CWEA has submitted a comment letter to the State Water resources Control Board regarding the proposed amendments to the Operator Certification Regulations.  As the founder of California’s  Operator Certification Program, and being a certifying body for over 75 years now, CWEA is in a unique position to offer guidance and perspective on the proposed amendments.  We encourage our members and certificate holders to review the proposed amendments and our comment letter.

Public Hearing and Webcast– August 7, 9:00 AM

The State Water Board will hold a hearing regarding the amendments beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 7, 2012, the Coastal Hearing Room at the Joe Serna Jr./Cal-EPA Headquarters Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814. A live webcast will available at

From CWEA member Miguel Mendoza
Mr. Mendoza is one of the first students to take the wastewater course, and finish the internship program at Victor Valley Wastewater Authority (VVWRA). He is currently working for VVWRA as a Senior Operator and just passed his Grade III certification exam. What follows is his first-hand account of how he became involved in the water environment profession through the mentorship of former CWEA Boardmember Logan Olds. Share your story by leaving a comment below.

Mr. Logan Olds is the General Manger of Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, a joint power association. The plant treats the sewer water from the towns of Apple Valley, Hesperia, Oro Grande, Spring Valley Lake and Victorville California, in the High Desert. It belongs to DAMS Section and is regulated by La Hontan. [Read more]

John Chadwell

This problem is not a new occurrence but it is on everyone’s mind these days in the light of the recent tragic events in Aurora Colorado. With the digital era and instantaneous media connection I was awakened at 2:20 am on Friday July the 21st. My iPhone sounded as the AP app relayed the news of a shooting at a theater during the midnight screening of Batman. The ironic point to this is that I had just completed a presentation at a safety day event just hours receiving the news. The subject of my topic; Active Shooter.

This crisis was brought to all of our attention on April 20th, 1999 through the Columbine tragedy. The active shooter is a difficult topic for anyone to fully comprehend as there are so many variables to each one and the Active Shooter can rarely be predicated without warning indicators and ‘red flags.’ [Read more]

From John Chadwell, ehs International, Inc and CWEA Safety Committee Director

SARBS Safety Day Launch

With over 75 attendees from municipalities throughout Southern California the first annual SARBS/ CWEA Safety Day was a great success. SARBS was honored by having distinguished representatives from the CHP, Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority.

SARBS was also fortunate to have the following sponsors in attendance: Abatix, Industrial Shoe Company, Safety Center and ehs International, Inc.

The morning started off with two training tracks that consisted of an amazing, impactful presentation by Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion from the Orange County Fire Authority. Chris’s presentation was on emergency preparedness resources for your agency.

In the second track the training topics included Fall Protection Awareness which was instructed by Mark Langford of Abatix. The hands -on training was conducted in the parking lot where Mark had a fully functioning fall protection truck on display. Mark demonstrated the proper lanyards and harnesses and the dangers associated with not utilizing the proper equipment. Instructor Ray Campbell of Ray Campbell Consulting. was teaching a very insightful class on Arc Flash/ NFPA 70E. The class was filled with technical examples and realistic scenarios.

Employees were also provided the opportunity to obtain a certification in Traffic Control. This two hour course was instructed by William Blake of ehs International. At the conclusion of the course the attending students received a certificate of completion.

The morning was concluded with four additional tracks that consisted of Confined Space Entry, HAZCOM- New GHS, Drug Impairment Recognition and Active Shooter. SARBS was fortunate enough to have so many talented instructors that made all of our classes exciting, informative and educational. [Read more]

On July 25, the Alameda County, California, Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to require pharmaceutical companies whose products are sold in the County to pay for collection programs for unwanted medicines. “It’s a miracle and a long time coming” said Catherine Allin, Sr. Industrial Waste Inspecter for the City of Millbrae and Public Education Committee Chair.

The movement to have manufacturers pay for the end-of-life costs of their products is growing both among leading corporations and state and local governments in the United States. In Canada and other countries, an increasing number of companies already take responsibility for providing convenient collection of numerous unwanted products, including leftover medications. The problem with unwanted pharmaceuticals is that, without a safe and convenient collection program, there are significant risks of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings, aquatic impacts, and polluting of our nation’s waterways.