ASDWA’s 2014 Annual Conference Call for Papers and Exhibitors

Call for Papers 

Please submit your abstract for ASDWA’s 2014 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will be held October 20-23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, NM.  Approximately 250 participants are expected to attend.

Presentation themes may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Source water protection and sustainability of water supplies
  • Climate change, water and energy efficiency, and conservation
  • Clean Water Act/SDWA connections, nutrient pollution, and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization of current technology
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • State revolving loan fund tools and techniques/green infrastructure strategies
  • Drinking water security strategies and tools
  • Small systems: TMF, sustainability strategies, technologies, and compliance
  • Workforce, operator certification, and/or technical assistance initiatives
  • Data management
  • Distribution system issues
  • Emerging contaminants in drinking water, both chemical (Cr+6, perchlorate, etc.) and microbial (Legionella, Naegleria fowleri, etc.)
  • Drinking water research
  • Risk assessment, risk communication and consumer outreach
  • Implementation of regulations – challenges and successes

When reviewing proposals, ASDWA will give priority to those received from state drinking water program administrators and their staff.  If you would like to make a presentation, please submit a one-page abstract with the proposed presentation title, and the name, title, affiliation, and contact information for the speaker to Deirdre Mason of ASDWA at by June 16, 2014!


Call for Exhibitors

Exhibit space applications are now being accepted for ASDWA’s 2014 Annual Conference. Exhibitors will have a unique opportunity to discuss critical legislative and regulatory issues with state drinking water administra­tors, EPA officials, and others in the drinking water com­munity.  In addition, exhibitors will be able to present their products and services to conference attendees.

Anyone interested in exhibiting at the ASDWA Annual Conference should contact Tom Maves at 703-812-4773 or  The deadline for applications is August 30, 2014!

For more information about the 2014 ASDWA Annual Conference, view our online Brochure at, or visit us at



EPA Green Infrastructure Guide for Communities to Reduce Combined Sewer Overflows

EPA has developed a guide entitled, “Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control” to provide municipalities and sewer authorities with tools to help quantify green infrastructure contributions to an overall CSO control plan. The guide provides case examples and explains how to use modeling tools such as EPA’s Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) to optimize different combinations of gray and green infrastructure.  These include examples of how communities can use green infrastructure to reduce stormwater flows going into the sewer system to help reduce capital and operational costs at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), and reduce the risk of overflows that can contaminate drinking water supplies.   To download and view the guide, visit EPA’s web site HERE.

Free APHL Webinar on Aquifer Exemptions and ASR

On May 29, 2014 from 3:00-4:00pm (eastern time), the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is offering a free webinar entitled, “Background on Aquifer Exemptions & Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR).”  During the webinar, participants will learn about how aquifer exemptions and ASR are being used, and the various issues associated with their use.  For more information and to register, visit the web site HERE.

Utilities Use CREAT to Compare Threats & Consequences

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EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is risk assessment software that assists drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts and in assessing the related risks at their utilities. CREAT allows users to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on their utility and to evaluate adaptive options to address these impacts using both traditional risk assessment and scenario-based decision making.

EPA has been piloting CREAT with utilities – large and small, drinking water and wastewater – around the nation.  Check out this summary CREAT Application by Utilities to see how 10 utilities that participated in the pilot used CREAT to meet their own individual needs.

CREAT can be useful for utilities who are just beginning to consider how climate change will impact them and would like to learn more about the threats they should be concerned with.  CREAT can also be helpful…

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Free Webinar on Tools for Monitoring Algal Toxins in Aquatic Environments

The Association of Public Health Laboratories will host a webinar entitled, Tools for Monitoring Algal Toxins in Aquatic Environments on April 22nd, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern). The webinar will share information about indicators of algal toxin production in aquatic ecosystems as well as current methods for efficiently sampling and monitoring algal toxins. This will include analytical techniques for the extraction and detection of algal toxins in complex matrices; and detection of freshwater algal toxins using mass spectrometry methods.
Registration: The registration deadline is April 20th. Please limit registration using one connection per site and select a site facilitator to register online at

April AWWA Webinars on Protecting Source Waters

Following are two upcoming webinars from the American Water Works Association that will take place this month. The cost for attending these webinars are the same price, at the individual rate ($75 Member/$120 Nonmembers), or group rate for multiple participants ($255 Members/$370 Nonmembers).

April 9, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern)
Watershed, Forest and Source Water Protection Webinar

The purpose of this webinar is to provide information regarding the various functions forests perform in protecting drinking water. The discussion will focus on the forest cover and treatment cost relationship, ecosystem services, US Forest Service’s “Forest to Faucet” effort, and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities’ approach on Beneficiaries Pay.
April 30, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern)
The Impacts of Nutrient Pollution on Drinking Water Quality Webinar

The primary goals of the webinar are to: explain the linkages between cultural eutrophication and source water quality; and explore a regulatory basis for limiting the adverse effects of cultural eutrophication on drinking water quality. Case studies for preventive or protective chlorophyll criteria from Colorado (established) and New York (proposed) will be presented. Linking source water quality to drinking water quality creates a bridge between the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.