ACWA eNews for Feb. 20, 2013

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ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

Lawmakers Call for Action on Safe Drinking Water

Saying action is needed to ensure access to safe drinking water for all Californians, lawmakers rolled out a nine-bill package of legislation Feb. 20 to address an array of drinking water issues.

Appearing on the north steps of the Capitol, Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and several colleagues said it is time to provide relief for communities that rely on contaminated groundwater sources for drinking water.

State Water Board Report Addresses Nitrates in Groundwater

A State Water Resources Control Board report released Feb. 20 says the state should pursue stable, long-term funding sources in order to address the “widespread” problem of nitrate pollution in California’s groundwater.

The finding is among 15 recommendations in a 73-page document sent to the state Legislature as required by a program implementing drinking water pilot projects in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley, where nitrate-contaminated groundwater remains particularly troublesome.

Climate Change Symposium Set for March 7

The Sacramento Chapter of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) will host a symposium March 7 on climate change and how it is affecting day-to-day decisions by water managers.

Coalition Members Brief Water Commission on Portfolio-Based Alternative to BDCP

Members of a coalition that is urging state and federal officials to study a portfolio-based approach to water management and conveyance as a stand-alone  alternative in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) formally presented their proposal Feb. 20 to the California Water Commission.

Obama Orders Improved Cybersecurity for Water Systems and Other Infrastructure

 

A long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity from President Obama last week could result in more data sharing among water systems and other infrastructure deemed of national importance.

ACWA Submits Comment Letter on Aquatic Weed Control Permit

ACWA submitted a comment letter Feb. 19 to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on proposed draft changes to a statewide pollutant discharge permit for residual aquatic pesticide discharges.

Informational Hearing on Drinking Water Moved to March 8

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee’s informational hearing in Visalia on Central Valley drinking water issues has been postponed until March 8.

The hearing, titled “Achieving Clean Drinking Water in the Central Valley: An Inventory of Drinking Water Systems,” is now set for 2 p.m. March 8 at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chamber in Visalia. It previously was scheduled for Feb. 22.

Agenda details have not yet been posted.

Bill in Congress Seeks Alternative Financing for Regional Water Projects

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) reintroduced legislation last week that would enable the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue direct loans and credit support for large infrastructure projects that improve community water systems.

Scientists Map Evapotranspiration Rates for the U.S.

Water managers now have another important tool for calculating water availability.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are celebrating breakthrough research that mapped long-term average evapotranspiration rates and totals across the continental United States. The maps are the first of their kind, according to a Feb. 19 announcement from USGS.

House Passes Bill to Streamline Rules for Conduit Hydropower

A bill that would streamline regulations for small hydropower projects passed the House of Representatives by a 422-0 vote on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

House Members Call for Cost-Benefit Analysis of BDCP Alternative Proposals

Six members of Congress called on federal agencies this week to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of alternative proposals for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

Nominations Due March 1 for ACWA Excellence in Water Leadership Award

Nomination forms are due March 1 for ACWA’s Excellence in Water Leadership Award – Building a World of Difference.® The annual award, sponsored by Black & Veatch Corp., recognizes individuals or groups who made a remarkable and visible contribution to the enhancement, protection or development of water resources in California.

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Board Meeting

Wed, 02/20/2013

Location:

Fresno, CA

An ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Board Meeting will take place on February 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Kings River Conservation District.

 

ACWA 2013 Legislative Symposium

Tue, 03/05/2013 – 9:00am – 2:30pm

Location:

Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Join us for ACWA’s annual Legislative Symposium, set for March 5 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Key topics will include the water bond, CEQA reform and local government issues

This annual event, popular with ACWA members throughout the state, includes three informative panel discussions and a networking luncheon with opportunities to meet and mingle with members of the California Legislature and their key staff.

Click here for event information / registration