There is still time to join your water quality colleagues for “Information Exchange: Networking Our Resources” on September 15-17, 2010 at the Modesto Centre Plaza and Doubletree Hotel for NRTC 2010.  Registration is open online and the full conference brochure is available! Haven’t made your hotel reservation yet at the Doubletree? The deadline for the CWEA discounted rate has been extended until Friday, September 20!

Contact Hours for the CA Department of Public of been approved for 17 technical sessions.  See which ones here! CEU’s for the SWRCB have also been approved for all technical sessions!

NRTC 2010 will bring you and your peers together with multiple information exchanges opportunities during sessions, on the exhibit floor and during networking events.  This conference is an affordable way to receive the training, information and new ideas you need, along with CWEA contact hours.

The technical program will include two days of Collection Systems training and P3S. Full days of Safety, O&M, Laboratory along with a Grade 1,2 and 3 Operator Certification Review session!

Two full day pre-conference workshops with an in-depth look into:

  • Lab Results for Non-Lab Professionals
  • Salinity: from Start to Finish

Networking events include:

  • An exhibit floor with both indoor and outdoor locations hosting over 50 companies with a hosted reception on Thursday evening
  • Luncheons with distinguished speakers on both Thursday and Friday
  • The Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday afternoon
  • A special evening reception on Thursday night at the McHenry Mansion with live music and a car show!

September 14th at 1PM EST, EPA will be hosting a webinar specifically for NPDES permittees and their trade associations to provide information on the development of the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule.  This webinar will provide a forum for NPDES permittees, trade associations and other interested stakeholders to ask questions and provide informal comments related to the proposed rule.
Anyone who wants to participate can attend.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will feature two special sessions on hot topic water quality issues during WEFTEC® 2010 next month in New Orleans, La. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe have been invited and are expected as featured speakers. [Read more]

CWEA Past President, Darren Greenwood, was recently profiled about his passion for using art to improve the public’s understanding of wastewater treatment. He unveiled a new cluster of whale murals at the Livermore water reclamation plant.

“People drive by the treatment plant all the time and they don’t know what it does,” Greenwood said. “Instead of just giving them a flyer, I realized I could show them in two seconds when they drive by” and see the mural.

Read the full story and view photos of Darren’s new murals

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has announced Canadians Alexandre Allard and Danny Luong as the winners of the 2010 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). According to SIWI’s press release, the team received the prestigious prize for their project, “Novel Biodegradation of Polystyrene”. Click here to read SIWI’s full press release and/or visit for more details.
In 1997, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) partnered with SIWI and others to create the Stockholm Junior Water Prize–the world’s most prestigious award presented to youth for water science. Each year, WEF and its Member Associations, with support from ITT Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company and Delta Air Lines, organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions in the United States. The 2010 U.S. Winner, Rebecca Ye of Bangor, Maine, represented the United States at the international competition this past week in Stockholm with her project, “Nanoparticle-amplified immunosensor enables excellent sensitivity in rapid detection of viable E. coli O157:H7”.