A delegation of five Mayors came to Washington this week to call for major changes to the US Clean Water Act (CWA) almost 40 years after it was originally enacted.  The city leaders joined the CEO of the US Conference of Mayors in saying that the 1972 statute should be amended to allow for greater flexibility in addressing wastewater and stormwater discharges, and require consideration of cumulative compliance costs when determining regulatory requirements.  But they conceded that Congress was unlikely to take up changes to the law in the near future, and in meantime urged EPA to move quickly to adopt an Integrated Permitting approach that allows communities to set priorities for investments based on cost and water quality benefits. [Read more]

From Professor Daniel Zitomer at Marquette University

The 10th annual short course on “Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial Waste” will be held September 5-6, 2012 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.  The course is designed for both practitioners and students to learn the fundamentals and full-scale application of anaerobic biotechnology. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Perry McCarty, World Class University (WCU) Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Inha University (Incheon, Republic of Korea) and Silas S. Palmer Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Other speakers will include Mike Switzenbaum, Daniel Zitomer (Marquette University) and Dennis Totzke (Applied Technologies, Inc.). Presentations will address anaerobic microbiology and chemistry fundamentals, anaerobic process operation and design, biogas conditioning and utilization, construction/start-up guidelines and case studies of operating anaerobic treatment systems. For the course schedule/content and other information, see http://www.marquette.edu/ANT or email Dr. Zitomer (daniel.zitomer@mu.edu). A limited number of fellowships are available to cover registration costs for graduate students studying anaerobic biotechnology. Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Zitomer.

When water professionals want to know what’s going on in our field, and how we can collectively continue to keep our water clean for all Californians, we gather at our Annual Conference. AC13 will take place in Palm Springs, California April 16-19, 2013. We are developing three days of technical training program consisting of over 40 technical tracks and an Opening General Session that will enable conference attendees to build their technical skills and expand their knowledge base in areas including: Collection System Maintenance, Plant Operations & Maintenance, Laboratory Analysis, Biosolids Management, Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention & Stormwater, Watereuse, Innovation, Regulatory Updates and Engineering.

It only takes 150 words or less to be part of AC13. You’ll be sharing your technical knowledge and operations management know how to help fellow water professionals learn and grow. Please send your 150 word abstract using the AC13 online abstract form by August 17th. Be sure to check out some sample formats and details on abstract requirements.

Questions? Please contact AC13 Technical Program Co-Chairs, Jenny Hsu at jhsu@lacsd.org and Patrick Griffith at pgriffith@lacsd.org.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will deliver the WATER’S WORTH IT™ message to the hundreds of thousands of race fans expected to attend the Indianapolis 500 this weekend in Speedway, Indiana. Known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500 is arguably the most famous and prestigious auto race in the world as well as the world’s largest single-day spectator sporting event. From May 25-27, spectators from around the world will learn about the value and importance of water by watching a thirty-second PSA (click *here* for a sneak peek) that will be shown on a large screen located at the entrance of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Read more]

Johnny Martinez

74, of Tempe, AZ, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on May 11, 2012 in Mesa, AZ. A native of Tempe, Johnny worked for the City of Tempe for 42 years, retiring in 1998. To honor him, the city rededicated the Papago Water Treatment Facility in his name, and it is now known as the “Johnny G. Martinez Water Treatment Facility.” Johnny was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in various callings, including scouting, a missionary for the LDS Employment Center, and most recently as a worker in the Mesa LDS Temple. He also served in the Arizona National Guard for many years. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Josephine Viola; daughters: Robbie Valle and Kris Martinez Bustamante; sons, John E. Martinez, Eric Martinez (Sylvia Martinez), and Mark Martinez (fiancée Magdalena Gonzalez), as well as 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Johnny was devoted to his family; throughout his life, he served as a great inspiration and example to them. He always put others first, and he was willing to serve in any capacity. Johnny was loved by all who knew him; he will be truly missed by all. Funeral services are planned for 11:00 am on Sat., May 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2707 S. College Ave., Tempe, AZ. Interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Bueler Chandler Mortuary.