2010 Annual Conference Delivers "Oceans of Opportunities"

AC 2010 sticker LOGO w-lineThis year’s CWEA Annual Conference in Sacramento followed CWEA tradition by providing quality and value to our members.  The conference was jam-packed with training and networking-oriented events and opportunities, setting new standards with respect to information and training access.  As is the tradition for CWEA, this year’s conference was a model for how stretching our boundaries enables better and better events each year.  Please read on for highlights of the many great events and programs that took place at AC10.

Ice-Breaker Reception
An ocean full of fun, food, drink and networking opportunities…. Hope you had fun!

Keynote Speakers and CWEA President

Keynote Speakers and CWEA President Darren Greenwood

Opening Session
The Opening Session program, “The Ocean Is Closer Than You Think” was a break from the traditional regulatory updates provided during most Opening Sessions.  Marcus Eriksen provided us with the latest information on the micro-plastic pollution of the oceans stating that it is not so much a garbage patch but a soup of plastic.  Steve Shimek informed of us the plight of the sea otter and the work of The Otter Project and The Monterey Coastkeeper to provide a healthy, clean environment for these amazing creatures.  The final speaker David Gallo wowed the audience with amazing photos of his undersea explorations of “Neptune’s Basement”. The session participants posed numerous insightful questions to the panel, which were all expertly answered.

The election of the CWEA’s Slate of Nominees for the Board of Directors was also held at the Opening Session.  President Greenwood also gave a presentation on the State of CWEA; this presentation gave the crowd an overview of CWEA’s accomplishments for the past year.

Pre-Conference Workshops
The Annual Conference got off to a great start with a full slate of eight Specialty Workshops.  Over 164 people were in attendance for an excellent day of training.  Tops in attendance, as usual, were the Collection Systems workshop, SSO-Emergency Response Training.  A wide variety of workshops were offered to reflect the diversity of disciplines that make up the CWEA membership, including Anaerobic Digester Process and Math, Asset Management, Instrumentation and Methods for NPDES and Industrial Permitting, and a Leadership workshop to train the next generation of CWEA leadership.   Also, two SSMP workshops were held to prepare CWEA members for meeting the SSO-WDR regulations.

Technical Sessions
The Technical Program for this year’s conference was diverse, well attended and thoroughly engaging!  As part of 52 technical sessions, over 220 technical presentations were given during the 3-day conference and ranged in topic from emerging regulatory issues to the latest in engineering and research.  Some of the highlights from the Program included sessions on Going Green, Environmental Regulations and Reporting, and Recycled Water and Salinity Management.

This year, once again, the speaker’s presentations will be made available online after the first of July. All attendees will be notified by email when they are posted including login information

Technical Tours
The Technical Tour Program was very successful with more than 135 registrants receiving valuable contact hours for participating in the five tours to various environmental facilities throughout the Sacramento area.  Tour attendees were enthusiastic about the options offered by the tour program.  Highlights included the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Biosolids Recycling Facility, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Treatment Plant, City of Davis Treatment Plant, EID Eldorado Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Gladding McBean Vitrified Clay Pipe Plant.

Manufacturers’ Exhibition, Lunch and Receptions
With 202 exhibit booths CWEA’s 2010 Exhibit Hall was a great success.  Something new for Sacramento was the fact that the Technical Program Sessions were held in the Convention Center instead of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, giving the

Attendees getting the latest industry information from an Exhibitor

Attendees getting the latest industry information from an Exhibitor

attendees greater access to the exhibits.  The exhibit hall was a smashing success, as was Thursday’s complimentary lunch which attracted hundreds of conference-goers into the hall.  Each evening the exhibitor’s hosted an outstanding reception with food, drink and valuable networking for all who attended.

Industry Partner and CWEA Local Sections & Committee Displays
This year was the second year our industry partners and CWEA local sections and committees were invited to come share their programs and activities with our conference attendees. A diverse number of organizations were represented in the 2nd Floor lobby area of the Sacramento Convention Center, including industry partners such as Water for People, the State Water Resources Control Board, Engineers Without Borders, NASSCO Inc., and the National Water Research Institute.  Conference attendees were able to conveniently access the wealth of information available to them.  Next year, we hope to have even more participants so that our conference attendees can truly get to know our industry partners and CWEA local sections and committees.

Food, Fun & Networking:

Committee Meetings and Breakfasts
Have you ever wondered what a committee does or how to get more involved in CWEA? The answer to your questions would have been answered if you had attended one of the 20 committee meetings and breakfasts that were held at the conference.  At these meetings, CWEA committees conducted their important business including reviewing annual activities, approving new committee officers, discussing conference/seminar speakers and topics, reviewing certification issues, presenting awards, and much more.  Consider attending these valuable meetings at next year’s conference or check with the CWEA office to see how you can get involved now.

Awards Lunch
During the Awards Lunch, 48 State and National Level Awards were presented to individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in serving our profession and protecting our environment.  See the list of these great achievers in this E-Bulletin.

Students and Young Professionals’ Mixer
The fifth annual Students and Young Professionals Mixer was a huge success. Students, young professionals, and seasoned professionals alike enjoyed the great venue and abundant food. The mixer was very well-attended with over 40 participants.  It was a great networking opportunity for all, with attendees continuing to mingle even after the event had officially ended.  A number of new ideas were discussed, door prizes were awarded, and many new friendships were made while old ones were renewed. The mixer provided an excellent opportunity for conference attendees to share their thoughts and ideas about the roles of students and young professionals both in CWEA and the wastewater industry as a whole. We hope to see you there at next year’s mixer!

Ice Cream Social
What can we say…This year’s Conference Committee decided to continue the tasty tradition.  Lots of ice cream was scooped and devoured.  Rumor has it that the new 5-S members actually used their new buckets and gold shovels instead of the cups and spoons that were provided.  We hope you enjoyed!

Conference Banquet
In addition to various awards and induction of the incoming 2010-2011 Board, the Banquet featured entertainment by comedian Tom Ryan who had the audience in stitches with his special brand of humor.

Special Events and Activities:

Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship Program
The program provides annual scholarships for individuals attending a College, University, Community College or Technical Trade School and pursuing a course of study related to the Water Environment Field.  Even during times of economic uncertainty, our CWEA local sections have been generous with their support of the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship. A total of $15,096.48 was pledged at the 2010 Annual Conference during the Free Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, April 22, 2010.

5S Induction Ceremony
An outstanding list of CWEA members joined the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers as the Class of 2010 at the 5S Induction Ceremony that was conducted at the Free Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday.  Co-Chairs Maura

The newest 5S inductee... Logan Olds

One of the newest 5S inductee... Logan Olds

Bonnarens and Steven Agor thanked the nominators and the selection panel.  Similar to previous years the presentation included a PowerPoint with pictures of the new Shovelers, a few highlights of their CWEA activities, and some humorous information about them. The audience enjoyed the show and the new Shovelers proudly displayed their shovels for the rest of the Conference.  New this year, the new shoveler class was asked to use their buckets to collect donations for the Kirt Brooks Scholarship fund. The new shoveler’s collected over $1,800.  Thanks to all for their donations to the scholarship fund! Listed below is the 5S Class of 2010.

Kapil Verma Allen Grayson Preeti Ghuman
Jerry Stephens Tom Herlihy James Watson
Marjorie Boone Dan Cravins Sam Rose
Louis Chiourn Berlinda McCadney Fran Burlingham
Devina Douglas Daryl Lauer Matt Bond
Amando Garza Mike Neri
Onder Caliskaner Logan Olds

Operations Challenge
The 2010 Operations Challenge proved to be an exciting event for both the competitors as well as the spectators.

A LACSD Operation Challenge team member making a daring rescue

A LACSD Operation Challenge team member making a daring rescue

Conference attendees once again packed the aisles around the challenge areas to see the teams give it their all in an

attempt to be crowned the state’s best.  Los Angeles County’s “LA Wrecking Crew” made it two years in a row as they claimed the state title with the team from Vallejo once again took second place.  Both teams should be congratulated for their superb performance as they now ready themselves for the upcoming WEFTEC event in New Orleans.

Sludge Trudge 5k Fun Run/Walk
This year’s Sludge Trudge 5k race was held at Capitol Park in Downtown Sacramento on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. Turnout was outstanding with 31 runners/walkers finishing the race including three teams competing in the inaugural “School of Fish” team category! CH2MHill was our generous sponsor, prominently featured on the official race t-shirt that was also purchased by many conference attendees who didn’t even run the race.

There were thirteen categories of competition this year: 1st place male and female; male and female  age groups for runners and walkers under 30, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, over 60; and the “School of Fish” team competition, in which teams of three or more individuals from the same employer competed for the fastest average team time. Prizes this year

Sludge Trudge winners Wendy Wert and

Sludge Trudge individual winners Wendy Wert and Yoshi Uemusa

consisted of: green 8GB IPOD Nanos to the overall male and female winners; a variety of Camelbak hydration packs, headlamps and travel coolers to the age groups winners, which seemed to be very well received; and a donation of $300 was made to the Kirt Brooks Scholarship Program in the name of the winning “School of Fish” team. The overall winner was Yoshi Uemusa of SMCSD in a time of 19:35, the women’s overall winner was Wendy Wert of LACSD in a time of 25:19, and the team from Rain for Rent won the inaugural “School of Fish” category with an average time of 31:32.

Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors
We wish to thank the following companies for their sponsorship contribution:

AC10 Sponsors

Thanks to Our Volunteers, Staff and Supporting Organizations
We wish to thank all of the volunteers and staff who worked in front of and behind the scenes to plan and conduct this conference.  Whether part of the Conference Committee, a technical session moderator, a speaker or other contributor, it was because of you and over 450 other volunteers and CWEA staff members that this year’s conference a true success.  Most especially, we wish to recognize and thank Conference Committee members and CWEA’s Education and Training staff, for their significant efforts, imagination and dedication in planning the 82nd Annual Conference.

2010 Annual Conference Committee


Cassie Prudhel, South San Francisco

2009-2010 CWEA PRESIDENT Darren Greenwood, Livermore
TREASURER Mai-Tram Li, Sacramento

Marco Palilla, HDR Inc.

PUBLICITY Helen Ling, Livermore
TECHNICAL PROGRAM Tim Banyai, Brown and Caldwell

Cynthia Cano, Water Resources Engineering

Vickie Caulfield, EID
OPENING SESSION Helen Ling, Livermore
TECHNICAL TOURS Joe Ziemann, WW Engineers
EXHIBITS Anton Loof, Oratech
Tom Edwards, Dukes Root Control
Jody Allen, SPMUD
REGISTRATION Eric Nielsen, WW Engineers
SIGNAGE Lani Good, Brown and Caldwell

Meg Herston, FSSD

PRINTING Lani Good, Brown and Caldwell

Allen Grayson, Lawrence Livermore

GOLF TOURNAMENT John Goodwin, West Yost
SLUDGE TRUDGE Sandie DeMedeiros, CDM
BANQUET Paul Louis, Retired

Brent Johnson, Livermore

PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION Tracy Stigers, Brown and Caldwell

Judith Millard, Brown and Caldwell

CWEA EDUCATION AND TRAINING STAFF Julie Taylor, Director of Education and Training
Marci Donohoe, Senior Meeting Planner
Mary Chen, Education and Training Coordinator
Serena Miller, Education and Training Coordinator
Jodee Schwan, Education and Training Coordinator

We hope that you left Sacramento with an Ocean full of Knowledge, new Contacts, and many Opportunities for the coming year!

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