California Association of Sanitation Agencies
On September 16, 2013, the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (Las Virgenes) filed a federal court action challenging the recently adopted Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Malibu Creek and Lagoon. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) adopted the Malibu Creek TMDL on July 2, 2013, as part of a 2010 consent decree modification, and it is estimated that implementation of the mandates contained in the TMDL would impose costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars without any assurances of significant water quality improvements in the Malibu Creek watershed.
CASA joined a broad coalition of water and environmental stakeholders in support of Senate Bill 1508, the “Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2013.” This important legislation will help communities prepare their water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure for the threats posed by extreme weather and changing hydrological conditions.
At its September 24, 2013 meeting, the State Water Resource Control Board will consider increasing the annual fees paid by entities with NPDES permits and waste discharge requirements (WDRs). The proposed emergency fee regulations call for an across the board 4.1 percent increase in NPDES permit fees and a 27.4 percent increase in WDR fees.
CASA member agencies are among the water policy makers who will convene in Los Angeles later this month for the “One Water Leadership Summit” convened by the U.S.
Yesterday Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, issued a news release stating that his Committee’s Water Bond Working Group had completed its work and was submitting a “leaner, cleaner version of a State Water Bond” for public debate. The new bond language was amended into AB 1331 yesterday.
CASA submitted an opening brief to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on September 5th related to implementation of AB 1900. Adopted in 2012, AB 1900 directed the CPUC to develop health standards and pipeline integrity standards for the explicit purpose of facilitating the injection of biomethane into common carrier pipelines of the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs).
CASA Joins Broad Coalition at Press Conference Seeking Defeat of Bill that Would Silence Local Government on Ballot Measures
CASA Executive Director Bobbi Larson and State Lobbyist Mike Dillon joined dozens of other local government associations at a press conference this morning calling for the defeat of SB 594 (Hill). A late session gut-and-amend, SB 594 contains broad language that would effectively deprive non-profits representing local government, schools and law enforcement of a meaningful voice on ballot measures.
State Water Board Posts Revised “Enrollee’s Guide to the SSO Database” and Amended Sanitary Sewer System Monitoring and Reporting Requirements
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today posted on its website a revised "Enrollee’s Guide to the SSO Database" as well as copies of the Amended Monitoring and Reporting Program (MRP) for the Sanitary Sewer Systems Waste Discharge Requirements. The amended MRP will take effect on September 9, 2013, and addresses all of the significant issues CASA had raised over the course of its development. The amended MRP as well as a fact sheet and related materials are available
Today, at the CASA annual conference being held in San Diego, CASA Awards Committee Chairman E.J. Shalaby announced the 2013 award winners.
On August 15, CASA submitted a letter to California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District (Court) requesting publication of the opinion in Sierra Club v. County of Solano.