ACWA eNews for Oct. 31, 2012

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Coalition Submits Letter on CEQA Reform Process


A coalition of statewide local government and education associations, including ACWA, is requesting to participate in stakeholder discussions regarding reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

State Board Issues Order Upholding Limits for Sac Regional Treatment Plant


The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a proposed order upholding stricter limits on discharges from the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Regions 1 and 3 Seek Candidates for Region Boards


ACWA Regions 1 and 3 are seeking candidates to fill region board vacancies for the remainder of the 2012-’13 term.

The deadline for applying is Dec. 1.

Region boards are a key part of ACWA’s leadership. The chair and vice chair of each region serve on ACWA’s statewide Board of Directors and recommend all committee appointments for their region. Region board members determine the direction and focus of region issues and activities, and support efforts to achieve ACWA’s overall goals.

Delta Conservancy Holds Forum on Projects in Delta and Suisun Marsh


The Delta Conservancy announces it will hold a public forum Nov. 14 on levee projects and habitat restoration in the Delta and Suisun Marsh. The conservancy invites members of the public to attend and ask questions face-to-face of the people working on levee and habitat restoration projects. The forum is an effort to strengthen communication with the public and build understanding of the current and planned levee projects and ecosystem restoration efforts.

Blog Post: ACWA Regions Look at What’s Ahead and How to Prepare


Amid a changing California water landscape, ACWA members from Region 9 and 10 gathered in Riverside Oct. 19 to hear the latest on Delta issues, learn how agencies are managing more with less and find out how agencies are creating water supplies for the future, Region 10 Chair Darrell Gentry writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

Reclamation Announces Two-Day Public Workshop on Coordinated Operation of CVP and SWP

Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Mon, 10/29/2012 – 12:39pm


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources – in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service – will hold a two-day public workshop in Sacramento this week on the coordinated operation of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.

Reclamation Seeks Written Comments on Draft Report on Enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir

Stakeholders may submit written comments until Friday, Dec. 28 on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s draft feasibility report on raising Shasta Dam and enlarging its reservoir.

Input Sought on Standards for Geothermal Heat Exchange Wells


The California Department of Water Resources is beginning the process of updating the state’s standards for geothermal heat exchange wells, which utilize the earth’s internal capacity for heating and cooling.

In 1996, the Legislature added geothermal heat exchange wells (GHEW) to the well types included in the state well standards. DWR plan to update and finalize the 1999 Draft GHEW Standards by June 30, 2013, so the agency is planning to conduct a 30-day public comment period as well as public workshops in spring 2013.

Draft Report Released on Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Water Use BMPs


The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released for public comment the draft report of the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) Task Force’s Water Use Best Management Practices (BMP) document.

ACWA Launches Survey on Member Needs, Priorities


A web-based survey aimed at assessing ACWA members’ immediate and future needs launched Oct. 23.

The ACWA Member Needs Assessment, conducted by the professional research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), is designed to help the association better understand member needs and how best to meet them. Questions cover areas such as member priority issues, effectiveness of ACWA’s programs and service, and the association’s overall strategic direction and policy agenda.

Survey Launched to Compile Water Treatment Cost Information


ACWA is encouraging water system operators to complete an online survey to help determine annual costs associated with drinking water treatment.

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