The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2012 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project (see complete list below). WEF Member Associations selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the New England Water Environment Association, June 14-16, 2012 at the Hilton Logan Airport Hotel in Boston.

The California Winner is:

Natalie Ng
Rapid Pathogen Detection in Drinking and Irrigation Water Using Conductometric Biosensor Technology
Monta Vista High School Science Teacher – Elizabeth McCracken
Sponsored by the California Water Environment Association

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SSO Webinar Presenters -- Andy Morrison, Shawn Nesgis and Sam Rose

The CWEA two part webinar series on SSO Volume Estimations has just completed with over 70 sites participating.  Part 1: The Changing World of SSO Volume Estimation took place on Tuesday, May 8th.   The webinar provided valuable information on the key changes surrounding SSO volume estimation and why it is important for agencies to improve documentation in light of the changing landscape and audits.

Part 2: SSO Volume Estimation: It’s not your Grandfather’s Tools and Techniques was held on Tuesday, May 15th.  This webinar reviewed the volume estimation tools and techniques to improve spill documentation.  The presenters conducted an in-depth look at the techniques including when and how to use the tool.

A special thanks to our presenters, Andy Morrison and Shawn Nesgis from Union Sanitary District and Sam Rose from South Placer MUD.   If you missed either of these webinars, be sure to check out the presentations and handouts at www.cwea.org/sso .

Be sure to check back for more information on our hands-on volume estimation workshops. They will take place in late June and early July.

On May 8, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released draft amendments to the Recycled Water Policy in response to the June 2010 report from the Science Advisory Panel on constituents of emerging concern (CECs) in recycled water. CASA, ACWA and WateReuse jointly recommended in 2010 that the SWRCB accept and adopt the Panel’s recommendations. Many CASA member agencies echoed these comments in individual letters and testimony. An initial review of the draft Policy amendments indicate they are generally consistent with the Panel’s recommendations.
• Constituents to be monitored for percolation, injection and landscape irrigation and their respective MRLs are consistent with the Panel’s recommendations. [Read more]

Conference Planning Volunteers

This year’s CWEA Annual Conference in Sacramento proved to follow CWEA tradition in providing quality and value to our members.  The conference was jam-packed with training and networking -oriented events and opportunities, setting new standards with respect to information and training access.  As is the tradition for CWEA, this year’s conference was a model for how stretching our boundaries enables better and better events each year.  Please read on to for highlights of the many great events and programs that took place at AC12.

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On June 12, EPA has scheduled the first in a series of webcasts built around the core elements of its February 2012 handbook, “Planning for Sustainability: A Handbook for Water and Wastewater Utilities.” Effective planning is essential for utilities to sustainably manage their operations and ensure that water infrastructure investments are cost-effective over their life-cycle, resource-efficient, and support other relevant community sustainability goals. The handbook describes a series of core elements and steps that water and wastewater utilities can take to incorporate sustainability considerations into existing planning processes. The June 12 webcast will be held from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT and will provide an overview of the handbook and include perspectives and examples from two utility managers that were involved in its development. The webcast is free to participants. To register, click here.