ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
William Mulholland’s famous words — “there it is, take it!” — rang out once more on Tuesday when Eastern Sierra water tumbled down the Los Angeles Aqueduct Cascades in Sylmar to commemorate a moment in time on Nov. 5, 1913, that transformed Southern California forever.
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday examined California’s groundwater challenges during a day-long meeting, listening to experts who warned that many of California’s aquifers are critically overdrawn – especially in the Central Valley – due to a need for more water created by drought conditions and restrictions on surface water.
A new informational report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency details just how important water is to the U.S. economy.
The Central Valley Project (CVP) began the 2014 water year that started on Oct. 1 with 5.1 million acre-feet of water stored in its major reservoirs, the lowest amount since 2009.
ACWA has commented on a discussion draft that updates the scoping plan for AB 32, climate change legislation signed in 2006 requiring California to implement a wide range of regulations and actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
In a letter sent Nov. 1 to the California Air Resources Board, the association noted that the 2008 version of the scoping plan mentioned that water agencies are taking a leading role in implementing renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs.
With the rain season on its way, officials are reminding Californians to be ready in case of flooding.
During the week of Nov. 4-9, a series of events are planned in communities across the state as part of California Flood Preparedness Week. The Department of Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Emergency Management Agency have joined other federal and local partners to sponsor the week-long program, which urges citizens to “Be Aware, Be Prepared, and Take Action.”
The Nov. 1 issue of ACWA News is now available online. This issue includes the latest information about the California Water Action Plan, which identifies 10 key actions over the next five years to improve water supply reliability, restore ecosystems and help water systems and the environment become more resilient. The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the draft plan on Oct. 31.
Save Our Water — the state’s largest water conservation program — is urging Californians to check their sprinkler systems and settings this weekend when they “fall back” from Daylight Saving Time by moving their clocks one hour back.
Save Our Water is a statewide public education program sponsored by ACWA and the California Department of Water Resources(DWR).
The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released a draft action plan on Oct. 31 designed to address pressing water issues and provide a roadmap for directing state efforts and resources.
The draft California Water Action Plan identifies 10 key actions over the next five years to improve water supply reliability, restore ecosystems and help water systems and the environment become more resilient.
Mon, 11/18/2013 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
4450 S. Laspina St., Tulare, CA
Organized by the nonprofit American Ground Water Trust, this regional water forum will bring together irrigation interests, engineers and hydrologists, water resource managers, agency professionals and attorneys to share current information regarding the challenges, feasibility, potential regulatory concerns and the economic and sustainability benefits of wide-ranging groundwater management activities locally, regionally and out-of-state.
Mon, 11/18/2013 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Glendale Police Department Community Room, 131 N. Isabel St., Glendale, CA
The State Water Resources Control Board will be hosting a workshop in Glendale to brief water agencies and other stakeholders on concepts for a proposed NPDES permit for discharges from drinking water systems. The workshop will also allow for interactive participation via Webex.
Tue, 12/03/2013 – Fri, 12/06/2013
JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles
Exhibit Booth information is available here.
Download the conference brochure here.
Thu, 01/23/2014 – Fri, 01/24/2014
2014 CII Conference
The California Irrigation Institute is happy to announce its 2014 annual conference, titled: Building a Water and Energy Efficient California.
The Conference will be held on January 23-24, 2014 at the Sacramento Arden West Hilton in Sacramento, California.
Stay tuned for more information on the program and registration.
Visit our website at: http://www.caii.org/
Tue, 02/25/2014 – Thu, 02/27/2014
The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
ACWA’s 2014 Washington DC Conference is set for Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Liaison Capitol Hill.