ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon, 09/30/2013 – Thu, 10/03/2013
Sacramento Convention Center
For more conference information, go to http://ca-nv-awwa.org/CANV/web/events/AFC/web/events/AFC13.aspx?hkey=d00bb688-3f32-48da-a08e-5b05180ee61b
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.
Tue, 10/08/2013 – Wed, 10/09/2013
Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel, Sacramento
GROUNDWATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
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October 8-9, 2013
Red Lion/Woodlake Conference Center Hotel
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.
Thu, 10/17/2013 – 10:00am
ACWA Region 10 Program
A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING IN MURKY WATER
Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
ACWA Region 10 – Southern California to hear perspectives from Northern California
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.
Thu, 10/24/2013 – Fri, 10/25/2013
ACWA Regional Water Forum & American River Bike Tour
October 24-25, 2013
Hosted by ACWA Regions 2 & 4
Tue, 12/03/2013 – Fri, 12/06/2013
JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles
Exhibit Booth information is available here.