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  • Binational Water Issues in the 21st Century

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/29/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    Hear about the current challenges, lessons learned and the solutions ahead from a San Diego-based expert.

    California is the nexus of the water sector in the West, with local agencies working with its neighbor to the south in managing binational water issues. Climate change, water quality, along with economic and population growth are just a few of the challenges pressuring water resources on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border. Hear about the current challenges, lessons learned and the solutions ahead from a San Diego-based expert.  Speaker Bio: Kara Mathews is the Principal Water Resources Specialist at the San Diego County Water Authority. She serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) Joint Powers Authority including leading the development of an annual budget, managing more than $375 million in environmental mitigation funding, and facilitating public meetings in accordance with the Brown Act while leading staff on Basin States activities and related Water Authority QSA agreements with various stakeholder groups and the federal government. In addition, she represents the Water Authority as a voting member of the Lower Colorado River Multiple Species Conservation Program in a variety of multi-state, resource-conservation activities including supervising staff working on Colorado River issues. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management focused in Water Resources Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology.

    Kara Matthews

    Principal Water Resources Specialist

    San Diego County Water Authority

    Kara Mathews is the Principal Water Resources Specialist at the San Diego County Water Authority. She serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) Joint Powers Authority including leading the development of an annual budget, managing more than $375 million in environmental mitigation funding, and facilitating public meetings in accordance with the Brown Act while leading staff on Basin States activities and related Water Authority QSA agreements with various stakeholder groups and the federal government. In addition, she represents the Water Authority as a voting member of the Lower Colorado River Multiple Species Conservation Program in a variety of multi-state, resource-conservation activities including supervising staff working on Colorado River issues. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management focused in Water Resources Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology.

    Connie Ho

    SYP Committee Member

    Registrants who view the full recording to see the slides and hear the audio will receive XXXXXXXX contact hours towards CWEA's XXXXXXXX certification.  It is not possible receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions.

    For programs that are one hour or less:  to receive your contact hours for viewing the program, please note the one (1) attention check code that will be displayed during the program in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter this code in the "Attention Check Code" component under the "Contents" tab.

    For programs that are more than one hour:  to receive your contact hours for viewing the program, two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the program in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the "Attention Check Code" component under the "Contents" tab.

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check code(s), you will be able to create and download an electronic "Certificate of Completion" under the "Contents" tab.

  • Collection System Maintenance - Grade 2 Certification Training - Live Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/27/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    Certified Collection Systems Leaders help you prepare for the CWEA Collection System Maintenance - Grade 2 certification exams.

    Member fee: $50.00
    Non-Member fee: $70.00

    Contact Hours:  2.40 contact hours towards CWEA's Collection System Maintenance certification.

    Prepare for your upcoming CWEA certification exam by participating in this session. 

    Learning Objective(s) - after participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Describe Wastewater Collection System Maintenance worker job functions, tools and equipment and practices including traffic control, confined space entry and construction and maintenance for the Wastewater Collection System Maintenance Grade 2 certification exam. 
    • Identify key wastewater infrastructure system components, terms, procedures, and techniques related to the maintenance and troubleshooting of wastewater collection system at a beginner to journey level.
    • Define, identify, and apply essential terms, acronyms and procedures commonly used and performed including safety, PPE, tools, equipment, techniques, and industry and OSHA regulations to assist and prepare the participant for the Wastewater Collection System Maintenance Grade 2 certification exam. 

    Shawn Spromberg

    Wastewater Utility Supervisor

    Cucamonga Valley WD

    Shawn Spromberg serves as the Wastewater Utility Supervisor at Cucamonga Valley Water District in Rancho Cucamonga California. Shawn has over 15 years of experience in the wastewater collections field. He is currently responsible for managing, directing and overseeing staff and programs in all functions of the maintenance, repair and inspection of over 420 miles of wastewater mainline and just under 300 miles of lateral pipes and connections as well as all reporting and documentation. His experience ranges from operations and maintenance roles, budgets, assisting with capital projects and system rehabilitation projects and his true passion, which is, developing, training and assisting others in their advancement of knowledge, training and certification in the wastewater industry. Shawn currently holds a CWEA Collections System Maintenance Grade IV certification as well as CWEA Plant Maintenance Technologist Grade I and SWRCB Water Distribution Grade IV and Water Treatment Grade III. Shawn also completed the Mt San Antonio Water Technology program and received his certificate. Shawn is Currently and active member of CWEA, SCAP, and CWEA SARBS Collections Committee where he teaches TCP training in Wastewater Collections System Maintenance Grades 1-4.

    Roy Reynolds

    Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor

    Orange County Sanitation District

    Roy Reynolds has 28 years of experience in the wastewater field. The last 18 years he has been a Maintenance Supervisor at Orange County Sanitation District in Southern California. He served in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the Seabees stationed in San Diego, before the Battalion moved to Port Hueneme California. He has been active in the CWEA sitting on many of the Local and State committees related to Maintenance and Certification. Currently serving the CWEA as the SARBS TCP Committee Chair.

    Registrants who view the full recording to see the slides and hear the audio will receive 4.2 contact hours towards CWEA's Collection System Maintenance certification.  It is not possible receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions.

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • CWEA COVID-19 May Update - Live Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/26/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    We’ve brought together leading national and California experts for a COVID-19 update.

    Live Webinar:  Free to members and non-members

    Contact Hours:  1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications

    One year after the Governor’s lock-down order we are all doing our part. On March 19, 2020 when the County and State closed non-essential businesses, environmental professionals overcame major challenges to continue providing essential services. This month’s COVID-19 update assembles agency leaders to discuss how we are all doing our part. 

    District’s workforce protection, vaccines, ride share, return to job sites, etc., Tim Pfeiffer, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
    Method update, looking ahead. Belle Lynch, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
    University’s ongoing collaborative research, Sunny Jiang, University of California Irvine
    Newest WEF efforts,  Claudio Ternieden, WEF
    Data use, case study, Ian Pepper, University of Arizona

    Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE (Moderator)

    Environmental Engineer, CWEA President

    Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

    Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the Sanitation Districts. For the past 20 years she has been working on programs that rely on public participation to integrate water supply, water reuse with wastewater facilities planning. She received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her studies gave her opportunities to collaborate with others. It was during this time that Wendy developed an interest in effectively communicating math and science to diverse groups. Today, she uses her position as an engineer to support outreach and education programs that explain how the work of the Sanitation Districts identifies community needs then applies engineering and scientific principles to meet them.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check codes (directions below) will receive 1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications. 

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Use of Digital Twin to Integrate Operator Input in SFPUC’s Biosolids Digester Facilities Project (BDFP) Design - Live Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/20/2021 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

    Demonstrate how SFPUC successfully engaged Operations staff throughout the BDFP design to obtain consensus on design criteria and to incorporate operational features in the project.

    Member fee: 38.00
    Non-Member fee: 53.00

    Successful facility upgrades require operational features that enable agency staff to efficiently operate the facility long-term.  This webinar will provide strategies for utilities to engage their Operations staff in the design process to accomplish the following:  refine design criteria to ‘right-size’ unit processes for operating reliability and versatility, and resources and budget constraints; document and validate the designer’s intended operations strategy and gain buy-in from operators;  demonstrate to the Operations staff that the planned facility can be operated as designed given the increasing complexities of the wastewater processes and the heavy reliance on automated controls; demonstrate process performance during maintenance and unplanned events; and, create a training tool for Operations staff that can be used in advance of construction commissioning. 

    During this seminar, SFPUC engineers will provide an introduction to the Biosolids Digester Facilities Project (BDFP) and will explain why and how Operations’ input were integrated into the design process. The Jacobs design team will then provide in-depth case studies from the BDFP: The development of an Operating Strategy Technical Memorandum and a digital twin model,  to demonstrate how these tools and other strategies can be tailored by each agency, with the benefit being fewer changes to the design and fewer change orders during construction and commissioning.   

    The learning objectives are to:
    • Share with event participants approaches to advocate for Operations’ participation during the design process.
    • Demonstrate ways for design teams to more efficiently solicit advice from Operations staff and address concerns.
    • Demonstrate how the Digital Twin and Operating Strategy were used during the BDFP process to engage Operations staff.

    David Schwartz (Moderator)

    Vice President

    CDM Smith

    David Schwartz is a Vice President with CDM Smith. He relocated to San Francisco in 2018 to take on the role of Assistant Resident Engineer on San Francisco PUC's $1.3 billion Biosolids Digester Facilities Project. Dave has been with CDM Smith for over 39 years, serving as a project engineer, project manager and client service leader in CDM Smith's Northern Virginia office, where he was active in both the Virginia and Chesapeake Water Environment Associations. His experience includes planning, design, construction and operations for water and wastewater projects. His most recent experience was as project manager for two $200 million design-build projects for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Dave has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the Johns Hopkins University, and is a Professional Engineer in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

    Humphrey Ho

    Senior Sanitary Engineer

    Wastewater Enterprise (WWE)

    Johnny Johnson

    Senior Stationary Engineer

    Wastewater Enterprise (WWE)

    Irina Lukicheva

    Biosolids Process Engineer

    Jacobs/CH2M

    Irina Lukicheva -  Irina Lukicheva is a Biosolids Process Engineer with Jacobs/CH2M in San Francisco focused on anaerobic digestion and enhanced digestion processes. Her experience includes biosolids master planning, anaerobic digestion process design and optimization and codigestion.

    Tyler Nading

    Senior Technologist

    Jacobs

    Tyler Nading is a Senior Technologist with Jacobs focused on potable reuse and advanced treatment. He has been with Jacobs/CH2M for 12 years and has experience across the project spectrum, including master planning, pilot operation, design, construction, startup, and operation. Tyler specializes in hydraulic modeling using dynamic simulation and has leveraged this technology on dozens of projects around the world.

    Rosanne Tse

    Senior Engineer

    Engineering Management Bureau (EMB)

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive INSERT contact hours towards CWEA's INSERT certifications. 

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience - Live Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    The Los Angeles Basin Section of CWEA Virtual Presentation: Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience Lynn Grijalva, P.E., Hazen and Sawyer

    LAB Section Members: Free (discount is automatically applied during check-out)
    Member fee: $25
    Non-Member fee: $38.00 

    Contact Hours: T.B.D 

    Please join LABS for our 4th virtual presentation to learn how wastewater systems may be vulnerable to Climate Change and how facilities can become more resilient.  

    • Identifying areas that will be impacted by climate change stressors such as more frequent wildfires, more intense storms, greater heat waves, more variable winds, rising sea level and extended droughts
    • Understanding how sewers, pump stations and treatment facilities operate under extreme events now – and what else will be needed for the future
    • Recognize that some communities will be more vulnerable to certain stressors, and that the mitigation measures have to be tailored to protect the public health and environment for all communities in the service area
    • Utility staff and their specialized consultants can arrive at a set of mitigation measures – emergency action plans, monitoring and coordination, design guidelines, retrofits, changes to planned capital improvement projects and new projects to prepare for changes in our climate

    Lynn Grijalva, P.E.

    Civil Engineer and Vice President

    Hazen and Sawyer

    Lynn Grijalva, P.E. is a Civil Engineer and Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer.  Ms. Grijalva is a project director and manager of major water infrastructure projects that focus on resilience, including several Climate Change Resilience Plans for wastewater utilities. She has 41 years of experience in water and wastewater in the western United States, and is a past president of the Water Environment Federation.

    John Robinson (Moderator)

    Principal

    John Robinson Consulting, Inc.

    John Robinson has over 25 years of experience in the private sector in California. John has established John Robinson Consulting, Inc. which is a small Los Angeles County based firm which prides ourselves with excellent customer service supporting industrial clients, special districts, municipal clients and water districts. John Robinson Consulting, Inc. experience is focused on grant applications/administration, planning, preliminary and final design, project management, and construction management supporting water resources projects for recycled water, potable water, groundwater, wastewater, and storm water system.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's INSERT certifications.

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar or recording, please note the one (1) attention check code that will be displayed during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter this code in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check code, you will be able to create and download an electronic "Certificate of Completion" under the "Contents" tab.

  • CWEA-CASA COVID-19 April Update (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    We’ve brought together leading national and California experts for a COVID-19 update.

    On Demand Webinar Recorded: April 21, 2021

    Members: 38.00
    Non Members: 53.00

    Contact Hours:  1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications

    The bi-monthly webinar on wastewater based epidemiology co hosted by CASA and CWEA is back as we discuss various aspects of wastewater surveillance, COVID 19, and the positive strides the wastewater sector continues to make in protecting public health. This month’s speakers include experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Join the conversation and ask any questions you may have on wastewater surveillance. 

    Moderated by CASA’s Greg Kester and LACSD’s Wendy Wert.

    Speakers and topics include:

    Amy KirbyCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  will provide an update and discuss the long-term vision for the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) for surveillance of diseases other than COVID.
     
    Sandra McLellan,  University of Wisconsin Milwaukee,  will discuss the Sloan Foundation final report on wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) and utility for health officials. 
    Steve Weisberg, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project,  will provide an overview on the CA Water Quality Monitoring Council Committee on WBE actions and survey results.
    John Griffith, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project ,  Effects of measurement method permutations on sensitivity and repeatability of SARS-CoV-2 results

    Greg Kester (Moderator)

    Director of Renewable Resource Programs

    California Association of Sanitation Agencies

    Greg serves as both the technical and programmatic contact for CASA members and conduit for emerging issues on state and federal level on all biosolids, renewable energy, recycled water, and related issues. Prior to joining CASA, Greg served as the state biosolids coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He represented all states in the nation, by their election, to USEPA on all biosolids issues. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee which evaluated federal biosolids regulations and produced the 2002 report: Biosolids Applied to Land: Advancing Standards and Practices. Greg holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is a registered PE in Wisconsin.

    Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE (Moderator)

    Environmental Engineer, CWEA President

    Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

    Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the Sanitation Districts. For the past 20 years she has been working on programs that rely on public participation to integrate water supply, water reuse with wastewater facilities planning. She received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her studies gave her opportunities to collaborate with others. It was during this time that Wendy developed an interest in effectively communicating math and science to diverse groups. Today, she uses her position as an engineer to support outreach and education programs that explain how the work of the Sanitation Districts identifies community needs then applies engineering and scientific principles to meet them.

    John F. Griffith, Ph.D.

    Department Head, Microbiology

    Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

    Dr. John F. Griffith is Head of the Microbiology Department and Coordinator of Molecular Technology at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Dr. Griffith has been at the forefront of research to develop, evaluate and implement methods for rapid assessment of beach water quality, microbial source identification, and detection of waterborne pathogens.  Griffith is the author of over 80 articles on topics ranging from bio-indicators, prokaryotic and viral diversity in marine plankton, microbial source tracking, rapid water quality and pathogen measurement methods, and relationships between microbial water quality indicators, pathogens, and swimming-related illness. His current research interests are focused on differentiating between human sources of fecal contamination in the environment and evaluating measurement variability in methods used to quantify SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater. 

    Amy E. Kirby, PhD MPH

    Environmental Microbiologist, National Wastewater Surveillance System Lead, Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, COVID-19 Response,

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Dr. Amy Kirby is an Environmental Microbiologist in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture (BSA, major: Microbiology) from the University of Georgia, a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Buffalo, and a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University. At CDC, Dr. Kirby studies antibiotic resistant (AR) bacteria in natural and man-made water systems. She uses a combination of traditional culture-based methods and advanced molecular methods to assess the prevalence and dynamics of AR bacteria and AR genes in drinking water, wastewater, and recreational water, such as oceans, lakes, and pools. She is currently deployed to the COVID-19 response as part of the Community Mitigation Task Force, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Team.

    Sandra L. McLellan

    Professor

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Dr. Sandra McLellan is a Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. McLellan’s lab uses the microbiome signatures from animals and humans to identify pollution sources in water and had developed approaches to investigate contamination in stormwater outfalls, rivers, and the causes of beach closing. More recently, Dr. McLellan is analyzing wastewater samples to understand the trends of Covid 19 in Wisconsin communities and is partnering with researchers nationwide to implement surveillance programs that will provide data for a more informed public health response.

    Stephen Weisberg

    Executive Director

    Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority

    Dr. Stephen Weisberg is Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority, a research institute formed by 14 California water quality agencies to ensure a solid scientific foundation for their management activities. Dr. Weisberg’s research focuses on developing molecular tools to support environmental monitoring. He serves on numerous advisory committees, including the California’s Water Quality Monitoring Council, the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team, the NOAA Science Advisory Board, and USEPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Weisberg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. 

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check codes (directions below) will receive 1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications. 

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Understanding Microplastic Pollution (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/01/2021

    Hear from an EPA representative on practices for sample collection and analytical approaches to address microplastic pollution.

    Member fee: $25
    Non-Member fee: $35

    Contact Hours:  1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's Environmental Compliance Inspector and Laboratory Analyst certifications.

    Hear from an EPA representative on practices for sample collection and analytical approaches to address microplastic pollution. Recent literature has shown that microplastics are ubiquitous in the environment and very commonly found in environmental water samples. Despite this the field is challenged by a lack of standard practices for sample collection and a lack of standardized analytical approaches. Older methods have been shown to be very inaccurate and imprecise. Newer methods show much promise for analytical reproducibility. These newer methods should be adopted for more routine monitoring practices. 

    Learning Objective(s):
    After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Discuss the extent, the mechanisms and resulting potential for harm from microplastic pollution.
    • Describe the relative contribution of wastewater to microplastic pollution.
    • Identify current policy positions in CA and within US EPA.


    Harry Allen

    LA Team Lead

    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Harry has over 20 years of operations experience in large scale, multi-agency responses to major natural disasters, hazardous waste sites, oil spills and many other types of pollution incidents (USEPA Region 9; 2002-present). Areas of expertise include environmental study design, contamination estimation, and unique application of technology solutions to pollution monitoring and remediation.

    Harry’s primary research interest is in studying the extent of microplastic particles in the environment. Harry created structures for the rigorous testing of microplastic sample collection and analysis with the ASTM D19-06 subcommittee. He designed and implemented several field studies collecting microplastic particles in marine & estuarine environments including at Tern Island, within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (2018).

    Harry has a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco where he served as part-time faculty from 2007-2018. He has received three US EPA Gold Medals and the Federal Employee of the Year Team Award (2019) from the San Francisco Federal Executive Board.

    Ashley Thomas (Moderator)

    Environmental Analyst

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Ashley Thomas has over five years of experience in the wastewater industry. She initially started as an Environmental Compliance Inspector for the City of Modesto. After spending three years within that organization she has since moved on into an Environmental Analyst role at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At LLNL she is a subject matter expert in wastewater, SPCC, and UST regulations.

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check code (directions below) will receive 1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's Environmental Compliance Inspector and Laboratory Analyst certifications. 

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the one (1) attention check code that will be displayed during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter this code in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check code, you will be able to create and download an electronic "Certificate of Completion" under the "Contents" tab.

  • CWEA-CASA COVID-19 February Update (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/17/2021

    We’ve brought together leading national and California experts for a COVID-19 update free webinar.

    Members:  $38

    Non-Members:  $53  

    Contact Hours:  1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications

    The conversation about wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 continues in our monthly, free webinar series. This month’s speakers include experts from EPCOR Water Services, State Water Board, GT Molecular and University of Arizona. Join the discussion and ask your questions about wastewater based epidemiology (WBE). The webinar moderator is Eileen White from EBMUD and an introduction from CWEA President Wendy Wert, LACSD. 

    Registrants who view the live webinar to see the slides and hear the audio and then enter the correct attention check codes (directions below) will receive 1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications. 

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the live webinar, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top left or right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions. It is not possible to receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • Mechanical Technologist Grade 3 - Certification Prep (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Information needed to prepare for the Mechanical Technologist Grade III Exam

    This session will provide you with the tools to better understand the KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) to successfully prepare for the Mechanical Technologist Grade III Exam. 

    Learning Objective(s) - after participating in this session, attendees will be able to: 

    • Describe the KSA's. Use the basic math formulas. 
    • Identify what to study. 

    Registrants who view the full recording to see the slides and hear the audio will receive 2.1 contact hours towards CWEA's Mechanical Technologist certification.  It is not possible receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.  

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions.

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.

  • O&M of Co-digestion and Co-generation at Wastewater Treatment Plants (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar covers some of the results of the comprehensive Co-Digestion Capacity in California study, including food waste projections, capacity of existing systems to co-digest food waste, infrastructure and investments needed to maximize co-digestion, potential reductions of GHGs, operating data and lessons learned from several case studies.

    This webinar covers some of the results of the comprehensive Co-Digestion Capacity in California study, including food waste projections, capacity of existing systems to co-digest food waste, infrastructure and investments needed to maximize co-digestion, potential reductions of GHGs, operating data and lessons learned from several case studies. New cogeneration systems include similar lean burn internal combustion engines to produce heat and electricity that is reused on side. The emissions controls are operated to reduce the release of nitrous oxides and volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere. Presenters discuss what went right, what went wrong, and what we've learned navigating the regulatory and technical difficulties throughout the installation and operation of the new cogeneration systems. 

    1.2 contact hours towards CWEA's Collection System Maintenance certification.

    Chris Newton (Moderator)

    Collection System Supervisor

    South Coast Water District

    Chris Newton is a Collection System Supervisor for South Coast Water District and has been on the SARBS Board for two years now serving as Vice President. He holds technical certification in Collection System Maintenance, Water Distribution and Water Treatment. He is also NASSCO certified under PACP, LACP and MACP.

    Rashi Gupta

    Vice President / Project Manager

    Carollo Engineers

    As a vice president and project manager with Carollo Engineers, Rashi Gupta has specialized in delivering sustainable solutions for biosolids management and wastewater treatment throughout her 17-year career. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and her Master's Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Rashi now serves as Carollo’s Biosolids Technology Integration Lead, focusing on solids projects throughout the country. She is a licensed civil engineer in California, and a member of the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee, where she serves as the vice-chair of the Solids Separation Sub-Committee.

    Registrants who view the full recording to see the slides and hear the audio will receive 1. contact hours towards CWEA's Collection System Maintenance certification. It is not possible receive contact hours for both attending the live webinar and viewing the recording.

    Please note, all user activity of CWEA certification holders on the Online Wastewater Education Network is subject to the CWEA Code of Ethics standards for professional conduct and ethics. Certification holders should receive credit for a training only once within the same contact hour period. Any attempt to undermine the certification process may be subject to ethics procedures and possible sanctions.

    To receive your contact hours for viewing the recording, please note the two (2) different attention check codes that will be displayed at two different points during the webinar in the top right corner of the presentation for approximately 90 seconds.  Please enter these codes as 1st attention check code – 2nd attention check code (XXXX-XXXX) in the Attention Check Code component under the "Contents" tab

    Once you have entered the correct attendance check codes, you will be able to create and download an electronic certificate of completion under the "Contents" tab.