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.
Cumberland WWTP Operators in TPO (March 2014 Issue)
Congratulations to the Cumberland Wastewater Treatment Facility and WWOA members Katie Goin, Plant Manager and Barry Bassett, Lab Technician. They are featured in the March issue of TPO* Breaking Trail. You can read about their commitment to protecting water quality and public health at http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/03/breaking_trail.
*Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) is a national publication dedicated to Municipal Wastewater Professionals
Nominations for the Annual WCMA / WAMCAM Awards Program:
This awards program serves to recognize the achievements of outstanding Wisconsin City/County Management Association (WCMA) and Wisconsin Association of Municipal and County Assistant Managers (WAMCAM) members. Nominations are open for three award categories: 1) Meritorious Service Award, 2) Futures Award, and 3) Outstanding Program Award.
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.
In 2014 all new life members would continue to pay dues until that time they choose not to be an active member of the association. All life members as of October 24, 2013 are exempt from paying dues.
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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The DNR Operator Certification Program is happy to implement the new electronic credit tracking process. Beginning January 1st, 2014, you will no longer be issued paper credit slips as proof of attendance for trainings. Instead, training providers will submit a list of attendees directly to the DNR on your behalf. This is being done as an effort to streamline the certification renewal process and to provide better customer service to you, our customers. Here is how it will work: When you attend training, you must provide your operator certification number to the training provider. The training provider will verify your attendance and the number of hours you attend. Now, instead of picking up paper credit slips, you will check-out of the training class. Checking out ensures you receive the appropriate amount of credits. Following the training, the training provider will submit the attendance roster to the DNR. DNR will complete several quality assurance checks and credit the training to your individual operator certification record. To view your training history, you can search by your name or certification number on the Operator Certification Lookup Website and click on the Training History link. Operator Certification Lookup Website: <http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/> You still need to maintain the paper credit slips for any training you attended prior to January 1st, 2014. Training prior to January 1st, 2014 will not show up on the electronic Training History Report. Courtesy renewal reminder letters will continue to be sent in the mail approximately 6 weeks before your certification expires. Your next renewal submittal may contain a combination of paper credit slips from courses prior to January 1st, 2014 and trainings recorded electronically after January 1st, 2014. In summary, this is what you need to know: 1. Always have your certification number handy when registering and attending training events. As an added convenience, you may print your certification card from the Operator Certification Lookup Webpage (link above). 2. Instead of picking up a credit slip at the end of training events, you will be asked to check-in and check -out at training events. 3. Training providers will record your attendance and provide the attendance lists to the DNR for tracking purposes. 4. You may view your training history by visiting the Operator Certification Lookup Webpage. 5. Keep any paper credit slips that you have earned since your last renewal period and mail them in with your next renewal. You may also view our FAQ document at: <http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/opcert/documents/FAQforOperators.pdf>
On January 24, 2014 Senators Cowles and Farrow along with Representative Loudenbeck introduced the Clean Waters Healthy Economy Act. This bill will provide a cost effective compliance option for many municipalities struggling to meet the current Phosphorus reduction regulations.
To read more on this proposed bill please check out the following links:
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).
32nd Annual Spring Biosolids Symposium Sponsored by WWOA & CSWEA
Symposium Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 For more information contact: Rich Boden at 715-345-5259 Pre-registration deadline - March 7, 2014
Enrollment is limited to300! On-site registration may be limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Pre-registration fee covers program materials, breaks, and lunch. Lodging is not included. Cancellations/Refunds: Contact CALS Conference Services at 608-263-1672. No refunds will be given after March 10, 2014. Location:
Holiday Inn Hotel, Convention Center & Water Park 1001 Amber Avenue Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-344-0200
Why Should You Attend? The Symposium provides information on current issues related to biosolids and septage management, enabling municipal officials, plant operators, contractors, and consultants to respond proactively to new challenges. The Symposium has a tradition of providing a forum for discussion and information exchange by assembling speakers who are recognized experts in their respective fields.
Please join the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, or Sweet Water, as we host a course at the UWM School of Continuing Education on Thursday, March 6.
Phosphorus Compliance Innovations to Improve Water Quality will bring together a number of experts and practitioners to discuss issues directly related to implementing Wisconsin's alternative options for phosphorus compliance, the Adaptive Management Option and water quality trading.
Our keynote speaker is Mark Kieser, of Kieser & Associates, LLC, who is a national leader in water quality trading programs. He and his colleague, Jim Klang, will talk about our nation's experiences with nutrient trading. Representatives from two different cities here in Wisconsin will present what they have learned in examining the state's Adaptive Management Option as a means to achieving compliance. Joseph Britt from the Sand County Foundation will cover the lessons learned by those who have managed agricultural watershed projects with intentions to improve water quality. Paul Kent, of Stafford Rosenbaum, will provide an overview of a proposed phosphorus bill that has recently been introduced in the Wisconsin legislature. And there's more.
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.
Developing a Successful Trading or Adaptive Management Plan Date: 3/19/2014 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Implementing and Verifying Offsets for Trading and Adaptive Management Date: 4/9/2014 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
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 and 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...