ACWA eNews for October 19, 2016

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events. Manage your subscription here.

Blog Post: Don’t Forget, The Real Goal is Ongoing Efficiency

When it comes to conservation, Californians are shifting from the burdensome actions required last year to changes that will result in permanent water savings. Achieving high levels of ongoing efficiency is a far more meaningful goal than meeting monthly targets set by the state, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

DWR Releases Final Changes to Groundwater Basin Boundaries

The California Department of Water Resources today released final 2016 modifications to California’s groundwater basin boundaries, completing a critical step in the implementation of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

DWR is scheduled to present the final basin boundaries to the California Water Commission at its meeting in Sacramento today.

Stakeholders Gather for Workshop on Delta Conservation Framework

The Delta Restoration Network of the Delta Conservancy on Oct. 20 is hosting the third in a series of four community workshops for stakeholders interested in contributing to the development of the Delta Conservation Framework document.

Comment Period Extended on Proposed Flow Changes for San Joaquin River

The State Water Resources Control Board has announced it has extended the written comment period on its draft proposal to increase unimpaired flows for fish species in the San Joaquin River. The State Water Board also is planning additional public hearings on the proposal.

The period for submitting written comments on the proposal, technically known as the draft revised Substitute Environmental Document, has been extended to noon, Jan. 17, 2017. The deadline had been Nov. 15.

Members-Only Webinar: Emergency Water Conservation Update & Outreach Actions

Wed, 10/26/2016 – 10:00am11:30am


The State Water Resources Control Board continues to report monthly conservation data under the modified emergency water conservation regulation adopted earlier this year. While the latest data show urban Californians are achieving significant levels of conservation, State Water Board staff has signaled interest in returning to state-mandated conservation targets in January 2017 if the drought persists and a steep decline is conservation is perceived.

Briefing on Drought Impacts to the Delta

Tue, 10/25/2016 – 9:30am4:00pm

Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N Center Street.

The Water Education Foundation and the Delta Conservancy on Oct. 25 will co-sponsor a special free briefing –Drought and the Delta – to explore how the severe drought has impacted the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta.

Speakers will address a variety of topics related to drought, including the Delta smelt, water quality and Delta farming.

ACWA Region 10 Program and Tour – October 28

Fri, 10/28/2016

Vista, CA

ACWA Region 10 Presents:

Advanced Water Purification: The Road to Resilience

Friday, October 28, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vista Irrigation District

1391 Engineer Street

Vista, CA 92081


Wed, 11/02/2016Thu, 11/03/2016

This tour starts and ends in Fresno

Presented by the Water Education Foundation, this tour snakes along one of the nation’s largest and most expensive river restoration plans.

The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most contentious legal battles in California water history, ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government, Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental groups.

SCE 2016 Annual Water Conference

Thu, 11/03/2016

Energy Education Center – Tulare

Southern California Edison will host its Annual Water Conference Nov. 3 at the Energy Education Center in Tulare.

The conference focuses on California’s current water situation and efforts underway to advance energy, water and state policy.

Guest speakers include ACWA President Kathleen Tiegs and other distinguished representatives.

Registration opens Sept. 22.

ACWA Region 9 Program & Tour – November 4

Fri, 11/04/2016 – 8:30am3:30pm

Palm Desert, CA


ACWA Region 9 Presents:
Coachella Valley Water Tour

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tour Start and End Point:
Coachella Valley Water District
Steve Robbins Administration Building
75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Registration Open! ACWA Region 4 Program & Walking Tour

Mon, 11/07/2016

Winters, CA

Registration Open!

ACWA Region 4 Program and Walking Tour

Stream Habitat Enhancement:

Lessons Learned in the Sacramento Valley,

Featuring a Tour of Lower Putah Creek

Monday, November 7, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act Information Session – San Francisco

Mon, 11/14/2016 – 9:00am3:30pm

EPA Region 9 – Regional Office, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105

Information sessions Nov. 14 and 15 will help California water agencies learn about the federal Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act, created to make loans of up to 49% of eligible costs for large water infrastructure projects.

Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act Information Session – Los Angeles

Tue, 11/15/2016 – 9:00am3:30pm

Los Angeles Federal Building, Room E 300 North Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, California 90012

Information sessions Nov. 14 and 15 will help California water agencies learn about the federal Water Infrastructure and Finance Innovation Act, created to make loans of up to 49% of eligible costs for large water infrastructure projects.

ACWA 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 11/29/2016Fri, 12/02/2016

Anaheim Marriott Hotel


ALERT!  Please be advised that companies called Exhibition Management and Travel Era have been contacting ACWA exhibitors implying that they have been contracted by ACWA to handle all exhibitor housing.  ACWA has NOT contracted with this company and any information provided to them may be used for fraudulent purposes. 

ACWA’s 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition is set for November 29-December 2, 2016, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim.

ACWA 2016 Fall Conference Golf Tournament

Tue, 11/29/2016 – 7:00am

Coyote Hills Golf Course, Fullerton, CA

ACWA’s 2016 Fall Conference Golf Tournament is set for November 29 at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, CA

Registration & cancellation deadline is November 14, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)