Meg Herston, Fairfield Suisun Sanitary District

Dan Frisch, City of Turlock

Celeste Biles, Encina Wastewater Authority

Jeff Carter, United Water Services, Inc.

The Certification Preparation Task Force will continue to develop Moderators and work with the Local Sections (North and South) to re-establish Study Sessions that test takers can count on throughout the State. Be sure to check the CWEA Event Calendar at www.cwea.org/calendar to see when upcoming sessions will be held near you.  With the development of Computer Based Testing, members have been clamoring for regular Test Prep Workshops, like the “good old days” when the testing windows were in January and July.  The Certification Preparation Task Force is working diligently to help meet those needs, but they could use your help! If you are certified in grade II or greater in your vocation, and have any inclination to pass your knowledge on (pay it forward), then please contact Joanna De Sa at joanna.DeSa@sanjoseca.gov or Gina Cloutier at cloutier@vvwra.com to join them as this Task Force transitions into a standing Committee. 

Catherine Allin, City Of Millbrae

Latif Laari, Victor Valley College

Dan Frisch, City of Turlock

Belinda McCadney, City of Riverside

Bob Panerio, City Of Vacaville

Dion Castro, CLM Professional Services

Kelly Christensen, Retired (OCSD)

Valerie Leone, City Of Simi Valley

Adoga Kiharangwa, City of Merced

Bill Garrett, Los Angeles County SD

Brian Lewin, United Water

Dan Duffield, Retired (Eastern MW)

On June 23-24 in Alexandria, VA, representatives from various Member Associations (from New England to Hawaii), EPA, and other key organizations attended the Operator Certification and Training Summit hosted by WEF. The purpose of the one-and-a-half-day meeting was to discuss and develop an action plan regarding important challenges faced by wastewater treatment plant operators. Participants agreed on a mission to establish operators as a recognized and respected profession, and to ensure certification programs enable a desired level of that professional recognition. The action plan includes strategies to address sustaining wastewater operator certification programs, to develop a national entry level operator program which can set a career path for operators, and to develop a voluntary license and designation for the highest level operator (operator-in-charge, supervisor). A post-summit webcast is scheduled for June 30th which will summarize the discussions and outcomes from the meeting.

WEF announced on June 27 that Alison Bick of Short Hill, N.J. was named the U.S. winner of the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious international competition for water-related research—during a ceremony this past weekend at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Bick’s project, “Development and Evaluation of a Microfluidic Co-Flow Device to Determine Water-Quality,” was selected from more than 40 state SJWP winners at the national competition held in Chicago from June 23-25.  Concerned by the threat of contaminated drinking water from events such as natural or man-made disasters, Bick sought a low-cost, portable and publicly accessible method for testing water potability. Her research concluded that a combination of microfluidics, cell-phones, and Colilert-18—a chemical that becomes yellow in the presence of coliform bacteria and a water sample in a single channel—is a novel way of determining several water qualities.

WEF sponsors the U.S. SJWP with support from ITT Corporation (also the international sponsor), The Coca-Cola Company, and Delta Air Lines. The Illinois Water Environment Association hosted the 2011 national competition and Bick received sponsorship from the New Jersey Water Environment Association.

The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) has been recognized nationally for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) announced.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and was awarded by GFOA to VVWRA for its 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

“With so many public agencies facing tough financial times, I can’t express how proud I am of our finance team, and the diligence and dedication they’ve shown toward presenting our financial statements,” said Logan Olds, General Manager of VVWRA. The agency last year was recognized on a state level for its CAFR by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO).
According to a statement from GFOA, which serves approximately 17,500 government financial professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada, the CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

More information about the Association’s “Certificate Program” can be found in the “Awards Program” area of the website, www.gfoa.org.
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is a public agency that is equally governed by officials from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake. The agency’s award-winning regional treatment plant is located in Victorville.