California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Recently, residents across California who depend on domestic wells or very small water systems have been severely impacted by the ongoing drought. As a result, families have lost access to water supplies for drinking and sanitation purposes. In response, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued Executive Order B-26-14 today, which will provide relief for those who have been affected by water shortages.
In a final report released today, the United States House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Panel on Public-Private Partnership (P3 Panel) provided recommendations on how to meet the needs of both public and private parties when participating in P3s. Led by the Committee’s Vice Chairman, U.S. Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), the panel held roundtables, hearings, and meetings to examine P3 across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, water and maritime infrastructure and equipment.
This week, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released its proposed Water Quality Fees for Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 and the 2014 - 2015 Annual Fee Schedules. There have been some modifications to the proposed fee schedule since the draft Water Quality Fee document was released on August 14.
CASA recently provided comments on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in regard to methane anaerobically digested wastewater sludge that is converted to transportation fuel. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided feedback:
1. CARB encourages those operating at thermophilic temperatures to apply for a pathway under the site-specific Method 2B application process. Thermophilic digesters are not included in the pathway since there are so few operating in the state and CARB assumes that more energy is required to maintain thermophilic conditions.
Taking on more than 90 bills at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, the CASA Legislative Committee and state lobbyists worked tirelessly to engage with decision makers and ensure the voice of the wastewater community was heard.
Today federal officials, including DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli, and United States Attorney for Vermont Tristram Coffin announced the release of final regulations to promote the safe return of pharmaceuticals.
CWCCG Submits Comments to California Natural Resources Agency on Fourth California Climate Change Assessment
On August 29, CASA submitted comments through the California Wastewater Climate Change Group (CWCCG) to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) on the draft Scope of Work for the fourth California Climate Change Assessment. Since 2006, California has produced three climate assessments as a mechanism to guide state policy that will strengthen comprehensive actions to address climate change. This year, the CNRA released its fourth draft, which will allocate $2.5 million each year for the next two years to a number of research projects. Prior to selecting the projects, the CNRA requ
The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee (EQ) on Monday pulled back a bill that would place additional testing requirements on the land application of biosolids in Kern County. AB 371, authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) faced another round of amendments requested by the Senate EQ Committee to eliminate aspects of the bill that would have mandated testing at all land application sites within Kern County. This would result in impacts to a much broader set of cities in the County, not just the unincorporated sections as was the original intent of the bill.
State Water Board Releases Estimated Water Quality Fees for FY 2014-15, Final Draft Regulations Expected in September
On August 14, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released a draft of the proposed Water Quality Fees for Fiscal Year 2014-15. This document was provided to stakeholders for planning purposes only and a fee schedule based on final budget and revenue data is tentatively scheduled to be released prior to the September 23, 2014 Board meeting.