CASA Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Water Infrastructure
On September 26, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District General Manager David W. Pedersen testified before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on behalf of CASA and ACWA. The hearing, titled “Building a 21 st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Stakeholder Perspectives,” provided an opportunity for members of Congress to gather input from stakeholders on legislative water proposals.
 
Pedersen provided perspective on how the federal government can support clean water infrastructure needs that continue to outpace available federal assistance. He also focused on several of our key issues including full funding of the State Revolving Fund, and extension of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit terms.

The subcommittee is expected to develop a bipartisan infrastructure bill over the next several weeks. We’ll continue to work with ACWA and NACWA to advance our priorities as part of the legislation. 
Water Professionals Appreciation Week October 7-15
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The first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week kicks off October 7. We encourage you to highlight the value of your employees and your agency's work to advance California's clean water future. Use this kit for inspiration and social media posts you can use now.
Legislative and Regulatory Updates
CASA Continues Advocacy on CalRecycle’s SB 1383 Implementation
On behalf of our members, we continue to provide recommendations on the draft concepts of CalRecycle’s regulatory language to implement SB 1383. Specifically, we’re urging CalRecycle to include biosolids in its 2014 baseline data and 2018 study. 
Advocating for Our Members
CASA Comments on SEP Policy Amendments 
We, along with ACWA, SCAP, BACWA and CVCWA, recently submitted comments on the proposed amendments to the Supplemental Environmental Projects policy. We’re urging the State Water Board to modify several sections of the policy. 
CASA Weighs in on SRF Debt Management Policy
We're continuing to share our recommendations with the State Water Board on the improvements to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The fund is a critical source of financing for many of our member’s projects. We submitted comments on the debt management policy, including specific suggestions to streamline the policy to make the program as efficient, vital and effective as possible.
Member News
SVCW Kicks Off New Project Using Anaerobic Technology
Silicon Valley Clean Water is kicking off its project to maximize water and energy generation using new anaerobic wastewater treatment technology. SVCW received a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate the water recovery and energy savings provided by a Staged Anaerobic Fluidized-bed Membrane Bioreactor or “SAF-MBR.” Stanford University and Kennedy Jenks are partners in the research effort. 
Water Environment Federation Appoints New Residuals and Biosolids Vice Chair
Congratulations to San Francisco PUC’s Karri Ving! Effective at WEFTEC, Karri will serve as the new incoming vice chair for the residuals and biosolids committee for the Water Environment Foundation. Karri also chairs CASA’s Science & Research Workgroup. We commend her for her ongoing work on energy, biosolids and research related issues. 
Mark Your Calendar
CASA/CWEA Biosolids and Renewable Energy Technology Seminars
Join us on November 14 in Berkeley or November 15 in Irvine to hear from academic and technology researchers. You’ll learn about the resource recovery technologies and alternatives of the future. Register online by October 27 and save $20! Check out the preliminary agenda.
CWEA/EPA Effective Utility Management Workshop: Your Pathway to Sustainability
Thursday, December 7
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sacramento Area Sewer District
Attend this workshop to discuss the full range of challenges facing utilities and learn how to move toward sustainable management of operations and infrastructure. Developed by utilities for utilities, Effective Utility Management is a water utility management program based around ten attributes of an effectively managed utility and five keys to management success. Early bird registration ends October 27.
Registration Now Open for CWEA Collection System Workshops
This workshop is back by popular demand. Join your fellow sewer professionals and state regulators for an in-depth discussion of sewer management plans, enforcement actions and ideas for new approaches to managing risks.
  • November 29, Redding, CA
  • December 6, Vista, CA
  • December 12, Coachella, CA
Attend this workshop to discuss the full range of challenges facing utilities and learn how to move toward sustainable management of operations and infrastructure. Developed by utilities for utilities, Effective Utility Management is a water utility management program based around ten attributes of an effectively managed utility and five keys to management success. Early bird registration ends October 27.
Dates
Event & Location
October 12
November 1 & 2
November 14 & 15
December 4              
BAC Member Meeting Oakland, CA
January 24-26             
CASA Winter Conference Palm Springs, CA
February 26-28