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April 19, 2018, E-Newsletter


Spotlight: NWRI Clarke Prize Laureate George Tchobanoglous, UC Davis


To continue our celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Clarke Prize Award, NWRI is pleased to showcase Laureate Dr. George Tchobanoglous, who won the award in 2003 for his research in water and wastewater treatment and solid waste management.  Tchobanoglous taught these topics for 30 years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at the University of California, Davis.  Now a Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, his research still focuses on enhanced wastewater treatment processes, but includes advancing the development of potable reuse of wastewater.  Potable reuse involves the use of highly treated municipal wastewater as a municipal drinking water source.


Tchobanoglous serves as the Chair of the Clarke Prize Executive Committee, which is the six-member group that selects the annual Clarke Prize recipient after consideration of all nominations.  His vision of the future of the Clarke Prize includes expanding the variety of disciplines represented by the Clarke Prize recipients.  “The candidates cover a broad spectrum of specialties, and the excellence of the candidates always amazes me,” Tchobanoglous said.  “Getting applications from a larger range of disciplines related to water is key.”


Tchobanoglous’ lifelong interest in photography compliments his work life, as his photographs have appeared in a number of textbooks and articles he has written for scientific journals and magazines.  His photography also has been showcased at the John Natsoulas Gallery, old Faculty Club on the UC Davis campus, International House Davis, and Davis Art Center.


To read Tchobanoglous’ 2003 Clarke Prize lecture, titled “The Importance of Decentralized Wastewater Management in the Twenty-First Century,” visit http://www.nwri-usa.org/pdfs/2003%20CP%20Lecture%20by%20Tchobanoglous.pdf.


Free USEPA Webinar: Managing Stormwater and Wastewater (Apr 25)


The USEPA will be hosting a free webinar, titled “Optimizing Groundwater Recharge Systems to Infiltrate Stormwater and Wastewater through Spreading Basins: A New Planning Method to Enhance Urban Water Resiliency,” on April 25, 2018. Presenters Richard Luthy and Jonathan Bradshaw will discuss new methods for planning optimal systems that augment groundwater recharge by infiltrating both stormwater and recycled wastewater through surface spreading basins.  The method’s real-world applications will be illustrated through a case study conducted in Los Angeles, California.  For more information about the webinar, email Abimbola Odusoga at odusoga.abimbola@epa.gov.


Available Now: Practical Guide to Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse


The William J. Worthen Foundation recently published the Design Professional’s Practical Guide for Integrating Onsite Water Use and Reuse, a guide for building planners and designers to understand and implement water reuse technology in current and future building projects.


Created in partnership with the Charles Pankow Foundation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Google, AIA California Council, Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and other industry and institutional partners, the guide presents real-world examples and step-by-step design, construction, and technical information needed for water use systems of all types and sizes at the building and district scale.


To download the guide, visit https://www.collaborativedesign.org/water-reuse-practice-guide/.


2018 WRF Conference: Advanced Deadline Approaching (Apr 23)


Join The Water Research Foundation for its 2018 Conference on Advancing Reuse and Integrated Water, in Atlanta, GA, on May 6-8.  The conference is designed to help communities prepare for the future of water, offering a program that features creative approaches for managing water resources and four technical tours of innovative water treatment facilities.  The advance registration deadline is April 23, 2018.  Register for the conference here: http://www.werf.org/c/Events/2017/2018_Research_Conference/2018_Research_Conference_Registration.aspx.


BioLargo Seminar Showcasing Water Reuse Technology (Apr 25)


Join BioLargo, for a free seminar showcasing their innovative water reuse and odor/organic chemical control technologies, and how these technologies can benefit users in the agricultural and livestock industries.  BioLargo, is an environmental engineering company focused on sustainable solutions for water, air, and advanced wound care. 


The seminar, titled “Innovation, Collaboration and Commercialization for Air and Water Solutions for Agriculture and Food and Beverage Industries,” will be presented by BioLargo, Director of Business Development Dr. Shan Yong and Water Engineer and Research Scientist Jenny Boutros, with an expanded technical water session.   Seminar topics include the Poultry Wastewater Case Study in California, which was facilitated by funding and collaboration with BioLargo’s partners.


The seminar will be held April 25, 2018, at the Center for Irrigation Technology, at California State University, Fresno.  To register, please email shan.yong@biolargo.com or jenny.boutros@biolargo.com by April 20, 2018.  BioLargo is an NWRI Corporate Associate.


Registration Available: Managing Legionella Conference (May 9-11)


Registration is available for the Managing Legionella and Other Pathogenic Microorganisms Conference, to be held on May 9-11, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Hosted by NSF International, along with the National Science Foundation, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this conference will focus on practical management and prevention of Legionella and other pathogenic microorganisms in building water systems.  NWRI is a sponsor of this conference.  Visit https://www.legionella2018.org/ for more information.


Register Now: WEF Residual and Biosolids Conference (May 15-18)


Registration is available for the Water Environment Federation’s Residuals and Biosolids Conference, to be held May 15-18, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference, held in cooperation with the Arizona Water Environment Association, The Water Research Foundation, and the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance, will focus on the following topics:



To register for this conference, visit https://www.wef.org/events/conferences/upcoming-conferences/residualsbiosolids/.