WWOA Office will be closed from Noon, Thursday, March 26 through Monday, March 30, 2015.
March 26, 2015
WEF Members Tune Up for Jammin’4Water 2015
March 05, 2015
The Third Annual Jammin'4Water 2015 will be held in Chicago on Saturday, September 26 at 6:00 pm at Redmoon Events Veune. 2120 Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60616 (www.redmoon.org). More than 70 artists have expressed an interest in performing. What started out with a few people Jammin' one weekend has turned into something special. Look for Jammin' 4 Water to continue on a high note.
If you would like to participate as a musician, sponsor, or attend; please find details at:
We are pleased to announce that the exhibitor registration is now open for the 49th Annual WWOA Conference. Because WWOA is in the process of redesigning the website, all exhibitor registrations must be MAILED in this year.
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.
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.
There are some significant changes that were proposed by the EAP a couple of weeks ago that facilities, especially those doing lab testing beyond BOD and TSS, should be aware of. While this appears to be an intimidating rule package, much of the length of it is devoted to allowing new methods for wastewater analysis. This is generally a good thing.
It is the last two pages of the 121 page document that facilities doing lab testing should focus on. The section begins with "9. Revise Appendix B to part 136 to read as follows:"
After over 40 years, the EPA is proposing to make significant changes to the procedure for determining detection limits (MDL/LOD). This new procedure will require a lot more effort for labs with (in my personal opinion) little value to the end result. In fact, for total phosphorus, it could really hinder labs' ability to achieve an LOD required under the Phosphorus rules.
The LabCert Program plans to submit an extensive set of comments on the proposed rule. If the rule becomes final, we of course will have to adopt it into the Lab Certification administrative code (NR149).
A link to the proposed rule and fact sheets is provided below:
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.
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.
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).
Clean Water Works of the Future Program – The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) is working on a program to deliver employment and training programs in the wastewater industry to high school students. This program is designed to help rebrand wastewater operators as “clean water plant operators” to appeal to eco-friendly youth. Students participating in the program will receive training in the field of wastewater with the goal of passing the General Wastewater Exam. This certification will give students a hiring advantage by demonstrating the youth’s aptitude, interest, and motivation in the field. If you would like to learn more, contact Julie Cayo at email@example.com or call her at 414-270-1734.
WWOA believes the General Wastewater Certificate is important to the wastewater industry and youth obtaining the certification would be considered favorably by wastewater employers due to their interest and aptitude. There will be a high employment demand in this industry due to an aging workforce and numerous retirements expected in the next decade.
We appreciate MAWIB's efforts to build a wastewater operator training pipeline and look forward to the Clean Water Workers of the Future program.
New Webinar Series Set on Water Quality Trading and Adaptive Management
By: Amanda Minks, DNR
DNR in collaboration with UW-Extension and other partners are launching a new webinar series starting January 2015 to help answer stakeholder questions from point source discharges, LWCD staff, and other entities regarding these phosphorus compliance options. Questions that will be addressed during this webinar series include:
- When might water quality trading or adaptive management be right for me?
- What are some examples of water quality trading and adaptive management success?
- What is the EVAAL tool and how can it help develop a trading or adaptive management plan?
- How do I use the P Trade report in SNAP+?
This new webinar series complements the previous webinars and guidance already available. To review these existing materials, and to register for the new webinar series, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/, keywords "adaptive management" or "water quality trading". We hope you'll join us for the live webcasts or view them later at your convenience.
Webinar 1- Great phosphorus compliance adventure
Webinar 2- Case studies: Opportunities for AM/WQT to be successful
Webinar 3- EVAAL model overview
Webinar 4- Using the P Trade report in SNAP+
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 (6 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.
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.
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...