Terminal Velocity, of the Virginia Water Environment Association, took the top honors for an unprecedented fifth consecutive time yesterday at the Operations Challenge competition held in New Orleans. Now in its 27th year, the competition was a highly anticipated event of WEFTEC® 2014, the Water Environment Federation’s 87th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

Terminal Velocity team members Steve Motley, Steve Poe, Jason Truitt, and Captain Donnie Cagle were coached by Elijah Smith and Bobby Williams, competed against 42 hardworking teams from the U.S., Canada and Argentina. As one of the most fun and exciting events on the exhibition floor, Operations Challenge is a unique and fast-paced test of the essential skills needed to operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories—all vital to the protection of public health and the environment.

“The level of professionalism exhibited throughout this event was outstanding,” said Stacie Metzler, Operations Challenge Committee Chair. “What the teams learn here at WEFTEC goes back with them to their own communities, which ultimately benefits society, the environment, and their own careers.”

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Register now for one of two opportunities to learn more about the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act which was recently signed into law. The EPA is now charged with establishing a program that will provide direct federal credit assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure. As part of an effort to create a successful and meaningful program, listening sessions across the country, including two locations in California are being held in October and November. The broad purpose of these sessions is to provide stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to hear what EPA is planning, and for EPA to hear what stakeholders think about the program, its potential, and how it should operate.

Open this flyer to register for the October 17th session in Los Angeles or the November 17th session in San Francisco.

NBC Bay Area Proud recently featured Darren Greenwood, a CWEA Past President in a moving piece about his mural in the pediatric wing of the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Hospital. See the article here and be sure to watch the video to see how Darren spreads hope—and surely a smile or two—in a very colorful way to others in need.

Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) is putting on a Nutrient Symposium that will look at various case studies of estuaries across the nation that have dealt with the nutrient issue from a regulatory perspective. Contact BACWA Regulatory Program Manager Dr. Lorien Fono who is working with Carollo Engineers to organize the Symposium. RSVPs are still being accepted. Seats are limited.
View the Save the Date and Agenda here for additional information.

NACWA has sent out an update on the Effluent Guidelines Plans that the EPA published that includes an update on the Federal Dental Amalgam Rule which is excerpted below. The Plans announce both final decisions EPA is making on the control of industrial wastewater discharges, along with proposed new actions for the future.

EPA is requesting public review and comment on the Preliminary 2014 Plan on behalf of your agency and to possibly seek the attention of dental practices in your service areas depending on the content proposed rule. Although the content of the rule is still unknown, some input indicates that it would be troubling for both dental practices and local agencies. [Read more]