Prompted by complaints from municipalities around the country — some of which have paid millions of dollars to unclog pipes and rebuild and replace machinery damaged by “flushable” wipes — the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry recently took some action.
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.
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.
Changes to the WWOA Articles of Incorporation regarding Life Members have been proposed. The proposed changes will be published in the June and September 2013 issues of The Clarifier and voted on during the WWOA Annual Business Meeting on October 24, 2013 in Stevens Point.
The print version of the WWOA membership directory has been sold out. You may obtain a digital version on USB for $10 from the Executive Secretary.
New WWOA Logo Shirts available. ANSI rated safety shirts with the WWOA logo are for sale. Please see the WWOA website under the Promotional tab for the WWOA gear available or contact Jim Bergles, Promotional Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
ARE YOU BEING NOTIFIED?
It's a good time to Log In and check your personal info. While there, take the opportunity to select the email notifications found on the bottom of the personal info page. WWOA will send you an email based on which notices you choose to receive. Employment & Used Equipment postings, Training Events, Homepage updates, just to name a few. If you have any questions or trouble logging in, please contact the webmaster.
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.
Please see the newsletter for important updates to the program. Learn about the future process for tracking continuing education credits electronically, read about how you can make a comment on the proposed NR114 code change for wastewater operators, and stay informed on upcoming training events.
"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).
Webinar Series Set on Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management By: Amanda Minks, DNR
Adaptive management and water quality trading are exciting approaches to help point sources comply with phosphorus requirements in the most economical, effective and efficient way possible. We're launching a webinar series in December 2013 to help answer any questions you might have about these approaches and if they will work for your facility or a facility you advise. The webinars complement the guidance documents we released earlier this year for adaptive management and water quality trading. We hope you'll join us for the live webcasts or view them later at your convenience.
Webinar 1- Introduction to Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management Date: 12/17/2013 Time: 9-10:30 am
Webinar 2- Finding and Quantifying Offsets for Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management Date: 1/22/2014 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Webinar 3- Developing a Successful Trading or Adaptive Management Plan Date: 3/19/2014 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Webinar 4- Implementing and Verifying Offsets for Trading and Adaptive Management Date: 4/9/2014 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
We're excited to work with you and your partners to explore potential adaptive management and water quality trading opportunities. We want to ensure the best outcomes for all. If you're interested in participating in the webinar series, or are interested in downloading available guidance, visit dnr.wi.gov, keywords "adaptive management" or "water quality trading". Adaptive management or water quality trading questions may also be submitted in advance of the webinars to Amanda.Minks@Wisconsin.gov, 608-264-9223
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
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.
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...