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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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        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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          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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                    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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                      “It was inspiring to see our community work together to help each other out. We’ve learned some important lessons. We did not have enough cleaning supplies and PPE to get us through the pandemic, and adjusting to social distancing is tough.”  – Kody Tompkins, CWEA WEF Delegate Director, City of Barstow “I learned when something as big as the pandemic hits, the community rallies together to help each other beyond all...

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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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                          New Roles at CASA! We are excited to share that Jessica Gauger and Jared Voskuhl have taken on new roles here at CASA. Jessica has been promoted to Director of Legislative Advocacy and Public Affairs. In this newly created position, Jessica will continue her role as our primary state legislative advocate and will also take...

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                            View all coronavirus stories > Testing wastewater for RNA strands of the coronavirus might tell local officials how widespread COVID-19 is in their community and whether infections are rising or falling. Known as “sewer surveillance” or “wastewater epidemiology” – wastewater professionals are once again working to protect public health. An important note – finding coronavirus...

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                              View all Coronavirus stories > CASA and CWEA once again brought together leading national and California experts on the coronavirus for a free webinar. Learn the latest scientific information from this webinar recording. The webinar provided an update on the following topics: Reopening guidance and essential workers Testing wastewater for community surveillance Wastewater worker exposure...

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                                View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Throughout CWEA’s three COVID-19 webinars we’ve been surveying wastewater professionals about their experiences during the pandemic. Here is a summary of their responses. For the April 15th collection systems webinar, we asked attendees if their agency is experiencing INCREASED maintenance because of wipes? 64%...

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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 though is keeping you and your teammates safe. If you’re...

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                                    Dr. Fiona Young is an Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She taught and researched in the disciplines of Medical and Environmental Biotechnology, with a focus on toxicology and mammalian cell culture. In a post on the COVID-19 scientific blog, she reviewed the latest scientific research into coronavirus...

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                                      View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Message from the US EPA… Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to Governors in all 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C. urging them to ensure that drinking water and wastewater employees are considered essential workers by state authorities...

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                                        Coverage of water workforce topics is supported by waterTALENT COVID-19 in CA Webinar – Continuity of Operations and Emergency Staffing was held on Thursday, April 9th. The webinar is supported by DUDEK. This is CWEA’s second webinar in our COVID-19 series. Recording:  A recording of the webinar is available on YouTube.  Feel free to forward...

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                                          View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > The new website is: covid19waterblog.wordpress.com One of their first posts focuses on the transmission of COVID-19 via wastewater. There has been quite some talk about SARS-CoV-2 shedding in faeces and what that might mean for the water industry.  As I see it, there are...

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                                            View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > By Krista R. Wigginton and Alexandria B. Boehm Environmental engineers and scientists have played pivotal roles in protecting the public from viral illnesses, and continue to do so today. We develop drinking water and municipal wastewater treatment technologies, make discoveries that inform related regulations...

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                                              View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > From the CDC Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to...

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                                                While the TP is scarce, however you choose to wipe, make sure you properly dispose of your items in the trash can ????. The ONLY 3️⃣ things that belong in the toilet ???? are Pee, Poo ???? and toilet Paper. #WipesClogPipes #PeePootoiletPaper #DontRushToFlush pic.twitter.com/3VAlpNChtJ — RanchoWater (@RanchoWater) April 2, 2020 Way to go CWEA member...

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                                                  We are gathering photos of safety items for wastewater workers. To share one, please email a photo to [email protected] Several CWEA members have asked about coronavirus and working around wastewater. According to WEF, the scientific community has found no evidence yet of viable COVID-19 virus in wastewater systems. While there is still a lot we...

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                                                    View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Thank you for attending yesterday’s Overview of the Coronavirus, Transmission and Operations Planning Webinar and for helping to shape the content of the webinar – we received over 300 questions before and during the webinar. We hope that you found the content informative and helpful. Recording:  A...

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                                                      View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > Dr. Rasha Maal-Bared is a Senior Microbiologist at EPCOR and Chair of WEF’s Waterborne Infectious Disease Outbreak Control Subcommittee (WIDOC). She writes about Our water workforce –operators, maintenance personnel, utility crews, laboratory technicians, collection system workers, and custodial staff – all work in the...

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                                                        View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > This article is from the covid19waterblog.wordpress.com, a blog run by several international water researchers. By Stuart Khan Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales The possibility of monitoring the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in sewers has been flagged as an...

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                                                          This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board As a result of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) emergency, and state and federal guidance related to social distancing, the April 18th Wastewater Operator Certification Examination has been cancelled. The State Water Resources Control Board understands this decision will have negative effects on a lot...

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                                                            waterTALENT has over 600 licensed, qualified, experienced water and wastewater operators (mostly Grades 3, 4, and 5) who deploy to districts and utilities around California that are enduring a staff transition and in need of experienced operators for water/wastewater treatment, distribution, collections, control systems technicians, electrical-mechanical technicians, and a number of other specialties. With COVID-19 causing...

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                                                              View CWEA’s round-up of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worker safety information here > The CDC released this Q&A on water and wastewater system on March 11, 2020. From the CDC… Can the COVID-19 virus spread through drinking water? The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection,...

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                                                                CWEA’s coverage of the water workforce is supported by WaterTalent Obstacles and paths to water operator careers By Katherine Saltzman Amid retirement surges across the water workforce, there are ongoing discussions about the urgency to recruit, train, and retain new professionals. Part of this effort involves establishing the water sector as an attractive career path...

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                                                                  Meet Frank, Foster City’s Public Works Maintenance Superintendent and CWEA Member! Frank plays a vital role in ensuring that Foster City’s wastewater management system is operating smoothly so we have clean, running water. Learn more about his role and the system now.

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                                                                    The San Juan Capistrano City Council (“City”) last night voted unanimously to approve the agreement that will transfer the City’s water, wastewater, and recycled water services to the Santa Margarita Water District (“SMWD” “District”). “I would like to thank both the staff of the city of San Juan Capistrano and the District for their comprehensive...

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                                                                      With the retirement of current BACWA Executive David Williams at the end of January, the BACWA Executive Board has appointed Lorien Fono as the new Executive Director effective February 1st. Dr. Fono has served BACWA as Regulatory Program manager since 2012, and has supported its committees, engaged with regulators on key issues, and been involved...

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                                                                        David Malm, IEUA Don’t be the next victim of ransomware or scammers! This webinar focused on the nationwide phishing epidemic. The details of a ransomware incident at Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) is presented, and steps the Agency has taken to prevent a repeat of this incident. David Malm Deputy Manager of Integrated Systems Services...

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                                                                          It was a full year for CWEA members: responding to proposed ELAP regulations; honoring our Veterans in Water; celebrating the third annual California Water Professionals Appreciation Week and welcoming our new Executive Director Jenn Jones. Thank you for being a member, volunteering your time and dedicating your career to clean California water! “The beginning is...

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                                                                            Competitive grant program will support training and career development opportunities for workers in the water and wastewater industries A new national grant program backed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission received a $1 million federal funding approval today by the United States Senate. The program will support training and career development for workers in...

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                                                                              On October 17, 2019 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) hosted their annual West Coast Event titled Climate Change: Water and Wastewater Agencies Adaptation and Resiliency at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) Authority. The 2019 AAEES West Coast Event began with an alfresco networking dinner in the patio area....

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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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                                                                                  Leucadia Wasterwater District covers a total service area of 10,200 acres (16 square miles) which includes the original service area in Leucadia as well as portions of the cities of Carlsbad (the La Costa area) and Encinitas. With over 62,000 households in service, the District serves the public by collecting, transporting, recycling and treating wastewater...

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                                                                                    Coverage of water workforce topics supported by waterTALENT Dear Fellow Water Professionals, During CA Water Professionals Appreciation Week, Oct 5-13, we encourage all water professionals, agencies and firms to get out there and celebrate their amazing people. Download the CA Water Professionals Week logo and artwork from the toolkit below. In addition next week, CWEA...

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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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                                                                                        Coverage of water workforce topics supported by waterTALENT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Water Workforce Initiative to help cities and communities across the country that are facing critical staffing shortages for the operation and maintenance of essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The goal of this new initiative is to provide federal leadership,...

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                                                                                          The Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board (Dig Safe Board) has put out an education survey. They want to learn about safety, which education materials you find most useful, and where you think the Dig Safe Board should direct its education and outreach efforts. The survey closes on August 30th. Please take the short education survey HERE.

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                                                                                            Thanks to the awesome TriState Committee for organizing a week full of amazing speakers and training classes last week. 3,800 people registered for the conference – an amazing gathering of CA, NV and AZ water professionals.⠀ ⠀ Great job TriState! Thanks for all the awesome memories.⠀ ⠀ Let’s do it again August 2020!⠀ ⠀ Photos...

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                                                                                              Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD) was named Member of the Year by the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce for securing more than $26 million in state and federal funding for the area’s first municipal sewer system. HDWD Board President Dan Munsey and directors Sarann Graham and Bob Stadum accepted the award June 27thduring a Chamber event...

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                                                                                                Nataly Dakak loves what she does, encourages other young women to get into water and other STEM fields, and sees potable reuse of wastewater as the practice of the future.  She’s an environmental engineering associate at the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, and has responsibility for enforcing the Industrial Waste Control Ordinance and the USEPA wastewater pretreatment standards..  Her passion with water systems developed during her undergraduate studies...

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                                                                                                  Manuel Zapien never stops learning.  He discovered water science while studying geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He took biology, chemistry, and physics classes.  Later he applied for a laboratory job at Ventura County.  He learned from those he worked with there, and he continues to study laboratory procedures in preparation for future requirements.  “I never stop learning,” he says. “There are new challenges every day.” ...

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                                                                                                    “Professional approach with all assignments.  Excellent communication skills. Participation and excellence in leading edge and special assignments.  Creative thinker. Thorough and very high quality work.”  These are words his nominators used to describe Ibrahim Hafeez.   “He uses technical knowledge and sound engineering to resolve complex issues,” says Mike Sarullo, principal civil/division engineer with the city’s Bureau of Engineering.  “Of the...

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                                                                                                      California Association of Sanitation Agencies announced the selection of CASA’ s new Executive Director. Following an open process, the Board of Directors was pleased to select Adam Link, CASA’s current Director of Operations, to assume the role in January upon Bobbi Larson’s retirement. CASA’s President Traci Minamide noted “This is a very exciting time for...

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                                                                                                         Lucia Diaz used to hang around her dad’s construction firm, an experience she says taught her well about contractors, construction drawings, plans and specs, and big projects.  She’s put that background to good use as Facilities Program Supervisor for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. She’s been working for IEUA for 13 years, and now supervises a staff of seven.  She admits that...

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                                                                                                          There’s hardly anything in wastewater treatment that Chris Christean hasn’t done.  “I started as a college student cleaning sludge beds as a part-time job,” he says. “The operators in Turlock convinced me to get into the industry. I picked up a couple of books and studied the profession, then joined the staff at Patterson as an operator-in-training.”  Later, he...

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                                                                                                            Pump stations, lift stations, and piping layouts were nothing new to Bob Stiles when he took a collections system job at the Novato Sanitary District six years ago. He’d worked with his dad on construction projects involving these kinds of jobs since he was a teenager. But he says he still had a lot to...

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                                                                                                              Amy Hwang wanted to be where the action was. Water. Wastewater. Water reuse.  So after receiving her engineering degree from the University of Texas, she came to California, and got her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. After working a bit as consultant, she joined the engineering staff at Central Marin Sanitation Agency.  “I decided to...

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                                                                                                                Originally published on LinkedIn, reprinted here with permission… Ahhh. That feeling that comes over you when you come home after a hard days work, plopping yourself onto that every so comfy couch that envelops all of your achy tired bones. Your twin toddlers come running out of the rear of the house, screaming with joy...

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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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                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                          The 2019 Annual Conference (held at the Renaissance Palm Springs and Palm Springs Convention Center) included tracks on Leadership, Water Reuse, Biosolids, Pump Basics, Laboratory TNI Standards, Declining Flows, Asset Management, just to name a few. With over 1,000 attendees and 720 vendor attendees, the week was full of energy, learning, networking and fun! You can...

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                                                                                                                            Thank you Xylem for supporting our annual awards program! The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards program at its Annual Conference in Palm Springs on April 12. Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs plus a select group of special awards are eligible to compete statewide....

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                                                                                                                              The Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) announced that sewer spills on the Coastside were at an historic low, zero in 2018, thanks to the dedication, hard work, and proactive measures taken by management and staff. “As part of its 2017 Strategic Plan, SAM committed to making operational and maintenance changes to achieve zero sewer spills within...

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                                                                                                                                Angela Lowrey was named by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) as the state’s Communicator of the Year for 2019, recognizing her dedication to clean water education and resource recovery outreach, her overall expertise in the communications field and for her award-winning creativity in her work. She was presented with the Communicator of...

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                                                                                                                                  “Atmospheric River” is a meteorological term coined in the 1990s that’s recently entered common public usage. They are bands of concentrated moisture traveling in the air over a region.  Atmospheric rivers can contain as much moisture as major river, such as the Amazon. On February 5th, the Scripps’ Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes...

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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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                                                                                                                                      By Michele Farmer CWEA member with 30 years of experience in the water sector A research study was recently published in the International Journal of Organizational Analysis (IJOA) by Emerald Publishing Limited that references the Utility of the Future’s (UOTF) challenges for water and wastewater agencies in the US.  These challenges include climate change, drought,...

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                                                                                                                                        Judge Gordon Bennett Cologne, a California legislator, jurist, and recycled water advocate, died January 4, 2019 in Rancho Santa Fe, California at the age of 94. During his tenure in the California legislature, he was Chairman of the Senate Water Resources Committee and became recognized for his role in championing water quality issues. “Judge Gordon...

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                                                                                                                                          CWEA is gathering nominations for an Emerging Leaders story to appear in the Summer 2019 Clean Water. We are looking for accomplished water professionals who are making a significant, positive impact on California’s water and they have not yet been recognized for that effort. CWEA Definition of Emerging Leader Emerging leader describes an individual who: Has...

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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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                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                CWEA joined hundreds of agencies throughout California to celebrate the second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week between Oct. 6-14. This year, we focused on Women In Water and Veterans in Water by highlighting career opportunities and recognizing women and veterans dedicated to serving their communities. CWEA partnered with CASA, Katz and Associates, ACWA, and several...

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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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                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                      If you selected a 2018 all-star team among clean water professionals in California, this year’s Emerging Leaders would be good choices to fill the positions. The seven selected for this year’s Emerging Leaders honors cover the field from collections to treatment, from compliance to environmental services, from laboratory analysis to engineering and project management. And...

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                                                                                                                                                        CWEA’s coverage of the water workforce issues is supported by WaterTalent In a recent interview published in TPO Magazine, Ingrid Bella of Santa Clara Valley Water District shares how their agency partners with organizations like BAYWORK to recruit the next generation of water professionals. BAYWORK, in the San Francisco area, is taking a regional collaboration...

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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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                                                                                                                                                            Robert Wilson is an environmental professional who embodies the concept of multi-tasking. As the environmental services supervisor for the City of Petaluma, he is responsible for regulatory compliance of wastewater discharges, storm water, air quality and biosolids, water conservation, as well as pollution prevention, recycled wastewater, and pretreatment. And away from the office he’s taken...

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                                                                                                                                                              Shannon Simmers has covered a lot of ground in the last seven and a half years…from earning a college degree, to volunteering and then working at the Riverside Water Quality Control Plant and now for Redlands Municipal Utilities, and chairing the CWEA’s P3S committee. That takes determination and persistence, and she has it. “When she...

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                                                                                                                                                                Mark Koekemoer finds laboratory work very fulfilling. “It’s not just a day job where you collect a paycheck. It is an opportunity where you can go home to your family and feel good about what you have accomplished,” he says. “We are supporting the greater industry, providing data for operators to use, identifying trouble spots,...

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                                                                                                                                                                  Helping others was nothing new for Felipe Carrillo when he joined the Santa Clara Water and Sewer Department five years ago. He had spent the past 11 years working at an at-risk youth center, teaching students construction and general trade skills. So it’s little surprise that in his relatively short tenure at Santa Clara he’s...

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                                                                                                                                                                    Projects at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District are hallmarked by transparency, open communications, and disappearance of the traditional silos that often plague the clean water profession. That’s in great part due to the efforts of Jordan Damerel, Director of Engineering. “Jordan manages the District’s Capital Improvement and Asset Management programs, and he’s constantly working towards more...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Theodore Higgins has moved steadily taking on roles of greater responsibility in his 16 years at the Industrial Waste Management Division at the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. Now he’s helping create advancement opportunities for his inspections colleagues through the creation of the Professional Development and Work Exposure Program. The program encourages the...

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                                                                                                                                                                        In a profession dominated by men, Dorien McElroy stands out. She manages the sewer Collections System for the Irvine Ranch Water District. “One usually doesn’t associate collections system management with a woman,” says Judith Marquez, Environmental Analyst/Consultant of Innovare Environmental who nominated her. “But she is passionate about her job in a way that makes...

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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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                                                                                                                                                                            California’s water and wastewater agencies need approximately 6,000 new workers every year and that number continues to grow as more and more water professionals retire. Water careers provide an incredible opportunity for individuals who enjoy working with their hands, working outdoors and working as part of a larger team. Water careers offer great salaries and...

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                                                                                                                                                                              Support for coverage of safety issues in provided by ehs Much of the country has been dealing with a heat wave and California is no exception. With the increase in temperature comes the dangers of working outside. Knowing how to work safely in hot weather can help prevent heat related illnesses and heat stroke.   According to the Centers...

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                                                                                                                                                                                Press release from the Brookings Institute… Building off previous workforce research, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program has released a first-of-its-kind analysis of jobs involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the country’s water infrastructure. Nearly 1.7 million workers fill jobs in utilities, construction firms, and numerous other employers across the water sector, while facing...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of Wastewater at EBMUD treatment plant, Eileen White, discusses her career in the industry. #womenimpactingwater

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                                                                                                                                                                                    The lead sponsor for the Women Impacting Water breakfast is CDM Smith. CWEA held its first Women Impacting Water breakfast meeting at the Annual Conference in Sacramento this past April. The event was so popular it sold out. It was an inspiring morning of networking and discussion with California water leaders, engineers, operators and scientists....

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                                                                                                                                                                                      From the Water Careers Pathways program at West Valley College… Water Challenge 2018 a Huge Success! On April 19th in the culmination of a semester-long high school team competition, the “Water Challenge,” 500 Bay Area students attended a high-profile presentation and award ceremony at Levi’s Stadium. Students arrived by bus to visit water-centered college booths,...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        About this series:  Each month CWEA is interviewing an innovative thinker in the water profession. We’re asking each person “The future of the water profession is …” Juan Guerreiro Deputy Director City of San Diego, Public Utilities Department Grade V Wastewater Treatment Operator, SWRCB Dual-Associate Degrees, Water and Wastewater, Cuyamaca College Bachelors Degree, San Diego State University...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          CWEA is gathering nominations for an Emerging Leaders story to appear in the Summer 2018 Clean Water. We are looking for accomplished water professionals who are making a significant, positive impact on California’s water and they have not yet been recognized for that effort. CWEA Definition of Emerging Leader Emerging leader describes an individual who: Has...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Coverage of the wipes issue is supported by Aqualitec. Ten years have passed since the fierce battle began to wipe out sewer clogging wipes. How close are we to a solution? Sadly, not close. Mainstream wet wipes were introduced in the early 2000s for cleaning and as a “flushable” wipe. They’ve become a major challenge...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              This story was originally posted on the Woodard & Curran blog.  CWEA’s coverage of wipes issues is supported by Aqualitec.  Those of us who have witnessed the destruction non-woven wipes are having on our pipes and pumps understand the impact a simple word like ‘flushable’ can have. Since the mid-2000’s, the wastewater industry has been battling...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                CWEA’s coverage of safety issues is supported by ehs inc. Heart-breaking news from Illinois – a 22-year old working on a sewer re-lining project was killed when the liner collapsed around him. He was 20′ underground, possibly cutting out sewer laterals. The pipe diameter was estimated to be around 20-24″. The construction worker’s name is...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  California’s first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week launched this past October 7th-15th as part of a new annual designation intended to highlight the important role of water industry professionals and local public water agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water, wastewater, and recycled water in California. Established by Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 80, it was approved by...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Friday Sept 29th Baywork released their long awaited report on water workforce reliability before a gathering of 65 representatives from water utilities, associations and community colleges. The Bay Area will need over 828 new water professionals in the next three years and there are not enough students in the training pipeline right now the...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dear CWEA Member, I wanted to share with you the news the Legislature has created California Water Professionals Appreciation Week for the first full week of October each year. This year it’s October 7-15th. “Resolved by the Senate of California, and the Assembly concurring, the Legislature designates Water Professionals Appreciation Week during October. The Legislature...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        View and download CWEA’s social media graphics you can use: 2017 California Water Professionals Appreciation Week Member Letter from CWEA President Debi Lewis Social Media Graphics IMPORTANT NOTE – be sure to click on the graphic you want to use and the HIGH-RES version will open. Please download and use the HIGH-RES graphic, these are low-res previews. Thank you!...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you feel the love? Can you hear the noise? It’s a resounding “THANK YOU” bouncing off the walls of the State Capitol. That’s right! Coming in the first week of October and every October from here to eternity will now be Water Professionals Appreciation Week! California’s first-ever Water Professionals Appreciation Week will launch this...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              As the problem of “flushable” wipes clogging sewer pipes and pumps gets worse – every sewer agency is on its own in developing a public outreach campaign to share with people exactly what they should and should not flush down the toilet. Clogged sewer lines were becoming a challenge for City of Santa Rosa crews, so their...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              At this year’s Annual Conference in San Diego a room packed with wastewater professionals listened intently as a panel of experts provided updates on wipes, rags, pills and other debris getting flushed down the toilet. What’s being done to bring this nightmare to an end? The panel of experts agreed we saw some major breakthroughs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mark McGrath, Collections System Supervisor in Hayward, California, knows what it’s like to be part of the collections crew, because he’s been one of them. “I know their needs, because I’ve been there,” he says. “I understand the adverse conditions, the outdoor elements. I acknowledge their efforts when they’ve done well. I treat them as...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “You need to be able to handle it in the dark with your eyes closed.” That’s the way Emerging Leader Joe Gregory views safety training. “When we come on the scene, people need to know what to do,” he says. “You should be able to handle the situation in your sleep.” Now thefor the Carmel...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marc Oliver Quijano moved from lizards to water, and the results have been very impressive. “I studied Biology in college,” he says, “and conducted research on lizard population genetics, determining how human overpopulation affects the environment. An internship at West Basin Municipal Water District’s water recycling facilities and good mentors sparked a new career. I...