The SARBS Board of Directors for 2009-2010 in theirn best western garb.

The SARBS 2009-2010 Board of Directors in their best western get-up. Nearly 100 people attended the banquet.

SARBS has posted a big gallery of photos from their February Awards Banquet held at the Orange County Mining Company. This year they kicked it up a notch with a Wild West theme. The photo gallery is here.

See all of the SARBS award winners after the jump.

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From Bill Bertera, WEF Executive Director

The argument for a single voice for water in North America is compelling…and in the eye of some, obvious. What is not so obvious is why achieving such a seemingly simple unanimity of purpose, which is so clearly in the public interest, is still the topic of debate rather than implementation. The answer is uncomfortable because it is simple, plain and unadulterated; it is “self interest.”

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The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) announces the second in a series  of free quarterly webcasts for water quality and biosolids professionals on webcast – “Advances in Solids Reduction Processes at Wastewater Treatment Facilities” will bring together plant operators, utility management, consulting engineering, equipment/process vendors, regulators, and academics interested in learning about the state of the practice in sludge reduction technologies.

Participants Will:

  • Learn about the state of the practice in sludge reduction technologies.
  • Understand the many types of technologies currently available and  different general mechanistic principles behind them, and the key factors that determine their consideration for a particular application.
  • Identify the potential and requirements associated with implementation of these technologies in your facility in the search for reduced sludge disposal requirements, better sludge quality, increased in-plant energy production, and general decreased life-cycle costs.

Join NBP for the second in a series of free quarterly webcasts based on critical biosolids technical topics.  Registration and Professional Development Hour (PDH) information will appear on the Water Environment Federation’s Website under the “Conference & Events” section/webcasts, at www.wef.orgOnline Registration

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VVWRA Plant of the Year Inspection
CWEA representatives from the City of Redding: (L-R) Marty Wayne, Josh Kelner and Dennis McBride with Gilbert Perez, Director of Operations at VVWRA.

Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) has been nominated for “2009 Plant of the Year, Medium Size, 5 – 20 MGD Design Flow.”  On February 18, 2010 CWEA representatives from the City of Redding conducted an inspection of the VVWRA plant in the City of Victorville.

On that same day, Logan Olds, General Manager at VVWRA was conducting his Wastewater Management class onsite.  The CWEA representatives spoke to the class and answered questions from the students.

CWEA representatives speaking to the Wastewater Management students

When the Wastewater Management class ended, the students were taken on a plant tour lead by Logan Olds.

Wastewater Management Class Tour

Wastewater Management Class Tour

Hanlon Announces April 15th EPA Water Summit in Washington DC

By Alec Mackie
P3S Vendor Co-Chair

In early March 300 wastewater and stormwater professionals gathered in Long Beach for the California Water Environment Association’s 37th annual Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater conference, known as P3S. State and federal regulators provided updates on programs and goals, while California professionals offered updates on their finished and ongoing projects. There were nearly 70 presentations during the three day conference, including several on the hot topics of MS4 permits, water reuse and chemicals of emerging concern.

In the opening session James Hanlon, Director of the Office of Wastewater Management for the EPA, made the first public announcement of an April 15th clean water summit featuring EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The summit will bring together several of the “top thinkers” from all aspects of the water industry to discuss how to get the country on the right track toward achieving clean water goals. The summit will also focus on innovation and green jobs as well as examine difficult issues of non-point and stormwater pollution. The summit will be held in Washington DC and also features Peter Silva, EPA’s Head of the Office of Water.

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