ACWA's E-News for Nov. 28, 2012

Tier 1 Drinking Water Notices Now Available in a Variety of Languages

Under legislation enacted in 2011, public water systems are required to provide public notices of Tier 1 drinking water violations in multiple languages based on the population of their service areas.

To help ACWA members comply with this requirement, the association has developed Tier 1 notice templates in a variety of languages through translation service provider Avantpage.

Wet Weather Coming to Northern California

A series of low pressure weather systems is headed for Northern California, with meteorologists forecasting several inches of rain and snowfall in the high country. Wet and windy conditions are expected to begin Wednesday, Nov. 28, and continue through the weekend.

California Awards $34 Million in River Parkways Grants

The California Natural Resources Agency has announced the recipients of more than $34 million in “river parkways” grants, a program funded by Proposition 84 of 2006 that provides money for trail building, habitat restoration, and other improvements on rivers, creeks and streams.

A total of 33 projects led by local public agencies and 501(c)3 nonprofits are being funded, accounting for 31 miles of trails and more than 7,500 acres of wildlife habitat restoration and land acquisition.

New Report on Desalination Looks at Financial Risks, Costs

The Pacific Institute released a report Nov. 27 on the financing and water cost challenges associated with desalination projects, finding that uncertain financial markets and high project costs have made finding financing for the projects difficult.

Reclamation to Close Delta Cross Channel Gates

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced it will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. to meet fish protection requirements of a National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion.

Fire at State Water Project Facility Won’t Impact Deliveries

A Thanksgiving Day blaze at an underground State Water Project pump and hydroelectric station in Northern California is not expected to impact water deliveries, according to the Department of Water Resources.

Water Authority Sets Nov. 29 Vote on Desalination Agreement

The San Diego County Water Authority’s (SDCWA) Board of Directors this week will consider approval of a 30-year water purchase agreement with a private developer of a proposed seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad.

1,600 Water Leaders Expected for ACWA Fall Conference Dec. 4-7

San Diego will host water leaders from across California next month when more than 1,600 attendees gather for ACWA’s 2012 Fall Conference & Exhibition.

A full lineup of speakers, sessions, and panel discussions  is scheduled for the conference, which this year is themed “California Water … The Next Generation.” The annual event draws association members from public agencies that collectively are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California.

ACWA Region 3 & Mountain Counties Water Resources Association Joint Program

Tue, 12/11/2012


El Dorado Irrigation District

Please join us for the next joint Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and Association of California Water Agencies Region 3 general meeting and program on December 11. Hear from featured speaker Barnie Gyant, Deputy Regional Forester for Resources, about the National Forest’s role in California water issues. The program will also include an attorney panel discussion on water rights, covering everything from “Water Rights 101” to a discussion on the history of water rights; vulnerability of water rights; protecting water rights and renewing/updating water rights.