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ACWA eNews for Oct. 3, 2012

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State Board to Consider Amendment to Recycled Water Policy


The State Water Resources Control Board on Oct. 16 will consider adoption of an amendment to its Recycled Water Policy that would add monitoring requirements for constituents of emerging concern (CECs).

Federal Agencies Directed to Use Conflict Resolution on Water, Environmental Issues


The Office of Management and Budget and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality have issued a memo outlining the use of conflict resolution practices for water and other environmental is­sues. The memo directs federal agencies to use third-party facilita­tion to settle conflicts, including matters related to energy, transportation, water and land management.

Bay Delta Science Conference Kicks Off Oct. 16


The 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, titled “Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary,” runs Oct.16-18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. A key theme of this year’s conference is the growing realization that the San Francisco Estuary is vastly changed due to human actions. Developing new ways of reconciling human use with maintaining desirable elements such as native species – two potentially conflicting goals – will be examined.


EPA Releases New Guidelines for Water Reuse


The EPA has released its 2012 guidelines for water reuse, which update and build on the Agency’s previous reuse guidelines issued in 2004. The document summarizes existing U.S. regulations, details water reuse practices outside the U.S. and includes case studies and information on planning for future water reuse systems. Indirect potable reuse and industrial reuse, as well as disinfectant and treatment technologies also are discussed in the document.  The document is available at http://www.waterreuseguidelines.org/.

Deadline Extended to Oct. 5 for Emissary Award


ACWA members considering a nomination for this year’s Emissary Award have a few more days to submit.

The deadline to nominate deserving individuals for the award has been extended to Friday, Oct. 5 in response to requests for additional time.

CVWD General Manager Steve Robbins Passes Away

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 09/28/2012 – 4:26pm


Steve Robbins, general manager of Coachella Valley Water District and a former member of the ACWA Board of Directors, died Sept. 27 after a battle with leukemia. He was 59.

The long-time La Quinta resident had been a patient at the world-renowned cancer-treatment center, preparing for a bone marrow transplant.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs.

EPA Offers Webinar, Energy Audits for Utilities


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering two free events for water and wastewater utilities as part of its Sustainable Water Infrastructure series.

The first is a webinar set for Oct. 11 titled “Solar Energy for Water and Wastewater Utilities: Step-by-Step Project Implementation and Funding Approaches.” The event runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Details are available here.

Statewide Association Comments on Passing of Steve Robbins

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SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on the passing of Steve Robbins, former member of the ACWA Board of Directors and general manager of the Coachella Valley Water District. Robbins died Sept. 27 at the age of 59 after a battle with leukemia.

ACWA Region 4 Hosts Tour of the Solano Project

Thu, 10/11/2012


Fairfield Anheuser-Busch Brewery

ACWA Region 4 is hosting a Tour of the Solano Project Thursday, October 11, 2012 

WHO:ACWA Members 

WHAT:Presentations and Bus Tour of the Solano Project 

WHERE:Start and End at Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

WHEN:Thursday, October 11, 2012, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Note updated end time.

Attendees are invited to stay for complimentary beer tasting following the tour.