Association of California Water Agencies Weekly E-News

ACWA e-News for Sept. 26, 2012



Stewardship Council’s New Executive Stops by ACWA Region Briefing


The Delta Stewardship Council’s newly named executive officer stopped by a joint briefing for ACWA Regions 2, 3 and 4 in Sacramento today.

Chris Knopp, a former Forest Service official with background in large-scale, contentious projects, was named the council’s new executive officer last week. He replaces Joe Grindstaff, who is retiring, and takes the helm as the council prepares to finalize its Delta Plan and move into the implementation phase.

“Right to Water” Bill Gets Governor’s Signature


ACWA-opposed legislation establishing a “right to water” in state law has been signed into law.

AB 685 (Eng) declares it is the policy of the state that every human has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking and sanitary purposes and directs state agencies to consider the policy when revising or adopting regulations, policies and grant criteria. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Sept. 25.

Blog Post: Regions 5 and 8 Tackle Prop 218, ESA at Joint Meeting


Region 5 and 8 members converged on Santa Barbara recently to discuss two key issues for water agencies: Propositino 218 and the Endangered Species Act, Region 8 Chair Gail Pringle writes in the latest entry in ACWA’s Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete post here.


$25 Million Available from DWR for Environmental Stewardship Projects


The Department of Water Resources is making available up to $25 million in Proposition 1E funding for environmental stewardship projects that support the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP).

Projects that integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability principles into flood management activities will be eligible for funding under the program. The first proposal solicitation package (PSP) under the Central Valley Flood System Conservation Framework and Strategy Guidelines was released Sept. 12.

Governor Signs Bills on Metal Theft, Quagga Mussels



Gov. Jerry Brown has signed ACWA-supported legislation designed to curb metal theft and combat the spread of invasive quagga mussels.

Delta Stewardship Council Names New Executive Officer



A former Forest Service official with background in large-scale, contentious projects has been named the new executive officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, it was announced today.

ACWA to Launch Member Needs Survey


To better understand member needs and how best to meet them, ACWA is gearing up to conduct a web-based membership survey this fall.

Working with the professional research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), ACWA staff is developing the survey to gain insight into members’ immediate and future needs, priority issues and the effectiveness of ACWA’s programs and services. The association’s overall strategic direction and policy agenda also will be a focus.

Nominations Due Oct. 1 for ACWA Emissary Award


Nominations for ACWA’s 2012 Emissary Award are being accepted through Oct. 1.

Established in 2006, the annual Emissary recognizes individual ACWA member volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement, protection or development of water resources in California by their participation and support of ACWA’s goals.

Individuals demonstrate leadership in the course of service on ACWA committees; advocacy / outreach at local, state and / or federal levels; and commitment of time and expertise for the benefit of an ACWA program or issue.

ACWA Region 4 Hosted Tour of the Solano Project

Thu, 10/11/2012


Anheuser-Busch Fairfield

ACWA Region 4 is hosting a Tour of the Solano Project Thursday, October 11, 2012 

WHO:ACWA Members 

WHAT:Presentations and Bus Tour of the Solano Project 

WHERE:Start and End at Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534

WHEN:Thursday, October 11, 2012, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Note updated end time.

Attendees are invited to stay for complimentary beer tasting following the tour.



ACWA Regions 9 & 10 Joint Program, “The Future of California Water: What’s in Store and How to Prepare”

Fri, 10/19/2012 – 9:00am – 4:00pm


Western MWD’s Training Facility – Riverside, CA

ACWA Regions 9 & 10 Joint Program

The Future of California Water:

What’s in Store and How to Prepare