January 4, 2016
A Message from the Executive Director
Bobbi Larson, Executive Director
Welcome back from your holiday break and happy 2016! 

The new year promises to be one of accomplishment and progress, and CASA will start out with a bang. The upcoming winter conference will feature the unveiling of a new look and feel for the association, including new brand colors, a new logo and a redesigned website. These efforts are the product of many months of work, led by CASA's communications manager, Brooke Sobol. As we prepare to reveal our new brand during the conference luncheon, I would like to thank the CASA focus group, communications workgroup, Board of Directors, staff and consultants for sharing their thoughts, opinions and reactions throughout the process. I hope you will find the new website more engaging, easier to navigate, and visually appealing. 

I look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs to celebrate this important milestone.
President Obama Signs Federal Bill to Ban Microbeads 
Microbeads in personal care products will soon be a thing of the past.
Last week President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 into law. The bill will phase out the use of microbeads in certain consumer products over the next several years, banning their sale in most instances by 2018.  Read more...
CASA will Urge the FDA to End Pharmaceutical Flushing Recommendation
CASA has agreed to join a letter calling on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end its recommendation that certain medications be disposed by flushing them down the toilet. Read more...
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Supports Land Application of Biosolids
We're celebrating a huge win for biosolids 
In a significant victory for proponents of biosolids land application, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued an opinion strongly supporting land application in that state under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Farm Act. Read more...
Agency News
Delta Diablo contributed to a story on water recycling that was published in the Contra Costa Times. 

Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) invites the public to see how clean water and green energy are recovered from wastewater at a tour of its treatment plant on Wed., Jan. 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Mixed Bag
An interesting article in the Washington Post cites industrial run-off that finds its way into the river as a possible reason that some male fish have developed characteristics of the opposite sex.
San Francisco Department of the Environment is hiring a  
Sacramento County Sanitation District is hiring a  sr. environmental lab analyst.
Jan. 20-22, 2016
 Palm Springs
Feb. 22-24, 2016
Washington, D.C.
March 13, 2016
Santa Rosa
April 6, 2016
CASA & WateReuse
Aug. 10-12, 2016
Annual Conference
April 10-26, 2016
Washington, D.C. 
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