ACWA eNews for August 20, 2014

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ACWA eNews for Aug. 20, 2014

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

ACWA Board Votes Unanimously to Support Water Bond

The ACWA Board of Directors held a special meeting via teleconference Aug. 19 and unanimously voted to support California Proposition 1 – the $7.545 billion water bond slated for the November 4 ballot that was approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 13.

“This is truly an historic moment for ACWA,” said ACWA President John Coleman. “This water bond is the culmination of years of hard work and leadership by ACWA, its members and staff.”

Groundwater Bills Amended; Floor Votes Expected Next Week

With less than two weeks remaining in the legislative session, key bills on groundwater management have been amended again and are expected to be taken up for floor votes sometime next week.

Blog Post: Historic Action on the 2014 Water Bond is a Watershed Moment

Last week’s historic action on the 2014 water bond was both a watershed moment and a reminder that when ACWA members come together as an association, big things can happen, ACWA President John Coleman, Vice President Kathy Tiegs and Past President Randy Record write in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

Executive Director Timothy Quinn Issues Statement on Groundwater Voices Coalition Site

ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn today issued the following statement on the Groundwater Voices Coalition website:

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Place Water Bond Before Voters in November

Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday evening signed legislation to put a comprehensive $7.5 billion water bond before voters this November. Brown signed the legislation after it was approved by the Legislature Wednesday. The bond will appear as Proposition 1 on the November ballot.

Brown issued the following statement following his signing.

ACWA Hails Legislative Approval of Historic 2014 Water Bond

ACWA released the following statement Wednesday night regarding the Legislative approval of a $7.5 billion water bond:

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) hails the approval by the Legislature of an historic $7.5 billion water bond. If approved by voters in November, the bond will provide critical funds as the state grapples with one of the most severe droughts in its history. The bond also will allow for much-needed investments in the state’s backbone water infrastructure system – investments that have not been made in over 50 years.

CUEMA – 2014 Leadership Summit

Wed, 09/03/2014 – Fri, 09/05/2014

Monterey, CA

Join CUEMA and California’s top water executives September 3-5 at the Monterey Plaza Resort & Spa for leadership training and professional development.


Summit Sessions:

  • Keynote by political columnist Dan Walters
  • Integrating millennials into the water industry workforce
  • How local agencies and regional groups can shape public policy
  • Variety of panel discussion to share experiences


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.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Symposium

Tue, 09/16/2014 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

West Sacramento Galleria at City Hall

Register soon for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Symposium to be held in West Sacramento on September 16.  Registration closes Sept. 5. This event is sponsored by the California Urban Water Conservation Council and will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about AMI technology and how it can be used for water conservation purposes.  Participants will receive information on pertinent economic considerations and get practical advice from utility and industry representatives.

AMI Symposium (Advanced Metering Infrastructure)

Convert Your Water-Hungry Lawn to a Drought-Tolerant Landscape

Thu, 09/18/2014 – 8:00am – 3:00pm

UC Davis Campus, Davis CA

Convert Your Water-Hungry Lawn to a Drought-Tolerant Landscape

Keynote Speaker:John Greenlee

Specialist in grass ecology and sustainable public and private spaces.

His most recent book is The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn.


ACWA Regions 2 & 4 Joint Program

Thu, 09/18/2014 – 12:00pm

Sacramento Suburban Water District’s Antelope Gardens

 ACWA Regions 2 & 4 Joint Program

Climate Change and

Sacramento Valley Water Operations


Sacramento Suburban Water District’s Antelope Garden

7800 Antelope Road, Antelope, CA

2014 Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament

Fri, 09/19/2014

DarkHorse Golf Club, Auburn

Join us for ACWA’s 4th Annual Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament.

Water 101 Workshop

Thu, 10/02/2014 – Fri, 10/03/2014

Cucamonga Valley Water District’s Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga

Join the Conversation in this Critical Drought Year

Water 101 is coming to Southern California October 2-3, 2014. This day-and-a-half course offers you the opportunity to learn the California water basics and water district board member governance. The course will be held at the Cucamonga Valley Water District’s Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga.

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.

Water Education Foundation – Russian River Water Tour

Thu, 10/09/2014 – Fri, 10/10/2014

Tour begins and ends in Santa Rosa

Russian River Tour 2014

2014 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

Tue, 10/14/2014

Riverside Convention Center in Riverside

Join us Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside for the 6th Annual OWOW Event

Convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation

It’s up to us to make sure we keep our cool!

Our regional planning has served us well. We can continue to thrive even through tough times by working together. Join us for a dynamic discussion of the next chapter of water resources challenges and opportunities.

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Water Forum

Fri, 10/17/2014

Visalia, CA


ACWA Regions 6 & 7

San Joaquin Valley Water Forum

October 17, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Visalia

900 W Airport Dr., Visalia, CA 93277

ACWA Region 5 Tour & Program

Sun, 10/19/2014 – Mon, 10/20/2014

Livermore, CA

ACWA Region 5 Hosted Program

Creative Approaches to

Watershed Reliability in the Tri-Valley

October 19 & 20, 2014 | Livermore, CA

Water Education Foundation – Northern California Tour

Wed, 10/22/2014 – Fri, 10/24/2014

Tour begins and ends in Sacramento International Airport

Northern California Tour 2014

This 3-day, 2-night tour travels the length of the Sacramento Valley, a major source of water for California.

SAVE THE DATE! ACWA Regions 8, 9, & 10 Joint Tour & Program – San Deigo, CA

Sun, 10/26/2014 – Mon, 10/27/2014

San Diego, CA

ACWA Regions 8, 9, & 10 Joint Tour and Program

October 26 & 27

San Diego, CA

Mark your calendars for this joint region program, where attendees will have a chance to hear from managers of local projects across California’s southernmost counties. More information will be available as program develops. Registration will be available September 2.

Water Education Foundation – San Joaquin River Restoration Tour

Thu, 11/06/2014 – Fri, 11/07/2014

The tour begins and ends in Fresno

San Joaquin River Restoration Tour 2014

This 2-day, 1-night tour explores challenges associated with restoring flows and a Chinook salmon fishery to the San Joaquin River from below Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River.

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.


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