California Water Environment Association                                                       October 2008
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News, insights, and advice for CWEA's volunteer leaders                     

In This Issue:

Board Updates

New Certification Task Force

Scholarship Applications

Awards Season


Study Guides and Handbook now Available Online for Members

CWEA Certification Study Guides for all vocations and grade levels are now available at the CWEA website for free as a member-only benefit.  You will need to enter your CWEA or WEF membership number as your user name and the password (all in lowercase) is your first initial and last name (e.g. msmith). To access a free study guide, please visit

For any questions, please contact the certification department at [email protected].  

New Certification Preparation Task Force Forming Now

Our new Certification Prep Task Force is taking aim at helping members become better prepared when test time comes around for certification. This new Task Force will be looking into different strategies for providing test applicants with consistent quality information. 

The Task Force will review and revise study guides while working with Technical Certification Program Executive Committee (TCP) the Executive Committee and Training Coordination Committee (TCC) to make sure there is consistency throughout. The task force will coordinate moderator training and moderator manuals. The Task Force will work to establish more study sessions across the state and explore new technologies to deliver content to members.

The Task Force expects to gain momentum and ultimately become a standing committee with the help of CWEA’s members and volunteers. With 10 volunteers so far, the Task Force is off to a great start, and is looking for more people who would like to help make this Task Force a success. It's a great  new role for TCP proctors and Local Section TCP Committee Chairs. 

For more information about how you can get involved and help, contact Jody Allen at [email protected]  

State Water Resources Control Staff Available for You!
Jim Fischer and Mark Bradley, speakers at NRTC 08, have stepped up, and have offered to speak at your Local Section meeting about the State SSO-WDR Program. 

Jim Fischer, PE, is the new Statewide SSO Program Lead at the State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento . Jim has nearly 20 years of regulatory program experience as a professional engineer. His ongoing activities at the State Water Board include management of the SSO day-to-day program activities, as well as the planning and implementation of long-term Statewide SSO Program efforts in the Division of Water Quality located in Sacramento

Mark Bradley is a Senior Water Resource Control Engineer and serves as Chief of the Special Investigations Unit in the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Enforcement.  The Office of Enforcement oversees the enforcement activities of the nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards, conducts investigations and provides investigative assistance to the Regional Boards, and coordinates enforcement guidance and training.  

Both Jim and Mark are very knowledgeable, and great resources. For further information, please contact Jim Fischer at [email protected] .   

Scholarship Applications are now Available for Students
CWEA's Scholarship Committee recently modified the name of CWEA's scholarship from the Kirtland Brooks Scholarship to the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship. The modified name better reflects the industry and the course of study we are encouraging students to take. The Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship provides annual awards for individuals attending a college, university, community college or technical trade school and pursuing a course of study related to the water environment field. It is awarded to applicants who are selected by the Scholarship Committee. Students who are either members of CWEA or are sponsored by a CWEA member are eligible to apply. For information on how to become sponsored, contact your local section.
Submit your application today!  - Deadline to apply: January 15th, 2009

Who was Kirt Brooks?
CWEA's Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship was named after Kirt Brooks, beloved volunteer, leader, Association Manager and Bulletin editor for several years in the 1980's. Kirt joined the Association in the mid-60's and become active in the San Francisco Bay Section and several other Northern California sections. He served as Chairman of the San Francisco Bay Section and later as chairman of the Northern Regional Committee. In 1974, he was inducted into the Association's 5S society (Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers) and was one of the first to be awarded the Pretreatment Pollution Prevention & Stormwater Committee (P3S) Committee's Silver Manhole Award.
Click here for more information.

Awards Season is Under Way with 2 NEW Awards!

The first award banquets honoring the first Local Section award winners take place in November – that’s right, that’s next month! With 17 integrated awards programs (for all 17 local sections), it is important for you to get in touch with the section to which you belong – and make sure you don’t miss your deadline. A number of section deadlines have already passed. Please refer to the table below or contact your local section awards leader for information. For all sections, the deadline to submit state nominations is January 9, 2009.

This season, there are two new award categories; Public Education Person of the Year Award, and Young Professional Person of the Year. Be the first to nominate a winner for one of these fresh CWEA standard industry awards!  

  • Outstanding Young Professional Award:

The CWEA Students and Young Professionals Committee has established a new award for Young Professionals called the “Outstanding Young Professional Award.” This award is based on the WEF YP Award.  This new CWEA award recognizes the up and coming talent in the wastewater industry including, but not limited to, operators, engineers, and laboratory staff. This award will also help to identify future leaders within CWEA.  Each Local Section can present this award with the winner moving on to the State Awards.  Contact Jennifer Lee, SYPC Chair from the North, [email protected], with any questions regarding the award. 

  • Public Education Person of the Year Award:

The CWEA Public Education Committee is pleased to announce the establishment of the Public Education Person of the Year Award. This award acknowledges the hard work and accomplishments of any CWEA member who has helped to develop or implement education programs for personnel in the water pollution control field or who has implemented or participated in public information/education activities. In order to win at the state level, a nominee will first need to have won at the local level.  Contact Devina Douglas, CWEA Public Education Chairperson, at [email protected]  with any questions related to the nomination process or form. 

Winners of the “standard” categories at the local section level are brought forward to the State competition. These nominees are judged in January and February; just in time for the State Awards Luncheon at our annual conference in April.

For your deadlines, see below, or contact the local section awards chair near you at:  

Attention Web Gurus
Are you a local section webmaster, or someone who likes working with the web? Have some ideas? Want to share them with other local sections that might need a little help with their web sites? CWEA is looking to put web gurus in touch with Local Sections that would like a little more help in making their web page look great.  If you are someone who would like to share their ideas and help others, let us know. Contact Jodee Schwan [email protected] for more information.  If you are looking for some help in making your web site look great, stay tuned for more information next month!

News from the Board

The CWEA Board of Directors had a busy day at its last meeting in September. Here are a few highlights of action taken by the board. For more information about Board activities contact your Board Liaison.

Operator & Maintenance Training Committees Combine
The Board approved combining the Plant Operator Training & Maintenance Training Committees, following WEF’s model. Standing rules for all CWEA committees can be found at . If you, or someone you know, are interested in getting involved with this committee, please contact Richard Watts at [email protected] or Roy Reynolds at [email protected]

AC 2010 Technical Sessions to be Held in the Convention Center
The Board approved a proposal to move technical sessions from the Sheraton hotel meeting rooms across the street to the Sacramento Convention Center for AC 2010.  This move will allow technical sessions and exhibits to be in the same building making attendee participation more enjoyable and should provide additional “foot traffic” in the exhibit hall for exhibitors. The new meeting rooms for the technical sessions are also bigger and more conducive for learning. It also expands our exhibit space to fit more booths, seating for meals, and provide exhibitor lounges. 

AC 2012 to be held in Sacramento April 17-21, 2012
The Board approved holding the Annual Conference in 2012 in Sacramento, April 17-21.  Plan ahead and put upcoming AC dates in your calendar now!  AC 2009 is in Palm Springs , April 28-May 1.  AC 2010 is in Sacramento , April 20-24.  AC 2011 is in Ontario , April 12-15.

Conference Revenue Goals Set for Next Cycle
Based on actual results for the past 5 years, the Board has set the net revenue committee goals for the Annual Conference committee at $328,000 for AC 2010 (in Sacramento), for 2009 Northern Regional Training Conference 09 (in Redding) at $56,000, and the Northern Safety Conference 09 at $15,000.  The P3S committee net revenue goal remains at $15,000 for 2010 (in Long Beach ).   

FP 113 Reserves Policy Amended

The Board approved changes proposed by the Board’s Operations Committee to Financial Policy 113 Emergency Reserve Fund & Project Fund.  The policy specifies that the emergency fund include an allocation equal to two months of administrative expenses.  Now that CWEA’s budget reflects gross income and expense for all its conferences (rather than just the conference committee’s net goal), expenses in the budget bumped up.   The policy needed language to clarify that the gross expenses from those conferences were not part of the reserve fund calculation.  The association carries event cancellation insurance for the Annual Conference, the biggest exposure for the organization.  You can view CWEA policies at:

Public Comment on Operator Certification Regulation Amendments Expected to Open Soon

Draft amendments to the State’s Operator Certification Program regulations are expected to be publicly available soon.  Watch for them to be posted on the State Water Board’s web site at  When the proposed amendments are public, we’ll alert CWEA members via an e-mail blast.  You can also contact CWEA representatives on the State Water Board’s Operator Certification Advisory Committee:  Contact Hugh Logan at [email protected] or Chris Berch at [email protected]

STAFF CONTACTS - 510-382-7800


Latasha King x 110


Publications & Advertising

Chris Lundeen x 104


Local Sections & Committees

Chris Lundeen  x 104


SSO-WDR Training

x 115


Brian Murray x 102



Jodee Schwan x 125



Leslie Carino x 107


Conferences & Exhibits

Marci Chase x 120



Leadership Calendar
October 31 Happy Halloween!
November 4 Ethics IS For Everyone Workshop - Calabasas
November 6 Ethics IS For Everyone Workshop - Elk Grove
November 11 Veterans Day - CWEA Office Closed
November 30 Certification applications due for January-March testing window
December 4 Northern Regional Committee meeting, CWEA HQ Oakland
December 4 Certification Preparation Seminar, City of Oxnard Community Center (hosted by Tri-Counties Section)
December 16 EPA Innovative Energy Management Workshop
December 17 CWEA Board nominations due, including completed questionnaire and bio.
January 2 Computer-based certification testing begins
January 9 Local section & committee award submissions due for state awards
January 15 Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship applications due
February 6-7 CWEA Board workshop and meeting, San Diego
April 28 CWEA Board meeting, Palm Springs
May 2 CWEA Board meeting, Palm Springs

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