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Let Your Community Know About College Scholarships

The CASA Education Foundation offers at least two $5,000 scholarships annually to students pursuing higher education in engineering, environmental science, public administration, wastewater operations, or other fields connected to the clean water industry, which includes wastewater treatment, water recycling, and resource recovery. The application deadline is April 28, 2017. Applicants must be California residents and attending [...]

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Deadline Extended – Salary Survey Information

We are seeking your help to complete the annual CASA Agency Salary and Benefits Survey, which provides valuable information for our members. The more responses we receive, the more accurate the statistical summary. Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency has again graciously volunteered to coordinate and produce the survey report. Please forward your completed questionnaires [...]

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CASA Reaches Out to Senator Harris on Permit Terms

In late March, CASA sent a letter to Senator Kamala Harris seeking her support to extend NPDES permit terms from five years to ten. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, California’s junior Senator is uniquely positioned to propose this amendment during mark up of legislation to address infrastructure and affordability under [...]

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Water Infrastructure Takes Center Stage at Senate Committee Hearing

On March 28, a subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard testimony on three water infrastructure bills pending before Congress, including legislation to provide clean water technical assistance to small and rural communities (S. 518) and a bill to provide for integrated planning and permitting (S. 692). Chairman John [...]

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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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