ACWA eNews for January 14, 2015

  • by BPC Staff
  • on January 15, 2015

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

NOAA Analysis Shows Near- and Above- Record Rain Needed to Lift Drought

Despite a welcome boost from moisture-laden storms in early December, California remains firmly in a drought that could last through September 2015, according to a recent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

ACWA Scholarships Available for Graduate, Undergraduate Students

Know a hardworking graduate or undergraduate student majoring in a water resources-related field?

California Faces an “Investment Gap” in Flood Protection, Legislators Told

California needs to significantly increase its annual spending on flood protection infrastructure to help close an “investment gap” that places the state’s flood preparedness at risk, legislators were told during an informational hearing today.

State Water Project Now Using Solar Power to Meet Pump Loads

The Department of Water Resources announced on Jan. 8, 2014 that it has begun using renewable power purchased from a Dominion Solar Holdings’ solar project to help move water through the State Water Project.

The Dominion RE Camelot Solar Photovoltaic Project near Mojave in southeastern Kern County went into full commercial operation and began delivering power for the SWP on Dec. 23, 2014. The project’s single-axis photovoltaic panels directly track the sun’s movement to maximize the panels’ efficiency.

Supreme Court Upholds Delta Smelt Protections, Will Not Hear Appeal

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would not hear the appeal of several water agencies and Central Valley farmers who had asked the court to review the March 2014 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld federal Delta smelt protections.

Bureau of Reclamation Extends Comment Period for Draft EIS on CVP Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy

The Bureau of Reclamation announced on Jan. 8 that the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Central Valley Project Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy which was set to end on Jan. 30 has been extended until March 13, 2015.

Registration Open for ACWA DC Conference and Legislative Symposium

Registration is open for ACWA’s 2015 Washington, D.C. conference Feb. 25-26 as well as ACWA’s 2015 Legislative Symposium March 4 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Governor Unveils $113 Billion Budget Proposal, Includes $532 Million from Water Bond

Gov. Jerry Brown today proposed a balanced $113 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that appropriates $532 million from the recently approved water bond and restores funding to schools and health care without raising college tuition.

Brown released the proposed budget during a morning press conference and highlighted the water expenditures saying the state is “spending money on water, flood protection and combatting climate change.”

Crafting Rates for Revenue Stability and Conservation

Thu, 01/15/2015 – 8:30am4:00pm

PG&E Pacific Energy Center, San Francisco

ACWA is jointly sponsoring two all-day workshops to address how California water utilities can assure fiscal stability while still sending effective conservation signals and complying with Propositions 26 & 218.

Crafting Rates for Revenue Stability and Conservation

Wed, 01/28/2015 – 8:30am4:00pm

MWD of Southern California, Los Angeles

ACWA is jointly sponsoring two all-day workshops to address how California water utilities can assure fiscal stability while still sending effective conservation signals and complying with Propositions 26 & 218.

California Irrigation Institute Annual Conference

Mon, 02/02/2015Tue, 02/03/2015

Hilton Sacramento Arden-West

The California Irrigation Institute (CII) would like to invite you to the 53rd Annual CII Conference February 2-3, 2015 held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden-West in Sacramento, California.

CII is the oldest independent forum on water and irrigation. The conference is attended by water industry professionals, agricultural and urban water suppliers, farmers, landscape contractors and government representatives who come together to discuss the future of and improving water use efficiency, water quality and surface and groundwater management in California.

Water 101 Workshop: Learn the Basics and Beyond in this Critical Drought Year

Thu, 02/05/2015 – 8:30amFri, 02/06/2015 – 9:00am

Civic Center Galleria 1110 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691

Water Education Foundation Event

Water 101 Workshop

ACWA 2015 DC Conference

Wed, 02/25/2015Thu, 02/26/2015

The Liaison Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ACWA’s 2015 Washington, D.C. Conference is set for February 25-26, 2015 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C.


ACWA 2015 Legislative Symposium

Wed, 03/04/2015

Sacramento Convention Center

ACWA’s 2015 Legislative Symposium is set for March 4, 2015, in Sacramento.

The event will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Lower Colorado River Tour 2015

Wed, 03/11/2015Fri, 03/13/2015

Tour begins in Las Vegas and ends at California’s Ontario Airport

This 3-day, 2-night tour follows the course of the lower Colorado River through Nevada, Arizona and California, and includes a private tour of Hoover Dam.

Tour stops include the Yuma Desalting Plant, farms in the Imperial and Coachella valleys, MWD’s Gene Village, the Warren H. Brock Reservoir and the Salton Sea. Issues discussed included drought management, the Central Arizona Project, Southern Nevada’s water needs, U.S.-Mexico border issues, endangered species and tribal water rights. The tour begins in Las Vegas and ends at California’s Ontario Airport.

Water Education Foundation Executive Briefing

Wed, 03/25/2015

Sacramento at the Red Lion Inn

2015 Executive Briefing

The Foundation’s annual Executive Briefing features speakers from water stakeholder groups, the Legislature and governmental agencies that play important roles in making policy decisions about water. The 31st Annual Executive Briefing will be March 25, 2015 in Sacramento at the Red Lion Inn.

Central Valley Tour 2015

Wed, 04/22/2015Fri, 04/24/2015

Tour begins and ends at the Sacramento International Airport

This 3-day, 2-night tour travels the length of the San Joaquin Valley, giving participants a clear understanding of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.

Stops include the Kern County Water Bank, the San Joaquin River, Terminus Dam, Mendota Pool, Friant Dam, San Luis National Wildlife Refuge and San Luis Reservoir. Issues of growth, water supply, flood management, groundwater banking, storage, subsidence, wetlands, salmon restoration and agricultural supply and drainage are discussed on this tour, which begins and ends at the Sacramento International Airport.

ACWA 2015 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/05/2015Fri, 05/08/2015

Sacramento Convention Center and Surrounding Hotels, Sacramento

ACWA’s 2015 Spring Conference & Exhibition is set for May 5-8, 2015, at the Sacramento Convention Center and surrounding hotels in Sacramento. Further details to come.


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