imagesFrom Maura Bonnarens

Are you an aspiring photographer looking for a fun way to hone your skills?  Well, come help with the photography crew at AC 2010!  We are looking for folks who are willing to help – from one event to one day to the whole conference!  The more photographers we have the better we will be able to document what promises to be a fabulous conference.  Please contact Maura Bonnarens at for more information or to volunteer.

From Government Affairs Committee

Starting in 2007 water recharging agencies and POTW located within the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board formed a workgroup to address a characterization program for emerging constituents.  During the last two years this group has met regularly, first, looking at current water quality monitoring programs, understanding regulatory issues, addressing stakeholder concerns, developing a basic understanding of current analytical methods, and the state-of-the-science with respect to potential public health & environmental impacts.  The workgroup produced two documents that have been submitted to the regional board.  The most recent has been an investigation plan submitted to the Regional Board in December 2009.

A copy of the investigative plan is located at:

Elizabeth Allen, CWEA Executive Director

Elizabeth Allan, CWEA Executive Director

February, 2010
Strategic planning sharpens focus for CWEA…

CWEA’s Board of Directors met at the end of January to continue their good work on your behalf in fulfilling CWEA’s mission.  A good chunk of the Board meeting (a day and a half, to be exact) was devoted to strategic planning for CWEA.  The Board examined external threats and opportunities, internal strengths, and weaknesses, and assumptions about our future…considered input from our member survey (completed by 825 members for a 14% response rate)…discussed progress made on our current strategic plan (adopted in 2004)…reviewed and revised that plan’s big audacious goal and CWEA’s strategic goals…brainstormed metrics for measuring our progress….and picked one key objective to focus on for FY 10-11.  All is still in draft form but we’ll be sharing the strategic plan with CWEA volunteers and members over the next few months.  Meanwhile…check out the member survey summary. Here’s a sneak preview…

Top 3 benefits of CWEA:

  1. “Helps me continue my professional development / maintain my licenses / certificates by attending conferences, seminars, workshops, training events” (57%)
  2. “Gives me a network of fellow professionals to share technical information, solve problems, etc.” (45%)
  3. “Allows me to demonstrate my competency by being certified” (39%)

90% of the respondents said they would recommend membership in CWEA to someone who is not a member. Many thanks to the 825 CWEA members who took time to complete the survey and provide the board with your feedback.

Here are other highlights from the Board’s January meeting: [Read more]

You won’t want to miss a very special episode of Curious George on Earth Day 2011. The episode, Follow that Boat, will be sponsored by CWEA, WEF and other partners.

Curious George is an Emmy award-winning animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. It airs daily on PBS KIDS. (Check local listings or the TV Schedule for dates and times.)

Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?

Stay tuned for more information as the program is developed.

Register by March 23 and Save $100 on your full conference registration. Send in your registration form, or go online and register!

Explore the Ocean at Opening Session!
When it kicks off in the morning on Wednesday, April 21, the 2010 CWEA Annual Conference will step away from the regulatory focus of past years’ Opening Session programs. Instead, in keeping with this year’s ocean theme, speakers will take conference-goers on an exploration of topics pertinent to the ocean environment. Check out pages 16 & 17 in the conference brochure!

Knowledge IS Power
Increase yours by starting your 2010 CWEA Annual Conference experience on Tuesday, April 20, at one of eight pre-conference workshops offered on a range of timely topics. You’re sure to find one that meets your information needs. Register early to ensure your seat! Check out the pre-conference workshops starting on page 6 of the conference brochure. [Read more]