Message from Conference Chair

Dear Pacific Northwest Clean Water Professionals:

On behalf of the PNCWA board and conference planning committee, I am thrilled to announce that PNCWA will be hosting a hybrid conference in September 2021. PNCWA 2021 will include a smaller, in-person conference in Boise, Idaho along with continued virtual conference engagement options both the week of conference, and the weeks following, for those who do not wish to travel. We look forward to living out our conference theme- Ripples of Change: Creating Our Future.

The conference theme is a message of empowered optimism as we come out of 2020 and face 2021 dedicated to creating our future. Just as single droplets form the mighty rivers of our region, we are each individual and significant contributors to our industry. Through the collaboration and connection of PNCWA we continue to push the clean water sector forward.

While still confronted with overwhelming national and global challenges, for many of which our region has been a focal point throughout the last year, I think it would be easy for each of us to say, “I just want to get back to normal.” However, what we are seeing is that ‘Normal’ is in part what caused the divisions and isolation of the last year. Operating at status quo is no longer what we should strive to return to, but rather, getting back to ‘better than normal’ is imperative.

Our clean water industry will continue to face challenges as we prepare for the future. We all bring different experience to the table and I look forward to seeing how we build on that experience to grow and shift into the future. PNCWA 2021 will provide the opportunity to learn, connect, and prepare to create this future.

In preparation for conference, please submit abstracts by February 22, work with a committee to host a pre-conference workshop, volunteer to help coordinate a local networking event for those who can’t attend in Boise, and get ready to engage with your colleagues and peers.

Warm wishes,

Emily O’Morrow

Conference Chair

Brown and Caldwell, Boise

 Emily M