March 2020                                                          Issue #116
Spokane Conference
PO Pinning Ceremony
NEW: Bid for Water
Aho Steelhead Derby
Fresh Idea Poster Contest
Networking Events Ahead
ACE20 - Orlando, FL
Training Opportunities
Job Postings
Registration Is Now Open

Section Conference  
Spokane, WA
April 29-May 1, 2020
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SECTION CONFERENCE IN SPOKANE - Registration Rates Increase April 1

The 2020 Section Conference will be in Spokane, 
April 29- May 1.
Registration is now open. Save yourself $150 and register before April 1st and take advantage of our early bird pricing. 

Vendors - we are SOLD OUT of booths, but we have lots of other opportunities to get your name in front of our attendees.  Check out all the sponsorship opportunities on our website, we have something for every budget! 

  • No change to Wednesday activities - golf and pre-cons as usual as well as the Competition Night Welcome Reception with Tapping, Hydrant Hysteria, Meter Madness and Best Tasting Water Finals!
  • You asked for more CEUs and we are listening! We have added two more hours of technical sessions. This year you can expect 2.0 CEUs as compared to previous years of 1.7 -1.8. 
  • You asked for less down time and we are listening! Similar to ACE we will have multiple things happening at the same time. Something for everyone all the time!
  • You thought the Friday night banquet was outdated. We are listening!  The Friday banquet has been replaced with a Friday Awards Luncheon where we will give out the Section's Top Five Awards!
  • The Board of Trustees Meeting will take place Friday afternoon. At this meeting we will present a few more awards, get the State of the Section Update from outgoing Chair James Dean and pass the gavel to incoming Chair Ronda Farmer. 
  • The conference will wrap up Friday at 5pm with a reception for new Chair Ronda Farmer as you pick up your Bid For Water auction purchases. 

Check out our conference website for all the latest information!  


Or download the new and improved Conference Smart Phone app!  See all the concurrent sessions side by side, plan your calendar for which sessions you want to attend, see the networking opportunities and add those to your calendar.   

NEW THIS YEAR - we will be holding a Professional Operator Pinning Ceremony at our Section Conference in Spokane on Thursday, April 29. It will be taking place just outside the vendor hall at noon. 

Operators are the front line protectors of human health, either through ensuring safe drinking water or the safety of waterways through effective wastewater management. They are the lifeblood of every community and deserve a way to be showcased as valued professionals. An elite group of operators have achieved the Professional Operator status. Pinning ceremonies are our way of celebrating their accomplishments and formally recognizing them as they receive their Professional Operator pin. Don't miss this important moment in the lives of our fellow members. 

With the schedule changes to the 2020 Conference, the Water For People Committee thought it was an opportune time to make some changes to the Water For People auction to drive support and keep interest high.  

This year we are going to focus on procuring higher value, experience-focused auction donations. We hope this will not only help drive interest in the auction, but also cut down on the "but I can't get it home" reason for not bidding, and also put an "eco-conciseness" spin on the auction. 

This means that this year we are asking our members to donate items such as:
  • Trips - or vacation rentals via AirBnB or timeshares
  • Gift certificates - hotels, restaurants, etc.
  • Tickets - sporting events, concerts, etc.
  • Fishing trips (always popular!)
  • "Of the month" club memberships
  • Movie, concert, or play tickets
  • Memberships (zoo, aquariums, museums, etc.)
  • Tours 
All of our members are active individuals who no doubt have connections/experiences that can be donated. Ideas include:
  • Do you have a connection to a winery? How about a group wine tasting experience?
  • Who is a fantastic cook or baker (or who do you know who is)? Perhaps offering a cooking lesson or delivered meal?
  • Can anyone offer lessons of some sort? I know we have some avid horseback riders, golfers, and fly fishers in the group!
Auction Beneficiaries

We have also decided the time has come to expand the beneficiaries of the auction to all philanthropic entities that PNWS-AWWA supports - Water For People, the Water Equation, and the Education and Training Fund. Money raised from this year's auction will go into the "greatest need" fund and the Philanthropic Advisory Council (PAC) will help the Board determine the best use of these funds at the end of the fiscal year.
If you have any questions or concerns about these updates, please feel free to reach out to Katie Dillon, PAC Vice Chair.   

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS - Looking for Fresh Idea Poster Contest Competitors

Our Young Professional Committee is reaching out to see if any students or young professionals are interested in participating in our Fresh Ideas Poster Competition at the 2020 Spokane, WA Conference this April. The application deadline is April 3rd.

Competitors can obtain scholarships to travel to the section conference and this years winner gets a trip to ACE20 in Orando to compete against other poster contest winners!  Check out the YP Webpage for more information. 

March 11 / NW WA Subsection Best Tasting Water and Meter Madness Competitions

March 12 / King County Subsection Water Olympics

March 12 / Cascade To Coast Subsection Competitions

March 14 /
Walla Walla For Water

CEU's and More CEU's!

March 3 / Bellingham, WA

March 10-11/ Wenatchee, WA

March 11 / Spokane Valley, WA

March 11 / Mt. Vernon, WA

March 17 / Vancouver, WA

March 31 - April 2 / Ontario, OR

April 6-7 / Moscow, ID

April 7 / Liberty Lake, WA

April 7 / Wenatchee, WA

May 18-21 / Albany, OR
Cascade To Coast Subsection Annual Short School

June 17-18 / Seattle, WA

June 23-25 / Oregon City, OR

  • Utility Worker I
  • Water Service Technician III
  • Water System Operator
  • Water Resources Project Specialist
  • Asset Management Consultant
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator II
  • Water & Wastewater Technician
  • Utility Worker III
  • Water Engineering Technician
  • Water Engineering Director
  • Hydrologist/Engineer/Project Manager
  • Northwest Washington Circuit Rider
  • Water System Manager
  • Development Manager
  • Surface Water Engineer
  • Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators
  • Foreman
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 April edition to the  Section office.  

Kyle Kihs
Executive Director