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Governor Releases “May Revision” of the Budget

On Thursday, May 11, Governor Brown released his May Revision of the 2017-18 budget, which reflects updated revenues and expenditures for the first part of the year. In his press release, the Governor explained that while forecasted revenues came in slightly higher than expected, significant additional spending is not being proposed because of uncertainty in [...]

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CASA Weighs in on Federal Reorganization Executive Order

On April 12th, CASA submitted a letter to several federal agencies in response to President Trump’s Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. The Executive Order instructs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop a plan to reorganize the federal government to improve efficiency and effectiveness. [...]

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CASA Agencies Advocate on Behalf of Priority Issues

The CASA and WateReuse Joint Public Policy Forum was held on Wednesday, April 19th.  Representatives from member agencies across California came to Sacramento to hear presentations by key policymakers, including Assembly Member Bill Quirk and Assembly Member Laura Friedman.  Assembly Member Quirk provided an interesting overview of his professional background as a climate change scientist [...]

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Bills Move in Advance of Important Deadline

Friday, April 28th was the deadline for all bills that have a fiscal impact to the state to be heard in their respective policy committees.  Because the majority of bills have fiscal implications, the two weeks leading up to the deadline were extremely busy with hundreds of bills being heard in policy committees.  The bills [...]

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Water Board Schedules Summer Funding Workshops, Releases SRF Plan

The State Water Board is planning three workshops this summer to discuss the current status of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program (SRF)) and to solicit input from the public and stakeholders on how to manage the program going forward. The workshops will be held: Wednesday, June 28 in Orange County Thursday, July 13 [...]

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State Water Board Rescinds Mandatory Conservation Standards

On April 26, the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers, including the water supply “stress test” requirements, but kept in place water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices. This action was in response to Governor Brown’s announcement earlier this month ending the drought state of emergency. [...]

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Spread the Word—CASA EF Scholarships Available

Eligible students have until April 28 to apply for one of the $5,000 scholarships being offered in 2017 by the CASA Education Foundation. If you know a college student in engineering, environmental science or other fields related to clean water, share this opportunity with them. Applicants must be California residents and attending an accredited college or [...]

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Regulatory Hot Topics Brought to You by CASA

CASA is once again sponsoring two sessions at the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Annual Conference to be held in Palm Springs on April 25-28. On Thursday afternoon, April 27, we will focus on regulatory hot topics and give attendees a picture of key regulatory proposals. Speakers include the co-chair of CASA’s regulatory workgroup, Jackie [...]

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Technology and Energy Efficiency Highlight Denmark Visit

Last month, a group CASA members toured Danish treatment plants to share successes and challenges. Participants gained valuable insights into innovative technologies and energy efficient practices. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored the trip. To learn more about the experience and see photos, read the article by guest contributor Henriette B. Kingman.

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April 14th has Come and Gone—But There’s Still Time!

Good news for those who missed an important April 14 deadline--the date to apply for a CASA Award of Excellence. You still have a chance to get the recognition you’ve earned. We’ve extended the deadline for applications to Friday, April 28. There are many great reasons to apply. Respect. Credibility. Employee engagement. Award recipients will [...]

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