Coping with Change; Regulations, COVID, and Climate Change
September 29-30, 2021 – Portsmouth, NH

The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the two-day CSO/Wet Weather Specialty Conference & Exhibit sponsored by the NEWEA Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)/Wet Weather Issues Committee – LIVE – in-person, and virtually.

The theme for this conference is “Coping with Change; Regulations, COVID, and Climate Change”. The Federal and State regulatory environment on wet weather flow continues to change, sometimes creating overlapping enforcement requirements on CSO communities. Acceptance of integrated planning and new fiscal affordability approaches are allowing CSO operators to make reasonable, balanced, and cost-effective decisions relating to CSOs, SSOs, and CMOM topics. In addition, climate change and the resiliency of systems to protect against it continues to be an emerging issue. Finally, adapting to the Covid pandemic forced many communities to make permanent changes. The virus impacted the daily operation of our wet weather collection systems but compliance requirements remained stringent.

This two-day, in-person and remote, conference is an opportunity to share our national and regional working knowledge and experience to discuss how to meet these challenges.

Abstract topics that will be encouraged for this conference include:

  • Design changes due to Climate Change. How are rising seas, droughts, and more frequent/intense storms changing design standards?
  • Emergency response to catastrophic wet weather conditions
  • Long-term impacts of the Covid pandemic relating to CSO/wet weather issues
  • Regulatory compliance updates
  • Integrated planning strategies for CSO compliance and infrastructure renewal
  • CSO affordability strategies
  • Challenges of public notification of CSO Activations; measurements, data collection, and reporting
  • Nutrient components of CSOs in permits
  • Innovative wet-weather solutions
  • Regulatory requirements vs. municipality resources
  • Public education challenges – how do we do it without panicking the public?
  • Asset management planning

SUBMIT ABSTRACT >>  Abstracts must be submitted by Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

It is NEWEA’s policy that all participants are responsible for their own meeting registration and other meeting-related expenses.


There will be a limited number of in-person exhibit displays and sponsorships available for purchase.  Exhibitors will also be able to have This is a great way to support NEWEA while advertising your company to potential clients.  Watch for more information!


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH.  Call the hotel directly at (888) 627-7138 or (603) 431-2300 and refer to the NEWEA Room Block.  Rates are $191++ per night.  The block deadline is August 30th.  Group rates are subject to a date and space availability.

Parking is available for a fee.  Overnight guests have the option to self-park for $25.00/night in the gated parking lot or valet $30/night.

Attendees attending the conference are subject to a daily parking rate of $3.00 per hour for self-parking, or $9.00/day.  All parking rates are subject to change.

Questions – Contact NEWEA at 781-939-0908.