Over 650 attendees, exhibitors and wastewater challenge participants enjoyed a great week in Sacramento at the annual specialty conference that focused on “Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate.”  The conference began on Sunday, May 22nd with workshops, sessions and continued with sessions and exhibits through Wednesday.  A fun-filled networking event was held at the Sacramento Railroad Museum on Tuesday evening.  CWEA would like to thank our CWEA members who volunteered on the planning and worked on-site.  A special thank you to co-chairs Bob Gillette, Carollo Engineers and Michael Moore, HDR, Inc.

This year’s event hosted the Wastewater Challenge on Sunday.  Twelve student teams from across the US competed in the challenge that asked them to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem.  Cal State Fullerton won first place in challenge and took home a $1,500 cash prize. UC Irvine won second and a cash prize of $1,000. Thanks to Megan Yoo for coordinating the event this year.  Next year they hope to have even more teams, so contact Megan if you’re interested in learning more about the challenge at meganyoo@gmail.com .

A class ring was returned to a Vallejo man 72 years after he accidentally flushed it down the toilet. Watch the news story from KOVR Sacramento.


From the State Board SSO Office:

The May 13, 2011 deadline comment letters on the draft Sanitary Sewer Systems Waste Discharge Requirements are now posted - click here to view letters (web page)

To view CWEA’s letter (signed by all of the Summit Partners) please click here (PDF).

Possible next steps will be a Board workshop to take testimony and discuss followed by issuance of a revised SSS WDR and adoption in the fall.  There will also likely be a SWRCB staff response to comments coming soon.

Volunteers are needed for key leadership positions this year. The Training Coordination Committee, responsible for assisting staff with developing strategy for specialty conferences, seeks a Chair as well as new members. The Government Affairs Committee, under new leadership by Tish Berge, seeks new members as well as a Vice-Chair from the North. The Public Education Committee is looking for a new Chair and additional members. Supergroup seeks a co-chair from the North.

Contact information for CWEA Committee Chairs can be found online at: http://www.cwea.org/mlr_member_committees_contacts.shtml Get in touch with the chair to find out how you can get involved!

CWEA – Desert and mountain Section is conducting Certification Test Study Sessions as follows:

When:                                      June 11, 2011
Time:                                       8:30 am Registration begins
Grade 1 – 2 sessions              9AM – 12Noon
Grade 3 – 4 sessions              9AM to 4PM

Lunch is provided on site from 12PM to 1PM

Where:                                     Victor Valley College in Victorville

For more information, the flyer is posted on the CWEA calendar