ACWA e-News for Aug. 22, 2012

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

Governor Declares Emergencies in 3 Counties Due to Wildfires

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 08/22/2012 – 2:01pm


Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Aug. 22 in Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties in the wake of wildfires that have destroyed residences, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations and road closures.

The declarations pave the way for greater use of state agency personnel and resources to respond to the fires.

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Quagga Mussel Treatment Report

Submitted by Kristin Goree on Wed, 08/22/2012 – 1:21pm


The Bureau of Reclamation released a report yesterday that silicone foul release coatings may be a tool for fighting quagga and zebra mussels. Allen D. Skaja, Ph.D., PCS, of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center tested more than 50 coatings and metal alloys over three years at Parker Dam on the Colorado River.

ACWA Submits Comment Letter on Draft Aquatic Weed Control Permit

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Tue, 08/21/2012 – 2:16pm


ACWA submitted comments Aug. 21 to the State Water Resources Control Board on a draft statewide permit governing aquatic weed control.

“Right to Water” Bill Awaits Action on Senate Floor

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Tue, 08/21/2012 – 1:31pm


ACWA-opposed legislation aimed at codifying a “right to water” has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.

 AB 685 (Eng) would declare that it is the policy of the state that every human has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water.

BDCP Public Meeting to Focus on Water Operations, Science

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 08/20/2012 – 4:41pm


The public will get an update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and details from last month’s joint announcement by the Obama and Brown administrations at a meeting Aug. 29 in Sacramento.

Water Agencies Mark 50th Anniversary of San Luis Project with Full-Page Ad

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 08/20/2012 – 3:42pm


On Aug. 18, 1962, President John F. Kennedy joined California Gov. Pat Brown on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley to dedicate the San Luis Project, a federal-state dam and reservoir complex that today provides water to farms and cities from the Bay Area to San Diego.

To mark the 50th anniversary of that event, members of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority sponsored a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers hailing the importance of water development in California.

Blog Post: Science, Not Arbitrary Deadlines, Should Drive Chromium 6 Standard

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 08/20/2012 – 6:34am


When it comes to setting a drinking water standard for chromium 6, Californians deserve a process governed by science and not decided in a courtroom, ACWA Water Quality Committee Chair Pankaj Parekh writes in the latest entry in the “Voices on Water” blog.

Read the complete post here.

Water Rates Workshops Set for Sept. 11 and 13

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 08/17/2012 – 3:33pm


The Pacific Institute is sponsoring one-day workshops designed to give water agencies tools and contacts to assist with setting water rates.

The workshops will cover topics such as the results of the Pacific Institute’s recent water rates and finances survey, strategies for addressing specific revenue challenges, rate design pitfalls and best practices, and break-out sessions for urban and agricultural water suppliers to address key challenges.

House Subcommittee Holds Field Hearing on Delta Region Disaster Preparedness

Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 08/17/2012 – 2:33pm


The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, chaired by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-19), held a field hearing in Stockton Aug. 16 to discuss planning and preparing for hazards and disasters in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Utility Incentives for Automation Equipment Available for Water Agencies

Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 08/17/2012 – 1:43pm


Water agencies looking to enhance their ability to reduce energy demand during peak periods may be eligible for new incentive funds from California’s electric utilities.

ACWA Regions 5 & 8 Program, “Managing Complex Issues in Tough Times, A Look at Proposition 218 and ESA Impacts on Water Agencies”

Sun, 09/09/2012 – Mon, 09/10/2012


Santa Barbara, CA

ACWA Regions 5 & 8 Joint Program

Managing Complex Issues in Tough Times

A Look at Proposition 218 and ESA Impacts on Water Agencies

September 9 & 10, 2012

Santa Barbara, CA



ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Member Forum – September 14, 2012

Fri, 09/14/2012


Kern County Water Agency

Regions 6 & 7 will hold a joint member forum, “BDCP Update – Statewide Perspectives” at Kern County Water Agency on September 14, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration for this meeting will be available on August 17. Details will be posted as they develop.

Pre-Registration: $25

Onsite Registration: $35 (as space permits)