What To Know Before You Go 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to PNCWA2020 at the Spokane Convention Center. This year’s conference features a robust technical program, expansive exhibit hall with top level vendors and ample social and networking events. 

We would like to first and foremost extend a special thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors. We would not be able to host the conference without their generous support.

Events Schedule

Please check out the agenda at a glance, which outlines conference events and activities, including events in advance of the conference.

We have some great activities planned this year, prior to the conference beginning: Water For People; Pedal for People Bike Ride & Stormwater Service Project both being held on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Please check the website for more details and how to register. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, September 8, with the main conference, scheduled from Monday, September 9 - Wednesday, September 11, starting with Opening Session on Monday at 8:15AM.  

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Conference Venue (Map Link)
Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Venue floor plan


When entering the Oregon Convention Center, please use the doors located at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Hoyt St.

Registration Location:

Pre-Function, Hall E

Registration Desk Hours:

  • Sunday, September 8: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Monday, September 9: 7:00AM - 5:30PM   
  • Tuesday, September 10: 7:00AM - 5:30PM    
  • Wednesday, September 11: 7:00AM - 1:00PM

Want to apply for CEUs or PDHs?

  • Pick up a CEU/PDH request sheet from the registration desk
  • Have your CEU/PDH sheets stamped by room monitors.
  • If you attend the Opening Session, initial and add the Keyword provided at the end of the session.
  • Turn in your stamped CEU/PDH sheets at the registration desk before you leave the conference.
  • You will receive a hard copy via mail within 45 days after the completion of the conference.

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Bring your own reusable water bottle and refill it at the event. There are several water refill stations around the Oregon Convention Center. Your personal water bottle will ensure waste diversion! 

Reduce your personal carbon footprint by walking or taking public transportation between conference events. Portland's MAX (Metropolitan Area Transit) Yellow line stops at the convention center for ease and convenience to you the attendee! A limited amount of complimentary Max passes will be available at Registration. Get your pass before they are all gone! 


Please use the appropriate bins onsite to ensure items are recycled and reduce the waste sent to landfills.


Reduce your water consumption by limiting your shower time and reusing your towel in your hotel room.


To see more ways you can reduce your impact on site at the conference and what a difference your small changes make visit myeventfootprint.com 

Time Zone: Portland, Oregon is located in the Pacific Zone (GMT -07:00)

What to Pack

Late Summer, early fall is an incredible time of year to be in Portland, Oregon. While the average outside temperature can be warm during the day and cooler by night, we recommend you dress in layers as the temperatures inside the meeting room can vary.


September in Portland can arguably be the best time to visit the Rose City; however, Portland can also be marked by rain and showers.  Average temperatures range from a high of 78ºF to a low of 57ºF.  We encourage you to come prepared for sprinkles. You can view the extended weather forecast for a better prediction of the weather during the conference.

Getting There 

If you are staying at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Portland, there is an adjacent MAX line Station from the PDX Airport for approximately $3.00 that runs approximately every 15 minutes. We encourage you to check the MAX Red Line Schedule for times. Ride Sharing programs, and Taxis are also available in Portland, Oregon. Lastly Portland is well known for their bike sharing program, called BIKEtown with several locations near the hotel and convention center, making navigating the city by bike quite approachable.  


If you plan to drive and park at the Oregon Convention Center’s underground garage, you may enter the garage through either the NE Lloyd Boulevard (P1) or NE First Avenue (P2) entrances. Clearance on the P1 Level is 7 feet; clearance on the P2 Level is 9 feet. Parking rates increase by time after the first fifteen minutes (complimentary):  

  • $5 for 16 minutes to 1 hour 

  • $7 for 1 to 2 hours 

  • $9 for 2 to 3 hours 

  • $10 for 3 to 4 hours 

  • $12 for 4 to 18 hours (over 18 hours incurs an additional $2 per hour charge) 

  The Oregon Convention Center website features a page with detailed information on transportation should you need more information. 

  •  The DoubleTree by Hilton Portland Hotel - 503-281-6111 


Conference Information


For the full conference program, please visit the conference website. As noted above, registration opens at 8:00AM on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in the Pre-Function D section of the first floor; with pre-conference workshops starting at 9:00AM, & an Operations Challenge event held during our All Attendee Meet & Greet from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

Attention Presenters

Visit the conference website for detailed presenter instructions including the equipment available in the session rooms and what to expect at your session. Please format all presentations in 4:3 ratio for optimal display on the screen. Presentations should be saved as follows: Presentation Title_Presenter Last Name_PNCWA2019

Presentation Archiving: All presentations will be collected by the session moderator and archived on the conference website.

Wi-fi at the Oregon Convention Center: Wi-fi will be provided for conference attendees throughout the Oregon Convention Center.

  • Network: PNCWA2019 
  • Password: 86thAnnual

Social Media 

Enthusiasm is contagious and we ask that you please share your conference experience via the conference social media accounts and LinkedIn: #PNCWA2019 @PNCWAOrg 




Exhibit Setup Times 

 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Monday Evening 


Exhibitors Opening Reception 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Tuesday Day 


 Exhibits open all day 


9:30 AM - 7:00 PM 

9:30AM - 4:00 PM 

Tuesday Morning 


AM Technical Session Break on Exhibit Floor 

9:25 AM–10:30 AM 

Tuesday Afternoon 


PM Technical Session Break on Exhibit Floor  

2:40 PM–3:00 PM 

Tuesday Afternoon 



Exhibit Floor Tours by Discipline 

3:00 PM-3:45 PM 

Tuesday Evening 



Exhibitors Closing Reception with Local Beer and Wine Tasting 

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM 

Tuesday Evening 


Exhibit Break Down 

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM 


The conference is pleased to offer a number of facility tours which will depart from the Convention Center. All tours are first-come, first served and CEUs are available based on actual presentation time. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • Monday | Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour| 1:15pm-4:15pm
  • Tuesday | Forest Grove, and Fernhill NTS Facility Tours | 8:15am-3:15pm
  • Wednesday | Kellogg Creek AWWTF Tour | 8:15am-11:45am

This year the Water For People Committee will be embracing the great biking culture and beautiful scenery of Portland by bringing a new event to the 2019 PNCWA Annual Conference – Pedal For People. Join us on a casual bike ride and tour along the Willamette Riverfront in Portland while raising money for Water For People. All net proceeds for this event will be donated to Water For People and support their mission to develop high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.  

The event will start and end at the DoubleTree, the main conference hotel, and will follow a 12-mile loop along the river with rest and informational stops with refreshments planned along the way. This event is not meant to be a race and guests of all cycling abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants will be divided into groups, each group riding at a pace suited to their abilities and paced by a group leader.  

Registration for this event is separate from the conference. The bike route we will be following can be found at the bottom of this page or by clicking on the link above. 

$80.00 per rider renting a cross bicycle (Hybrid of a road and mountain bike and helmet) 

$50.00 per ride providing their own bicycle and helmet 


PNCWA2019 reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any official conference event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. PNCWA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by PNCWA including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. 

 We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon!