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Registration and housing is now open for WEFTEC 2012, the Water Environment Federation’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. This year’s event will take place September 29 – October 3, 2012 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. [Read more]

From Wendy Wert, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

This just in… WEF sends national operations challenge team representatives to Argentina this April to invigorate international participation.  Our very own, Jeff Valdes and Paul Johnson of the California Water Environment Association’s LA Wrecking Crew will join 21 teams to participate in an international training seminar in Santa Paula April 16 through April 20, 2012.  Congrats and Bravo!

Photos and report to come!

To read about the implementation of the State’s on-site wastewater treatment system regulations, click here to read AB 885 Final Draft Policy.

SWRCB meetings and schedule…

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - Staff Workshop- 10:00am Cal/EPA Headquarters Bldg., Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814 – Joe Sema Jr.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Darrin Polhemus with SWQCB will be presenting updates at our COWA AB 885 Stakeholder’s Meeting on  from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department.  Their office is located at 10590 Armstrong Ave., Mather CA 95655. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Evelyn Rosefield at evelyn@cowa.org or 530-513-6658 by Monday April 16th.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - State Water Board Hearing- 9:00am- Cal/EPA Headquarters Bldg., CoastalHearing Room, 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814- Joe Sema Jr.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
- State Water Board Adoption Meeting- 9:00am- Cal/EPA Headquarters Bldg., Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814- Joe Sema Jr.

Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday May 4, 2012.

Expected implementation plan March 2013.

Info courtesy of COWA.

From Ryan Orr, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority

On Thursday, a large chunk of the Desert and Mountain Section (DAMS) of the CWEA met at the Barstow Train yard of BNSF to embark on an information-filled tour of the yard’s treatment facility and repair depot. One of BNSF’s largest rail yards, with 48 classification tracks, the Barstow rail yard employs around 1,000 people.

About 35 DAMS members made it out for the tour, which culminated in lunch at Rosita’s Mexican Food Restaurant, but not before getting a detailed look at the interworkings of this logistical giant, which treats for mostly oil from the huge train engines that are washed at the facility.

Thanks to BNSF’s Environmental Compliance Coordinator Eddie Phillips for hosting the tour and providing a wealth of information on the yard’s treatment processes, as well as leaving us ample time in the repair shop, where some of the group’s maintenance-oriented workers watched with intrigue as a drive-train was replaced on one of the engines using a crane weighing a few tons.

Thanks to DAMS officers for setting up the tour and for members for the great turnout.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board today announced the latest in a series of pollution reduction plans designed to restore 175 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The pollution targets set by these plans will improve water quality, restore ecosystems, and protect the public by eliminating beach closures due to bacteria and improving the health of fish used for consumption.

“EPA and our partners have achieved a breakthrough on the path toward restoring the health of Los Angeles’ creeks, streams, and beaches,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “These precious natural resources lay at the heart of what makes the Golden State shine.”

The Los Angeles region is home to a vast network of streams, lakes, rivers, and beaches used for fishing and recreation. The pollution plans call for reductions in the amount of bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, pesticides and other toxic chemicals that affect these waterways.  More than 95% of the impaired waters will meet applicable water quality standards once the pollution reduction plans are fully implemented. [Read more]