CASA Annual Conference

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  • by BPC Staff
  • on July 24, 2012

In This Issue

CASA Education Foundation

Insights & Interests

CASA & Industry Events

CASA Annual Conference

News from the Capitol

Washington Report

Biosolids Bulletin

Communications Corner


CASA Education Foundation

CASA’s Scholarship Program Closer to Launch!


Get out your checkbooks for a worthy cause and be one of the first supporters of the new CASA Education Foundation.   


Encouraged by the CASA Associates Committee, the CASA Executive Board approved moving forward with the formation of the CASA Education Foundation “CASA EF.” The CASA EF will provide scholarships that contribute to a student’s academic development and career potential in the wastewater industry.  The CASA EF will offer a unique opportunity to CASA Agencies, Associate Members, educational institutions and students within the communities we serve.


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Insights & Interests

Benefits to Biosolids: How Water Utilities are Turning Waste into Resource


Controller Releases June Cash Update 


CASA, ACWA and WateReuse Provide Comments on Revisions to Recycled Water Policy 


California’s New Goal: 75% Recycling 


Court of Vacaville Hears Argument in Challenge to Vacaville Order and Orders Supplemental Briefing 


Fiscal Responsibility Drives Budget and Pension Reforms at Western 


Buy America Mandate 


Caroll Mortensen Confirmed as Director of CalRecycle 


CASA & Industry Events

August 8-11:
2012 CASA Annual Conference

August 22:  
Urban Water Institute Annual Conference

September 13:
Tri-TAC & CWCCG Meetings

October 10:
Biogas USA West Conference

October 11:
Tri-TAC & CWCCG Meetings

October 23:
AMTA/SEDA Technology Transfer Workshop “Reducing Costs at Membrane Plants”

October 30:
Biopower Generation USA 2012: Powering America with Biomass

November 8:
Tri-TAC & CWCCG Meetings

December 13:
Tri-TAC & CWCCG Meetings

January 16-18, 2013:
CASA Mid-Year Conference

For a complete list of all upcoming CASA  and industry events, visit the CASA calendar of events.


CASA Annual Conference


August 8-11, 2012

Monterey Marriott

350 Calle Principal

Monterey, CA 93940



Join us for CASA’s 57th Annual Conference to discuss current topics impacting our community and for an opportunity to address the issues, facts and trends that will affect water quality now and in the future.


The preliminary program is now available for download.


Interested in who will be attending? Download the attendee list to see who is currently registered.   




News from the Capitol

Update from Mike Dillon, CASA State Lobbyist 


Budget Suspends Brown Act for Three Years 


Seeking to find revenues wherever possible to balance the state budget, the Legislature suspended 56 reimbursable mandates resulting in state savings of $828 million in the budget year.  The mandates ranged from everything from firefighters completing SIDS training to animal adoption.  

One of the suspended mandates that will save the state $96 million per year is a three-year suspension of the “Open Meetings Act/Brown Act Reform (Chapter 641, Statutes 1986) (CSM 4257 and CSM 4469).”  *Note: CSM refers to Commission on State Mandate decisions.  With suspension, the mandate remains in statute but is simply not funded, nor is the activity required by local government.  

For those interested, the 2012-13 suspensions are contained in the main Budget bill, AB 1464, passed by the Legislature June 15 and was signed by the Governor June 27 (Chapter 21).  A subsequent budget “trailer bill,” SB 1006, was also signed June 27, which provides that all state mandated programs suspended in 2012-13 also be suspended in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years (SB 1006, Chapter 32).  The budget and related “trailer bills” take effect immediately.  

The CASA Attorneys Committee will be reviewing this issue at its upcoming meeting at the CASA Annual Conference.  Meanwhile, the League of California Cities’ Brown Act Committee has recommended that “city attorneys continue to advise their clients to comply with all requirements of the Brown Act.”    


Washington Report

Update from Eric Sapirstein, Federal Legislative Advocate 


FLC Letter Seeking Markup 


The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Democrat Tim Bishop (D-NY) recently released a letter that was transmitted to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) seeking a markup of the Bishop legislation, H.R. 3145. This legislation would renew the SRF authorization and would authorize a WIFIA and Trust Fund program. Earlier in the year, CASA took a support position in concept because of continuing concern over the value of a WIFIA and trust fund approach as it would impact the SRF. However, since CASA took its position, the state clean water administrators and related state SRF financing agencies have come out against the WIFIA concept because of its potential to undercut State involvement in the decisionmaking process of approving projects and the potential that WIFIA could lead to the elimination of SRF funding. Additionally, there continues to be strong opposition for trust fund in Congress. Therefore, despite the bipartisan nature of the letter, it seems highly improbable that a markup of H.R. 3145 will occur this fall.   


 Biosolids Bulletin   

Update from Greg Kester, Biosolids Program Manager 


Comment Letter on Proposed Regulations for Renderers, Collection Centers, Dead Animal Haulers and Transporters of Inedible Kitchen Grease 


CASA recently submitted a comment letter to the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) regarding the proposed rendering regulations as noted above. CASA is pleased that CDFA has reinserted exemption language for POTWs accepting FOG into anaerobic digestion. However, there is one issue in the regulations on which CASA is requesting a modification. As currently written, CDFA would require a transporter to verify the amount discharged at a receiving facility (including POTWs) by means of a flow meter, scale, or a weighmaster certificate. In reality, it appears that many POTWs do not have flow meters or scales for this discharge and merely assume a truck is filled to capacity when discharging. This is the basis for charging, so it is generally true. CASA has requested that flow meters, etc. not be mandated but rather that CDFA allow the assumption that vehicles are fully loaded at the point of discharge. Please let Greg Kester ( know if you have any comments or questions on the letter.


Communications Corner

Update from CASA Communications Committee, article by Jeff Reinhardt 


Branding Session at CASA Conference  

Just what is “branding?” Is it accomplished by placing your logo on every item within view? And what is the “brand” your organization projects into the community? Are you perceived as a Rolls-Royce or perhaps as a Yugo? After all, both are cars but there’s a world of difference in the expectations that each brand projects, which would you rather have?
While some may think water treatment agencies have no competitors, how would customers rate you against other utilities like cable or satellite TV, cell phone or wire line providers, the electric company, and others? How can a brand be altered and upgraded?
Prepare to be enlightened and surprised at the many elements that influence the perception of your agency – and the image your customers have. You’ll hear advice from the CASA Communications Committee and guest speaker John Ruetten, an expert in the field, with the opportunity to pose individual questions. Plan to join this informative and entertaining session.