ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.
State and federal officials on April 9 released a joint drought operations plan that provides a framework for water management actions through November, outlining proposed operations to meet water supply needs for health and human safety, salinity control in the Delta and fish and wildlife protection.
ACWA members are scheduled to vote on proposed amendments to the association’s bylaws at a General Session Membership Meeting at the ACWA Spring Conference and Exhibition in Monterey.
The membership meeting will be held May 7. At the meeting, members will vote on proposed amendments to the bylaws recommended by the ACWA Board of Directors at its meeting on March 28. The bylaw amendments are intended to address needed changes to standing committees in light of recent organizational changes.
The changes in the draft amended bylaws include:
An ACWA-opposed bill that would require legislative authorization for construction of conveyance facilities as part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was pulled from the legislative calendar today at the author’s request.
AB 1671 by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) was set to be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee April 8. The author may bring it back later this month, possibly in an amended form.
ACWA today issued a suite of far-reaching recommendations for improving management of groundwater basins throughout California amid growing concerns about potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded water quality in some basins of the state.
The April 4, 2014, issue of ACWA News is now available online. Recent storms dumped some snow on the Sierra, but as this issue explains it isn’t nearly enough to end the drought. A new survey of the snowpack showed statewide water content is at only 32% of average. With the spring melt on the way, it’s going to be a long, dry summer.
Other stories in this jam-packed issue include:
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued draft guidelines and a proposed solicitation package for agencies to use when applying for $200 million in bond funds for projects and programs that help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness.
The $200 million was appropriated to DWR last month when Governor Jerry Brown signed a $687.4 million package of drought-response legislation.
Thu, 04/10/2014 – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Rooms 202/203, Sacramento
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.
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.
Tue, 05/06/2014 – Fri, 05/09/2014
Portola and Marriott Hotels, Monterey
Wed, 05/07/2014 – 1:30pm – 2:00pm
ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition, Monterey; Portola Plaza Hotel, De Anza Ballroom
There will be a General Session meeting of the ACWA membership at ACWA’s 2014 Spring Conference in Monterey on Wednesday, May 7. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a vote by the membership on proposed amendments to the bylaws recommended by the ACWA Board of Directors at its meeting of March 28.
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.
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us on June 6th, 2014 to hear statewide water leaders discuss
pieces of and solutions to California’s water puzzle
MCWRA & ACWA Region 3
California Water Leaders FORUM 2014
Date: June 6, 2014
Registration: 9:30 AM
Tue, 09/09/2014 – 9:00am – Fri, 09/12/2014 – 5:00pm
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.