By:  Zoeanne Tafolla, Team Mom for North Bay Ryders

We are happy to report that two of our three California teams made it back to New Orleans to compete in the International WEFTEC Operations Challenge 2014. It was a wonderful opportunity to bond with our brothers and sisters from around North and South America.

California had a team competing in both Division I (LA Wrecking Crew) and Division II (Vallejo North Bay Ryders). Both teams did well. In fact, LA Wrecking Crew was given the coveted position of “Brainiacs” by placing first place in the Process Event. This is quite an accomplishment with over 40 teams competing. Way to represent LA!

LA’s Wrecking Crew receiving the coveted Process Event, First Place Trophy, Division I. Photography by: Kieffer Photography

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Applications are being accepted for the 2015 class of the Water Leadership Institute. This intensive program allows participants to explore their own leadership styles and development while engaging their water peers and sector leaders. Using a blended learning approach, the Water Leadership Institute encourages connections via exercises and examination of the complex challenges facing the water and wastewater sectors. The application deadline is Jan. 31. Submit your application.

New – CWEA and WEF are finalizing plans to host The 2016 Utility Management Conference in San Diego

Registration is open for 2015. AWWA and WEF members save $175 when registered by January, 19, 2015.

Join AWWA and WEF in Austin, Texas for The Utility Management Conference™ 2015. Hear the latest in cutting-edge approaches and practices, techniques, and case studies in all aspects of utility management. The preliminary technical program will be available in September. Please visit the conference website for more information regarding registration, hotel and technical programs that will be offered in 2015.

For more information on the program and registration, please click here. For general conference questions, please contact AWWA.

On November 17, CASA and the Clean Water Summit Partners (Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, Southern California Alliance of POTWs, Central Valley Clean Water Association, and California Water Environment Association) requested a 60-day extension of the comment period for the proposed federal dental amalgam rule. (See attached letter.) The proposed rule, published on October 22, 2014, would affect thousands of dental offices in California and a significant number of POTWs across the state by mandating various mercury control efforts related to dental amalgam. Later in the week, USEPA’s Office of Water announced that the agency would grant a 60-day extension to the comment period for the dental amalgam separator rule. CASA is currently gathering data and developing comments to the substance of rule, and will submit recommendations by the now-extended deadline.

Join your colleagues at this interactive session.  Secure your spot today for the upcoming CWEA Technical Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification.  Space is limited, register online now!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
CWEA Tri-Counties Section
Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
Earn up to 6.6 CWEA Contact Hours

Attendees will review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation. You will also have the opportunity to use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying. Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  Develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You’ll leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.