Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

The Executive Director’s Message covers the meetings of CWEA’s State Board of Directors on your behalf after each quarterly Board meeting. This issue highlights the June 26-27 Board workshop and meeting. With our fiscal year starting on July 1st this issue is dedicated to our FY15-16 program of work and budget just approved by the Board.

Our accomplishments from 14-15 included:

* 9,500 members strong as of May 2015
* 21st Century Education & AC Growth Strategy – momentum generated with AC15 improvements – check out the 5 Great Video Moments from the Opening General Session and Awards Luncheon.
* Cert Strategic Planning – plan for 15-16
* Cert Prep – 13 sessions held by Local Sections drawing 500+ professionals
* Agency outreach – increased connection with agencies primarily through CASA, WEF, Baywork

Be sure to view our “storyboards” that give context for our FY15-16 budget, our membership and certification fee increases, and our investment in special initiatives from our Project Fund. Also download our most current dashboard showing the metrics the Board tracks to monitor progress on our strategic plan. We review this dashboard at every Board meeting.

FY 15-16 Program of Work: It’s Back to the Future for CWEA! Major Certification Strategic Plan Underway; 21st Century Education Coming to More Events
On Saturday June 27th the CWEA Board approved another year of programs and the budget for FY 15-16 during the quarterly Board meeting in Oakland. We continue to reinvest in member services and programs as the economy improves. See the infographic, which details the budget for FY 15-16. [Read more]

Register now and fine-tune your knowledge, skills and abilities, engage with your fellow water and wastewater colleagues, find solutions to issues during the educational sessions and meet with exhibitors in the exhibition hall including an outdoor show of equipment.

Download the conference Brochure / registration form (PDF) >

Start learning before the conference begins by attending one of two pre-conference workshops on leadership or collection systems. The first NRTC Pre-Conference Workshop will give a good look at the Big 6 of Collection System Maintenance for the introductory collection worker. The second workshop led by Shelly Alcorn, a professional management consultant, will help you build leadership skills by introducing you to concepts from the book Thinking Fast and Slow.

In his book, Thinking Fast and Slow Nobel Prize winning author Daniel Kahneman takes us on a psychological tour of the human mind. Leadership skills may feel like they come from the heart, but they all reside in the head. Come with us as we replicate some of the cool mental puzzles mentioned in the book, highlight some common pitfalls we all fall into as we form and use mental models and learn how to apply a “two-system” approach to the way we think about the future.

Also at NRTC – you can find solutions for issues you and your organization experience during the Drought Summit/Engineering and Recycled Water Session.

NRTC 2015Attend three days of sessions and earn up to 15.6 CWEA contact hours. Sample sessions include:

  • California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program - Christine Sotelo
  • Potable Reuse: California Stays on the Forefront of Recycled Water - Jennifer West, WateRuse California
  • The Utility of the Future is Here Today: Wastewater Agencies Tackle the Drought, Climate Change, and Energy Independence – Bobbi Larson, CASA
  • Office of Operator Certification – Blending the Water  - Annette Caraway, State Water Resources Control Board
  • An Introduction to Aquatic Toxicity Testing: From Permit to Test Method Requirements – Stephen L. Clark, Pacific EcoRisk
  • A New View of Effective Listening – Rich Abreu, Sacramento Area Sewer District
  • How to interview for a job in P3S – Tracy Wyhlidko, City of Redding
  • Drought-driven Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: What will be the Operational Challenges and Opportunities? – Craig Criddle, PhD, P.E., Professor Stanford University
  • How to Prepare for an Environmental Compliance Inspector Certification Exam  - Meg Herston, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Certification Test Review Grades 1-4 – Ralph Stevens, Carmel Area Wastewater District
  • Emergency Bypass Systems – Garett Rehs, Rain for Rent

Free Lunch will be provided inside the exhibition hall where you can learn hands-on about the latest products, services, and materials in our field. And don’t miss the Solutions and Technology Round-Up which will all take place among our exhibitors.

Early bird registration ends August 24. Register today to save $30.

Or download the conference Brochure and PDF registration forms >

Ironhouse Sanitary District celebrated its 70th anniversary this month with an open house featuring public tours of its water recycling facility.

CWEA Vice President, Debi Lewis, MWH, speaking at the 70th anniversary of Ironhouse Sanitary District

A ceremony honoring those who established Ironhouse Sanitary District featured keynote speaker Steven Moore, a member of California’s Water Resources Control Board and our very own CWEA Vice President, Debi Lewis.

Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Livermore) and Oakley Mayor Doug Hardcastle.

Ironhouse Sanitary District was created by the county Board of Supervisors in 1945 to serve Oakley and then expanded the reach in the 1970s to treat the effluent of residents on Bethel Island and Hotchkiss Tract.  Check out the infographic below to see the timeline of when it started to where it is today.

Just over half the water the district processes goes to irrigate the hay it grows on Jersey Island to feed its 2,000-plus head of cattle. The district recently opened a fill station for customers who want free recycled water to irrigate their yards. ISD is also giving away around 70,000 to 75,000 gallons per day, and has distributed nearly 1 million gallons since it began offering the resource.

There is a large demand for young professionals in the water sector, and The Effective Water Professional: Leadership, Communication, Management, Finance, and Governance provides readers with all of the materials they need to succeed using proven techniques written by sector leaders. This textbook covers leadership, communication, utility management, utility governance, and finance, as it relates to the water sector and includes class discussion points and numerous examples.


Value of Water Coalition Announces
Imagine A Day Without Water

From October 6-8, National Education Campaign Will Engage the Public and Stakeholders about How Water Infrastructure and Water Resources Are Essential, Invaluable, and Need Investment

The Value of Water Coalition announced the Imagine A Day Without Water campaign with the launch of its site, www.ImagineADayWithoutWater.org. This national education campaign will raise awareness of and build public support for investment in water. Imagine A Day Without Water will take place from October 6-8, 2015 across the country with participation from partner organizations, water providers, local elected officials, and more.

Imagine A Day Without Water is an opportunity for every organization and individual that cares about water and the systems that bring it to and from homes and businesses to stand together for our most precious resource. Across the country, organizations are making plans to raise awareness and educate the public about the serious state of our aging water infrastructure systems and the tremendous benefits of investment,” said Radhika Fox, President of the U.S. Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “There are countless ways for folks to get involved, so we hope everyone will use the resources on our website to find an idea that works for them.”

Partners who are interested in participating are encouraged to create their own event or content to spread the message about the importance of investing in water infrastructure. Examples of what organizations can do to participate include: invite local leaders and the press to tour a water treatment facility, work with the local mayor or city council on a proclamation or resolution, create a social media campaign, write an op-ed, and more.

ImagineADayWithoutWater.org offers participating organizations a central location for accessing materials to assist in the planning and production of events. Site materials include:

  • 11 ideas for how to participate
  • Messaging Guide
  • Tips for planning a press event
  • Op-Ed Template
  • A toolkit for ads, with horizontal and vertical print ads, billboards and more.
  • Organizations interested in hosting an Imagine A Day Without Water event can sign up through www.ImagineADayWithoutWater.org and should contact Abigail Gardner at agardner@thevalueofwater.org to coordinate event planning and strategy.

    Headquartered in Bakersfield, Rain for Rent is sending crews and pumping equipment into Colorado to help with the emergency response.

    Rain for Rent is actively responding to an emergency situation at the Animas and San Juan Rivers through its liquid handling solutions after a Colorado mine spill was set off by the EPA. We are helping to support to the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada through engineered solutions to help pump, store, filter, treat and transfer water.

    Follow-up with Ben Carver’s cover story in Treatment Plant Operator
    Tag along with award-winning operator/maintenance technician Ben Carver from the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District in California as he explains why he enjoys wastewater treatment. Take a tour of the activated sludge process at the plant and listen in as Carver describes how a solid team effort helped him win his operator award. Teaser: Also, take a quick look under the microscope as Carver shows off a waterbear. As Carver says, “There’s always something new to learn.”


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    Learn more about the 20+ categories of awards CWEA offers. Each one has been designed to honor exceptional CWEA members and California wastewater professionals, facilities and agencies. CWEA Awards recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.
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