Play a part in “Building Upon the Past; Embracing the Future” at the 2012 Annual Conference scheduled for April 17-20, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Share your knowledge, experience, project highlights, or research findings with more than 1,000 water and wastewater colleagues by making a technical program presentation. Technical session categories and topic suggestions can be found on the Call for Abstracts flyer.

Writing an abstract for your presentation is easier than you think – you need only 150 words or less. Mind drawing a blank? Sample Abstracts are available to help get you started. Abstracts must be submitted online at the link below by Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 to be considered. Check out complete details and requirements at Abstract Requirements.

Submit your abstract at: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CBFSTVATN/

Have questions or need more information? Contact Gayle Tupper ([email protected]) or Nick Klumpp ([email protected]), Program Co-Chairs for the 2012 Annual Conference.

Western Municipal Water District celebrated this year’s Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators at a recent awards ceremony held at the District. The 14th annual presentation of awards honored 18 local teachers for their commitment to water education in the classroom. The teachers, who represent most areas in western Riverside County, were honored for their contributions to water education.

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Over 650 attendees, exhibitors and wastewater challenge participants enjoyed a great week in Sacramento at the annual specialty conference that focused on “Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate.”  The conference began on Sunday, May 22nd with workshops, sessions and continued with sessions and exhibits through Wednesday.  A fun-filled networking event was held at the Sacramento Railroad Museum on Tuesday evening.  CWEA would like to thank our CWEA members who volunteered on the planning and worked on-site.  A special thank you to co-chairs Bob Gillette, Carollo Engineers and Michael Moore, HDR, Inc.

This year’s event hosted the Wastewater Challenge on Sunday.  Twelve student teams from across the US competed in the challenge that asked them to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem.  Cal State Fullerton won first place in challenge and took home a $1,500 cash prize. UC Irvine won second and a cash prize of $1,000. Thanks to Megan Yoo for coordinating the event this year.  Next year they hope to have even more teams, so contact Megan if you’re interested in learning more about the challenge at [email protected] .

A class ring was returned to a Vallejo man 72 years after he accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Watch the news story from KOVR Sacramento.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/sacramentocbs13-15751210/class-ring-returned-to-man-72-years-later-25320980

From the State Board SSO Office:

The May 13, 2011 deadline comment letters on the draft Sanitary Sewer Systems Waste Discharge Requirements are now posted - click here to view letters (web page)

To view CWEA’s letter (signed by all of the Summit Partners) please click here (PDF).

Possible next steps will be a Board workshop to take testimony and discuss followed by issuance of a revised SSS WDR and adoption in the fall.  There will also likely be a SWRCB staff response to comments coming soon.