ACWA eNews for March 11, 2015

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


2015 Drought Briefing “Four Years and Counting” Set for April 9

ACWA in partnership with several organizations will present a 2015 drought briefing April 9 that will examine the impacts and responses to California’s fourth year of drought.

Titled  – “2015  Drought Briefing – Four Years and Counting: Impacts and Actions” – the briefing will examine the weather outlook for 2015 and the impacts that can be expected on water operations, the environment, fire response, agriculture and water conservation.

Among the topics to be covered:

Governor Brown Announces Appointments to Water Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown on March 11 announced the reappointment of Jose Del Bosque to the California Water Commission as well as the new appointments of Paula Daniels and Maria Herrera. All of the positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.


ACWA Regions 5 and 6 Seek Candidates for Region Boards

ACWA Regions 5 and 6 are seeking candidates to fill vacancies on their region boards for the remainder of the 2014-2015 term. Those interested are encouraged to apply.

The application deadlines are listed below.

Region 5 Board application deadline: March 20click here for more information

Senate Hearing Examines Injection Well Compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act

California state officials unveiled an aggressive timeline for reviewing and bringing the state’s injection wells into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act during a joint legislative oversight hearing Tuesday at the state Capitol.

State Board Releases Updated Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday released additional emergency water conservation regulations that, if adopted, would require some additional reporting requirements for urban water suppliers.

The State Board is scheduled to consider the package of proposed emergency regulations at its March 17 meeting. Comments on the proposed package are due Thursday, March 12.

The proposed new regulations are included in the package of existing emergency regulations that the board will consider extending another 270 days.

State Board Revises February Temporary Urgency Change Petition Order

The State Water Resources Control Board Thursday issued revisions to its Feb. 3 Temporary Urgency Change Order covering state and federal water project operations amid the continuing drought.

Specifically, the revised order:


DWR Updates Schedule for Prop. 84 IRWM Solicitation

The Department of Water Resources this week announced that it has updated the schedule for the Proposition 84 2015 Integrated Regional Water Management Implementation Grant Program solicitation.

The updates show an accelerated timeline for the final Proposition 84 IRWM solicitation. The draft guidelines and proposal solicitation package will be released for public review and comment in mid-March. Public meetings will begin in mid-April. Announcement of final awards is set for mid-December.

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.


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


Water Education Foundation -The Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project Operations

Thu, 03/19/2015

Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) at the University Business Center on the CSU Fresno Campus.

Free One-Day Briefing Cosponsored by California Department of Water Resources and Water Education Foundation

In cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno

Water year 2015 follows the record-dry three-year period of 2012-2014. Last year’s severely dry hydrology resulted in water allocation cutbacks to State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project contractors. As we approach the end of 2015’s rainy season hydrologic conditions are better than last year, but drought impacts remain.


ACWA 2015 Small Hydro Workshop

Thu, 03/19/2015 – 8:00amFri, 03/20/2015 – 12:30pm


ACWA’s 2015 Small Hydro Workshops are set to take place at 2 LOCATIONS!

ACWA Office, 910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814

March 20 – FRESNO
1274 W. Hedges Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

ACWA 2015 Small Hydro Workshop

Fri, 03/20/2015 – 8:00am12:30pm


ACWA’s 2015 Small Hydro Workshops are set to take place at 2 LOCATIONS!

ACWA Office, 910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814

March 20 – FRESNO
1274 W. Hedges Ave, Fresno, CA 93728


ACWA Region 5 Spring Event

Sun, 03/22/2015Mon, 03/23/2015

San Jose, CA

Preliminary Sunday and Monday Agenda HERE

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


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.

2015 Drought Briefing – Four Years and Counting: Impacts and Actions

Thu, 04/09/2015 – 8:30am12:30pm

Crest Theatre 1013 K Street, Sacramento

California has entered its fourth year of drought with far-reaching impacts on
water supply, agriculture, habitat, fish and wildlife, and water conservation.
The drought’s severity has not escaped public attention, with some 94% of
voters calling the situation “serious” in a recent Field Poll.


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.


Bay-Delta Tour 2015

Wed, 06/24/2015Fri, 06/26/2015

Tour begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport

Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation, this 3-day, 2-night tour takes participants to the heart of California water policy – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

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