ACWA eNews for Nov. 27, 2013

 

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

DWR’s ‘Experimental Winter Outlook’ for 2014 Sees Mostly Dry Conditions

Dry conditions will continue this winter for most of California, but there is a small chance in the spring of a shift to El Nino weather patterns that could bring wetter weather to Southern California.

That is the “experimental winter outlook” released Nov. 27 by officials with the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The experimental outlook is part of DWR’s ongoing efforts to develop “seasonal water supply forecasting ability,” according to a press release from DWR.

State Water Board Extends Groundwater Workplan Comment Period to Dec. 18

The comment period for providing input on the State Water Board’s Groundwater Workplan has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 18. The public now has 12 additional days to send in feedback on the draft paper, which outlines various aspects of the board’s potential groundwater management activities.

ACWA Comments on California Water Action Plan

Last week ACWA submitted a letter supporting many actions outlined in the draft California Water Action Plan and providing suggestions the association believes would improve the plan.

EPA Awards $174 Million to Improve California Drinking Water Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 21 that it has awarded $174 million in federal funding for water infrastructure projects in California that seek to control water pollution and provide low-cost loans for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades statewide.

Subsidence Threatens Water Infrastructure in San Joaquin Valley, USGS Says

Hydrologists have found some of the fastest rates of land subsidence ever recorded in the San Joaquin Valley, the United States Geological Survey announced Thursday.

Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation commissioned USGS to conduct a multi-year study of subsidence effects along the Delta-Mendota Canal and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley. Using satellite-based radar to measure changes in land surface elevation, USGS scientist and report lead author Michelle Sneed and her colleagues found a “very large subsidence bowl” in the region.

EPA Might Require Fire Hydrants be Lead Free

The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into law in 2011 and is based on California’s law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing components. To allow plenty of time to prepare for the changes in lead content, the federal law did not go into effect right away. The effective date of the federal law, January 4th 2013, is now almost here and a key difference between the federal statue and California law has emerged: fire hydrants.

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

ACWA 2014 Washington DC Conference

Tue, 02/25/2014 – Thu, 02/27/2014

Location: 

The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

ACWA’s 2014 Washington DC Conference is set for Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Liaison Capitol Hill.

Event and Registration Information

 

Children’s Water Education Festival

Wed, 03/26/2014 – Thu, 03/27/2014

Location: 

University of California, Irvine

Presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian Team, the Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate Orange County’s third, fourth and fifth grade students about water and the environment. More than 7,000 students are expected to attend. Volunteers, presenters and sponsors are needed to support this educational event. Learn more at www.childrenwaterfestival.com.

O.C. Water Summit

Fri, 05/16/2014

Location: 

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim

Presented by the Orange County Water District, the Municipal Water District of Orange County and Disneyland Resort, the Summit brings together more than 500 Southern California business professionals with international, national and state water industry stakeholders, elected officials, environmentalists, scientists and community leaders to discuss ongoing global water issues and how water supply challenges impact our economy and public safety. Prominent authors, world-renowned experts and distinguished speakers will also be a part of this critical dialogue.

 

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