From a CASA Alert….

For those interested in what the proposed waters of the US rule will mean for clean water utilities, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will be hosting a free webinar this Thursday, June 26, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern (10:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific). This webcast will address questions of specific interest to utilities and will attempt to clarify areas of potential concern. For additional information about the webinar and to register, please use the following link.

Speakers include Ken Kopocis, Senior Advisor, Office of Water, US Environmental Protection Agency as well as Donna Downing and Damaris Christensen, also with the USEPA Office of Water. The public comment period for the rule was recently extended and will close on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The application period for the Water Pollution Control class offered by Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program is now open.   If you know of someone interested in starting their Wastewater Operator education, direct them to the WWW.TVROP.ORG for registration information.   We encourage our WWTP partners to submit personal recommendations directly to the Instructors. [Read more]

Jim Strandberg, PG, CHG, joins West Yost Associates (West Yost) as Operations Manager for West Yost’s Groundwater Discipline Group. With over thirty years of experience, Jim is an expert in strategic, regulatory, and technical consulting among private- and public-sector clients seeking groundwater development and management strategies. His knowledge of groundwater quality, well design and construction, groundwater modeling for remediation and supply, and associated regulations will benefit West Yost’s clients.
Jim is a long-standing director and former president of the Groundwater Resources Association of California, and is currently serving on the Groundwater Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering with a specialization in water resources from Stanford University.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has promoted Pamela Henry to the position of Deputy Executive Director. Having been with WEF for more than 25 years, Henry is a seasoned leader who will oversee a number of key organizational programs including WEFTEC operations and exhibitions, advertising and sponsorships, marketing, communications and creative services, human resources, and facilities management.

“Pam is a proven leader who makes shouldering a heavy load appear deceptively easy,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “She deftly combines running a tight ship and managing multiple responsibilities with a genuine interest in people and a talent for growing teams. We are absolutely delighted that she has agreed to serve WEF in this new role.”

Beginning her career with WEF in the exhibitions group in 1986, Henry has held a variety of positions within the Federation, including Membership Director, Director of Conferences & Exhibitions, and Sr. Director of Conference Operations, Exhibitions, and Sales Development. Among her most notable achievements have been her contributions to the phenomenal growth and success of WEFTEC, WEF’s annual technical exhibition and conference.

Under her leadership, WEFTEC has regularly set new attendance and exhibition records, while solidifying its reputation as the must attend event for water quality professionals around the world. Most recently, WEFTEC was recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the fastest growing trade shows in the United States.

“Although much of Pam’s work over the years has been behind the scenes, the results of her commitment to WEF staff, WEF members and to WEFTEC are undeniable,” continued O’Neill. “She’s an enormous asset to the organization as demonstrated by success in many areas.”

The State Water Board is holding a Water Quality Fee Stakeholder Meeting on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:30-11:30 AM at the Cal/EPA Headquarters (1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) to discuss the proposed water quality fees for Fiscal Year 2014-15.  Participants can attend in person or via teleconference at (916) 227-1132.

The handout for the meeting is available on our website at:

We apologize for the extremely short notice as there were internal and external issues that delayed our ability to send out and post this information.  If you are interested but unable to attend the meeting, feel free to contact us to discuss the fees.

Fee Branch
State Water Resources Control Board
T: (916) 341-5247 | F: (916) 341-5248