Recently confirmed USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will seek additional funding for water projects as part of the President’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure program. In an interview with E & E News following the joint address to Congress, Pruitt said USEPA's state revolving loan and grant programs are prime candidates for inclusion in the infrastructure bill. [...]
CASA members gathered in the nation’s capital last week to engage with members of congress and their staff on priority issues including citizen suits, regulatory reform and infrastructure funding. Support for infrastructure funding and financing was a consistent theme, from panelists, public and private sector stakeholders and the President himself, whose first joint address to [...]
In a February 14 workshop on reducing short-lived climate pollutants, CalRecycle explained that biosolids and sludges are explicitly included in the proposed definition of organics to be diverted from landfills under recent legislation. SB 1383 calls for a 50% diversion of organics from landfills by 2020 and a 75% diversion rate by 2025 from 2014 [...]
On February 8, CASA filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of Plantier v. Ramona Municipal Water District. The case focuses on an important procedural issue: whether persons challenging a local agency’s adopted sewer rate structure in a class action must “exhaust their administrative remedies” under Proposition 218 by filing a protest before the [...]
The CASA and WateReuse California joint Public Policy Forum is right around the corner. The one-day program will be held April 19th in Sacramento. Participants will begin the day with a morning session at the Sutter Club featuring prominent speakers followed by a policy briefing from CASA and WateReuse legislative advocates. After lunch, it’s off [...]
Jasmin Hall, Director at Inland Empire Utilities Agency, is the newest member of the CASA Board of Directors. Ms. Hall was appointed February 13 to fill a vacancy that resulting from the resignation of Director E.J. Shalaby. “I appreciate the honor to serve with some of the best leaders in the industry,” Ms. Hall said [...]
Friday, February 17 was the final deadline for bills to be introduced for the 2017 Legislative Session. CASA staff are now hard at work combing through the hundreds of bills introduced to flag legislation of interest to the wastewater community. In a few weeks, the State Legislative Committee will meet to discuss the most pressing [...]
The Board elected Director Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation, to serve as Secretary Treasurer. She joins President Jeff Moorhouse and Vice President Paul Bushee in leading the association this year.
The 2017 Nominating Committee, Chaired by Past President Kevin Hardy, is seeking recommendations for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors beginning August 2017. The committee’s memo and a recommendation form provide additional information.
The protection of tax-exempt municipal financing is one of CASA’s highest federal legislative priorities for 2017 along with increased wastewater infrastructure funding. To help preserve this important tool, we encourage you to reach out to your local congressional representatives and urge them to sign on to the municipal bond “dear colleague” letter. An action alert [...]