CASA News
State Water Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel to Address Annual Conference
State Water Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel will be addressing attendees at the CASA Annual Conference on Friday, August 23 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Board in March 2017 and designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chair of the Board earlier this year.

Previously, he served as assistant secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency and worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. He will talk to attendees about his experience on the State Water Board and the board’s upcoming water quality priorities.

Join us to hear Chair Esquivel and our other excellent presenters! Today is the hotel cut-off date! Have you made your reservation? Make your reservation here .
CASA Releases New Funding Opportunities List
As part of an ongoing commitment to provide CASA's members with timely and relevant information, our website has been updated to provide information and links to funding opportunities for renewable energy, co-digestion, and other renewable resources. You can find this list under the Resources tab on the website. Both Federal and State opportunities are featured, including both loans and grants. We hope you will check it out, and let us know if you find the information useful. If you are aware of any additional wastewater agency funding programs, please share them with CASA staff as we want the webpage to be as complete as possible.
CASA Comments on Significant Organics Diversion Regulations
CASA recently provided comments to CalRecycle on the second iteration of draft regulatory text to implement SB 1383. SB 1383 requires, among other things, a 75 percent diversion of organic waste, including biosolids, away from landfills by 2025. CalRecycle has been responsive to our comments to date, but several issues remain.
Federal Update
Permit Terms Legislation Continues Making Great Strides
Federal legislation to extend National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit terms to up to 10 years continues to gain support in Congress. HR 1764, introduced by Representative John Garamendi, is co-sponsored by eight Democratic co-sponsors and supported by Republican committee staff and members.

The growing levels of national support is illustrated by a recent letter of support issued Friday by an association of Ohio municipalities. The issue is also beginning to garner some media attention since CASA was interviewed last week by the highly respected Energy and Environment News.

The article is important because it vividly illustrates that support for the Garamendi legislation is grounded in common sense on the value of aligning a permit term to construction schedules that preserve the Clean Water Act’s underlying monitoring, enforcement and compliance mandates.
House SRF Infrastructure Legislation Currently Under Way
The Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure continues to work toward finalizing a clean water infrastructure package that could be considered by the full Committee. Discussion continues on a handful of policy issues including the adoption of Buy American mandates, affordability policy reforms and extended permit terms.

The challenging issue of how much funding to commit to the clean water and drinking water state revolving funds appears close to being settled. It has been reported that the funds would be renewed at $15.8 billion, down from the original proposal of $20 billion, over five years. With the Congressional summer recess underway, action on any legislation will likely await Congress' return to work after Labor Day.
New Water Legislation Would Invest $250 Billion for Clean Water
Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Dale Kildee introduced legislation this past week in the senate and house to address water infrastructure needs with a focus on disadvantaged communities and sustainable water supplies.
Budget Agreement Reached, Setting Final Spending Decisions in Motion
On a bipartisan basis, congressional leadership reached an agreement with the White House that raises the debt ceiling and establishes overall funding increases. The funds will go towards defense and non-defense programs for the next two fiscal years, with a $300 billion increase agreed upon.
Member News
CASA Board Member Grace Hyde Retires
Grace Hyde, Chief Engineer and General Manager of Los Angeles County Sanitation DIstricts, retired Friday, July 26 after 36 years of service. We wish Grace a happy retirement! Grace is a current CASA Board Member and has contributed greatly to CASA over the years.

The new General Manager is Robert Ferrante, former Tri-TAC Air Committee Chair. Welcome Robert!
CASA Members Featured on Top Radio Program
NPR’s Marketplace Program recently featured the Oro Loma and Castro Valley Sanitary Districts in a "Nature: The next big thing in climate adaptation technology?" podcast. The story focuses on the use of horizontal levees and levee response to rising seas. Oro Loma and Castro Valley Sanitary Districts have been partnering with several organizations for the past four years to advance the industry’s knowledge of a promising alternative for flood control, critical habitat protection and polishing of advanced wastewater treatment.

The East Bay Dischargers Authority has also joined the partnership, which was recently awarded an additional $1.5 million grant to advance the research and explore regulatory barriers to future implementation. For the full story and to listen to the podcast go here.
Vallecitos Water District Utilizes Innovative Trenchless Technology
Trenchless pipe repair, a method of replacing sewer pipe without digging or removing the old pipe, is saving Vallecitos Water District ratepayers money and reducing traffic delays.

The District is using the trenchless method to extend the life of its service pipelines while avoiding the disruption of excavation trenches and traffic rerouting around work areas on public streets. This trenchless technology method increases the efficiency and the service life of the pipe without having to replace it; eliminating paving and reducing traffic interruptions. 

“Traditional installation methods cause such a disruption to customers daily routine, so we’re really lucky when this type of project presents itself to the District,” said Jason Hubbard, a senior engineer with the district. “Our residents are going to have a much better day without navigating a large construction zone – they can also be quite noisy and dusty. Bottom line, everyone’s happy.”
Mark Your Calendar
FREE Webinar to Prepare for Power Shutoffs
The Association of California Water Agencies is hosting a free online webinar on August 9 from noon to 1 p.m. The focus is on actions that water agencies can take to prepare for and mitigate impacts to services resulting from electric utility de-energization, though these same types of power shut-offs can impact wastewater agencies as well. To participate, you must register here .

The webinar will be held in conjunction with ACWA’s Energy Committee meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.
Come Hear the Latest in Innovative Technologies!
CASA and CWEA are hosting two biosolids and renewable energy innovation seminars. The fast-paced workshops brings together professionals to solve California’s toughest resource recovery challenges. This is a great opportunity to learn, share and network with innovation experts. 

CASA's Greg Kester is your host for the seminars, which take place from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 at the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building in Oakland and Tuesday, September 17 at the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion in Playa Del Rey.
 
For more information go here .
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