Western Municipal Water District today announced the award of $2.9 million in state and federal grants to fund a portion of the Chino Desalter’s Phase 3 Expansion. When completed, the $130 million expansion will create an additional 10.5 million gallons per day of new water, benefitting more than 1.5 million people in the Inland Empire. To date, Western, which is the lead agency in a consortium of inland water agencies representing the Chino Basin Desalter Authority (CDA), has secured $15.7 million in grant awards for the project. Local property taxes and federal funds will serve as a match for state resources to complete funding. [Read more]

Play a part in “Building Upon the Past; Embracing the Future” at the 2012 Annual Conference scheduled for April 17-20, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Share your knowledge, experience, project highlights, or research findings with more than 1,000 water and wastewater colleagues by making a technical program presentation. Technical session categories and topic suggestions can be found on the Call for Abstracts flyer.

Writing an abstract for your presentation is easier than you think – you need only 150 words or less. Mind drawing a blank? Sample Abstracts are available to help get you started. Abstracts must be submitted online at the link below by Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 to be considered. Check out complete details and requirements at Abstract Requirements.

Submit your abstract at: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CBFSTVATN/

Have questions or need more information? Contact Gayle Tupper ([email protected]) or Nick Klumpp ([email protected]), Program Co-Chairs for the 2012 Annual Conference.

Western Municipal Water District celebrated this year’s Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators at a recent awards ceremony held at the District. The 14th annual presentation of awards honored 18 local teachers for their commitment to water education in the classroom. The teachers, who represent most areas in western Riverside County, were honored for their contributions to water education.

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Over 650 attendees, exhibitors and wastewater challenge participants enjoyed a great week in Sacramento at the annual specialty conference that focused on “Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate.”  The conference began on Sunday, May 22nd with workshops, sessions and continued with sessions and exhibits through Wednesday.  A fun-filled networking event was held at the Sacramento Railroad Museum on Tuesday evening.  CWEA would like to thank our CWEA members who volunteered on the planning and worked on-site.  A special thank you to co-chairs Bob Gillette, Carollo Engineers and Michael Moore, HDR, Inc.

This year’s event hosted the Wastewater Challenge on Sunday.  Twelve student teams from across the US competed in the challenge that asked them to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem.  Cal State Fullerton won first place in challenge and took home a $1,500 cash prize. UC Irvine won second and a cash prize of $1,000. Thanks to Megan Yoo for coordinating the event this year.  Next year they hope to have even more teams, so contact Megan if you’re interested in learning more about the challenge at [email protected] .

A class ring was returned to a Vallejo man 72 years after he accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Watch the news story from KOVR Sacramento.