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NJWEA/AAEES Workshop on

Resilient Utility Management – Plan, Respond, Recover and Adapt

Abstracts and biographical data due by December 3, 2019.

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The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) is sponsoring a workshop at the New Jersey Water Environment Association's (NJWEA) 105th annual conference. The workshop will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday, May 11, 2020, with a special breakfast session on Tuesday morning to close out the workshop.

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the workshop on the topic of resiliency in utility management, especially managing risks to minimize interruptions and ensure efficient operations for safeguarding public health and the environment. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners defines resiliency as robustness and recovery characteristics of utility infrastructure and operations, which avoid or minimize interruptions of service during an extraordinary and hazardous event. Criteria to assess a utility's resiliency can be further described as follows:

  • Robustness – ability to absorb shocks and continue operating
  • Resourcefulness – ability to skillfully manage a crisis as it unfolds
  • Rapid Recovery – ability to restore services as soon as possible
  • Adaptability – incorporate lessons learned and enhance resilience

Water and wastewater utilities today face a diverse array of risks. Some of the risk categories are identified below:

  • Climate change risks (flooding, seal level rise)
  • Aging infrastructure risks
  • Social challenges
  • Extreme events (manmade or natural)
  • Impaired water resources (nutrients)
  • Power outages (blackouts)

This workshop is intended both for specialists as well as for other environmental professionals interested in hearing from researchers and practitioners who are advancing the state of the art. The audience may include representatives of regulated community such as municipalities and utility authorities, as well as environmental consultants, and equipment suppliers. Attendees can receive continuing education credits.

The NJWEA was the first society for wastewater treatment professionals in the United States. It was a model for similar groups in other states and led to the formation of today's Water Environment Federation. This conference draws thousands of industry professionals from the NJ-NY-PA region.

Abstracts and biographical forms are due Tuesday, December 3, 2019 for our review. Presentations would need to be submitted by April 2020.

Please send a proposed title and abstract and a brief bio using the forms indicated below:

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