CWEA was recently honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Water Environment Research Foundation for our annual donation to their research program. CWEA is proud to support WERF’s continuing research into issues and challenges impacting water resource recovery facilities. CWEA’s donation is provided for their general research fund and is not earmarked.

Recent WERF projects:

  • LIFT – The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is a multi-pronged initiative undertaken by WERF and WEF to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently. Learn more at www.werf.org/lift
  • WERF Blueprint for On-Site Water Systems – a new research program in partnership with San Francisco Public Utilities Comission. Learn more at www.wateronline.com/doc/exploring-onsite-water-systems-0001

Learn more about WERF and how you can support their research at www.WERF.org

Mark your calendars for CWEA’s Northern Regional Training Conference that will be held on September 8-10, 2015 in Sacramento. You will fine-tune your knowledge, skills and abilities, engage with your fellow water and wastewater colleagues, find solutions to issues during the educational sessions and meet with exhibitors in the exhibition halls including an outdoor show of equipment. Please check our website for updates.

Communications consultant Melissa Marshall gave an inspiring TED talk about how scientists and engineers can better communicate complex ideas to the public. Drop the jargon and bullet points and use your passion. She is a featured closing session speaker during the SeptemberWateReuse annual conference in Seattle.

Law Seminars is offering CWEA members a discounted Government rate. CWEA members can attend in-person or via the webinar for $400 (a $65 discount off the government rate). We’re happy to share this event posting with you, but please note this is not a CWEA organized event.

July 20, 2015
Courtyard Marriott Sacramento Midtown in Sacramento, CA
Anyplace you may be via webcast!

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California is in the midst of a historic drought. Surface water deliveries are at an all-time low and many groundwater basins are being significantly drawn down. The economic effects of actual or foreseeable shortages can be mitigated by increasing the price end users pay for each gallon of water used. However, the rates municipal utilities charge for water are restricted by Proposition 218, and must be justified by a Cost of Service Analysis (COSA). Proposition 218 may limit the ability of municipal water utilities to encourage conservation by raising volumetric charges for water. Recently, the City of Capistrano’s implementation of one widely used mechanism for reducing demand, tiered rates, was found to violate Proposition 218 by the Fourth Appellate District because the rates were not justified by a COSA. The decision highlights the need to develop COSA methodologies that are compliant with Proposition 218.

This one-day seminar will explain recent decisions by California courts on the limitations Propositions 218 and 26 place on municipal water rates, and describe the economic principles used by COSA to develop municipal water rates. In particular, leading experts in the law and economics of water pricing will examine the legal and economic challenges that are likely to emerge as municipal water utilities cope with the ongoing drought.

This advanced seminar will help practitioners in both fields improve their overall understanding of these interrelated fields just as water issues are front-page news. We hope to see you there. Register soon for in person or live webcast attendance.

The Water Environment Federation announces the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new initiative created within WEF to address urban runoff and wet weather issues.

Stormwater is a growing challenge for local and regional entities as infrastructure ages and extreme weather events increase. As an adaptable organization that responds to the needs of our members and the water sector at large, WEF made stormwater a priority and significantly increased its stormwater-related programming, publications, and communications over the past five years.

A 120-member Stormwater Committee; the popular Stormwater Congress—a rapidly growing component of the WEFTEC program and exhibition; multiple books; a bi-monthly global stormwater magazine; and theStormwater Report—an e-newsletter that is distributed to more than 30,000 stormwater professionals each month, are just a few notable examples. As the logical next step, the WEF Stormwater Institute will serve as a center for excellence and innovation to help stormwater professionals apply best-in-class solutions; leverage these existing programs; and provide a home for collaboration among WEF MAs, association partners, foundations, and other parties.

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