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February 21, 2018, E-Newsletter


OCSD Sponsoring Construction Bid Assembly Bill (AB 2003)


The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) is sponsoring Assembly Bill (AB) 2003, written by Assembly Member Daly (D-Santa Ana).  AB 2003 will expand the allowable public notification methods for construction bids to include internet websites, radio, television, or other media as bid advertising platforms.  Currently, Sanitation Districts are required to post construction bids over $35,000 in a print newspaper of general circulation, and this requirement is both costly and ineffective. 


Email Rebecca Long at rlong@ocsd.com for more information.  You can also read the bill at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2003.  OCSD is an NWRI Member Agency. 



OCWD and OCSD Set Guinness World Record with the Groundwater Replenishment System


On February 16, 2018, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) succeeded in their attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most wastewater recycled to drinking water in 24 hours.  The record was achieved by the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), which is the world’s largest water purification facility of its kind, and the achievement commemorates the tenth anniversary of the facility.  For more information, visit https://www.ocwd.com/media/6432/gwrs-sets-world-record_news-release_feb-16-final-021618.pdf. OCWD and OCSD are NWRI Member Agencies.



MSSC Speaker Presentations Available Online


Presentations from the Multi-State Salinity Coalition (MSSC) Annual Summit, held February 8-9, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, are available online.  The MSSC Annual Summit, titled “Manage the Feast, Feed the Famine,” focused on promoting advancements in technologies for desalination and reuse, salinity control strategies, water and energy efficiencies, and related public policies to assist communities to meet their water control needs.


The Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC), which is administered by NWRI, was represented at the Summit by SCSC Administrative Director Kevin Hardy, Board Member Warren Teitz of Metropolitan Water District, and SCSC Board President Mark Norton of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAPWA).  Mark Norton moderated a session on watershed planning that included a presentation of a white paper commissioned by SCSC on the Evaluation of Long-Term Trends and Variations in the Average Total Dissolved Solids Concentrations in Wastewater and Recycled Water.  The paper is being finalized and will be published soon.  All presentations from the MSSC Summit are available online at http://multi-statesalinitycoalition.com/summits/.



OWOW Pillar and Stakeholder Integration Workshop (Feb 22)


The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) will host the One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Pillar Integration Meeting Plan Update on February 22, 2018, in Riverside, California.  The OWOW Workshop will focus on updating the OWOW Plan Update 2018 process, discussing Southern California’s critical needs, which impact grant disbursement for Prop 1, and the implementation of Prop 1 grant opportunities.  For more information, visit http://www.sawpa.org/owow-program/.  SAWPA is an SCSC Member Agency.



IUVA Americas Conference Will Focus on Advancing Technology (Feb 26-28)


The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) Americas Conference will be held February 26-28, 2018, in Redondo Beach, CA.  The conference will focus on recent advancements in technology and research addressing the environmental, health, and treatment process challenges of today, as well as to discuss current trends in UV regulations and new applications for UV science.  To learn more, visit http://www.iuva.org/Americas-Conference.



Students: Apply for the NWRI Fellowship (Deadline: Mar 1)


NWRI is accepting applications for NWRI Graduate Fellowships to support water-related scientific research.  These fellowships are awarded to graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities who are conducting research related to water resources and treatment.  NWRI’s goal in funding student research is to support the development of the next generation of experts in water resources science and policy.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.  Download the application instructions and cover sheet at http://www.nwri-usa.org/fellowship.htm.



2018 Clarke Prize Nominations (Deadline: Apr 1)


NWRI is seeking nominees for the 2018 Clarke Prize recipient for excellence in water research. The award will be presented at the 25th anniversary of the Clarke Prize, to be held in fall 2018.  The fields of interest of Clarke Prize nominees include, but are not limited to, civil and environmental engineering, water sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, political sciences, physical and chemical sciences, and planning and public policy.  The deadline to submit nominations is April 1, 2018.  The nomination guide and cover sheet are available online at: http://www.nwri-usa.org/nominations.htm.



2018 Water Research Foundation Conference (May 6-8)


Registration is available for the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference on Advancing Reuse and Integrated Planning, to be held May 6-8, 2018, in Atlanta, GA.  This conference is designed to help communities prepare for the future through innovative approaches to manage water resources.  To register for this event, visit http://www.werf.org/i/Events1/2018_Research_Conference/c/Events/2017/2018_Research_Conference/2018_Research_Conference.aspx?hkey=4e843363-0a70-4615-a3f1-69ec36fa86bb.