Association of California Water Agencies E-News for Oct. 10, 2012

ACWA eNews for Oct. 10, 2012

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


ACWA Submits Letter In Support of Electronic Delivery of Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs)

ACWA submitted a letter Oct. 9 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voicing support for the electronic delivery of consumer confidence reports (CCRs). The EPA has circulated a draft document titled “Consumer Confidence Report Electronic Delivery Options and Consideration” which proposes electronic options related to the delivery of the reports.

Public comment on the draft document is open through Oct. 11.

Nature Conservancy Launches Interactive Site on Drinking Water Sources

The Nature Conservancy launched an interactive, online database Oct. 10 that allows visitors to type in their city and find out the source of their tap water. The site – called Find Your Drinking Water Source – displays interactive maps with clickable icons that reveal detailed information on watersheds such as their parameters and the rivers that rivers flow within them.

DWR Adds Renewable Energy to Portfolio for State Water Project

The California Department of Water Resources has entered into a renewable power purchase agreement with Alameda Municipal Power to help power the State Water Project through 2016.

Last Chance to Register Online for Oct. 19 Region 9-10 Joint Program

ACWA members are invited to a one-day program on the future of California water next week hosted by Regions 9 and 10. The Oct. 19 program, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Western MWD’s Training Facility in Riverside, will feature key players in advancing Delta solutions as well as local water leaders managing more with less and working to secure water supplies for the future.

Online registration for the event closes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Onsite registrations will be available if space allows.

Conservation Investments on California Farms and Ranchland Reach $250 Million in 2012

Private landowners in California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invested approximately a quarter billion dollars in 2012 to protect, conserve and restore natural resources, the NRCS highlighted in a recent press release.

One of the largest partnerships of 2012 involved NRCS and California’s dairy industry. The partnership invested $30 million in waste management plans and structural practices designed to help dairymen continue efforts to comply with California’s state water quality regulations.

Blog Post: Regions 6 and 7 Talk Delta Issues at Member Forum

Delta issues and their implications for water users in the San Joaquin Valley were in the spotlight at a recent membership forum for ACWA Regions 6 and 7 in Bakersfield, Region 7 Chair Paul Hendrix writes in the latest entry in ACWA’s Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete post here.

House Bill Would Require Cost-Benefit Study for BDCP Conveyance Options

Legislation introduced last month in Congress would require the federal government to study the full costs and benefits of conveyance improvements under review as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Bureau of Reclamation and DWR Issue Decision Documents for San Joaquin River Restoration Program

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have signed decision documents that select the preferred alternative from the final Environmental Impact Report for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.

The preferred alternative, C1, includes the use of the river channel and bypass system to convey restoration flows. It allows for recapture of these flows at existing facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in the San Joaquin River upstream of the Delta at existing facilities or at new facilities that may be built.

CVP Begins New Water Year with 6.9 Million Acre-Feet in Storage

The Central Valley Project began the 2013 water year on Oct. 1 with 6.9 million acre-feet (MAF) of water stored in six key reservoirs, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reported today.

The total carry-over storage represents combined storage at the end of the 2012 water year in Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of water in storage in San Luis Reservoir. The 15-year average carry-over for these reservoirs on Oct. 1 is 7 MAF.

Last year at this time, carry-over storage for the CVP was 9.3 MAF.

Public Meeting Set in Ukiah to Discuss Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention

Members of the public are invited to a meeting Oct. 10 at the Mendocino County Board Chambers to learn about planning efforts under way to prevent the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels in North Coast waterways. Sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency and Mendocino County, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, officials will provide an overview of the mussels, including where and how they spread.

ACWA Water Management Committee Meeting

Wed, 10/17/2012 – 10:00am – 1:00pm


ACWA Offices, 910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento

The next ACWA Water Management Committee meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the ACWA Boardroom.

There WILL be a conference call-in option for this meeting (call-in number will be on the agenda – to follow).

The meeting agenda will be sent separately, but the issues to be addressed include:

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