ACWA eNews for May 28, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on May 29, 2014
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Groundwater Bills Move Forward in the Legislature

Floor votes in the Legislature this week advanced two ACWA-supported bills aimed at sustainably managing California’s groundwater.

On Wednesday the Assembly approved AB 1739 by a 44-24 vote.

Governor Brown Makes Water Policy Appointments

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced three water policy appointments, including the appointments of Susan Tatayon to the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) and Karla Nemeth as deputy secretary for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency.

Brown also announced the appointment of Kristopher Tjernell as special assistant for water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency.

USFWS Will Conduct 2014’s Final Truck and Release of Chinook Salmon Smolts

USFWS Will Conduct 2014’s Final Truck and Release of Chinook Salmon Smolts

This week the last round of 2014 Chinook salmon smolts will hitch a ride to the ocean via truck.

So says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in its announcement this week that it will conclude its 2014 drought contingency plan related to Chinook salmon with the final trucking and release of approximately 900,000 salmon smolts. The smolts will be trucked from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (NFH) to the Rodeo area of San Pablo Bay.

Blog Post: Amid Drought, a Positive Development in Washington, D.C.

Drought relief legislation passed in the U.S. Senate on May 22 stands to provide greatly needed flexibility to combat the devastating effects of drought, ACWA President John Coleman writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the blog post here.

U.S. Senate Passes Emergency Drought Relief Bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed an Emergency Drought Relief Act on May 22 that provides federal and state water agencies with additional flexibility to deliver water where it is most needed during California’s historic drought.

Groundwater Focus of Food and Agriculture Board Meeting June 3

Groundwater Focus of Food and Agriculture Board Meeting June 3

Improving groundwater management in California will be the focus of discussion at a meeting of California State Board of Food and Agriculture June 3 in Sacramento.

ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn will join other speakers on the issue including: Gordon Burns, California Environmental Protection Agency; Lester Snow, California Water Foundation; Tim Parker, Groundwater Resources Association of California; Dave Puglia, Western Growers and Chris Scheuring, California Farm Bureau Federation.

Visual Simulations of Proposed BDCP Tunnels Released

Visual Simulations of Proposed BDCP Tunnels Released

The Delta Protection Commission this week released visual simulations of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) tunnel intakes. The images are available at

May 23 ACWA News Now Available Online

The May 23, 2014, issue of ACWA News is now available online. This issue looks back at the 2014 ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition on May 6-9. Nearly 1,700 local and state water leaders from throughout California gathered in Monterey to explore topics ranging from drought to sustainable groundwater management to reducing the amount of water used in producing beer.

Southern California Intensifying Water Conservation Efforts

Southern California is taking additional steps to stretch its water supply during this year’s drought and meet demand for 2014, officials said Thursday, May 22.

Senate Passes WRRDA Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed the Conference Report on H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), by a vote of 91-7. The bipartisan vote came after the House voted to approve the measure on Tuesday. The measure will now go to President Obama, who has indicated that he will sign it.

PPIC Poll Shows Drought Hitting Home with Californians

A record-high percentage of Californians say water supply is a big problem in their part of the state and most say they are using less water both indoors and outdoors this year, according to the latest statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Achieving a New Normal in California Landscapes

Thu, 05/29/2014 – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Citrus Heights Community Center, Citrus Heights

Presented by the California Urban Water Conservation Council, this event will feature presentations from state agencies about their current programs, challenges, and plans that affect landscapes in California. Landscape practitioners from cities, counties, non-profit organizations, and state agencies will share successful projects that demonstrate how partnerships, education, and local engagement achieved positive strides towards more sustainable landscapes.

The Challenges of the 2014 Drought: Water Project Operations

Wed, 06/04/2014

Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814

2014 is one of California’s driest years on record, creating challenging hydrologic conditions for operations of the state and federal projects that move water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Learn about how this drought is affecting water project operations and conditions in the Delta and the actions being taken in response to balance impacts to cities, farms, and the environment at this FREE one-day briefing.

ACWA Region 3 & MCWRA Joint Program

Fri, 06/06/2014

Placerville, CA

Registration Open!

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

ACWA Region 1 North Coast Issues Forum

Thu, 07/10/2014 – Fri, 07/11/2014

Humboldt Bay, CA


ACWA Region 1 Program & Tour

North Coast Water Forum

Eureka, CA

July 10-11, 2014

Registration available online June 2 at:

ACWA Regulatory Summit

Wed, 08/13/2014 – Thu, 08/14/2014

South Lake Tahoe

ACWA’s 2014 Regulatory Summit is set for Aug. 13-14, 2014, in South Lake Tahoe.

This year’s theme is, “Looking Upstream: Managing California’s Headwaters for Sustainability.”

The event will be held at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel – South Lake Tahoe, CA

Registration and details will be available soon.

2014 California Adaptation Forum!

Tue, 08/19/2014 – Wed, 08/20/2014

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

The Local Government Commission and the State of California are orga

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.

2014 Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament

Fri, 09/19/2014

DarkHorse Golf Club, Auburn

Registration and details will be available soon.

CalDesal 3rd Annual Conference

Mon, 10/06/2014 – Tue, 10/07/2014

Portola Hotel in Monterey

The conference will be attended by desalination industry professionals, CalDesal member agency representatives, local and state/federal agency staff and decisionmakers, California legislators, non-governmental organizations and other special guests.
For additional information regarding CalDesal, its mission, and membership, please visit the CalDesal website, or contact Ron Davis at, or by phone at (916) 492-6082.

2014 ACWA Continuing Legal Education Seminar (CLE)

Thu, 10/09/2014 – Fri, 10/10/2014



Upcoming ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Water Forum – October 17, 2014 Visalia, CA

Fri, 10/17/2014

Visalia, CA

The San Joaquin regions are planning their annual Joint Water Forum in Visalia this fall. The forum will highlight regional policy issues and feature local elected officials.


Registration will available September 2014.


Questions: Please contact Regional Affairs Representative Katie Dahl at or call 916-441-4545.

Upcoming ACWA Region 5 Reception & Program – October 19 & 20, Livermore, CA

Sun, 10/19/2014 – Mon, 10/20/2014

Livermore, CA

Region 5 is planning its fall event in Livermore to focus on outside-the-box approaches to watershed sustainability. Plan to attend this program and hear regional insights on imported water, aquifer management, flood control, conservation, and water recycling.


Registration will be available September 2014.


Questions: Please contact Regional Affairs Representative Katie Dahl at or call 916-441-4545.

ACWA 2014 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 12/02/2014 – Fri, 12/05/2014

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

ACWA’s 2014 Fall Conference & Exhibition is set for Dec. 2-5, 2014, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego.

Conference Exhibitors Information