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Spotlight On Water Resources

PWX@Home works around your busy lifestyle. You can choose one afternoon per month to set aside and embrace an all-new virtual learning experience. The second Tuesday of each month from August through July, APWA will unveil education in 12 key public works focus areas. The series features sessions on relevant topics—most of which were selected for PWX 2020 in varying formats to maximize learning and engagement.

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February 9, 2021
1:00–4:30 p.m. CT

Attend three Water Resources sessions for one low price! Registration is $50 for Members and $75 for Non-Members. Registration discounts are available when registering groups and for the entire annual series. Participants are eligible for up to 0.3 CEUs for this program.

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City of Coral Gables - Cost Effective Approach to Infiltration and Inflow Abatement Utilizing Trenchless Technologies

Speakers: Jorge Acevedo, Paola Davalos

The City of Coral Gables is located within Miami-Dade County, Florida. The city owns, operates, and maintains its Sanitary Sewer Collection System. Wastewater flows from the city are then discharged into Miami-Dade Water and Sewer System for treatment and disposal. As a Volume Sewer Customer of Miami-Dade County, the City of Coral Gables has seen tremendous success in reducing its billing costs by reducing wastewater flows through an aggressive Infiltration and Inflow (I/I) abatement program. For each 100 gallons per minute of I/I reduced, the city saves over $162,000 on billings annually, in addition to savings in power costs, pumping, and operation and maintenance activities associated with the I/I flow. The city’s I/I abatement program’s success is directly linked to the utilization of trenchless technologies such as Pipe Bursting, Sliplining, and Cured-In-Place Pipe. These trenchless techniques have not only been extremely cost-effective, but have also allowed for rehabilitation and repair of sewers while minimizing impact on the community, both in residential neighborhoods, and in the city’s vibrant downtown area.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the performance of trenchless techniques in reducing I/I as determined through flow measurements taken before and after the sewer rehabilitation.
2. Analyze the interrelationship between Wastewater Flow Data, Rainfall Data, Tidal Elevation and Groundwater Table Elevation as these relate to estimating I/I.
3. Develop I/I Corrective Action Plans and implement cost-effective rehabilitation/repair methods utilizing trenchless techniques.
4. Prepare a community outreach and engagement strategy to obtain input to align the needs of community stakeholders with the goals of a project.


Communicating PFAS Discoveries and EPA Action Plan Impacts to the Press and the Public

Speaker: Mike McGill

The discoveries of man-made, contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), especially a group of chemicals names PFAS, constitute the greatest future threat to public confidence in our nation’s drinking water. The sheer number of these contaminants and the lack of health and safety data on all of them, combined with new, disruptive developments that are occurring nearly every week, could lead many of our customers to question whether or not they should turn on their taps. That’s why it’s more important than ever that utilities become or stay the go-to source for information about their drinking water. While it is understandable that new drinking water standards take time to be correctly developed, the lack of expediency with the EPA’s Action Plan put the responsibility for addressing the PFAS problem back onto the states. Meanwhile, testing being conducted by academics and activists are vastly outpacing the regulatory process. The headlines their test results are generating are forcing states to come up with new drinking water standards. Fast. States are creating new standards based on a combination of scientific data and political expediency. The checkerboard effect is leading to frustration and anger from the public, which is already confused over how these chemicals were allowed to enter into our source waters in the first place. WaterPIO has been in the middle of handling PFAS communications since 2016 and emerging contaminant communications since 2008.

Proficiency Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives:
1. Examine the latest information about the discoveries of PFAS in drinking water and how the EPA and state governments are reacting to the latest news.
2. Plan for a PFAS discovery that could permanently damage the utility's reputation if public communications are mishandled.
3. Utilize the public and key stakeholder messages that have helped water and wastewater service providers explain the impacts of PFAS discoveries on their services. 


A Cost-Effective Approach - Using Real Time Control and In-System Storage Strategies to Prevent Sanitary Sewer System Overflows

Speakers: Deryk Daquigan, Azalea Mitch, Dan O’Leary

Facing years of aging infrastructure and inadequate sewer system capacity, the City of San Mateo was issued a Cease & Desist Order by the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows caused by rain induced inflow and infiltration. The city evaluated two options: conveying peak design storm flows to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and building in-system storage within the sewer system. The in-system storage approach was selected as it eliminated the need for larger capacity at the WWTP, reducing overall capital costs. After an evaluation of 50+ locations for a 5.3 million gallon underground wet weather flow storage structure, the city pursued the acquisition of easements and embarked on an expansive public outreach effort. The design for the in-system storage approach is based on a real-time control strategy to operate the new structure and the pumping systems within the collection system. Weather forecasting will determine the activation of storage and the wet weather treatment mode at the WWTP, an approach that has required in depth training of the operations team. Overall, coordination with residents, developers, multiple city departments, and an outside agency for the easements has been essential for a successful project.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Develop an objective evaluation method and criteria to guide programmatic and project specific decisions which account for technical, environmental, social, and economic considerations
2. Communicate engineering and science to the general public and convince governing bodies of adopting alternative operational approaches.
3. Prepare a community outreach and engagement strategy to obtain input to align the needs of community stakeholders with the goals of a project.


Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Water Resources

February 3, 2021
Noon1:00 p.m. CT

No city, large or small, can operate effectively without proper, reliable sanitary sewer collection systems and wastewater treatment plants. Large municipalities have large water operations, but small cities and rural communities have unique water challenges. Join this panel as they discuss water resources and resilient and sustainable systems.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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Virtual Stormwater Summit

February 17-18, 2021
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. CT

The PWX@Home Stormwater Summit features seven virtual education sessions selected by APWA’s Water Resources Management Committee for presentation at PWX 2020. The two-day event features presenters sharing agency perspectives and experiences on topics such as project funding strategies; implementation of new technologies, methods for building flood resilient communities, including green infrastructure; applications of IoT water level sensors; creating an open-source web tool; and simultaneously handling alternative project delivery methods. Presenters will highlight successes as well as share lessons learned. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with presenters via a question-and-answer opportunity at the end of each session, as well as network and learn from other attendees via table discussions, a unique feature within the Summit platform.

Only full event registration is available. Registrants will have access to session recordings following the program in case scheduling conflicts prevent participation in live sessions or to revisit following the live event. Participants are eligible for 0.6 CEUs upon the completion of this program.

Registration is $85 for Members and $110 for Non-Members. Group discounts are available.

Certified Stormwater Managers (CSMs) are offered special pricing of $55 Member/$80 Non-Member. CSMs should contact education@apwa.net for special registration link.

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Third Thursday Advocacy Jam: Water Resources

February 18, 2021
2:303:30 p.m. CT

With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimating that water infrastructure in the United States will require at least $700 billion in investment over the next 20 years, and the Canadian Government committing to establish a Canada Water Agency to promote collaboration among all levels of government to protect freshwater sources, the need for engagement at the federal level is clear. Join the APWA’s US and Canadian Government Affairs staff for an overview and interactive discussion on the state of water policy in both countries, including potential clean/drinking water legislation, federal programs and regulatory changes, the impact of water resource management on transportation and emergency management, and challenges facing the water workforce.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members. You can register for the entire year of programming or by each individual program.

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CLL: PFAS in your water-what you need to know and why!

February 25, 2021
10:00–11:00 a.m. CT

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manmade chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, and others; manufactured and used around the United States since the ‘40s. PFAS are found in water-repellent, wrinkle-free, and stain-resistant fabrics; non-stick cookware; paints; firefighting foam; and other household and industrial products. PFAS are  persistent  – they’ve been referred to as forever chemicals - in the environment and in the human body; they don’t break down and accumulate over time. According to the US EPA, there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. PFAS has been found in drinking water and full cycle back in wastewater sludge. In this Click, Listen & Learn, we will help you understand PFAS, how it gets into our water and wastewater, it’s risks and current thinking in public works.

Registration is FREE for Members.

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On Demand eLearning Opportunities

Principles of Public Works Operations Water Series

Principles of Drinking Water Management
This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring the principles of Drinking Water management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session provides practical advice on how to operate and maintain a water treatment and distribution system and dives into best practices and emerging trends relating to right-of-way management. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Principles of Stormwater/Flood Management
This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring Stormwater/ Flood Management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session will teach you ways to operate and maintain a stormwater collection system and dives into best practices and emerging trends relating to Storm/Floodwater Management. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Principles of Wastewater Management
This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring Wastewater management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session provides practical advice on how to operate and maintain a wastewater collection and treatment system and dives into best practices and emerging trends relating to wastewater management. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Members' Library Highlights

Members can access recordings of Click, Listen, & Learn programs, content from past conferences, and specific e-books and publications on demand 24/7 through the Members' Library. We'll feature three to four exciting programs related to the month's highlighted technical area.

Comparing Approaches to Inflow and Infiltration Mitigation Across the US
Regardless of size, location or climate most cities deal with some level of inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues. Addressing I&I can involve cross-discipline coordination between wastewater, stormwater, and water professionals. This presentation will focus on two case studies in different climatic regions of the United States. Differences in topography, geology, and climate affect the relative contribution from sources of I&I. These differences also affect the approaches to characterizing and mitigating I&I.

Public Works Stormwater Summit: Flooding & Resiliency
The community of Salina, Kansas, has embarked on an exciting and ambitious plan to revitalize 6.8 miles of the Smokey Hill River corridor. In the 1960s the main channel was diverted away from downtown as a flood control measure. Today, however, a grassroots effort to reinvigorate the community and restore river flow is being planned using engineering methods to lower long-term maintenance costs and improve water quality.

A Peculiar Way to Survey Sewers – Using Drone Technology
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are having positive effect on the design and maintenance of public facilities and infrastructure. UAVs (drones) combined with 3-D technology are being used to upgrade surveying and construction drawing development. The City of Peculiar, Missouri, used drone and 3-D photography to enhance the surveying for the new 28,000-foot sewer interceptor design and installation. Costs were lowered approximately 30% from traditional surveying techniques.


Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works? You're in luck! APWA is highlighting a new trending technology by way of our Talking Top Tech webinars, Roving Reporter Education Series, and new resources and programs. You can even share your own Roving Reporter videos on social media using #APWARovingReporter.

Talking Top Tech: Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure


Career Development/Workforce

Resources

Whether it is managing stormwater, protecting the watershed, supplying potable water, testing water quality, or treating wastewater, career opportunities abound within the water resources field. To get a glimpse into what these positions entail, watch these great Day in the Life videos.

The Village of Skokie, WA demonstrates their skill and precision in this 3-minute of a water main repair:


Christian Berg, Water Resources Technician, presents A Day Among the Streams on Bainbridge Island, WA:


Officer Joe Young, Fredericksburg, VA Watershed Manager, loves his job protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed:


John Klein, Operator, Public Works – Operations / Stormwater Control, enjoys keeping the waterways flowing in the City of North Port, FL, especially during the rainy season:


Ron Marrato, Hydrologist for the Ventura County, CA Watershed Protection District, walks us through a day as a hydrologist:


The Madison, WI Metropolitan Sewage District team shares what it's like to be a wastewater treatment operator:


Certifications

CSM logo

Certified Stormwater Manager
The Stormwater Manager Certification is intended for experts in the public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial, and federal agencies. These individuals assist in administering drainage, flood control, and water quality programs.
 
Water quality programs include state and federal permit requirements related to stormwater runoff, including management of public education, illicit discharges, erosion control, post-development runoff BMPs, system maintenance, water quality monitoring, data analysis, and reporting. Drainage and flood control programs include operational maintenance of drainage systems, planning and construction of capital improvements, and basic knowledge of floodplain management.
 
These individuals may also be involved in budgetary oversight, long-term planning, policy development, and other administrative activities.

 Read more in the APWA Reporter:
Certified Stormwater Manager: A firsthand account of career enhancement
John Schexnayder, P.E., CFM, CSM, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Baton Rouge, LA


Exhibitor Showcase

Check out the Exhibitor Showcase to find the best resources for public works, as well as informational videos and product information.

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Water Management Resources

Sanitary Sewer Collection System Toolbox
This toolbox is intended to be an overview of sanitary sewer collection system and maintenance for individuals new to this area of public works. It can also be used as education for residents and the governing body of your agency.

Street Sweeping Basics Toolbox
This toolbox is intended to be an overview of street sweeping for individuals new to this area of public works. It can also be used as education for residents and the governing body of your agency.

Wastewater Treatment Plants Toolbox
This toolbox is intended to be an overview of wastewater treatment plants for individuals new to this area of public works. It can also be used as education for residents and the governing body of your agency.

Water Resiliency Policy Priorities


Publication Highlights

Each month two to three publications or products will be highlighted from the APWA Store corresponding to the monthly technical area.

Stormwater Management Manual
The Stormwater Management Manual is designed for stormwater managers and those seeking certification as an APWA Certified Stormwater Manager, as well as those wishing to gain an overview of programs and practices.

This manual addresses the technical knowledge stormwater managers need to make meaningful water quality improvement. It covers old and new stormwater management techniques, management of new development and redevelopment, funding and financing, and political and social factors of stormwater management programs.

Financing Stormwater Utilities
Local officials need information and guidelines to make informed decisions about stormwater utility creation. This publication defines stormwater utilities, and their potential for revenue generation is summarized. The most frequently asked questions about revenue generation, legalities, administration, and management are answered, alongside subsequent sections concerning the rationale behind general utility planning, establishing rate structures and estimating user charges.

Special offer: Use Coupon Code SWMM20 at checkout for 20% off. Offer available February 1-28, 2021.


Committee News

APWA Committees are the backbone of our education program. You'll be the first to see committee chair videos, trending committee hashtags for social media, InfoNOW Communities, knowledge team and subcommittee opportunities, and more!

The mission of the Water Resources Management Committee is to promote and provide education on best management practices for water resources to achieve resilient and sustainable systems.

#APWAWater is the hashtag used by the Water Resources Management Committee.