sustainability and Biosolids Committee Webinar on Bioenergy and Co-Digestion

Bioenergy and Co-Digestion Webinar - Climate Change Regulation Provides Opportunities for WRRFs


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Government Affairs Committee Update

Idaho: 

  • Updates to Idaho HHWQC for Arsenic: The updates to Idaho’s human health criteria for arsenic were negotiated under Docket No. 58-0102-1801 and published as a proposed rule under Docket No. 58-0102-2201. The pending rule was adopted by the Idaho Board of Environmental Quality on May 26, 2022, and will be submitted to the Idaho Legislature for review during the 2023 legislative session. The pending rule includes the rule as initially proposed along with revisions in Subsections 210.01.b., Footnote k, and 210.03.e. and is available here. Once the pending rule is approved by the Idaho Legislature, DEQ will submit the rule to EPA for review.

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Idaho Section Update: Idaho Operator’s Conference 2023

The North Idaho Operators Section of PNCWA will be hosting the 40th Annual Idaho Operator Conference May 21-24, 2023 at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow, Idaho. The conference includes a golf scramble, jet boat tour, classes, tradeshow, and awards banquet.  

 
Register to attend here. 
 
Interested in presenting? North Idaho Operators Section is accepting abstracts on topics such as nutrient removal, digestion and biosolids, disinfection, regulations, and more.  


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Awards Committee Highlight

The Goal of the PNCWA Awards Committee is to recognize the excellence and dedication of water professionals in our area by soliciting nominations and presenting the PNCWA and WEF Awards at our Annual Conference.  

The Committee highlights the achievements and commitment of people in this industry, and we continue to need your help.  Each year, we rely on your nominations, and when awards are given, we appreciate you spreading the word, within the Association membership and externally to local media, governance, and the public. Our award recipients deserve to be celebrated for their hard work! 

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