ACWA e-News for July 25, 2012


ACWA’s e-Newsletter is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

Governor, Interior Secretary Outline Path Forward for BDCP

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/25/2012 – 11:12am


Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab today outlined revisions to the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that, along with a full range of alternative proposals, will undergo a rigorous public environmental review in the coming months.

Blog Post: Irrigated Lands Regulatory Issues Take Center Stage in Fresno

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/25/2012 – 5:21pm


Members of ACWA Regions 6 and 7 got the latest on changes to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program at meeting last week at the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Region 6 Chair Bill Diedrich writes in the latest entry in the “Voices on Water” blog.

Read the blog post here.

Comments Due July 31 on Water Commission’s Strategic Plan

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/25/2012 – 4:34pm


July 31 is the deadline to submit comments on the California Water Commission’s draft strategic plan. Comments will be reviewed during the commission’s next meeting Aug. 15 in Sacramento.

The draft plan outlines California’s water challenges and the California Water Commission’s goals to address and provide leadership on those challenges.

Santa Clara Valley WD Puts Parcel Tax Renewal on November Ballot

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/25/2012 – 9:44am


The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to place a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to renew an expiring parcel tax and help ensure the quality, safety and supply of local water resources.

The new, 15-year Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program is aimed at improving water supply reliability, reducing toxins and contaminants such as mercury and pharmaceuticals in waterways, protecting water supply and local dams from the impacts of earthquakes, restoring habitat and providing flood protection.

Blog Post: Region 9 Tackles a Local Issue

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 07/23/2012 – 12:14pm


With a 2014 deadline for completion of Salt and Nutrient Management Plans, the ACWA Region 9 Board jumped into action to host a program dedicated to educating ACWA members about the plans, Region 9 Chair Craig Ewing writes in the latest entry in the “Voices on Water” blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

DWR Releases 2011 Report on SWP Reliability

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 07/20/2012 – 1:57pm


The Department of Water Resources has released the 2011 State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report.

The latest in a series of reports on the delivery reliability of the SWP, the document updates estimates of current (2011) and future (through 2031) SWP deliveries, taking into account pumping restraints to protect Delta smelt, salmon, and other fish species as well as variations in precipitation and impacts of climate change.

New Fact Sheet Educates Public on BDCP

Submitted by Sarah Langford on Thu, 07/19/2012 – 11:04am


A new fact sheet produced by several Bay Area water agencies outlines key functions the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its importance to the state’s water future.

Compiled by Santa Clara Valley Water District, Zone 7 Water Agency and Alameda County Water District, “Restoring the Delta: Protecting Our Future” offers a consumer friendly look at the BDCP and dispels common misunderstandings and myths about the process.

View the brochure.

Ag, Urban Water Conservation to Headline ACWA’s Regulatory Summit

Submitted by Sarah Langford on Wed, 07/11/2012 – 4:46pm


A stellar lineup of programs exploring agricultural and urban water conservation will educate and inform participants at ACWA’s second annual Regulatory Summit in Sonoma Aug. 15.

New ‘Best in Blue’ Award Recognizes Communications Excellence

Submitted by Sarah Langford on Fri, 06/29/2012 – 3:10pm


Got a program worth talking about? Consider entering your agency’s outstanding public affairs efforts in ACWA’s new Best in Blue Award: Achieving Communications Excellence.

Unveiled in May, the award honors public water agencies for their efforts in communicating with customers, legislators, media, the public and others. The award focuses on innovation, transparency and use of available funds.

ACWA Comments on BDCP Framework Announcement

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 07/25/2012 – 3:58pm

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SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan framework announced jointly by Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

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