Abstract Submissions are Now Closed. 

The deadline to submit abstracts was February 15th. They are currently being reviewed! Thank you to everyone who submitted and abstract.

Submissions are closed
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Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) cordially invites you to join us for the 87th Annual PNCWA Conference in Spokane, Washington, September 13-16, 2020. This annual event has seen tremendous growth over recent years and continues to thrive as the region’s largest water quality educational event of its kind. 

As we enter the next decade, transitioning the PNCWA business model, we recognize the importance of transference and taking a holistic approach to problem solving. We have decided to build on last year’s “bridging” theme, as it offers connection. In 2020 we will be: 

Bridging the Past to ReEnvision Our Future 

2020 offers both PNCWA and our industry the opportunity to leverage past successes in order to prepare for future challenges.  Collectively, we hold the ability to influence our course going forward. The Pacific Northwest is a water region! Our members, in different ways, strive to protect this valuable resource.  Help us bridge the past and connect to a stronger future for our water environment.  How do you use historical or institutional knowledge to develop a successful project design, operational approach, or stakeholder engagement process?  How do you incorporate previous lessons learned? Where have you broken the mold to try something totally new and different? 

We are seeking abstracts for the technical program. If you have a presentation topic that does not readily fit into the listed program categories below, please submit anyway.  We don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to engage and learn something about our industry! 

Tracks introduced in 2020 

  • IT Solution Integration for Streamlined Operations and Maintenance, Asset Management What tools are you using? How are you using your data? CMMS, IT, SCADA, predictive maintenance. 

  •  Approaches to Innovative Stakeholder Involvement How to get both sides to sit at the same table, build trust and make forward progress. How do you build (or rebuild) relationships? 

  •  Water Communication Strategies and Techniques What tools do you use to educate and inform? Ideas for developing a successful outreach campaign, public communication strategies. 

  • Community-based water management Working towards a water-energy-food nexus? Sustainable development approaches to provide security to growing populations, the importance of a circular water economy, One Water. 

  • Infrastructure Funding Programs and Opportunities What local, state, and federal dollars are available for wastewater and stormwater projects? Successful projects, considerations for a stronger application. 

  • Risk Assessments and Emergency Response Risk assessment tools and considerations for development of an emergency response plan. Building a climate-resilient community. 

Tried and True Tracks 

  • Wastewater 101 A refresher track covering current technology for pump stations; pipeline design; headworks; clarification; disinfection; aeration; solids thickening and dewatering; digestion; polymer optimization; digester gas storage and treatment. 

  • Collection and Conveyance  Condition assessment tools, use of trenchless technologies, infiltration and inflow strategies and successes, integrated planning, standby power options (mobile pump, generator, dual feed). 

  • Wastewater Treatment Process EBNR, advanced treatment, process modeling, high-strength wastewater, sidestream treatment. 

  • Treatment Innovation and the Future Innovative materials and processes, research, pilot and demonstration testing results, advanced nutrient removal.  

  • Leadership, Social Equity, Workforce Development What skills are needed for career and organizational success? Leadership, conflict, mentorship, networking, negotiation, delegation, communication/presentation skills, project management; investment in continuing education, the generational hand-off? 

  • Utility Management Optimization tools, regional collaboration; capital programs; contracting methods; How are you building a competent and efficient organization? 

  • Stormwater Green streets, wet weather challenges, stormwater quality, integrated planning, maintenance strategies.  

  • Resource Recovery Water reuse and reclamation, nutrients, biosolids, gas and energy. 

  • Regulatory Challenges prioritizing emerging contaminants, TMDL implementation, variances, compliance, metals, biological treatment for wet weather, direct conveyance, what are the pressing regulatory issues and what do we anticipate in 10 and 20 years. 

Submission Guidelines 

Please consider the following requests when submitting your abstracts for consideration: 

  • Limit abstracts to 300 words and be concise in the title (75-character title is the max) 

  • Include a brief resume of all presenters (not all authors). 

  • Use normal formatting. Do not use all caps, etc. 

  • Notification of selections will occur in mid-April 2020 

  • Selected speakers are required to develop the abstract into 30-minute presentations and expect 10 minutes of Q&A. 

  • Electronic copies of accepted presentations will be collected at the conference. 

  • Presenters are expected to register for the conference and pay all applicable registration and preparation fees. 

  • Less than 2/3 of the submitted abstracts are normally selected for the program.  

We look forward to receiving and considering your abstract.  If you have any questions please contact MeetGreen at [email protected].org or [email protected] 


Eleanor Ott, P.E., WA State Department of Ecology 

PNCWA2020 Technical Program Chair 

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