The monthly WEF Highlights newsletter features a story on Lyn Gomes of Carollo Engineers, Walnut Creek and her work with TechBridge – a program aimed at helping introduce more girls to math, science and engineering. Only 11% of professional engineers are women reports WEF.
“What I’ve found is that students don’t even come close to the field of engineering, because they have no idea what they do,” Gomes said. “I try to demystify what each of the different types of engineers do so that students can identify with one of those disciplines.”
CWEA also published a story about TechBridge in the July 2009 Wastewater Professional.
The innovative food receiving system at East Bay’s wastewater treatment plant takes in 100-220 tons of food waste each week from local bakeries and restaurants and runs it through the digesters to produce clean, green renewable energy.
According to the article…
If 50% of the USA’s food waste went through a similar process as the one here, there’d be enough power for 2.5 million homes a year, the EPA says.
The food-scrap project “hasn’t been a cakewalk,” Director of Wastewater David Williams told USA Today. (David is a CWEA member).
The Legislature on November 4 finally agreed to a set of five measures to improve California’s water reliability – particularly efforts to sustain the Sacramento Delta ecosystem. Part of the package is an $11-billion bond the Legislature approved for the November 2010 ballot – voters get to decide if it goes through our not. The bond may include funding for wastewater recycling projects.
“I am so proud that the Legislature, Democrats and Republicans, came together and tackled one of the most complicated issues in our state’s history,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “This comprehensive water package is an historic achievement.”
The five parts of the package are:
- Do away with the CalFed program and Bay Delta Authority to establish a seven-member governing council to oversee both restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which supplies water to 23 million Californians.
- Mandate a 20 percent reduction in urban per capita water use by Dec. 31, 2020.
- Begin the first-ever groundwater monitoring program in the state, wresting control of the process from local authorities.
- Prevent illegal diversions and increase fines for those found stealing water.
- Pursue funding for all of the above.
There are two possible funding programs for wastewater treatment projects:
- $75-million for rural wastewater treatment plants
- $1-billion for water recycling and desal projects
This week’s featured photos are from Flickr member Chas.Dye who took a tour of the Santa Clara/San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant and posted the images on the Flickr photo sharing website. Photos used with permission.
According to Chas the tour is worthwhile - “We toured the plant in early August, and it was quite interesting if you’re into infrastructure sorts of things. They spent close to an hour explaining what goes on, problems they’ve had and so forth. Then they take the group out in a bus to drive around the entire facility.”
The San Jose WPCP treats roughly 160-million gallons per day and serves 1.5 million people in San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno – also known as “the Silicon Valley.”
Tours are offered a couple of times each month – details here.
If you know of a deserving person, project or treatment plant – you can nominate them for a CWEA Award at the Local Section level. Winners then advance to the State level. It’s a great way to recognize the outstanding people
Find out from your Local Section leaders about submitting a nomination forms. Find your Local Section on the CWEA website.
The award nomination forms are available on CWEA’s website.