From Devina Douglas…

  • Are you looking for a turnkey public education program to rollout to your membership or within your own community?
  • Have you heard of World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) but don’t know how to get started?
If you’ve answered “yes” to either question, please join us October 6 for a 45-minute webcast designed to give you the scoop on this popular outreach program.  In this short session you will:
  • Receive a general overview of WWMD and available resources
  • Hear case studies from two WEF Member Associations that are successfully implementing the program in their states. Find out what’s working for them!
  • Learn how to meet your public education and outreach goals

From CASA…

On September 19, 2011, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new core regulatory program fee schedule, which increases fees for NPDES permit holders by 60.6 percent and for waste discharge requirements by 24 percent.  The fee increases are the result, in part, of the State Legislature’s decision to shift tens of millions of dollars of previously General Fund supported basin planning and Total Maximum Daily Load programs to fee support.  CASA submitted written comments and testimony on the proposed fees, expressing great concern with the magnitude of the increase and the need to identify program efficiencies to stem the impact of future rate increases.  Many speakers asked the Board to re-evaluate its programs in light of the significant fee increases, which affected all segments of the regulated community, including a more than 300 percent increase in the agricultural waiver fees to transition the program to full fee support. [Read more]

Clay sewer pipe fountain created by the City of Redding Crew

Over 50 pre-conference attendees kicked off the conference on Wednesday. They engaged and learned the latest about Biosolids 101, Collection System Bootcamp and Operator Training. In the afternoon, 60 people signed up to tour the Shasta Dam where they got a behind the scenes look at how the Dam works and its extensive history.

Conference attendees networked and picked up their registration packets at the Icebreaker reception Wednesday evening. The warm Redding weather welcomed the over 350 attendees, speakers and exhibitors to the poolside event.

At the Convention Center, the City of Redding crew was hard at work getting signs placed, rooms set creating a beautiful water fountain made from clay sewer pipe for attendees to enjoy throughout the conference.

With over 36 technical sessions to choose from, Thursday conference attendees had a variety of sessions to attend. An informational lunch was held with a speaker giving attendees a firsthand insight about the Gulf Oil Spill. After the

Attendees networking during the exhibitor reception

sessions for the day, exhibitors showcased their products and services during a hosted reception.

Last night, conference attendees dined across the Sundial Bridge during an Oktoberfest dinner at Turtle Bay and rocked out to the sounds of Papa Fez.

From Rebecca Peters

Dear California Water Environment Association,

Imagine H2O – a nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower people to solve water problems – is seeking water startups for its 2011 Wastewater Prize business plan competition. Your insight and connections will contribute to the success of this competition and help Imagine H2O expand the premier ecosystem for water innovation. [Read more]

From Matt Wheeler, CWEA Safety Committee

This year’s Northern Safety Day is being hosted by the CWEA Sacramento Area Section’s Safety and Collection System Committees.  The program will follow a Western theme and everyone who attends will know they are WANTED:  Alive – Not Dead.  Attendees may earn up to 5 CEUs during this one day event at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, CA.   [Read more]