California Association of Sanitation Agencies
SUPPORT NEEDED: SB 1014 (Jackson), Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal System Bill in Senate Business & Professions Committee
On March 26, 2014, SB 1014 (Jackson) passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a 5-1 Vote . CASA is supporting the bill, which would authorize pharmacies to accept home-generated pharmaceutical waste from consumers without fees or charges, and would require pharmaceutical producers to develop and submit a stewardship plan to CalRecycle by July 1, 2015 for approval. SB 1014 represents a unified and uniform attempt to reduce the flow of pharmaceuticals to wastewater treatment plants, an issue of importance to many CASA member agencies.
Encina Wastewater Authority Announces the PureGreen Garden to Showcase Crops Grown with Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer
Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) launched the test phase of its flagship PureGreen Demonstration Garden. The garden will feature crops common in San Diego's commercial and craft agriculture economy including avocados, pomegranates, limes and tomatoes, and assorted herbs and lettuces. The goal of this garden is to provide for the scientific investigation, documentation and reporting on the soil, agronomic and nutritional benefits of a fertilizer regimen that includes using EWA's award winning PureGreen natural fertilizer.
Got Funding? This is Your Chance to Meet Face to Face with SRF Program Staff
Do not miss out on an opportunity to network with colleagues and hear from legislators and regulators on important issues of the day.
The federal appropriations bill includes an American Iron and Steel (AIS) requirement for the state Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs for federal Fiscal Year 2014. On March 21, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released its guidance on how to comply with the AIS requirements, as well as the process for requesting waivers. The update below from the State Water Resources Control Board provides additional information on the state’s implementation of this requirement.
Sacramento Regional County Sewer District recently completed a virtual tour of their Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. CASA welcomes all of its members to share their outreach efforts. These creative ideas to educate constituents on "utilities of the future" are a vital part of rebranding the wastewater community to highlight our resource recovery capabilities. The video is seven minutes in length and covers the treatment process, recycling efforts and more.
As Congress moves into high gear to examine the Administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request, Republican members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works wrote to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) about the decision to slash funding of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) by almost $500 million.
On March 18, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to provide low interest rates on State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans for recycled water projects that are ready to provide new water supplies within the next three years. The State Water Board adopted a 1% rate for recycled water projects with complete applications between the date of the Governor's drought declaration-January 17, 2014-and December 2, 2015 up to a funding cap to $800 million.
CASA First Vice President David Williams shares “10 Minutes with” BC Water News his thoughts on the utility of the future.
Brown and Caldwell Vice President Jim Graydon recently sat down with Dave Williams executive director of the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies to talk about the Utility of the Future, integrated planning, nutrient discharge regulations and his advice to the utility managers of the future. Read and enjoy.
In partnership with WateReuse California and the Western Recycled Water Coalition, CASA sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board supporting the staff proposal to provide very low interest rates on State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans for recycled water projects that are ready to provide new water supplies within the next three years.
Support Letters Needed to Promote Safe and Convenient Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal System - SB 1014 (Jackson)
CASA members are urged to send letters of support for SB 1014 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. CASA is supporting the bill, which would authorize pharmacies to accept home-generated pharmaceutical waste from consumers without fees or charges, and would require pharmaceutical producers to develop and submit a stewardship plan to CalRecycle by July 1, 2015 for approval. SB 1014 represents a unified and uniform attempt to reduce the flow of pharmaceuticals to wastewater treatment plants, an issue of importance to many CASA member agencies.