California Association of Sanitation Agencies
CASA concluded its successful 12th Annual Washington D.C. Conference with presentations by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-El Monte) and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton). Representative Napolitano addressed CASA delegates at the California Water Reception, hosted jointly with the Association of California Water Agencies.
CASA Members Engage in Panel Discussion on Municipal Finance, Visit Members of Congress on Capitol Hill
This morning at CASA’s 12th Annual Washington D.C. Conference, CASA members had the unique opportunity to hear from Greg Dotson, Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress. Greg talked about his prior role at as an environmental and energy aide for prominent Representative Henry Waxman and the exceptional need for crucial wastewater and water infrastructure funding in the coming years.
The opening day of CASA’s 12th Annual Washington D.C. Conference, February 23rd featured debate on the merits of the proposed Waters of the United States Rule, a panel discussion on climate resiliency and the utility of the future, and several featured speakers from the Washington media who provided insights on the 114th Congress and the 2016 presidential race.
The California Utility Executive Management Association is holding an Elected Official’s Summit March 29-30 in Indian Wells, California. The program features a presentation on Gen Y Now! Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership. The program, registration information and additional details are available on the CUEMA website.
February 13, 2015 - CASA members and affiliates stepped up admirably to the plate in contributing all of the necessary funds to execute the critical research on Ebola survivability at the University of Arizona NSF Water Environmental Technology Center. The primary intent of the project is to evaluate the survivability of surrogate viruses in wastewater with and without pretreatment. Researchers will also evaluate survivability in sewage sludge via anaerobic digestion (bench scale).
Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee Holds Informational Hearing on Water Bond Implementation
February 13, 2015 - On Tuesday, February 10, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, Chaired by Assemblyman Mark Levine, held an informational oversight hearing regarding water bond implementation titled: “Proposition 1, California’s Water Bond: Where will we go from here and how will we know we got there?” The hearing began with a presentation by a water policy representative from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) who discussed legislative considerations for implementing the Water Bond fun
February 13, 2015 - On February 11, 2015, CASA joined fellow plaintiffs from the existing Kern County Measure E litigation (including the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and Orange County Sanitation District) in filing a new action against Kern County for violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and violations of public noticing requirements. Specifically, the action challenges Kern’s adoption of a new zoning ordinance, the sole purpose of which is to impose onerous new requirements on the land application of biosolids in the County. The
February 13, 2015 - CASA will be hosting the 2015 Washington D.C. Conference on February 23-25 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Participants will have the opportunity to hear speakers and panels discuss a wide variety of national issues of interest to California water leaders. Acting Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kenneth J.
February 13, 2015 - Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with colleagues, hear from legislators and policymakers, and visit with representatives to discuss wastewater issues at CASA’s second annual Sacramento Public Policy Forum to be held April 27-28 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Details and registration will follow, but the program will include hearing from legislative leaders on issues of importance to CASA member agencies. CASA will help you develop relationships with your state representatives (or solidify existing relationships) by arranging capitol visits.
February 5, 2015 - Following a hearing February 5, 2015, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Hicks rejected Kern County's claim that the lawsuit challenging Measure E was untimely, paving the way for a full trial on the validity of the ordinance banning biosolids use. Kern had argued that the plaintiffs' state court challenge should be barred by the statute of limitations. Judge Hicks rejected that argument, and heard argument on cross motions for summary judgment on the merits.