Ask a Communications Professional
Need Communications Advice? Don’t have the money or time for a complex contract to get the help you need? Want a trusted communications expert to talk an issue out? We are here to help! The CASA Communications Committee has come up with a new tool to aid in agency communications needs. On a bimonthly basis, one of the committee members will be CASA’s own point of contact for all things communications. Simply give the comms pro a call or send them an email with any question you may have. This month’s communications professional is Emily Barnett, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations Manager at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in Martinez, California. Emily is a communications superstar with over a decade of experience in public and governmental relations, continuously leading state and national award-winning communications projects. If you’ve got a communication related question, she’s sure to have an answer! Contact Emily by email at, connect via LinkedIn or directly on her office line at 925-229-7310.


Deadline Approaching
Has your agency applied for CASA’s Award of Excellence yet? There’s still time! CASA seeks to recognize members who provide essential public services and go above and beyond to protect public health and the environment. Member agencies and associates are invited to submit an Award of Excellence application by Friday, April 30, 2021. Categories include Excellence in Innovation & Resiliency, Public Outreach/Education, Organizational Excellence, and Outstanding Capital Project. More information about the award criteria and categories is available on the website.


CWEA-CASA Partnering for Impact in California
Join CASA and CWEA on May 5, 2021 at 9:30am for a workshop entitled “Partnering for Impact in California.” This one-day workshop co-hosted by CASA and CWEA will bring together thought leaders, decision makers, project managers, and plant operators to create an open discussion around innovation in the wastewater sector in California. The audience will engage in facilitated breakout discussions around each topic introduced by our speakers in a short “TED-style” format. Following the breakout discussions, all attendees will participate in a moderated discussion with the presenters. Space is limited so be sure to register today!


CASA Education Foundation Scholarship Applications
Does your local college or university know about CASA’s financial aid to students interested in a career in water? The CASA Education Foundation helps ensure clean water for Californians and energize the future of the clean water sector by awarding scholarships to promising students on a path to serving the environmental community. The Foundation is accepting scholarship applications through May 16, 2021. For information on how to apply, who is eligible and the scholarship guidelines, visit the website.