ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
The Bureau of Reclamation, working closely with the California Department of Water Resources announced this week that it is taking steps to improve water supply conditions south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta particularly for the Central Valley Project agricultural water service contractors in the western San Joaquin Valley, CVP officials stated in a press release.
The steps are meant to mitigate the driest January through March on record that is causing water supply challenges for much of California.
The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will hold a joint hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) April 30 in the state Capitol.
The agenda for the hearing, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in room 112, has not yet been posted. The title of the hearing is: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Overview of the Issues.
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones will be the keynote speaker at ACWA’s Hans Doe Past Presidents’ Breakfast in Partnership with ACWA/JPIA on Friday, May 10, at the 2013 Spring Conference & Exhibition.
Jones, an expert on earthquake science and advocate for earthquake safety in California, will discuss the impact of earthquakes on the Delta and water systems across the state.
After reviewing the latest low snow survey data from the California Department of Water Resources, officials with the Bureau of Reclamation announced April 17 they will reduce water allocations to Friant Division Water Service Contractors from 55% to 50% of Class 1 water supply. Friant’s Class 2 water remains at 0%.
The Colorado River was named the nation’s most endangered river on an annual list of threatened waterways compiled by a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
The American Rivers organization said outdated water management, water over-allocation, increasing demand, continuing drought and climate change are threatening the Colorado River’s river. Water supplies, recreation, and fish and wildlife are at-risk, according to the group.
Storing water has always been important in California, but today’s strategies are changing to meet a new generation of challenges, ACWA members Jerry Brown and Thaddeus Bettner write in an opinion piece published April 14 in the Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News.
ACWA’s Board of Directors has identified guidelines for modifying the 2014 water bond to protect key priority areas and aid its passage next year.
The ACWA Board, already on record in support of the $11.14 billion water bond currently set for the November 2014 ballot, has provided direction to staff to support some reductions to the bond while prioritizing funding for elements that have statewide significance, including water storage, ecosystem restoration, substantial support for local resources development, and funding for disadvantaged communities and rural areas.