CASA Connects May 15, 2017

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CASA to Host Prestigious Research Conference

On June 12 and 13, prominent researchers from throughout the United States will meet in Los Angeles to discuss the latest research on biosolids topics such as risk assessment, urban soil restoration and beneficial restoration of bay lands, fire ravaged land and other sites. The researchers formed a technical workgroup (known as W 3170) under a cooperative agreement with USDA during the development of the original federal biosolids regulations, and continue their cutting edge research on biosolids issues. [more…]

Governor Releases “May Revision” of the Budget

On Thursday, May 11, Governor Brown released his May Revision of the 2017-18 budget, which reflects updated revenues and expenditures for the first part of the year.  In his press release, the Governor explained that while forecasted revenues came in slightly higher than expected, significant additional spending is not being proposed because of uncertainty in Washington D.C. and the likelihood of an economic downturn in the future.  The May Revision proposes few additional expenditures, focusing instead on maintaining a prudent budget in anticipation of further economic slow down.

The Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees are now tasked with finalizing the budget proposals, including analyzing any changes proposed in the May Revision. [more…]

CASA Joins Broad Coalition in Support of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

CASA is one of over 150 vehicle fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, fuel producers, and associations who have urged Governor Brown and legislative leaders to retain the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).  In a letter sent May 11, the coalition expressed strong support for the standard, which will reduce the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuels ten percent by 2020, and even more by 2030. Nearly every biofuel or renewable natural gas operation in California depends on the LCFS to secure financing that is needed to build and operate facilities. To date, the LCFS has supported over 20 low-carbon fuel plants throughout the state, and more are being proposed as a result of the policy. While no specific proposal to eliminate the LCFS at this time, the coalition felt it was important to weigh in now to protect it.

CASA Attorneys Committee to Meet June 2 – There’s Still Time to Register

The latest developments on California legislation, case law and emerging legal issues will be discussed at the CASA Attorneys Committee, set for June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the office of Downey Brand in Sacramento.  The agenda will also feature an open attorneys roundtable. Participants will receive 4.0 hours of MCLE credit.   Register.

Spread the Word About Water Careers

CA Water Jobs has released new resources for recruiting and sharing opportunities for careers in the water sector. Take a look at the career video interviews and the new resources, including social media graphics and hashtags. CASA is a sponsor of the CA Water Jobs website hosted by the California Water Environment Association. Over the past year, 700 jobs have been posted and the site has averaged 10,000 views per month.

Registration Now Open for 62nd Annual Conference

Conference registration and hotel reservations are now open for the 62nd CASA Annual Conference.
Check out our event page for hotel information and registration. Preliminary program information coming soon.
*CSRMA participants please note the training seminar will be on Tuesday this year.

Mixed Bag

  • The State Auditor has recommended that CalRecycle take on the task of managing household sharps and pharmaceutical waste.  The auditor’s report cites the lack of a lead state agency to oversee this waste as a key factor in consumer confusion and the lack of adequate information about collection sites. Read the report.

  • The Public Policy Institute of California has released a new groundwater fact sheetsummarizing recent groundwater research that concludes most basins in the state are being used unsustainably.
  • The 2017 Renewable Gas Symposium takes place
    May 17th in Riverside, CA.  Speakers from the Air 
    Resources Board, CA Energy Commission and the
    Bioenergy Association of California are featured and
    registration is only $50.  View the program and
    register here.
Now Hiring!
CASA members have numerous opportunities available. Visit our Job Board for details. 

Member News

Welcome to the following new members:
  • Epic CleanTec, Inc.
  • Forterra Pipe & Precast
We look forward to meeting these new members at the Annual Conference.


2017 Dates
May 16-17 CSDA
 Legislative Days
June 11-13 CASA  W3170 Meeting Los Angeles
June 27-29 US Water Alliance  One Water Summit New Orleans
July 23-27 IWA  International Conference Long Beach
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