From the City of San Luis Obispo

On April 20, City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Director Carrie Mattingly was sworn in as the 86th president of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to training and certifying water quality professionals in the state. She will hold the position for one year.

“I’m honored to take on this responsibility. The CWEA is an amazing organization dedicated to the development of people in my profession, and I’m privileged to be leading the association this year” Mattingly said. “I’m also grateful for the support of my staff and City Manager, especially during this upcoming year.” [Read more]

The May issue of Municipal Sewer and Water features a story about Escondido based Hadronex and their SmartCover monitoring system. The digital flow sensing device hangs beneath a manhole cover and relays real-time information to collection system managers.

The story focuses on SmartCovers used by the Leucadia Wastewater District and was written by Leo Schempp, former Field Services Manger and Jeff Strecker, Field Services Superintendent. Both are CWEA CSM Grade IV.

[The SmartCover] provides real-time information…. Additionally, data from the monitors has given the district an improved picture of sewer lines’ capacity and dynamic performance over longer periods than previously available. …The alarm function demonstrates the District’s commitment to proactive spill prevention.

Click here to read the story >

The magazine also included a blurb about Costa Mesa based JWC Environmental’s vertical screening system. Check out the full product news.

From Hugh Logan, CWEA Board of Directors

CWEA was proud to present gift Membership to seven students enrolled in the Wastewater Operations training program thru the Tri-Valley ROP in Dublin.  These seven students were selected based on outstanding academic performance and participation.   Hugh Logan, Instructor and CWEA Board Member, awarded the memberships at a recent class tour.

Pictured, front row, left to right: Nick Muchmore, Jose Cardenas, Ben Koehler, Hugh Logan (Instructor). Back row: Nathan Kerr, Mark Orlandi, Carey Brehm, and Melvin Guillen

Students attend class one evening per week, from September through June, and work as OIT-interns at community wastewater treatment plants for an average of 12 hours per week.   During their internship, they work directly with certified treatment plant personnel to learn operation and maintenance procedures.  Students take the Certification exam in April, complete CSU Volume 1 and 2, and are prepared to start their career as Plant Operators.

These gift memberships were made possible through the generous donations of anonymous friends of CWEA and are beneficial to encouraging the continued growth of our organization.

On April 24, EPA released six principles to move toward a more sustainable energy and water future:

•           Efficiency in the use of energy and water should form the foundation of how we develop, distribute, recover, and use energy and water.

•           The exploration, production, transmission and use of energy should have the smallest impact on water resources as possible, in terms of water quality and water quantity.

•           The pumping, treating, distribution, use, collection, reuse and ultimate disposal of water should have the smallest impact on energy resources as possible.

•           Wastewater treatment facilities, which treat human and animal waste, should be viewed as renewable resource recovery facilities that produce clean water, recover energy and generate nutrients.

•           The water and energy sectors – governments, utilities, manufacturers, and consumers – should move toward integrated energy and water management from source, production and generation to end user.

•           Maximize comprehensive, societal benefits.

The six principles can found on the EPA web site at:

According to Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner, EPA hopes that having the principles “listed in one document that touches upon all aspects of energy’s and water’s interdependency will help to further raise awareness, stimulate discussion and advance progress.”

From Catherine Allin


As some of you may know, the State Public Education Committee has gone dormant due to lack of participation.

As a step towards breathing life into it over the next year and/or provide an opportunity to share information, I would like to bring together the Public Education/Outreach folks of agencies, Local Sections, and State Committees.  To that end, please consider taking a moment to forward this to your respective contacts in hopes that they may be interested or willing to engage or contribute on some level.

Thank you in advance for your efforts in this matter :)

Volunteers wanted poster PubEd Outreach 2012