Water Resources

Live Events

Spotlight On Water Resources

This three-and-a-half-hour program featured three relevant and pertinent sessions for those interested in water resources management, including interviews with current APWA Leadership.

Sessions in this program include:

City of Coral Gables - Cost Effective Approach to Infiltration and Inflow Abatement Utilizing Trenchless Technologies
Speakers: Jorge Acevedo, Paola Davalos

Communicating PFAS Discoveries and EPA Action Plan Impacts to the Press and the Public
Speaker: Mike McGill

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

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Access the recordings and revisit this content in the eLearning Portal.

Did you miss out?

You can purchase an annual registration for the Spotlight on Series or purchase the recordings in the APWA Store in 2021.


Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Water Resources

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.


Virtual Stormwater Summit

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.


Third Thursday Advocacy Jam: Water Resources

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.


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

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.


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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Resource Center 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 Resource Center. 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

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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.

Green Infrastructure Toolbox

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Toolbox

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.