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Spring Conference

Spring Conference

April 17-19, 2016

Crowne Plaza in Asheville, NC


Conference Location

Asheville Crowne Plaza

1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

Important Dates

Hotel room reservation deadline is March 18, 2016.

Early registration ends and registration fees increase after March 28, 2016.

The last day to register before the conference, or to request a refund is April 4, 2016.

Only on-site registrations will be accepted after this date.


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Register Online to Attend


Register Online to Exhibit


Student Registration

Complimentary one-day registration is available for high school students and individuals enrolled full-time at a community college or university. Interested students should contact Keller Schnier, PE (CDM Smith) by phone at (704) 342-4546 or email, or contact Allison Reinert (Hazen and Sawyer) by phone at 919-863-9269 or email

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Resort. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 1-800-733-3211 and mention you are part of the NC American Water Works Association & Water Environment Association group. Reservation deadline is March 18, 2016.

Room Rates

  • Double: $139 per night excluding taxes
  • King: $159 per night excluding taxes
  • King-Executive Suite $179 per night excluding taxes
  • Villa-One Bedroom $169 per night excluding taxes
  • Villa-Two Bedroom $199 per night excluding taxes


The Academy for Water Professional Development

The Academy for Water Professional Development is an NC AWWA-WEA initiative designed to advance the careers of water professionals. Developed with input from North Carolina utility managers, The Academy includes multi-level technical and leadership development training courses, with emphasis on the most desired skill-set needed by upper-level employees. The Academy’s structured and specialized training and certification program demonstrates competency at defined levels, beyond required state certifications, through the completion of courses and passing of comprehensive exams.


At the 2016 Spring Conference, two Academy courses will be offered. Please note that registration for Academy classes is separate from Spring Conference registration.


NIMS ICS Tabletop Exercise
Utilities Construction Skills- Level 1


Register online for Academy classes being offered at the Spring Conference. (Must be logged in to access form and register.)


Exhibit Hall

This year’s exhibit opportunity will be somewhat different than in previous years. We will be offering “Table Top Exhibits” in place of the formal Exhibit Booth layout. Only 30 “Table Tops” will be available and these will be spaced around the perimeter of the main hall where lunches, breaks and a social will draw attendees to your table. In addition, those wishing to show larger pieces of equipment or feature demonstrations of their product requiring a larger area, may reserve, at no additional cost, space in the outdoor areas. All this is offered at a cost of only $400 and includes lunches, breaks, a social and the opportunity to meet and talk with hundreds of water professionals from across the State of North Carolina.

Take a moment to read through the Exhibitor Invitation and Rules and Regulations attached to get the details. Registration for the “Table Tops” will open at 10AM on Thursday, February 11th and with only 30 available, we expect them to sell out quickly. The exhibit invitation letter also provides more information. You may also view a PDF map of the exhibit hall.


Please contact Marianne Keser at (919) 784-9030 x1003 or if you have any questions. 


Spring Social

The Spring Social will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Monday from 5:00 - 7:00pm and will be an opportunity to socialize with colleagues in a fun atmosphere that will include music, appetizers, a cash bar, and a cornhole tournament. Individuals wishing to participate in the cornhole tournament will need to sign-up at the registration desk when they pick-up their registration packet onsite.

Opening Session Speaker

Forrest Westall, Director of Regulatory Relations, McGill Associates

  • Formerly Water Quality Supervisor for the Asheville Regional Office of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR).
  • Mr. Westall has directly contributed to the development of laws, regulations, and procedures that influence every facet of how state and federal agencies manage surface water.
  • He has served as an advisor to non-profit and advocacy groups on environmental and natural resources issues. His strong background and understanding of environmental programs at every governmental level provides McGill Associates with an invaluable resource for helping clients resolving regulatory challenges on even the most sensitive environmental issues.
  • He serves as the Executive Director of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association, is a past member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, and a member of the North Carolina Nutrient Scientific Advisory Board.
  • He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Civil Engineering degrees from North Carolina State University and is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and Tennessee.


Tuesday Morning Tours

Join us at 8:00 AM in the Water and Wastewater sessions for presentations specific to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County (MSD) French Broad River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and the City of Asheville North Fork Water Treatment Plant (WTP). After these presentations, tours will be departing to each facility at 8:30 AM. Tour attendance costs $5, and pre-registration is required to attend a tour. Tour registration is available as you are registering for the Spring Conference. You may only register for and attend one tour.


MSD’s French Broad River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF)

This facility was placed into service in 1967 with a capacity of 25 million gallons per day (mgd). Originally an activated sludge facility, the biological treatment process was converted to Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs) in 1988 as part of a federal government initiative to promote “innovative technology”. The RBCs were retrofitted into existing primary and secondary clarifier basins, and activated sludge aeration tanks. In the same footprint, the 25 mgd activated sludge plant was expanded to 40 mgd using RBC technology.
In addition to the RBCs, other major processes at the French Broad River WRF include Screening, Grit and Grease Removal, Intermediate Clarification, Cloth Media Filtration, Chlorine Disinfection, Dechlorination, Gravity Thickening, Belt Filter Press Dewatering, and Fluidized Bed Sludge Incineration. Treated effluent is discharged to the French Broad River.


1.0 credit hour for wastewater, and 1.0 PDH for engineers will be available for attending the tour. Please be aware that while the tour is worth 1.0 credit hour/PDH, with travel time, tour participants will be away from the conference site for more than one hour.


North Fork Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
The Asheville Watershed is comprised of 22,000 acres of protected mountainous forestland; thereby making it one of the largest municipally owned watersheds in the United States. Pure mountain streams feed Burnette Lake, located at the head of the North Fork Valley in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The North Fork WTP is a 31 million gallon per day direct filtration plant located below the Burnette Dam and represents the first application of high rate filtration in the state of North Carolina. The treatment process includes sodium hypochlorite for disinfection, aluminum sulfate (alum) for coagulation of turbidity, fluoride for dental health, zinc orthophosphate and sodium bicarbonate for corrosion control, and caustic soda for pH adjustment to maintain a neutral pH and provide corrosion protection. The North Fork WTP along with the William DeBruhl and Mills River WTPs provide water to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County serving 124,300 customers. The system is comprised of 1,674 miles of water mains, 38 booster pump stations, and 32 reservoirs (water tanks) located throughout Asheville and Buncombe County.


1.0 credit hour for water, and 1.0 PDH for engineers will be available for attending the tour. Please be aware that while the tour is worth 1.0 credit hour/PDH, with travel time, tour participants will be away from the conference site for more than one hour.



Condition Assessment Forum

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM-2:20PM

Speakers: Brent Johnson (CDM Smith), and others from MSD Asheville

Many utilities are undertaking condition assessment efforts of their critical, and in most cases, aging infrastructure. Successful condition assessments require planning, setup, execution and post inspection data processing. There are numerous pipe assessment technologies available, and one appropriate technology has to be selected for the pipe characteristics that can provide the data needed to evaluate the pipe, and that can be employed at an acceptable cost. Many pipelines cannot be taken out of service for very long, if at all. Careful consideration of work sequencing, modification to normal operations, and risk avoidance must be coordinated with utility operations staff prior to and during the assessment. This forum will elaborate on the condition assessment process, as well as will feature a case study on the City of Raleigh’s transmission and raw water main condition assessment effort.

Regulatory Forum - Mr.Pilot Room
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 2:35 PM-4:05PM

Speakers: Forrest Westall (McGill Associates), Jaime Robinson (CH2M Hill), Erika Bailey (HDR)

The 2015 legislative session brought significant changes to key pieces of legislation, including the State Environmental Policy Act. Utilities are impacted as the changes impact linear, facility and water resources projects. Needs for rehabilitation of aging infrastructure is increasing across the state, and these changes simply the process. Case studies that include regulatory differences and benefits will be presented. The regulatory forum will also include an overview of water quality regulatory drivers and how they may impact NC utilities in the future. Revised Ammonia Criteria, Nutrient Criteria Implementation Plan progress, TMDLs, increased focus on Raw Water Quality / Harmful Algae impacts, alternative for E-Coli / Fecal Coliform Monitoring, and Biosolids regulatory drivers will be discussed.

G.R.O.W. with NC AWWA-WEA in Asheville

Arriving in Asheville early? Join NC AWWA-WEA for some relaxation and camaraderie on Sunday afternoon at an Asheville Tourist baseball game. The game against the Rome Braves from Macon, GA starts at 2:05pm, and NC AWWA-WEA is reserving the climate-controlled Clubhouse Suite and inviting you to attend. Representative from NC AWWA-WEA’s Water For People committee will be in attendance to answer questions about Water For People’s programs, and will be hosting a fundraiser. Registration to attend is $15 per person, and includes food and non-alcoholic beverages during the game. Registration for the Spring Conference is not required to attend the GROW event. Registration is available on a first-come, first served basis, and limited to the first 50 people. Learn more about this event.


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Spring Conference Technical Program Presentations

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2015 Spring Conference Technical Program Link Administration 6/23/2015
2014 Spring Conference Technical Presentations Link Administration 6/23/2015
2013 Spring Conference Presentations Link Administration 6/23/2015
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