ACWA eNews for August 6, 2014

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ACWA eNews for Aug. 6, 2014


Fire Season Intensified by Drought

California’s drought is intensifying this year’s fire season with dry conditions creating more fuel to keep large wildfires roaring.

Over 11,000 state, local and federal firefighters are battling California’s intense wildfires. According to officials from CAL FIRE, 11 large wildfires were blazing in California as of Aug. 6, charring over 145,000 combined acres so far. Fires are raging in Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta and Mendocino counties.  Fires also are ablaze in the Klamath, Lassen  and Sierra national forests.

Amended Versions of Groundwater Bills Now in Print

Two bills aimed at advancing sustainable management of California’s groundwater basins were amended earlier this week.

Blog Post: Region 1 Heads to Humboldt for North Coast Water Forum

From marijuana cultivation to climate change to lawsuits, Region 1 members tackled an array of current issues and challenges at the recent North Coast Water Forum in Humboldt County, Region 1 Chair Aldaron Laird writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

Read the blog post here.

New Poll Shows Likely Voters Favor Scaled-Down Water Bond

Two new public opinion polls commissioned by ACWA, the California Alliance for Jobs and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) show that likely voters favor a scaled-down water bond for the November 2014 ballot.

Conan O’Brien Urges Californians to Save Water in New PSAs

Comedian and television talk show host Conan O’Brien is featured in a series of new public service announcements (PSAs) released today that call on Californians to conserve water during the state’s historic drought.

Six videos were released today featuring O’Brien and his sidekick Andy Richter talking about simple ways to save water so Californians can to do their part in cutting personal water use by 20%.

Governor Brown Weighs In On Need for Water Bond

Gov. Jerry Brown today issued an emailed communication about California’s drought and the need for a water bond to address the state’s pressing water needs.

“Water is central to our lives, our wildlife and our food supply. Our economy depends on it,” Brown wrote in his message. “We must act now so that we can continue to manage as good stewards of this vital resource for generations to come.”

Resources Agency Releases Updated Climate Change Assessment

The California Natural Resources Agency on Aug. 1 released the Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risk, a document intended to provide policy guidance for state decision makers on preparing for climate change.

The report seeks to plan and prepare for the unavoidable risks of climate change and is an updated version of the 2009 climate change assessment. The plan outlines an integrated, three-R’s strategy:

Mayor of Compton Aja Brown Appointed to Delta Stewardship Council

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins appointed Aja Brown to serve as a Council member on the Delta Stewardship Council on Aug. 1. She replaces Gloria Gray, whose term expired.

Brown is mayor of Compton in Los Angeles County and is a community development professional with more than 10 years of experience working in urban communities.

Brown holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California.

W21: Water in the 21st Century Legislation Introduced

California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein along with their House colleagues Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced legislation to promote water conservation and recycling on July 31.

Work Continues on Federal Drought Relief Legislation

Members of Congress continue to work on merging competing pieces of drought relief legislation passed in the House and Senate earlier this year.

POLITICO reports that Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) recently sent a retooled version of her bill to the Republican-controlled House, where she hopes to win approval for her changes. Though a conference committee has not yet been formed to formally draft a bicameral bill, staff members in each house have been working to iron out differences now to speed up the process down the line.

SCWC, Clear Channel Launch Conservation Campaign

Southern California Water Committee and Clear Channel Outdoor unveiled a new partnership and advertising campaign on July 31 to encourage Californians to save water during the ongoing drought.

ACWA Regulatory Summit

Wed, 08/13/2014 – Thu, 08/14/2014

South Lake Tahoe

“Looking Upstream: Managing California’s Headwaters for Sustainability”

Water Underfoot

Wed, 08/13/2014 – 6:00pm

The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco

The historic drought is driving farmers and communities to suck more out of the ground. That can lead to salt water leaking into aquifers and the creation of sinkholes. California manages and monitors its groundwater much more loosely than other Western states. The new fracking law and other measures are gradually changing that, but the Golden State still needs to improve how it handles a precious economic resource. Will the drought finally drive California to improve the way it uses the water under our feet? Join us for an update on keeping the water flowing in dry times.

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

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.

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 – 8:00am – 3:00pm

UC Davis Campus (Specific location tbd)

California Native Grasslands Association

ACWA Regions 2 & 4 Joint Program: Climate Change and Sacramento Valley Water Operations

Thu, 09/18/2014 – 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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

September 18, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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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