Announcements

Join Us for the CASQA 2020 Virtual Conference!

General Attendee & Speaker Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sep 8 - 5:00 PM PT 

CASQA 2020: Envision the Future

Leadership is one of the core components of who we are as CASQA. Therefore, CASQA has opted to lead through these challenges by providing certainty in these uncertain times. Part of CASQA’s mission is to educate and this virtual platform will maximize access and opportunities for learning together in 2020. We are developing an outstanding conference experience, albeit a new one, by migrating our typical conference components into an interactive virtual platform. The conference will include the exceptional content and program that we are known for, as well as opportunities for sponsors, exhibitors, and even virtual networking. We are excited to see just how innovative we can be and, as always, we are #CASQAtogether.

Watch this space or here for updates.

Dates: Tuesday 9/15/2020 - Wednesday 9/16/2020

Conference Overview

2020 Conference Agenda

Registration Brochure

Registration & Deadlines


New and Expanded Construction BMP Online Handbook is Here!  

CASQA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest version of this standard reference. This is the first major update of the Handbook since 2012. 

If you are already a subscriber to the Construction BMP Online Handbook, you will definitely want to renew your subscription when it comes due to maintain access to the most recent version.

If you are not a subscriber, there is no better time to become one: more information and purchase.

CASQA members receive discounts on BMP Online Handbook subscriptions; please log in to take advantage of your member discount.

Updates Include:

  • LUP (Linear Underground / Overhead Project) requirements added throughout the Handbook
  • LUP SWPPP Template
  • Updated risk assessment guidance
  • Updates to 11 BMP Fact Sheets
  • Updated REAP (Rain Event Action Plan) Template
  • Clarified sampling guidance
  • Updated bioassessment procedures
  • Reformatted SWPPP Template combining SWPPP and Construction Site Monitoring Program (CSMP) elements

Additional updates are already being considered, so CASQA plans to take full advantage of the online format to issue more frequent updates; likely at least annually.

Public Agencies: 

There is a new copyright statement that clarifies the extent of a public agency subscriber’s permission to distribute portions of the Handbook. Please check it out and contact us with any questions.

Coming Very Soon!

  • Updated Industrial & Commercial BMP Online Handbook
  • New online version of the Development BMP Handbook

Virtual CGP QSD / QSP Training Option Allowed

The Construction General Permit Training Team (CGPTT), which oversees the Construction General Permit Training Program (CGPTP), has determined that it is now viable to conduct and receive via the Internet both QSD and QSP Training (Step 1. Take a QSP / QSD Training Course in the four-step process to qualify to be a QSD or QSP, as described here). The CGPTT will allow virtual training at least until it conducts a Programmatic Review of the Virtual Training Option by June 30, 2021.

Only those CGP Trainers of Record qualified by the CGPTT are eligible to conduct Virtual QSD or QSP Training. To find an eligible CGP Trainer of Record, look for a “Yes” answer in the “Virtual Option?” column in the current CGP ToRs List.


CASQAlert: Stormwater Permit Implementation During COVID-19 Pandemic 

On March 23, 2020, CASQA executive management discussed permit implementation expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic with executive management of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The State Water Board and nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Water Board), individually or collectively the “Water Board”, have issued guidance and clarity as it pertains to stormwater.

Stormwater Permit Implementation During COVID-19 Pandemic


 Annual Report  

The 2019 CASQA Annual Report, CASQA at Work for You, includes a message from the CASQA Chair on the accomplishments of 2019, subcommittee achievements, a look ahead at CASQA’s initiatives for 2020, and more! 

CASQA 2019 Annual Report


CASQA at Work for You! 

The Board of Directors approved a methodology to identify the most critical water quality issues for stormwater. For the coming year, those issues are: pathogen indicators, biological integrity / biostimulatory substances, current use pesticides, and trash. These water quality issues were incorporated into CASQA’s overall prioritization process. Look for projects in 2020 to address each of these issues. The final work product: 'Water Quality Priorities: Approach, Methodology, and Results' is available to CASQA members only and can be found in the Member Library. This effort was managed through the Policy and Permitting Subcommittee, but also included significant input and expertise across many of CASQA’s subcommittees. Thank you to all who volunteered time for this foundational and valuable project!


Get Involved in CASQA Leadership

There are many opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership within CASQA. Our website contains a wealth of organizational information, with more to come! Check out the following resources:

CASQA Organizational Chart

Board of Directors 

If you are a CASQA member and would like to help lead the direction of CASQA, consider running for the Board (elections occur each Fall). View the Board of Directors' biographies and contact information, as well as their term timelines here

Subcommittees

Get involved in one of CASQA’s ongoing projects while working with outstanding colleagues on challenging issues by serving on one of 15 subcommittees that focus on various areas of stormwater management. CASQA members are welcome to contact the subcommittee co-chairs to get on the distribution list for the next subcommittee call. Members may also want to consider serving as a subcommittee co-chair. Read more