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December 9, 2013, E-Newsletter
2013 Clarke Prize Conference – Presentation Slides and Videos Available
The 2013 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference, held in November 2013, brought together scientists and engineers from all across the water community to discuss the most innovative research and technology developments happening today in urban water sustainability.
The conference featured presentations by academic researchers and representatives from local water and wastewater utilities that focused on planning, managing, and advancing treatment technologies for sustainable water supplies and resources.
The highlight of the event was the Clarke Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture, where we celebrated the Twentieth Anniversary of the Clarke Prize and honored civil and environmental engineer Dr. R. Rhodes Trussell of Trussell Technologies, Inc., as the 2013 recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.
Presentation slides and videos from the 2013 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony are now available on our website at www.nwri-usa.org/clarke2013.htm. In total, we have 11 presentations on video, including:
- Rhodes Trussell, Trussell Technologies, on “How Safe is Safe in the Treatment of Drinking Water for the Public?”
- David Sedlak, University California, Berkeley, on “Two Visions of the Fourth Revolution in Urban Water”
Managing Sustainable Water Supplies and Water Resources:
- Pedro Alvarez, Rice University, on “Biofouling and Microbial Control: Insights from Nanotechnology”
- Jerald Schnoor, University of Iowa, on “The Effects of Climate Change and Energy Development on Water Resources”
- James McDaniel, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, on “LA’s Water Reliability 2025”
Advances in Treatment Technologies for Sustainable Water Supply Development:
- Vernon Snoeyink, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on “Municipal Water Treatment: Recent Advances and Drivers for Change”
- Mark Wiesner, Duke University, on “Nanomaterial-Enabled Membranes for Water Treatment”
- Amy Childress, University of Southern California, on “Advanced Membrane Systems for Contaminant and Energy Challenges”
Planning for Sustainable Water Resources:
- Jim Herberg, Orange County Sanitation District, on “Innovative and Sustainable Projects for Wastewater”
- J.R. DeShazo, University of California, Los Angeles, on “Valuing Improved Reliability from Locally Developed Water Sources”
- Alexandria Boehm, Stanford University, on “Reinventing Stormwater Infiltration to Enhance Urban Water Supplies and Protect Recreational Waters”
All of the videos are also available on our NWRI YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/NWRIwater.
Thank You to Our NWRI Clarke Prize Conference Supporters
Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation: The Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation is a charitable foundation based in Newport Beach, California, that is devoted to environmental protection and the arts. The Foundation supports organizations such as NWRI, the UCI Foundation, Irvine Museum, Crystal Cove Conservancy, and Mission San Juan Capistrano.
NWRI’s Member Agencies:
- Inland Empire Utilities Agency provides drinking water, recycled water, wastewater, and other services to communities in San Bernardino County.
- Irvine Ranch Water District provides drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, and urban runoff services to residents in Central Orange County.
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, delivering water and electricity to 3.8-million residents and businesses in Los Angeles.
- Orange County Sanitation District operates two treatment/reclamation plants and 15 pump stations, as well as maintains 572 miles of pipes in the Orange County service area.
- Orange County Water District manages, replenishes, and maintains the Orange County Groundwater Basin, as well as operates the Groundwater Replenishment System with the help of the Orange County Sanitation District.
- West Basin Municipal Water District wholesales imported water in Los Angeles County, as well as provides water for injection into seawater barriers to protect local groundwater from seawater intrusion.
Clarke Prize Sponsors:
- ARCADIS is an international company that provides consultancy, design, engineering, and management services in the fields of infrastructure, water, environment, and buildings.
- Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting, and construction company that specializes in energy, water, telecommunications, federal, and management consulting.
- Carollo Engineers, Inc. is an environmental engineering firm that specializes in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities.
- DUDEK helps plan, entitle, permit, design, construct, and manage projects involving natural resources and infrastructure throughout California.
- Hazen and Sawyer is an environmental engineering firm helping clients provide safe drinking water to their customers and control water pollution and its effects on the environment.
- HDR, Inc. is a global engineering firm providing architecture, engineering, consulting, construction, and related services while focusing on creating healthy communities.
- Kennedy/Jenks Consultants provides engineering and scientific solutions for water, environmental, energy, and innovative projects.
- Trussell Technologies, Inc. is an environmental engineering firm focused on process and water quality.
- Water Planet Engineering is a global water treatment solutions provider that specializes in membrane and phase separation fundamentals, technologies, and applications.
The 2013 NWRI Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony, where leading-edge researchers and practitioners from various fields in the water industry spoke on the topic of “Urban Water Sustainability,” was held November 15, 2013, in Newport Beach, California. To learn more about the conference and award ceremony, please visit www.ClarkePrize.com.
Consider Year-End Donation to NWRI Fellowship Endowment Fund
As the end of the year approaches, NWRI would like to ask members of the water and wastewater community to consider donating to the NWRI Ronald B. Linsky Fellowship Endowment fund.
Together, with your help, we could provide fellowship funding to graduate students at U.S. universities whose innovative research may one day advance the state-of-the-art in water science, engineering, or policy. Fellowship funding is specifically used by students to conduct needed experiments, learn novel research techniques, collaborate with experts, and – most importantly – publish the results of their research.
Private and government support for graduate students has become more limited. NWRI is one of the few organizations available that provides fellowships to deserving students conducting water and wastewater research.
For students, receiving a fellowship is not just about financial support. It is also an opportunity to embrace our field and acquire a passion for investigating and developing the innovative procedures, technologies, and policies crucial to resolving the challenging issues facing our community, such as water scarcity and the quality of our water supplies.
Please consider donating to NWRI’s endowment fund before the end of this tax year. As NWRI is a 501c3 nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible.
Online donations can be made at www.nwri-usa.org/LinskyFellowship.htm. For questions about the endowment, please contact Jeff Mosher at (714) 378-3278 or email@example.com. Thank you for your support and generosity.
Utility Branding: Practicing Transparency
Most utilities are not trying to hide information; however, despite their best intentions, they may appear to be holding back because they do not understand how to be meaningfully transparent.
In past Branding Updates, we have discussed the need to share the motivations and standards driving the activities, decisions, and proposed investments of the utility. This is especially true with respect to planning and finances.
In many cases, standards are sprinkled throughout the strategic plan or other policies and procedures. Major standards may be called core values or goals. Standards can also be found in lists of activities. One way to facilitate increased transparency is to compile important standards into a single document that is readily accessible to staff.
The process of listing and reviewing standards forces the organization to reconfirm their commitment to each standard or to revise it. This process also reinforces the need to share these standards when communicating and making the case for needed investments. It is very difficult for utility managers and staff members to be transparent if the vetted standards of the organization are not easy to find and use.
The Utility Branding Network is committed to ensuring that water and wastewater agencies are trusted and that the rate-setting process fully funds utility operating costs and needed capital investments. The Network is managed by NWRI on behalf of water and wastewater agencies. To become a member of the Network, please contact Jeff Mosher at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Utility Branding Network, please visit www.utilitybranding.net.
AWWA/AMTA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) will be holding the 2014 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition on March 10-14, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The purpose of the conference is to showcase how membrane technology can enhance water reliability and water quality while revealing new directions in water treatment technologies and wastewater membrane bioreactor applications.
The conference will include technical papers, poster presentations, pre-conference workshops, tours of water reclamation facilities, an exhibit hall featuring membrane products and services, and networking sessions.
For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/membrane-technology-awwa-amta.aspx.
2014 Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit
The Multi-State Salinity Coalition (MSSC) will be holding their 2014 Annual Salinity Summit on "Sustainable Solutions in an Era of Climate Variability" in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 20-21, 2014.
Jeff Mosher, Executive Director of NWRI, will be presenting on salinity efforts in Southern California at the Summit. He also serves on the Board of Directors of MSSC.
The mission of MSSC is to meet the growing need for safe, sustainable, adequate, and affordable water supplies in the United States. MSSC promotes advancements in desalination-related technologies, salinity control strategies, and associated policies.
Early registration ends January 17, 2014. Register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=74gq7vfab&oeidk=a07e7vwruyi5d828a8e.