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Title: Iowa Water Pollution Control Association

Iowa Water Pollution Control Association
  • Past, Present, and Future
  • of IWPCA

January, 2008
A Little History of IWPCA
  • One of the first state associations.
  • The first Operators training in the nation
  • November 2-3, 1915.
  • A second Operators short course
  • December 9-10, 1920.
  • Annual training conferences every year since
    except during World War II due to travel

Official Founding Dates of State and National
  • New Jersey 1916
  • Missouri 1925
  • Ohio 1926
  • California 1927
  • Iowa 1927
  • Arizona 1928
  • Texas 1928
  • Federation of Sewage Works Associations (WEF)

Charter Members of theFederation of Sewage Works
Associations (WEF)
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Central States
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

Iowa Water Pollution Control Association
  • Present Endeavors

  • First specialized operator training in 1915.
  • IWPCA Annual Conference
  • AWWA/IWPCA Operator Short Courses
  • Regional meetings six regions in the state hold
    annual or biannual training in each region.
  • Biosolids Conference
  • Collection System Conference

Stockholm Junior Water Prize
  • IWPCA has sponsored awards at Iowa high school
    science fairs since 1991.
  • 1991
  • High School - 50 Junior High - 25
  • 2007
  • High School - 500 Junior High - 100
  • Sponsorship to national SJWP competition since

From Left Andy Venske, IWPCA Public
Relations/Public Education Committee Megan
Bartholomew, Central Lee High School, 2007 Iowa
Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner, The Natural
Way, Effects of Typhaminima on Contaminated
Freshwater Systems
Iowa Childrens Water Festival
  • 2,000 5th graders attend a free one-day event
    designed to educate them on Iowas water
  • Topics include aquifers, surface waters, point
    source and non-point source pollution,
    watersheds, wetlands, etc.
  • Exposure to careers and volunteer opportunities
    through adult role models.
  • IWPCA provides financial support and volunteer
    workers and makes presentations.

Iowa Childrens Water Festival
  • IWPCA/AWWA-Iowa Section Water for People
    committees educate students about the need for
    clean drinking water and sanitation in developing
  • IWPCAs presentation of Cleanwater Heroes
    where students are assigned roles as constituents
    in the flow to a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Constituents (students) are removed from the flow
    as they enter the appropriate treatment

Iowa Childrens Water Festival
Iowa Childrens Water Festival
Iowa Childrens Water Festival
Operator Certification
  • Voluntary certification 1952
  • Mandatory certification 1965
  • Joint Operator Certification Committee 1991
    AWWA Iowa Section, IWPCA, Iowa Rural Water
    Assoc., Iowa Assoc. of Municipal Utilities, Iowa
    State University, Kirkwood Community College
    Advisory committee to state regulatory agency.
  • Voluntary Collection System Certification by
    IWPCA since 1995.

Laboratory Certification
  • Ad Hoc Wastewater Laboratory Certification
    Committee 1983
  • Voluntary Wastewater Laboratory Certification by
    IWPCA 1987
  • Mandatory Wastewater Laboratory Certification
    1997 modeled after IWPCA voluntary program.
  • Laboratory Practices Committee

Spouses Auxiliary
  • Official association founded in 1957.
  • First such auxiliary in WEF.
  • Annual program and election of officers
    coinciding with IWPCA annual conference.

Iowa Science Teachers Conference
  • Educate the educators about IWPCA.
  • Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.
  • Distribute copies of the WEF Water Sourcebook.
  • This curriculum has been placed in over 100
    education agencies in the state.
  • Discuss career opportunities in the water quality

IWPCA Biosolids Conference
  • Ad Hoc Biosolids Committee - 1991
  • First annual Biosolids Conference - 1992
  • EPA 503 regulations effective 2/19/93.
  • Iowa Chapter 67 regulations effective 9/21/94
    based on vital input from IWPCA members.
  • Biosolids educational video - 1996
  • Land Application Field Guide - 2000

IWPCA Collection System Conference
  • Voluntary Certification through IWPCA and ABC
    since 1995.
  • Annual Collection System Conference 1997
  • Training and Exam Opportunities 2 x year
    Collection System Conference and as a separate
    track at IWPCA Annual Conference.

Governors Iowa High SchoolWater Summit
  • Established in 2006 to help develop future
    leaders who understand the importance of
    protecting water quality.
  • A one-day event targeted to high school juniors
    and seniors.
  • Participants learn about water quality and its
    relationship to quality of life, economic
    viability of communities, recreation and public
  • Scholarships totaling 10,000 are awarded to the
    ten highest ranked students.
  • IWPCA lends financial support and discusses
    career opportunities in the water quality field.

IWPCA Reporter
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Message from the President
  • Committee Reports
  • Plant Upgrades
  • Member News
  • Regional News
  • Membership Information
  • IDNR News
  • Water for People
  • Safety Corner
  • Certification Practice Questions

Government Affairs Committee
  • Technical Advisory Committee to state regulators.
  • Keep the general membership informed of pending
  • Draft position papers on regulatory issues.

  • In addition to WEF Awards such as Bedell,
    Hatfield, and Burke, IWPCA presents the following
    awards to a select few of its members
  • Harris F. Seidel Education Award - This award was
    established in honor of Mr. Seidel, a 60-year
    member and former President of WEF. The award is
    presented to recognize individuals who have given
    exemplary service in the broad area of water
    pollution control and the environmental sciences
    through education, training and motivation.
  • Operator Advancement Awards Operators and their
    employers are recognized for excellence in
    treatment and overall community awareness,
    motivation and successful achievement in water
    pollution control and the environment awarded
    annually since 1958.

Awards, cont.
  • Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award - The award
    is presented to recognize individuals for
    outstanding performance, professionalism and
    contributions to the water quality analysis
    profession. This honor also acknowledges
    exceptional efforts in wastewater and
    environmental aquatic analyses and service that
    have been beneficial to the nominees facility.
  • Golden Manhole Award recognition for collection
    system operators who have provided meritorious
    service above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Wrencher Award presented to individuals who
    have gone "beyond exceptional duties" in the
    maintenance of water pollution control plant

Water for People
  • A golf tournament and strong-arm tactics (pass
    the hat) at the annual conference results in
    thousands of dollars raised for Water for People.
  • Each year IWPCA members travel to work on water
    (drinking and sanitation) projects for the
    community of Xicotepec, Mexico.

IWPCA Annual Retreat
  • Executive Board and Committee Chairs meet each
    January to plan and budget for the years
  • Meals and lodging are provided by IWPCA for the
    two-day retreat.
  • Brainstorming of new ideas, goals, and projects.
  • Networking to exchange information and inspire
    development of people, ideas, and strategies.

Young Professionals
  • Iowa State University Water Quality Club a
    student organization at ISU interested in the
    engineering and science of meeting our water
    needs while protecting the environment.
  • Supported by IWPCA through the sponsorship of WEF
    student memberships and a yearly stipend.
  • Additional financial support from IWPCA for
    members of ISUWQC to present their project at the
    WEFTEC Design Competition.
  • IWPCA Young Professionals Club January, 2008.

What Challenges Lie Ahead for IWPCA?
  • Membership Retention and Recruitment
  • Regulatory Changes
  • Succession Planning - Employers and IWPCA
  • Develop a Professional Image of Our Occupation
  • Encourage Involvement in IWPCA by Front-line

Iowa Water Pollution Control Association
  • Questions?

January, 2008
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