Member Spotlight
Get to Know Paul Bushee, Advocate for the Environment With an Eye toward the Future
Paul Bushee is General Manager for Leucadia Wastewater District, has been active in the water industry for nearly three decades. He focuses on ensuring resources are in place to carry out the direction and vision of the district's Board of Directors. 

Bushee began attending CASA conferences in 2003 and a few years later, he was asked to join CASA’s Program Committee. From there, he served as Chair of the former Manager’s Committee, Past President, and now serves on CASA’s Board of Directors. 
CASA News
Popular Biosolids and Renewable Energy Seminars Sell Out
CWEA and CASA hosted two successful Innovative Technology Seminars, one in Oakland and one in Los Angeles. The sessions featured presentations on the latest advances related to biosolids and renewable energy along with the tools and projects which are using new technologies. Presenters included regulators Hank Brady from CalRecycle and Anthy Alexiades from CARB, scientists Dr. Becca Ryals from UC Merced and Dr. Sebastian Tilmans from the Codiga Center, consulting and technology firms Lystek and Bloom Energy, and member agency speakers John Hake from EBMUD and Shawn Redmond from Delta Diablo. Their presentations spanned a full range inclusing such topics as plastic removal from co-digestion feedstocks; fuel cell advances in biogas treatment; carbon sequestration through land application; and gasification with biosolids, amongst others.
 
For follow-up details about the presentations (which can be found on the CASA website under Resources), please e-mail  Greg Kester
Get Your Entries Ready For The CWEA Annual Conference Film Festival!
Start planning your entry now for the 2020 California Water Environment Association Film Festival and Awards. The film festival is your opportunity to showcase training and public education videos that your agency has produced about water resource recovery in California. Winning films will be showcased at the annual conference in Reno, NV on March 31 - April 2. The entry deadline is December 9, 2019. Click here to open view the online awards form
CASA Launches Field Study Project on Wipes Dispersibility
The Sacramento Area Sewer District and CASA teamed up to pilot a field study on wipes dispersibility that will roll out across Northern California in the coming weeks. The field study will examine how several wet wipe products, or “flushable” wipes perform in actual sewer lines.

The field study involves tagging different wet wipe products and sending them through manholes into small sections of sewer lines. The tagged wipes are then retrieved and studied. We are hopeful that the data being collected in the field studies will be a valuable tool to demonstrate how wet wipes behave in live sewer systems. There is still a need for more field study participants, especially in Southern California. If you're interested, please contact Jared Voskuhl .
State Water Board to Adopt Water Quality Fees for FY 2019-20
On September 18, the State Water Board is set to adopt the FY 2019-20 Water Quality Fees . NPDES fees are expected to increase by approximately 13% and WDR fees are expected to increase by approximately 15% (though not all WDR increases will directly impact wastewater WDR programs). Cost drivers for the increase include rising staff costs and program adjustments as well as budget change proposal adjustments. In addition, some fee increases in previous fiscal years were deferred by utilizing the fund reserve to cover some of the revenue shortfall.
Federal Update
USEPA Unveils Water Recycling Action Plan
At the annual WateReuse Symposium, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with several Federal agencies, revealed a new government-wide initiative to enhance the use of recycled water. The Recycled Water Action Plan will be published in the Federal Register, the public will have 90 days to provide input. CASA and WateReuse California will review and comment on the plan.  Read a prepublication of the action plan  here .
Extended NPDES Permit Terms Continue to Gain Support
After summer break, Congress is back in session. The legislative agenda for the next several months still holds promise for action in the House on CASA's priority to secure passage of H.R. 1764, which would allow states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider issuing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits of up to ten years. Congressman John Garamendi is the sponsor of H.R. 1764 and the bill has a number of Democratic cosponsors, including the latest to sign on, Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN).

The bill has bi-partisan support from members inside and outside of California. The Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure continues to work on a clean water infrastructure bill and committee discussions to address permit terms as part of a larger package are ongoing. The timing for approval of a clean water bill remains unclear, but a bill could be acted upon before Congress’ adjourns in December.
Member News
Water District Honored with Achievement in Procurement Award
The Eastern Municipal Water District was honored for the sixth consecutive year with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award by the National Procurement Institute. The award recognizes public agencies that are industry leaders in their processes for purchasing goods and services.

This marks the 10th time EMWD has received the award, including annually since 2014. “We are honored to again be recognized by the National Procurement Institute for our role in being an industry leader in the procurement process,” said EMWD President Ron Sullivan.

Congratulations EMWD!
Mark Your Calendar
Share Your Thoughts on Biosolids at EPA-hosted Meeting in 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reinvigorated its Biosolids Program and will be hosting a Biosolids Meeting in 2020. This is an opportunity for states and tribes to exchange information, discuss challenges and opportunities, and promote collaboration and open communication with the U.S. EPA. The meeting will take place in spring 2020 and will be free to one representative per state.

Beginning September 2019, the EPA will also host a biosolids webinar series for states, tribes and biosolids stakeholders. The first is Wednesday, September 25 th , from 2-3 p.m.

For more information email Feitel.alexandra@epa.gov or resek.elizabeth@epa.gov
Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes
Our climate is changing every day, and California’s water system is aging at the same time. The Public Policy Institute of California is hosting a free discussion about preparing California’s water system for climate extremes. Join the conversation along with state and local experts on November 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. This event will also be webcast live. For more information, go here .  
One Water Summit 2019 Is Underway!
Hundreds of top water leaders are in Austin, TX this week for One Water Summit 2019. This year’s conference is focused on sustainable, integrated, and inclusive approaches to managing water. From inspiring sessions, skills-building institutes and interactive workshops, the One Water Summit is your one-stop-shop for all this water.
Calendar
Sept. 21-25, 2019
Oct. 2, 2019
Nov. 20-22, 2019