On WEF’s Water Blog Tyler Richards, chair of the Stormwater Committee, notes the Association is seeing more demand for guidance on stormwater treatment issues. The EPA is expected to revise standards soon and WEF wants members to have a voice in those changes.

I’m enthusiastic about our challenge to look at stormwater from all aspects and come up with a comprehensive plan for stormwater programming at WEF. Numerous related efforts like technical sessions, papers, workshops, and the Federation’s upcoming comments to EPA continue to attract interest and support here at WEF. We are reviewing and prioritizing all of them with an eye toward increased effectiveness while solidifying and expanding the stormwater knowledge base for water quality professionals

Tyler’s stormwater post is here. He is a Deputy Director of Water Operations for Gwinnett County.

From Press Release:

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Onsite Wastewater  Recycling Association (NOWRA) — a not-for-profit organization that educates and  represents the decentralized systems and onsite wastewater treatment profession  — are pleased to announce a significant new partnership that will take effect on  February 1, 2010. Passed this month by the organizations’ boards of trustees,  the resolution formalizes a three-year agreement to closely collaborate and  promote a shared vision of an integrated and holistic approach to water,  stormwater, and wastewater management.

Currently, one-quarter of the U.S. population and  one-third of all new residential and commercial development use decentralized  systems for wastewater treatment. Although the water and wastewater sector is  heavily segmented, there is a growing consensus within the sector that water and  wastewater management strategies must be integrated and various approaches  considered in order to meet the evolving needs of the public and address  emerging environmental challenges. To that end, leaders from both WEF and NOWRA  have agreed that a strategic partnership can leverage their respective resources  and capabilities to advance their mutual goals and  interests.
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The public perception towards water recycling is getting a bit more positive – this time the architecture blog mammoth hails water reuse as the future.

The blog names the innovative Groundwater Replenishment System in Fountain Valley as one of the top architecture projects of the decade. The plant is jointly owned by the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District.

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CWEA Member Joseph Boyle, PE joins Psomas as Principal

CWEA Member Joseph Boyle, PE joins Psomas as Principal

Joseph Boyle, a Vice President and team leader for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure in Southern California, has over 25 years of experience in the planning and design of water transmission, distribution and storage facilities. Boyle received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He lives in Laguna Niguel and is based in Psomas’ Orange County office.

Tasting the final product - pure, clean drinking water.

Tasting the final product - pure, clean drinking water.

GREAT KICKOFF FOR SARBS SYPC!
The SARBS Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) held its first quarterly event at Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) Plant No.  1 and Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) System on Friday, October 16, 2009. The event was a huge success with over 55 attendees, and there were students, young professionals, and seasoned professionals of all ages and backgrounds.
Tour participants had the opportunity to hear informative presentations about both facilities and see firsthand the processes and treatment technologies incorporated at these plants. Because the effluent from OCSD’s Plant No. 1 serves as the source water for OCWD’s GWR System, those who attended the tour were able to see everything that happened from beginning to end – from raw sewage to highly treated water – and those who were brave enough even had an opportunity to taste the final product!
The eagerness and enthusiasm of tour participants was inspirational, and many great ideas were shared during the first quarterly SYPC meeting. Thanks to our sponsors, morning refreshments were generously provided (CH2M Hill), and a few lucky winners received some great door prizes (JWC Environmental, Misco, Siemens), as well!
Keep an eye out for future SARBS SYPC events, including fun, networking happy hours and more great plant tours! Our next tour will be in February at IEUA’s RP-5 Facility and the Chino Desalter. We hope to see you there!
Going to refill that bottle with delicious water – right from the source!
Cheers!
In awe of OCSD’s Plant No. 1…

By Megan Yoo
CWEA SYPC Vice Chair

The SARBS Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) held its first quarterly event at Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) Plant No.  1 and Orange County Water District’s (OCWD) Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) System on Friday, October 16, 2009. The event was a huge success with over 55 attendees, and there were students, young professionals, and seasoned professionals of all ages and backgrounds.

Tour participants had the opportunity to hear informative presentations about both facilities and see firsthand the processes and treatment technologies incorporated at these plants. Because the effluent from OCSD’s Plant No. 1 serves as the source water for OCWD’s GWR System, those who attended the tour were able to see everything that happened from beginning to end – from raw sewage to highly treated water – and those who were brave enough even had an opportunity to taste the final product!

The eagerness and enthusiasm of tour participants was inspirational, and many great ideas were shared during the first quarterly SYPC meeting. Thanks to our sponsors, morning refreshments were generously provided by CH2M Hill, and a few lucky winners received some great door prizes from JWC Environmental, Misco Water and Siemens as well!

Keep an eye out for the next SARBS SYPC event, including fun, networking happy hours and more great plant tours! Our next tour will be February 19th at Inland Empire Utility Authority’s RP-5 Facility and the Chino Desalter. We hope to see you there!

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Cheers!

Cheers!