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The Attleboro (Mass.) Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA.

David A. Simmons was hired as the wastewater treatment plant superintendent for the City of Nashua, N.H.

The Muskegon County (Mich.) Wastewater Management System received the Rookie of the Year Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council, given annually to one newly certified Wildlife at Work program.

The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant and Energy Trust of Oregon received a 2014 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award from the Clean Energy States Alliance, a coalition of public agencies and organizations working to advance the adoption of clean-energy technologies. The award recognizes the nonprofit organization Energy Trust of Oregon for its technical assistance, project development support and more than $1 million in cash incentives to the City of Gresham for renewable energy production and energy-efficiency investments.

April Conatser was hired as the wastewater treatment facility operator for the Town of Century, Fla.

The Hopewell (Va.) Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility received a Silver Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Ryan Jefferson, who assisted with an innovative rural wastewater project in Lincoln County, W.Va., was presented with a plaque from the Lincoln County Commission.

Josh Mohan was named the collections system foreman for the wastewater department in Lansing, Kan.

Andrew Denham, who previously supervised wastewater treatment in Mount Vernon, was hired as the public works director for the Town of Twisp, Wash.

Steve Woodworth, wastewater treatment plant operator-in-charge in Oconto, Wis., received an Operator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association.

Martha Graham, public works director, and Glabra Skipp, environmental compliance analyst, both with the City of St. Augustine, Fla., won the Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal from the Water Environment Federation for a paper that documented the problems, procedures and findings related to using the disinfectant peracetic acid as an alternative to chlorine.

The Anderson County Wastewater Department was recognized as the 2014 Wastewater System of the Year by the South Carolina Rural Water Association.

The Clayton County (Ga.) Water Authority received the 2014 Collection System Gold Award, GWEF Safety Award for the W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility, Master Planning Spotlight Award, and the Ira C. Kelley Award for achievements in the environmental laboratory field at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

John Kalinczuk, water resource manager in Dawson Creek, Alaska, won the 2014 Operator of the Year award from the Environmental Operators Certification Program.

Spartanburg Water in South Carolina was presented with a Sustainable Water Utility Management Award by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Pennsylvania American Water’s Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant earned the Phase IV Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

U.S. Water Services received the California Game Changer Company of the Year Award for helping California companies and organizations reduce their water use.



The American Water Works Association is offering these online courses:

  • March 9-12 – High-Tech Operator Course 2
  • March 11 – Specify Sustainable Products for Water Treatment Webinar
  • March 25 – Naegleria fowleri: A New Drinking Water Pathogen? Webinar
  • March 30-April 2 – High-Tech Operator Course 3

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alabama Rural Water Association is offering a Competent Person/Confined Space Entry course March 4 in Valley. Visit www.alruralwater.com.


The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water is offering an Introduction to Small Water Systems course March 2-6 in Anchorage. Visit www.dec.alaska.gov.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering the following courses:

  • March 3-5 – Basic Water Distribution, Rogers
  • March 3-5 – Backflow Advanced Assembly Repair, Texarkana
  • March 9-12 – Basic Water Math (night class), Fort Smith
  • March 9-13 – Water Supply Protection Specialist, Lafayette
  • March 10 – Water Treatment Exam Prep, Camden
  • March 10 – WSPS Refresher, Lafayette
  • March 11 – Water Math Exam Prep, Camden
  • March 12 – Water Distribution Exam Prep, Camden
  • March 16-20 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Camden
  • March 17 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Camden
  • March 17-19 – Basic Water Distribution, Russellville
  • March 23-26 – Applied Water Math (night class), Fort Smith
  • March 24 – Basic Water Math, North Little Rock
  • March 25 – Applied Water Math, North Little Rock
  • March 26 – PWS Compliance, North Little Rock
  • March 30-April 1 – Advanced Water Distribution, North Little Rock

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • March 4-5 – Exam review, Lonoke
  • March 11-12 – Water License Renewal Training, Ashdown
  • March 17 – Basic Math, Mt. Home
  • March 17-19 – Backflow Repair, Lonoke
  • March 18 – ADH Compliance, Mt. Home
  • March 19 – Applied Math, Mt. Home
  • March 24-26 – Intermediate Treatment, Lonoke

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section of the America Water Works Association is offering the following courses:

  • March 2 – Backflow Tester Course, Rancho Cucamonga
  • March 16 – D2-D3 Review, Riverside
  • March 16 – Leadership and Regulations Working Together, West Sacramento
  • March 17 – D2-D3 Math Review, Riverside
  • March 17 – D4-D5 Math Review, Riverside
  • March 17 – Operator Symposium 2015, Ontario
  • March 18 – D4-D5 Review, Rancho Cucamonga
  • March 23 – Backflow Tester, West Sacramento

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association is offering a Supervisor Certificate Program course on March 12 in Parker. Visit www.rmwea.org.


TREEO Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville is offering these courses:

  • March 2-6 – Water Class A Certification Review, Gainesville
  • March 3-6 – Water Class B Certification Review, Gainesville
  • March 9-11 – Water Distribution Systems Operator Level 1 Training, Kissimmee
  • March 12 – Basic Water and Wastewater Pump Maintenance, Tampa
  • March 13 – Water Distribution System Pipes and Valves, Tampa
  • March 23-27 – Wastewater Class A Certification Review, Gainesville
  • March 24-27 – Wastewater Class B Certification Review, Gainesville
  • March 30 – Lift Station Maintenance, Boca Raton
  • March 31-April 1 – Pumping Systems Operations and Maintenance, Boca Raton
  • April 2 – Unidirectional Flushing Techniques, Boca Raton

Visit http://www.treeo.ufl.edu/waterwastewater-training.aspx.


The Illinois Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • March 3 – Telemetry: A Detailed Look at Telemetry, O’Fallon
  • March 3 – Automatic Control Valves – Protection Against Surge Potential, Carpentersville
  • March 3 – Automatic Control Valves – Protection Against Surge Potential, Rockford
  • March 10 – Pumps and Pump Maintenance, Pittsfield
  • March 12 – WATERCON Exhibitors Webinar
  • March 17 – Confined Space Training, St. Charles

Visit www.isawwa.org.

The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville is offering these following courses:

  • March 3-6 – Cross Connection Control, Moline
  • March 11-12 – Class 3 and 4 Water Operations, Champaign
  • March 30 – Class B Water Operations 1, Geneva
  • March 31 – Class B Water Operations 2, Geneva

Visit www.siue.edu.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • March 4 – Wastewater Certification Preparation, Phillipsburg
  • March 6 – Wastewater Collection Systems, Wichita
  • March 10 – Wastewater Stabilization Lagoons, Dodge City
  • March 11-12 – Wastewater Stabilization Ponds and Lagoons, Parsons
  • March 13 – Small Wastewater Systems, Syracuse
  • March 19-20 – Wastewater Certification Preparation, Garden City
  • March 25-26 – Utility Management Skills, Independence
  • March 30 – Asset Management, Topeka

Visit www.kwea.net.


The Michigan Section AWWA is offering a Short Course in Water Chemistry March 10-12 in East Lansing. Visit www.mi-water.org.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering these courses in New Brunswick:

  • March 10 – Effective Emergency Communications
  • March 11-13 – Operation and Maintenance of Pumps
  • March 25-26 – Management Skills for Supervisors

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.


The Ohio Water Environment Association is offering a Government Affairs Workshop March 5. Visit www.ohiowea.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is offering a D Water Operator course March 9-10 in El Reno. Visit www.rose.edu.

Accurate Environmental is offering the following courses:

  • March 3-5 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Stillwater
  • March 6 – Open Exam Session, Tulsa
  • March 11 – General Refresher for Water Operators, Tulsa
  • March 11-12 – C Water Operator, Tulsa
  • March 13 – Open Exam Session, Stillwater
  • March 16-19 – B Water Operator, Tulsa
  • March 23-26 – A/B Water Laboratory, Stillwater
  • March 24-26 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering the following courses:

  • March 1-4 – 97th Annual School, Corpus Christi
  • March 17-19 – Surface Water Production I, Longview
  • March 17-19 – Distribution, Victoria
  • March 31-April 2 – Surface Water Production II, Longview

Visit www.twua.org.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • March 10 – Surface Water Certification, Fond du Lac
  • March 18 – Disinfection: Introduction and Advanced, Chippewa Falls
  • March 23 – General Wastewater Treatment, Green Bay
  • March 31 – Trickling Filters and RBCs: Introduction and Advanced, Madison

Visit www.dnr.wi.gov.

The University of Wisconsin is offering a Wastewater Pumping Systems and Lift Stations seminar March 25-27 in Madison. Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Univeristy of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering these courses:

  • March 2-3 – Understanding Water Chemistry for Practical Application, Madison
  • March 11 – Citizen, Customer Service, Fond du Lac
  • March 23-27 – Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, Madison
  • March 27 – ASSE Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Exam, Madison
  • March 28 – Wisconsin Refresher Course: Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, Madison

Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering the following courses:

  • March 5 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, West Salem
  • March 5 – Cross-Connection Control Assembly Tester Refresher, Plover
  • March 9-13 – Cross-Connection Control Assembly Tester Certification, Plover
  • March 10-12 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, Sturtevant
  • March 11 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, Appleton
  • March 12 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, Spooner
  • March 17 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, Cottage Grove
  • March 19 – Small Water System Operator Certification Exam Review, Plover

Visit www.wrwa.org.  


March 2-3 - Michigan Water Environment Association Biosolids Conference, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing. Call 517/641-7377 or visit www.mi-wea.org.

March 2-6 - 2015 Membrane Technology Conference, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 8-19 - 2015 Water and Wastewater Leadership Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Call 202/833-1449 or visit www.wef.org. (Sponsored by the National Assoc. of Clean Water Agencies, the Assoc. of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the American Water Works Assoc., the Water Environment Federation, the National Assoc. of Water Companies and the American Public Works Assoc.)

March 10-12 - 2015 CGA Excavation Safety Conference and Expo, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla. Visit www.cgaconference.com.

March 11-13 - WEF/AWWA 2015 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas. Call 202/682-0110 or visit www.dbia.org.

March 15-17 - AWWA South Carolina Section 2015 Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Visit www.scwaters.org.

March 15-18 - AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference, Portland (Ore.) Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Visit www.awwa.org.

March 15-18 - Alabama Rural Water Association Annual Technical Training Conference, Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. Visit www.alruralwater.com.

March 17-20 - AWWA New Jersey Section 2015 Annual Conference, The Borgata, Atlantic City. Visit www.njawwa.org.

March 23-26 - AWWA Illinois Section WATERCON 2015, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield. Call 866/521-3595 or visit www.isawwa.org.

March 24-26 - Kansas Rural Water Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Century II Convention Center, Wichita. Visit www.krwa.net.

March 25-27 - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 78th Annual Wastewater Operations Conference, Brooklyn Park at Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park. Visit www.pca.state.mn.us.

March 28-April 1 - Missouri Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Osage Beach. Visit www.mwea.org.

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