Last Friday, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees held their “suspense file” hearings to determine the bills that move forward and those that stop for the year. Here’s how this somewhat opaque, fast-paced hearing process works. Bills that reach a certain cost threshold are automatically referred to the suspense file when they get to the [...]
EPA Extends Deadline to Apply for a WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loan There’s still time to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently announced an extended deadline of July 31, 2018 to submit letters of interest for WIFIA loans. Administrator Pruitt also sent a [...]
CASA Seeks New Analyst to Join Team We’re hiring! CASA is in the process of looking for a new legislative and regulatory analyst to join our staff. The position will provide advocacy and administrative support to the association’s regulatory and legislative affairs programs. More information about the position is available here.
Now’s the Time to Reserve Your Spot at our Annual Conference Once again we have an impressive line-up of speakers for our annual conference set for August 8-10 in Monterey. Themed “The New Basics,” join us to hear from: Keynote speaker Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands and Water and author of From [...]
Under direction of the Director of Operations and Director of Legislative Advocacy, assists in implementing the Association’s state and federal legislative and regulatory program; researches, monitors, and analyzes legislation and regulatory issues affecting Association members; provides staff support to the State Legislative Committee, Federal Legislative Committee and Regulatory Work Group; and performs related work as [...]
Last week, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released an initial draft of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, formerly referred to as the Water Resources Development Act. The biennial legislation has bipartisan support with senior leadership of the committee sponsoring. Committee hearings took place May 9 with additional hearings set for May [...]
Microplastics and microfiber pollution are hot topics this year in the regulatory and legislative arenas. Progress is underway with several solution-oriented initiatives moving forward. The Ocean Protection Council recently adopted its updated California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy. CASA contributed to the development of the strategy that includes goals and actions to address microplastic pollution in the [...]
CalRecycle recently released new draft regulations to implement SB 1383. The legislation aims to establish targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in statewide organic waste disposal levels by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. CASA participated in a Sacramento workshop last week and is developing comments to continue our efforts to shape the [...]
On May 10, CASA submitted comments on the State Water Board’s draft Intended Use Plan for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for federal fiscal year 2018. The Board will consider adoption of the IUP at its June 19 meeting. Several changes from prior practice are proposed in the draft IUP. The proposed changes include [...]
Last month, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her government’s pledge to clean the world's oceans of plastics. The UK government plans to end the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers, plastic-stemmed cotton swabs and wet wipes in England. Read more.