ACWA eNews for April 9, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 10, 2014


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

State and Federal Officials Release 2014 Drought Operations Plan

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 to Vote on Bylaws at May Conference General Session

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:

AB 1671 Pulled from Calendar, May Be Set Later This Month

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 Issues Recommendations for Improving Groundwater Management in California

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.


April 4 ACWA News Now Available Online

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:

DWR Solicits Grant Proposals for Drought Relief Programs and Projects

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.

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

ACWA General Session Membership Meeting

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.


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.


SAVE THE DATE! ACWA Region 3 & MCWRA Joint Program – 6/6/14, Placerville, CA

Fri, 06/06/2014


Placerville, CA



Join us on June 6th, 2014 to hear statewide water leaders discuss

pieces of and solutions to California’s water puzzle

at the

MCWRA & ACWA Region 3

California Water Leaders FORUM 2014


Date: June 6, 2014

Registration:  9:30 AM


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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