The Northwest Environmental Training Center will offer a 2-day overview of California’s stormwater rules on October 6-7 in Sacramento.

Stormwater pollution from both point and non-point sources pose serious ecological, economic and social risks. Stringent regulations regarding pollution sources help reduce these risks. This course provides an overview of California’s stormwater regulations, including the General Industrial Stormwater Permit, the General Construction Stormwater Permit, Phase I and II municipal permitting, and programs addressing non-point source pollution like Confined Animal Feeding Operations and the Irrigated Lands Program. The course will also address the federal regulation of point and non-point pollution. The history and origin of each of the permits will be discussed, and the basic requirements of each permit will be outlined.

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The National Biosolids Partnership will conduct September 22 free webcast on the topic, Combined Heat and Power Generation Opportunities at Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Combined heat and power (CHP) projects are becoming more and more popular at wastewater treatment facilities. Evidence of this enthusiasm for CHP projects was on display at WEF’s most recent Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference held in Savannah, GA. This webcast will bring together plant operators, utility managers, consultants, engineers, equipment/process vendors, regulators, and academics interested in learning about the state of the practice and opportunities for combined heat and power generation from wastewater treatment plant operations and the various technologies to achieve that objective.

Join NBP for the third in a series of “no charge” quarterly webcasts based on critical biosolids technical topics. The webcast will be held on September 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. Online Registration. More information. Last Day to register is Monday, September 20, 2010. There will be professional development hours (PDH) offered for registrants requiring these training credits. Webcast login instructions and call-in instructions will be sent to all registrants just prior to the webcasts along with instructions on downloading the PDF copies of the power point presentations.


  • John Willis – (Brown and Caldwell, Atlanta, GA) – Overview of Technology Options for CHP – Discussion of Engines, Combustion Turbines, Microturbines, Fuel Cells, and Boiler-Steam Turbine Systems
  • Dan O’Brien – (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston, MA) MWRA’s Deer Island Heat First-Power Second CHP with Boilers and Steam Turbines
  • Srinivas Jalla – (Gwinnett County, GA) – Making the Case for a CHP Project in Gwinnett County, GA
  • Dale Doerr – (Sheboygan, WI) – Sheboygan, WI’s Journey to Energy Independence Experience with CHP

LABS has posted a new set of videos on CWEA’s YouTube site. The hour-long six-part series is a recording of its April dinner meeting, which featured Sam Espinoza from the LA Sanitation Districts of LA County speaking about wastewater collection system operation and maintenance.

Comment on this post and let us know what you think. Does your workplace allow access to YouTube? Are the videos useful for information sharing? Want to provide footage of your events or tours of your facility?

From Hugh Logan, CWEA SWRCB Advisory Committee Representative

The State Water Resources Control Board’s Advisory Committee, comprised of nine members from various stakeholder and industry groups, provides feedback to the Office of Operator Certification on regulation updates, reviews operator exams, and gives suggestions for continuing improvement.  Hugh Logan, of the South Bayside System Authority, and Chris Berch, of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, represent CWEA.

The State Office of Operator Certification (OOC) Staff hosted the Advisory Committee July 21st in Sacramento and presented numerous items for discussion. [Read more]

The State Water Resources Control Board voted Nov. 16 to extend the public comment period on its draft Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) policy by 60 days. The new deadline to submit comments is Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.

The State Board directed staff to work with technical experts from sanitation agencies to conduct parallel tests to analyze the statistical validity of the staff’s proposed Test of Significant Toxicity methodology for the draft WET policy.

Please send comment letters to Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board, by email: [email protected] (15 megabytes, or less, in size); by fax: (916) 341-5620; or by mail, addressed to:
Jeanine Townsend
Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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