California Association of Sanitation Agencies
George S. Hawkins, general manager of our nation’s Capital utility - DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) - will join CASA’s delegates at the CASA Winter Conference to deliver the keynote address “Utility Leadership to Meet Today’s Challenges.” Hawkins is an environmentalist, lawyer and college professor. Prior to joining the public sector, he was a regulator and corporate lawyer.
Antioch, CA – The Bay Area Biosolids to Energy Coalition (the Coalition) is proud to announce the appointment of Paul Kelley to their newly created position of Executive Director.
State Agencies Release California Water Action Plan, Identify Near-Term Actions for Managing Water Resources
The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released a draft of the California Water Action Plan. The draft Plan is a joint initiative of the three agencies in response to a May Governor’s directive to identify key actions to address sustainable management of California’s resources over the next five years.
Registration is open for the upcoming 2014 CASA Winter and Washington D.C. Conferences! Get a jump on the New Year and plan your participation and travel itinerary for the next two CASA conferences. Hotel guest reservations are open and the travel itineraries are available at www.casaweb.org/conferences.
By Paul Burgarino Contra Costa Times
ANTIOCH -- Delta Diablo Sanitation District is expanding its efforts to find ways to not waste wastewater, but instead create renewable energy.
Since early this year, Stanford University researchers have worked with chemists at Delta Diablo's Antioch plant on a small-scale demonstration project that converts nitrogen found in wastewater into nitrous oxide gasthrough combustion with already collected methane gas. The reaction can create a powerful fuel source.
CASA Submits Joint Letter to Congressional Conference Committee Related to Farm Bill, Supports Effective Nutrient Management Provisions
On October 29, 2013, CASA submitted a joint letter to federal legislators identifying priorities within the final Farm Bill package and urging members of Congress to maintain provisions that would help agricultural producers manage nutrients more effectively and improve water quality in local watersheds. CASA joined the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and several other clean water associations in seeking to preserv
CASA Member to Testify Before Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, Highlight Important Role of Wastewater Agencies
On October 25, 2013, Kevin Hardy, general manager of the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) and CASA Second Vice President, will provide testimony on behalf of CASA before the Joint Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy and Assembly Select Committee on Ports (Select Committees). The subject of the hearing will be the impact of sea level rise on California’s infrastructure, and one of the topics discussed will be the role wastewater agencies play in adapting to expected climate change.
California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program is still in full operation. The CWSRF is not impacted by the federal government shutdown and is still accepting and reviewing applications, issuing CWSRF agreements and paying CWSRF invoices. There are currently no delays in receiving funds from the CWSRF. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CWSRF at (916) 327-9978 or CleanWater SRF@waterboards.ca.gov.
The California Energy Commission has announced its 2013 Emerging Technology Demonstration Grant Program. Workshops on the program are scheduled in Sacramento on October 22, 2013 and at the South Coast Air District on October 24, 2013.
This afternoon Governor Brown announced he had signed several pieces of water legislation, including AB 803 (Gomez) and SB 322 (Hueso), two key bills relating to water recycling which CASA has been supporting throughout the 2013 Session. AB 803 makes several changes to existing law that will allow for the increased use of recycled water by modifying definitions and procedures in the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) regulations regarding recycled water.