ACWA eNews for January 29, 2015

 for Jan. 28, 2015

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

Rep. Huffman to Serve as Ranking Member on Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee

Submitted by Josh Abel on Tue, 01/27/2015 – 1:46pm

House Democrats announced Tuesday that Rep. Jared Huffman (D-2) will serve as the ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the country’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, interstate water issues, and the generation of electricity from federal water projects.

Following the announcement, Huffman issued this statement:

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City of San Diego Public Utilities Department Wins Water Prize

The U.S. Water Alliance (USWA) announced Tuesday that the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, an ACWA member, is among the winners of its annual U.S. Water Prize. The prize was created by the USWA to honor organizations that promote innovation in the name of water sustainability.

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Sacramento Region Reduces Water Use by Nearly 20% in 2014

The Sacramento region as a whole answered Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for significant water conservation last year and reduced its water usage by nearly 20% in 2014 compared with its 2013 usage, according to an analysis released by the Regional Water Authority today.

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Salinity Barriers May Be Needed in Delta If Drought Persists; DWR Officials Prepare

Emergency salinity control barriers may be needed in three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if weather conditions stay exceedingly dry through spring, officials with the Department of Water Resources announced today.

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DWR Announces $150 Million Available for Central Valley Urban Flood Protection Projects

Sacramento and San Joaquin valley agencies seeking to reduce flood risk in local cities and suburbs may be eligible for a portion of $150 million in state funds for flood management efforts, the Department of Water Resources announced today.

The funding is intended to help local Central Valley agencies pay for repairing and improving levees, weirs and bypasses, and also improve or add new infrastructure that would provide a higher level of flood protection for development behind federal and state levees.

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Bureau of Reclamation Provides Update on Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

The Bureau of Reclamation on Friday provided an update on the current water supply conditions for six key Central Valley Project reservoirs as of Jan. 22. The numbers are discouraging – showing that storage in four of the six CVP reservoirs is currently lower than this time last year. Current overall storage is at 4.337 million acre-feet which is 244,000 acre-feet less than January 2014.

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State Board Warns of Water Curtailments if Dry Conditions Persist

The State Water Resources Control Board advised water rights holders today that water diversions may be curtailed in critically dry watersheds again this year if conditions do not improve over the coming months.

“If hydrologic conditions do not significantly improve in the next several months, the State Water Board will once again begin notifying water right holders in critically dry watersheds of the requirement to limit or stop diversions of water under their water right, based on their priority,” the notice read.

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ACWA Scholarships Available for Graduate, Undergraduate Students

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

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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.

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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

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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.


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ACWA 2015 Legislative Symposium

Wed, 03/04/2015

Location: 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.

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Lower Colorado River Tour 2015

 Wed, 03/11/2015Fri, 03/13/2015
Location: 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.

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Central Valley Tour 2015

Wed, 04/22/2015Fri, 04/24/2015
Location: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
Location: 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.


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