ACWA eNews for June 11, 2014

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  • on June 12, 2014

ACWA eNews for June 11, 2014

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events. Manage your subscription here.

State Water Board to Hear Report on Urban Water Conservation

Urban water suppliers and other stakeholders will provide an update to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) June 17 on actions taken to reduce water usage during this year’s drought.

The update will be given as part of the State Water Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m., June 17 at the Cal/EPA building in Sacramento.

House Holds Hearing on Proposed Clean Water Act Rule

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing entitled: Potential Impacts of Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule. Several members of the California delegation asked pointed questions to the assembled panelists.

DWR Releases Prioritization Results for Monitoring Groundwater Basins

Nearly one in four of California’s groundwater basins and subbasins have been deemed medium or high priority under a statewide monitoring program, the Department of Water Resources announced late Tuesday.

Blog Post: ACWA Report Puts Drought Impacts, Vulnerabilities in Vivid Focus

A report released today by ACWA offers a unique, on-the-ground perspective on drought impacts around the state and the need for action to avoid even more dire consequence in 10, 15 or 20 years, ACWA President John Coleman writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the blog post here.

State Streamlines Permitting for Recycled Water Use

The State Water Resources Control Board this month adopted a general order intended to make it easier to use non-potable recycled water for agriculture, landscaping irrigation and some industrial purposes.

The general order adopted June 3 isn’t intended for uses that supplement drinking water supplies or recharge groundwater stores, and the order doesn’t allow direct or indirect potable uses of recycled water.

House Subcommittee Advances Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies voted unanimously on Tuesday to send its spending proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 to the full Appropriations Committee. The spending proposal covers the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers and related agencies.

ACWA Releases Report on Regional Impacts of 2014 Drought

ACWA today released a report detailing specific impacts of the drought around the state and underscoring the need for a variety of strategies and actions to improve the resiliency of the state’s water system.

President Obama Signs WRRDA into Law

President Obama, on Tuesday, signed HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, into law. The law streamlines the Army Corps infrastructure authorization process, authorizes new projects, deauthorizes old projects, and accelerates project delivery.

The President’s signing ceremony follows a bipartisan show of support for the bill in both houses of Congress, where it passed the House by a vote of 412-4 and the Senate by a vote of 91-7.

EPA to Extend Comment Period on Clean Water Act Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would be extending the comment period for a regulatory proposal to expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

The 90-day comment period, which was set to end on July 21, was extended by an additional 91 days to October 20, following an outcry by a number of groups, including ACWA, that the complexity of the rule necessitated a lengthier comment period.

Comments Sought on Draft Permit for Discharges from Drinking Water Systems

The State Water Resources Control Board is seeking public comments on a draft statewide general NPDES permit for discharges from drinking water systems to surface waters.

June 6 Digital ACWA News Now Available Online

The June 6, 2014, issue of ACWA News is now available online. With water at the forefront of public attention to a degree not seen in a generation, the next four weeks promise to be a critical time for legislative action on a water bond for the November 2014 ballot.

Over $6 Million Awarded to Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Projects

As California grapples with its third dry year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced the recipients of $6.3 million in agricultural water conservation and efficiency grants that will fund projects designed to help communities build resilience to drought by modernizing their water infrastructure and developing methods to increase water use efficiency.

Headwaters Management Focus of ACWA Regulatory Summit

Headwaters Management Focus of ACWA Regulatory Summit

Sustainably managing California’s headwaters will be the focus of ACWA’s annual regulatory summit which this year will be held Aug. 13-14 in South Lake Tahoe.

Titled – “Looking Upstream: Managing California’s Headwaters for Sustainability” – the event begins on August 13 with a tour of a Forest Management Demonstration Area in South Lake Tahoe.The tour will be followed by poster session and a welcome reception.

On August 14, the summit will continue, covering topics such as:

ACWA Region 1 North Coast Issues Forum

Thu, 07/10/2014 – Fri, 07/11/2014

Humboldt Bay, CA

Registration Open!

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, Calif.

Registration is now open. Click here for online registration, hotel information and other details.

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



ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Water Forum

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.

ACWA Region 5 Reception & Program

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

ACWA 2015 DC Conference

Wed, 02/25/2015 – Thu, 02/26/2015

The Liaison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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