ACWA eNews for June 18, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 19, 2014

ACWA eNews for June 18, 2014

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

Groundwater Sustainability Focus of Water Commission Meeting

Building a more sustainable groundwater management system in California was identified as a top statewide water priority by several speakers Wednesday during a meeting of the California Water Commission.

ACWA Seeks Legislative Proposals for First Year of 2014-’15 Session

ACWA is seeking legislative proposals from its member agencies for the first year of the 2014-‘15 legislative session.

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, Sept. 5. The association’s State Legislative Committee will hear presentations and consider proposals at its meeting on Oct. 24 in Sacramento.

Agencies interested in submitting legislative proposals for ACWA to sponsor or support next year should take the following steps:

Senate Committee Approves Estevan López for Reclamation Post

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved President Obama’s choice of Estevan López to be the next Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Mr. López had been nominated for the post after his predecessor, Mike Connor, was promoted to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Mr. López’s nomination must now go before the full Senate.

State Water Board Hears Update on Urban Conservation; May Consider Emergency Drought Regulations

Statewide emergency regulations limiting outdoor watering or banning water fountains could be adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) in July as part of ongoing efforts to reduce Californians’ water use during drought.

Bureau of Reclamation to Hold Public Workshop on Proposed Changes to the Municipal and Industrial Ratesetting Policy

On Monday, June 23rd, the Bureau of Reclamation will be holding a public workshop to discuss proposed changes to the Municipal and Industrial Ratesetting Policy. The proposed changes have not yet been finalized and a 30 day comment period will be held to solicit public input. The comment period ends at the close of business on July 23.

A copy of the proposed changes can be found here.

Low-Interest Loans Still Available for Water Recycling Projects

The State Water Board is continuing to accept applications for a total of $800 million in extremely low-interest loans for water recycling projects that can be completed during the next three years.

The State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance is making the 1% interest loans available to municipalities through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) as part of the state’s response to the statewide drought.

Report: Coachella Valley Groundwater Replenishment Making Positive Impact

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presents another example of how a replenishment facility can have a positive impact on local groundwater levels and slow or stop land subsidence.

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.

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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