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: 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



EPA is testing a new online data program that shows permitted pollution discharges from wastewater facilities to watersheds. The program’s aim is to make public information more readily available and transparent. CWEA, though its Tr-Tac coalition, provided comments to improve the program.

The tool calculates pollutant loadings from permit and DMR data from EPA’s Permit Compliance System (PCS) and Integrated Compliance Information System for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES). Pollutant loadings are presented as pounds per year and as toxic-weighted pounds per year to account for variations in toxicity among pollutants. The tool ranks dischargers, industries, and watersheds based on pollutant mass and toxicity, and presents “top ten” lists to help determine which discharges are important, which facilities and industries are producing these discharges, and which watersheds are impacted.

Tri-Tac’s comments focus primarily on the importance for accurate data and careful interpretation so that the intent for transparency is conveyed without bias or error.

…concerns regarding data release, data quality, program information and data, webpage functionality, calculation of annual loadings, and multiple outfall discharges.

WEF announced on May 18 that it is a winner of the Association Media & Publishing’s (AMP) esteemed EXCEL Award, which honors the best and the brightest in association media and publishing. The Federation won an EXCEL silver medal in the Special Publications category for Media Kits – Digital/Online. “This year’s competition featured an extraordinary number of high-quality entries, but yours stood out from the rest as truly representing The Best and the Brightest in the association community,” said AMP leaders in the award notification letter. WEF will be recognized at the 31st Annual EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on June 1 along with the 195  other winners representing 99 non-profit organizations and associations that were selected from over 1,100 entries. Winners were chosen for displaying exemplary work in editorial, design, advertising and marketing, online publishing, mobile applications, digital editions, and electronic newsletter categories. “WEF is very appreciative of this honor and proud of the outstanding job our WEF staff team did on this online media kit,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “Their vision, talent, and commitment made this award possible.”  Visit 2011 WEF Media Kit to see the prize-winning entry.