AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition – ACE18

The Annual AWWA Conference and Exposition is set for June 11-14 2018 at the Mandalay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the theme “Innovating the Future of Water”. Interested persons can register via the link below or go the American Water Works Association (AWWA) website for more details.
2017 Annual Conference & Exposition

REGISTER FOR ACE18 IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Explore the impact of innovation on the future of water.

ACE18 is set to inspire and connect the water sector with innovative solutions and new insights to help solve our global water challenges. This year AWWA is co-partnering with the California/Nevada Section to produce an outstanding conference. Don’t miss your chance to soak up the knowledge of hundreds of water industry thought leaders providing guidance on the future of our water.

     

ACE18 Facility Tours

FACILITY TOURS

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of the Bellagio’s one-of-a-kind water feature? Get an up-close look at the iconic Hoover Dam? Tour the nation’s largest LEED-Platinum-certified public facility?

This is your chance! Add a tour to your registration and get an insider’s view of some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in Las Vegas.

Space is limited. Register early!

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ACE18 Workshops

WORKSHOPS

ACE workshops offer the opportunity to delve deeper into the subjects that are most relevant to YOU.

From sustainable groundwater management to water main rehabilitation to aging infrastructure management, we have you covered. Learn about top ANSI/AWWA Standards and Manuals, explore condition assessment technologies, or get hands-on equipment demonstrations from the manufacturers themselves.

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ACE18 Hotel & Travel

BOOK A ROOM

AWWA has negotiated substantial discounts at several Las Vegas hotels for attendees.

Check out the hotel chart to review your hotel and pricing options.

Book a Room >

ACE18 Call for Abstracts

NEW ACE18 PATTERN

Workshops: 
Monday, June 11
Opening General Session: 
Tuesday, June 12
Professional Sessions & Exposition:Tuesday, June 12 –Thursday, June 14
Water Industry Luncheon: 
Wednesday, June 13

“ACE is just the right mix of industry insight, productive, current information, and valuable networking opportunities. I am able to ‘power shop’ for products, services and information that is aligned with our specific needs … and I always leave with energy, inspiration and unexpected gems!”
– I. Holly Rosenthal, Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA)
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GIS and the Environment

The materials presented in our last book display were well-appreciated. However, persons are always welcome to give recommendations on material they wish to see in the library since the library is for the clients.

This week’s book display would be highlighting documents that deal with GIS and the Environment.

Enjoy and happy reading!

 

 

Persons wishing to view any of the above documents can email me or visit me at my desk.

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A Guide to Beaches and Bays of Trinidad and Tobago 2nd ed.

I am doing my happy dance and if you guys know me that’s because we just got a glossy, new book that has been on my wishlist for months, thanks to two of our colleagues who attended the Institute of Marine Affairs’ Community Research Symposium, which was held at the BPTT/Mayaro Resource Centre on the 20th September, 2017. Thanks again guys, love getting books to add to our collection. I am going to enjoy cataloguing this book so much.

This guidebook which contains app. 104 pages, as well as, a bibliography and relevant appendices, provides a wealth of information, covering coastal zones in both Trinidad and Tobago, that really allows one to appreciate the beaches and bays of the our country, as well as, the natural flora and fauna.

 

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Image showing the cover of “A Guide to Beaches and Bays of Trinidad and Tobago – 2nd ed.

Persons wishing to view this book can visit me at my desk or send me an email.

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Reference Texts Within the Library

For those of you who may not be familiar with some of the titles in the library, I have decided to create a digital display, similar to the ones seen in public libraries, in order to get persons acquainted with certain texts and build interest.

Hope to see you soon and enjoy the “book candy” since there is much more where those came from.

P.S. Clicking on the image gallery below opens up a slideshow to help one with reading the titles more clearly

 

 

 

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The Mysteries of Sea Mist: Atmospheric discoveries at the air-ocean interface

This article was published by Laura Sanchez – Water Efficiency Magazine Editor on September 6th 2017. I hope you find it as informative as I have.

If you’ve ever walked along the shore and inhaled deeply, you’ve probably sensed it. Sea spray contains far more than water. As the briny, earthy aroma indicates, the tiny aerosol droplets also carry salts as well as organic compounds. And, as it turns out, these additional molecules have a profound impact on the earth’s climate.

As water evaporates at the surface of the sea, it rises to form clouds. Wave action creates aerosols—microscopic airborne particles trapped in water droplets. These aerosols influence the formation and physical properties of clouds, such as their ability to absorb sunlight or trap heat.

Climatologists explain that, depending on their chemical makeup, different aerosols scatter or absorb sunlight to varying degrees.  In fact, according to NASA, an aerosol’s effect on light depends primarily on the composition and color of the particles. In general, “bright-colored or translucent particles tend to reflect radiation in all directions and back towards space. Darker aerosols can absorb significant amounts of light.”

Salt particles, sulfates, and nitrates therefore tend to be more reflective and have a cooling effect on the atmosphere, according to a recent study, whereas black carbon absorbs radiation, warming the atmosphere. Organic carbon, sometimes called brown carbon or organic matter, can also have a warming influence on the atmosphere, depending on the brightness of the underlying ground.

“Sea spray aerosol was thought for a long time to be just salt—sodium chloride—and that’s not true,” Vicki Grassian a distinguished professor in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nanoengineering, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego told Ensia. “There’s a lot more that comes out of the water—viruses, bacteria, organic compounds, parts of cell walls—little ‘bio bits,’ if you will.” Scientists believe that understanding these aerosols and their chemical compositions is critical to understanding cloud formation and fluctuations in the Earth’s climate.

Cloud formation has been extremely difficult to capture in mathematical formulas in the past. Part of the difficulty can be attributed to the fact that traditional calculations have been completed using principles governing pure water molecules. Aerosol studies such as Grassain’s have demonstrated that, in order to be mathematically precise, cloud formation formulas will need to be adjusted to accommodate different molecular compositions. Scientists are hopeful that understanding these variables will help make future weather models increasingly accurate.

I find it exhilarating to reflect on the fact that such a tiny unit of water—an aerosol—can impact the global environment. What are your thoughts? Do you think that aerosol studies may enrich our understanding of the Earth’s climate? WE_bug_web

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Deciphering Deluges: New modeling approach reexamines two key assumptions about flooding

For the last century, the U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others have collected data on flooding activity to assess damage and help predict future events. Accurately forecasting the frequency and magnitude of flooding events is critical for infrastructure design, environmental management, and disaster preparedness and response.

Although long-term flood records are useful, there may also be large-scale, systematic forces at work that past studies have not adequately captured. For one, traditional prediction methods often assume that flood hydrology is stationary, or, rather, that the magnitude and variability of flood events do not change systematically over time. However, climate change and water management practices could significantly alter the magnitude and variability of extreme flooding events, causing floods to become nonstationary.

Continue to read the article by clicking on the link below.

 

Source: Deciphering Deluges by Sarah Witman (31 August, 2017, Water Resources Research).

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Flood Frequency: Calculating 100-Year Floods

Everyone knows that a 100-year flood is a really big flood. But not all big floods are 100-year floods, and a 100-year flood is not necessarily the same as a 100-year storm. So…how can you ensure your floodplain structures are designed to handle any flood nature may have in store?

Join returning speaker Doug Beyerlein, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, in our online training webinar as we examine the different flood frequency methods available to an engineer, the key assumptions contained in each method, and how to select the appropriate flood frequency method for the engineering job at hand. We’ll also discuss situations where flood frequency is not the appropriate design parameter and what flow-related method should be used instead.

Specifically, we’ll discuss how engineers use flood frequency as a design standard in sizing many, if not most, structures within a floodplain—ranging from designing culverts and bridges, to determining roadway and building elevations, to sizing flood control structures. Calculating a flood frequency value is not difficult, but selecting the appropriate flood frequency method to calculate the frequency flow value can be.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Understand why flood frequency is not the same as storm frequency.
  • Explore the different methods for calculating flood frequency.
  • Analyze the key assumptions built into each flood frequency method.
  • Learn the regional hydrologic characteristics that are important in flood frequency method selection.
  • Determine when flood frequency is not the appropriate design parameter.

To learn more about this webinar, which would be presented by DOUGLAS BEYERLEIN, P.E., P.H., D.WRE, on 7th September, 2017, you can click on the following link.

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In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data

In his article below, Jonathan Gourley, discusses his involvement in the Automated Non-Contact Hydrologic Observations in Rivers (ANCHOR) project in order to gather Flash Flood Data.

Source: In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data

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Solutions for Aging Water Infrastructure

The pipelines that municipalities use to deliver drinking water to their residents take a beating. Large cities pump tens of millions of gallons of water to their customers every day. And many of the pipes that municipalities rely on to transport drinking water and treat wastewater are coated with decadesworth of grime and pollutants.

It’s little surprise then, that a growing number of municipalities face a problem: Their aging pipes are so filled with sludge and biofilm that it is reducing the speed at which they can pump water. This means that pumps have to work harder in these systems, increasing the energy costs and the expenses that these cities face when providing drinking water to residents and commercial buildings.

To continue reading the above article, published by Dan Rafter for Water Efficiency News, click the following link.

Do you think there is a need for such solutions locally? Would such solutions be applicable in terms of maintenance in the future? Comment below.

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Acumen Free Fall Courses

From time to time Acumen offers free courses to assist persons in gaining valuable skills for leadership in the 21st century. By partnering with colleagues, friends, family members and even like-minded individuals around the world one can tackle courses that ensure accountability, as well as, create a better learning experience for those participating in the courses.

I have been recently provided with a list of their free fall courses (Running from September 2017 – February 2018). To learn more about Acumen courses and read articles from their Acumen Journal click here.

I do hope you take the opportunity to try out some of their courses. Enjoy!

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