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Presented by: CASA

CASA-CWEA Wipes Webinar 2: O&M and Technology Strategies


  • June 25
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Contact Hours: 1.8
    All CWEA certifications
  • Member price: $38
  • Non-member price: $53

Our first CASA-CWEA wipes webinar on June 18th focused on legislative and public communication about wipes.

For this webinar, we’re diving even deeper into the California wastewater wipes challenges.

Four California wastewater collection system leaders will describe:

  1. Agency struggles with wipes
  2. Where they found wipes building-up and clogging in their collection systems
  3. How they went about finding a solution, including: public outreach, O&M changes and wastewater technology solutions
  4. Results of their efforts and next step

Technologies that we’ll discuss:

  • Adjusting pump station set points, run-time and other operational changes
  • Implementing new pump technologies
  • Implementing grinder and screening systems
  • Public outreach platforms

Bring your agencies wipes questions and stories. Diana Messina with the State Water Board will lead a Q&A with our panel of experts to get your wipes questions answered. We look forward to sharing new and exciting techniques and technologies to keep those flushed wipes from clogging sewers and causing sewer overflows.

About the speakers

Introducer: Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE, Environmental Engineer, CWEA President, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Wendy Wert, PE, BCEE is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with the Sanitation Districts. For the past 20 years she has been working on programs that rely on public participation to integrate water supply, water reuse with wastewater facilities planning. She received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her studies gave her opportunities to collaborate with others. It was during this time that Wendy developed an interest in effectively communicating math and science to diverse groups. Today, she uses her position as an engineer to support outreach and education programs that explain how the work of the Sanitation Districts identifies community needs then applies engineering and scientific principles to meet them.

Moderator: Diana Messina, Regulatory Permitting Chief, State Water Board

Diana Messina is a registered civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in water quality and land development. She holds a Master of Science degree in wastewater treatment and board certification with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Diana currently is the regulatory permitting chief at the State Water Resources Control Board over statewide permitting programs. Her passion for people, practicality and efficiency has led her to work closely with the regulated community and stakeholders for improved regulatory permits. She holds a high appreciation for those out in the field protecting our public health and the environment.

Speaker Panelist: John Hicks, Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent, City of Glendale

John Hicks is the Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent for the City of Glendale in Los Angeles County and is in his 16th year of service in that position. John has 36 years of experience in operations, maintenance, training and project management in a range of heavy industrial settings in both the public and private sectors. Prior to Glendale he spent 14 years in the Pulp and Paper Industry in the Pacific Northwest (Boise Cascade Corporation) preceded by six years in the Nuclear Navy. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from UCLA (Structures and Water Resources) and Grade 4 in Collection Systems Maintenance.


Speaker Panelist: Steven Moore, General Manager, Ross Valley Sanitary District

Steve Moore has been General Manager of the Ross Valley Sanitary District in Marin County, California since 2018. He is a registered civil engineer, responsible for a staff of 35 employees, an annual operating budget of $20 Million, an annual capital budget of $15 Million, and a service population of 47,000. He has over 30 years experience as a water resources professional, including 20 years as staff and board member at the State and Regional Water Boards, culminating in serving as Vice Chair of the California State Water Board. He has over 10 years experience as an environmental and engineering consultant with work experience in rural and urban settings throughout California, specializing in wastewater and aquatic resources. He has a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering, both from Stanford University.

Speaker Panelist: Dan DuCasse, Jurupa Community Services District.

Dan DuCasse is the Sewer Operations Manager for Jurupa Community Services District, where he has been employed in Collection System Operations, Pretreatment Program and Safety Management for 32 years. Mr. DuCasse has been primarily focused on managing the collection system and pretreatment program, representing the District to three different treatment agencies and coordinating construction projects with the District’s Engineering Department. Mr. DuCasse holds a B.S. Degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands, an A.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems from Riverside Community College. Mr. DuCasse also is certified by the CWEA as a Collections System Maintenance, Grade 4, Environmental Compliance Inspector, Grade 3 and Mechanical Technologist, Grade 2. Over the past 10 years the District has been focused on refurbishing several existing lift stations and constructing two new lift stations with the focus on maximizing reliability in the era of flushable wipes. Most recently, Mr. DuCasse has been engaged in the task of developing a comprehensive succession and training plan for the District to prepare for the Silver Tsunami; which he will participate in at the end of 2020.

Speaker panelist: Louis Solana, Collection and Maintenance Superintendent, Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD)

Louis Solana currently holds the position of Ironhouse Sanitary District’s (ISD) Collection and Maintenance Superintendent. Mr. Solana began his employment with ISD in July of 2003 as a closed-circuit television (CCTV) operator. Mr. Solana’s extensive knowledge of how the sewer collection systems works, his can-do attitude, and his supervisory skills demonstrate that he is an excellent choice for the CWEA’s “Supervisor of the Year” award. He provides clear direction and specific objectives to staff. He delegates responsibility but isn’t afraid to go out and do the job himself when necessary. Mr. Solana maintains open communication with his staff to ensure tasks are executed safely and in compliance with regulations. He is dedicated to safety and able to handle the pressures of keeping our environment safe and healthy. He is well respected by the staff at Ironhouse Sanitary District as well as the Board of Directors.


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