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  • CWEA & Water Quality > Regulations in California
    Scholarship Orientation to CWEA Education Training Attendees Conferences Register now Virtual trade show Speakers Conferences Call for Papers Register now Virtual trade show Exhibitors How do I Exhibit Overview opportunities Policies rules Register to exhibit NOW Virtual trade show Advertising sponsorship opportunities SSO SSMP SSMP SSMP database SSO electronic reporting Links to other training opportunities Certification What is certification Benefits of prof certification Benefits to employees Benefits to employers How to become certified Steps to get certified Program policies Handbooks Applying for certification Preparing for the test Study sessions Study guides Resources Formula sheets How passing scores are determined Certificate holders Recertification renewal Training calendar Program policies Wastewater trainers educators CWEA trainers In house trainers All other trainers Links Career Resources Jobs Job seekers Jobs available Career resources Other job sites Scholarships Why Certification Employers Post announcements HR Resources Why certification for my employees 63 HR tips links New to wastewater career How to start your career Become an operator Why certification Links CWEA Water Quality CWEA at a glance Description of CWEA Fast facts Mission vision values Constitution Scholarships Programs of work Local Section Local section leaders Map Web sites Committees Committee descriptions Committee contacts Board of Directors National Assoc WEF Related Associations Contact Staff Learn about water quality the wastewater industry The Water Cycle Model In the classroom beyond Wastewater treatment plants Treatment process Buy a list of CA plants Award winning plants people Careers in water quality Regulations in California Junior Water Quality Others who care about water quality How Do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Value of membership Frequently asked questions Join NOW Contact Staff Board Links Bookstore CWEA Certification study guide Wastewater treatment plant operator study guide Other CWEA books Books referenced in CWEA study guides Links to other wastewater book sources

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  • CWEA & Water Quality > Learn about water quality & the wastewater industry > Junior Water Quality
    Certification What is certification Benefits of prof certification Benefits to employees Benefits to employers How to become certified Steps to get certified Program policies Handbooks Applying for certification Preparing for the test Study sessions Study guides Resources Formula sheets How passing scores are determined Certificate holders Recertification renewal Training calendar Program policies Wastewater trainers educators CWEA trainers In house trainers All other trainers Links Career Resources Jobs Job seekers Jobs available Career resources Other job sites Scholarships Why Certification Employers Post announcements HR Resources Why certification for my employees 63 HR tips links New to wastewater career How to start your career Become an operator Why certification Links CWEA Water Quality CWEA at a glance Description of CWEA Fast facts Mission vision values Constitution Scholarships Programs of work Local Section Local section leaders Map Web sites Committees Committee descriptions Committee contacts Board of Directors National Assoc WEF Related Associations Contact Staff Learn about water quality the wastewater industry The Water Cycle Model In the classroom beyond Wastewater treatment plants Treatment process Buy a list of CA plants Award winning plants people Careers in water quality Regulations in California Junior Water Quality Others who care about water quality How Do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Value of membership Frequently asked questions Join NOW Contact Staff Board Links Bookstore CWEA Certification study guide Wastewater treatment plant operator study guide Other CWEA books Books referenced in CWEA study guides Links to other wastewater book sources Member Leader Resources Board of Directors Committees Local Sections Event Calendar Leader Resources Awards Scholarship Orientation to CWEA Home CWEA Water Quality Learn about water quality the wastewater industry Junior Water Quality Junior Water Quality Knowing the impact children and students have on the quality of our environment CWEA supports these key programs aimed at

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  • CWEA & Water Quality > Learn about water quality & the wastewater industry > Others who care about water quality
    Constitution Scholarships Programs of work Local Section Local section leaders Map Web sites Committees Committee descriptions Committee contacts Board of Directors National Assoc WEF Related Associations Contact Staff Learn about water quality the wastewater industry The Water Cycle Model In the classroom beyond Wastewater treatment plants Treatment process Buy a list of CA plants Award winning plants people Careers in water quality Regulations in California Junior Water Quality Others who care about water quality How Do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Value of membership Frequently asked questions Join NOW Contact Staff Board Links Bookstore CWEA Certification study guide Wastewater treatment plant operator study guide Other CWEA books Books referenced in CWEA study guides Links to other wastewater book sources Member Leader Resources Board of Directors Committees Local Sections Event Calendar Leader Resources Awards Scholarship Orientation to CWEA Home CWEA Water Quality CWEA at a glance Others Who Care About Water Quality Other water quality associations partners and projects Water quality is a growing global concern According to WEF polluted water and inadequate sanitation kill two children every minute worldwide Global warming groundwater depleting and pollution are concerns for us all Recycling and reusing the fresh water that we have access to is critical CWEA offers links to key associations working towards the common goal of water quality Learn more about CWEA or visit these other websites for additional training information and inspiration Adopt A Watershed Place based leadership development to help communities develop educational programs focused on the local watershed encouraging environmental stewardship and enhancing student learning American Water Works Association i nternational scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply Aquaventurer A Global Timeline and Database of Water Use Abuse and Treatment ASCE s California Infrastructure Report Card 2012 ASTM

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  • How do I Join? > Benefits of membership > Who are we
    Job seekers Jobs available Career resources Other job sites Scholarships Why Certification Employers Post announcements HR Resources Why certification for my employees 63 HR tips links New to wastewater career How to start your career Become an operator Why certification Links CWEA Water Quality CWEA at a glance Description of CWEA Fast facts Mission vision values Constitution Scholarships Programs of work Local Section Local section leaders Map Web sites Committees Committee descriptions Committee contacts Board of Directors National Assoc WEF Related Associations Contact Staff Learn about water quality the wastewater industry The Water Cycle Model In the classroom beyond Wastewater treatment plants Treatment process Buy a list of CA plants Award winning plants people Careers in water quality Regulations in California Junior Water Quality Others who care about water quality How Do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Value of membership Frequently asked questions Join NOW Contact Staff Board Links Bookstore CWEA Certification study guide Wastewater treatment plant operator study guide Other CWEA books Books referenced in CWEA study guides Links to other wastewater book sources Member Leader Resources Board of Directors Committees Local Sections Event Calendar Leader Resources Awards Scholarship Orientation to CWEA Home How do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Who are we Dedicated to educating wastewater professionals The California Water Environment Association is a non profit education and technical organization for people involved in the wastewater industry The purpose is to enhance the education and effectiveness of California s wastewater professionals through training certification dissemination of technical information and promotion of sound policies to benefit society through protection and enhancement of the water environment Providing opportunities for professional growth and recognition Through its voluntary Technical Certification Program CWEA provides opportunities for professional growth Voluntary tests are written by vocational specialists and administered

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  • How do I Join? > Benefits of membership > Value of membership
    calendar Program policies Wastewater trainers educators CWEA trainers In house trainers All other trainers Links Career Resources Jobs Job seekers Jobs available Career resources Other job sites Scholarships Why Certification Employers Post announcements HR Resources Why certification for my employees 63 HR tips links New to wastewater career How to start your career Become an operator Why certification Links CWEA Water Quality CWEA at a glance Description of CWEA Fast facts Mission vision values Constitution Scholarships Programs of work Local Section Local section leaders Map Web sites Committees Committee descriptions Committee contacts Board of Directors National Assoc WEF Related Associations Contact Staff Learn about water quality the wastewater industry The Water Cycle Model In the classroom beyond Wastewater treatment plants Treatment process Buy a list of CA plants Award winning plants people Careers in water quality Regulations in California Junior Water Quality Others who care about water quality How Do I Join Benefits of membership Who are we Value of membership Frequently asked questions Join NOW Contact Staff Board Links Bookstore CWEA Certification study guide Wastewater treatment plant operator study guide Other CWEA books Books referenced in CWEA study guides Links to other wastewater book sources Member Leader Resources Board of Directors Committees Local Sections Event Calendar Leader Resources Awards Scholarship Orientation to CWEA Home How do I Join Benefits of membership Value of membership Value of Membership CWEA provides value to its wastewater professionals Over 9 000 members are currently benefiting from the following services provided by CWEA Opportunities for professional growth Through the Technical Certification Program TCP wastewater professionals receive certification in any or all of six disciplines Collections System Maintenance Laboratory Analysis Mechanical Technology Electrical Instrumentation Environmental Compliance Inspection and Industrial Waste Treatment Operation Education Training To assist in advancing and fine tuning the knowledge and skills

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  • How do I Join? > Benefits of membership > Frequently asked questions
    Lunch Local Sections may choose whether to notify or not While anticipation and surprise are enjoyed by the audience notification of winners allows the winner to invite family friends co workers Agency Board members supervisors etc to share in the celebration of the pinnacle of achievement a lifetime achievement for many people This increases the significance of the award to the winner which is the objective of the program Can Winners Compete Again in the Next Year No The new policy precludes winners from consideration for a period of one year and encourages winners instead to participate in the judging for the awards in that year The objective is to encourage those who might not otherwise do so to participate in the program Can Local Sections Have Their Own Awards Forms or Criteria for Winning No To protect the significance and value of the CWEA State Awards all winners must use the same forms and meet the same criteria and standards In the past some Local Sections have selected winners at the Local Section level using different forms and criteria This has lead to some problems including negative press reports which reduce the credibility of the whole Awards Program Also use of different forms and criteria at the Local Section level may result in winners from that Local Section not being as strong a competitor and cause them to be less likely to win the State Award Can Local Sections Have Unique Awards Yes However to protect the credibility of the Program and ensure legal compliance Local Sections who initiate any new unique awards must submit the criteria and intent of the award to the Membership and External Relations Committee for review prior to presenting any new awards What Period of Time Does the Award Cover This is also a topic much discussed The new policy establishes that the time period for consideration of the award shall be the most recent July 1 June 30 year Back to Top BOARD OF DIRECTORS Who are the Board Members The Board members are 17 CWEA members that other members have selected and voted into office to make decisions on behalf of the members in the bet interests of the organization How are Board Members Selected Local Section Boards and Committees including the Northern and Southern Regional Committees may nominate any Active member member of CWEA and WEF to fill any vacant position Each year 6 positions are filled four of them requiring a vote of the membership Vice President WEF Director at large North and South and two of them are appointed TCP Chair and Northern or Southern Regional Committee Chair The nominations are reviewed by the Nominating Committee which also interviews candidates for the Vice Presidential position The Nominating Committee then recommends a slate of candidates to the Board at their January Board meeting The Board votes to approve the slate to be presented to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting held during the Annual Conference in April At the Annual Business Meeting the membership has the opportunity to vote for candidates on the slate and on any candidate nominated from the floor Proxies Until 1998 CWEA had never had a request for proxies In 1998 a question from a member lead CWEA to investigate the legality of proxies and CWEA legal counsel advised that every CWEA member has the right to vote by proxy guaranteed by the California Nonprofit Corporation Code Section 7613 a which provides that every member is entitled to a vote by authorizing another person to act by proxy unless the right has been withdrawn or limited in the CWEA Articles of Incorporation or Constitution and Bylaws by vote of the membership CWEA members have never limited this right nor withdrawn it and the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were silent on the issue Therefore the membership has the right to vote by proxy Following this legal opinion the CWEA Board incorporated language from the California Corporation Code into the CWEA Constitution affirming the right to vote by proxy to avoid any confusion in the future How is a Proxy Different from an Absentee Ballot An absentee ballot allows a member to vote his her own wishes on the slate of candidates by mailing his her vote in ahead of time A proxy is authorization given by a member to another member who will be present at the Annual Business meeting allowing that member to vote not only his her own vote but to vote on behalf of those who have granted him her a proxy CWEA has no provision for absentee balloting Therefore members who cannot be present at the Annual Business Meeting can only exercise a vote by granting the power to a member who will be present to vote in his her name What is the Process for Exercising A Proxy The Board established procedures for use of proxy votes on January 29 1999 After the Nominating Committee has developed a slate for the next election all candidates are advised of their right to request a copy of the standard proxy form from the CWEA office Only the standard CWEA Proxy Form may be used That form must contain the name of the member to whom the proxy is being given name signature and membership number of the member granting the proxy and the date on which it is given Each proxy form is limited to a single purpose so a separate proxy is required for each office or issue Only CWEA members whose membership is current may vote or assign their vote to another member by proxy Only members of CWEA whose membership is current may be designated to receive the proxy of another member Completed proxy forms must be received at the CWEA office 7 working days prior to the Annual Business Meeting to permit verification of membership numbers Any member who has received proxy forms must be present at the Annual Business Meeting in order for those proxies to be counted If that member is not present proxies assigned to him her are not counted At the time of the election at the Annual Business Meeting the holder of any proxies is required to notify the Nominating Committee Chair of the number of proxies that have been confirmed by the CWEA staff For any office for which there is more than one candidate I e the nominee approved by the Board for the slate and candidate s nominated from the floor a written ballot is held and the proxies count as ballots with the proxy holder designating the candidate for whom the ballot shall be cast What is the term of office The term of office for each Director is 3 years with the exception of the TCP Chair Director who serves a single year during his her term as Chair of the TCP Executive Committee Each officer serves one year in any officer position Who are the Officers The officers are the Vice President President Elect President and the Secretary Treasurer of the Association What are the duties of the Board Non profit Board Members have 10 basic responsibilities Determine a Program of Work to fulfill the Mission Select and review the Chief Paid Executive Ensure effective organizational planning including the establishment of policy and direction Ensure that there are adequate resources and manage those resources effectively Know the issues and exercise independent judgment in the best interests of the organization Enhance the organization s public standing Rely upon experts Delegate the day to day business of the organization Recruit and orient new Board members and assess Board performance Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability What are the Board Committees Why have them In 2001 the Board created a total of 4 Board only committees and divided the work responsibilities among the 4 committees Planning and Program Development Committee Comprises the President Elect Vice President Past President 3rd year Regional Committee Past Chair and the 3rd year Director at Large It is responsible for budget development conference steering design of the annual program of work new program development planning work sessions and strategic planning Operations Committee Comprises the Secretary Treasurer 2nd Year Director 1st Year Director TCP Chair 1st year Director at Large and the 2nd Year Regional Committee Chair It is responsible for oversight of committee and conference activities financial operations and budget implementation publications operational policy development and TCP Membership and External Relations Committee Comprises all 3 WEF Directors 2nd year Director at Large and 1st year Regional Committee Chair It is responsible for awards constitution and bylaw issues local section activities marketing communication membership and WEF Executive Committee Comprises the President and the Chairs of each of the other three Board Committees It is responsible for setting Board agendas personnel and nominations The purpose of the Committees is to make best use of limited time available for reviewing and understanding the increasing volume and complexity issues confronting the organization Each Committee is responsible for reviewing all items within its domain prior to the quarterly Board meeting and for developing a report and recommendations to the full Board which then takes final action on all issues Staff is responsible for preparing reports and recommendations to Committees and for preparing the Committee reports and recommendations for the Board Are Board Costs Paid by CWEA CWEA pays only for meeting room rental for Board meetings and for meals during Board meetings Board members are responsible for paying for their own travel and hotel rooms and for any meals other than those served at Board meetings The cost to Board members is typically approximately 2500 to 3500 per year How is Liability Limited by and for the Board Board members incur personal liability for activities of the association Liability is limited by risk assessment and management reliance on experts and purchase of insurance Back to Top LOCAL SECTIONS What is a Local Section and which Local Section is mine CWEA Local Sections are geographic groupings of CWEA members distributed throughout the State of California for the purpose of providing educational programs to assist in the fulfillment of CWEA s Mission to educate wastewater professionals See the Local Section map and boundary descriptions What is the legal basis for Local Sections CWEA Local Sections are authorized by the CWEA Constitution They can be formed on the basis of a Board vote of approval providing that they meet the basic criteria of 20 CWEA members and submit a Constitution and Bylaws that is consistent with CWEA s Constitution CWEA Local Sections are not independent which means they are not separately incorporated and do not have separate tax identification numbers from the IRS Instead they are Integrated Chapters meaning they share CWEA s tax identification number The CWEA Board of Directors absorbs the liability for activities of the Local Sections Who are Local Section members CWEA members may elect to join a Local Section or Sections and must pay the Local Section dues in addition to CWEA membership fees How are Local Section Officers chosen Each Local Section has an annual nominations process for the selection of the Local Section President Vice President Secretary Treasurer and other Local Section Board positions Local Section members may be nominated and may participate in the vote usually at the Local Section Annual Meeting Local Section leaders frequently are already or become leaders in CWEA chairing Committees or serving on the CWEA Board of Directors How are Local Section activities funded Local Section membership dues are a primary source of income to Local Sections Revenues are also received by Local Sections from educational activities such as dinner meetings or professional development activities CWEA underwrites a portion of the costs of Local Section activities by absorbing the cost of insurance tax preparation and audits through the CWEA general fund CWEA also provides some staff support services and awards given by the Local Sections as part of the CWEA awards program CWEA also maintains a reserve fund which secures Local Sections and protects against losses or judgments not otherwise covered by CWEA purchased insurance Aggregate Local Section financial holdings represent slightly more than 51 of CWEA s gross assets CWEA Local Sections do not directly contribute to CWEA s General Fund How do Local Sections contribute to CWEA A Local Sections major contribution to CWEA is in the form of fulfillment of the CWEA Mission to educate wastewater professionals California is a large state and the costs to members or their agencies to travel to statewide training venues is substantial Local Section training activities are accessible and of shorter duration than the traditional 2 4 day statewide training conferences so costs are kept lower making training affordable B Local Section subscribers frequently recognize the value of increased involvement in CWEA and elect to join CWEA So Local Sections also serve as a membership development mechanism C Local Sections have been generous supporters of CWEA Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund making annual donations to achieve the initial goal of 200 000 from which 5 000 is annually awarded in scholarships to CWEA members and their families What is the role of the Regional Committee with regard to Local Sections The Northern and Southern Regional Committees are intended to function as Regional Councils gathering information from Local Section Leaders and providing information about CWEA state activities in return and coordinating Local Section activities to avoid calendar conflicts Each Local Section is required to name two representatives to the Regional Committee Generally these are the President and Vice President of each Local Section If these officers cannot serve the Local Section may select any other officers of the Local Section Board Regional Committees meet quarterly and attendance at these meetings by all representatives is required There are 10 Local Sections in the North and 7 in the South Why must Local Sections report financial activity Because Local Sections are not independent associations but are part of CWEA using CWEA s tax ID for all activities the CWEA Board incurs all liability and fulfils all financial reporting responsibilities through the CWEA paid staff Monthly financial reports are required and must be received by CWEA staff within 3 weeks of the close of each month Annual Budgets and annual reports are also required within 30 days of fiscal year end which is June 30th Records of expenses and income for such items as pins or tee shirts must be kept and reported CWEA staff aggregates the total profits for CWEA and all Local Sections reports to the IRS and pays the State Board of Equalization any money owed Amounts over 600 paid to individuals not incorporated require completion of a 1099 Form and the new State DE 542 form CWEA staff completes all filings upon notification by the Local Section How can I get other questions answered about Local Sections Call write fax or email any question to the CWEA office You can also contact the Local Section directly using the contact information found on their website or their list of officers Back to Top MEMBERSHIP What is CWEA only membership Wastewater professionals and other interested citizens can join the California Member Association CWEA of the Water Environment Federation WEF without joining WEF To join CWEA only any individual can check the CWEA member only box on the Membership Application and send in a check for the CWEA dues CWEA membership applications are processed in the CWEA Oakland office What is WEF membership If individuals join WEF either through CWEA or directly through WEF and are employed in California they automatically receive CWEA membership There is no need to join CWEA separately if you are also a WEF Member CWEA dues are included in the WEF member price If you are applying for WEF membership through CWEA CWEA will enter your information and forward WEF dues to WEF headquarters in Alexandria Virginia CWEA will send you a membership card once we receive your new membership number assigned by the WEF office This option can take about 6 to 8 weeks to process If you are applying for WEF membership directly through WEF you may call WEF Member Services at 1 800 666 0206 with any questions Once WEF has received and processed your application they will send your information to CWEA where it is entered into our database CWEA will send you a membership card in 6 to 8 weeks Does membership in CWEA also mean I am a member of a Local Section Yes All CWEA renewals and membership fees include a fee for Local Section Membership Local Sections are not be responsible for billing their own members rather all billing is done through the CWEA office and a portion of your membership dues will go towards a Local Section Membership of your choice This means that all Local Section members are also CWEA members If you would like to join more than one Local Section you may do so just click here http www cwea org pdf localsections localsection additional memform pdf You will receive information about your Local Section with your membership card after your membership is processed What do my CWEA membership dues provide How do I benefit from CWEA membership The largest benefit to those who join CWEA is the opportunity to get information that will help you professionally increase your salary through your knowledge and ability as a wastewater professional and access to information and support for professional problems that arise in your field of wastewater treatment Through its training programs technical articles in the Wastewater Professional study sessions for the TCP exam and through the certification program wastewater professionals are able to expand or maintain cutting edge knowledge in the wastewater field CERTIFICATION CWEA s certification program is the premier wastewater testing program in 6 disciplines of wastewater treatment The programs and services are available to members at discounted prices TRAINING Annual Conferences in April each year bring together 2 000 wastewater professionals and top quality

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