CWEA is accepting submissions for the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competition until March 15, 2014.  CWEA awards a $500 prize to winners in each category and advances the winners to the national WEF Student Paper Competition.  The Undergraduate/Graduate Student Paper Competition is intended to promote the education of undergraduate / graduate students in water pollution control, water quality problems, water‐related concerns, hazardous wastes or related areas. It also is intended to provide an opportunity for state and national recognition of participating students. Contact Amanda Schmidt, SYPC Past-Chair for more information:

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From Hugh Logan, CWEA WEF Delegate Director

CWEA is proud to present gift Membership to ten students enrolled in the Wastewater Operations training program thru the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program in Dublin.  These 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: Demario Cain, Caleb Mason, Hugh Logan (Instructor), and Meg Kelly. Back row: Ian Engle, Eric Panganiban, Michael Barnes, Michael Jeffrey, Marshall Harvey, and Bret Thomson. Not pictured is Maurice Calhoun.

Students attend class one evening per week, from September through June, and work as OIT-interns at community wastewater treatment plants each week.   During their internship, they work directly with certified treatment plant personnel to learn operation and maintenance procedures.  Students complete CSU Volume 1 and 2, take the Certification exam in April, tour numerous plants and see different treatment technologies, 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.  To make donations for books and student scholarships, please contact Hugh at or 510-427-5547.

5-year-old Wally can help.  His grandfather, Steven Wordelman of Toledo, Ohio gave him a copy of Flush by Carl Hiaasen. After reading (and rereading), he built a wastewater treatment plant out of Legos. Check out his guided tour in this video.

This two-hour webcast is the second installment in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Faster-Cheaper-Greener webcast series, hosted in cooperation with the Water Environment Federation.  Presentations will focus on Prince George’s County’s (Md.) stormwater retrofit public-private partnership (P3) model, which has been highlighted by the Obama Administration and EPA as a potential template for addressing large-scale stormwater costs through private investment. The Prince George’s County program is the first example of Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships for stormwater, a concept being promoted by EPA Region 3. Read more

From devastating storms and record-breaking droughts to expanding cityscapes and increased pollution, some experts say the nation is facing a water crisis. Recognizing this environmental dilemma, filmmakers at Penn State Public Media created an interactive documentary project to feature cities coast-to-coast which have adopted new ways of protecting, restoring, and preserving potable water sources. “Water Blues, Green Solutions” highlights Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio; and the Bronx in New York as cities that are using green infrastructure to solve their water challenges of flooding, pollution, and scarcity. Read More on WEF’s Stormwater Report

As the water sector faces challenges from aging infrastructure, climate change, financial constraints, and increased demands, professionals who can develop and implement solutions to these issues are needed. The Water Leadership Institute is designed to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional commitment from those individuals who will be leading the water sector into the coming decades, to preserve and enhance water resources for our current generation, as well as for future generations. Read more

Simon Watson, CWEA President-Elect

Brown and Caldwell is pleased to announce that Simon Watson has joined the firm as a Senior Utility Performance Consultant in the Solutions Delivery Group (SDG).  Simon is well known in the industry for his 23 years of service at Orange County Sanitation District as the Maintenance Manager and serving various positions on the CWEA Board and TCP Executive committee. He is currently the CWEA President-Elect.  He has been a member of the CWEA since 1994.

In his new role, Simon will be working in a nationwide multidisciplinary team of industry experts with collaborative ability to guide utilities through successful business optimization programs.  The SDG team provides a range of services – from financial planning rate studies through operational optimization and asset management – focused on helping organizations integrate best practices and proactively meet the needs of their customers.

Since 1947, Brown and Caldwell has delivered innovative, enduring environmental solutions for municipalities, private industry and government agencies throughout the United States.  An employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is relentlessly focused on client needs and brings decades of engineering and scientific experience to every project.

On January 15, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Health and Human Services Agency will hold a public meeting concerning the proposed transfer of the Drinking Water Program, currently under the California Department of Public Health, to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
Joe Serna Jr. – Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

A broadcast of the meeting is planned via the Internet, to be accessed at:

Ann Heil of LACSD and Past CWEA Board member, receives lifetime achievement award from WSPPN

It is no surprise that Ann Heil from the Los Angeles County Sanitation District received a Life-Time Achievement Award from WSPPN during the 2013 P2 Awards Luncheon held on October 30 during the 2013 Used Oil & HHW Conference.  Ann has recently been reassigned away from pollution prevention at Los Angeles County.  She will sorely be missed on the WSPPN Advisory Board and by many in the P2 community. WSPPN was delighted to award Ann Heil with the Life-Time Achievement Award and we wish her all the success in her future sustainability adventures. See WSPPN for a full list of  her achievements and additional information.

Recently, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread partnered with the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) in convening a diverse group of leading water experts to examine the implications that water scarcity has for the nation’s water infrastructure.

Over the next three days, conference participants will identify key technical uncertainties and institutional impediments that must be resolved to ensure reliable and resilient future supply in water-scarce parts of the country. The convening comes shortly after the Obama Administration’s introduction of the interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership – a new partnership between seven federal agencies to help communities better prepare for droughts. Read the story online at WaterOnline.

Recent NASA research tying California weather to large-scale atmospheric patterns contributed to the newly issued experimental Winter Outlook Forecast for Water Year 2014 by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). That forecast, calling for continued dry conditions for the third year in a row, was the first to include discussion of climate research from NASA. Read the entire story online at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Climate change can have a variety of impacts on surface water, drinking water, and ground water quality. Higher water temperatures and changes in the timing, intensity, and duration of precipitation can affect water quality. Higher air temperatures (particularly in the summer), earlier snowmelt, and potential decreases in summer precipitation could increase the risk of drought. The frequency and intensity of floods could also increase.  In addition, sea level rise may affect freshwater quality by increasing the salinity of coastal rivers and bays and causing saltwater intrusion—the movement of saline water into fresh ground water resources in coastal regions. Read the entire story online at the Environmental Protection Agency.