ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
Due to changes in the design of the project, state officials have postponed the opening of the formal public comment period on the draft environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), moving the start date to Nov. 15 from an earlier anticipated launch of Oct. 1.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded $91.8 million in Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management (SWFM) grants to several local public agencies in California, DWR officials announced Sept. 25.
Members interested in serving on an ACWA committee for the next two-year term must submit consideration forms by Sept. 30 to be eligible for appointment.
Committee appointment information, including forms and instructions, can be found here.
The authors of two bills addressing the 2014 water bond outlined their proposals Tuesday during an informational joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
The hearing, titled “Setting the Stage for a 2014 Water Bond: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?” was held at the state Capitol in front of a packed hearing room. It was the third in a series of legislative hearings on a proposed water bond.
The Legislature wrapped up its work for 2013 in the early hours of Sept. 13, capping a legislative year that saw ACWA and its coalition partners play an effective role in advancing the dialog on the 2014 water bond, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.
Read the complete blog post here.
State officials on Sept. 20 announced the launch of a newly revamped website for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that features streamlined web pages intended to be more user-friendly.
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing Thursday entitled “Keeping Hydropower Affordable and Reliable: The Protection of Existing Hydropower Investments and the Promotion of New Development”. The hearing explored the ways in which bureaucratic red tape, federal regulations, and excessive litigation combine to stymie the development of hydropower in the United States.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ proposal to add species to the Lacey Act’s list of injurious wildlife using a NEPA Categorical Exclusion was the subject of a hearing on September 20. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs convened the hearing to follow up on Chairman Jon Fleming’s (R-LA) request that the FWS withdraw the proposal .
The Senate spent the better part of two weeks debating an energy efficiency bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act of 2013, S 1392. The bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) includes initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings, increase manufacturing efficiency, and promote energy efficient technology.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) have announced a joint proposed rule to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are “waters of the U.S.” and subject to jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies have withdrawn Guidance on the issue and sent the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget but have not released it to the public.
Fall is a great time to plant a beautiful, spring garden. That’s the message that the Save Our Water campaign, Sunset magazine and Sunset Western Garden Collection are working to send to California gardeners.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on Wednesday, voted unanimously to send H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), to the floor of the House. The bill includes provisions that would speed up the environmental review process for Army Corps projects, increase the amount of money spent from the Harbor maintenance trust fund, increase Congressional oversight over activities proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers, and deauthorize $12 billion dollars in proposed Army Corps projects.
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.
Thu, 10/03/2013 – 8:00am – Fri, 10/04/2013 – 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
ACWA’s 2013 Continuing Legal Education Workshop (CLE) is set for Oct. 3-4.
Join us for this two-day continuing legal education workshop for water professionals.
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.
Fri, 10/18/2013 – 9:30am
The Ridge Golf Club and Events Center, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn, CA 95602
ACWA Region 3 / Mountain Counties Water Resources Association will hold a joint meeting Oct. 18, at the Ridge Golf Club and Event Center, Auburn.
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
Thu, 10/24/2013 – 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center, One Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry, CA 91744
5:30pm – Cocktail Reception
Thu, 11/07/2013 – Fri, 11/08/2013
The tour begins and ends in Fresno
The Water Education Foundation’s 2-day, 1-night San Joaquin River Restoration Tour explores challenges associated with restoring flows and a Chinook salmon fishery to the San Joaquin River from below Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River. The tour includes stops at Friant Dam, Interim San Joaquin River Salmon Conservation and Research Facility, Chowchilla Bifurcation and Canal, Mendota Pool, Sack Dam, Sand Slough Control Structure, and the Merced National Wildlife Refuge.
Tue, 12/03/2013 – Fri, 12/06/2013
JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles
Exhibit Booth information is available here.