ACWA eNews for February 18, 2015

ACWA eNews for Feb. 18, 2015

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

ACWA Weighs In on Next Steps for Expiring Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

With the State Water Resources Control Board considering action to extend the soon-to-expire emergency water conservation regulations for another 270 days, ACWA has provided recommendations supporting the extension and suggested additional improvements.

ACWA Special Projects Manager Dave Bolland presented ACWA’s recommendations during a State Board meeting held Tuesday to discuss the role of the emergency regulations in light of the state’s ongoing drought emergency.

Those recommendations include:

Senate Office of Research Releases Report on Drinking Water Regulation

The Senate Office of Research has released a new report, titled “The Water We Drink, Part 1: What is California Doing to Ensure Its Water is Safe,” outlining the regulation of California’s drinking water.

The report, released Wednesday, provides background on federal and state drinking water requirements, responsible California agencies and their functions, violation and enforcement data, and information on the process for establishing maximum containment levels.

ACWA 2015 Small Hydro Workshop Registration Open

Want to better understand permitting, financing and site selection for small hydro projects? ACWA is offering a workshop that covers these topics and more. Registration is now open for the workshop, which will be offered twice, each time in a separate location.

The first hydro workshop will be held March 19 in Sacramento at ACWA’s offices from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second workshop will be held in Fresno March 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fresno Farm Bureau Office. Registration includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Call for Entries for the 2015 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence.

Sponsored annually by CH2M Hill, the Clair A. Hill Award  recognizes innovative programs by ACWA members in water resources management. Award recipients are selected based on demonstrated success at creatively addressing water industry issues, commitment to water use efficiency and conservation, leadership in broad water-related issues, and excellence in agency management and operations.

Submit Nominations Now for Water Leader Award

California has its share of water leaders, and it’s time to recognize one this spring with ACWA’s Excellence in Water Leadership Award.

If you know someone who has made a remarkable and lasting contribution to California water, please take a moment to nominate that person for the 2015 Excellence in Water Leadership Award. Nominations are due March 2.

Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Discusses Water Issues and Funding

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee held an overview hearing Thursday to discuss the relationship between state and local funding related to water issues. The committee heard reports from a variety of stakeholders as well as local and state officials.

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.

Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap

Mon, 02/23/2015 – 1:00pm2:30pm


California Urban Water Conservation Council


Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap:

Jim Horne – Office of Water, U.S. EPA

Operational Resiliency: 

Daryl Slusher – Deputy Director, Austin Water Utility

Kathryn Sorensen – Director of Water Services, City of Phoenix

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.


The Republicans Take Control of Congress!! 

Why Attend?

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.

2015 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Sun, 03/15/2015Tue, 03/17/2015

Millennium Biltmore Hotel 506 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90071

The WateReuse California Annual Conference is the premier statewide conference devoted to sustaining supplies through water recycling. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. The conference will feature technical presentations, technical tours, receptions, an awards luncheon, the annual Gordon Cologne Breakfast, the town hall session, and the ever popular exhibition component.

ACWA Region 5 Spring Event

Sun, 03/22/2015

San Jose, CA

ACWA Region 5 Event

Silicon Valley Water Forum

       March 22 & 23, 2015 | San Jose, CA

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.

Endangered Species Act: New Issues – New Controversies

Thu, 03/26/2015Fri, 03/27/2015

The Westin, 400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

When you attend this conference, you will interact with an outstanding group
of nationally recognized experts who will give you the tools and knowledge to
effectively navigate the ever-evolving Endangered Species Act and its implications.

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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