California Association of Sanitation Agencies
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.
On March 7, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the process for petitions for review of regional water board actions. Since early 2013, CASA has been working with the State Water Board to develop and refine regulations to establish a timeframe within which the State Water Board is required to commence its consideration of a petition for review of a regional water board’s action or failure to act.
The 2014 California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) will be hosting seven free Funding Fairs. Formed in 1998, the CFCC is made up of five state and two federal funding members. The CFCC Funding Fairs provide opportunities to obtain more information about the different member agencies and their available grant, loan and bond financing options.
In response to what is called the “Silver Tsunami” – the retirement of many high level staff in the water industry – a group of water and wastewater agencies have been working with California State University San Marcos to launch the first-course-of-its-kind for water managers.
The Washington D.C. Conference came to a close today with an address from the Honorable Timothy Bishop, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Attendees then heard from a final panel on developing a roadmap to address nutrients, where representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Defense Fund, NACWA, and the Water Environment Federation outlined what lies ahead for nutrient regulation and alternative approaches to nutrient management for wastewater agencies.
CASA opened the second day of the 2014 Washington D.C. Conference with a panel exploring the “Utility of the Future.” Panelists included directors from the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency as well as bioenergy innovators and leaders from CASA¹s national counterpart, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
CASA’s 2014 Washington D.C. Conference focusing on “Washington Policymaking in Changing Times” kicked off today with a Congressional roundtable panel. Senior Congressional counsel discussed the ins and outs of policymaking at the federal level and which key environmental legislation is expected to move through the Senate and House of Representatives in the coming session.
As the clock ticks on California communities’ water supplies, CASA delegates are heading to Washington, DC to advocate for prompt federal action on funding for recycled water projects that can provide much needed water supply for drought relief. As part of the CASA Washington, DC conference, CASA members will be on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of the California Congressional delegation and speaking on behalf of their shared constituents.
Today, Jean-Michel Cousteau spoke to more than 1,000 Bay Area students about preserving the ocean and not using the ocean as a “garbage can.” Students walked away with nuggets of valuable information about the wonders of the ocean and the need to protect it. The school event was sponsored by the Contra Costa Water District, CASA member Delta Diablo, Golden State Water, Republic Services and Dow Chemical.
Formerly known as the South Bayside System Authority (SBSA), the wastewater facility owned by the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos, and Belmont, and the West Bay Sanitary District, is now the Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW). The new name associates the authority with a very well-respected area as well as telling those who see it that SVCW’s business is clean water, which is the goal of any wastewater treatment plant. Similar naming conventions are being used throughout the country to rebrand the wastewater industry in order to gain more respect from the populations served.