Committee Seminars

Annual One-Day Committee Designed Seminars

These anuual seminars are highly focused on specific areas and address current regulatory issues, industry innovation, case studies, etc. These seminars are specifically designed by MWEA committee members and industry experts and are usually held in the Lansing area as a central location in the state.

Typically, these annual seminars will offer five to six hours of continuing education contact time (0.5 - 0.6 CECs or 5 - 6 PDHs); each seminar's individual event registration page will indicate the actual number of CECs, whether they are for wastewater (WW) and/or drinking water (DR) licenses, and the applicable CEC course categories (Technical, Managerial, &/or Other). Seminar agendas are updated to ensure attendees can participate annually and obtain their CECs each year.  CECs are accredited by the Michigan Department of  Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE).  EGLE course codes for CECs will be provided to seminar participants directly.  

Please note that some seminars may not be offered every year; be sure to check the MWEA Calendar of Events routinely for upcoming annual seminars by clicking here.  

SeminarTime of Year
Operators DayEarly February
Infrastructure Funding*Early February
Local SectionsLate April
LagoonsEarly May
Lab PracticesEarly May
IPP (Industry Pre-Treatment Process)Mid September
Northern MI Wastewater OperatorsMid September
CollectionsEarly October
Sustainable EnergyMid October
Health & SafetySpring 
ProcessEarly November
Maintenance Fall
Watershed & Stormwater Early December

Operators Day

EGLE CECs & PDHs:  Varies
Operators Day is a training opportunity that is held each year in conjunction with Joint Expo. Operators can attend for one or two days to learn about a variety of topics specific to plant operations. Past topics have included Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater & Surface Water, Corrosion Control, Lab Safety, Line & Leak Locating, SCADA, electrical maintenance, backflow prevention and much more.


Infrastructure Funding Seminar

EGLE CECs:  0.2 (WW Managerial & DR Managerial)
This seminar has been developed to provide relevant information to Utility Owners, Managers, Superintendents, and Consultants associated with infrastructure systems.  Attendees will be informed of current funding programs and what other utilities are doing to stay ahead of today's challenges with infrastructure systems.


Local Sections Seminars

EGLE CECs: Varies
Local Sections have the ability to host their own continuing education seminars, giving training and information that is pertinent to their local members.


Lagoon Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.5-0.6 (WW Technical)
The Lagoon Committee holds a seminar each year to bring attendees up to date about continuous improvements in lagoon operations and other important information. Different speakers are brought in each year share their insights and experiences gained over many years.


Lab Practices Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.6 (WW Managerial & DR Managerial)
The Lab Practices Committee hosts a seminar each year to present new methods, give updates on current testing & standards, discuss lab safety, and troubleshoot issues facing environmental labs. Some past presentations have touched on Green Chemistry, Staff Changes & Retirement, Laboratory Techniques, Asset Management, Working with Local Labs, etc.


Industrial Pretreatment Process (IPP) Seminar

EGLE CECs:  0.6 (WW Managerial) & up to 6 PDHs
The Industrial Pretreatment Program Committee has sponsored fall seminars for many years to give updates on key IPP issues. These specialized seminars focus on current issues and require significant knowledge of the underlying regulations and concepts. IPP Seminars are intended to be more practical with basic IPP training by experienced professionals in the field. The topics covered range from basic regulatory concepts to interacting with significant industrial users and implementation of successful strategies.
UP/Northern Michigan Operators Seminar
EGLE CECs: Varies
The Northern Michigan Operators Committee hosts a seminar each year to discuss topics relevant to operators, particularly in the smaller municipalities of Northern Michigan. Topics have included funding, maintenance, IPP, electrical components and discussions of all treatment types.
Collections Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.6 (WW Technical)
This seminar is designed to get operators, vendors and engineers in the same room to discuss the technical opportunities available for operating and maintaining collections systems. With such a vast range of experiences in one room, collections system personnel will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues they may have as well as sharing their successes.


Sustainable Energy Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.5-0.6 (WW Managerial & DW Managerial)
The Sustainable Energy Committee hosts a seminar to serve Michigan’s wastewater community with information and training about energy efficiency based on WEF’s Energy Roadmap. Energy is a significant line item in budgets of water and wastewater treatment plants, and this seminar will provide ideas for reducing your plant’s energy profile.


Health & Safety Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.5 (WW Other & DW Other)
The Health & Safety Seminar is designed to update water and wastewater utilities on current regulations and safe practices required when working on collections and distribution systems within Michigan. Health & Safety is of the utmost importance in the wastewater industry, so anyone involved in the treatment process is encouraged to attend.  


Process Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.5-0.6 (WW Technical)
The Process Committee hosts a seminar each year focusing on process optimization and using technology as an aid. The objective is to provide a range of information on new issues facing facility operators and managers, treatment technology developments and the process by which alternatives were evaluated and worked at a variety of facilities.

Watershed & Stormwater Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.5 (WW Managerial)
This seminar is held each year to connect Watershed professionals and give updates pertaining to Watershed and Stormwater protection. Topics in previous years have included Stormwater Asset Management Plans, Emerging Changes to Stormwater Rules, Stormwater Quality Controls, Legislative Updates, Groundwater Recharge Projects, and funding.


Maintenance Seminar

EGLE CECs: 0.6 (WW Managerial, WW Technical & DR Managerial)
Maintenance Seminars are held to discuss topics specific to the maintenance of Water and Wastewater equipment and are worth both Drinking Water and Wastewater CECs. Previous seminars have focused on Lubrication; Technical Pump Applications; Valve, Gates, & Actuators; Understanding Contract Documents & Blue Print Reading; and Pump Station Maintenance. 

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