Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

Elizabeth Allan, Executive Director

This Executive Director’s Message highlights the June 27-28 Board workshop and meeting. CWEA’s fiscal year starts July 1 so much of this message is dedicated to the FY 14-15 program of work and budget just approved by the Board.

Investing in new CWEA programs for FY 14-15 – Our Members Are Worth It…On Saturday June 28th the CWEA Board approved another year of programs and the budget for FY 14-15 during the quarterly Board meeting in Oakland. We continue to reinvest in member services and new programs as the California economy improves.

The Board continues to focus on three key areas:

  1. Implementing more features from the new association management software, known as MyCWEA.org, which provides a strong foundation to operate our organization. Watch for CWEA contact hours in your member profile and the ability to submit speaker proposals online.
  2. Maintaining the high standards and trust in our competency-based certification program.
  3. Taking our educational programs to a new level with revamped, 21st-Century learning format. [Read more]

By Teresa Kistner
Vice President, Tri-Counties Section CWEA

Since 2004, the Tri-Counties Section of CWEA states its mission on the back of every issue of its Gravity Flowline newsletter. That mission statement is focused on enhancing the education and effectiveness of California’s wastewater professionals along with the dissemination of technical information.  It’s interesting that defining our goal and purpose as wastewater professionals over a decade ago coincides with a trend developing about the same time:  “21st Century Education.”

What is it?  “21st Century Education” is flexible, creative, challenging, complex, and contemporary. It engages participants, fosters innovation, encourages use of the digital world in which we now live and, when implemented successfully, will increase comprehension of our “dissemination of technical information” to improve our careers. Four words that consistently show up when looking into “21st Century Skills” are: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Creativity.

Attendees at the 2014 CWEA Annual Conference in Santa Clara most likely experienced evolved training approaches during sessions. Were you asked to write things down, chat with your neighbor/group, or take some time to reflect on topics? Did you notice more humor, more personal experiences blended into information, more pictures than bullets during presentations? CWEA has been working with Jeff Hurt of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting for some time to accomplish better ways to engage conference attendees for the purpose of increasing retention of the information shared in sessions.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2014 WEF Awards recipients. The awards will be presented during WEFTEC® 2014, WEF’s 87th Annual Technical Exhibition and 
Conference this fall in New Orleans, La.

Congratulations to Orange County Sanitation District
 in Fountain Valley, CA for winning the WEF Safety Award!

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A draft of the proposed Water Quality fees for Fiscal Year 2014-15 is now posted on the Fees website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/fees/docs/fy1415_wdpf_proposed_fees.pdf.

This document is based on current budget and revenue data and is provided to stakeholders for planning purposes only.  SWRCB staff will propose to the SWRCB Board a fee schedule based on final budget and revenue data.  This presentation is tentatively scheduled for the September 23, 2014 SWRCB Board meeting.

Questions and comments on this document can be directed to the Fee Branch (contact information below).

Fee Branch
State Water Resources Control Board
T: (916) 341-5247 | F: (916) 341-5248
Email: Fee_Branch@waterboards.ca.gov
Website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/fees/

Paul Eldridge, General Manager, Union Sanitary District

Union Sanitary District (USD) is pleased to announce that Paul Eldredge has joined the District as its General Manager. Mr. Eldredge was chosen to replace Richard Currie, who has served as USD’s General Manager since 2003 and will retire in September after a 23-year career at the District.

Eldredge comes to USD from the City of Brentwood, where he served as City Manager for three years. Prior to that, he held the positions of Assistant City Manager, Assistant Public Works Director, Assistant City Engineer, and Associate and Senior Engineer. In total, his career at the City spanned 17 years.

“I have always been partial to wastewater management and engineering,” says Eldredge. “USD has a world-class workforce that is dedicated to protecting public health and San Francisco Bay, and I look forward to leading an organization that is known as one of the best-managed Districts in the United States.”

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