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Local Government Partnerships Leverage Our Influence

As a complement to the standard bill list, this year we’ve created a Local Government Bills List that shows all of the bills CASA is working on in conjunction with the larger local government community. CASA’s legislative advocates participate in coalitions of representatives from the League of Cities, the California State Association of Counties, the [...]

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Interested in Policymaking? Get Involved!

On Wednesday, April 19th CASA and WateReuse California are hosting a join Public Policy Forum in Sacramento. The one-day event features a morning program where participants will hear from prominent speakers and receive a policy briefing, followed by pre-arranged visits with legislators at the State Capitol in the afternoon. Make sure to check out the [...]

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Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) To Introduce Water Infrastructure Assistance Legislation

As the debate over the future of America’s infrastructure continues, Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) intends to reintroduce water infrastructure assistance legislation in the coming weeks. A number of other members are expected to cosponsor the measure. CASA endorsed similar legislation last year. The bill provides funding and prioritization for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan [...]

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State Legislative Committee Recommends Action on 60 Bills

Of the 100+ bills CASA is tracking this year, the State Legislative Committee has established an active position on about 60, meaning we are closely following, advocating for changes, or expressing support or opposition to these bills. In addition to the active bills, many bills were introduced as placeholder or “spot” bills, which have little [...]

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CASA Works to Save Tax Exempt Bonds

CASA is part of a group of California water and wastewater agencies and associations that have signaled support for maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. The DRAFT coalition letter focuses on the importance of municipal bonds and the harmful impacts on local government’s ability to fund much needed infrastructure projects if their tax-exempt status [...]

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Potable Reuse Legislation Tops CASA Priority List for 2017 California Legislative Session

CASA will work closely with WateReuse California to seek passage of AB 574 by Assembly Member Bill Quirk from Hayward. WateReuse California is sponsoring AB 574, which would change the definitions of different types of potable water reuse and set a deadline for the State Water Resources Control Board to complete its regulations for potable [...]

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Looking for Funding? Letters of Interest Due April 10 for WIFIA Funding

USEPA is soliciting letters of interest for funding under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), which provides long-term, low-cost credit assistance in the form of direct loans and loan guarantees to water projects. The program was funded at $17 million in December 2016. WIFIA can fund a variety of projects including water recycling, [...]

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CASA Seeks to Collaborate with CalRecycle on Reporting Rule

CASA submitted comments late last month on proposed regulations that expand the information recycling and composting operations and facilities are required to submit to CalRecycle. The regulations implement AB 901  (Chapter 746, Statutes of 2015). Our letter expressed support for CalRecycle’s goal to better understand the flow of solid waste within California and acknowledges its [...]

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Executive Order Rolls Back Clean Water Rule

On February 28, President Trump issued an executive order to roll back the 2015 clean water rule (commonly referred to as the “waters of the United States or WOTUS rule). The rule was enmeshed in controversy and has been challenged in multiple courts by oil and gas developers, farmers, pesticide and fertilizer makers, and golf [...]

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USEPA Administrator Supports More Funding for Water Projects

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. [...]

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