Please forward this newsletter to anyone who may be interested.                                     February 1, 2016
CASA Conference Wrapup
A communication-focused round table
We've just returned from another informative CASA conference. From an engaging keynote speaker, to interactive round tables, and a charming scholarship recipient, there was a lot to take in at this year's Winter Conference in Palm Springs. Read more...
Our New Website is Live!
We've launched our newly refreshed brand and website! We've incorporated some of  brand design elements in this newsletter and throughout our newly designed website

Please take a moment to let us know your thoughts on the brand refresh and/or website. Check out Bobbi's blog or Brooke's online forum post and join the conversation! 
Water, Wastewater Associations Share Recommendations for Potable Reuse Operator Certification
As the state moves forward with feasibility studies and regulations for potable reuse, water and wastewater organizations have taken the initiative to provide recommendations for ensuring qualified personnel will operate advanced treatment facilities. CASA joined the American Water Works Association (CA/NV section), WateReuse CA, the California Water Environment Association and the California Urban Water Agencies to develop a framework for potable reuse operator training and certification. 

A joint white paper submitted to the State Water Board's Division of Drinking Water (DDW) notes that a framework for potable reuse is key to increasing statewide reuse and meeting the state's goals for increased water recycling. The organizations believe successful training and certification of potable reuse operators is a critical element of a comprehensive program to maintain high quality reuse supplies that are protective of public health. Discussions with DDW and stakeholders regarding the best way to move this concept forward will continue over the next several months.
"No Drugs Down the Drain" Hits National Media
CASA participated in a letter to the FDA encouraging the elimination of a list of "acceptable" pharmaceuticals to flush down the toilet. Our position is that no medications should be flushed, and we should instead focus on take-back programs for unused medications. We joined California Product Stewardship Council in drafting this news release to raise awareness of this issue. The news release has been published by multiple media outlets. 
CASA Renewable Resources Expert Contributes to CWEA Article
CASA's Director of Renewable Resource Programs, Greg Kester,  lent his expertise to California Water Environment Association's newsletter readers in this article on co-digestion of high-strength organics - an increasingly important topic, as nearly one in five of the state's treatment facilities are practicing some form of co-digestion, with the trend accelerating.
Mixed Bag
The State Water Board Office of Sustainable Solutions has published its winter newsletter

A recent EPA survey shows $271 billion is needed for our nation's wastewater infrastructure. 


Agency News
Levi Fuller
Congratulations to Levi Fuller, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor at Dublin San Ramon Services District, on being named 2015 Supervisor of the Year by the San Francisco Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association. Way to go, Levi! 

Lana Haddad
Congratulations to Western Municipal Water District's 
Government Affairs Officer Lana J. Haddad on being selected by Leadership California for its prestigious 2016 California Issues & Trends Program. Very impressive, Lana! 
Events
Date
Organization
Event
Location
Feb. 22-24, 2016
CASA
Washington, D.C.
March 13-15, 2016
WateReuse
Santa Rosa
April 6, 2016
CASA & WateReuse
Sacramento
Aug. 10-12, 2016
CASA
Annual Conference
Monterey