ACWA eNews for Nov. 20, 2013

 

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

DWR Announces Initial Water Delivery Estimate for 2014

The Department of Water Resources today announced an initial allocation of 5% of requested deliveries to State Water Project (SWP) contractors for calendar year 2014.

The initial allocation — or water delivery estimate — is always conservative because it’s made early in the storm cycle. But this particular allocation is notable because it ties the lowest allocation DWR has ever made for the State Water Project, reflecting the record-breaking dry conditions so far in 2013.

CA Water Commission Listens To Presentations on Statewide Water Action Plans

The California Water Commission on Wednesday listened to presentations on three comprehensive, statewide water action plans originating from different entities – ACWA, the state of California and an environmental coalition.

The plans seek to establish statewide priorities and actions to be undertaken within the next one to five years that will address the state’s overall water supply reliability and ecosystem health.

Commissioner Anthony Saracino described the comprehensive plans as “a big step forward for the state.”

California Sees Dry Start to Water Year

Precipitation finally is on the way this week for much of California, but it will take more than a brief drenching to ease a prolonged dry spell that’s shattering state records.

Settlement Reached with Kern County Oil Firm for Discharging Fracking Fluid

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (SVRWQCB) on Nov.15 announced that Vintage Production California LLC has agreed to pay a $60,000 penalty for discharging hydraulic fracturing fluid into an unlined sump in violation of the California Water Code.

The penalty is the result of a settlement agreement between Vintage and the SVRWQCB prosecution team and is the maximum penalty allowable under the state Water Code.

Proposed Fracking Regulations Released for Public Review, Comment

 

The California Department of Conservation (DOC) on Nov. 15 released for public comment a package of proposed regulations for well stimulation treatment for oil and gas production, a process also known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

The release of the proposed regulations launches the formal rulemaking process and marks the beginning of a 60-day public comment period. It is likely an additional 45-day public comment period will follow later in 2014, DOC officials said in a prepared statement released Nov. 15.

Federal Agencies Teaming on National Drought Resiliency Partnership

Under the direction of the Obama administration, federal agencies launched a new partnership Friday, Nov. 15, taking action to make it easier to find and utilize the government’s drought resources.

The partnering agencies also will align drought policy, improve coordination of drought preparedness and response efforts, and make forecasts and critical data publicly available in a single location.

Nov. 15 ACWA News Now Available Online

Featuring a Profile of John Coleman on Page 7!

ACWA News November 2013

The November 15 issue of ACWA News is now available online. With the ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition just three weeks away, this issue previews the programs, keynote addresses, forums and educational seminars scheduled Dec. 3-6 at an exciting new venue for ACWA, JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live. Also read about the six finalists selected for ACWA’s Huell Howser Best in Blue Award, and the recipient of the ACWA Emissary Award.

 

California Will Have Big Voice at WRRDA Bill Conference

Five members of California’s congressional delegation have been named to the conference committees that soon will meet to try to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will chair the Senate conference, and Reps. John Garamendi (D-03), Janice Hahn (D-44), Duncan D. Hunter (R-50) and Grace Napolitano (D-32) are serving in the House conference.

ACWA 2013 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 12/03/2013 – Fri, 12/06/2013

Location: 

JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles

Event and Registration Information

Exhibit Booth information is available here.

Download the conference brochure here.

Region 1 Membership Meeting – December 2013 Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 1 will be having a membership meeting on Dec. 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. See agenda below.

 

 

Region 2 Membership Meeting – December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 2 will be having a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 3 Membership Meeting – December 2013 Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 3 will be having a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 4 Membership Meeting – December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 4 will hold a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 5 Membership Meeting – December 2013 Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 5 will be having  a memebership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Regions 6 & 7 Joint Membership Meeting -December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 will be hosting a joint membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 8 Membership Meeting – December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 8 will be having a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 9 Membership Meeting – December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 9 will be having a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

Region 10 Membership Meeting – December 2013 ACWA Fall Conference

Thu, 12/05/2013 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 

Los Angeles, CA

ACWA Region 10 will be having a membership meeting on December 5, 2013 at the ACWA Fall Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Click below for the agenda.

 

2014 California Irrigation Institute

Thu, 01/23/2014 – Fri, 01/24/2014

Location: 

Sacramento, California

2014 CII Conference

The California Irrigation Institute is happy to announce its 2014 annual conference, titled: Building a Water and Energy Efficient California.

The Conference will be held on January 23-24, 2014 at the Sacramento Arden West Hilton in Sacramento, California.

Stay tuned for more information on the program and registration.

Visit our website at: http://www.caii.org/

CII Conference -2014