The Huffington Post recently posted a video of Billionaire activist Bill Gates drinking a cup of water that was once human poop after being treated through an Omniprocessor. The Microsoft co-founder has long been committed to bringing clean water to the millions of people who lack it and this latest innovation could be his key to solving the issue. View the article to find out more about the Omniprocessor and his mission and be sure to check out the video.

Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day – better mark your calendars. But wait, you don’t have to – the State Water Resources Control Board’s Clean Water Team has done it for you!

The Clean Water Team’s free, online calendar will also let you know when Creek Week happens, when California’s free fishing days come around, and even the date of National Squirrel Appreciation Day. If all this sounds a little wonky, well, Embrace Your Geekness Day is July 13, according to the calendar.

The calendar is an eclectic mix of fun and useful information, with active links to many of the events and commemorations listed. So you not only know when World Wetlands Day is scheduled, but why wetlands are important, and what you can do to help preserve them.

Photographs of Clean Water Team members are featured on each calendar month, doing what they do: volunteering to help monitor the health of the streams and rivers of California.

Access the free calendar here: www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/docs/cwt/volunteer/cal_2015.pdf

The Clean Water Team is the citizen monitoring program of the State Water Board. The team’s Citizen Monitoring Coordinators work statewide to provide technical assistance and guidance, training, and loans of equipment to volunteers in citizen monitoring programs and watershed stewardship organizations.

Citizen volunteers work through a variety of organizations to monitor water quality in streams and rivers throughout the state. Activities include collecting water quality data, evaluating fish habitat, counting birds, or making visual observations of stream health.  Community and resource managers use monitoring information to better protect California’s waters.

For more information or to volunteer for a community-based monitoring program, visit the Clean Water Team’s web page at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/cwt_volunteer.shtml

CWEA will be closed Monday, Dec 22. through Friday, Dec. 26. We wish you and your families a Happy Holiday!

REMINDER

Board nominations are due January 2, 2015. Read more about the nomination process here.

Committee Reports are due January 9, 2015. Download the committee report form here.

Mark your Calendars! Join your colleagues for the 2015 P3S (Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater) conference being held in the beautiful Napa Valley.  This event will focus on Pre-Treatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater issues that affect California and its agencies.  You’ll be able to participate in valuable learning and education featuring EPA and State Water Board representatives while making new connections that can help you solve problems well after the event.  Scheduled training sessions will cover topics to benefit all attendees, such as Leadership for the 21st Century, FOG, and Stormwater Regulatory Outlook, just to name a few. Look for more information in your email soon or continue to visit www.cwea.org/conferences for updates.

Next year’s theme is Crafting Water.  Join us at AC 2015 in the beautiful city of San Diego at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.  Help our members solve their issues with your products and services.  We expect to have over 1,500 representatives from the water quality field attend this educational conference. Take this opportunity to get noticed and reserve your spot before December 31, 2014 and SAVE $180 for a 10×10 booth.  Booth locations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis until spaces are sold, so complete your application today.