Members in the News

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      LEE + RO, Inc., today announced that Vice President Eric Lovering, P.E., has been named the company’s chief engineer. In this new role, Lovering will apply his 20 years of engineering experience, strong leadership qualities and problem-solving skills to helping solidify the company’s position as a leader in the design, engineering, and implementation of water,...

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        Announcement from the State Water Board’s ELAP office… Announcing the 2021-2022 Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (ELTAC) Voting Members ELTAC provides constructive scientific advice and feedback to ELAP and the California regulatory agencies who use laboratory data to make decisions to protect the state’s environmental and public health. The 2021-2022 Committee has been built to...

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          Show off your PPE Whatever happens in this pandemic, the wastewater keeps flowing. CWEA members are #essentialworkers out there keeping #essentialservices going. We are the ones on the front lines, making sure wastewater gets cleaned up to protect our communities and the environment. Job #1 is keeping you and your teammates safe. If you’re a...

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            After an extensive state-wide recruitment the West Bay Sanitary District has announced that Sergio Ramirez will become their new District Manager effective July 1.  Sergio will replace Phil Scott, who served as District Manager for 10 years before recently announcing his retirement. Sergio began his career in public service at Bayshore Sanitary District of Brisbane...

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              As a member of the City and County of San Francisco’s leadership team, a father of two young sons, a black man and a human being, I am outraged and horrified at the environment in which we find ourselves today. It is a difficult conversation that I am having, yet again, with my children. They...

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                Irrespective of gender, race, or culture, young people have unlimited opportunities in clean water and other ‘green’ professions. “They only need to knock and doors will open,” says Mark Harris, operations superintendent at the Town of Hillsborough. “I know that because I’ve lived it,” he adds about his 32 years in the field–from apprentice to...

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                  For Cheyanne Harris, it all started in middle school. Growing up in Sacramento, she attended the School of Engineering and Sciences – a specialized school that invited guest speakers from the math, science and engineering industries. What appealed to Cheyanne about engineering was the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community using math...

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                    Don’t be surprised if Alejandro (Alex) Lopez becomes president of the California Water Environment Association someday. Just a fifth-year senior at Cal Poly Pomona, Alex already has enough internships, scholarships, and projects in the water environment field to fill out an impressive resume. And it all began in sixth grade. “I went on a camping...

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                      Akin Babatola entered the industry as a professional microbiologist at the City of San Jose’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1992. Having earned his degrees in Microbiology and Molecular Biology, he worked as a Research Microbiologist at Sola Barnes-Hind in Sunnyvale until it was sold and the R&D program was released in 1991. It seemed an...

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                          Name: Kenneth Monfore Title: Manager of Asset Management Certifications: Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) – Expected completion 2021 Name of agency: Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) Branch and years of service: United States Navy – 24 years as a Nuclear Submarine Naval Officer I am the Inland Empire Utilities...

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                          Name: Manuel Moreno Title: Operations Supervisor Tenure and certifications held: Wastewater Treatment V, Potable Treatment II, Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) Name of agency: Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) Branch and years of service: Air Force 4 years active duty What is your role? As Operations Supervisor, I ensure we maintain safety and compliance through day...

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                            We are handing over the reins once again of our Instagram page to two CWEA members during California Water Professionals Appreciation Week. They will give you a first hand look into their lives as wastewater champions. Be sure to follow along: CWEA Instagram: @cweamembers Tyler Lee: Tyler is a WRRF Operator for the City of...

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                              Name: Dr. Kumudini Dharmawardana Title/Agency: Public Works Supervisor – Laboratory Certifications: CWEA Laboratory Analyst Grade IV Dr. Kumudini Dharmawardana always knew she wanted to pursue a scientific career that would make a positive impact in the world. After receiving her master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry, Dharmawardana began working in medical research...

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                                Name: Lisa Boyko-Davidson Title/Agency: Laboratory Technician, City of Livermore Certifications: CWEA Laboratory Analyst Grade IV, CWEA Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade I Lisa Boyko-Davidson had an early start in the science field. “Growing up, my dad worked in an environmental laboratory and I remember helping him run biochemical oxygen demand tests when I was six years...

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                                  Name: Farnoush Levers Title/Agency: Associate Civil Engineer, City of Livermore Certifications: Professional Engineer (PE), Construction General Permit Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Practitioner/ Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSP/QSD) Only one in ten civil engineers are women, but that statistic did not deter Farnoush Levers from being drawn to the field. After completing her civil engineering...

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                                    Name: Brenda Gastelum Title: Water Utility Mechanic II Tenure: 2 years, 3 months Agency: Long Beach Water Department What is your role? My role as a Water Utility Mechanic ll is to clean, inspect and make repairs on sewer lines. Currently, I am a member of our sewer section Pipe Patch crew. This is a...

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                                      Name: Alondra Soto  Title: Water Utility Mechanic 2 Tenure and certifications held: 2 years and 2 months.  Distribution 2, CWEA 1 and scheduled to take my CWEA 2 on October 2!  Name of agency: Long Beach Water Department  What is your role? I work in the sewer division of the Long Beach water department. My...

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                                        Name: Anna Bell Title: Lab & Compliance Supervisor Certifications Held: Wastewater Operator Grade V and Laboratory Analyst Grade II Employer: Valley Sanitary District Tenure: With VSD since 2013, In Industry since 2007 What is your role? I am the Laboratory & Compliance Supervisor and a Wastewater Grade V Operator. When not directly overseeing the Laboratory...

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                                          The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Energy Generation and Recovery. OCSD is one of 65 water utilities being recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. OCSD is being recognized for a...

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                                            Eric Magee, P.E., has joined LEE + RO, Inc. as a supervising engineer working out of the San Diego office where he brings more than 23 years of engineering experience in water, wastewater, and recycled water engineering. His experience also includes master planning for wastewater collections and stormwater projects, as well as projects for private,...

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                                              Long time CWEA member and volunteer, Linda Losurdo has recently been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. A GoFundMe page has been set up in her honor to help with necessities during this difficult time. GoFundMe for Linda Losurdo > Linda has been a loyal and dedicated member of the CWEA and local section of Santa Ana...

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                                                Video Profile “The requirement to continue training is vital because it ensures we stay up to date with current trends in the field.” Tara McClinton Volunteer TCP Moderator Lab Technician II Napa Sanitation District Laboratory Analyst, Grade 4 Environmental Compliance Inspector, Grade 4 This month’s member Q&A is with Tara McClinton, a CWEA member since...

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                                                  From the CWEA San Diego Section… The CWEA San Diego Section would like to say thank you to APWA and MSA for teaming up with CWEA San Diego Section to host the first ever Virtual Food Drive! In an effort to help those most in need and to honor our community of essential workers during these unprecedented...

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                                                    Anna Bell not only knows her laboratory, she understands the treatment process and how the lab data affect plant operations.  That’s because she’s not only a certified laboratory analyst, she’s also a grade V wastewater operator, and that enables her to know exactly what the analytical data mean out there where the wastewater meets the...

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                                                      Oyuna Jenkins has been working all her professional life to serve the public.  That ethic goes back to her native Mongolia, where she earned a university degree in chemical engineering. In the U.S. she says she wanted to find a job that capitalized on her education, and she worked for a small analytical laboratory for nine years...

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                                                        Joey Hilliard does a little bit of everything for the Goleta West Sanitary District.  As a Utility 4 worker, sometimes he runs the Vactor unit or the CCTV truck, other times he’s maintaining lift pumps, implementing the utility’s FOG program, inspecting projects like lateral replacements, taking care of billing, and filling out permitting forms. He was named Collection...

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                                                          Those familiar with Jose Rodriguez know he’d rather be out in the field than stuck in an office.   “I enjoy being out in nature,” he says, “doing Mother Nature’s job and getting my hands dirty.”  Jose is supervisor of both water and wastewater at the Sunnyvale County Water District in Hollister. He’s been in his current position for...

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                                                            Thomas Johnson started in the wastewater business by answering the phone, filing customer information, taking out the trash, and shipping products for his father’s company.  And he was only 15 years old.  Today, 17 years later, he is sales manager at WECO Industries, and poised to take over the business someday. “I grew up with...

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                                                              Sad to learn that CWEA and WEF Past-President Harry Tow has passed away in May.  Announcement from QK (formerly Quad-Knopf),  the engineering firm Harry helped found. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the peaceful passing of QK co-founder Harry Tow, PE, AICP. He was 94 years old. Throughout his 48...

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                                                                View all Coronavirus stories > Join the fourth CWEA-CASA webinar featuring six top utility executives from the San Francisco PUC, Regional San in Sacramento and the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD). They will share their plans for dealing with unique O&M challenges while also preparing for new emergencies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This is...

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                                                                  Flor Burrola is committed to environmental sustainability. As a civil engineering associate II with LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN), she feels great about where she is and passionate about the projects she works on.    “I’m lucky to be working with the city’s Wastewater Engineering Services Division, planning and collaborating with multiple departments and agencies,” she says.   A recent example was a...

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                                                                    We would like to inform you that  LACity’s LASAN and the environment applied for the MyLA2050 grant and has been selected as one of the 25 finalists this year! The application is titled “LA Industry: Circular Textiles” and is focused on creating a HUB and online platform to increase reuse rates, create green markets, resource conservation...

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                                                                      Our June COVID-19 webinar covered wastewater surveillance and how wastewater agencies can help monitor the spread of the virus in communities. The webinar was sponsored by WEST YOST. COMING-UP: The next CASA-CWEA COVID-19 webinar is on July 22nd. The title is Overcoming O&M Challenges to Maintain Essential Services. The webinar is free for water and...

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                                                                        City of San Luis Obispo Matt Anderson, Lab Manager Ingredients: 2/3 isopropyl alcohol (99.9%) 1/3 aloe vera juice (100%) Gives us an alcohol concentration of 67%. For a 1-liter batch the formula is: 667mL isopropyl alcohol 333mL aloe vera juice Notes: this is a liquid sanitizer, not a gel. We also made batches with essential...

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                                                                          City if LA’s main environmental laboratory has ramped-up production of hand sanitizer to help their fellow team members on the front lines during the pandemic. LASANitizer HAND SANITIZER To make 10 L of hand sanitizer, mix the following according to instructions below: 500 mL         100% Glycerin 8420 mL       95% Ethanol (EtOH) 1040 mL       Deionized...

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                                                                            Lee Raymond Badertscher November 20, 1953 — May 18, 2020 Almost everyone who first met Lee Badertscher had that moment, where they weren’t sure if Lee was angry, miffed, or otherwise unhappy to see them. Every engineer who has reported to their first day at LEE + RO remembers meeting Lee for the first time....

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                                                                              Each year volunteers with the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) collaborate with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in the selection of an individual to receive the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP).  The SJWP is the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-research science project.    All high school students who have reached the age of...

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                                                                                Update: On June 26th the CWEA Board formed a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force As water environment professionals, our mission is protecting and saving lives and operating systems that make our communities cleaner, healthier places for everyone to live in. Racism, inequality, and acts of violence are against everything CWEA stands for. CWEA stands with...

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                                                                                  By Paula Hansen and Artem Dyachenko East Bay Municipal Utility District Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UVC – approximately 254 nm) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogens). It destroys nucleic acids of the microorganisms and disrupts their DNA, leaving them unable...

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                                                                                    View our complete coverage of coronavirus worker safety > Facing an extreme shortage of hand sanitizer in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) produced its own. This was especially important for water and wastewater workers who often do not have access to soap and running water in...

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                                                                                      Story from Blue-White pumps… When officials in Huntington Beach, became concerned whether enough ventilators would be available to treat the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients, the city turned to Blue-White Industries, a local manufacturer of chemical metering pumps, flowmeters and water treatment accessories. City officials asked Blue-White to quickly develop and build temporary ventilators that met multiple specifications...

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                                                                                        Below is an email that was targeted to some of our CWEA leaders. Thankfully, they were able to recognize this as a scam and did not transfer funds. Do not fall for these kinds of attacks. Scammers can find your section President and Treasurers information on the website, making these attacks more believable. Please be...

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                                                                                          View all coronavirus stories > WEF releases an updated and expanded version of “The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19” Authors: Rasha Maal-Bared, Naoko Munakata, Kyle Bibby, Kari Brisolara, Charles Gerba, Mark Sobsey, Scott Schaefer, Jay Swift, Lee Gary, Samendra Sherchan, Akin Babatola, Lola Olabode, Robert Reimers, Robert Bastian, and Albert Rubin  Primary Messages The research...

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                                                                                            CWEA is proud to announce the state winners of the Annual Awards program. These individuals and agencies were selected by CWEA’s Committees from over 300 applications. Due to the postponement of AC20, we will present the award plaques during the rescheduled Annual Conference on October 27-30 in Reno. Special thanks to Xylem as the lead supporter for the...

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                                                                                              Robin Hamers, CMSD District Engineer for the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) for 37 years, passed away suddenly Jan. 9. “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of a close friend and the finest engineer in the wastewater profession,” said Board President Jim Ferryman. Hamers joined CMSD in 1982 as an independent contractor....

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                                                                                                Paula Zeller Senior Plant Operator, CWEA Past President 5S 1999 I got my shovel when we had mammoths and saber-toothed tigers in the treatment plant. The ceremony was conducted by guys who worked with pterodactyls and spinosaurus. I had done some behind-the-scenes stuff for SARBS, the biggest local section in CWPCA [now CWEA], like: Writing...

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                                                                                                  Wendy Wert Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, CWEA President-Elect 5S 2011 In my town we have bears. They eat our garbage then bathe in our pools. This past weekend I was wearing the new California Bear 5S pin when I ran into one of my neighbors. Sandy (my neighbor) asked what the bear-pin was for....

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                                                                                                    Gary Warren East Bay Municipal Utility District 5s 2019 Gary Warren was recognized by his peers in receiving a 5S Award in April at the Annual Conference 2019 in Palm Springs. His CWEA participation started simply, by attending various local dinner meetings and training seminars in the San Francisco Bay Area. These CWEA events provided...

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                                                                                                      Steve Jepsen Southern California Alliance of POTWs 5S 2016 After I did my cycle as first director through past president with the CWEA San Diego Section, I received the treasured gold shovel and a lifetime membership to the secret society of sludge shovelers.I proudly wear my gold shovel at professional events.One of my first public...

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                                                                                                        Arvind  Akela, P.E.  Silicon Valley Clean Water , CWEA Vice President  5S 2016     Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers  (5S Society) is an esteemed group of people in the wastewater field and I feel very proud to be part of it. Every CWEA event I walk into; I make sure I have shovel with me and is...

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                                                                                                          Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of L.A.’s Bureau of Streets joins the climate discussion during the WEX Global event in Porto, Portugal View full story by Angela Godwin for Water World here..

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                                                                                                            Chris Lehman Supervisor City of San Luis Obispo WRRF 6 years US Navy, Radar Electrician What is your role? Water Resource Recovery Facility Supervisor at City of San Luis Obispo. What inspired you to work in water? In 2010 I left the Navy and moved back to California  [San Luis Obispo]. I was initially exploring...

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                                                                                                              Kody Tompkins, Chief Plant Operator Army/Served 9 years What is your role? I’m the Chief Plant Treatment Plant Operator for the City of Barstow’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. I hold a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Grade IV Collection System Maintenance, Grade II Water Treatment Operator, and Grade II Water Distribution Certificates. What / who...

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                                                                                                                WEFTEC 2019—the Water Environment Federation’s 92nd annual technical exhibition and conference—in Chicago hosted its most anticipated event, the Operations Challenge. OPS Challenge is a unique and fast-paced test of the essential skills needed to operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities, their collections systems and laboratories — all vital to the protection of public health and...

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                                                                                                                  Water professionals from all over California were once again recognized for the significant impact they are making in our water environment. CWEA joined hundreds of agencies throughout California to celebrate the third annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week between Oct. 5-13. In an effort to encourage more women and veterans to join our profession, we again...

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                                                                                                                    We are handing over the reins of our social sites, Instagram and Twitter to four accomplished and technically savvy wastewater operators during California Water Professionals Appreciation Week. That’s right, they will give you a first hand look into their lives next week and we can’t wait to go on that ride! Be sure to follow...

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                                                                                                                      Tim Bratcher, Business Systems Programmer Davis Doane, Plant Maintenance Supervisor Valentin Martinez, Instrument and Control Technician III| Javier Natividad, Field Crew Supervisor Doug Roberts, Program Specialist Arturo Tejeda, Principal Engineering Technician Mike Wallace,Engineering Manager – Construction/Watershed Management Name: Tim Bratcher Title: Business Systems Programmer Branch/years of service: Navy, 10 years, 8 months What/who inspired you...

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                                                                                                                        Steve Jackson, Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator Shawn Triplett, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Jon Meredith, Senior Maintenance Mechanic   Steve Jackson, Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator What is your role? I’m the Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator for Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s (LVMWD) Westlake Filtration Plant. I have a Water Treatment 4 certification with the...

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                                                                                                                          Ken Aplon, Wastewater Lead Operator III Marlon Brosco, Wastewater Operations Manager Gregory Davis, Water Operator II Denver Finley, Wastewater Maintenance Tech II Chipper Greene, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Aaron Kraft, GM Joshua Monday, Water Lead Operator III Mark Perod, Wastewater Operator I Vernon Perry, Water Planner/Scheduler Manuel Sanchez, Water Operator II Stephanee Valencia, Water Operations Manager...

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                                                                                                                            Coverage of water workforce topics is supported by waterTALENT Garry Parker, Associate Professor Water Supply Technology, San Bernardino Valley College & Mt San Jacinto College, CWEA Past President 2016 Tenure and certifications held: Plant Maintenance Technologist Grade 4, Electrical Instrumentation Technologist Grade 3 Branch/years of service: US Navy 9 years What is your role? I...

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                                                                                                                              On Thursday, September 12, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) board of directors selected water industry leader Greg Thomas as the General Manager.   In this role, Thomas will carry out board directives, assuring compliance with EVMWD policies, overseeing projects to ensure water security and reliability, and developing and implementing EVMWD’s business plan.   “We are pleased...

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                                                                                                                                The California State Senate has voted to confirm Sean Maguire as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last year. “It is an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to continue serving the State of California,” Maguire said. “In my mind there is...

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                                                                                                                                  Industry leader Dr. Zeynep Erdal to deliver integrated ‘one water’ solutions for clients With clients’ growing focus on sustainable, resilient and reliable water solutions, Black & Veatch announced that CWEA member Dr. Zeynep Erdal, PE, has been named Integrated Solutions Leader in Black & Veatch’s Water business. Erdal is focused on global “one water” solutions,...

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                                                                                                                                    Support for our coverage of Women in Water is provided by DN Tanks. The Professional Development Committee and the Students and Young Professionals Committee of the San Francisco Bay Section of the CWEA held a Supporting Women in Wastewater Workshop and networking dinner on May 9, 2019. The event had almost 90 attendees and kicked...

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                                                                                                                                      Support for our coverage of Women in Water is provided by DN Tanks. At AC19 Palm Springs, CWEA held it’s Second Annual Women Impacting Water Breakfast. It was a morning of networking, inspiration, encouragement and career advice. Megan Yoo Schneider of Seven Management Consulting lead the audience and panelists on an interactive discussion on challenges,...

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                                                                                                                                        The Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) Board of Director’s announced that Chris Berch, a twenty-year veteran of the water industry, will become JCSD’s General Manager, beginning on June 3, 2019. Mr. Berch brings a wide range of operational knowledge and management experience to JCSD. Berch comes to JCSD from the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA)...

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                                                                                                                                          After 13 years at the helm, longtime Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) General Manager Logan Olds has stepped down to pursue new opportunities. Logan has been the face of VVWRA for a number of years and has been committed to the local community, especially Victor Valley College, where he served on the VVC Foundation...

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                                                                                                                                            Marc Serna named Chief Engineer at South Coast Story by Sonja Wassgren Morgan     South Coast Water District (SCWD) is pleased to announce CWEA Member Mr. Marc Serna recently joined the executive management team at the District. On May 1, 2019, Marc assumed the role of Chief Engineer that was held previously by Rick...

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                                                                                                                                              Cástulo Estrada grew up in the eastern end of the Coachella Valley – an area that had little if any water and wastewater infrastructure. Today, as a member of the Coachella Valley Water District board of directors, he’s proud of a special program bringing clean water infrastructure to disadvantaged communities in eastern Riverside County. Called the...

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                                                                                                                                                Ever wonder who keeps the local sections running, offering training to their members, planning dinner meetings and social gatherings and updating the websites? Meet the volunteer Board Members behind the North Coast Section. Michael Hansen – President My name is Michael Hansen and I am the President for the North Coast Section of the CWEA....

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                                                                                                                                                  City of Modesto recently featured Thomas Sinclair, an Environmental Regulatory Compliance Manager for the City of Modesto in their Friday Feature on Facebook. Thomas is responsible for planning, developing and overseeing the work of staff involved in pretreatment and storm water inspection and enforcement programs that promote a safer environment for the citizens of Modesto....

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                                                                                                                                                    In this edition of WEF’s Words on Water Podcast, three leaders from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District share their experiences from the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. It decimated communities in Malibu and Ventura County, destroying 1,643 structures, killing three people and forcing 250,000 people to evacuate. Staff at Las Virgenes did not evacuate and...

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                                                                                                                                                      Great things happening in our Monterey Bay Section…. Hello Again, this is the last quarterly report for the 2018 CWEA-MBS Year These past few months have turned cold and thankfully brought some much needed rain.  But that hasn’t stopped the dedicated Sewer Rats from congregating!  This past October we had a great stormwater training luncheon at the...

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                                                                                                                                                        Coverage of asset management topics is supported by MentorAPM November 14th, 2018 Uncovering Sewer Laterals: How to Optimize Your Lateral Strategy Managing sewer laterals is challenging. Learn about the “Lateral Strategy Toolbox”, hear agency stories about success and challenges, and find ways to maximize the benefits of improving laterals – while balancing the impacts to your...

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                                                                                                                                                          The LA Wrecking Crew from Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts represented California in this year’s WEFTEC Ops Challenge competition. Photos by Michael Spring (New England WEA and Alec Mackie, CWEA). Team members included Will Hoeing, Carlos Vasquez, Joseph Gevas and team captain Nicholas Janicke. Other CWEA members attending included Stephen Johnson (Jr.) from LACSD and...

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                                                                                                                                                            Valerie Leone became interested in the water profession when she was working for a metal finisher. It was there she learned about wastewater regulations and decided she wanted to be a part of something that allowed her to benefit the environment, community and future generations. As the Industrial Source Reduction and Control Program (ISRCP) manager at...

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                                                                                                                                                              Past CWEA President Christoph Dobson describes the important role clean water pros play in their community. “We provide a very important service for the community and we’re all very proud we’re able to provide this for the community.”  

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                                                                                                                                                                Two collection system leaders discuss the importance of certification and the role training and technology have in the massive reduction in Sanitary Sewer Overflows. Daryl Lauer is the Collections Superintendent for Carmel Area Wastewater District the Chair of CWEA’s Collection Systems Committee. Ken Merkle is the Senior Collection Systems Supervisor for the City of Stockton...

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                                                                                                                                                                  The role of the CWEA Board of Directors is to set the vision and direction of the organization. To that end, we routinely undertake strategic planning at the same time we are continuing the programs and training our members have come to rely on. Our current strategic plan focuses on the value of CWEA both...

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                                                                                                                                                                    Meet Cari Dale, Water Utilities Director, City of Oceanside, a recipient of the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship in 2004. Cari graduated from Cal State San Bernardino with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Water Resources in 2005. Her Master’s project focused on Achieving Effective Asset Management for Water and Wastewater...

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                                                                                                                                                                      by Scott Carroll, General Manager of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Firefighters statewide are being praised for their valiant and heroic efforts to save property and lives in the countless wildfires that have burned recently throughout California, and they absolutely deserve this praise.  In particular, their courage and commitment to protecting the community was demonstrated in...

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                                                                                                                                                                        In his new role, Brian will have responsibility for management and oversight of an Engineering Services Department which includes ten staff members largely responsible for development and implementation of the District’s Capital Improvement Program. During his 19-year career in the wastewater industry, Brian worked as a consultant and has undertaken engineering leadership roles at Central...

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                                                                                                                                                                          Coverage of water workforce topics supported by waterTALENT Debi Lewis Past President 2017-2018 Professional Engineer Stantec Debi Lewis’ career began in business administration working for an ad agency. She started as a secretary in the Pasadena office of James M. Montgomery, which later became MWH and is now Stantec. Eventually she became an office manager...

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                                                                                                                                                                            There is no doubt that CWEA has played a huge role in my career and continues to open doors and present opportunities for my future growth in our exciting industry. It feels like yesterday I was attending my first workshop and studying for my first certification. Little did I know that one day I would...

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                                                                                                                                                                              Support for our coverage of Women in Water is provided by DN Tanks. The Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) Commission unanimously selected Teresa Herrera as manager, succeeding Daniel T. Child, who retired from public service and has begun his own wastewater consultancy business. Herrera becomes the third manager in SVCW’s nearly 50-year history following Child...

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                                                                                                                                                                                The Samueli School Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering held a water symposium to honor the exemplary career of longtime faculty member and CWEA member Betty Olson. Olson, who researches public health aspects of water and wastewater, joined UC Irvine in 1974. In her 44-year career, she also served as a professor of environmental health,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  The annual Ops Challenge competition at WEFTEC is a test of skill, knowledge and endurance. Teams win or lose based on a single question or a fraction of a second in the physical competitions. One of California’s teams, the LA Wrecking Crew from LACSD in Southern California consistently ranks a top contender at WEFTEC. LA...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2017 awards program at its Annual Conference in Sacramento on April 20. Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs plus a select group of special awards are eligible to compete statewide. To kick off the ceremony, Small Plant of the Year winner,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Water & Wastewater Digest’s Class of 2018 Young Professionals includes two Californians… Nataly Dakak Environmental Engineering Associate City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Age: 25 Education: Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from the University of California, Riverside. Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professional accomplishments: Protecting the City...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Water and wastewater utilities have emergency plans for floods, leaks, spills, earthquakes, personnel rescue and terror threats.  But what about wild fires that damage or destroy not only your infrastructure but whole swaths of the community itself?  That was the situation in Santa Rosa following the devastating Tubbs fire last October.    Santa Rosa’s director of...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          At WEFTEC® 2017, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) named James H. Clark, WEF past president, to its latest class of WEF Fellows program honorees. This program celebrates the outstanding contributions WEF members have made to the water and wastewater sectors. Clark, who currently is a Los Angeles-based senior vice president for Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.),...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            This article first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Treatment Plant Operator magazine, published by COLE Publishing, Three Lakes, Wisconsin. It is reprinted by permission. Cross-training staff in all facets of treatment plant operations, maintenance and laboratory analysis is yielding big dividends at the Carpinteria (California) Sanitary District. One reward was the 2016 Small...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Dear Fellow CWEA Member, 2017 will go down in the California history books as an incredibly challenging year. January 2017 started with record breaking floods; February saw the dam spillway collapse; two of the State’s largest fires in history occurred in October and December; and now, January 2018 begins with tragic mud slides along Southern...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Congratulations to San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s (SFPUC) Karri Ving! Effective at WEFTEC, Karri will serve as the new incoming vice chair for the residuals and biosolids committee for the Water Environment Foundation. Karri also chairs California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) Science & Research Workgroup. CASA has stated they commend her for her ongoing...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Black & Veatch has named CWEA member Joe Lauria as its Vice President and Director of Planning and Growth for the Americas in the company’s water business. In this new role, Lauria will help clients identify and implement sustainable solutions to evolving water challenges. Based in Irvine, California, his primary focus will be on fast-growth U.S....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    The National Water Research Institute (NWRI), Orange County Water District (OCWD), and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) are pleased to announce that Jeffrey J. Mosher, Chief Research Officer at WE&RF, was selected as the 2017 WateReuse Person of the Year for his outstanding leadership in advancing vital research and addressing significant challenges in the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Press Release from siwi.org Contact: Ms. Rowena Barber Communications Manager, Outreach & Media Relations [email protected] In its citation, the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee recognized Professor McCaffrey’s “path-breaking leadership and legal scholarship in international water law. He has made a unique contribution in three specific areas: his seminal work on Treaty negotiation; his major scholarly works, including his...