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Comic Book Helps Keep Sewers Clean in Castro Valley 
Every night, a little boy in Castro Valley, California, asks his mom to read him a bedtime story from a comic book called Defenders of the Bay. He likes the monsters depicted in the comic book, its 20 action-packed pages, the villains and heroes, and the battle between good and evil. What he might not realize...
Celebrating Champions of California’s Water: Highlights from the 95th Annual CWEA Awards Ceremony
Thirteen organizations and eight individuals were celebrated as honorees of the 95th Annual California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Awards, recognizing those who have significantly contributed to the enhancement of California’s water environment. These winners were selected from a competitive pool of over 250 applications and honored at a ceremony held on April 11, 2024, in...
San Luis Obispo has a 3D Printer Champion
The San Luis Obispo Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) uses 3D printers to make spare parts, especially those no longer available on the replacement equipment market. But it’s more than just having a 3D printer, says Patrick McGrath, WRRF Supervisor. “Anybody can go to the store and buy a printer,” he says. “But to be successful,...
Pure Water Southern California Receives Federal Support
Metropolitan Water District’s program to create a new water supply for Southern California by purifying water currently being sent to the ocean received a funding boost from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced the $99.2 million in funding for Pure Water Southern California at an event held at the regional recycled water...
Understanding California’s Advanced Clean Fleets Regulations
California has been a pioneer in efforts to mitigate the impacts of global climate change, committing to achieving carbon neutrality statewide by 2045. To do this, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) first worked to understand the key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Information gathered in the statewide GHG inventory (bit.ly/3THdjpY) (averaging 2000-2021 data)...
NapaSan Fosters a Culture of Stewardship, Excellence, and Sustainability 
The Napa Sanitation District (NapaSan) credits its long-standing record of no permit violations to its unwavering commitment to excellence, sustainability, and efficient operations, supported by a top-notch maintenance program. While all of these efforts would make this agency a worthy winner of CWEA’s Medium Plant of the Year, NapaSan’s Operations SVC Director, Jim Keller, attributes...

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