Member Dues Changes
CASA logoThe CASA Board recently approved a change to the 2021 CASA Member Dues tiers and amounts, which is still subject to approval at CASA’s Annual Business meeting in August. With this change, a number of member agencies (particularly smaller agencies) will see a significant decrease in dues, while some of the larger agencies will see a nominal increase of 1-2%. The impetus for these changes was to soften the financial impact on agencies that may be transitioning from one tier to the next, particularly smaller agencies, and to assist with retaining and recruiting these agency members. The structural changes are designed to be revenue neutral for CASA as an organization. We will provide additional details in upcoming Connects, but the proposed changes are outlined here so agencies can begin to plan and budget for 2021.


Virtual Plant Tour
The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) has come up with a creative and insightful way to keep the public engaged, connected, and informed on the clean water process…all from the comfort of home! Central San’s new Virtual Treatment Plant Tour is a 360-degree inside look at how the plant operates to make dirty water clean again. There are also magnificent 360-degree photos for each stage of the treatment process accompanied by an audio tour for each section. Great work Central San and thank you for sharing!


CASA Awards 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, May 1. Your organization works hard to do what’s right for California. Recognition from the leading clean water association honors your hard work and accomplishments. It’s a symbol of respect, credibility, and innovation. For more information about the award criteria and categories, please visit the Awards Program Webpage.


CWEA Emerging Leader Awards
As the May 1 deadline approaches, be sure to nominate the leader who comes to your mind when you think of an accomplished water professional! If you know someone making a significant, positive impact on California’s water that has not yet been recognized for that effort, nominate them for the California Water Environment Association’s (CWEA) Emerging Leader Award today!


CASA Education Foundation Scholarship Deadline Approaching
Does your local college or university know about CASA’s financial aid to students interested in a career in water? There is still time to apply for the CASA Education Foundation’s scholarship by Friday May 1. Help us get the word out to California college students about this great opportunity! If you have a relative, neighbor, or friend studying for a degree in the water sector, be sure to share this application with them. For information on how to apply, who is eligible and the scholarship guidelines, please visit the Education Foundation’s Scholarship Webpage.


Congratulations CWEA Award Winners!
Congratulations to all of CWEA’s 2019 award winners, and especially to the CASA member agencies, of which there were many! Some of the first-place awards include:

  • Central Marin Sanitation Agency: Safety Plant of the Year
  • City of Riverside: Collection System of the Year
  • Central Contra Costa Sanitary District: Community Engagement and Outreach;
    • Project of the Year
    • Best Use of Social Media
  • Ironhouse Sanitation District, Delta Diablo, and Byron Sanitary District: Community Engagement and Outreach; Project of the Year
  • Orange County Sanitation District: Community Engagement and Outreach; Film Festival
  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County: Community Engagement and Outreach; Film Festival
  • Encina Wastewater Authority: Leadership Development; Plant of the Year

To view the entire list of winners please visit CWEA Awards 2019-20 Gallery

In Memoriam
Madelyne “Maddi” Misheloff, immediate past President of the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020. She was an active member in the CASA community and her presence will be missed. CASA extends our deepest condolences and sympathy to Maddi’s friends, family, and all those whose lives she touched, especially at DSRSD. Read more about Maddi’s time and legacy at DSRSD: DSRSD Mourns Director Misheloff’s Passing.