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IMPORTANT Continuing Education Credit Information - 2014 WWOA Conference

June 19, 2014

To receive CEC's for attending the Conference, those with a BARCODE on their badge must be sure to have it scanned at the WWOA Conference Registration Office. You will need to be scanned when you arrive and when you leave each day. Scanners will be located at the Registration office.

For complete conference CEC information and Registration office hours, click here.

 

2014 OPERATOR CHALLENGE

June 13, 2014

If you are interested, don't hesitate to call a couple of buddies and enter the event.  Contact Jeff Bratz, Competition Coordinator at, 262-206-1323 or email me at wrcsd@tds.net and I will get your team in, but don't wait too long, preparation for the competition is already under way.  Come and join the fun!

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2014 WWOA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Members, Non-Members and Exhibitors use the button below to register online with your credit card or PayPal.

EXHIBITOR PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 16, 2014
AFTER AUGUST 16, 2014 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION COSTS $580.00

ONLINE ATTENDEE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
AFTER SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 REGISTRATION WILL BE ON-SITE ONLY

The 2014 Conference Information Booklet has the full conference schedule, information on the Guest Program, Golf Outing, Sporting Clays, and housing form and is available for download.

The old Clarion Hotel (next to the KI Center) is NO LONGER OPEN. Please check the housing list for WWOA Housing Information. 2014 Housing information can be downloaded HERE.

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The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association is comprised of over 2,000 wastewater treatment plant professionals serving municipalities and industries throughout the State. The organization members pride themselves on the efficient, non-polluting operation of the Wisconsin wastewater treatment facilities.

Since 1967, the WWOA has helped educate the state's treatment plant operators, preparing them to make decisions which will insure harm does not come to the quality of the state's water resources.

 

Wonder what a Wastewater Operator does? Check out this link.

 

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IMPORTANT Continuing Education Credit Information - 2014 WWOA Conference

To receive CEC's for attending the Conference, those with a BARCODE on their badge must be sure to have it scanned at the WWOA Conference Registration Office. You will need to be scanned when you arrive and when you leave each day. Scanners will be located at the Registration office.

For complete conference CEC information and Registration office hours, click here.

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2014 OPERATOR CHALLENGE

Wednesday, October 8, 12:30PM to 4:30PM
Hyatt on Main/KI Center - Green Bay, WI

It is time once again to start rallying the troops and get those Operators Competition teams together and get registered.  We have verbal commitments from two teams and are looking for more.  It sounds like there will be two student teams this year.  Remember last year the team from UW Stevens Point took the first place trophy. Talk to your Region President about putting a team together and join the fun.  I have been there, it is a blast.

We will be offering four events to the competitors this year.  We are hosting the same events that we had last year. The lab event, maintenance event, process control event, and we will again bring the most popular WEFTEC event to our competition.  The collection system repair event; each team is to cut and replace a broken section of PVC pipe.  By the way, you will also have to add a lateral connection to the repaired pipe.  Everyone that has done this event in the National Competition will tell you how much fun it is.  Check it out on WEFTEC.ORG.

I would like to have all entries for the event in by our WWOA Board of Directors meeting on August 13, 2014.  Entries are available on our WWOA Website.  If you are interested, don't hesitate to call a couple of buddies and enter the event.  Contact Jeff Bratz, Competition Coordinator at, 262-206-1323 or email me at wrcsd@tds.net and I will get your team in, but don't wait too long, preparation for the competition is already under way.  Come and join the fun!

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

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WWOA Bicycle Ride

Join us on a new activity for the 2014 WWOA Annual Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin - a leisurely bicycle ride on the Fox River Trail. We will do a "there and back again" ride Tuesday, October 7, 2014 starting at Adams and Porlier Streets with the turnaround point about 15 miles away to make a total mileage ride of 30 miles. Snacks and drinks will be provided along the trail and a late lunch is planned at the Fox River Pub after the ride where we can discuss future WWOA Annual Conference bicycle rides. The exhilaration continues as you decorate your bicycle with a wastewater vehicle theme and have it displayed at the conference. A prize will be awarded to the top vote getter. Secure bicycle storage will be available for all bicycles in the KI Convention Center. If you have any questions contact Tom Crouse (Donohue & Associates) or Karen Harter (WWOA Executive Secretary) at:

 

Tom Crouse (Donohue & Associates)

 

Karen Harter (WWOA Executive Secretary)

 

  • (920) 803-7360

 

  • 608-355-3081

 

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WWOA BY-LAWS and ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

The WWOA Board of Directors has modernized and updated grammatical text to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.

The changes to the Articles of Incorporation can be viewed HERE.

The changes to the By-Laws can be viewed HERE

Changes that need to be voted on by the membership will be addressed at the annual business meeting on Thursday, October 9th at the 2014 WWOA Conference.

Proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation, Article 8:C can be viewed HERE

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WWOA APPAREL

The WWOA Has many new items for 2014.

Download The 2014 Apparel Catalog and Order Form HERE.

SALE! Closeout on 2013 Apparel - Limited Sizes and Styles - Low Low Prices: Apparel Inventory Closeout Flyer.

For questions please contact WWOA Director Jeff Smudde, jsmudde@newwater.us

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RECENT WEB UPDATES:

  • Kevin Freber's June message has been posted to the PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE PAGE
  • Downloadable presentations from the 2013 Annual Conference have been added to the Published Papers Page
  • The February 2014 issue of "The Clarifier" is now available on our Clarifier Archive Page. Follow the link or find it from the Clarifier page located under the Communicate tab.
  • Photos from past annual conferences have been uploaded to the Awards Page as well as the Photo Gallery on flickr.com.
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    TUITION REIMBURSEMENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

    New Scholarship Announcement:

    North Central Laboratories has generously offered a two year scholarship to a student enrolled in a wastewater related field in the amount of  $ 5,000.00.  The student will receive $ 2,500.00 for their Junior and Senior year for a total award of $ 5,000.00.  Students interested in applying for this scholarship should apply through the Scholarship Page. The WWOA scholarship committee will review the submitted applications and make the decision on the award recipient.   A big thanks to Mike Raynovic and NCL for their generous support of the WWOA and the wastewater field.

    ALSO - The scholarship criteria have been revised and WWOA scholarships are now open to full time students beyond WWOA member’s children and grandchildren. Please visit the Scholarship Page for complete criteria and application forms.

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    WWOA PHOTO GALLERY

    The WWOA Photo Gallery has moved to flickr.com It can still be seen by clicking on "Photo Gallery" located under the "Our Organization" tab. If you have photos you'd like to submit, please contact the webmaster.

    BROWSE PAST CLARIFIER ISSUES

    Take a trip down memory lane or see what happened last summer. "The Clarifier" has been digitized and electronified for your iPad reading pleasure. Download past issues HERE.

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    DNR UPDATES

    IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING CEU's:

    The DNR recently implemented electronic credit tracking and eliminated the paper credit slips. Instead of collecting paper credit slips at the end of the day, you will now check-out to claim your credits.

    If you do not check out at the end of the day, then it is assumed you did not stay for the entire training. Therefore, operators who fail to check out at the end of the day will only be granted half of the maximum number of credits.
    If you need to leave early, you must also check-out so you are granted the appropriate credit amount.

    For more information and to locate your online certification record, you may visit the Operator certification program Page or contact your local DNR Operator Certification representative.

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    NR 114 Relating to Certification Wastewater Requirements

    NR114 is currently being revised to reflect advancements in treatment technologies along with changes in educational training methods. Please refer to the NR114 Code Revisions Fact Sheet for more information on the proposed changes.

    Information regarding the progress can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/NR114.html

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    "The Certified Operator" Goes Digital

    The August 2014 edition of The Certified Operator is now available online at:

    <http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/documents/CertOp2014.pdf>

    This newsletter covers important updates to the program. See how wastewater operators will be grandfathered into the new NR114 Administrative Rule, meet new Operator Certification Program staff, read about exiting new online features, and learn about training opportunities.

    "The Certified Operator" is the annual newsletter of the Operator Certification Program distributed in August to all certified Wastewater and Municipal Waterworks operators. The newsletter highlights program information and updates. DNR has recently begun emailing the newsletter to all operators who have an email address on file. If you are currently receiving the newsletter via regular mail and would like to receive future copies via email, please email your request to DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov (please include your name and certification number in the email).

    If you still prefer to reveive a hard copy of the newsletter sent to you via US Mail please contact your regional coordinator, or visit the DNR website for more information.
    http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/wastewater.html

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    TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

    Wisconsin's Water Library is a great resource for the educational needs of current and potential wastewater operators around the state.

    Anyone in Wisconsin is welcome and able to borrow the manuals from the library. There is a brief discussion here:

    http://www.aqua.wisc.edu/Waterlibrary/Default.aspx?tabid=229

    Just has to fill out a book request form: http://www.aqua.wisc.edu/Waterlibrary/Default.aspx?tabid=65 and you will receive the manuals via your local public library using a library delivery network (free of charge). The manuals can be returned in the same manner.

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    WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

    Great news for the future wastewater operators of Wisconsin: A Wisconsin Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship Program was implemented in the fall of 2011. The program was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (DWD-BAS) in partnership with the DNR. The two agencies worked closely with representatives from multiple municipalities, WWOA, and trainers in developing the program. The apprenticeship is a 3 year program that comprises approximately 5,568 hours of on-the-job learning and 432 hours of related instruction (offered online through Moraine Park Technical College). Both the trainee and employer benefit from participation in the apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience and attend wastewater classes while still earning an income. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices gain national recognition as a journey-level (highly-skilled) worker. In addition, pending approval of the proposed NR114 revisions, they will earn significant points towards advanced certification (9 of 10 required points). In turn, employers gain an educated and knowledgeable employee with on-the-job experience. For more detailed information on the apprenticeship program, download the following information packet: http://sage.wi.gov/pdf/wwtpo/wwwtpo_apprenticeship_info_packet.pdf For questions or to get started with the program, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at 608-266-3332 or www.wisconsinapprenticeship.org

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    The Water Environment Federation offers FREE webcasts related to the fundamentals of wastewater operations.
    For more information or to register follow this link to the WEF Webcast page
    Many webcasts have been pre-recorded and can be scheduled at your convenience. They include: Wastewater Treatment, Biosolids, Collection Systems and Energy just to name a few.

    Continuing Education

    Participants may earn up to 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participation in each webcast. Please note: Webcast participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit. See the individual webcast page for additional information.

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    Moraine Park offers a two year Water Quality Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program.

    This is an online program, so you can complete it in the comfort of your home, or where your computer takes you. This is a great program for those wishing to enter the profession as well as those in the profession that hope to advance their standing within an organization or to increase their potential for desired career placement. Advanced standing is available to those already working in the career field. Our accredited program is also transferable to a number of four year colleges, if you have interest in furthering your education. Water Quality Technology program link: http://www.morainepark.edu/programs-and-courses/programs-of-study/Water+Quality+Technology/

    Moraine Park also offers water certification preparatory courses...

    Click this link for the schedule and info, http://libs.morainepark.edu/docs/academic-affairs/ww-operator-schedule-fall.pdf . Not only will they prepare you for the exam with specific exam related information, the courses can also be used for continuing education.

    If you have problems accessing the links, try the MPTC website at: www.morainepark.edu

    To register for a course call 1-800-472-4554 or 920-924-3207.

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    CONTACT WWOA:

    Karen Harter, WWOA Executive Secretary
    PO Box 451
    Baraboo, WI 53913-0451
    Work 608-355-3081
    Fax 608-355-3082
    secretary@wwoa.org

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