CWEA-CASA June COVID-19 Update (Live Webinar)
Includes a Live Event on 06/30/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)
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.
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)
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.
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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.
Resource Recovery Specialist
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Senior Manager, Inside Sales
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.