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

Register now for one of two opportunities to learn more about the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act which was recently signed into law. The EPA is now charged with establishing a program that will provide direct federal credit assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure. As part of an effort to create a successful and meaningful program, listening sessions across the country, including two locations in California are being held in October and November. The broad purpose of these sessions is to provide stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to hear what EPA is planning, and for EPA to hear what stakeholders think about the program, its potential, and how it should operate.

Open this flyer to register for the October 17th session in Los Angeles or the November 17th session in San Francisco.

NBC Bay Area Proud recently featured Darren Greenwood, a CWEA Past President in a moving piece about his mural in the pediatric wing of the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Hospital. See the article here and be sure to watch the video to see how Darren spreads hope—and surely a smile or two—in a very colorful way to others in need.

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:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/darcyaston/journal

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

Please take a moment now to remember Darcy.  You may view her making a difference by supporting product stewardship for pharmaceuticals here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJheowtX0zM.