Message from the Program Chair

Dear Pacific Northwest Clean Water Professionals.  

Building on the success of the 2021 Annual Conference, we’re excited to offer even more occasions for professional learning and collaboration at the 2022 PNCWA Annual Conference in Spokane Washington.  To do this, we are planning to “Be Like Water,” moving around challenges to purposely find new opportunities.  Our 2022 conference will offer more technical content (back to the full eight tracks of previous years), as well as increased opportunities to join these tracks virtually for those unable to travel to the conference.  While we certainly feel in-person collaboration is preferred, there is no denying the fact that a virtual model has proven successful during the last few years.  Together, an in-person and virtual approach maximizes the opportunity for our members to participate and grow our industry.  Soon we will be submitting our PNCWA2022 Call for Abstracts, and I encourage all of you to consider presenting at this year’s conference. 

In addition to offering more technical tracks in 2022, we also are planning to try a new approach to the pre-conference workshops.  We’ve heard from members that it’s difficult to give up a weekend to travel and participate in these workshops on the Sunday before the conference.  Consequently, this year we will be pivoting to bring you a series of post-conference workshops planned for the final day of the conference, including Wednesday all-day workshops and Wednesday afternoon sessions.  This will allow members to stay on a bit longer at the end of the conference for additional learning opportunities without giving up time on the weekend to attend these workshops.

Whether you represent our technology manufacturers, engineers, regulators, operators and maintenance staff, construction contractors, or students, our conference brings together the best minds in our region, and there is much that we all have to share and learn from one another!  The success of this conference falls on volunteers just like you and me to leverage the talent we have the Pacific Northwest.  As we head into 2022, I ask you to consider how you can be involved and how you can work with us to craft the vision for PNCWA2022.  There are opportunities to help review abstracts, lead tours, coordinate activities in the vendor hall, and lead through committees in both small and large ways.  Thanks for your participation!

-         Jeff Schmidt, Technical Program Chair