Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Wed, 08/06/2014 – 4:41pm
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.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 08/06/2014 – 1:16pm
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.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 08/06/2014 – 12:51pm
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.
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Tue, 08/05/2014 – 2:50pm
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%.
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Tue, 08/05/2014 – 2:14pm
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.”
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Mon, 08/04/2014 – 4:22pm
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:
Submitted by Marie Meade on Fri, 08/01/2014 – 4:03pm
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.
Submitted by Josh Abel on Fri, 08/01/2014 – 1:29pm
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.
Submitted by Josh Abel on Thu, 07/31/2014 – 1:58pm
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.
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.
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.
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 atwww.caldesal.org, or contact Ron Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (916) 492-6082.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 916-441-4545.