August 5-6, 2019
LaSells Stewart Center
Oregon State University

The 2019 Clean Water Workshop is presented by the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative of the Oregon State University College of Engineering. The workshop will cover a broad range of topics related to clean and sustainable water technologies, from watershed management to treatment technologies for water reuse. Registration for this event is now full. For questions and event access assistance, contact Brad Canfield, COE Outreach Programs and Events Manager, at or 541-737-7151. 


Program Info


Monday, Aug. 5

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Public Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment

Abstract: This presentation will address emerging opportunities for nanotechnology to improve the selectivity and efficiency to remove priority pollutants, decrease electrical energy requirements, and meet a growing need for safer and more affordable decentralized water treatment and reuse.

Pedro J.J. Alvarez

Speaker: Pedro J.J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, where he also serves as Director of the NSF ERC on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT).

Tuesday, Aug. 6

7:45 — Registration opens

8 - 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. — Watershed and Water Policy in Oregon: Are We Moving in the Right Direction? 
Louise Solliday
President, McKenzie River Trust

9:15 - 10 a.m. — An Overview of Harmful Algal Blooms in Oregon Rivers, Lakes, and Reservoirs
Dan Sobota
Water Quality Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 

10 - 10:45 a.m. — Use of Innovation by Clean Water Services to Maintain and Restore Watersheds
Ken Williamson

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Clean Water Services

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. — Poster Session I (Clean Water Services Water Treatment Trailer open)

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Lunch

1:15 - 2 p.m. — The Impacts of On-Farm Renewable Electricity Generation on Agricultural Water Use
Chad Higgins
Associate Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering, OSU
See related news story: "OSU study: Solar panels on 1% of farmland could meet global energy demands" (KMTR)

2 - 2:45 p.m. — Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Reservoirs and Associated Human Health Risks
Tala Navab-Daneshmand
Assistant Professor, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU College of Engineering

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. — Modular and Portable Water Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Technologies
Bahman Abbasi
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, OSU College of Engineering

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. — Poster Session II (Clean Water Services Water Treatment Trailer open)