ACWA eNews for Sept. 18, 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on September 19, 2013


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

Laura King Moon Appointed Chief Deputy Director at DWR


Gov. Jerry Brown’s office today announced the appointment of Laura King Moon, former assistant general manager at the State Water Contractors, as chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

Moon, of Woodland, has been a project manager at DWR for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan since 2011. From 2000 to 2011 she served as assistant general manager at the State Water Contractors and from 1997 to 1999 she was director of strategic planning at the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority.

ACWA Subcommittee Seeks Feedback on Value of Water Communication Tools


ACWA’s Value of Water Subcommittee is seeking feedback on the tools currently available for ACWA members to communicate the value of water to customers and is asking members to complete an online survey on the issue here.

CDFA Launches Ecosystem Services Database


The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on Sept. 13 launched an Ecosystem Services Database which allows users to access a database of nearly 400 farms and ranches in California and to peruse the environmental stewardship and conservation practices of those enterprises.

House Committee Introduces WRRDA 2013 Bill


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members who crafted the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 say the legislation would create jobs, provide flood protection and cut the time it takes to study and approve big projects critical for the nation’s harbors and inland waterways.

Legislature Adjourns for 2013 without Passing AB 145, Water Bond Bills


The Legislature adjourned the first year of the 2013-’14 session early Friday without passing bills that would have modified the 2014 water bond and transferred the state’s drinking water program to the State Water Resources Control Board.

CEQA Modernization Bill Put on Hold


State Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has decided to set aside his attempt at reforming the four-decade-old California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). But work on SB 731 will resume in 2014.

Steinberg shelved his environmental reform bill for the year after evening discussions with the governor, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. SB 731 was aimed at streamlining various parts of CEQA, particularly for transit areas and infill sites that already have been developed.

Fracking Legislation Clears Assembly Floor


A bill that would impose California’s first regulations on fracking has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown after clearing the Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” involves injecting a mix of water, sand and chemicals underground through a well at high pressure so that rocks split, allowing extraction of oil or natural gas. A similar method called “acidizing” dissolves rock to reach pockets of petroleum.

Workshop on the New Aquatic Weed Permit — Woodland

Tue, 09/24/2013 – 10:00am – 2:00pm


Yolo County Farm Bureau 69 West Kentucky Avenue, Woodland, CA 95776

Geared for those who use aquatic pesticides to manage aquatic weeds or algae in flowing waters or impoundments in either an agricultural or urban water supply systems. This workshop outlines the requirement of a new aquatic weed permit. Topics include whether an agency needs a permit, approved aquatic pesticides, how to file a notice of intent, sampling & analysis and other requirements.


Registration and Event Information

2013 Annual CA-NV AWWA Fall Conference

Mon, 09/30/2013 – Thu, 10/03/2013


Sacramento Convention Center

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North Coast Resource Partnership Conference

Wed, 10/02/2013 – Fri, 10/04/2013


River Lodge Conference Center, Fortuna

The North Coast Conference will provide a forum to address the Region’s most pressing water, economic and energy resource issues. The conference will feature the accomplishments of the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan’s projects; bring together a broad spectrum of the North Coast community to learn about new legislation, policy and funding opportunities; and discuss innovative strategies to enhance the future of the region.



29th Biennial Groundwater Conference & 22nd Groundwater Resources Association Annual Meeting

Tue, 10/08/2013 – Wed, 10/09/2013


Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel, Sacramento

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October 8-9, 2013
Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel
Sacramento, CA

Co-Sponsors:  AMEC  |  West Yost Associates



Northern California Tour

Wed, 10/16/2013 – Fri, 10/18/2013


The tour begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport

The Water Education Foundation’s 3-day, 2-night Northern California Tour travels the length of the Sacramento Valley, a major source of water for California. Stops include Oroville and Shasta dams, Red Bluff Fish Passage Improvement Project, Feather River Fish Hatchery, Clear Creek restoration site, GCID’s fish screen and Delevan Wildlife Refuge. Other highlights included a houseboat cruise on Shasta Reservoir. Participants learn about water supply management, farming, flood Sacramento International Airport.

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SAVE THE DATE! ACWA Region 10 Program, 10/17 – Irvine, CA

Thu, 10/17/2013 – 10:00am


Irvine, CA

Registration Open!

ACWA Region 10 Program



Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport

18800 MacArthur Blvd.

Irvine, CA

ACWA Region 10 – Southern California to hear perspectives from Northern California


The Delta and Bay Delta Conservation Plans and Northern California Water

Thu, 10/17/2013 – 5:00pm – 7:30pm


McConnell Foundation’s Lema Ranch; 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding

An educational forum to provide the public an interactive opportunity to refine its understanding of California’s water supply, the varied pressures of conflicting use, and the future of California water.

Registration Open! ACWA Regions 2 & 4 Water Forum & Bike Tour Oct. 24-25

Thu, 10/24/2013 – Fri, 10/25/2013


Sacramento, CA

ACWA Regional Water Forum & American River Bike Tour

October 24-25, 2013

Hosted by ACWA Regions 2 & 4


ACWA 2013 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 12/03/2013 – Fri, 12/06/2013


JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles

Event and Registration Information

Exhibit Booth information is available here.