CASA Connects Newsletter for October 5, 2015


October 5, 2015
Senate Committee to Consider Feinstein’s Drought Relief Bill
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has announced that it will consider Senator Feinstein’s drought relief bill, S 1894, on October 8. This hearing will review, among other matters, provisions on which CASA worked with the Senator to increase federal support of water recycling infrastructure projects. This hearing marks the first step in Senate consideration of a drought bill and is a positive step forward in the goal to get a drought relief bill enacted. Read more…
EPA Finalizes Electronic Reporting Rule

On September 24, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its electronic reporting rule, which is designed to streamline Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written paper reports. Read more…
Meet CASA’s Newest Director of the Board
New CASA Director of the Board, Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold
Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold has been an active member of CASA for more than 15 years. Also a Director on the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board, she brings years of public service and experience to the CASA Board.

In 1977, while raising four children, Georgean became active in local government, scouting, and youth sports. She worked on the campaign to incorporate Dublin and San Ramon as cities and then served on the first Dublin Planning Commission, which was tasked with writing the first General Plan.  She then became a member of the Dublin City Council, just in time to approve the General Plan.

Active in public service for more than 35 years, Georgean has served on various city and county commissions as well as a host of nonprofit boards. She has lived in Dublin since 1971 and recently retired from a long career in tax accounting.
“I am very excited to have been elected to the CASA Board. I’ve long aspired to join the organization in this capacity,” says Director Vonheeder-Leopold. “I have attended CASA conferences for 15 years and am looking forward to working with the current board to help achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.”
We’re very excited to have Georgean on the CASA Board. Welcome Director Vonheeder-Leopold!
Agency News

Regional San announced the Sept. 30th opening of a Recycled Water Fill Station at their treatment plant in Elk Grove. Residential and commercial users in their service area can sign up to obtain free, environmentally responsible, and safe recycled water to irrigate lawns, gardens, and landscaping, or for dust control or other permitted uses. (Sign-ups this year are limited to the first 500). 
The Orange County Sanitation District was recognized on the WEFTEC Hall of Honor as this year’s WEF Safety Award Winner.

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Mixed Bag

Join the Freshwater Trust as they explore new tools to measure and track the environmental benefits from watershed conservation and restoration projects in an October 14 webinar.

The San Francisco Estuary Institue & The Aquatic Science Center has produced an infographic entitled, Microplastic Contamination in San Francisco Bay.

The Contra Costa Times urges Governor Brown to sign AB 888, the bill to ban microbeads, in an October 4 editorial.
In 2013, World Toilet Day was officially created by the United Nations to recognize the life-saving importance of toilets and sanitation, and raise awareness about the fact that one in three people around the world have no place to safely and sanitarily “go” when nature calls.  Learn more…
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“Where does it go when you “go”? This one-minute video from Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County touts the benefits of recycling water.
Oct. 16, 2015
Orange County Sanitation District
State of the District Breakfast
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Fountain Valley
Oct. 22, 2015
American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
Los Angeles
Oct. 28-29, 2015
Stanford University Global Projects Center
Nov. 4-5, 2015
California Bioresources Alliance
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Nov. 4-5, 2015
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  • Tools Available to Communicate the Value of Water
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