EPA announced in the June 16 Federal Register that the Office of Wastewater Management is holding a workshop to solicit the views of stakeholders concerning a number of issues. These include views on how the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations should apply to municipal sanitary sewer collection systems, sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), and peak wet weather discharges at publicly owned treatment works. EPA will also seek views on the 2005 draft Peak Flows Policy. The workshop will include a facilitated discussion with representatives of organizations that represent POTWs, state NPDES permitting authorities, and non-for-profit environmental groups. WEF was invited to directly participate in the facilitated discussion; our representatives will be Bob Matthews, Chair, WEF Government Affairs Committee (GAC), and Dan Ott, co-chair GAC wet weather workgroup.  EPA is inviting other interested members of the public to observe the workshop and to offer verbal comments at designated times during the workshop or to submit written comments to the Agency. The workshop will be held on July 14, from 8:00 am – 5:15 pm and on July 15, from 8:00 am -12:30 pm. Individuals planning to participate in the workshop as observers are requested to pre-register by July 6, 2011. The workshop will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, located in Washington, DC at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

John T. Morris of Morris Water Resources Consultants in San Marino, CA wins prestigious award

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is proud to announce the first recipients of the WEF Fellow Recognition Program. Approved by the Board of Trustees last July, the new program honors the professional achievements, stature, and contributions of WEF members in various fields of water expertise. A total of 17 WEF members – including John – were approved by the Board to be honored during this inaugural year.

“WEF takes a great deal of pride in the vast knowledge base of our members and in honor of that, felt it was very important to provide a distinguished recognition program,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown. “We are very pleased to celebrate not only the personal achievements of this years’ Fellows but also the invaluable role WEF has as a leading water quality organization.”

The AC11 Committee got together to celebrate over a year of work with a BBQ party at a minor league baseball game. The group met at The Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga to see the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (a Dodgers affiliate) valiantly take on the High Desert Mavericks (a Mariners affiliate). Just like the players, the intrepid AC group braved the fierce afternoon sun and the biting night wind to see those Quakes give 110% and ………… lose 4-7.

A BBQ and some fireworks after the game helped to cushion the blow.  And if you’re thinking of forming a CWEA baseballteam, make sure to draft Logan Olds, who chased down a foul ball and went home with a souvenir.

Thanks to the entire committee helping to make the 2011 CWEA Annual Conference a success!

Connie Leonard & Debra Bogdanoff
AC11 Co-Chairs

Logan Olds with his wife Cheryl and CWEA Past President Pei-Chin Low and the Quakes mascot Aftershock

AC11 Committee, family and friends ready for the Quakes game

Ready for the Quakes to take the field

A perfect evening for baseball!

The Northern Regional Training Conference is coming to Redding September 21 – 23, 2011. NRTC is Northern California’s most affordable conference offering training in multiple disciplines, networking and technology information! You won’t want to miss the tour of Shasta Dam Tuesday, Oktoberfest Thursday evening, and a technical program packing with the latest industry information YOU need! Check out the exhibit and golf sponsorship opportunities.

From Wendy Wert, LACSD

At this year’s annual conference in Ontario, the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) hosted a joint breakfast to recognize exceptional achievement in the field of Environmental Engineering.  CWEA’s Engineering Research (E&R) Committee Chair Pavitra Prabhakar initiated the proceedings by acknowledging the 2011 E&R award recipients.  Mike Selna continued with an introduction to AAEE, which explained that the mission of the organization is to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of environmental engineers.  The keynote speaker for the event Mike Stenstrom then presented a technology discussion titled Toward Long SRT of Activated Sludge Processes:  Benefits in Energy Saving, Effluent Quality, and Stability. [Read more]