ACWA eNews for March 18, 2015

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


Top Level Officials Confirmed for 2015 Drought Briefing

Top level officials from the Brown Administration and various state, federal and local water agencies are confirmed as speakers for an April 9 drought briefing in Sacramento that will examine the impacts and responses to California’s fourth year of drought.

State Board Mandates Outdoor Watering Restrictions Statewide as Drought Worsens

With the Sierra snowpack dwindling and precipitation at record-breaking low levels, the State Water Resources Control Board today mandated that urban water agencies adopt restrictions on outdoor watering and cautioned that it may consider “more significant” actions in weeks to come.


82% of Californians say Residents Should Conserve Water – Drought or No Drought, Poll Shows

As California enters a fourth year of drought, 90% of Californians say  they are willing to make significant changes to conserve water use both indoors and outdoors according to a new statewide poll commissioned by ACWA in partnership with Save Our Water.

PPIC Releases New Report Recommending Water Policy Reform in Four Key Areas of Drought Resiliency and Response

In addition to its own experiences, California can learn a thing or two from Australia when it comes to drought resiliency and response, according to a report released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California that recommends water policy reforms in four key areas.

In its new report, “Policy Priorities for Managing Drought,” PPIC says the state must improve its water use information, set clearer goals for public health and the environment, promote conservation and more resilient water supplies and strengthen environmental management.


DWR Releases Draft Strategic Plan for SGMA Implementation

The Department of Water Resources has released a draft strategic plan for its Groundwater Sustainability Program describing DWR’s responsibilities and outlining key actions it will take to support local agencies with implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The draft plan also describes current groundwater conditions in the state, identifies success factors in addressing key challenges, and presents an initial plan for DWR communication and outreach.

State Water Board Releases Proposed Plan to Implement Proposition 1 Water Recycling Program, Announces Public Workshops

The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday released its proposed plan to implement Proposition 1 Water Recycling Program funding and its draft amended WRFP guidelines. The State Board also announced it will host three workshops in April to present the items and hear feedback.

The workshops will be held:


DWR Releases Draft 2015 IRWM Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package

The Department of Water Resources on Thursday released its draft guidelines and proposal solicitation package for the 2015 IRWM Implementation Grant Solicitation, funded by Proposition 84. DWR is accepting public comments on the draft guidelines until April 24.

Implementation Grants are designed for projects that are ready or nearly ready to proceed to implementation.

DWR has scheduled two public meetings to be held on April 17 in Sacramento and on April 22 in Chino to review the drafts and receive comments. Written comments also can be mailed or emailed to DWR.

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



All registration changes and on-site registrations can be handled when you arrive on March 19 in Sacramento (ACWA Office, 910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814)

Please note: The workshop in Fresno on March 20 has been canceled.


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.

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.

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 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.

Water Education Foundation Central Valley Tour 2015

Wed, 04/22/2015Fri, 04/24/2015

Sacramento International Airport

Field Trip

This three-day, two-night tour travels the length of the San Joaquin Valley, giving participants a clear understanding of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.


Water Education Foundation 2015 Anne J. Schneider Lecture

Wed, 04/29/2015 – 4:00pm7:00pm

Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento

The 2015 Anne J. Schneider Lecture will be held on April 29, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. A reception will follow.

Dan Dooley, a distinguished policy leader and attorney known for successfully bridging the environmental and economic considerations in natural resources conflicts, will speak on “The Future of Agriculture in the Central Valley.”

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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