California Association of Sanitation Agencies
On May 19, 2014, CASA joined WateReuse California, the Western Recycled Water Coalition, and several other agencies and associations in highlighting crucial elements of a revised water bond and requesting that adequate funding be allocated to recycled water in any such proposal.
After six months of debate, Congress is expected to approve a new Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) with provisions that provide for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) as well as 30 year terms for State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans. On May 15, the House filed the Conference Report to H.R. 3080. The House is expected to vote on the House Senate conference agreement Tuesday, May 20th.
CA Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) Webinar on Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative
On Monday, June 2, 2014, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission ("CDIAC") will be hosting a webinar on the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the "MCDC Initiative").
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Operations Chief Traci Minamide was interviewed by CBS News on “microbeads", tiny plastic beads no larger than a grain of salt contained in face and body washes. This CASA member shared that her utility recently took their own samples along local water bodies and did not find any microbeads.
The White House has released its 2014 National Climate Assessment. This is a significant report that represents the launch of the Administration's stated intent to address climate issues if Congress does not. The report finds that "continued warming and an increased understanding of the U.S. temperature record, as well as multiple other sources of evidence, have strengthened our confidence in the  conclusions that the warming trend is clear and primarily the result of human activities."
At the inaugural CASA Public Policy Forum, Senator Fran Pavley presented CASA with a resolution recognizing the first state event. Senator Pavley is pictured with CASA President Steve Hogg (right) and State Lobbyist Mike Dillon (center).
CASA Executive Director Bobbi Participation in a Public Policy Institute of California Forum on Paying for Water
CASA Executive Director Bobbi Larson recently participated in a Public Policy Institute of California Forum on Paying for Water. During Larson’s presentation, she highlighted that California’s wastewater utilities are moving beyond what they have traditionally done and done well which is the collection and treatment of wastewater in a manner that makes it safe to return to the environment.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson announced this week that, due to a lack of support among members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, she is shelving her SB 1014, a bill to create the nation's first statewide drug take-back program for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In the meantime, Jackson is amending the bill to reinstate model guidelines, developed by CalRecycle, for local governments wanting to create their own drug take-back programs, so that efforts can continue at the local level.
CASA member agencies continue at the forefront of the state’s drought response. El Dorado Irrigation District and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District projects are the focus of a front page article from today’s Sacramento Bee. As the article notes, as the drought has taken hold in California, “recycled water is winning acceptance. It’s expected to be a significant source of landscaping and drinking water for many Californians in years to come.”