From Zoeanne Tafolla,
Director of Safety/Risk Management, Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District and CWEA Director, 2011-2014

If we had a disaster today would you or your agency be prepared?  If you are thinking, “I don’t think so,” you wouldn’t be alone.  Most public entities and their employees are not prepared for a major disaster. Did you know that public sector employees are considered Disaster Service Workers (DSWs) per the State of California and that they are supposed to take an oath stating that they will report in to work when a disaster has been declared in their working community?

California’s Government Code 31 00-31 02; Labor Code 3211 .92(b) states that all public employees are to report for duty as DSWs in the event of an emergency or disaster. A great, informative video was produced by the Contra Costa and Santa Clara County Health Services. This 12-minute video (along with a brochure) summarizes the responsibilities of public workers during a disaster. The video and brochure can be downloaded from the internet at:  http://www.cchealth.org/topics/emergencies/video_disaster.php. This is a great tailgate meeting for personnel! [Read more]

Golden Empire Section Officers Installation Banquet

CWEA President Jody Allen installs the new officers of the CWEA Golden Empire Section

CWEA, along with its clean water partners (BACWA, CASA, CSAC, CVCWA, RCRC, SCAP and Tri-TAC), submitted a response on the revised SSS WDR comment summaries provided by the SWRCB.

From the 1/13/2012 response letter:

We are also pleased that the State Water Board intends to hold a workshop to receive further input on the proposed SSS WDR revisions. We are concerned, however, that the process for the workshop currently scheduled for January 24, 2012 may not facilitate full and effective participation by interested stakeholders. We understand that no documentation of the content of
the workshop will be released prior to the workshop, but it appears that State Water Board staff will provide a presentation on the proposed revisions, discuss contentious issues raised in the
comment letters, and present staff’s ideas for how to address them at this point. This approach seems unusual for developing such wide-reaching potential new requirements. In particular, we
would be better able to provide comments at the workshop if we knew in advance what the proposals are. For this reason, we believe the focus of the workshop should be on the recommended process and steps for moving forward, rather than on obtaining input from
stakeholders or direction from State Water Board members on specific substantive changes to the WDR.

Read the full letter [Read more]

The more you know, the better you can do your job. Attend P3S 2012 and gain the tools you need to become more effective and knowledgeable as you protect our water environment. At our over 45 educational sessions you’ll learn about pretreatment permits, limits and requirements, and meet water professionals who share our commitment to protecting our water environment. Start planning to attend the P3S Conference, February 27-29 by registering today online or via mail/fax.

In the case of the 2012 CWEA Annual Conference, the early bird saves $100 off the member-discounted and the regular rate for full-conference attendance. Early birds save $25 off the rate for one-day conference attendance.

The discount is just one reason to be an early bird. Register early and ensure yourself a seat at the pre-conference workshops or technical tours of your choice. And while you are completing your early bird conference registration, book your hotel room early. Don’t be left out in the cold as hotel rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the full conference brochure for more information, and register now. The early bird deadline is March 19, 2012.