Onsite Wastewater Conference

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) holds single-topic conferences that advance the soil science discipline. These focused conferences also provide opportunities to further enhance the SSSA brand and identity.

Innovation in Soil-Based Onsite Wastewater Treatment

April 7-8, 2014

Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel, Albuquerque, NM





View the Full Conference Proceedings from the conference.

View the printable agenda from the conference.

View the Final Program for the conference. This includes speakers, times, titles, and tracks.

View the Program Agenda overview for the conference.




Registration Fees: Thru Feb. 28 After Feb. 28
Professional SSSA, NOWRA, or SORA Member* $295 $325
Nonmember Professional $395 $425
Student $75 $75







The registration price includes two lunches. A complimentary shuttle will be provided each evening for transportation to Old Town.

Starting March 14, a $100 cancellation processing fee will be required for any canceled registrations. Registrations may be transferred at any time with no additional fee.

*If you are a NOWRA or SORA member and are not seeing the member rate of $295, please contact us before making your payment.

Please contact SSSA headquarters with any registration questions.

Housing - Call for a reservation

To reserve by phone: Call 1-800-362-2779 and ask for the “Soil Science Society” conference to get the group rate.

Conference hotel address: Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102


Conference Papers

Submission Deadline Extended to February 21

The abstract deadline was 6 December. Accepted abstracts are invited to prepare a paper (draft due February 21, 2014) for the conference proceedings using a template. The proceedings will be available online at the conference. Papers can be research or case studies. Papers are limited to six pages. The papers will be reviewed for content and format, however they should not be considered peer reviewed/refereed papers.

View template and author instructions. (PDF)
Please email cmescher@sciencesocieties.org to request a Word document version of the template.

View sample conference paper. (PDF)

Wastewater manager

Conference overview

Natural resource professionals are being asked to treat human wastewater more effectively and efficiently in today's decentralized wastewater arena. This is a tall order and can only be accomplished if everyone understands the state of the science in this broad, interconnected field. Soil scientists must know the technology to make good recommendations to engineers about system design. Engineers must know the regulations to specify an appropriate system for a site. Service providers must understand system function to maintain the highest level of treatment. Regulators must understand soil and system capabilities to develop sustainable regulations. And the public must be educated about how their actions affect performance to increase system longevity and protect their investment.

The benefits of this SSSA conference on onsite wastewater treatment include:

  • Dissemination of the latest information in decentralized wastewater management
  • Forging of multi-disciplinary partnerships
  • Elevation of decentralized wastewater issues to the forefront of the national and global consciousness

Who should attend?

Soil scientists, engineers, onsite wastewater managers, environmental consultants, regulators involved in wastewater management at the local, federal, and state levels, private consultants, hydrologists, researchers, and manufactures of products.

What will participants gain?

  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art research
  • New techniques for treating wastewater
  • Unbiased evaluation of many technologies
  • Methods for evaluating soil and site conditions
  • Improved understanding of decentralized wastewater treatment systems as a green infrastructure
  • Methods for improved O&M

Exhibit or Sponsor

  • Exhibit at the Onsite Wastewater Conference
  • Sponsor the Onsite Wastewater Conference



Platinum Level

Gold Level
CIDWT (Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment)

North Carolina State University Soil Science Department
Orenco Systems, Inc.
Infiltrator Systems, Inc.


Silver Level
Soilmoisture Equipment Corp. 

Bronze Level
Clarus Environmental
Geomatrix, LLC


Patron Level
National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA)

Verdesian: the Nutrient Use Efficiency People