ACWA eNews for February 4, 2015

ACWA eNews for Feb. 4, 2015


Local Water Agencies Gear Up for Ongoing Conservation, Drought Response

With a fourth year of drought now unfolding, water agencies around the state are gearing up for continued water use restrictions and ongoing education and outreach on water conservation.

State Water Board Approves Elements of Temporary Urgency Change Petition for SWP and CVP

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday issued an order approving elements of the Jan. 23 temporary urgency change petition submitted by the Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation requesting modifications to the management of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project in the coming year. The order is effective immediately.

Deadlines to Apply for ACWA Region Board Vacancies Approaching

ACWA Region’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 have opened a call for candidates to fill vacancies on their boards for the remainder of the 2014-2015 term. The leadership of ACWA’s 10 geographical regions is integral to the leadership of the association as a whole. Region Board members determine the direction and focus of region issues and activities.

Save Our Water Message Delivered 210 Million Times in 2014

Californians had the opportunity to receive the message to save water at least five times apiece in 2014 when the Save Our Water campaign ramped into high gear due to the state’s drought, delivering water conservation messages on television, radio, social media, websites and even lawn signs.

That was one of the statistics delivered today to the State Water Resources Control Board during an update by officials with the Save Our Water campaign, which is co-managed by ACWA and the Department of Water Resources.

Federal, State and Local Water Officials Discuss Drought, Priorities for 2015, and Benefits of Potential Storage Projects

The California Board of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday heard updates from federal, state and local water officials on the drought and anticipated actions for the coming year.  Board members also heard from water agency managers on potential water storage projects that may help improve the state’s water system.

Californians Achieve Strong Water Conservation Gains in December

Californians cut back on water use by 22% in December as compared with the same period last year, clocking the largest water conservation gains since state officials began tracking the data last summer,  according to data released today by the State Water Resources Control Board.

State Board Releases Report on Improving Oversight of Water Right Systems During Drought

The State Water Resources Control Board on Jan. 30 released a report outlining ways to improve the enforcement of the state’s water rights system, addressing issues ranging from improving the accuracy and timeliness of supply and demand data to increasing public outreach.

The recommendations for improvement are based on a review of the State Board’s implementation of the water rights system during 2014. The report is viewed as a way to improve the water rights enforcement process as California faces the likelihood of a fourth consecutive dry year.

New PPIC Poll Shows 59% Californians Are Concerned About Water

A majority of Californians – 59% – currently consider water supply to be a “big problem” in their region, though the number is down from 68% who held this view in October 2014, according to a new statewide survey released late Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The percentage of likely voters who reported water supply as a problem was higher at 70%. Regional responses were varied with as many as 68% of residents in the Central Valley calling water supply a problem, and as few as 56% of Bay area residents in agreement.

Second Manual Snow Survey Shows Statewide Snowpack at 25%

Snow at Phillips Station on Jan. 29, 2015

Increased temperatures and a sharp decrease in precipitation since early December are to blame for the state’s meager snowpack, the Department of Water Resources reported after today’s measurements showed the statewide snow water equivalent is at a slim 25% of the historical average. Manual measurements taken today near Echo Summit found the Sierra snowpack at that location is at a measly 12%.

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

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

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

AMI Symposium

Thu, 02/26/2015

West Sacramento Galleria at City Hall 1110 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691

The AMI Symposium has been rescheduled to February 26, 2015.  This AMI Symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the technology itself, pertinent economic considerations, and practical advice from utility and industry representatives. Register by February 5, 2015.

Topics Covered:

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.

BlueTechValley Water Summit

Thu, 03/05/2015

Clovis Veterans Memorial District 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612

Where Great Ideas Are Growing…..

Nestled in the heart of the nation’s top agricultural producing lands of Central California, the BlueTechValley Water Summit will focus on the theme “Rethink Water – making decisions in ever changing conditions” on March 5th 2015 in Fresno, CA.

The conference will feature:

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.

California Water Policy Conference

Thu, 03/19/2015Fri, 03/20/2015

Roberts Environment Center (REC), Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA

California Water Policy 24

The Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College

Our 24th Year

2015 CalCAN Summit

Tue, 03/24/2015Wed, 03/25/2015

UC Davis Conference Center

California Climate & Agriculture Summit

On March 24 and 25, CalCAN will host the 4th California Climate and Agriculture Summit at the UC Davis Conference Center. The Summit begins with a farm tour in the Yolo County area on March 24th, followed by a full day of plenary, workshop, and poster presentations and ending with a wine and cheese reception.

12th Annual Water Conservation Showcase

Tue, 03/24/2015 – 9:00am6:00pm

PG&E Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard St., San Francisco

About the Showcase

Contra Costa Master Gardener: Conserving Water in the Landscape

Tue, 03/24/2015 – 7:00pm8:30pm

Danville Library, 400 Front Street, Danville CA 94526

CCMG Roxy Wolosenko will expertly guide the audience through a variety of practices that will help homeowners conserve water in their landscape. Learn about irrigation methods, plant selection and placement, water gardening and rainwater harvesting. Participants will also receive hands-on practice using irrigation components.

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.

19th Annual Children’s Water Education Festival

Wed, 03/25/2015Thu, 03/26/2015

University of California, Irvine

The 19th annual Children’s Water Education Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States. The event is presented by the Orange County Water District, Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute, and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team.

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.

44th Spring Conference: The ABA Super Conference on Environmental Law

Thu, 03/26/2015Sat, 03/28/2015

Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery St San Francisco, CA 94105

For four decades, in the spring of each year, the leading environmental, energy, and resource lawyers, government officials, and academics gather to address the key topics of the day for practicing lawyers.

Learn about the most recent developments in air, water, waste, and enforcement issues at the hot topics panels.

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County: Drip Irrigation

Sat, 03/28/2015 – 1:00pm4:30pm

Sherwood Demonstration Garden: Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville

With summer coming soon, it is very important to preserve our water resources, while protecting the investments in our plants and landscaping. Join Master Gardeners Debbie Hillel and Sheri Burke as they discuss the basics of home sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. Learn how to provide your plants with the water they need and reduce your water bill.

Location: Sherwood Demonstration Garden: Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville (in front of the Community Observatory)

AWRA’s 2015 Spring Conference “Water for Urban Areas: Managing Risks and Building Resiliency”

Mon, 03/30/2015Wed, 04/01/2015

Los Angeles Airport Hilton, Los Angeles, CA.

Urban water suppliers have unique challenges associated with fluctuations in economy and population growth; changing climate, water supply and quality conditions; aging infrastructures; and increasing costs and regulatory requirements. In response, many urban water supplies are studying in greater detail traditional and non-traditional water management strategies and approaches to manage the increasing risks and incorporate long-term resiliency within their system.

2015 California Green Summit

Tue, 04/07/2015Wed, 04/08/2015

Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA.


Now in its ninth year, the Green California Summit remains the only event of its kind – an annual opportunity for stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share innovations in policy, practice and technology that can help the Golden state attain its environmental and economic goals.

UC Master Gardeners of San Joaquin: Tips and Tricks for Drought Friendly Landscaping

Sat, 04/11/2015 – 10:30am11:30am

City of Stockton Delta Water Supply Project

“Easy ways you can conserve water in your existing landscape”.

Location:  11373 North Lower Sacramento Road, Stockton

Seating is limited to 30.  RSVP to 209-953-6100 by Wednesday, April 8, to secure your seat.

California Wetlands: Implications of Changing Policy

Thu, 04/16/2015Fri, 04/17/2015

Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Wetlands issues present complex legal and biological challenges, while regulations and policy changes continue to evolve. You need the insight and knowledge for your project to succeed.

When you attend this Conference, you will interact with an outstanding group of nationally-recognized experts who will give you the tools to effectively navigate this ever-changing arena.

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.

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County: Rainwater Harvesting/Greywater Use

Sat, 04/25/2015 – 9:00am12:00pm

Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville, CA 95667

Tap into free water sources that readily available on your own property: rainwater and greywater. You will learn various methods of collecting rain, and creating a rain garden. MG Alice Cantelow tells you how to safely and legally use greywater—the water from your shower and bathroom sinks. Resource and real life examples from our area discussed.

Location: Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA

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.



American Water Works Association Annual Conference

Sun, 06/07/2015Wed, 06/10/2015

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

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