Message from Program Chair

Jenny Coker

Welcome to the PNCWA2019 Annual ConferenceThanks to your dedicated efforts, we received 242 submissions, and are thrilled to include 162 abstracts in this year’s Technical Program. 

Our industry is at a crucial juncture - a generation is retiring; our infrastructure is aging; a new workforce is neededand we must deliver projects faster, leaner, and betterHow will we meet the challenge of the future? The conference theme Bridging the Gaps in Bridgetown focuses on sharing lessons-learned, and synthesizing the knowledge of manufacturers, engineers, regulators, operators, maintenance and construction-contractors for more efficient project delivery.  

Due to your feedback, the technical program is offering: 

  • 40-minute presentations for more networking;  

  • More Panel Discussions for increased audience participation; and 

  • A workforce development focus including wastewater 101 and mentoring. 

On Sunday, we are offering five pre-conference workshopsTopics include Leadership; Sustainable Biosolids Management; Collections Systems 101Wastewater Process Control; and Collaborative Delivery, which is co-sponsored by the Water Design-Build Council.  

Tours this year represent our diverse approaches to meeting water quality standards, and include: Fernhill Natural Treatment System, Gresham’s Energy Net-Zero Plant, Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility, and St. Helens Lagoon System. 

Finally, as part of a resiliency focus for our members as well as our social justice commitment, PNCWA is offering the first 1,000 attendees a LifeStraw as part of your conference packet. Due to LifeStraw’s commitment to clean water for all, 1,000 school children will be sent LifeStraws to provide them with safe drinking water for an entire year. 

I would like to especially thank the volunteers from the Technical Program Committee for their dedication and creativity in bringing you such a dynamic program.




Jennifer Coker, P.E. 
PNCWA2019 Technical Program Chair 
City of Portland