April 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter

Our Mission

The mission of The Chesapeake Water Environment Association is to improve water quality and protect the environment in the Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC area. This is accomplished, with the support of our members, through the exchange of technical and scientific information in the form of seminars, luncheons, webinars and conferences.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

Annual Sponsorships are available at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze with substantial savings for value of benefits received! Sponsorship benefits include:
  • Increased corporate visibility and marketing opportunities within a wide audience of water industry professionals
  • Relationship-building access to key influencers involved in advancing water industry services, technology, and policy
  • Recognition as an environmental leader among peers, clients, and customers

Contact Information

Traci Storm
CWEA Executive Administrator

Connect With Us

Submit Newsletter Info

To provide comments or to suggest items to be included in our next eNewsletter, contact Traci Storm in the CWEA administrative office at 410-960-5514 or via email Traci@ChesapeakeWEA.org.

WEF Continuing Education Opportunities

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) offers free webcasts for WEF members and $40 for non-members. Professional development hours (PDHs) can be earned for participation. More information, including the schedule of upcoming webcasts and archives of previous webcasts, can be found here.

Design-Building for Water/Wastewater Conference 2020
April 20, 2020
Hilton Anatole TX

Collection Systems Conference 2020
June 2-5, 2020 
El Paso TX

Transformative Issues Symposium on Communications
August 17-19, 2020
Cincinnati OH

October 3-7, 2020
New Orleans LA 

Visit WEF's website for detailed information on all their continuing education conferences, seminars, and webcasts. 

eNewsletter Sponsors

April 23 • Biosolids Webinar

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Special thanks to this month’s webinar sponsor MATERIAL MATTERS!

Call for Abstracts!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Matthew Zelin

Matthew Zelin
Hazen and Sawyer, Associate
CWEA: Technical Education Committee Chair

A fun fact or something we wouldn’t know about you: LeBron James and I were born in the same hospital only months apart. That’s where the similarities end.

How long have you been part of the organization? About four years.
What is your favorite part of the organization? Connecting with new people and learning about what others in the field are working on.
What made you choose the water world? In high school I volunteered at an environmental education center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where they had a constructed wetland. This led me to meet my advisor at Ohio State which focused me in the environmental field.

Matt, thank you for your work for CWEA!

Save the Dates!

JUNE 4, 2020
Stormwater Seminar
Details coming soon!
SEPTEMBER 1-4, 2020
Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference
 at Ocean City, MD.
Details coming soon!
OCTOBER 3-7, 2020
WEFTEC at New Orleans, Louisiana
Details coming soon!
NOVEMBER 5, 2020
Water Reuse Seminar
Details coming soon!
DECEMBER 3, 2020
Collection Systems Seminar
Registration opening in September.

Registration Now Open!

Digital Symposium

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The 2020 National SJWP Competition will now be held in a digital format to ensure the safety of our students while also promoting young scientists’ research and public awareness of water issues.

Dates to Remember
April 15- Submission deadline
May 1-State winners will be posted to www.sjwp.org 


WEF InFlow Scholarship

Application Deadline Extended to April 10!

71st Annual Short Course - Cancelled

UPDATE - April 8, 2020 - The WWO Short Course website issued an update pertaining to their upcoming event, originally scheduled for May 31-June 5, at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  "It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 WWO Short Courses.​ Please check back later this spring, as we consider alternative opportunities for operator exam prep courses.​"  For the full announcement, click here: wwoshortcourses.org. ​

CANCELLED - Spring Meeting

CANCELLED - 2020 National Water Policy Fly-In

The 2020 Water Week which was scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, on April 26 through May 2 has been cancelled. This event was to include the National Water Policy Fly-In on April 27 and 28. 

Student Design Competition to Forge Ahead in Virtual Format!

The CWEA Student Design competition scheduled for in-person presentations at the Spring Meeting has transitioned to online due to the unfolding virus situation.  We still have 2 teams participating; Johns Hopkins and the University of D.C.  We are looking for 5 additional volunteers to review and rate both teams’ design e-report and to view their live project presentations (each approximately 30 min with questions).  The date or dates are still to be decided but will likely be May 7 and/or May 21 in online format.  The winner of the competition will represent CWEA at WEFTEC this Fall.  If interested in reviewing and rating the submissions  please email Chris Overcash at covercash@eaest.com.

Joint CWEA and CSAWWA Water Reuse Committee – 2019 Fall Seminar: Water Reuse in the Chesapeake Bay Region is Here and Now

On November 7th, more than 50 people attended the Joint Reuse Committee’s technical seminar in Edgewater, Maryland. The seminar included presentations on current regional and US water reuse approaches and projects. Click to learn more.

CWEA Government Affairs Committee Update

With all that is going on around us; keeping the US waters safe is more important than ever! This was a part of the message that was delivered during the WEF Government Affairs webinar “Clean Water Act Regulatory Issues in a Pandemic” on Friday, March 20, 2020. Read more...

"Working From Home"

Not to detract from the seriousness of the Covid-19 issue, but to create some uplifting glimpses in the midst of the craziness, we've created a special “Working From Home” section. Check out some of our fellow "coworkers" that are helping us get through these difficult times!

Coronavirus Resources

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has developed a website to provide information about coronavirus and the water/wastewater sector. This website includes “limited general information, specific water-sector technical information, WEF events information, and links to trusted sites for the most up-to-date official information.”  WEF has also developed a series of coronavirus webinars which can be found here.

The Maryland Department of Health has developed a website regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will provide updates as they become available.

EPA Coronavirus Resources
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a website of information about coronavirus as it relates to water and wastewater.

Delaware.gov (The Official Website of the First State) has coronavirus information on their website. More information can be found here.

The DC Government urges you to stay home except if you need:
  • Essential healthcare
  • Essential food
  • Essential supplies
  • Go to your Essential job
On their website, find food resources, health guidance, resources for businesses and individuals, operating status of DC Government, and more. 
Chesapeake Water Environment Association - April 2020 - CWEA eNewsletter