ACWA eNews for Jan. 2, 2014

 

Dry Conditions Force Water Conservation in Northern California

 

With no end in sight to the state’s prolonged dry spell, some Northern California water agencies are beginning to put in place water conservation measures.

Blog Post: Looking Back at a Busy 2013 for ACWA

 

ACWA members took a leading role in building agreement and consensus as California grappled with several water issues of statewide significance in 2013. In his latest Voices on Water blog post, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn writes that ACWA member agencies once again showed, through development of the Statewide Water Action Plan and other important efforts, that when it comes to the state’s water future we have more in common than many Californians realize.

Read the complete post here.

Invasive Mussels Reported in Lake Piru

 

United Water Conservation District is working with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to contain a suspected infestation of invasive mussels in Lake Piru in Ventura County.

The discovery marks the first time quagga or zebra mussels have been found in a Southern California lake or reservoir that does not receive water from the Colorado River, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Report Outlines Progress on Sites Reservoir Studies

 

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a progress report on feasibility studies for plans to construct an off-stream storage reservoir near Sites.

The report presents results to date of studies evaluating the potential benefits and impacts of three alternative plans for the reservoir, formally known as the North-of-Delta Offstream Storage project.

Food and Ag Board to Discuss Transfers, Drought Preparedness

 

The State Board of Food and Agriculture has invited representatives of state and local agencies to discuss water transfers and preparations for drought at a Jan. 7 meeting in Sacramento.

Bill Croyle, newly named drought manager for the California Department of Water Resources; Tom Howard, executive director of the State Water Resources Control Board; and Paul Fujitani of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region have been invited to update the board on water conditions and state and federal activities related to water transfers.

Jan. 15 Meeting to Discuss Moving State Drinking Water Program

Submitted by Matt Williams on Fri, 12/27/2013 – 3:38pm

 

State officials will discuss the proposed transfer of the State Drinking Water Program to the State Water Resources Control Board during an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Sacramento.

The California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Health and Human Services Agency are hosting the public meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building in the Byron Sher Auditorium. The meeting also will be webcast at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/.

ACWA Region 1 Board Meeting 1/3/14

Fri, 01/03/2014 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: 

Conference Call: (605) 477-2100 / Access: 795297#

ACWA Region 1 will have a conference call / orientation on January 3, 2014. Conference Call information and agenda for the conference call is listed below.

Conference Call: (605) 477-2100 / Access: 795297#

 

ACWA Region 5 Board Meeting

Tue, 01/07/2014 – 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: 

Zone 7 Water Agency 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551

ACWA Region 5 will have a Board Meeting on January 7, 2014 at Zone 7 in Livermore. Please email Katie Dahl at Katied@acwa.com if you will be attending the Region 5 Board Meeting.

Agenda listed Below.

 

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

 

CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization Workshop — Fresno

Thu, 01/09/2014 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: 

Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District Office, 5469 East Olive Avenue, Fresno

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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