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Oct 09 2014

CASA Advocacy Leads to Streamlined Water Board Petition Process

On October 7, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a resolution and final amendments to regulations governing its petition review process. The amendments will provide greater certainty for those seeking timely review of regional water board actions.

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Oct 03 2014

USEPA Science Advisory Board Releases Report on Proposed Waters of the US Rule

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) released a report addressing the proposed Waters of the U.S.

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Oct 03 2014

Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves Renewable Energy Goals

Through a public-private partnership, the City of Thousand Oaks announced on Thursday, October 2nd that its Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant is now capable of generating enough power on site to cover the entire plant’s usage.

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Oct 02 2014

USEPA to Host WIFIA Listening Sessions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is hosting a series of listening sessions to provide information on the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), recently enacted federal legislation that establishes a five-year pilot program to support water and wastewater related-infrastructure projects.

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Oct 01 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Alameda County’s Drug Disposal Law

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, September 30th upheld Alameda County’s ordinance requiring drug manufacturers to collect and pay the disposal costs for unused medication.  This decision represents a significant victory for Alameda County and other local governments seeking to develop and fund programs to properly manage and dispose of unwanted or unused medications.

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Oct 01 2014

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Recycled Water Legislation Supported by CASA

Governor Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation that will provide California households and businesses with access to recycled water.  Authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), AB 2282 would require the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Building Standards Commission to adopt building standards for the installation of recycled water infrastructure for newly constructed commercial and residential buildings.  In a statement, Gatto said that “Recycled water is cleaner than most of the water in our natural aquifers.  It’s wasteful and inefficient to du

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Sep 26 2014

Victor Valley holds Ceremony to Celebrate Carbon-Neutral Treatment Plant

Today, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) joined the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating their new “Omnivore” renewable energy system, a retrofitted digester that will contribute towards the Authority becoming 90% to 100% energy neutral by 2015.  Since 2008, VVWRA has worked to balance operation and maintenance expenses while achieving energy neutrality.  To accomplish these goals, VVWRA partnered with Anaergia Inc. and utilized an Innovative Technology Grant from the California Energy Commission.

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Sep 25 2014

State Water Board Votes to Adopt Water Quality Fee Regulations

The State Water Resources Control Board voted on Tuesday September 23 to adopt the proposed Water Quality Fee Regulations for Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015. The new structure will keep NPDES fees static, but with a one-time 3.2% discount for this fiscal year.  However, the WDR fees will be increased by approximately 7.9% as compared to FY 2013-14.

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Sep 24 2014

Study Finds Water Utility Projects Will Create 131,000 jobs in U.S.

This month, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) released a report entitled National Economic & Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector.  WERF and WRF collaborated with 30 utilities in the water, wastewater, and stormwater sectors to produce this new study that explores the financial gap currently facing the nation’s infrastructure.

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Sep 23 2014

Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy Kicks Off Clean Water Act (CWA) Citizen Suit Research

Last week, CASA executed a final project agreement with the UC Berkeley Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy (Wheeler Institute), which will allow researchers to begin their work on a white paper examining enforcement of water quality laws and regulations in the wastewater sector.  This white paper is expected to closely examine the circumstances surrounding citizen suits based on sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and present high-level analysis of potential regulatory approaches that can ultimately be shared with federal decision makers.  Supporting this objective, third party academ

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