Michael Simpson, a Senior Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles, will present a report on the efforts of the Water Environment Research Foundation establishment of a committee to set the framework, approach, focus areas, goals and actions to achieve a step change, rather than an incremental change, towards new wastewater and stormwater management practices and/or technologies that will improve the sustainability of water management on a national level.
Dinner (including coffee and dessert):
- Chicken coq au vin
- Vegetarian pasta
RSVP by 5/20 with meal choice to: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the SWRCB for all LA Basin agencies ….
We are advertising an “Infrastructure Funding Fair” in the Los Angeles area (Alhambra, CA), on Wednesday July 24, 2013. This event is free. Representatives from cities, counties, districts, tribes, consulting companies, or non-profits, are all welcome to attend.
The following agencies will provide a short presentation regarding their funding programs, followed by an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with agency representatives regarding your potential projects:
- California Department of Public Health
- California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
- State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board)
- Department of Water Resources
Additional details and information regarding how to register can be found at the State Water Board’s web site at www.waterboards.ca.
Since 2010 the City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant started running its own FOG Digestion Pilot Project. The project’s objective is to achieve a 10 to 20% increase in gas production by adding processed grease trap waste to the plant’s anaerobic digesters. With over two years of experience to date, it’s time to check in with the project engineers. Mr. Ronald Palacios, PE is an Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey, California. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University, Northridge and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. $40 members, $45 non-members, $20 students
Thursday, March 21st
6:00PM Mixer • 7:00PM Dinner
Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045
Meal choices: salmon, chicken or vegetarian pasta
RSVP by 3/15 with meal choice to: email@example.com
Decentralized water recycling facilities can reduce the capital cost for water conveyance infrastructure and provide a reliable and sustainable source of local water supply. The City of Anaheim, CA (City) provides potable water to approximately 350,000 people within a 50 square mile area, which results in a demand of approximately 75,000 acrefeet per year (AFY). In order to augment the existing water supply and to demonstrate sustainability features to the public, the City decided to build a demonstration‐scale water recycling facility (WRF) next to the City Hall. The WRF has a treatment capacity of 115,000 gpd and consists of MBR and ozone treatment processes to produce disinfected tertiary effluent that meets the Title 22 requirements of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
RSVP with meal choice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time & Venue
6:00 drinks 7:00 dinner
12120 E. Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Meal Choices: Lemon Chicken, Blackened Salmon or Vegetable Lasagna
Members $35, non‐members $40, students and retirees $20
The “HDPE Roadshow”
an Informative Presentation on High Density Polyethylene Pipe
Wednesday, February 13, 2013,
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Media Technical Center (MTC)
Training Room A & B
2714 Media Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
* If you plan to attend the Roadshow, lunch, and need parking (for those outside of MTC facility) you must RSVP right away. 4.5 CWEA contact hours.
Cost: FREE for water/wastewater professionals. FREE lunch as well.
Hosts: The City Of Los Angeles, Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation & The Alliance for P.E. Pipe, Peter T. Dyke of Alexandria, Virginia.
8:30 AM: Roadshow Stations open and may be viewed until the close of the event
9:30 AM: HDPE 101 (First Session)
11:15 AM: Lunch* (must RSVP- see below)
11:30 AM: HDPE 101 (Second Session – Repeat of 9:30 am Session)
1:00 PM: End of event
Station 1: HDPE 101 Presentation–‐ WL Plastics (2x during five hour event)
Station 2:DesignResourceCenter–‐WL Plastics, Performance Pipe
Station 3: Fusion Demonstration–‐McElroy Manufacturing
Station 4: Electrofusion–‐IPF
Station 5: Parts Fittings Connections: GF Central, Strongbridge
Station 6: Repair Station–‐Robar
Station 7: Installation–‐IPR (Matt Werth), or someone from Murphy
Station 8: How to do Business within the HDPE Industry–Alliance for PE Pipe
PHD or CEU credits will be awarded to those requesting proof of attendance.
- 2012 – Analysis of Los Angels Basin CIWQS Data – Flores
- 2012 – SWRCB MRP Changes – Fischer
- 2012 – WDR Sanitary Sewer Order Enforcement – Fischer
- 2012 – WDR Your Upcoming SWRCB Audit – What to Expect – Hicks
- 2012 – 11 Questions SWRCB Auditors Might Ask CS Field Crews
The next P3S Committee meeting is scheduled for 10 am-2 pm on Wednesday, Nov 14 at the City of Los Angeles administrative offices in Los Angeles ( 2714 Media Center Drive, Los Angeles CA , 90065). The meeting agenda will be distributed next week.
The meeting will kick off with an interesting, hot topic, technical presentation about “Pollution Prevention – General Overview & New Applicability.” Nabil Yacoub PhD, Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology, Department of Toxic Substances Control will be delivering the presentation.
I encourage everyone to attend if your schedule permits. We will be congratulating Joe Petchuk on his retirement so there’s another great reason to participate in this meeting. Remote attendance is available, just follow the instructions on the agenda for joining the conference call and the Go-To-Meeting website so you can see the PowerPoint presentation and participate in the meeting. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Tim Potter, CWEA P3S Committee Chair
Susan Carpenter is a senior feature writer with the Los Angeles Times. From 2008 to early 2012, she wrote a series of columns on sustainability, including the Realist Idealist (about greening her Highland Park home with solar panels, rainwater catchment, etc.), The Garbage Maven (on ways to reduce waste) and Can I Recycle (about what can and can’t be recycled in L.A. and its surrounding cities).
Susan’s talk will center on water issues, including laundry-to-landscape and bathtub-to-landscape greywater systems, strategies for water conservation and rain catchment, including cisterns, rain barrels and bioswales.
Date: October 16 @ 6PM
Venue: Taix French restaurant
1911 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Meal Choices: coq au vin, short ribs provencal and vegetarian risotto
Price: non-members $40/ members $35/ student and retirees $20
LABS September Dinner & Presentation
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), located in western San Fernando valley was a premier test facility involved in rocket engine testing and nuclear energy research. The legacy of these activities resulted in environmental contamination of soil and groundwater. While the technical challenges of this site were being assessed, public concerns regarding site contamination lead to cleanup that is vastly more stringent than well-established state and federal law. This presentation provides a case study on how Boeing integrated the technical challenges of cleanup with community concerns to demonstrate to local stakeholders that Santa Susana could be – and would be – a public benefit if comprehensively and responsibly remediated using standards that are both protective and responsible in returning the area back to open space parkland.
September 20th at 6 pm
The Rococo Room, 70 West Union St. Pasadena, CA 91103
RSVP to LABSofCWEA@gmail.com
New larger venue – Japanese American National Museum, Downtown LA
LA’s Clean Water Story:
Celebrating 40 Years of the Clean Water Act
Where we were. Where we are. Where we need to be.
On October 9th, we invite you to join us as LA’s political and clean water leaders take a look back
at the conditions that led to the passage of the Clean Water Act, take stock of where we are today and present a vision for the future of clean water in Southern California.
October 9, 2012 • 8:30am-1:00pm
Seminar & luncheon • Japanese America National Museum, Downtown LA
$65 per person
Registration link: www.cleanwatercelebration.org
For more information see the flyer (pdf).
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the California Water Environment Association’s Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships for environmental/wastewater engineering students.
Contact: Alec Mackie, President, LABS email@example.com or Brian Sheridan, Marketing Manager, Council for Watershed Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-229-9955
Article and photos by: Kent O. McIntosh, LACSD
If you buy an energy-efficient refrigerator, Southern California Edison will give you a rebate of $75. If you go green with a large wastewater-treatment plant, the savings can be quite a bit more: Late last year, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts received a rebate of more than a million dollars! The Districts, a confederation of 25 special districts, has been managing wastewater and solid waste in the county since the 1920s, and it now serves 5 million people in 78 cities. It has always been in the forefront in the beneficial use of the methane gas produced in treatment-plant digesters and landfills. Its largest plant, the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson, which treats 275 million gallons per day, first generated electricity from digester gas in 1938.
Wastewater rates need to comply with EPA requirements for grant funded facilities. In addition, California requires compliance with Proposition 218. Our speaker will discuss the different types of rate structures and the process of setting rates.
The speaker, Sudhir Pardiwala, PE. Vice President of Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc., has over 35 years experience in financial planning and engineering. He has extensive expertise in water and wastewater utility financial and revenue planning, valuation and assessment engineering.
July 19th, Pasadena
El Portal Restaurant
695 Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
$35 Member, $40 Non-member, $20 Student/ Retired Members
RSVP to email@example.com
Come learn about CalWARN - a mutual aid, emergency response program and WDR – get the latest on inspections and reporting.
When: July 24th, 2012, 10 a.m. committee, 11:00 a.m. lunch and presentations
Where: Cozymel’s, 2171 Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245
Cost: Includes Lunch; $20 Members, $30 Non-Members, $10 Students/ Retirees
RSVP: By July 20th, to Cathy Macklin, firstname.lastname@example.org
See Flyer for more information.
Essential Information About Health and Safety For Today’s Wastewater Industry Professionals
Thursday July 19th
7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Huntington Beach Library
7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
Confined Space Entry
Drug Impairment Recognition
Commercial Driver Safety
Traffic Control Certification Course
See Flyer for additional information.
For more information visit here.
Presentation: JPL’s Contributions to Environmental Sustainability
Presenter: Mr. Steve Slaten is the Remedial Project Manager for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. As Project Manager, Steve is responsible for the cleanup resulting from past waste disposal practices at the JPL site which have impacted the area’s drinking water aquifer. He has dedicated his career to cleanup issues and used his skills in developing cooperative partnerships with regulatory agencies, local governments and public stakeholders. His extensive background in environmental cleanup activities includes experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. At this LABS Past President Event, Steve will present JPL’s new Flight Projects Building project, Groundwater Cleanup project and overall sustainability and water consumption reduction efforts.
Saturday June 9th at 11:30 a.m.
Los Gringos Locos Restaurant
464 Foothill Blvd, La Canada, CA 91011
Event Dining Room - Fajita Bar
Member: $20, Non-Member: $25, Students: $10
RSVP to Alec Mackie at alecm@JWCE.com
See Flyer for more info.
The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts have been generating renewable power from digester gas for over 70 years. This presentation will discuss the Districts’ energy program including power generation, energy efficiency, and minimizing energy expenditures. An overview of generation technologies and an update on current power sales options will be included.
Thursday May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Swiss Park Banquet Center
1905 Workman Mill Rd. Whittier, CA 90601
Members $35; Non-Members $40; $20 Students
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By Alec Mackie
LABS of CWEA
The LA Basin’s water situation is looking grim – aging infrastructure, tighter regulations, rising energy costs, falling municipal budgets, pumping restrictions in the Sacramento Delta and a drought along the Colorado River. It all adds up less water for LA.
Despite the challenges there are glimmers of hope, according to several speakers at LABS’ World Water Day LA Seminar held March 22 at the LA Chamber of Commerce. LA’s water future actually looks pretty bright if we recycle more water, capture more rainwater and rethink how cities work with water.
LABS’ Past President Hala Titus of Black & Veatch started the seminar by listing cities and the amount they import – from 50% for Long Beach to 60% for Pasadena and 85% for the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Titus then shared an inspiring story about the City of Santa Monica. The City and Black & Veatch recently finished a groundwater filtration plant to remove MTBE and purify the drinking water, and the City cut its water supply needs to only 22% imported. The City wants to get to 100% local supplies by 2020.
Caltech Professor Michael Hoffmann will discuss his team’s cutting-edge, solar powered processing system designed to bring toilets and sanitation to the 2.6 billion people who need it.
In 2011 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Dr Hoffman $400,000 to design and build a prototype. The system cleans wastewater and turns residuals into reusable energy. The design also needs to be easy and affordable to install and maintain.
$35 members, $40 non-members, $20 students
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6PM Mixer | 7PM Dinner
El Portal, Pasadena
695 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
RSVP by 4/26:
Or call 714-428-4614
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