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  • Under Pressure: California's Water Challenges Along the Border

    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.

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    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. 

    1. Learn about the water storage options and water contingency plans in place.
    2. Hear about additional programs focused on the environment between the U.S. and Mexico.
    3. Take part in this opportunity to interact with a water resources expert based out of San Diego.


    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.

  • SARBs Collection Webinar (Live Webinar)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/21/2021 at 9:30 AM (PDT)

    Please join SARBs Webinar: Nobel Systems Inc. .

    SARBs Members: $0 (Discount is automatically applied during check-out)
    Member fee: $50.00
    Non-Member fee: $70.00

    Session 1 Title: Harnessing Data for Real-Time Asset Monitoring and Proactive Maintenance
    9:30 am – 10:30am


    Presenters:
    Aretha Samuel – Nobel Systems
    Jabina Richard – Nobel Systems
    David Manuwa – Nobel Systems

    Learning Objectives:
    • Effective Data Sharing – Data synchronization can be a challenge and frustrating due to inadequate and/or outdate software systems. This results in a severe lack of transparency, efficiency, and trust within that organization as well as the public.
    • Real-Time Asset Monitoring – Investing in real-time asset monitoring technology has been proven to reduce downtime and increase productivity. Being able to predict system maintenance and labor needs in real-time can help combat lost production, wasted labor, missed inspections and more.
    • Field and Site Inspections – Fats, oils, and grease (often referred to as FOG) are substances in wastewater and a major headache for maintenance operations. Most FOG is not soluble; meaning it does not mix well with water. Due to this, FOG floats on water and clings to surface areas void of water. This is why FOG and pipeline inspections are critical, preventing blockages which leads to SSO, more importantly environment consequences.

    Session 2 Title: SSMP Effective Best Practices and Proactive Measures for Success
    10:30am – 11:30am

    Presenters:
    James Fischer P.E., Fischer Compliance, LLC
    Sam Rose, Sam Rose Consulting

    Learning Objectives:
    • Gain knowledge and do-it-yourself tips for improving SSMP effectiveness and resilience for holding-up to scrutiny by regulators and NGOs.
    • Gain knowledge and do-it-yourself tips for proactively preparing your SSMP for addressing some of the upgrades under consideration as part of the reissuance of the SSS WDRs.
    • Get current on best practices for improving your emergency response plan and record keeping practices for accurately determining spill start times and volume estimates.

    Dindo Carrillo (Moderator)

    Regulatory Specialist

    Orange County Sanitation District

    Dindo Carrillo is a Regulatory Specialist at the Orange County Sanitation District. He has a Master of Science in Chemistry from CSULB and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from UCI. He has sixteen years of regulatory compliance experience with responsibilities in NPDES permit, SSS WDR Order, and Underground Storage Tanks permit. He was the past Chair of the California Water Environment Association Government Affairs Committee in 2013-2014. He is the current Chair of the Southern California Alliance of POTW Collections Committee 2018-2019. He has been a CWEA volunteer since 2013.

    Aretha Samuel

    Chief Technology Officer

    Nobel Systems

    Aretha Samuel is the Chief Technology Officer – at Nobel Systems and has over 15 years of experience in designing, developing, and maintaining complex software applications and platforms ranging from small to large-scale solutions in multinational organizations in various countries. Aretha has worked extensively with Amazon Web Services, Node JS, ReactJS, Postgres, NoSQL Databases such as Couchbase/CouchDB/Redis, Infor EAM asset management software platforms and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Aretha has over 12 years of professional experience in geospatial intelligence, web services (SaaS), network security and administration, and a profound understanding of Apple’s IOS framework architecture. Aretha’s years of experience in spatially enabled technologies and field mobility solutions for public utilities allows her to comprehend and foresee the needs of our customers, transforming the way utilities operate and manage vital infrastructure. Aretha remains a driving-force behind Nobel’s smart-water intelligence platform and the R&D of emerging technologies. 

    Jabina Richard

    Senior Software Engineer

    Nobel Systems

    Mrs. Richard is the Lead Software Engineer – at Nobel Systems and has over 10 years of software development, remote access, and system integration and configuration experience. Jabina has worked extensively with Amazon Web Services, Node JS, ReactJS, Postgres, NoSQL Databases such as Couchbase/CouchDB/Redis, Infor EAM asset management software platforms and holds a master’s degree in Computer Science. Jabina has over 6 years of professional experience in locational mapping the field mobility application development, and a profound understanding of Apple’s IOS framework architecture. In her role as Senior Software Engineer, Jabina works closely with clients and the development team, overseeing the lifecycle of sophisticated as well as featured products. She continues to orchestrate the development of Nobel’s smart-water technology and is an integral part in the company’s success and customer support.  

    David Manuwa

    Vice President Customer Success

    Nobel Systems

    David Manuwa is the Vice President of Customer Success – at Nobel Systems and has twenty-seven (27) years of executive and management experience. Dave is responsible for Nobel’s Customer Success team, business development and strategic partnerships, and directing complex projects, addressing logistical and technical concerns. Dave specializes in the integration and configuration of geospatial services and other spatially enabling technology running on the web (SaaS), desktop, and PDA platforms. Dave holds an Associate Degree in Mechanical and Electrical design as well as Project Management and GIS software certifications. Over his career, Dave has managed multimillion dollar projects including the conversion of the wastewater and storm drain networks for the City of Los Angeles and the New Construction Building program with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Dave has been hands on with the implementation and development of Nobel’s products, working closely with his team to explore any and all options to provide customers with a reliable and cost-effective solution to achieve organizational objectives and improve the wellbeing of the community.

    James Fischer, Jr.

    Co-Owner

    Fischer Compliance, LLC

    Jim worked over 31 years as a professional engineer in the public sector and retired in June 2020 with the State of California after an extensive tenure with the State Water Resources Control Board which began in 2008. Jim formerly managed the Division of Water Quality's Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reduction (SSO) program and also worked in the Office of Enforcement since 2010 as statewide SSO lead providing technical assistance, training and coaching to regional boards prioritizing SSO inspections, compliance audits, and enforcement. To continue his water quality passion, Jim started his own company, Fischer Compliance, LLC in September 2020 to provide effective regulatory best practices to agencies striving to optimize operations and reduce their risks for violations, enforcement and undesirable public attention. Jim obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from CSU Sacramento in 1988.

    Sam Rose

    Retired

    South Placer Municipal Utility District

    Sam retired in May 2020 after spending 34 years in the Wastewater Collection System industry, all at South Placer Municipal Utility District. Sam began as a temporary laborer and progressed to a full-time maintenance worker, new construction Inspector and Construction Manager. He spent 5 years managing the engineering department until he moved back to operations as the District Superintendent. Sam has a BA in Sociology from Sacramento State and holds a Collection System Maintenance Grade IV.

    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.

  • SARBS PDC Training: Regulatory Landscape for PFAS in Biosolids and Effluent/Reuse (Live Webinar)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2021 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

    Join industry experts as they provide an overview of PFAS and the associated regulatory outlook for drinking water, wastewater effluent, and biosolids.

    SARBs Local Section Members: $0 (discount applied at checkout) 
    Member fee: $25.00
    Non-Member fee: 35.00

     This session will include:
    • Regulatory developments across the US and in California for drinking water, wastewater effluent, and biosolids. 
    • Treatability in wastewater and reuse applications. 
    • Recent findings and regulatory results. 
    • Interconnection between PFAS and groundwater standards, greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (SB 1383), and organics management. 

    At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

    • Understand basic characteristics of PFAS and their sources to wastewater.
    • Understand options for PFAS source control and treatment.
    • Know the difference between long-chain and short-chain PFAS compounds in biosolids and why size matters.

    Eva Steinle-Darling

    Vice President

    Carollo Engineers

    Eva Steinle-Darling is a Vice President and Principal Technologist with Carollo Engineers. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, where she studied the removal of PFAS using nanofiltration membranes. Her work with Carollo focuses on advanced water treatment and reuse, including research, planning, feasibility studies, and design. Eva is leading Carollo's efforts to address clients' needs in responding to PFAS contamination in drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water. She also is working on several of Carollo’s Water Research Foundation projects in which she is looking at, among many other things, the removal of PFAS through advanced treatment.

    Gregorio Estrada

    Associate Vice President

    HDR Engineering, Inc.

    Gregorio leads HDR’s Southern California wastewater treatment practice and brings experience in planning, design, construction, and management of wastewater treatment plants throughout Southern California. He specializes in wastewater treatment processes with an emphasis in biological and advanced treatment including nutrient removal, filtration, membranes, and disinfection. 

    Mary Martis

    Professional Associate and NorCal Biosolids Leader

    HDR Engineering Inc.

    With more than 28 years in the wastewater industry, Mary brings a unique perspective to projects through her experience working as a district engineer supporting the operations of two wastewater treatment plants, as a developer for a national biosolids management company, and as a technology leader for two large equipment manufacturers. She understands the impacts of changing biosolids legislation and the business opportunities present resulting from market drivers associated with the diversion of organics from landfills and a state-wide demand for alternative energy. She has a long history of working with agencies to create forward-thinking, creative programs to address complex challenges, and has assisted with the capture of millions of dollars in grant funding to support those projects/programs.

    Arthur Xu

    Engineer

    HDR Engineering, Inc

    Arthur has five years of experience serving as a staff engineer on a variety of water and wastewater projects. His experience includes water and wastewater treatment design, hydraulics modeling, facility planning, and biosolids evaluation for public agencies.

    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 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.

  • Virtual Tools for Real-World Decision Making

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/13/2021 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

    Demonstrate how SFPUC successfully engaged Operations and Maintenance (O&M) staff throughout the Biosolids Digester Facilities Project (BDFP) design to obtain consensus on design direction, to incorporate operational features/flexibilities, and for future use as a training tool to help O&M staff learn/understand the new treatment processes provided.

    SFBS Members: $0.00 (discount automatically applied at checkout) 
    Member fee: 38.00
    Non-Member fee: 53.00

    1.8 CWEA contact hours towards MT and EIT certifications. 

    Using a Digital Twin To Elicit Invaluable O&M Design Input and Support Training

    Designing new solids treatment facilities with new treatment processes is a challenge for any utility.  A successful design is one that provides operational features that enable agency staff to efficiently operate the facilities long-term.  This webinar will provide strategies and tools available to utilities to engage their O&M staff during the design process to accomplish the following:  refine design criteria to ‘right-size’ unit processes to O&M staff capabilities, resources, and project budget; document the designer’s intended operations strategy and gain buy-in from O&M staff;  demonstrate to O&M staff that the facilities can be operated as designed given the increasing complexities of the wastewater processes and the heavy reliance on automated controls; demonstrate process performance during simulated maintenance and unplanned events; and, create a training tool for O&M staff that can be used in advance of construction commissioning. 

    During this webinar, SFPUC engineers will provide overview of the BDFP project and explain why and how O&M staff were integrated into the design process. The Jacobs design team will then provide in-depth case studies from the BDFP:  development of (1) an Operations Technical Memorandum, and (2) a Digital Twin Computer Model,  to demonstrate how these tools and other strategies can be tailored by an agency, with the ultimate benefit being fewer changes to the design as well as during construction.   

    The learning objectives are to:
    • Share with event participants approaches to advocate for Operations and Maintenance staffs’ participation during the design process.
    • Demonstrate ways for design teams to solicit input/feedback from Operations and Maintenance staffs.
    • Demonstrate how two different products were used on the BDFP process to engage Operations and Maintenance staffs.

    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)

    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

    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

    Rosanna is a Senior Engineer with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Rosanna is the SFPUC’s Project Engineer/Design Manager for the Biosolids Digester Facilities Project and the Senior Engineer overseeing all Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) projects at the Southeast Plant. Rosanna has over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry and has worked as a consultant prior to joining the SFPUC.

    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.

  • CWEA-CASA June COVID-19 Update (Live Webinar)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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

    Live Webinar:  Free to members and non-members

    Contact Hours:  1.8 contact hours towards all CWEA certifications

    The free 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 Stanford University, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Illumina, California Department of Public Health. Join the conversation and ask any questions you may have on wastewater surveillance. 

    The webinar will be moderated by CASA’s Greg Kester and LACSD’s Wendy Wert.

    Speakers include:

    Dr. Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University  
    Manon Fisher, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
    Kevin Hackett, Illumina
    Duc Vugia, California Department of Public Health

    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.

    Arvind Akela, Webinar Introducer (Moderator)

    Engineering Director

    Silicon Valley Clean Water

    Mr. Akela has over fourteen years of experience in engineering of water and wastewater projects. He currently serves as Director of Engineering at Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW), a wastewater treatment plant located in Redwood City, California. Responsible for implementing an array of projects for wastewater, he has keen interest in energy and biosolids and has been instrumental in bringing some of the innovative technologies and solutions to SVCW's aeration system upgrade, dewatering system upgrade, food waste codigestion, energy storage, codigestion of fats, oils and grease, improvements to primary sludge thickening and upgraded new primary utility service to the plant.

    Ali Boehm

    Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Stanford University

    Alexandria Boehm is a professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at Stanford. She studies sources, fate, and transport of waterborne pathogens, as well as their health effects. Goals of the research are to develop new technologies for reducing concentrations of pathogens and new policies for reducing incidence of waterborne illness. She has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She received the NSF CAREER award and ASCE Walter l. Huber research prize in 2016. She serves as an associate editor of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and a thrust lead of ReNUWIT: the NSF-funded urban water engineering research center.

    Manon Fisher

    Resource Recovery Specialist

    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    Kevin Hackett

    Senior Manager, Inside Sales

    Illumina

    Duc Vugia, MD, MPH

    Chief, Infectious Diseases Branch Division of Communicable Disease Control

    California Department of Public Health

    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.

  • Tapia WRF Process Air Improvements

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/24/2021 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    Please join LABS for our 5th virtual presentation to learn how the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority (JPA), with PACE Advanced Water Engineering serving as the engineering consultant, led a process air improvement project at the 12 MGD Tapia Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) to improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs.

    LAB Members: $0 (Discount is automatically applied during check-out)
    Member fee: $25.00
    Non-Member fee: $35.00

    To improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs, the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Power Authority (JPA) with PACE Advanced Water Engineering serving as the engineering consultant, led a process air improvement project at the 12 MGD Tapia Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). The improvements included adding over 60 retrievable, fine bubble aeration grids, three 400HP magnetic-bearing turbine blowers, converting 4160 medium voltage electrical gear down to 480V, and SCADA/controls integration to optimize process controls. These improvements reduced energy consumption by almost 40%. Additionally, the JPA used a specialized equipment procurement process known as Performance-Based Specifications during the design phase yielding a capital cost savings of 30%. As a result, the community benefits from a reasonable capital expense outlay with a return on investment of less than six years, with an estimated $2.5M savings over the new system’s 20-year expected life.

    John Zhao, PE

    Director of Facilities and Operations

    Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

    John Zhao has been with the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District for the last 15 years. He served as a Principal Engineer and currently as the Director of Facilities and Operations to provide wastewater treatment and recycled water Distribution, Potable water treatment and distribution, and composting operations to approximately 90,000 people in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. 

    Duong Do, PE

    Vice President

    Environmental Water

    Duong Do is a technical expert in civil and environmental engineering with experience spanning back to 1996. As a Vice-President of the Environmental Water Division, his current responsibilities include managing the design and engineering of water and wastewater treatment, storage, and conveyance projects. Mr. Do has served as the Engineer-of-Record and Project Manager for numerous wastewater treatment projects throughout the Southwestern U.S., including several award-winning facilities. 

    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.

  • Understanding the California Statewide Toxicity Provisions (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In December 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board approved the California Statewide Toxicity Provisions. As these Provisions are incorporated into new and existing NPDES permits, it’s important for discharges to understand how they can affect toxicity test frequency, species sensitivity screening, test data analysis, and actions needed when limits are exceeded.

    Recorded: April 29, 2021 

    Member fee: $38.00
    Non-Member fee: $53.00

    1.8 contact hours towards CWEA's Electrical / Instrumentation Technician, and Mechanical Technologist, Collection System Maintenance certifications 

    In this webinar, you’ll learn:

    •The basics of the Provisions
    •The changes that are going into effect and how you can prepare
    •Tips on how to have the greatest whole effluent toxicity compliance success

    Peter Arth

    Director, Environmental Toxicology

    Enthaply Analytical

    Peter Arth is currently the Director of Enthalpy Analytical’s Environmental Toxicology division, including the flagship ELAP and NELAP-accredited laboratory in San Diego.. Over the course of his career in environmental laboratory services and consulting, he has led laboratory-driven toxicological programs for commercial, industrial, governmental, and academic partners. In all programs, Peter places a strong emphasis on effective collaboration, developing clear goals and objectives and attaining them cost efficiently, using sound experimental design, achieving unassailable data quality, and gaining client and regulatory approval. He has lent his expertise to several working groups and committees, including a current term on (ELTAC).

    Katie Payne

    Business Development Manager

    Enthalpy Analytical

    Katie Payne has nearly 15 years of experience in aquatic toxicity and bioassay at Enthalpy Analytical (formerly Nautilus Environmental) in San Diego, California. During her career in environmental laboratory services, she’s held positions in bench testing, project management, quality assurance, operations, and business development. She shares her expertise with several collaborative working groups, including The NELAC Institute Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing Expert Committee, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the California Society of Environmental Analysts. Katie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and is pursuing a master’s in public health at UCLA.

    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 1.8 contact hours towards CWEA's Electrical / Instrumentation Technician, and Mechanical Technologist, Collection System Maintenance 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.

  • 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.

  • Mechanical Technologist - Grade 2 Certification Training (On-Demand)

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Certified Manager of Operations and Maintenance helps you prepare for the CWEA Mechanical Technologist - Grade 2 certification exam.

    Originally recorded April 20, 2021. 

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

    Contact Hours:  2.40 contact hours towards CWEA's Mechanical Technologist certification

    This webinar will provide you with the tools to better understand the KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) to successfully prepare for the Mechanical Technologist Grade 2 Exam.

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

    • List the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) included in the Mechanical Technologist Grade 2 exam.
    • Practice basic math formulas needed for the Mechanical Technologist Grade 2 exam.
    • Describe the material you will need to study for the Mechanical Technologist Grade 2 exam.

    Robert Delgado, CMRP, CRL

    Manager of Operations and Maintenance

    Inland Empire Utilities Agency

    Robert Delgado is a Manager of Operations and Maintenance with Inland Empire Utilities Agency in Chino, California. He has over 15 years of combined experience in Maintenance, Operations, Reliability and Asset Management. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Robert transition his career to the civilian sector where he gained experience in Aviation, Petrochemical, and Utilities. Robert is a Director for Santa Ana River Basin Section (SARBS), a local section for CWEA. He holds a Mechanical Technologist Grade 4 certification among other industry recognized certifications.

    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 2.4 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.

  • 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.