January 2019                                                          Issue #103
Vancouver Section Conference
Section Election Results
Leadership Symposium - Abstracts Needed
Winter Subsection Training and Trustee Meeting
Excellence in Communication Awards
Engineering Awards
Fundraising Events
Training Opportunities
Job Postings
Registration Is Now Open!

Section Conference  
Vancouver, WA
May 1-3, 2019
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Sept 26-27, 2019 Yakima, WA

Registration is now OPEN for the 2019 Section Conference in Vancouver, WA, May 1-3. 

Register before April 1st and take advantage of our early bird pricing. Registration prices increase $150 on April 1. 

If you are a vendor you will want to reserve your booth early to get the best spot. We have 101 vendors booths total with seven premium high traffic booths located in the hallway. You will want to grab those early! Check out all the vendors sponsorship opportunities on our website, we have something for every budget!

This year we will be offering 1.7 CEUs (pending) in drinking and wastewater (CEUs vary by state). The technical program is now on our website! You will also find a detailed description of the Wednesday pre-conference sessions. 

Our annual conference golf tournament will take place at Camas Meadows.  The golf course is approximately 14 miles from downtown Vancouver. 

The conference will kick off on Wednesday evening May 1 at Esther Short Park with our Competition Night.  Join your friends for this great event and cheer our teams on to ACE19 in Denver. Stay energized with local food and beverages from food trucks and breweries around Vancouver which is known as the Hippest City in America by MoveHub.  

Our Thursday morning Opening General Session will feature our  keynote speaker Steve Eberlein from Tipping Point Resilience. Steve will share his experiences living in Sri Lanka during the 9.1 subduction zone quake that triggered a massive tsunami that took more than 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries. He will relate those experiences to our risk of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake along the west coast. You won't want to miss this!

Check out our conference website for all the latest information and to register! 
SECTION ELECTION RESULTS - New Trustees Take Office Following the Section Conference

Your ballots have been counted and these new Section officers will begin their term in office immediately following our Section Conference in May. Election results will be officially approved by the Section Board of Trustees at the Winter Meeting in Vancouver, WA on February 22. Congratulations to these new officers! 

Chair Elect
Ronda Farmer
Spanaway Water Company

Oregon/Idaho Trustee
Michelle Cheek
Portland Water Bureau

Washington Trustee
Dave England
Nob Hill Water

Trustee At Large
Crystal Jensen
SPF Water Engineering
2019 LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM - Submit Your Abstract!

Submit your abstract for the FIRST EVER PNWS Leadership Symposium scheduled for September 26-27 in Yakima, WA. 

Everyone is aware that baby boomers are retiring at an alarming rate. This creates numerous opportunities for employees to move into managerial positions. Our new Leadership Symposium will provide the management skills needed for those seeking career advancement. 

This two day symposium will offer tracks for multiple levels of management including:
  • Becoming a lead or supervisor - what skills do you need to manage your peers?
  • Mid-level managers making the move to senior management
  • Senior management and elected officials 
  • Plus the annual Young Professional Summit will be taking place as part of this symposium
Interested in presenting in any one of these areas?  The Leadership Symposium abstract window is now open. Abstracts must be submitted by March 1 for consideration. Registration for the Leadership Symposium opens in April.

The 2019 Winter Subsection Officer Training and Trustee meeting is scheduled for February 20 - 22 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA.

The Subsection Advisory Council is working on a great training agenda which will be available in a few weeks.  Additionally, you can expect the Friday Trustee Meeting agenda to be available very soon.   All subsection and committee reports will be due on Friday, February 8.

Calling all Pacific Northwest water communicators! We invite you to enter your print, electronic, and video creations. We want to see your calendars and consumer confidence reports. Have you developed something totally wild in the last year or so...we have an entry category for you too!

EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING AWARDS - Enter Your Projects Before January 16

The Engineering Committee has opened the call for entries for the 2019 Excellence in Engineering Awards. T hese awards recognize excellence in engineering for water supply, treatment, or conveyance projects.  Persons, agencies, consultants, contractors, and water utilities who have recently or will be completing a water supply, treatment, or conveyance project for a water supply utility or agency in Idaho, Oregon or Washington may apply.

Categories. Projects may be submitted in the large project (>$5M construction) or small project (<$5M construction) categories, or within a the engineering planning project category.

PHILANTHROPY EVENTS - Water For People and Scholarships

NW Oregon Hops for H2O

The 3rd Annual Hops for H20 is scheduled fo
r Tuesday, March 12 at the Lagunitas Community Room in downtown Portland from 6-9pm. Live music, food and beer - what's not to like? Register now as space is limited. 

2019 Walla Walla For Water
The 2nd Annual Walla Walla for Water event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at the Foundry Vineyards in Walla Walla. 

Score points with your significant other and take them to this great event!  Spend the weekend in beautiful wine country with your peers as we raise money for both Water For People and scholarships for the next generation of water professionals. 

Walla Walla has great food, great wine and you are guaranteed sunshine. 
Register now and we will see you there! 
CEU's and More CEU's!
  • General Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Solid Waste Attendant I
  • Engineering Technician
  • Seasonal Laborer
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee
  • Finance Manager
  • Senior Accounting Specialist
  • Utility Worker
  • Operations Manager
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Permit Specialist
  • Cross Connection Control Inspector
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Maintenance Electrician 
See the Jobs Listing Page on our website  for more information or how to apply for any of the above listed jobs. 
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the February edition to the  Section office.  

Kyle Kihs
Executive Director