CCWD Vice President Karl Wandry Passes Away
This week, the Contra Costa Water District lost a Board member who brought strong experience and a passion for water issues. Vice President Karl Wandry passed away early Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the age of 76.
Mr. Wandry was appointed to CCWD’s Board of Directors in 2003 and was most recently re-elected in 2012.
He has represented the east county communities of Oakley, Brentwood, and Antioch for more than a decade. He supported numerous projects and programs completed in his tenure, including the expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir, always keeping a keen eye on environmental impacts and fiscal implications for CCWD ratepayers.
Along with Mr. Wandry's family and friends, CCWD’s Board and staff are deeply saddened by his passing and he will be missed. A private service will be held.
The Board of Directors will be considering the actions necessary for filling the vacant Board seat at their November 5 Regular Meeting.
Director Wandry's Biography.
Two Injuries In Same Week Reset One Safety Clock
Now at 11 injuries for the year
Two injuries in the same week reset the recordable injury clock after only 19 days.
On Oct. 17, an employee strained his wrist using a digging bar. Four days later on Oct. 21, an employee lacerated his hand when a battery-powered handheld grinder unexpectedly activated in a truck tool bin while he was searching for another tool.
Only the lost time clock has not been reset, since the employees were both able to return to work.
With these two injuries, the total for the year is now 11. Only six have been lost time.
Last Chance For Flu Shots at CCWD in December
Flu shots will be offered by CCWD one last time on Tuesday, Dec. 16 2 to 5 p.m. in the O&M Lunch Room in Concord.
You can also receive 10 Wellness Points for getting the shot.
Wet Weather Doesn't Slow C.A.S.T. Day at Los Vaqueros
In the top photo, a striper delights a young fishermen before the too-small fish is sent back into the reservoir. This family and their volunteer fished from shore; one kid shows off his plaque, at the bottom, members of the sponsoring Angry Anglers are presented a plaque by event organizer Gina Oltman.
Young anglers and their volunteer mentors were undeterred by rain and wind early Saturday during Los Vaqueros C.A.S.T. Day.
The day matches experienced LV angler volunteers with special needs kids and their families. In all, 14 kids and volunteers participated in what has become an annual event at the reservoir.
The kids were able to land quite a few fish, though most were undersized stripers that were released back into the reservoir.
After lunch -- cooked by CCWD retiree Dave Omoto -- the kids were all given a plaque with their pictures taken earlier in the day.
This year, Angry Anglers, an East Bay fishing club, sponsored the event.
With wet weather and predicted high winds, LV's fishing boats stayed docked. But everyone had a great time, casting from shore or the fishing pier.
CCWD's John Parsons Receive Top Award From CA/NV AWWA
John Parsons, Water Treatment Supervisor, at the Randall-Bold and CCWD/City of Brentwood Water Treatment Plants, has been selected along with section volunteers from the City of Brentwood and Palmdale Water District to receive the Chair Award from the California-Nevada Section (Section) of the American Water Works Association (CA/NV AWWA).
The outgoing Chair of the section awards individuals for contributions to CA/NV AWWA during the past year. John and the team were recognized for their commitment to the success of the operator competitions programs.
CCWD supports John’s continued commitment to the Section. He is currently the Chair of the Top-Op’s Committee, which furthers operator education through competition. John and his co-recipients received the award this week at the CA/NV AWWA Fall Conference.
Don't Be A Pandemic Victim
October safety newsletter tells you how to avoid a global disease outbreak
Seemingly little things, such as washing your hands with hand sanitizer, avoiding large groups of people, and staying home if you feel sick will help you avoid becoming a victim of a global pandemic, the October edition of the District's Safety Newsletter states.
In addition to offering advice on avoiding a pandemic, the latest edition of the newsletter includes a weird incident in which a dump truck got tangled in a power wire, 95 percent training compliance levels and award winners in the latest contest.
Take a Look At This LV Largemouth Bass Video
San Jose's Raul Moreno of the Bay Area Fishing Club sent this video he shot with a Go Pro 3+ of his friend Hector landing and releasing an estimated 5 pound largemouth bass. They caught it on a zara spook in mid-October 2014. They caught their limits of striped bass, didn't have any luck with trout and targeted largemouth in a cove. Hector and Raul are both regulars at Los Vaqueros.
As part of the expansion of the reservoir, the District added fish habitat with the hope it would increase the largemouth population at LV. While this catch is far from the reservoir's 12 pound record, it's nice to see this one was released to grow some more.
CCWD Coat Drive Continues Until Nov. 7
The cold winter season is fast approaching. Let's make it a warm season for those less fortunate by supporting the One Warm Coat organization.
Give the gift of warmth to someone in need. Coats should be clean and gently used.
We are looking for men's, women's and children's coats of all sizes. STAND! For Families Free of Violence in Concord will be recipient of our coats. Bins will be provided.
All donations due by Friday, Nov. 7.