Dear CWEA members,

I am a Life Member of WEF, a member of CWEA, and I work for the California Water Institute at Fresno State.  We are working with the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to administer a survey to determine water research needs for California. Results will provide input to DWR for the 2013 California Water Plan Update.

It would be greatly appreciated if the survey at the link (http://ccst.us/projects/survey-E.php) is forwarded to CWEA members or an appropriate subgroup that possible does address research issues.  Any help you can provide towards the completion of this important undertaking is greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Karl

Dr. Karl Longley, PE, BCEE

Professor & Dean Emeritus, Lyles College of Engineering

Water Resources Group, California Water Institute

California State University, Fresno

6014 North Cedar Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

Telephone: (559) 278-8658

Mobile: (209) 873-0630

Email: [email protected]

On July 30, the Clean Water Summit partners submitted a comment letter to the SWRCB on the proposed Operator Certification regulation amendments. Download the Comment Letter.

About the Summit Partners

The Clean Water Summit Partners is a coalition of statewide and regional organizations representing local public agencies engaged in providing clean water services to their communities. The Summit Partners include: California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA); the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA); the Central Valley Clean Water Association (CVCWA), the Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (SCAP), and CWEA.

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 athttp://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/.

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 http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/.

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]