From Casey Fitzgerald, P3S Awards Co-Chair

Do you know an industrial user that should be recognized for their efforts and performance in process wastewater pretreatment technology, material recycling, waste minimization, pollution prevention practices or stormwater runoff control programs? Here is your chance to provide them the recognition they deserve.

Currently, the CWEA Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater Committee is in the process of soliciting nominations for the 2014 Facility of the Year Awards. These FOTY Awards are intended to recognize industrial user sites for their outstanding and innovative solutions in multimedia waste management.

Please review the criteria section listed in the nomination package to determine the industrial users in your service area that you believe qualify to be nominated. Additionally, the P3S Committee encourages you to share this package with all other colleagues at your agency who may wish to submit a nomination. The enclosed nomination package is generic and is not intended to be a limiting factor. Be sure to include all supplemental materials and information which will assist the FOTY Awards Subcommittees in the proper review of your nomination.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, September 16th 2:00-3:00 pm EDT targeted at water sector professionals that focuses on the coordination that occurs between water utilities and their public health partners during investigation of and response to possible water contamination. The webinar will:

· Provide an overview of potential sources of water contamination
· Cover the relationship of contaminant types and potential utility and public health data signals
· Describe methods for improving communication and coordination with public health partners.

This webinar is not pre-approved for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, however, documentation will be provided for attendees to pursue CEUs through their state accrediting board.

To register for the webinar, please visit: Download the flyer here.

Understand the environmental and social burdens of pharmaceutical waste at two free upcoming webinars;

• Recognize the complexity of pharmaceutical pollution;
• Distinguish between “upstream” and “downstream” solutions; and
• Gain resources to advocate for proper medication disposal with patients and their families.

CE credit is available to nurses and social workers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) – wastewater staff are encouraged to sign up; agencies are encouraged to reach out to medical, long-term care, and hospice contacts in their service area. Not all hospice agencies are members of this association, so they may not otherwise hear about the events. The more attendees, the better!

Download the flyer and registration form:

These webinars are co-sponsored by Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group (BAPPG) a committee of BACWA and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.

In July the California Energy Commission and Department of Energy CHP WWTP put on a free webinar for senior and middle management responsible for capital projects, energy and environmental goals and engineers and vendors working on CHP projects that included fuel cells, IC engines, turbines and microturbines. The presentation is now available for download via the link:

You can also view the webinar here:

Please contact Gene Kogan, Pacific TAP Assistant Director, directly for engineering help with your CHP projects.

Center for Sustainable Energy™

By Simon Watson, 2014-2015 CWEA President & Executive Committee Chair, Brown and Caldwell

CWEA Board nominations for the 2015 election are due January 2, 2015.
The CWEA Board of Directors and Executive Committee encourage you to nominate candidates for the following CWEA Board positions:

• Vice President from the North (will be President in third year of four-year term);
• Director at-large from the South (three-year term);
• Director at-large from the North (serves as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term);
• Water Environment Federation (WEF) Delegate Director from the North (three-year term, starting in October 2015; however, attendance at Board meetings starts immediately after April 2015 elections is recommended).

Serving on CWEA’s Board not only allows you to give back to the profession that we care so much about but also provides you with an outstanding leadership and professional development opportunity. Nominate your next leader (or tell someone to nominate you) for your CWEA State Board.

Your local section and committee officers have received the Executive Committee request for nominations for CWEA Directors and Officers. However, to broaden the notification, this request is going out to the CWEA membership. See the CWEA website at for board nominations information and forms. Nomination forms must be in by January 2, 2015. [Read more]