ACWA eNews for Dec. 26, 2013

 

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

ACWA Comments on Groundwater Workplan Concept Paper

 

ACWA recently commented on a draft paper that would help guide the State Water Resources Control Board’s future actions related to groundwater management.

Local management of groundwater resources continues to be ACWA’s preferred approach, the association noted in its Dec. 18 letter to SWRCB providing feedback on the discussion draft of the Groundwater Workplan Concept Paper, which was released to the public in October.

What Water Can Learn from the Energy Sector’s Efficiency Programs

 

This week the Pacific Institute released a new report that explores how California could become more water efficient by taking a page from the energy sector’s programs and regulations.

Governor Convenes Drought Task Force

 

Gov. Jerry Brown has directed state officials to begin meeting weekly to assess whether a drought declaration is needed.

Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, and Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci were instructed to immediately convene an interagency Drought Task Force, in a Dec. 17 letter addressed to those officials.

Congress Exempts Fire Hydrants from Lead-Free Requirements

Submitted by Abby Schneider on Wed, 12/18/2013 – 8:53am

 

The U.S. Senate on Dec. 17 unanimously agreed to a House bill exempting fire hydrants from regulations designed to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water. The bipartisan bill, entitled the Community Fire Safety Act, HR 5388, passed the House by a vote of 384-0 on Dec. 2 and now awaits President Obama’s signature.

Dec. 20 ACWA News Now Available Online

Submitted by Matt Williams on Fri, 12/20/2013 – 8:45am

 

The Dec. 20 edition of ACWA News is now available online. This issue looks back at ACWA’s Fall Conference & Exhibition, the four-day event earlier this month at JW Marriott L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization Workshop — Redding

Tue, 01/07/2014 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: 

McConnell Foundation Facility, 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding

ACWA and the California Department of Water Resources are hosting a series of workshops to discuss prioritizing basins under the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program. The program’s primary goal is to collect groundwater elevations for all of California’s 515 basins and compile that data in an online system.

 

Register Here

 

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