California Association of Sanitation Agencies
On Friday, March 20 Senator Fran Pavley convened a Select Committee Roundtable/Hearing at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to discuss topics pertaining to “Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation. The Water-Energy Nexus: How Can It Help Us Achieve Our Greenhouse Gas Emission Objectives in 2020, 2030, and 2050?”
USEPA’s Office of Water is hosting an open webinar on April 1, 2015 at 1-4 pm EST (10-1 PST) to discuss the next steps for implementing the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). WIFIA is a federal action that, among other things, establishes a loan and guarantee program under which USEPA can extend assistance to water and wastewater infrastructure projects with a total project cost of $20 million or more.
CASA is taking the lead on two important issues to the wastewater community by sponsoring two significant measures this year, both of which were introduced in late February. These bills will be high priority issues during this year's Legislative Session. The CASA sponsored bills are AB 1144 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon and AB 888 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom.
CASA’s Second Annual Public Policy Forum is scheduled for April 27 and 28, 2015, and will provide a unique opportunity for CASA members to network with colleagues, hear from legislators and policymakers, and visit with representatives to discuss priority issues.
CASA and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) are jointly sponsoring two biosolids/renewable energy seminars on May 12-13, 2015. The focus of the seminars will be on innovative biosolids treatment technology and renewable energy production and utilization. Speakers will provide factual information on new technologies, operating experience and performance data, and the status of ongoing research if not yet at full scale.
CASA joined a coalition of associations, led by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in urging President Obama to preserve the tax-exemption for municipal bonds. The coalition letter emphasizes that the exemption has been a successful cornerstone of state and local infrastructure development for over 100 years, and has been used effectively to finance the vast majority of the nation’s infrastructure.
Federal Legislative Development: Waters of the U.S. Legislation Readied in U.S. Senate, U.S. EPA Administrator Pitches Funding Needs
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) who serves as Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works is poised to introduce legislation to overturn U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to redefine which waters are subject to Clean Water Act regulation.
California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to Host 2015 Special Districts Legislative Days May 19-20
The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) 2015 Special Districts Legislative Days (Legislative Days), is scheduled for May 19-20 at The Grand in Sacramento. Attendees can join roundtable sessions that focus on issues impacting special districts and participate in an open forum for candid conversations and idea exchanges.
CASA is taking the lead on two important issues to the wastewater community by sponsoring two significant measures this year, both of which were introduced last week. These bills will be high priority issues during this year's Legislative Session. In addition to these bills, CASA's Legislative Committee is meeting next week to discuss and take positions on over 100 bills that have potential impacts on wastewater agencies in California.
The CASA sponsored bills are: