CASA Connects Newsletter, April 9 2015


April 9, 2015
In This Issue

CASA Advocacy Preserves Marking Exemption for Non-pressurized Sewer Lines

CASA is pleased to report that as a result of our efforts, Senator Jerry Hill has agreed to amend his SB 119 to restore the current exemption for non-pressurized sewer lines, storm drains, or other non-pressurized drain lines.Read more…

2015 CASA Achievement Awards Program Open for Applications

Each year, CASA recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken by our members through our Achievement Awards Program. We are now accepting applications for the 2015 CASA Achievement Awards. The deadline for submittal is Wednesday, June 24.


The awards program provides statewide recognition for outstanding project and program efforts. It’s an excellent opportunity for agencies and associates to highlight accomplishments as they move toward becoming a Utility of the Future.


The 2015 winners will be announced and celebrated at CASA’s annual conference in August.


Visit our Achievement Awards Program page and complete an application today!

Meet CASA’s Legislator of the Year at the Public Policy Forum
Assemblyman Rendon
Assemblyman Rendon

CASA is pleased to honor Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, District 63, as CASA’s 2015 Legislator of the Year at our upcoming Public Policy Forum.


Attend CASA’s second annual forum April 27-28 and support Assemblyman Rendon as we honor him with this distinctive recognition.  


You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and hear from AssemblyMembers Jacqui Irwin, District 44, and Brian Maienschein, District 77,  and participate in small group Capitol visits with legis



View the event page for registration, hotel, and program information.
Attend the What2Flush Half-Day Summit
Are you tired of non-dispersable wipes clogging up our systems? Do you dream of a day when people stop flushing their drugs down the toilet? Would you like to help be the change you want to see?


As clean water professionals, it’s up to us to lead the charge. Learn about the latest efforts in the battle against flushing nuisance items, and what you can do to help. Join Nick Arhontes, Melody LaBella, Heidi Sanborn, Andria Venture, and other industry experts in a half-day California What2Flush Summit presented by The California Water Environment Association & California Association of Sanitation Agencies.



San Diego Town & Country Resort

Date: May 1, 2015

Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


This summit is free to those attending the 3-day conference, or choose to only attend the summit.


Learn more about the What2Flush Summit

Learn more about the CWEA Annual Conference


Register for the Biosolids and Renewable Energy Specialty Workshops
Discover innovative technologies for biosolids treatment and renewable energy production at the California Water Environment Association & California Association of Sanitation Agencies’ Biosolids & Renewable Energy Specialty Workshop.


For your convenience, this one-day workshop will be offered in two locations:

  • May 12 in Martinez
  • May 13 in Los Angeles

You’ll also learn to determine the questions necessary to critically evaluate the merits and applicability of technologies for implementation. Decision-makers, engineers, project managers, operators, consultants, and regulators will find these seminars of great value in exploring long term biosolids treatment and renewable energy options.


Learn more and register now.

Public Policy Institute Launches New Water Policy Center
The PPIC has announced the launch of the PPIC Water Policy Center. Led by PPIC senior fellow Ellen Hanak, the center will spur innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society – now, and for future generations.


The center has published the first edition of California’s Water, a set of short policy briefs on the state’s most critical water management challenges and actions needed to address them. This briefing kit is designed to inform state leaders and to raise awareness more broadly about the important water issues facing our state.


To learn more, sign up for the center newsletter,subscribe to their blog, and visit their website.

In Case You Missed It…
Protect Tax-exempt Municipal Bonds

Hurry – deadline is Thursday, April 9! We sent an email to agency members encouraging support of a coalition to protect tax-exempt municipal bonds. All you need to do is email a signature block and logo to a designated contact. Click here to view the article.



Meet our new Communications Manager

We announced our new Manager of Communications, Brooke Sobol. Brooke comes to us from VSP Vision Care, where she worked for the past 13 years, including 10 years as a Sr. Communications Manager. Click here to view the article.

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