ACWA eNews for February 11, 2015

ACWA eNews for Feb. 11, 2015

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

PPIC Addresses State Water Challenges in New Multi-Topic Policy Paper Series

California will need to address several key water policy areas to secure a safe and reliable water supply, improve the ecosystem and reduce flood risks, according to a new comprehensive multi-topic policy paper released Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Water Bond Funds Will Target Statewide, Integrated System, Lawmakers Told

California departments that oversee the state’s water and environmental resources are gearing up to disburse the $7.5 billion in water bond funds approved by the voters in 2014 and are aiming to use the funds to build an integrated, resilient statewide water system.

That was the overarching message delivered today by agency leaders who spoke during an informational  hearing at the Capitol that provided lawmakers with an overview of the process and goals of disbursement of Proposition 1 monies.

MWD Outlines Drought Scenarios that Could Result in Mandatory Rationing This Summer

In preparation for a fourth year of drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California today outlined scenarios for its board that may require the district to make wholesale cutbacks by July 1. MWD’s Board of Directors will consider its options in April, but if a supply allocation is adopted MWD says it could result in water rationing throughout Southern California this summer. The last time MWD allocated water supplies was in 2009-11.

State Board Streamlines Process to Apply for Drinking Water Funds

The State Water Resources Control Board has streamlined access to its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund in an attempt to make it easier for water systems to apply for project funds, officials with the State Board’s Division of Financial Assistance announced Friday.

$50 million in Drought Relief for Western States Detailed During Drought Response Press Conference

Noting the nationwide significance of California’s economy and agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the availability of $50 million in federal grants for drought relief in western states. The announcement was made during a Sacramento press conference to address federal and state drought responses Friday morning at the Capitol with Gov. Jerry Brown. The Central Valley Project is expected to receive $19.9 million of those funds.

Reclamation Releases Millions in Funding for Drought Response and Rural Water Projects

The Bureau of Reclamation, on Friday, announced its intention to use the $96.9 million allocated to it under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 to fund Western drought response and rural water projects, as well as a number of other significant priorities.

Assembly Member Wood Introduces Bill to Address Environmental and Water Impacts of Marijuana Cultivation

Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) on Thursday introduced a bill – AB 243, the Marijuana Watershed Protection Act – that seeks to regulate the environmental and water impacts of indoor and outdoor medical marijuana growing operations. The bill does not address the legal issues related to authorization for medical marijuana cultivation.

Water 2015

Thu, 02/19/2015 – 8:00am3:30pm

Sacramento Masonic Temple 1123 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Capitol Weekly & UC Center will host a conference: WATER 2015, a day-long program looking at the future of water in California. It marks the 14th conference on critical state issues jointly sponsored by Capitol Weekly and the UC Center.

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.


2015 Drought Response Workshop

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

Atrium Hotel in Irvine, CA

Register Now for the 2015 Drought Response Workshop (Irvine, CA)

February 25-26, 2015, at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, CA

Sponsored by: California Department of Water Resources, Southern California Water Committee, National Water Research Institute

The 2015 Drought Response Workshop will focus on drought planning, response, and mitigation measures. Individuals from water agencies and other public and local organizations involved in drought response and planning efforts are invited to attend.

CA-NV American Water Works Asssociation Groundwater Workshop

Wed, 02/25/2015 – 7:30am4:30pm

California-Nevada Section Office 10435 Ashford Street, First Floor Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Workshop will provide attendees with an overview of groundwater aspects that pertain to the drinking water industry, identify groundwater sources & discuss factors which influence water quality & quantity, followed by a review of the groundwater management practices.

Member $175 / Non-member $275

Groundwater Regulation and Management in California

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

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at 828 I Street in Sacramento, CA 95814

California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is perhaps the most significant water law to be passed in the last 100 years. For the first time, California will implement broad reaching regulations over groundwater that will be phased in over the next several years. These new requirements will substantially affect future decisions in the areas of land use, the environment, agriculture and municipal water use, and many other aspects of California life.

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.

California Water 2015: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?

Thu, 03/05/2015 – 7:30pm9:00pm

Symantec 350 Ellis Street, Building E, Room #102, Mountain View, CA, 94043

Felicia Marcus will give a sense of California water’s setting (basic hydrology, infrastructure, etc), discuss the drought’s impacts and the state’s actions to address them, and will talk about how California water management is changing (and needs to change) to cope with the impacts of climate change, population growth, and future food security.

Registration is $10 per person

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.

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.



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