Out in the Community

As part of its standard to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with members of the local community and greater water industry and to be transparent about its operations and programs, OCWD board members and staff speak regularly before groups and at events. We recently participated in the following virtual events: 

  • Following introductory remarks from Director Tri Ta, Chief of Hydrogeology Roy Herndon provided an update to the Seal Beach City Council on OCWD's Sunset Gap Seawater Intrusion Investigation and proposed monitoring well pair at Gum Grove Park parking lot.

  • Dr. Megan Plumlee, director of research, spoke during WES 2020 about OCWD's PFAS pilot study. The conference was hosted by the CA-NV division of American Water Works Association (AWWA).

  • Dr. Plumlee also presented findings from the PFAS Treatment Study to the city of Anaheim for consideration in its design of PFAS treatment systems for impacted drinking water production wells.

  • Exec. Dir. of Planning & Natural Resources Greg Woodside gave a presentation on the Prado Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) at a Scripps-hosted virtual workshop on FIRO.

  • GWRS Program Manager Sandy Scott-Roberts spoke about the GWRS Final Expansion during the OCWD webinar "How'd They Do That? An Insider's Look at Expanding the World's Largest Potable Reuse Facility."

  • Principal Scientist Jana Safarik presented during a virtual webinar for American Membrane Techonology Associations’ (AMTA) Membrane Master Class Part 6: Innovative Operations: Reverse Osmosis, on the topic of “Naturally Occurring Surrogates to Monitor Reverse Osmosis Performance and Integrity in Reuse”. This series presented the top conference submissions for the previously canceled AMTA 2020 Membrane Technology Conference.

  • Supervising Chemist Lily Sanchez gave a presentation on the OCWD Lab’s experiences with PFAS analysis and automated sample extraction techniques at the virtual National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC).

  • Engineering staff presented about the GWRS pipe epoxy lining project at the virtual Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute’s Pipelines 2020 conference (part of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE).