ACWA eNews for Jan. 22, 2014

 

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

Governor Calls for Broad Suite of Actions to Respond to “Very Serious Drought”

 

In a wide ranging State of the State address that focused on the state’s economic recovery as well as its looming challenges, Gov. Jerry  Brown this morning warned residents that the current drought is a “stark warning of things to come” under climate change and requires an immediate multi-pronged response.

Brown cited the state’s budget surplus and increase in jobs as proof of recovery, but warned the state’s current drought and water crisis threaten the viability of California and must be dealt with now and in the future.

Blog Post: Ultra-Low Folsom Lake Underscores Power of Drought

 

A visit to shrinking Folsom Lake is a visual experience of the power of the drought and a testament to the need for a comprehensive water plan for California, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete entry here.

Balancing Co-Equal Goals During Drought Explored by Expert Panelists

 

A panel of experts will convene during the Delta Stewardship’s Council (DSC) regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 23 and weigh on how California can balance the co-equal goals of water reliability and habitat restoration during drought.

State Water Board Announces Potential for Curtailment of Water Right Diversions

 

With California facing water shortfalls in the state’s driest year on record, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) in coming weeks may notify water right holders in critically dry watersheds to limit or stop diversions of water under their water right, based on their priority.

Governor Officially Declares Drought, Urges Statewide Conservation

 

Gov. Jerry Brown today declared an official drought state of emergency and launched a statewide water conservation campaign that urges all Californians to conserve water by at least 20%.

The drought declaration eases some state and federal regulations governing water management and pushes the state’s water crisis into the forefront of the public eye. Brown urged Californians to look for water conservation tips on the public awareness campaign website www.saveourh2o.org.

Boxer, Feinstein, Costa Call for Federal Drought Task Force

 

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, along with Rep. Jim Costa (D-16 ), have called on President Obama to form a federal drought task force and appoint a federal drought coordinator.

Legislators and Water Leaders Call for Action on Water Crisis

 

Addressing a rally of about 800 people at the state Capitol, a bipartisan group of legislators and water leaders on Jan. 16 called for decisive action on California’s water crisis, including passage of a 2014 water bond and a drought declaration by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Organized by the California Latino Water Coalition and other groups, the rally attracted hundreds of farmworkers and residents from throughout the state who carried signs that read, “No Water, No Jobs” and “No Water, No Future.”

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/

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CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization Workshop — Los Angeles

Thu, 01/23/2014 – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: 

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA

Note: The deadline to register is Tuesday, Jan. 21 at noon.

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

 

Stakeholder Workshop for Proposed General Permit for Discharges from Drinking Water Systems

Fri, 01/24/2014 – 9:00am – 12:30pm

Location: 

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), 101 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

The State Water Resources Control Board will be hosting a workshop in Oakland to brief water agencies and other stakeholders on concepts for a proposed NPDES  permit for discharges from drinking water systems. The workshop will also allow for interactive participation via Webex.

 

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Board Meeting 1/28/14

Tue, 01/28/2014 – 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: 

Tulare Lake Basin WSD, 1001 Chase Ave., Corcoran, CA 93212

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 will have a joint Board Meeting on January 28, 2014 at Tulare Lake Basin WSD in Corcoran, CA.

 

Board Meeting Agenda listed below.

 

ACWA Region 10 Board Meeting 1/28/2014

Tue, 01/28/2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: 

5610 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

ACWA Region 10 will have a Region Board Meeting /orientation on January 28, 2014 at Bellefleur Restaurant located at 5610 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA at 6:30 p.m. Agenda is listed below.

 

CWEMF Annual Meeting

Mon, 02/24/2014 – Wed, 02/26/2014

Location: 

Lake Natoma Inn, Folsom

The California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum will hold its 20th Annual Meeting at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom from February 24 to 26. Highlights of the Annual Meeting include many excellent technical sessions, a joint day with the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) on February 26, keynote address by Gary Bardini, Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources, the presentation of the Hugo B. Fischer and Life Membership awards, and an evening social at Sudwerk.

Annual Meeting details

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

 

ACWA 2014 Legislative Symposium

Wed, 03/05/2014

Location: 

Sacramento Convention Center

The 2014 ACWA Legislative Symposium is set for March 5 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Event and Registration Information

ACWA 2014 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/06/2014 – Fri, 05/09/2014

Location: 

Portola and Marriott Hotels, Monterey

Conference Exhibitor information

Conference registration will be available in January — please check back.