Please forward this newsletter to anyone who may be interested.                                  May 9, 2016
Congress Advances Water Development Legislation
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recently completed a revised draft of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) and sent the bill to markup. The legislation (S. 2848) moved out of committee at record pace and now awaits approval by the full Senate. Read more...
Meet Young Professional, Stefanie Olson
Stefanie Olson 
Developing young professionals is an important component of CASA's strategic plan. 

We chatted with Stefanie Olson, Clean Water Programs Specialist with Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), to get her perspective as a young clean water professional. 

CASA Shares Expertise at CWEA Conference
CASA sponsored and moderated two panel sessions at the Clean Water Environment Association's annual conference as part of their "deep dive" sessions. Executive Director Bobbi Larson and Director of Government Affairs Adam Link shared their expertise with the audience.
Registration Now Open for CASA Annual Conference

At this year's annual conference you'll discover what you can do today to begin growing the vision of tomorrow. 

Some of the highlights of this year's event include: 
  • Keynote speaker Joe Whitworth, president of the Freshwater Trust and author of Quantified - Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy
  • Featured speaker Dr. Frank Benest, on Surviving the Retirement Wave: Lessons Learned in Growing our Successors
  • Tour of the Pure Water Monterey Program

Check out our event page to view the preliminary program, get hotel information, and register. 


*CSRMA participants please note the training seminar will be on Tuesday this year.

Agency News
Daniel McIntyre, DSRSD General Manager
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board of Directors has appointed Daniel McIntyre to serve as the District's General Manager. A registered civil engineer, McIntyre has worked in the Tri-Valley for 26 years, including the last year as DSRSD's Engineering Services Manager. Read more...

Michael Tognolini
The Dublin San Ramon Services District East Bay Municipal Utility District Recycled Water Authority Board of Directors appointed Michael Tognolini as Authority Manager, effective April 1, 2016, upon the retirement of James Bewley, who served in that position for ten years. Read more...
Napa Sanitation District & community leaders celebrate recycled water efforts.

Napa Sanitation District and its partners celebrated the completion of almost $50 million in recycled water projects. Dozens of people gathered at the treatment plant along the Napa River near the county airport on Monday for a morning ribbon-cutting event.

Join Eastern Municipal Water District on May 11 for a dedication ceremony celebrating the successful completion of their renewable solar energy projects. For information, contact Donna Jacomet.

West County Wastewater District employees in their new garden.
West County Wastewater District's "Employees for Community Alliance and Restoration of the Environment" (WECARE) Program hosted an Employee Earth Day 2016 event. They created an employee garden, utilizing repurposed toilets as planters and newly constructed planter boxes to grow a variety of vegetables. All the vegetables will be donated to the Bay Area Rescue Mission Kitchen. The WECRAE program is also hosting a Community Red Cross Blood Drive on June 23, 2016.
Mixed Bag
The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) is preparing a Biosolids Master Plan to recommend future biosolids management options and capital improvements for a 20-year planning period. To assist in evaluating these alternatives, they're conducting a workshop on Tuesday, May 17 to present the plan and hear from interested vendors. RSVP to Barbara Correa at (949) 458-1114, extension 6 by May 10. For questions about the Biosolids Master Plan, please contact Sharon Yin, Senior Engineer

The Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education offers a scholarship program for Bay Area community college students. The scholarship covers tuition and books for those seeking a career in the Clean Water industry, and includes a scholarship for every student who maintains a grade of C or better in each course. The program includes a Plant Operator Certificate after  completing the required 28 units. Registration closes May 16. Read more...

Now Hiring!
Greg Kester, CASA Director of Renewable Resources

Save the Date! 
Back by popular demand, CASA and CWEA are hosting a Biosolids and Innovative Technology seminar. The one-day seminar, located at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in Martinez on June 21, and at the Hyperion wastewater treatment plant in Los Angeles on June 22, will cover a variety of topics important to those interested in innovative advancements in biosolids and renewable resources. More details coming soon!

May 17-18, 2016Special Districts Sacramento
May 17, 2016Orange County Sanitation District Fountain Valley
May 18, 2016Central Valley Clean Water Association Sacramento
June 21, 2016
June 22, 2016CASA Los Angeles
Aug. 10-12, 2016
CASAAnnual Conference Monterey
Aug. 24-26, 2016
Urban Water Institute San Diego
Jan. 18-20, 2017CASA Palm Springs

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