Mark your Calendars! Join your colleagues for the 2015 P3S (Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater) conference being held in the beautiful Napa Valley.  This event will focus on Pre-Treatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater issues that affect California and its agencies.  You’ll be able to participate in valuable learning and education featuring EPA and State Water Board representatives while making new connections that can help you solve problems well after the event.  Scheduled training sessions will cover topics to benefit all attendees, such as Leadership for the 21st Century, FOG, and Stormwater Regulatory Outlook, just to name a few. Look for more information in your email soon or continue to visit for updates.

Next year’s theme is Crafting Water.  Join us at AC 2015 in the beautiful city of San Diego at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.  Help our members solve their issues with your products and services.  We expect to have over 1,500 representatives from the water quality field attend this educational conference. Take this opportunity to get noticed and reserve your spot before December 31, 2014 and SAVE $180 for a 10×10 booth.  Booth locations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis until spaces are sold, so complete your application today.

Dr. Kenneth D. Kerri

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of CWEA Past President, Dr. Kenneth D. Kerri on December 15, 2014, mentor and friend to so many in our field.

Dr. Kerri was recently inducted into the WEF Fellows Program for his impact on our profession and his long tenure as a professor at the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento. His contribution to the “Ken Kerri books” for providing critical training for wastewater professionals, and his analogous series of texts for water supply systems have been critical to wastewater education. As Professor Emeritus from Cal State Sacramento, he continued his efforts to promote wastewater treatment and to reduce water pollution worldwide.

He was active in leadership roles of CWEA and WEF for decades. He was CWEA (then California Water Pollution Control Association) President from 1983-84, was a member of the WEF (then Water Pollution Control Federation) Executive Committee from 1986-87, and was active on the WEF Collections System Committee since the early 1980s. He remained active with WEF and CWEA training events, both via presentations and in networking activities. His professional association mentoring included work with student groups, as he inspired new generations of wastewater professionals.

Ken Kerri’s work for WEF was recognized with numerous honors and awards, including honorary WEF (then WPCF) membership, the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal Award, the Arthur Sydney Bedell Award, and Collections Committee awards. His long-term work with CWEA also garnered special recognition and numerous awards.

Dr. Kerri’s contributions to professional associations and to overall advancement of the water environment went beyond the wastewater field. He received awards from and honorary membership in the American Water Works Association. He was also given the President’s Award for Outstanding Service by the Association of Boards of Certification.

His support for CWEA’s mission to enhance the education and effectiveness of California’s wastewater professionals through training and certification was inspirational. As a mentor to generations of new leaders, a role model of professional achievement and contribution to WEF and CWEA, and an icon for his invaluable series of books for wastewater professionals, he will be greatly missed.

Services are scheduled for December 27 at 11:00 am at the Fremont Presbyterian church, Carlson and H street, Sacramento, California.

If you care to share your memories and condolences, please do so in the comments section below or email them to [email protected] and we will share with Dr. Kerri’s family.

The Office of Water Programs is sharing the following obituary at the request of the Kerri family. [Read more]

This year’s theme: Crafting Water

Each year CWEA members from across the state come together to share new ideas and lessons learned about resource recovery, collection systems, operations, instrumentation, regulatory affairs, pretreatment, engineering and more. Network with 2,000 California clean water leaders as you soak up the knowledge from 100+ technical sessions, 4 workshops and 5 site tours.

Want to get involved in AC15 conference planning, meet other great CWEA leaders and help your fellow clean water professionals? Join the AC15 Conference Committee. Contact Chair Steve Agor for details.

Registration information and brochure will arrive in January.

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See you in San Diego!

Thank you also to our inaugural sponsors who were the first to sign-up to support AC15 in December.

Treatment Plant Operator Magazine, an ezine dedicated to wastewater and water treatment professionals, recently published an article about Encina Wastewater Authority branding it’s products claiming the identities provide a much needed platform for communication.

A California agency creates a brand for its recycled water, biogas energy and pelletized biosolids, building community connections and winning support for future investments.

Many clean-water plants create brand names for their biosolids. The Encina Wastewater Authority takes the concept further.

Its Class A biosolids pellets go to market under the PureGreen brand. Its electric power and heat from biogas, PureEnergy. Its recycled water, PureWater. Even staff resources and information get a brand name: PureKnowledge.

For the agency, headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., the brands emphasize that its 67 team members are devoted to more than protecting the Pacific Ocean from pollution. The 40.5 mgd (design) Encina Water Pollution Control Facility recycles, in one way or another, nearly half its 23 mgd average flow.

It generates 76 percent of its own electricity and much of its heat, and is on its way to energy self-sufficiency. Its biosolids are in growing demand in regional fertilizer markets, and selling prices and revenue are rising.

The brand names alone don’t make that happen, but Kevin Hardy, general manager, says they’re important to forging connections with the community. “You look and see that communities have internalized the benefits of the facilities we operate, but have not internalized the costs because the federal government subsidized their construction,” he says. Read the full article here.