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07/07/2021: We need YOUR help!  The deadline for nominations for the WWOA awards is August 1, and is rapidly approaching.  To date we have not received ANY nominations for Regional Operator-of-the-Year, or Newcomer of the Year.  Certainly, there are many of your peers that are worthy of nomination, and it does not take a great deal of effort to complete a nomination form.  Also remember that the WWOA Board of Directors recently clarified that the “Operator-of-the-Year” award is open to all WWTP workers, including lab and collection system personnel.  Please take a few minutes and consider nominating a worthy peer/colleague/co-worker.  Recognition is both rewarding and motivational!

07/02/2021: In recent months, an increased number of ransomware attacks have occurred against U.S critical infrastructure, including targeted attacks against the water sector. Ransomware as defined by DHS’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is “an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable.” Cybercriminals and state actors will leverage this technique to block access to these resources or threaten to publish any private or protected information to the public unless a ransom is paid.

06/25/2021: The Natural Resources Board approved the Emergency Rule to allow for online exams administered by a third party organization. As part of the next step in the rule revision process, the department is seeking your advice on the economic impacts of the proposed permanent rule.