California Association of Sanitation Agencies
The State Water Board is calling on all agencies developing recycled water projects to begin the application process for Proposition 1 (2014 Water Bond) funds as soon as possible.
Each year, CASA recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken by our members through our Achievement Awards Program. We are now accepting applications for the 2015 CASA Achievement Awards. The deadline for submittal is Wednesday, June 24.
This year, in order to provide the best possible support to our members, we created a new Manager of Communications staff position.
This role was initially filled by Shery Vang, who left to pursue other opportunities. After a comprehensive search, we’re very pleased to introduce our new Manager of Communications, Brooke Sobol.
Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded, and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued an Executive Order intended to save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response, and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought-resilient.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with cosponsors Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV), recently introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act (S. 741). The bill is identical to legislation Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced last month and that CASA endorsed. CASA will join with other stakeholders in support of S.
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?” Greg Kester, CASA Director of Renewable Resource Programs, was an invited participant at the roundtable.
CASA and the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) are jointly sponsoring two biosolids and 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.
Assembly Members Jacqui Irwin and Brian Maienschein to Speak to CASA Members at 2015 Public Policy Forum
On April 27 and 28, CASA will host its second annual Public Policy Forum in Sacramento, where local agencies will have the opportunity to hear from state elected officials and subject matter experts on important issues to the wastewater community. This year the Honorable Jacqui Irwin will give the opening address and discuss her transition from local government to the state Legislature. Participants will also hear from key committee staff in panels on the future of renewable energy in California and the latest developments in Proposition 218. Assembly Local Government Committee Chair and Republican Assembly Member Brian Maienschein will give the closing address on Tuesday. See the full program agenda here!
The momentum in the Legislature is picking up, with the peak legislative season right around the corner. The Legislature left for their week long Legislative Spring Break upon adjournment of Session on Thursday, March 26. When legislators return to Sacramento on April 6, the Spring policy committee season will become increasingly busy. Assembly and Senate policy committees will begin meeting daily, often with overlapping schedules and sometimes hearing as many as 30 bills at a time.