Join CWEA in Crafting Water through 21st Century Learning by working with our program chairs to present meaningful interactive sessions where participants can engage, connect and learn.  Your topic will reach over 1,200 water professionals in California.  CWEA’s conference participants attend the event to learn and connect with their peers to share experiences and problem solve together. You’ll even earn CWEA Contact Hours as a speaker/presenter. The new form has new areas that will help our attendees and you!  It includes this year’s conference program themes. It also collects 3 learning objectives and an outcome statement that captures the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities attendees will gain from your talk.   Help us craft sessions that will give our attendees opportunities to engage, connect and learn. Please complete this form electronically and submit it via the online abstract submission portal .   Check our the frequently asked questions on how to submit an abstract via the online portal. Please submit separate speaker applications for each proposed presentation topic. All applications must be received by October 1st, 2014. The application should present ideas, concepts, or lessons learned that are transferable and usable for other real-world situations and applications. Authors should prepare clear, concise abstracts that follow the requirements. The quality and content of the application are considered indicative of the final presentation at CWEA AC 2015. CWEA Conference Planning Committee Members and Committee Leaders will select applications of interest and contact potential speakers for more information. Please note that application submittal does not guarantee selection. Questions can be directed to: Megan Yoo Schneider Conference Program Co-Chair (949) 809-5163 Zoeanne Tafolla Conference Program Co-Chair (707) 644-8949 x281

Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) is putting on a Nutrient Symposium that will look at various case studies of estuaries across the nation that have dealt with the nutrient issue from a regulatory perspective. Contact BACWA Regulatory Program Manager Dr. Lorien Fono who is working with Carollo Engineers to organize the Symposium. RSVPs are still being accepted. Seats are limited.
View the Save the Date and Agenda here for additional information.

NACWA has sent out an update on the Effluent Guidelines Plans that the EPA published that includes an update on the Federal Dental Amalgam Rule which is excerpted below. The Plans announce both final decisions EPA is making on the control of industrial wastewater discharges, along with proposed new actions for the future.

EPA is requesting public review and comment on the Preliminary 2014 Plan on behalf of your agency and to possibly seek the attention of dental practices in your service areas depending on the content proposed rule. Although the content of the rule is still unknown, some input indicates that it would be troubling for both dental practices and local agencies. [Read more]

from Catherine L. Allin

Darcy Aston of Napa Valley Sanitation District surrendered to pancreatic cancer this past Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  She is survived by her loving husband Nels and two beautiful children, Bryce and Eli.

She was an incredible, inspiring individual who passionately protected our environment and natural resources and she will be missed by many in our Pollution Prevention community.

You may visit her Caring Bridge site to share your thoughts with family and friends or to make a donation in her memory:

If you prefer to reach out to the family directly, please contact Melody Labella at Central San for their mailing address:

Please take a moment now to remember Darcy.  You may view her making a difference by supporting product stewardship for pharmaceuticals here:

West Yost Associates (West Yost) expands its operations into Southern California and hires five new team members who will work from a new office in Irvine, California. Stephen Dopudja, Momocilo Savovic, Kristen Whatley, Cynthia Paredes, and Jack Riedel joined West Yost on August 30, 2014.  “The ability to hire an established team of professionals already working locally in Irvine was a unique and auspicious opportunity,” said Charles Duncan, president, West Yost Associates. “This geographic expansion of our firm is the right fit for serving our existing Southern California clients while establishing a foundation for continuing to build on our core strengths in water, groundwater, wastewater, infrastructure, and construction management.”

“In joining West Yost, the new team based out of Irvine will continue to deliver capital improvement, water resource, redevelopment and infrastructure engineering services in Southern California, and will also provide owners advisory and construction management services,” said Stephen Dopudja, a California-licensed Professional Engineer, who will lead the Irvine office. This will be the first Southern California office for West Yost, with five exisiting office locations in Northern California and one in Eugene, Oregon.

In our continuing efforts to improve the functionality and your experience on, we’re happy to announce that your continued education credits received at CWEA state events are now online. You can now view and print your continued education certificates from the convenience of your computer 24/7. You’ll also be able to view the sessions you attended during each event, the number of CWEA contact hours you earned per session, and see which sessions you attended applied directly to your CWEA TCP certifications. You’ll find the sessions and certificates on under your profile. Check out the “My Education Credits” and you’ll see all the hours you’ve earned since January 2014.

After you log on to, click on My Account, a link on the left hand side of the page.

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