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The Clean Water Professionals of Louisiana (CWPLa), formerly known as the Louisiana Water Environment Association, is a non-profit organization that represents everyone working toward cleaner water throughout the state of Louisiana. CWPLa is a Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) a global non-profit organization of over 30,000 members who keep the world’s water clean in various capacities. The members of CWPLa include water and wastewater engineers, planners, professional water and wastewater operators, chemists, microbiologists, ecologists, regulators, public health officials, scientists and researchers, communicators and educators. CWPLa aims to educate and serve everyone around the state working to keep our waters clean.

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The Clean Water Professionals of Louisiana is here to serve and elevate our members throughout the state of Louisiana. Through regulatory review and representation, networking opportunities, collaboration, newsletters, trainings and educational sessions, CWPLa is here to ensure our members that you are not alone in solving your water challenges. We serve to connect you with the water related resources and experts you need to serve your communities.

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Luncheon – Recent Developments in Optimizing the Clean Water Act Permit Shield Authorization

06-26-2024 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Presenter: Alexander Baron Sheffield, P.E. is CK Associates’ Water Program Manager

Description: This presentation will briefly review the history of EPA’s Permit Shield Authorization and how permittees have utilized the policy to obtain discharge authorization for various pollutants.  In the past several years, permittees have responded to new LDEQ policies (e.g., metals studies on stormwater discharges) by not seeking the broadest permit shield possible.  Recently, non-governmental organizations have put forth comments on draft permits that point out inconsistencies between information provided during the permitting process and other required reporting such as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).  This presentation will provide a discussion of the evolution of permitting shield strategies and how to maintain the broadest permit authorization under EPA’s permit shield policy while providing consistent information to the public regarding facility permits. 

Price: $45 for members, $50 for non members. 

Bio of Presenter: Alexander Baron Sheffield, P.E. is CK Associates’ Water Program Manager.  Mr. Sheffield has 38 years of environmental consulting experience focused on industrial wastewater/storm water issues. His work is primarily comprised of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting/studies, enforcement/compliance support, compliance plan development, and litigation support. He has been a member of the Water Environment Federation for 40 years and has served in numerous positions with the Louisiana Association (Membership Chair, Treasurer, Vice-President, President, Director/Delegate, and WEFTEC Local Arrangements Chair).  He fully supports the newly reinstituted state association and wishes it success.


  • Half smoked chicken with mushroom and onion chicken demi, and rosemary potato mash  (GF)
  • BBQ Salmon with corn maque choux
  • Half Rack Baby Back Ribs with side, pickle, and toast
  • Blue Cheese Bibb Salad & Steak
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