ACWA eNews for April 2, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 3, 2014


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

Storms Allow Temporary Easing of Delta Pumping Restrictions

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on April 1 approved a temporary easing of pumping restrictions in the Delta that will increase water exports from the estuary by as much as 10,000 acre-feet a day over the next week or two.

Blog Post: Late Storms Help, But There’s No Escaping Need to Conserve This Year

Californians historically have responded to requests for conservation because it’s the right thing to do. With the drought far from over despite a modest boost from recent storms, it’s time once again for water agencies to ask their customers to ramp up conservation efforts, ACWA President John Coleman writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

Deadline Extended to April 11 for California Water Projects Survey

ACWA and its partnering state agencies continue to seek responses from local water agencies on an important survey that will help identify potential projects that could provide local or statewide benefits.

Click here to take the survey. The submission deadline for responses has been extended to April 11.

Former Las Vegas Water Boss Set to Address ACWA Spring Conference on May 7

For a quarter century, former Las Vegas water chief Pat Mulroy kept water flowing to the nation’s driest city as its metropolitan area added more than a million new residents.

During breakfast on Wednesday, May 7, at ACWA’s Spring Conference & Exhibition in Monterey, Mulroy will share her insights about the ever-changing landscape of water management in the West and the lessons she has learned during more than two decades at the helm of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

CAL FIRE Increases Staffing as Fire Threat Expands Due to Drought

Drought conditions have spawned a significant increase in wildfires across much of California and have forced CA FIRE to begin hiring additional seasonal firefighters.

Sierra Snowpack Still Below Normal Despite Recent Rains

California’s snowpack still measures far below average despite the state’s recent band of storms, suggesting that the summer snowmelt runoff will offer little relief during the current drought.

Today, snow surveyors with California Department of Water Resources conducted the first snowpack reading of spring, finding that the Sierra snowpack is just 32% of normal. The April 1 reading is considered a bellwether for how much water runoff will be available in the coming dry months of summer for farms and communities.

ACWA Calls for Statewide Conservation in Response to Drought


With California mired in drought and little relief coming from recent storms, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is calling on water agencies throughout the state to request heightened water conservation from their customers in response to drought conditions.

Public Support for Water Bond Rises, Poll Says


Californians are increasingly concerned about the state’s water supply and are more receptive to approving a water bond on the November ballot, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Report Examines Pharmaceuticals in California Drinking Water


The research arm of the California State Library on March 27 released a three-part report that provides an overview of trace level pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) in California’s drinking water.

In its reports, the California Research Bureau outlined the types of trace pharmaceuticals found in some drinking water systems, the legislation designed to address the issue and treatment technologies used to cleanse the water of the chemicals.

California Water Policy 23: Tangled Up In Blue

Thu, 04/03/2014 – Fri, 04/04/2014


The Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College

The California Water Policy conference is set for April 3-4 at Claremont McKenna College. 

Agenda and registration

2014 Green California Summit and Exposition

Mon, 04/07/2014 – 1:00pm – Wed, 04/09/2014 – 5:00pm


Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Event and registration information here.


Paying for Water in California

Thu, 04/10/2014 – 9:00am – 2:00pm


Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Rooms 202/203, Sacramento


Registration information here.


Climate Change and the Future of Groundwater in California

Wed, 04/16/2014


UC Davis Conference Center (Davis, CA)

The 2nd Annual Climate Change Water and Society (CCWAS) IGERT State of the Science workshop is here! “Climate Change and the Future of Groundwater in California” aims to bring together scientists, water managers, policy and decision makers, engineers and other interested stakeholders to identify key challenges and solutions for a sustainable groundwater future.



Fire Ecosystem Forest Managment & Water Yield Symposium

Fri, 05/02/2014 – 9:00am – 4:30pm


USFS Wildland Fire Training Center, McClellan, CA

Water yield and Sierra forest management has emerged as a critical issue. Severe drought, increasingly massive fire incidents, fuel loaded forests, and climate change trends combined have forced re-evaluation of watershed forest management methods to increase water supply (and power production), protect forests from catastrophic fires, and build resilience to climate change effects.

Information and Registration


ACWA 2014 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/06/2014 – Fri, 05/09/2014


Portola and Marriott Hotels, Monterey

Event and Registration Information

Conference Exhibitor Information

Conference Sponsorship Information

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.


IWA Watershed Management Conference

Tue, 09/09/2014 – 9:00am – Fri, 09/12/2014 – 5:00pm


San Francisco

The International Water Association is holding a specialists’ conference for water basin science and management Sept. 9 to 12 in San Francisco.

Submissions of abstracts of research may be submitted by March 3 for consideration of presentation at the conference. Abstracts may be submitted here.

IWA Conference Brochure


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