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Citizen Suit Reform Legislation Re-Introduced

Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has again introduced legislation to reform the Clean Water Act's citizen suits provisions. Co-sponsors Representatives Ken Calvert and Tom McClintock joined Mr. Hunter in sponsoring the measure. CASA worked very closely with the congressman on the legislation, which proposes reasonable revisions to the law with regard to attorneys fees, state enforcement [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Citizen Suit Reform Legislation Re-Introduced

State Controller to Speak at CASA Annual Conference

Betty Yee, California State Controller, will speak during the closing session of CASA’s annual conference, taking place August 22-24, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego. As the chief fiscal officer of California, the sixth largest economy in the world, Ms. Yee is responsible for accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources. She [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on State Controller to Speak at CASA Annual Conference

CASA Opposes Legislation Impacting Agencies in the Coastal Zone

CASA is opposing AB 1129 by Assembly Member Mark Stone. The bill makes several changes to the Coastal Act relating to permitting for “coastal armoring” structures such as seawalls, revetments, breakwaters, harbor channels, groins, cliff retaining walls and other such construction that alters natural shorelines. Additionally, the bill limits emergency permits to temporary authorizations and [...]

By |May 26th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on CASA Opposes Legislation Impacting Agencies in the Coastal Zone

Who Wants to Throw a Party at their Treatment Plant?

  A chorus of “We do!” should be the resounding reply! Guest blog by Michele McKinney, Western Municipal Water District Why, you ask? Hosting an open house at your agency’s treatment facility offers your customers a unique opportunity to see first-hand how one of the most critical public services is accomplished. And, it gives your agency a [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Land Application Critical in Achieving California’s Goals for Climate Change and Healthy Soils

by CASA Director of Renewable Resource Programs, Greg Kester  What is the most successful recycling program in America? I would argue that it's the successful recycling of biosolids back to land – returning to the soil that from which it came. Biosolids are the highly beneficial product of wastewater treatment. Solids produced in the water [...]

By |July 27th, 2016|Blog|12 Comments

Watershed Management for Compliance: The Natural Alternative to (some) Infrastructure Upgrades

By Alex Johnson, Senior Freshwater Solutions Director at The Freshwater Trust. Many wastewater agencies in California find themselves facing stricter limits in upcoming NPDES permits for nontoxic pollutants like phosphorus, nitrogen, salinity and temperature. Instead of costly infrastructure upgrades, managing your watershed via tools such as water quality trading or an offsets program may now [...]

By |April 19th, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

I Appreciate Wastewater Infrastructure (So Why Doesn’t Everyone?)

By Marco Palilla, CASA Associates Committee Chair, Associate Vice President at HDR Engineering Yes, I appreciate wastewater infrastructure! And no, not just because I am an engineering consultant. I appreciate wastewater infrastructure because it improves my quality of life in so many ways. The fact that we can flush our toilets and send waste to [...]

By |March 25th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Replicating Success: What We Learned from a “Ban the Bead” Campaign, by Adam Link, CASA Director of Government Affairs

Microbeads: small plastic particles once embedded in everything from toothpaste to facewash, now slated for extinction within the next few years. A surprising turn of events, not simply because it happened but because it happened so fast. Progress on environmental issues is typically measured in years, not months. Yet in an era of perpetual political [...]

By |February 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Presenting CASA’s Updated Brand and Website!

I’m delighted to create CASA’s first ever blog post. Last year, we undertook a major effort to refresh our brand and redesign our website. Why did we do this? Well, CASA is a vibrant, effective and talented organization.

By |January 21st, 2016|Blog|6 Comments