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MSSC 2018 Annual Salinity Summit 

“Manage the Feast, Feed the Famine”

Tuscany Suites & Casino
February 8-9, 2018

Summit Registration Here

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Tour TBA

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   Exhibitor and Poster Presentation Set Up - Florentine C

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.   MSSC Board Meeting - Pub 365

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.   Platinum & Diamond Sponsor VIP Party – Pub 365

 

Thursday, February 8, 2017

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast with the MSSC Board Member Round Table - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

  • Updates from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Colorado 


8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m.  Opening Remarks & Preview
 - Florentine AB

Ernesto Avila, P.E. Avila & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., Program Director, Multi-State Salinity Coalition, Northern California Salinity Coalition


8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation
 - Florentine AB 

  • Dr. Robert Mace, President and Chairman of the Board, Multi-State Salinity Coalition, Chief Water Policy Officer, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University


9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Concentrate & Salinity Management Session Part 1 - Florentine AB

Moderator: Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water 

Speakers: 

  • Brent Alspach, Arcadis Carlsbad Desalination Plant on the Quality of San Diego Regional Water Supplies
  • J. Hubble Hausman, CEO, Enviro Water Minerals Company, EWM, “Update on El Paso’s Enhanced Recovery / Concentrate Processing Plant” 
  • Steve Morgan, Rowe Engineering, CERRO, “Concentrate Enhanced Recovery Reverse Osmosis” 
  • Robert McCandless, Brown and Caldwell” (invited)


10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.  Break
 - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C


10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Concentrate & Salinity Management Session Part 2 - Florentine AB

Moderator: Karl Longley, Professor Emeritus, California Water Institute, California State University, Fresno 

Speakers:

  • Bureau of Reclamation, Southern California Regional Brine-Concentrate Management Study
  • Rich Haller, General Manager, SAWPA
  • Richard Meyerhoff, Preliminary Plans for Brine Concentration and Disposal for CV-SALTS
  • Graham Juby, Vice President, Carollo Engineers, Inc. “Chino Desalter” 


12:00 p.m.-12:35 p.m.  Special Recognition & Luncheon
 – Florentine C

Moderator: Dr. Robert Mace, President, Multi State Salinity Coalition, Chief Water Policy Officer, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

  • 12:00 p.m.-12:05 p.m. Diamond Contributor: Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
  • 12:05 p.m.-12:10 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: John Shomacher & Associates, Inc.
  • 12:10 p.m.-12:15 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: El Paso Water
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Eastern Municipal Water District
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Water Research Foundation
  • 12:20 p.m.-12:25 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: 
  • 12:25 p.m.-12:35 p.m. "Salt of the Earth Award"
  • 12:35 p.m.-12:40 p.m. Student Scholarship Award
  • 12:40 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Keynote Luncheon Speaker TBD


1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  Revenue Stability Session -
Florentine AB

Water purveyors have had to address the challenges of providing a reliable water supply during the most extreme of climactic events that have impacted southwestern agencies in modern history.  These impacts have included dealing with reduced supplies, increased salinity in source water, inconsistent inflows and higher treatment and distribution costs.  For most agencies, these realities represent the new “normal” when it comes to water supply planning. Often overlooked is the long term impact that this shift has had on the other aspect of reliable water supply and service: long-term fiscal soundness.  This session discusses what long-term and near term approaches and opportunities exist to mitigate this potential and real fiscal drought.

Moderator:  Ernesto Avila, P.E. Avila & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., Program Director, Multi-State Salinity Coalition, Northern California Salinity Coalition

Speakers:

  • Paul Jones, General Manager.  Eastern Municipal Water District, Water Shortage Contingency Plan during the California drought and the use of “allocation based tiered rates”
  • Amanda Erath or Katharine Dahm, Denver Policy Office Reclamation's WaterSMART Title XVI and WINN Act Funding Opportunities
  • Joe Olsen, General Manager, Metro Domestic Water Improvement District 


2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Break & Demo - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

  • Eric Dole, PE, Hazen and Sawyer

Demo the Salt Miner Technology as one of the main topics presented.  Brine discharge to sewers from water softeners.  The focus of the presentation will be on the demonstration of the technology showing how it can prevent the salt load from ever making it into the sewer.

 

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Watershed Strategies Session - Florentine AB

Permitting Strategies, Brine Line, Conservation, trends, technical analysis, Longer Term, TDS – Due to Droughts, Water Softeners

Moderator/Speaker: Mark Norton, Water Resources & Planning Mgr., Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Speakers:

  • Roger Peery, CEO/Principal Hydrogeologist, John Shomaker Associates Inc., “Ground Water Modeling”
  • Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water, “Aquifer Recharge” 
  • Joe, LeClaire, Senior Professional II, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
  • Bruce Lytle, President, Lytle Water Solutions. Track Contaminates and Model their Movement in Underground Aquifers


4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  International Session - Florentine AB

Droughts, global warming, salinity control have no boarders. Many countries around the globe are facing similar challenges that we are facing in the US. To allow learning how salinity challenges are addressed in the different parts of the world, the group of internationally recognized experts will share their global experience.

Moderator: Mark Holmes, Water Resources Manager, City of Goodyear, AZ

Speakers: 

  • Jim Lozier, Vice President and Global Technologist, CH2M, Singapore Desalination Facility 
  • Sharon Medgal, Professor/Specialist, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Israel plant and issues
  • John Tonner, CCO & EVP, CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD


5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Reception, Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

 

Friday, February 9, 2018

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Keynote Session - Florentine AB

  • Department of Energy (invited)


9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Legislative Session
 - Florentine AB

This session is the traditional Summit Kick-Off Session. Federal and legislative representatives will discuss the future prospects of desalination management and water and energy projects and their financing for the future.

Moderator: John O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Murray, Montgomery & O’Donnell

Speakers:

  • J. Tom Ray, P.E., D-WRE, Hicks-Ray Associates
  • Rob Renner, PE, BCEE, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Foundation
  • Paul Kelley, Acting Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies
  • Hector Gonzales, Government Affairs Manager, El Paso Water, Legislative Policy and funding related to federal water supply projects (Bureau of Reclamation, Defense, EPA)


10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Break
, Exhibit & Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

10:30 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Climate Update Session - Florentine AB 

  • David Yates, Scientist III, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporate of Atmospheric Research, UCAR/NCAR (invited)


10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Direct & Indirect Potable Reuse Session
 - Florentine AB

Advanced Purified Water

Moderator/Speaker: Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water

Speakers:

  • Lanaya Voelz, Client Service Manager, CDM Smith
  • Carollo (DPR) (invited)
  • Wichita Falls, Texas (invited)


12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Summary & Adjourn - Florentine AB

 


 

2018 SPONSORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE

Platinum Level Sponsorship - $2,500
Sponsors the Reception, which will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018. It also reserves space for your logo, bio and contact information in the Summit Program and on the sponsors page of the MSSC website, as well as exhibit space at the Annual Summit. Platinum level sponsors will receive two complimentary registrations to the Annual Summit, a 5 minute presentation opportunity during the luncheon as well as a 6' draped table to display your company information while handing out the reception tickets to all participants.
 
Gold Level Sponsorship - $1,500
Sponsors a Continental Breakfast or Luncheon on either of the event days. It also reserves space for your logo, bio and contact information in the Summit Program and on the sponsors page of the MSSC website, as well as exhibit space at the Annual Summit. Gold level sponsors will receive one complimentary registration to the Annual Summit.
Silver Level Sponsorship - $1,000
Sponsors one of the Morning or Afternoon Breaks on February 8-9, 2018. It also reserves space for your logo in the Summit Program and on the sponsors page of the MSSC website, as well as exhibit space at the Annual Summit. 

Bronze Level Sponsorship - $700
Reserves space for your logo in the Summit Program and on the sponsors page of the MSSC website.

Exhibitor - $500
Reserves an 8x8 exhibit space at the Summit with one 6-foot draped table, power outlet, trash can and two chairs.

 


2018 CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS 

Don't Wait! The 2018 MSSC Annual Salinity Summit is a perfect opportunity to exchange information, update our industry on projects, and collaborate with your colleagues on new ideas. MSSC will accept abstracts for posters from both professionals and students! Papers pertaining to a broad range of Salinity Management issues are welcome.
 
Please note: Summit abstracts will be published in an abstracts booklet for distribution at the Summit and on an online proceedings at www.multi-statesalinitycoalition.com.  The deadline for submittal is Friday, January 5, 2018.

Example Topics for Technical Sessions - Inland Desalination, Ocean Desalination, Concentrate Management, Salinity Policy & Government, Challenges & Progress in Developing Brackish Groundwater, Salinity & the Environment, Water/Energy Nexus

Text of Paper: Format & Specification:
1. E-mail your presentation to: ckimberling@q.com or burn a CD-ROM and mail to MSSC, 4790 Caughlin Pkwy #267, Reno, NV  89519.
2. All papers should be single-spaced with a double space between paragraphs.
3. Left-justify your text with no indentations except title and author/author information.
4. Title, Author Name, Affiliation, Address,  E-mail and Phone Number should be centered under the title of the paper in the order listed.
5. Title and paragraph headers should be bold and capitalized.
 
Please submit your electronic abstract in WORD format by Friday, January 5, 2018 to:
 
Christine Kimberling
MSSC
4790 Caughlin Pkwy #267
Reno, NV  89519
719-237-3508   


Summit Registration Here

 


 PAST EVENTS:  

2017 Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit 

"Less Water, More Salt...The New Reality"

March 2-3, 2017
Tuscany Suites & Casino
255 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV  89169

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  Las Vegas Wash Tour. Clark County Nature Preserve - Introduction to the Las Vegas Wash, Pabco Weir -Water Quality Monitoring and Wildlife Management, Well Trailhead -Engineering Erosion Control and Revegetation, Northshore Bridge - Lake Las Vegas and Lower Las Vegas Wash, 33 Hole -Lake Mead Water Levels and the Future

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    Exhibitor and Poster Presentation Set Up - Florentine C

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.    Platinum & Diamond Sponsor VIP Party – Siena

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.    MSSC Board Meeting - Siena

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.  Opening Remarks & Preview - Florentine AB

Ernesto Avila, P.E. Avila & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., Program Director, Multi-State Salinity Coalition, Northern California Salinity Coalition


8:05 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation
 - Florentine AB 

  • Bob Lotts, Water Resources Manager, Arizona Public Service Co., "How Palo Verde NGS Employs Treatment and Air Quality Provisions to Deal with High TDS and Salinity Issues”


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  Legislative Session - Florentine AB

This session is the traditional Summit Kick-Off Session. Federal and legislative representatives will discuss the future prospects of desalination management and water and energy projects and their financing for the future.

Moderator: Jeremy Jungreis, Senior Counsel, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Speakers: 

  • William “Bill” Steele, Consultant, Temecula, CA
  • Michael Gabaldon, Operations Manager Water Business Line, AECOM
  • Paul Kelley, Executive Director, CalDesal 
  • Robert Renner, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Foundation


10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Break
 - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Lake Mead Presentation - Florentine AB

  • Orestes Morfin, Central Arizona Project “Protecting Lake Mead – Potential Salinity Implications”


10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Saving the Colorado Session - Florentine AB

Last year, The Discovery Channel aired a documentary titled “Killing the Colorado” which blames “short-sighted policies and poor planning” as the major cause of the current shortage on the river.  Contrary to the impression left by recent media coverage, cooperation by the States and water agencies on the Colorado River is at an all-time high now that water levels are near an all-time low.  Hear from four leading experts on their efforts to manage the drought’s impacts and save the Colorado.

Moderator: Warren Teitz, Senior Resource Specialist, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 

Speakers:

  • Colby Pellegrino, Colorado River Program Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Drought: A Nevada Prospective”
  • Bill Hasencamp, Manager Colorado River Program, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District, "Drought Contingency Planning in the Upper Colorado Basin - a Paradigm Shift"
  • Deanna Ikeya,, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Water Conservation District, “Avoiding Shortages in the Lower Basin – CAP’s Investments to Protect Lake Mead” 


12:00 p.m.-12:35 p.m.  Special Recognition & Luncheon
 – Florentine C

Moderator: Dr. Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator Office of Water Science & Conservation, Texas Water Development Board, President, Multi-State Salinity Coalition

  • 12:00 p.m.-12:05 p.m. Diamond Contributor: Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Bureau of Reclamation Water Challenge - Andrew Tiffenbach, Denver Advance Water Treatment Program
  • 12:05 p.m.-12:10 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Water Research Foundation
  • 12:10 p.m.-12:15 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: John Shomacher & Associates, Inc.
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Eastern Municipal Water District
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Water Works Engineers, LLC
  • 12:20 p.m.-12:25 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: El Paso Water
  • 12:25 p.m.-12:35 p.m. "Salt of the Earth Award"


12:35 p.m.-1:20 p.m.  Keynote Speakers - Kathleen Ferris, Producer & Michael Schiffer, Producer, Writer and Director
 - Florentine C
If you would like access to our movie contact:

Kathleen Ferris
602-615-4255
  • Documentary Movie - Ground Water Management, Groundwater - to Enact a Law for the Common Good”.  This lively documentary tells the true and inspiring story of the contentious battle between the farms, cities and mines that led, against all odds, to the passage of the celebrated 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, a landmark law in the American West.


1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.  The Effects of Salinity on Agricultural Session - Florentine AB

Increased demands to support the southwest’s growing population centers and recent droughts have placed greater pressure on agriculture to become more efficient with regards to limited water resources.  As a result, agribusiness managers are being compelled to utilize sources of water which were previously considered marginal for crop production.  At the same time, regulatory pressures have heightened the need to employ best management practices to minimize irrigation runoff and reduce the impacts of farm operations on streams, lakes, and groundwater resources.  This session will review the impacts of salinity on today’s agriculture.

Moderator:  Jeff Wall, Assistant General Manager - Operations and Maintenance, Eastern Municipal Water District

Speakers:

  • Kib JacobsonSalinity Control Program Manager, Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, “Impacts on Irrigated Agriculture by the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program”
  • Dr. Jeffrey Silvertooth, Associate Dean Director for Extension & Economic Development and Associate Director, Arizona Experiment Station College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Arizona “Salinity, Sodicity, & Water Management in Desert Crop Production Systems”
  • Josué Medellin-Azuara, Senior Research, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California - Davis, “Exploring Physical and Behavioral Responses to Salinity in Agriculture: A Case Study from Kern County, California


2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Break - Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Watershed Management Session - Florentine AB

In the last decade there have been continuous industry and technology advancements in water treatment, water reclamation, desalination, and direct potable reuse of reclaimed water that continue to lower commodity cost margins and stretch water supplies.  However, with the drought, limited and over-stretched water supplies, and new and increasing water supply deficits, and poor-quality water mitigation, there is a new “One-Water” philosophy that has water providers, water users, and environmental stakeholders coming together to better collaborate and manage water from a more holistic philosophy.  This “One-Water” approach attempts to think of all water equally regardless of its characterization as vital and integral to all intended and unintended users.  Some examples of this are the more holistic approach of engaging stakeholders for better water management at the watershed or basin level.  Also, there have been significant shifts at the county or city levels towards better water management through land use planning towards low-impact development (LID), LEED, and more sustainable development.   This Panel of experts and practitioners will share their vision, expertise and real life practical experience on how they have embraced collaborative efforts at the watershed or basin level in solving or addressing challenges.

Moderator: Mark Holmes, Water Resources Manager City of Goodyear, AZ

Speakers:

  • Mark Holmes, Water Resources Manager, City of Goodyear, AZ, “From Brine to Beautiful" A One-Water Watershed Approach to R/O Brine Disposal”
  • Lee Ester, Manager, SRP Water Measurement, Salt River Project, “SRP Flowtography® Evaluating Steamflow Responses Utilizing Time Lapse Photography”
  • KayLee Nelson, Planner (Water Resources), Engineering Services Office, Lower Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation, “Basin Study Program, Successes of this Program from a Watershed Basin Wide Management Approach”
  • Roger Peery, CEO/Principal Hydrogeologist, John Shomaker Associates, Inc., “Impacts on Water Resources Subsequent to Wildfires in the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico


4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  International Session - Florentine AB

Droughts, global warming, salinity control have no boarders. Many countries around the globe are facing similar challenges that we are facing in the US. To allow learning how salinity challenges are addressed in the different parts of the world, the group of internationally recognized experts will share their global experience.

Moderator: Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water 

Speakers: 

  • Jennifer McCloskey, Deputy Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, “Partnering with Mexico on the Colorado River”
  • Mike Mickley, President, Mickley & Associates “Permitting Practices for Seawater Concentrate Disposal"
  • Brock McEwen, Water Technology Director, CH2M, “Potable Reuse Emergence in Brazil
  • Brock McEwen, Water Technology Director, CH2M, “Potable Reuse Emergence in Brazil”
  • Val Frenkel, VP Process Engineering, Greeley and Hansen, LLC, “Controlling Salinity: Reverse Complimented by Forward Osmosis”


5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Reception, Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast with the MSSC Board Member Round Table Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

  • Updates from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas


9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Deep Well Injection Session - A Tool in the Tool Box
 - Florentine AB

Deep well injection is a technically viable approach to managing the concentrate that is produced from an inland desalting process.  This session will provide an overview of case studies from El Paso and San Antonio where deep well injection is being used for concentrate disposal.  Panelists will discuss an assortment of topics related to deep well injection including; geology necessary for successful injection, regulatory requirements, and overview of the costs and construction requirements for injection wells.

Moderator: Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water

Speakers:

  • Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water, “An Overview of Deep Well Injection for the City of El Paso”
  • Brad Cross, Associate Vice President/Hydrogeologist, LBG Guyton Associates, “San Antonio Water System, Deep Well Injection for Concentrate Disposal”
  • Steve Finch Jr., V.P., Principal Hydrogeologist-Geochemist, John Shomaker & Associates, Inc., “Deep Well Injection in the State of New Mexico”
  • Don Barnett, Executive Director, Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, “The Paradox Valley Unit:  20 Years - 2.2 Million Tons”


10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Break
, Exhibit & Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Innovative Salinity Management Strategies Session - Florentine AB

This session focuses on the evolving regulatory challenges of salinity management and opportunities and technologies available to address these challenges.  As the regulatory environment evolves, so too must our strategies to successfully manage salinity while maximizing the production of high quality water.

Moderator: Chris Hassert, Planning & Engineering Director, City of Scottsdale

Speakers:

  • Karl Longley, Professor Emeritus, California Water Institute, California State University, Fresno, “Salinity Management and Regulatory Issues” 
  • Paul Kelley, Executive Director, CalDesal, “Regulatory Issues and Opportunities in Desalinization”
  • Melissa Meeker, Chief Executive Officer, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), “Discuss New Research Opportunities and Innovative Strategies Employed by WE&RF” 
  • Charlie He, Associate Vice President, & Pei Xu, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Carollo Engineers Inc., “EDR Pilot Work and Results, New Mexico State University and Carollo, Scottsdale Water Campus Project”
  • J. Hubble Hausman, CEO, Enviro Water Minerals Company, EWM, “Update on El Paso’s Enhanced Recovery / Concentrate Processing Plant"


12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Summary & Adjourn - Florentine AB

 

2017 SUMMIT KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  

Opening Keynote Presentation: Thursday, March 2, 2017 
Bob Lotts 

Water Resources Manager, Arizona Public Service Co.
"How Palo Verde NGS Employs Treatment and Air Quality Provisions to Deal with High TDS and Salinity Issues"

Bob joined APS at the Palo Verde Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) in June 1982. During the next two years the WRF completed the facility’s start-up activities and went operational, producing 90 million gallons per day of cooling water for the nation’s largest nuclear power plant. During his more than 26 years at the Palo Verde WRF, Bob held various positions including serving as   Plant Manager from 2002 to early 2009. In light of the continuing issues within the electric utility industry regarding water needs and power generation, APS created Water Resource Management Department. Lotts assumed the role as the manager of this department in March 2009.

 



2016 Multi-State Salinity Coalition Annual Salinity Summit

"New Water for Today & Tomorrow"

Tuscany Suites & Casino
January 27-29, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  VIP Exclusive tour of Hoover Dam

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    Exhibitor and Poster Presentation Set Up - Florentine C

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.    Platinum & Diamond Sponsor VIP Party – Siena

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.    MSSC Board Meeting - Siena

 

Thursday, January, 28, 2016

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast, Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.  Opening Remarks & Preview - Florentine AB

Ernesto Avila, P.E. Avila & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., Program Director, Multi-State Salinity Coalition


8:05 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Presentation:
- Florentine AB 

  • Sally Gutierrez, Director of Environmental Technology Cluster Development & Support Program, EPA, Office of Research & Development (Houston), “Water Technology Innovation”


8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
 Legislative - Florentine AB

This session is the traditional Summit Kick-Off Session. Federal and legislative representatives will discuss the future prospects of desalination management and water and energy projects and their financing for the future.

Moderator: John O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Murray, Montgomery & O'Donnell

Speakers: 

  • Christopher Kearney, Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate, Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Brenna Mannion, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Outreach, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Steve Via, Regulatory Affairs Manager, American Water Works Association 
  • Zane Marshall, Director, Water & Environmental Resources Southern Nevada Water Authority


10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Break
- Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Where Once There Was ‘Waste’, Now There is Water Session: - Florentine AB

Update on Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse in the Southwestern U.S.

Moderator: Jeremy Jungreis, Senior Counsel, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Speakers:

  • Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water Utilities, and Daniel Olson, Senior Project Manager, Arcadis, “Update on the Pilot Testing of the Purified Water (DPR) Project in El Paso"
  • Tim Thomure, Associate/Arizona Water Business Group Manager, Water Reuse Practice Lead, HDR Engineering, Inc., "Recycled Water Reuse in AZ"
  • Julie Labonte, Senior Vice President, MWH Global, Losing The IPR- DPR Label – In San Diego, the Pure Water Program Is All About Surface Water Augmentation
  • Mark Holmes, Water Resources Manager, Public Works Department, City of Goodyear, and Deborah Tosline, Hydrologist, Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, “From Brine to Devine - A Story of Waste to Wetlands”
  • Greg Thomas, General Manager, Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, Escondido, CA, "Discussion of IPR Projects for Small Water Agencies and the Role of Regional Partnerships"


12:00 p.m.-12:35 p.m.
  Special Recognition – Florentine C

Moderator: Dr. Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator Office of Water Science & Conservation, Texas Water Development Board, President, Multi-State Salinity Coalition

  • 12:00 p.m.-12:05 p.m. Diamond Contributor: Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
  • 12:05 p.m.-12:10 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: John Shomaker and Associates
  • 12:10 p.m.-12:15 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Water Research Foundation
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: El Paso Water Utilities
  • 12:20 p.m.-12:25 p.m. Platinum Sponsor: Eastern Municipal Water District
  • 12:25 p.m.-12:35 p.m. "Salt of the Earth Award"


12:35 p.m.-1:20 p.m.
  Luncheon & Keynote Speaker:  - Florentine C

  • Estevan Lopez, Commissioner, Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation "New Water for Today & Tomorrow - USBR's Perspective”


1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m
Climate Change and Drought Impact on Salinity Management Session: - Florentine AB

Climate change and drought are increasing pressure on salinity control and management, which already had been a challenge for decades. New technologies, strategies and management approaches to control salinity in the rapidly changing and challenging word are vital for our society. Panel of experts and practitioners in the field will share they vision, expertise and real life practical experience on how we can successfully fight and overcome the natural challenges in the current climate.

Moderator:  Val Frenkel, Principal PM, CH2M

Speakers:

  • Mark Lambert, CEO, IDE Americas, Inc., "Carlsbad & Santa Barbara Desalination"
  • Pam John, North Water Treatment Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District, "The New Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center and its Benefits During Climate Change and Droughts"
  • Jim Lozier, Global Technology Leader for Desalination, CH2M, “Water Forever Whatever the Weather: Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Project”


2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Break
- Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. International Experience Session: - Florentine AB

Drought and climate variability knows no borders when it comes to its impact to water supply reliability.  Many of the challenges faced by domestic agencies are ones that have been around for a long time in the international arena.  This session will present examples of how our international partner agencies are responding to these critical challenges in seeking new water.

Moderator: Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Water Conservation District

Speakers:

  • Horacio Juarez, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith, El Paso “Brackish Groundwater Treatment Facility for EPCWCID #4”
  • Malynda Cappelle, Associate Director, The University of Texas at El Paso, “Competing in the Desal Prize & Piloting in Honduras”
  • Val Frenkel, Principal PM, CH2M, “Qatar Mega Water Reuse Project, IDRIS Programme – Solution in the Middle East”
  • Jennifer McCloskey, Deputy Regional Director, Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, “The US – Mexico Binational Process for implementation of Minute 319 and Potential Development of Desalination Projects with Mexico”
  • Rodney Smith, President, Baja Norte Water Resources, LLC, “Desalination Project Development in the State of Baja California, an Innovative Approach to Private/Public Partnerships in Mexico”


4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  Private/Public Partnership in Desalination Session: - Florentine AB

This session will explore existing, in-development, and in-planning public/private partnership projects with an emphasis on how financing and funding are being handled.

Moderator: Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator Office of Water Science & Conservation, Texas Water Development Board, President, Multi-State Salinity Coalition

Speakers: 

  • Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist | Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water Utilities & J Hubble Hausman, CEO, Enviro Water Minerals Company, “Concentrate Recovery of Minerals” 
  • Bill Swanson, Water Resources Practice Leader, MWH Global, & James Murphy, Executive Manager of Water Resources and Utilities Operations, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, "Water Grid Concepts for Funding Seawater Desalination – The Texas Example"
  • James Busby, District Director, Burgess and Niple, “DyVar Thermal Cyclone Desalination, A Very Small Texas Town Leads Innovation Loving County, Mentone, Texas”
  • Jorge Arroyo, Water Management Consultant, "A Customers' Response to Drought: Industrial Seawater Desalination in Corpus Christi"


5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Reception,
Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MSSC Summit Conference Registration - Florentine Foyer

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Exhibit and Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  Opening Keynote Presentation: - Florentine AB

  • Mike Hightower, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Sandia Laboratories, “Water Resources and Desal – Looking Back and Looking Forward 10 Years”


9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Desal’s Role in Drought Session: - Florentine AB

Ocean Desalination Projects & Permitting under the New California Ocean Plan Amendments.This panel will include a review of the May 2015 Ocean Plan Amendments and current implementation efforts, with a particular emphasis on influencing the siting, design and regulatory permitting for ocean desalination projects.

Moderator: Kevin Thomas, Practice Builder, Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Thomas, Practice Builder, Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc., “Ocean Desalination Regulatory Permitting Under the New Ocean Plan Amendments”
  • Mark Donovan, Doheny Desalination Project Program Manager, GHD International, “South Coast Water District’s Doheny Desalination Facility Demonstration Project”
  • Makrom Shatila, Project Manager, Michael Baker International, “Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project – Unique Design & Construction Approaches”


10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Break,
Exhibit & Poster Presentation Area - Florentine C

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. New Developments & Technologies Session - Florentine AB

Today as the Southwest and other parts of the world are facing the challenges general water scarcity oftentimes the result of long term drought, brackish waters in inland areas of the Southwest are being increasingly considered for municipal, industrial and agricultural water supply.  This use of brackish water sources brings with it a whole new set of challenges ranging from the treatment of complex saline waters to disposal of the resulting brine streams. This session focuses on the development of innovative technology to address the treatment of brackish inland waters and associated regulatory issues.

 

Moderator: Karl Longley, Professor Emeritus, California Water Institute, California State University, Fresno

Speakers:

  • Eric Dole, West Regional Energy Efficiency Lead, Hazen & Sawyer, & Steve Bigley, Director of Environmental Services, Coachella Valley Water District, “Floc and Drop vs. Shock and Drop: Two Treatment Approaches to Spent Brine Management from Ion Exchange Systems”
  • Jeremy Anderson, Project Engineer, CDM Smith & Scott Reinert, Hydrogeologist | Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water Utilities, “Proposed Expansion of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination”
  • Roger Peery, CEO & Steven Finch, Jr., V.P., Principal Hydrogeologist-Geochemist, John Shomaker and Associates, “State of Brackish Water Development in New Mexico: Current Uses, Development and Availability, and Regulatory Challenges”
  • Jeff Wall, Assistant General Manager - Operations and Maintenance, Eastern Municipal Water District & Graham Juby, Vice President, Carollo Engineers, “Eastern Municipal Water District’s AquaSel Brine Concentration Pilot Project Update“


12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Summary & Adjourn - Florentine AB


2016 MSSC Annual Salinity Summit: "New Water for Today & Tomorrow" The mission of the Coalition is to meet the growing need in the United States for safe, sustainable, adequate and affordable water supplies, we promote advancements in desalination-related technologies, salinity control strategies and associated policies. 

 

2016 Summit Keynote Speakers:
  

Opening Keynote Presentation: Thursday, January 28, 2016 
Sally Gutierrez

Director of Environmental Technology Cluster Development & Support Program
EPA Office of Research & Development (Houston)
"Water Technology Innovation"

Sally C. Gutierrez is the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in development of policy, regulations and guidance to further environmental protection in the U.S. The research staff consists of 400 environmental and chemical engineers, chemists, microbiologists, economists, hydrologists and other scientists and support staff. Key areas of research include: treatment and control of contaminants in drinking water, restoration of ecosystems, control of air pollutants, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental sustainability and environmental technology testing and development.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. Her area of expertise is water resource management. She was appointed NRMRL's Director in 2005. Prior to this appointment she was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division with the Laboratory. During her tenure as Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division, she was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Prior to coming to U.S. EPA, she was responsible for administering several water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater treatment permitting, and utility rates.
She is a member of the American Water Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers and is past President of the Texas Environmental Health Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors for AIDIS U.S.A.


Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Estevan López

Commissioner, Department of Interior
Bureau of Reclamation  
"New Water for Today & Tomorrow" - USBR's Perspective"

Estevan López is the 22nd Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, which is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. As Commissioner, López directs an agency of more than 5,000 employees who help maintain 475 dams and 337 reservoirs that provide more than 30 million acre-feet (10 trillion gallons) of water for 31 million people in the West. The Commissioner is also responsible for Reclamation's maintenance of 53 hydroelectric power plants that generate 40 billion kilowatt hours annually - about 15 percent of the nation's hydropower - and provides one out of five Western farmers with irrigation water for farmland that is the source of much of the nation's produce.

Since his confirmation on December 17, 2014, Commissioner López has been a key player in ensuring the sustainability and security of water and power supplies for our economy and future generations. With a $1 billion annual appropriated budget, Commissioner López prioritizes the agency's mission of delivering water and power while addressing potential impacts caused by drought and climate change. During his tenure, he has emphasized management tools such as basin studies and water sustainability activities including Reclamation's WaterSMART program.

He has a leading role in efforts to address drought in the arid West and leads the Bureau's efforts in ecological restoration in multiple western watersheds.

He is actively involved in the negotiation and implementation of Indian water rights settlements consistent with the federal trust responsibility to tribes and is an active participant in bi-national negotiations for sustainability pertaining to the Colorado River and Reclamation's relationship with Mexico. Serving in his role as Commissioner, López is also focused on seeking new investment to address the West's aging system of water infrastrucutre with an emphasis on prioritizing funding for operation and maintenance activities.

Prior to serving in his current role, López was the Director of New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), where he oversaw water management and negotiations with other states over interstate water matters. He represented New Mexico as the Governor's Representative on Colorado River Compact matters and as Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Compact and Canadian River Compact commissions. While at the ISC, he also served as the Deputy State Engineer. Previous public sector positions López has held include serving as County Manager and Land Use and Utility Department Director for Santa Fe County and Public Utility Engineer for the New Mexico Public Utilities Commission. He also worked for several years in the private sector as an Engineer for ARCO Alaska Inc.

A native New Mexican, López earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; one in chemistry and one in petroleum engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico.

López and his wife Susana have two grown children, Victoria and Juan, who attend college in New Mexico.

 

Opening Keynote Presentation: Friday, January 29, 2016
Mike Hightower
Distinguished Member Technical Staff
Sandia Laboratories
"Water Resources and Desal - Looking Back and Looking Forward 10 Years"

Mr. Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a civil and environmental engineer and has over 35 years experience in and research and development projects. He currently supports research and development projects addressing water and energy resource sustainability and water and energy infrastructure security and protection issues and challenges. These efforts include improved water resource sustainable use and management, brackish ground water and energy produced water use, assessing the impact of water availability on energy security and reliability, and improving the security, protection, and resiliency of water and energy infrastructures and resources.

Mike holds Bachelor and Master degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. Mike has published over 150 reports and technical papers, including article in Nature, three Reports to Congress, and chapters in three books, addressing water security, water and energy interdependencies, and advanced desalination technologies. Mike has served on several boards including chair of ASME's Environmental Engineering Division, and currently the U.S. Water Alliance, and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Technical Advisory Committee.