Top Reasons to Attend Our Conference
It’s not too late to join us at our winter conference, January 24-26, in Palm Springs. This year’s conference will help you jump start 2018 with a solid foundation to “Plan for the Best. Prepare for the Rest.” You’ll also have the opportunity to: 
  1. Learn about strategies to protect your agency’s assets, respond to emergencies and prepare for potential disasters.
  2. Expand your knowledge about emerging issues and technologies, new laws and regulations and what the future holds.
  3. Network and connect with your peers, policymakers and other clean water professionals from around the state.
  4. Share and discuss your challenges, experiences and insights among like-minded professionals through in-depth roundtable discussions and social gatherings.
  5. Get inspired about your role in advancing California’s clean water future. 
Legislative and Regulatory Updates
Assembly Announces New Committee Assignments
On January 3, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon kicked off the 2018 legislative session by announcing new committee assignments. New appointments that could impact CASA members include:
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra to the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee
  • Assemblymember Bill Quirk to the Appropriations Committee
  • Assemblymember Ken Cooley to the Local Government Committee 
CASA’s Adam Link Shares Insights on Pending Toxicity Plan
The California State Water Board is considering a new regulatory policy for toxicity testing and compliance. In a recent interview with the California Water Environment Association, CASA Director of Government Affairs Adam Link weighs in on what the proposed regulation means, how it will impact wastewater labs and what water professionals can do to help.  
Changes to Recycled Water Policy Ahead
The State Water Board is seeking stakeholder input on proposed amendments to the Recycled Water Policy. On January 4, Water Board staff held a workshop to receive input on a number of potential amendments to the policy, many of which we support.
Industry News
USEPA Seeks Information on Nutrient Removal
The USEPA recently published a notice in the Federal Register to seek comments on a proposed survey of all 17,000 wastewater treatment plants in the country. The voluntary “screener” survey is the first phase of an effort to evaluate the removal of nutrients at conventional secondary treatment facilities. 
WateReuse California Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards
Here’s your chance to recognize an outstanding recycled water project, outreach program, advocate, staff member or customer. WateReuse California is accepting nominations for its Annual Awards of Excellence. Nominations are due January 22. Winners to be announced at the 2018 Annual Conference in Monterey, March 25-27.
Member News
The Education Foundation Needs Your Help!
Our Associate members will host their 4th annual fundraising event benefiting the CASA Education Foundation at our upcoming conference. This is your chance to help deserving students while treating yourself to a vacation in Maine, or a spa day, or one or two bottles of very fine wine. Join us and bid generously!
 
Organizers need additional donations for the planned silent auction that helps raise funds for 2018 scholarships. Please contact  Joyce Gwidt to learn how you can contribute. Thank you for your support! 

Need ideas for donations?
  • Collectibles
  • Professional services
  • Artwork
  • Gift certificates
  • Rounds of golf
  • Electronic gadgets
Welcome New Members
We’re pleased to welcome our new members. We look forward to seeing you at the winter conference.
Mark Your Calendar
Rethink Methane Symposium Returns to Sacramento
Save the date for the 2018 Rethink Methane Symposium on February 6 and 7 in Sacramento. The Symposium brings together more than 350 policymakers, clean energy advocates and industry stakeholders from across the natural gas, bioenergy, solar, wind, hydrogen and fuel cell industries. The Symposium will examine how increasing the production and consumption of methane from organic and other renewable sources can help advance California’s climate goals. 
January 24-26
February 6-9
February 14
February 26-28
March 25-27
April 11
April 18-20