ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
State and federal agencies have made progress in major planning and regulatory actions in the Delta, but their efforts lack integration, which has led to polarization, according to the 2013 report card on the Delta that was released June 18 by the Delta Vision Foundation.
Rankings in the annual report card on progress made in implementing goals of the Delta Vision Strategic Plan generally went up this year over last year’s rankings. However, several members of the Delta Vision Foundation said significant progress still needs to be made.
On Tuesday the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee passed a fiscal year 2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Of interest to ACWA members, the bill funds the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. The bill will next be considered by the full committee before heading to the House floor.
The State Water Contractors (SWC) and a statewide coalition of environmental groups have filed separate lawsuits challenging the newly adopted Delta Plan, claiming the plan for the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is inadequate.
The Bureau of Reclamation has partially restored the Central Valley Project Friant Division’s water allocation for the second time this month.
On Thursday federal officials cited “better than expected hydrologic conditions” so far in June as the reason for increasing Friant Division’s Class 1 water supply allocation from 50% to 55%. A week ago Reclamation increased the Class 1 allocation to 50% from 45%.
Innovative communications programs and outstanding leadership will be recognized with ACWA’s annual awards at the association’s 2013 Fall Conference & Exhibition in December in Los Angeles.
ACWA’s Huell Howser Best in Blue Award honors public water agency efforts in communicating with customers, legislators, media and the public. The award focuses on creativity, transparency and use of available funds. Guidelines and entry forms are available here.
Registration is now open for ACWA’s third annual Regulatory Summit, set for Aug. 14 at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach in Oxnard.
The summit, titled “Past, Present and Future: Effectively Managing California’s Groundwater Resources,” will address an array of topics related to groundwater, including:
The ACWA Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations from member agencies for nominations for ACWA president and vice president for the 2014-’15 elected term.
To be eligible for election, candidates must be elected or appointed directors of ACWA member agencies, according to ACWA Board of Directors policy.
A commemorative Gold Edition featuring all 25 segments of the California’s Water series is now available.
Produced by iconic public television personality Huell Howser and underwritten by ACWA and its members, the first-of-its kind series has taken viewers on an educational journey through California water since its launch in 2006.
Wed, 06/26/2013 – 9:30am – 4:00pm
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles
ACWA, in partnership with the California Urban Water Conservation Council, the Department of Water Resources and others, will co-host two BMP 1.4 Retail Conservation Pricing workshops on June 19 at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, and June 26 at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles.
The all-day workshops will include panel discussions and small group listening sessions where participant feedback will be collected.
Topics to be addressed include:
Fri, 07/19/2013 – 10:00am – 2:30pm
Santa Rosa, CA
ACWA Region 1 Program
Take it From the Tap:
Promoting Drink Local Campaigns