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Upcoming Webinar - Water and Emergency Management Agency Coordination


Please join the WaterISAC and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time for a webcast to learn how a water utility can connect and coordinate with its local emergency management agency (EMA).

The webcast will highlight how water utilities and EMAs can work together, outline why this coordination is mutually beneficial, and provide examples of successful collaboration in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

U.S. EPA's John Whitler will describe a new publication on utility and EMA coordination and provide background information on the utility and EMA relationship. Next, Sandy Smith, from Gwinnet County EMA, will describe how Gwinnet County Department of Water Resources and the Georgia Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network took steps to integrate their response operations with local and state emergency response agencies. Then, John Matz, from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, will describe the importance of water-emergency management connection, what his county is doing to promote this relationship, and the lessons they have learned from their experience.

Remember, better preparedness and coordination between a utility and its emergency management agency leads to a better response.

Attendance is free and open to anyone in the water sector and emergency response communities. Register today - go to www.WaterISAC.org/signup

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: November 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

DEQ, Permit Reporting Workshops Fall 2011


The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Operator Training Program will be conducting "Water Permit Reporting Workshops" this Fall as follows:

November 15, 2011: Tidewater Regional Office (VA Beach)

November 30, 2011: Northern Virginia Regional Office (Woodbridge)

December 8, 2011: Valley Regional Office (Harrisonburg)

The program includes the following two workshops:

VPDES Permit Reporting
Nutrient General Permit Reporting

Program Costs: $25 each workshop(payable by check or money order)

Both workshops have been approved by the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals for the following training credits (TC) and can be used for experience substituiton as permitted by the Board.

VPDES Permit: 0.35 TC
Nutrient General Permit: 0.30 TC

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Contact Hours will also be given for completion of the workshop(s)as follows:

VPDES Permit: 3.5 CPE's
Nutrient General Permit: 3.0 CPE's

For additional information and to register download and complete the registration form at www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp

For additional information, please contact:

Jason Spicer phone:804-698-4143
email: jason.spicer@deq.virginia.gov, or

Wayne Staples phone:804-698-4106
email: wayne.staples@deq.virginia.gov

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: November 01, 2011 at 4:43 pm

DEQ, Permit Reporting Workshop, Piedmont Regional Office Nov. 2, 2011


The DEQ, Operator Training Program will be conducting a "Permit Reporting Workshop" at the Piedmont Regional Office (Glen Allen) on Wednesday November 2, 2011.

The program includes the following two workshops:

VPDES Permit: (8:30AM – 12:00PM)

This program is designed to review recordkeeping and reporting requirements associated with the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit. The program will include discussions of recordkeeping requirements and the various reporting requirements established in the VPDES permit.

The program will also include hands on exercises in performing required calculations and completing the VPDES monthly discharge monitoring report (DMR).

Nutrient General Permit: (1:00PM – 4:30PM)

This program is designed to identify reporting requirements associated with the General Permit for Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus Discharges in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The program will review what reports must be submitted to comply with permit requirements and will focus on the methods and procedures required for completion of the Nutrient General Permit monthly discharge monitoring report (DMR) and Annual Report Form.

The program will also include hands on exercises in performing required calculations and completing the DMR and Annual Report Form.

Please Note: The Nutrient General Permit workshop will include some updated changes to reporting procedures for the 2012-2017 reporting period.

Both workshops have been approved by the Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals for the following training credits (TC) and can be used for experience substituiton as permitted by the Board.

VPDES Permit: 0.35 TC
Nutrient General Permit: 0.30 TC

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Contact Hours will also be given for completion of the workshop(s):

VPDES Permit: 3.5 CPE's
Nutrient General Permit: 3.0 CPE's

To register, download and complete the registration form at www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp

For additional information, contact:

Jason Spicer phone:804-698-4143
email: jason.spicer@deq.virginia.gov, or

Wayne Staples phone:804-698-4106
email: wayne.staples@deq.virginia.gov

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: October 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

(Web Link Correction) DEQ Operator Training Math Workshop Mechanicsvlle, VA 8/23-8/24/11


The DEQ operator training program will be presenting the "Wastwater Math for Operators" workshop at the Totopotomoy WWTP in Mechanicsville, VA on August 23 - 24, 2011 from 8am - 5pm.

The workshop provides hands on instruction in performing wastewater treatment related calculations. The program will review basic math concepts including area and volume, decimals and percents, calculating averages and completing necessary conversions. The program will also cover more complex calculations used for process control such as, but not limited to, velocity and flow, process loading and performance, sludge pumping and chemical addition. The course includes “real world” examples to assist the participant in understanding the formulas necessary to perform the calculations. If you are experiencing difficulty in performing many of the wastewater calculations required or would like a review, this program will be extremely beneficial.

2.0 training credits for substitution of operator experience, where applicable, will be awarded for sucessful completion.

16.0 contact hours for continuing professional education (CPE) requirements will be awarded for attendence.

The cost of registration is $100 payable by check or money order.

CORRECTION: A program announcement and registration form can be found on the DEQ Operator Training website http://www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp/homepage.html
For additional information contact:

Jason Spicer(804-698-4143)
jason.spicer@deq.virginia.gov

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: July 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

DEQ Operator Training Math Workshop Mechanicsvlle, VA 8/23-8/24/11


The DEQ operator training program will be presenting the "Wastwater Math for Operators" workshop at the Totopotomoy WWTP in Mechanicsville, VA on August 23 - 24, 2011 from 8am - 5pm.

The workshop provides hands on instruction in performing wastewater treatment related calculations. The program will review basic math concepts including area and volume, decimals and percents, calculating averages and completing necessary conversions. The program will also cover more complex calculations used for process control such as, but not limited to, velocity and flow, process loading and performance, sludge pumping and chemical addition. The course includes “real world” examples to assist the participant in understanding the formulas necessary to perform the calculations. If you are experiencing difficulty in performing many of the wastewater calculations required or would like a review, this program will be extremely beneficial.

2.0 training credits for substitution of operator experience, where applicable, will be awarded for sucessful completion.

16.0 contact hours for continuing professional education (CPE) requirements will be awarded for attendence.

The cost of registration is $100 payable by check or money order.

A program announcement and registration form can be found on the DEQ Operator Training website www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp/homepage

For additional information contact:

Jason Spicer(804-698-4143)
jason.spicer@deq.virginia.gov

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: July 28, 2011 at 9:13 am