ACWA eNews November 7, 2012

ACWA LogoAssembly Committee Sets Hearing on Contaminated Drinking Water

The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee has set an oversight hearing Nov. 14 on contaminated drinking water in the state’s disadvantaged communities.

Water Agency Signals Intent to Sue over Jeopardy Opinion

The Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) has notified federal agencies that it plans to file a lawsuit over a a National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion released earlier this year calling for extensive actions at two dams on the lower Yuba River to improve conditions for three threatened fish species.

Bureau of Reclamation Holds Meeting on CVP Cost Allocation Study

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region will hold a public meeting Friday, Nov. 16 on the ongoing study on developing a new cost allocation process for the Central Valley Project (CVP).

Voters Weigh in on Local Water Measures

San Francisco voters soundly rejected Tuesday, Nov. 6, a ballot measure that would have directed the city to plan for how to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and find alternative water and power sources.

Keeping Up with the Joneses Through Water Conservation

Could the desire to “keep up with the Joneses” motivate water consumers to conserve? Apparently, yes.

The City of Cotati saw water consumption drop by 5% in six months with consumers who used WaterSmart Software, a program that allows consumers to compare their household water usage with similar-sized households in their neighborhood.

Study Examines Operations of Dams to Provide Water for Salmon and Farmers

One of California’s largest agricultural water districts and a leading environmental organization have released a joint study showing that agriculture and ecosystems could benefit from operating major storage reservoirs in conjunction with groundwater basins.

California Water Agencies Ready to Help in Sandy’s Aftermath

About 30 employees of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) were waiting for travel plans Friday, Nov. 2, that could send them to help restore power in communities hard hit by Hurricane Sandy and the resulting “super storm.”

Report Out on Monitoring Chemicals of Emerging Concern

The State Water Resources Control Board has posted a report by a science advisory panel with recommendations for monitoring chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) in California’s aquatic ecosystems.

California Energy Commission Announces Loans for Energy Saving Projects

The California Energy Commission announces that special districts, cities, counties, and public schools in California are eligible to apply for over $20 million in loan funds for energy cost saving projects.

The funds, available from the Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA), may be used in conjunction with other funding, rebates and incentives. The Energy Commission is accepting loan applications for the fixed rate, no fees loans of up to $3 million on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunne Wright McPeak, FBI Special Agent Herbert Brown Set for ACWA Conference Keynotes

Sunne Wright McPeak, president of the Delta Vision Foundation and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, is slated to provide keynote remarks at a luncheon program Dec. 5 at ACWA’s 2012 Fall Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

A veteran of the water policy arena and a former secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, McPeak will discuss emerging consensus on near-term Delta projects, the need for “BDCP Plus” and opportunities for breakthroughs on California water.

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.

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