ACWA eNews for Oct. 2, 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on October 3, 2013


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

Comment Letters on Draft MCL for Chromium-6 Due Oct. 11


Comment letters from member agencies, stakeholders and the public are due Oct. 11 on the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) draft maximum contaminant level (MCL) for chromium-6.

DWR Releases Volume 1 of Draft California Water Plan Update


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Oct. 2 released for public review Volume 1 of the Draft California Water Plan Update 2013 – California’s key water planning document.

The California Water Plan Update 2013 – a four-year effort by DWR – is being released in separate volumes through October 23. The plan presents a comprehensive picture of California’s water supply, needs, evolving integrated water management and projections of future demands.

Unusually Wet Start Followed By Record Dry Spring Makes for “Strange” Water Year


The water year that ended Sept. 30 may go down as one of the strangest in recent memory.

Rain inundated California in November and December of 2012, but barely a drop of water nourished the state in the early months of 2013, making the 2012-‘13 water year “strange,” according to a state climatologist.

Blog Post: Region 5 Tackles Water Reliability Issues on the Central Coast


From groundwater replenishment to conservation to desalination, ACWA members tackled a variety of Central Coast issues during a recent Region 5 program on the Monterey Peninsula, Region 5 Chair Dave Hodgin writes in the latest entry in ACWA’s Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

Federal Government Shuts Down for the First Time in 17 Years


The federal government shut down on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and all “non-essential” employees were ordered to stay home because the House of Representatives and Senate were unable to reach a deal to fund the federal government beyond Sept. 30.

DWR to Host More Integrated Regional Water Management Workshops

The Department of Water Resources is hosting a second round of workshops this fall for input on the ongoing development of a strategic plan for the future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in California.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, are an opportunity to discuss how federal, state, regional and local government laws, regulations, and policies could better align with integrated regional water management. Participants also will help shape the objectives and strategic approaches that are needed for the strategic plan.

Formal Public Review Period for Draft BDCP Opens Nov. 15

State officials announced Sept. 27 that a public review draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its accompanying environmental documents  will be made available Nov. 15 for 120 days of formal review.

Larry Ruhstaller Elected New Chair of the Delta Protection Commission

Larry Ruhstaller, a member of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and currently vice chair of the Delta Protection Commission (DPC), steps into the chairmanship of the DPC on Oct. 1.

Mary N. Piepho, supervisor for Contra Costa County and a member of the DPC, will serve as vice chair starting Oct. 1.

Ruhstaller and Piepho were elected to their respective positions by the commission at its Sept. 26 meeting. Ruhstaller has served on the commission as the representative for San Joaquin County since 2007.

More Than Half of Californians Believe Water Supply Will be Inadequate in 10 Years, Poll Finds

More than half of surveyed California residents (53%) believe that the water supply for their part of the state will be somewhat or very inadequate in 10 years, according to a poll conducted in early September by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

Reclamation Seeks Comment on Draft Directive for Non-Agricultural Discharges

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on a draft directive and standard (D&S) for accepting non-agricultural discharges into Reclamation facilities.

This draft directive and standard, first released for public review in 2011 and then revised, pertains to requirements and procedures for obtaining a “use authorization” from Reclamation prior to discharging non-agricultural stormwater and other non-agricultural discharges.

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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DWR Integrated Regional Water Management Workshop — Clovis

Thu, 10/17/2013 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 Fourth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

The Department of Water Resources is hosting a second round of workshops this fall for input on the ongoing development of a strategic plan for the future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in California.



REGISTRATION OPEN! 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.

Joint MCWRA / ACWA Region 3 Member Meeting October 18

Fri, 10/18/2013 – 9:30am


The Ridge Golf Club and Events Center, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn, CA 95602



MCWRA & ACWA Region 3

ACWA Region 3 / Mountain Counties Water Resources Association will hold a joint meeting Oct. 18, at the Ridge Golf Club and Event Center, Auburn.

WHO:             MCWRA & ACWA Region 3 Members

Event registration


DWR Integrated Regional Water Management Workshop — Temecula

Tue, 10/22/2013 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


Temecula City Hall, Conference Center, 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

The Department of Water Resources is hosting a second round of workshops this fall for input on the ongoing development of a strategic plan for the future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in California.



DWR Integrated Regional Water Management Workshop — Burbank

Wed, 10/23/2013 – 10:00am – 3:00pm


, Buena Vista Branch Library, Meeting Room, 300 North Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505

The Department of Water Resources is hosting a second round of workshops this fall for input on the ongoing development of a strategic plan for the future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in California.



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


Collaborative Leadership Workshop – Negotiating Relationships to Improve Water Resources Planning

Mon, 11/04/2013 – 9:00am – 4:30pm


Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J St., Sacramento

The Groundwater Resources Association of California and ACWA are co-sponsoring this second symposium in a series on groundwater management. This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of collaborative leadership and stakeholder involvement. Susan Sherry, executive director and founder of the Center for Collaborative Policy, will offer opening remarks.

Collaborative Leadership Workshop


San Joaquin River Restoration Tour

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.

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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.