ASDWA’s 2015 Annual Conference Call for Papers

Please submit your abstract for ASDWA’s 2015 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will be held October 20-23, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas.  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
  • State revolving loan fund tools and techniques/green infrastructure strategies
  • Emerging contaminants in drinking water, both chemical (Cr+6, perchlorate, etc.) and microbial (Legionella, Naegleria fowleri, etc.)
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization of current technologies
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • 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
  • 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 1, 2015. For more information, please view and download the Call for Papers and Exhibitors.

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Three Upcoming Webinars

March 18th Watershed Academy Webcast on ELI/TNC Watershed Approach Handbook  

On Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Watershed Academy on a recently released handbook by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) entitled, “Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects.”  The webcast will give listeners a broad overview of the handbook, which was developed to advance the use of a “watershed approach” in the selection, design, and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation. The handbook was funded by EPA and provides a framework for how to carry out the watershed approach, defines a range of different approaches, and offers examples of how these approaches have been applied across the country.  The webcast will also feature a case study from Wisconsin. Register for the Webcast at:

March 31st Webinar for States on Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

On Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00 to 2:00pm (eastern), ASDWA and EPA will host a one hour training webinar on EPA’s new document titled Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities. The session is intended to engage state staff about how to use the Guide as well as to train others (e.g., utilities).  Note: EPA is hosting separate web events to engage other audiences.  Join us and learn how to work with your small and medium water systems and your assistance providers to learn about a helpful, straightforward approach to flood resilience.  As part of this webinar, train-the-trainer materials will be distributed so that participants can give the training presentation to others. The Guide is designed to help small- and medium-size water and wastewater utilities understand their flooding threat and identify ways to mitigate against flood damage and disruptions.  The Guide is easy to use and includes interactive worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps.  Register for the Webinar at:

April 10th DHS Webinar on Changing Precipitation, Drought, and the Impacts to Infrastructure

On Friday, April 10 from 1:00-2:30pm (eastern), the DHS Office of Infrastructure will host a webinar entitled, “Changing Precipitation, Drought, and the Impacts to Critical Infrastructure,” as part of its ongoing webinar series.  This webinar will feature speakers from across the Agency who will discuss national changes in patterns of precipitation – causes, how much, when, where, and how they contribute to drought conditions; as well as the cascading impacts of drought on critical infrastructure sectors.  DHS will send read-ahead materials to registered participants as the web event date draws closer.  Register for the Webinar HERE.  Note:  You will have to either register as a user for Govevents or log in with your Facebook or LinkedIn account.