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The Lower Columbia Section is an organization of professionals in the Clean Water business. We are here as a resource and as a location for you to meet other water quality professionals, share information, and learn. The LCS offers you a number of great opportunities, including:

Whether you're an operator or an engineer, a manager or lab technician, a supplier or supervisor, or anyone else involved in preserving water quality, we want you involved. Feel free to contact anyone of the Board Members.

2019 Lower Columbia Section Call for Nominations

PNCWA's Lower Columbia Section (LCS) recognizes exceptional service and performance in the wastewater industry every year. We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  1. Project of the Year: Sustainability
  2. Operator of the Year
  3. Laboratory Excellence Award

If you would like to nominate one of your colleagues, please send your nomination to the PNCWA-LCS Awards Coordinator listed below. This is a great way to honor a hard-working Clean Water Professional in your organization. Nominations may be made by PNCWA members or any operator, manager, supervisor, city engineer/official, district board/council member, consulting engineer, or manufacturer representative. These awards are in recognition of exceptional service to the wastewater industry. Eligible nominees are all water professionals in the counties of: Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, Hood River, and Wasco (i.e. the LCS service area.)

Application packets can be found here or by emailing Jana Otero ( Please let Jana know if you have any questions about the application process.

Applications must be submitted to Jana Otero ( by April 15, 2019


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Job Openings!

Operations Superintendent
City of McMinnville
Full Time $63,504 - $81,072 per year
Closing Date:  Open until filled with first review of applications is April 1, 2019

Duties:  Supervises and motivates the Water Reclamation Facility operations and maintenance staff and oversees the Biosolids Program; analyzes, plans, and implements operations and maintenance improvements; reviews budget estimates; manages facility control system (SCADA), CMMS system and HACHWIMS Database; responds to public inquires and complaints; conducts inspections, reviews operations, develops operating policies and procedures;ensures compliance with all safety rules and procedures; and maintains proficiency by attending training conferences and meeting.

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge skills and abilities to perform the job will be qualifying.  Possession of an Oregon Grade III Wastewater Treatment System Operation certificate is required.  Possession of an Oregon Grade IV Wastewater Treatment System Operation certificate is desirable, but is not required.

To Apply:  Submit application materials to

Additional Information:  Application materials are available on the City's website at  Additional information is available by calling (503) 434-2328.  The City of McMinnville is an equal opportunity employer.

When we're notified of job openings, we'll post them here. The PNCWA has a job bank that is worth checking out.



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Carollo Engineering Brown and Caldwell
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Lower Columbia Section Operator of the Year

Congratulations to Amy Williams and Mathew Zak, the 2016 Operators of the Year!

Amy Williams is a Treatment Plant Operator with the Water Environment Services of Clackamas County.

Matthew Zak is the Collection Systems Operation with the Water Environment Services of Clackamas County.