Be ringside in the Sacramento Convention Center Exhibit Hall for the battle of the “North versus South” when the Operations Challenge commences at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 during the CWEA 2012 Annual Conference.  Before the serious competition begins, enjoy the Exhibition Challenge at noon. Special teams made up of CWEA past presidents, current CWEA board members, and Student & Young Professional Committee members will compete in the Safety and Collection System Repair events.

The Vallejo Flood Control and Sanitation District’s North Bay Ryders, and the LA Wrecking Crew from the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD), will compete in five events including: Process Control, Laboratory Procedures, Collection System Repair, Safety, and Mechanical Pump Maintenance. Which team will earn bragging rights by finishing penalty-free with the fastest time to take the title? Support and cheer on your favorite team! The winning team will represent CWEA at the 2012 WEFTEC conference in New Orleans.

Warm up your vocal chords for serious cheering by talking with some of the more than 200 manufacturers and service exhibitors while enjoying that day’s free Exhibit Hall lunch.   Don’t miss the excitement – register now for the 2012 CWEA Annual Conference!

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4.6-megawatt low-emission turbine nearly doubles EBMUD's power generation

On April 3, East Bay Municipal Utility District unveiled its newest green technology. A state-of-the-art turbine nearly doubles the utility’s capacity to produce clean energy from waste previously thought to be too gross, too toxic and too difficult to manage. Now, communities across the nation are following EBMUD’s lead and developing similar programs to convert organic waste material into renewable energy.

Alexis Strauss, director of EPA Region 9 Water Division, John Coleman, president of EBMUD’s Board and Matt Bond, president of WEF, were all on hand to talk about EBMUD’s commitment to the environment and renewable energy. [Read more]

Take your seat at Opening Session when the 2012 CWEA Annual Conference kicks off at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Following welcoming remarks and a short business meeting, a mix of speakers will challenge conference-goers to build upon the past and embrace the future.

The Opening Session Program will begin at the future. 2011 California Stockholm Junior Water Prize Award Winner, high school student Justin Choe, exemplifies the future of the industry. He will start the program off by sharing his research. The next speakers will then take conference-goers back to the past, and then forward towards the future. [Read more]

In observance of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act during 2012, EPA has set up a webpage as the central location for information, activities, news and networking.

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Every person deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. We have made great progress in reducing pollution during the past 40 years. But many challenges remain and we must work together to protect clean water for our families and future generations. Everyone has an impact on the water and we are all responsible for making a difference. Water is worth it.

Through the integration of technology and expertise, WEF is delivering educational content relevant to the water sector in a cost effective and innovative way.

This distance learning training option allows individuals to earn Continuing Education Units, Contact Hours, or Professional Development Hours, in addition to providing utilities the opportunity to train multiple employees at one time.

The Knowledge Center provides the transfer of knowledge through Fundamental Courses, Accelerated Courses, and No-Cost and Archived Webcasts.

Benefits Include:

•  Keep track of all of your educational credits and professional licenses in one location
•  User-friendly
•  Learn at your own pace—where you want, when you want
•  No travel required
•  Print certificates per specific state approval requirements
•  New courses added year-round
•  Tools & Resources