The U.S. EPA, Water Boards, and Sacramento State Environmental Finance Center are co-sponsoring a pair of free, one-day forums to discuss municipal stormwater finance issues, sources, and strategies. The first forum is in Alhambra, near LA, on April 3rd. The second forum is in Oakland on April 5th. Anyone who wants to learn about these issues and share their views on how to address stormwater finance is invited. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Here’s some basic information about the forums and links to the registration website:

Funding Stormwater: The Next Great Challenge

How do we build successful stormwater finance strategies? These forums address important challenges municipal program managers face in building financial capacity including:

  • Key questions every local program manager must ask and answer before seeking funding
  • Defining your program scope and funding needs
  • Practical advice on developing stormwater program finance plans and budgets
  • Strategies for overcoming barriers to stormwater funding
  • Introduction to available public and private funding sources for capital and O&M needs
  • Advice on funding multi-purpose projects that address stormwater quality and other goals

April 3rd in LA/Alhambra: http://la.stormwater.co/

April 5th in Oakland: http://oakland.stormwater.co/

Admission is free but registration is required.

Communication Essentials Workshop
Registration is Open 

Everywhere we turn we find the need for better public communication. We must become great communicators so we can engage our communities on topics such as drought, rates, upgrades due to regulations, construction projects, what-to-flush, relining projects, odors, overflows and more. This workshop is hosted by CASA’s Communication Workgroup in partnership with CWEA. The facilitators are communication leaders from some of California’s largest wastewater and resource recovery agencies. Lunch is included. You can earn up to 5.2 CWEA Contact Hours towards ALL CWEA vocations. Please refer to the flyer for more informationComm-slider

How can you transform your agency from a silent service into one that is well known and respected in your community?

Through communications! This workshop will teach you the essentials of a communications program and how to implement one.

Register Online

Participants will learn:

  • Why a communications program is critical to your agency’s objectives
  • How to make more informed decisions around communications/planning
  • How to convey the value of a communications program to colleagues
  • The key components of a media relations program
  • To develop a media relations and crisis communication policy/plan
  • How to identify your communication toolkit priorities & make an action plan

Who Should Attend: 

  • Agency leaders
  • Public affairs professionals
  • Project managers and engineers
  • Public works leaders
  • Collection system leads, supervisors and managers
  • Biosolids professionals
  • Treatment plant managers

 

 

Biomass Magazine reports the California Energy Commission approved a $3 million grant for the design, construction and operation of an anaerobic digestion (AD) system at the Ellis Water Recycling Facility. This facility in the City of Petaluma will produce 150,000 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of renewal natural gas (RNG) made from food and beverage waste.

The funding is provided by the energy commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Read more about the project here.

CWEA State Board nominees will be up for member vote at the April 29th Annual Business Meeting portion of the Awards Lunch at Annual Conference 2016 in Santa Clara. If you’re coming to the Annual Business Meeting, great; if you are not coming, please send us a proxy by April 7 so we can meet our quorum.You do not need to register for the Awards Lunch or the Annual Conference to attend the Annual Business portion of the Awards Lunch; however, you need to notify staff at the conference registration desk if you wish to attend only the Annual Business Meeting portion without registering for the conference or the lunch. 

The CWEA State Board nominees for 2016-17 are:

Connie Leonard, Senior Project Manager at CDM Smith for Vice President (from the South, will be President in third year of a four-year service),

Hala Titus, Vice President/Project Manager at CDM Smith, for Director at-large from the North (three-year term),

Charles Greely, Senior Project Manager at Dudek, for Director at-large from the South (serve as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term), and

Michael Rosenberg, General Water Utilities Supervisor at City of San Diego, for Water Environment Federation Delegate Director from the South (three-year term starting in October 2016).

The candidates automatically appointed by the Board as chairs of their respective committees:

Steve Krautheim, Field Services Manager at Novato Sanitary District, for Northern Regional Committee Chair (three-year term).

Sam Rose, Superintendent-Wastewater Collection System at South Placer Municipal Utility District, for Technical Certification Program Chair (one-year term).

For nominee bios, see: http://www.cwea.org/pdf/board/BoardNominees2016.pdf 

For a proxy form see: http://www.cwea.org/pdf/board/Proxy2016.pdf

 

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During this holiday season, our office will be closed starting Friday, December 23nd and will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd.

If you have an urgent matter that requires immediate attention please call our office line (510) 382-7800 and select from one of the following extensions:

110 for member services including membership and certification renewal

104 for exams and applications

102 for events

128 for finance

114 for awards and job postings

For any other urgent matter not mentioned above please select extension 102.

Thank you and happy holidays.

For your information, specifically those involved with pretreatment programs and who have Centralized Waste Treatment (CWT) facilities in your jurisdiction.

Download a set of final recommended Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Centralized Waste Treatment (CWT) – Subcategory D Facilities in California. CWTs treat hazardous and nonhazardous wastes (e.g. industrial tank residuals called “tank bottoms,” oil field operations wastes, etc.) and are managed by POTWs through their industrial pretreatment programs. The major issue surrounding the acceptance by POTWs of the discharge from CWT facilities is their potential impact on water reuse programs.  There are significant risk management advantages if POTWs take a collective position on the requirements for monitoring/testing, treatment (including provisions for emergency response), and minimum requirements for managing the discharge by CWTs to POTW systems.

https://www.cwea.org/pdf/membership/2015-CWEA-MVR-FINAL.pdf

A duel between Oregon and Wisconsin for top ‘effluent lager’ comes down to the last drop.

Source: TPO – Treatment Plant Operator Magazine | It’s a Beer Battle! Sewage Brewage Smack Down Comes to WEFTEC

Next year’s theme is Crafting Water.  Join us at AC 2015 in the beautiful city of San Diego at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.  Help our members solve their issues with your products and services.  We expect to have over 1,500 representatives from the water quality field attend this educational conference. Take this opportunity to get noticed and reserve your spot before December 31, 2014 and SAVE $180 for a 10×10 booth.  Booth locations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis until spaces are sold, so complete your application today.

The U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Combined Heat & Power Technical Advisory Partnership (DOE Pacific CHP TAP)  and California Energy Commission (CEC) are planning to host a webinar/seminar series in Southern California for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) for wastewater facilities.  Their flyer details their federally-funded program which provides engineering support to evaluate and implement such projects.

The drivers for this initiative are:

  • President Obama’s Executive Order 13624 – 40,000 GW  new CHP by 2020
  • CA Governor Brown’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan – 6,500 MW new CHP by 2030
  • CARB Scoping Plan – 4,000 MW new CHP by 2020
  • Make-up for the loss of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

Wastewater Treatment facilities have been identified by both CEC and DOE as key benefactors of CHP technologies which include Micro Turbines, Turbines, Fuel Cells, and Recip Engines. CHP can provide energy savings, greenhouse gas reduction, and serve as critical back-up  power should the grid go down or be interrupted.

The group is planning a webinar/seminar series in July or August.  Watch for more details to come.  Meanwhile, you can:

1. Review their flyer and use their screening questions to gauge if your facility is a good candidate for CHP.

2. Contact Pacific CHP TAP to receive the DOE site screening report for your facility or to use the Pacific TAP technical support if a CHP project is being developed already.

Please contact Gene Kogan, Pacific TAP Assistant Director, to learn more at Gene.Kogan@energycenter.org.

CWEA State Board nominees will be up for member vote at the May 2nd Annual Business Meeting portion of the Awards Lunch at Annual Conference 2014 in Santa Clara.  If you’re coming to the Annual Business Meeting, great; if you are not coming, please send us a proxy by April 9 so we can meet our quorum.

You do not need to register for the Awards Lunch to attend the Annual Business portion of the Awards Lunch; however, you need to notify staff at the conference registration desk if you wish to attend that portion without registering for the conference or the lunch.

The CWEA State Board nominees for 2014-15 are:

Garry Parker, Director of General Services at Encina Wastewater Authority, for Vice President (from the South, will be President in third year of a four-year service),

Cassie Prudhel
, Cassandra Prudhel Consulting, LLC, for Director at-large from the North (three-year term),

Michael Flores
, Principal at RMC Water and Environment, for Director at-large from the South (serve as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term), and

Ian Mackenzie
, Civil Engineer at Hazen & Sawyer, for Water Environment Federation Delegate Director from the South (three-year term starting in October 2014).

The candidates automatically appointed by the Board as chairs of their respective committees:

Polly Villarreal, Wastewater Operator at
EBMUD, for Northern Regional Committee Chair (three-year term).

Michael Reilly,
Electrical instrumentation Supervisor, County of Santa Cruz, for Technical Certification Program Chair (one-year term).

For nominee bios, see www.cwea.org/pdf/board/BoardNominees2014.pdf

Proxy form www.cwea.org/pdf/board/Proxy2014.pdf

CWEA has submitted their letter of support for the Safe and Convenient Statewide Pharmaceutical Disposal System (SB-1014) bill heading to congress this month. California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) is urging its members to send letters to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and your local Senator by March 19th. Read about the bill here and show you support.