ACWA eNews for Dec. 11, 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on December 12, 2013


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

ACWA Encourages Congress to Include Pilot Financing Program in Water Resources Bill

Submitted by Matt Williams on Wed, 12/11/2013 – 2:35pm

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ACWA and the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA) are urging Congress to include an innovative financing pilot program for infrastructure projects within major water resources legislation.

Quinn Discusses BDCP in Public Radio Forum

Submitted by Matt Williams on Wed, 12/11/2013 – 3:51pm


ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn joined California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin and other guests during a radio program on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Delta and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), which Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration released this week for public comment.

You can listen to the full segment here on the KQED Public Radio website.

Feinstein and Costa Urge Gov. Brown to Declare State Drought Emergency

Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Tue, 12/10/2013 – 1:59pm


U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jim Costa (D-16) on Dec. 9 sent a joint letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to declare a statewide drought emergency that would activate the state’s emergency plan and permit some relaxation of state regulations concerning water.

Brown Administration Updates Climate Change Preparedness Plan

Submitted by Matt Williams on Tue, 12/10/2013 – 2:47pm


The governor’s administration released its 2013 update to California’s climate change preparedness plan on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

State Releases Updated BDCP for Formal Review

Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Mon, 12/09/2013 – 3:33pm


An updated Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was released Dec. 9 by the California Natural Resources Agency, launching a formal public review period on the state’s plan to shore up the water delivery system and natural habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.


The release of the BDCP also launches a series of public meetings throughout the state that will begin in February where members of the public may comment on the plan that has been seven years in the making.

Legislators Press Obama and Brown to Take Action on California’s Water Supply

Submitted by Matt Williams on Mon, 12/09/2013 – 4:54pm


Almost 50 state legislators and Congress members recently signed a letter calling on President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown to invoke their executive authority to improve California’s water supply in 2014 and beyond.

Citing dry conditions in California made worse by regulatory restrictions on Delta water, the letter urges the two leaders to take “immediate” action that increases water supplies in California so that “America’s breadbasket and our trillion-dollar economy” isn’t jeopardized.

Registration Now Open for Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Workshops

Submitted by Matt Williams on Wed, 12/11/2013 – 4:38pm


ACWA and the California Department of Water Resources are hosting a series of workshops to discuss next steps for the California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) program.

CASGEM was launched three years ago to comply with legislation signed in 2009 requiring California to develop a permanent groundwater monitoring program. The program’s primary goal is to collect groundwater elevations for all of California’s 515 basins and compile that data in an online system.

Dec. 6 ACWA News Now Available Online

Submitted by Matt Williams on Fri, 12/06/2013 – 10:20am


The Dec. 6 edition of ACWA News is now available online. This issue includes feature stories about California’s record-dry year and how it might carry over into 2014, and what local water agencies are doing to address groundwater management concerns in the San Joaquin Valley.

Other stories in this issue:

2014 California Irrigation Institute

Thu, 01/23/2014 – Fri, 01/24/2014


Sacramento, California

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:

CII Conference -2014

ACWA 2014 Washington DC Conference

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.

Event and Registration Information


Children’s Water Education Festival

Wed, 03/26/2014 – Thu, 03/27/2014


University of California, Irvine

Presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute and the OCWD Groundwater Guardian Team, the Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate Orange County’s third, fourth and fifth grade students about water and the environment. More than 7,000 students are expected to attend. Volunteers, presenters and sponsors are needed to support this educational event. Learn more at

ACWA 2014 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/06/2014 – Fri, 05/09/2014


Portola and Marriott Hotels, Monterey

O.C. Water Summit

Fri, 05/16/2014


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim

Presented by the Orange County Water District, the Municipal Water District of Orange County and Disneyland Resort, the Summit brings together more than 500 Southern California business professionals with international, national and state water industry stakeholders, elected officials, environmentalists, scientists and community leaders to discuss ongoing global water issues and how water supply challenges impact our economy and public safety. Prominent authors, world-renowned experts and distinguished speakers will also be a part of this critical dialogue.


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