EPA Watershed Academy will sponsor a free webcast on “Saving Water & Energy — Reducing Greenhouse Gases by Improving Efficiency” on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  This webcast addresses several programs in the water sector that can help communities make small changes that can lead to big reductions in greenhouse gases.  The webcast features information from EPA’s WaterSense program that informs viewers how they can find and select water-efficient products that can help their wallet and the environment.  The webcast will also highlight actions that water and wastewater utilities can take to save water and energy, as well as include information about how grassroots organizations are getting involved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities. Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance. Slide presentations are posted in advance and participants are encouraged to download them prior to the webcast.

The June 1, 2010 Federal Register indicated that EPA undertook a series of public listening sessions to seek stakeholder input to help the Agency determine whether and how to modify the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations as they apply to municipal sanitary sewer collection systems and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). WEF members, including Member Associations, participated in these listening sessions.

During a May 11, 2011, presentation to NACWA’s National Environmental Policy Forum, Jim Hanlon, Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management, indicated that a vast majority of the participants in the listening sessions did encourage EPA to proceed with an update to the NPDES regulations with respect to SSOs.  However, due to unforeseen staff and budget constraints, this effort was not undertaken by EPA immediately following the listening sessions.  Mr. Hanlon announced that EPA will hold a facilitated SSO workshop on July 14-15 in Washington, DC to discuss current stakeholder views and, hopefully, craft a way forward for EPA on SSOs.  Key WEF members will be participating in this workshop.

10:00 AM
Thursday May 26, 2011
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Joint Administrative Office
Industrial Waste Conference Room (2nd Floor)
1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 908-4288 Preeti Ghuman

RSVP by 5/24/11 if possible to ensure lunch order:
Preeti Ghuman – (562) 909-4288 x2904;
[email protected]
For conference call and Go-to-Meeting information please contact [email protected] for details.

Technical Presentation:
Title: How Much is E”N”OUGH?
Presenter: Joe Chang, LACSD Senior Engineer, Wastewater Management Department
The presentation will cover the historical regulatory requirements involving nitrogen (ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite) that resulted in implementation of nitrification/denitrification at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts water reclamation plants. The basics of the nitrification/denitrification process and treatment alternatives will also be covered. In addition, a case study of process optimization and changes that have been made at the Valencia Water Reclamation Plant in order to stay in compliance the changing regulatory environment will also be presented.

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Join friends and colleagues in “Building Upon the Past; Embracing the Future” at CWEA’s 84th Annual Conference in the Sacramento Convention Center. Mark your calendars now to reserve April 17-20, 2012, for this convenient, cost-effective, and fun-filled way to meet training, contact-hour and certification needs!

Ron was born in Minnocqua, Wis., to Harold and Joyce Sherer in June 1941. He went home to our Lord on Friday, May 6, 2011, in San Luis Obispo, surrounded by his loving family, due to complications from ALS. He was raised mostly in a small town called Park Falls, Wis., until he moved to the Sacramento area with his folks and siblings in 1957. He continued his education at La Sierra High, Sacramento Jr. College, and Cal State Sacramento majoring in engineering. [Read more]