Inspired by the WEF YP Summit on Leadership in April 2009, the Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is proud to announce the first SYPC Specialty Conference being held Wednesday, March 24, 2010. This SYPC Specialty Conference is titled, “Planting a Successful Future: Cultivating Leaders,” and the goal of this event is to do just that. To create a program that promotes and fosters growth and development of our future leaders, a dynamic group of past and present energetic and engaging CWEA and WEF leaders have come together to share their ideas and experiences. In an effort to keep up with technologic and economic times, and ensure that attendees in the North and the South hear all the great topics our speakers have to share, we will be hosting and web-casting the conference simultaneously in two locations, one in the North and one in the South. Live speakers will be split between Northern and Southern locations, and their presentations will be broadcast via web/video-conferencing. This will be CWEA’s first specialty conference ever to utilize web/video-conferencing. We are very excited to offer the same program at the same date and time in two different locations!

As a reminder, all events hosted by the Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is open to all audiences…Students, young professionals, seasoned professionals…everyone is invited to attend this groundbreaking event!

To register today, please visit or complete this registration form: Registration Form. Students, to register for free, please mail or fax in your registration form with proof of enrollment in at least 9 units. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Yoo at

Thank you, and we hope to see you all there!

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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]