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Wastewater License Review Classes Fall 2007


The Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Operator Training in cooperation with educational institutions presents workshops to assist wastewater treatment plant operators and trainees to prepare for the state wastewater licensure examinations.

Course dates, locations, registration requirements, fees, contacts and other pertinent information can be viewed by downloading the current training schedule @ www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp/optraining.html

For information regarding a specific program, call the contact person listed in the schedule for that location.

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: October 15, 2007 at 10:51 am

2nd Training Session for "Changes to 40 CFR Part 136"


There will be another training session for “Changes to 40 CFR Part 136” that will take place on November 1, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 or 12:30 p.m. at the DEQ/West Central Regional Office in Roanoke, VA. Please feel free to register as many of your staff as necessary for this training or forward this message to colleagues who may need this training/review. This is the only scheduled session for the western part of Virginia.

The training will be conducted by Betsy Ziomek and will cover most of the same information given during our last class from June 2007. A few new clarifications may be provided as additional information and questions are brought to the attention of the DEQ staff.

To register, please contact Gerald Duff by e-mail @ gaduff@deq.virginia.gov or by phone at 540-562-6829. He will need the name, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each attendee to compile a list for the Agency and the instructor. Seating is limited to approximately 60 people so register quickly.

The DEQ West Central Regional Office is located at 3019 Peters Creek Road in the Brammer Village complex.

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: October 15, 2007 at 8:32 am

Sustainable Infrastructure Class Announcement Correction

There is a correction to the original Sustainable Infrastructure Training announcement that was recently sent to you.

In the body of the announcement the date for the Rate Setting and Cost Recovery class is listed as October 24, 2007 at the Greenfield Center of the Virginia Western Community College, while in the section titled Directions, the date is listed as September 24, 2007. The October 24, 2007 date is correct. The original September date was canceled because of a lack of registrants. The revised announcement can be viewed below.

Please note the Saturday, October 6, 2007 date is also in jeopardy because of too few registrants. If you are interested in attending the class at Thomas Nelson Community College, please register with the instructor as soon as possible.

Sustainable Infrastructure Training
Join us for free training offered by the Sustainable Infrastructure Academy

Don't pass up this opportunity to help your community utility become more financially healthy and sustainable. Your input could also help to shape the program for future participants. If you don't work for a utility system, please pass this on to any other community you think would benefit.

Sat., Oct.6, 2007 - 8:30 am -12:30 pm:
"Capital Improvement Planning"
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA

Wed., Oct. 24, 2007 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm:
"Rate Setting & Cost Recovery"
Greenfield Center of Western Virginia Community College, Daleville, VA

Fri., Nov. 3, 2007 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm:
"Utility Budgeting"
Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA

See directions below.

Instructor: Jean Holloway, Training Manager, Region 3 Environmental Finance Center

Target audience: Small drinking water, storm water, and wastewater decision makers, officials and system managers

To register contact Jean Holloway at 410-632-1853 or jhollowa@umd.edu. Advance registration is required.


What is the Sustainable Infrastructure Academy? A Certificate Program for Utility Decision Makers
The Environmental Finance Center for Region 3, in cooperation with the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) is sponsoring a pilot program for training small utility decision makers, officials and managers. The goal of the pilot program is to gauge the interest in a continuing program of financial management training for non-technical officials engaged in the operation of a community water, sewer or stormwater utility. It is hoped that this pilot program will eventually become a permanent program to train these system personnel in management topics related to long-term sustainability of small utilities, one that will offer some form of academic credit at the completion of all program requirements.

This pilot program consist of courses on utility finance and management (three in Maryland and three in Virginia). Registration is limited to 30 per session. There is NO charge for these training sessions.

At the end of each session, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding their preferences for future training. At the completion of the pilot program, all course offerings and future topics will be assessed with an eye toward designing and establishing a permanent program that will also be offered in other states. This is the chance for every system's officials to outline their training needs and to drive the form and format of future training sessions from the EFC. Without the participation of local officials, the program will end with the pilot program. YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOT ONLY REQUESTED, IT'S NECESSARY, both for your system's sustainability and for the continued provision of such training.

Directions:

"Rate Setting and Cost Recovery"
Monday, Oct. 24, 2007 - 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Greenfield Education and Training Center
Virginia Western Community College,
57 South Center Drive
Daleville, VA

Directions to the Greenfield Center:

From the north via I-81, Exit 150 B (the first exit, which is a right turn only). At end of ramp, turn right onto US 220 North. Travel 3.5 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left on to South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

From the south via I-81, Exit 150 B (the second exit); take right turn at end of ramp. This puts you onto US 11 South. Stay in RIGHT lane of US 11 for 0.2 mile. Find your way through the maze of trucks onto US 220 North toward Fincastle. From the intersection of US 11 & US 220, travel north on US 220 for 3.8 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left on to South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

From the east via US 460, Turn right on to Alternate US 220 (Cloverdale Road). Travel west approximately 5 miles to the intersection of US 220 and US 11 and I-81. From intersection, travel north on US 220 for 3.8 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left onto South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

"Capital Improvement Planning"
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thomas Nelson Community College
Room 710 - Hampton 3 Bldg.
525 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666

Directions to Thomas Nelson Community College:

Coming from Portsmouth, Chesapeake Suffolk, Take I-664 North towards Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel / Newport News / Hampton.
Merge onto I-64 W via EXIT 1A. Stay LEFT toward WILLIAMSBURG / RICHMOND. (Stay to the left fork at the 64/664 split) Merge onto VA-134 N / MAGRUDER BLVD via EXIT 262B toward NASA / POQUOSON. (This is the
second exit after the Hampton Coliseum) Turn LEFT onto BUTLER FARM RD. (This is the 3rd traffic light on Magruder, Tysinger Mercedes Dodge will be on your right) Go 0.8 mile. 525 Butler Farm Road will be the last building on the left before you get to the main parking lot at campus. There is a sign in front of the building.

Coming from Norfolk & Virginia Beach, Merge onto I-64 W toward RICHMOND. Merge onto I-64 W via EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward WILLIAMSBURG / RICHMOND. (Stay to the left fork at the 64/664 split) Merge onto VA-134 N / MAGRUDER BLVD via EXIT 262B toward NASA / POQUOSON. (This is the second exit after the Hampton Coliseum) Turn LEFT onto BUTLER FARM RD. (This is the 3rd traffic light on Magruder, Tysinger Mercedes Dodge will be on your right) Go 0.8 mile. 525 Butler Farm Road will be the last building on the left before you get to the main parking lot at campus. There is a sign in front of the building.

Coming from Newport News, Williamsburg & Yorktown, Merge onto I-64 E. Take the HAMPTON RDS CENTER PKWY WEST exit- EXIT 261A. Merge onto HAMPTON ROADS CENTER PKWY. (Stay to the Right) Turn RIGHT onto BIG BETHEL RD / VA-600 N. Turn RIGHT onto THOMAS NELSON DR. (Follow road across the perimeter of the main parking lot at Campus) THOMAS NELSON DR becomes BUTLER FARM RD on the other side of the parking lot. (525 is the first building on the right after crossing the parking lot)

"Utility Budgeting"
Friday, November 2, 2007 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Eastern Shore Community College - Lecture Hall
29300 Lankford Highway
Melfa, VA

Directions to Eastern Shore Community College, From Virginia Beach,/Bay Bridge Tunnel/South
Take US Route 13 North to Melfa, VA and turn left into the ESCC campus. The building is on the right, past the new construction site.

From Pocomoke City, MD/Temperanceville, VA/North, Take US Route 13 South to Melfa, VA and turn right into the ESCC campus. The building is on the right, past the new construction site.

From: Wayne Staples

Sent: October 04, 2007 at 11:41 am

Sustainable Infrastructure Training

Join us for free training offered by the Sustainable Infrastructure Academy

Don't pass up this opportunity to help your community utility become more financially healthy and sustainable. Your input could also help to shape the program for future participants. If you don't work for a utility system, please pass this on to any other community you think would benefit.

Sat., Oct.6, 2007 - 8:30 am -12:30 pm:
"Capital Improvement Planning"
Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA

Wed., Oct. 24, 2007 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm:
"Rate Setting & Cost Recovery"
Greenfield Center of Western Virginia Community College, Daleville, VA

Fri., Nov. 3, 2007 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm:
"Utility Budgeting"
Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA

See directions below.

Instructor: Jean Holloway, Training Manager, Region 3 Environmental Finance Center

Target audience: Small drinking water, storm water, and wastewater decision makers, officials and system managers

To register contact Jean Holloway at 410-632-1853 or jhollowa@umd.edu. Advance registration is required.


What is the Sustainable Infrastructure Academy? A Certificate Program for Utility Decision Makers
The Environmental Finance Center for Region 3, in cooperation with the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) is sponsoring a pilot program for training small utility decision makers, officials and managers. The goal of the pilot program is to gauge the interest in a continuing program of financial management training for non-technical officials engaged in the operation of a community water, sewer or stormwater utility. It is hoped that this pilot program will eventually become a permanent program to train these system personnel in management topics related to long-term sustainability of small utilities, one that will offer some form of academic credit at the completion of all program requirements.

This pilot program consist of courses on utility finance and management (three in Maryland and three in Virginia). Registration is limited to 30 per session. There is NO charge for these training sessions.

At the end of each session, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding their preferences for future training. At the completion of the pilot program, all course offerings and future topics will be assessed with an eye toward designing and establishing a permanent program that will also be offered in other states. This is the chance for every system's officials to outline their training needs and to drive the form and format of future training sessions from the EFC. Without the participation of local officials, the program will end with the pilot program. YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOT ONLY REQUESTED, IT'S NECESSARY, both for your system's sustainability and for the continued provision of such training.

Directions:

"Rate Setting and Cost Recovery"
Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 - 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Greenfield Education and Training Center
Virginia Western Community College,
57 South Center Drive
Daleville, VA

Directions to the Greenfield Center:

From the north via I-81, Exit 150 B (the first exit, which is a right turn only). At end of ramp, turn right onto US 220 North. Travel 3.5 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left on to South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

From the south via I-81, Exit 150 B (the second exit); take right turn at end of ramp. This puts you onto US 11 South. Stay in RIGHT lane of US 11 for 0.2 mile. Find your way through the maze of trucks onto US 220 North toward Fincastle. From the intersection of US 11 & US 220, travel north on US 220 for 3.8 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left on to South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

From the east via US 460, Turn right on to Alternate US 220 (Cloverdale Road). Travel west approximately 5 miles to the intersection of US 220 and US 11 and I-81. From intersection, travel north on US 220 for 3.8 miles to the crossover at Rt. 839 (International Parkway). Turn left on to International Parkway for 0.1 mile, then left onto South Center Drive. Follow South Center Drive to parking lot at top of hill.

"Capital Improvement Planning"
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thomas Nelson Community College
Room 710 - Hampton 3 Bldg.
525 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666

Directions to Thomas Nelson Community College:

Coming from Portsmouth, Chesapeake Suffolk, Take I-664 North towards Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel / Newport News / Hampton.
Merge onto I-64 W via EXIT 1A. Stay LEFT toward WILLIAMSBURG / RICHMOND. (Stay to the left fork at the 64/664 split) Merge onto VA-134 N / MAGRUDER BLVD via EXIT 262B toward NASA / POQUOSON. (This is the
second exit after the Hampton Coliseum) Turn LEFT onto BUTLER FARM RD. (This is the 3rd traffic light on Magruder, Tysinger Mercedes Dodge will be on your right) Go 0.8 mile. 525 Butler Farm Road will be the last building on the left before you get to the main parking lot at campus. There is a sign in front of the building.

Coming from Norfolk & Virginia Beach, Merge onto I-64 W toward RICHMOND. Merge onto I-64 W via EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward WILLIAMSBURG / RICHMOND. (Stay to the left fork at the 64/664 split) Merge onto VA-134 N / MAGRUDER BLVD via EXIT 262B toward NASA / POQUOSON. (This is the second exit after the Hampton Coliseum) Turn LEFT onto BUTLER FARM RD. (This is the 3rd traffic light on Magruder, Tysinger Mercedes Dodge will be on your right) Go 0.8 mile. 525 Butler Farm Road will be the last building on the left before you get to the main parking lot at campus. There is a sign in front of the building.

Coming from Newport News, Williamsburg & Yorktown, Merge onto I-64 E. Take the HAMPTON RDS CENTER PKWY WEST exit- EXIT 261A. Merge onto HAMPTON ROADS CENTER PKWY. (Stay to the Right) Turn RIGHT onto BIG BETHEL RD / VA-600 N. Turn RIGHT onto THOMAS NELSON DR. (Follow road across the perimeter of the main parking lot at Campus) THOMAS NELSON DR becomes BUTLER FARM RD on the other side of the parking lot. (525 is the first building on the right after crossing the parking lot)

"Utility Budgeting"
Friday, November 2, 2007 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Eastern Shore Community College - Lecture Hall
29300 Lankford Highway
Melfa, VA

Directions to Eastern Shore Community College, From Virginia Beach,/Bay Bridge Tunnel/South
Take US Route 13 North to Melfa, VA and turn left into the ESCC campus. The building is on the right, past the new construction site.

From Pocomoke City, MD/Temperanceville, VA/North, Take US Route 13 South to Melfa, VA and turn right into the ESCC campus. The building is on the right, past the new construction site.

From: Wayne Staples

Sent: October 04, 2007 at 9:08 am

Basic Lab Skills for Wastewater Operators Workshop


The DEQ Operator Training Program will be presenting its workshop, Basic Lab Skills for Wastewater Operators at two locations this Fall:

Middle River WWTP Verona, VA Nov. 6 - 7, 2007.

DEQ West Central Regional Office Roanoke, VA December 11 - 12, 2007.

These two day workshops provide hands on instruction in the basic skills required to accurately perform wastewater related sampling and testing. If you are responsible for conducting your facility’s sampling and testing, this program will be extremely beneficial. The program covers lab water sources, equipment selection, equipment and glassware cleaning and storage, and the collection and preservation of representative samples. The program also includes hands-on experience in using glassware and lab instruments to dilute samples and chemicals and to prepare standards. It will also present the basic quality assurance considerations required at any facility performing permit related testing. The QA discussion will include the use of blanks, replicates, split samples and performance standards, procedures for the systematic verification of instrument accuracy, initial demonstration of competency (IDC) requirements and other quality assurance related topics. The program will include lectures, demonstrations and hands on laboratory activities. The program is recognized by the State Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and On-Site Sewage System Professionals.

To view the workshop registration form visit the Operator Training Website @ www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp or download the form directly @ www.deq.virginia.gov/tptp/pdf/workshopfall07.pdf

From: Jason Spicer

Sent: October 04, 2007 at 7:43 am