ACWA eNews for April 15, 2015

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


ACWA-Sponsored SB 385 Clears Senate Environmental Quality Committee Unopposed

ACWA-sponsored legislation aimed at aiding compliance with the state’s new chromium-6 drinking water standard on Wednesday cleared the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, the first of two policy committees that will consider the bill in the Senate.

After amendments last week removed formal opposition to the bill, SB 385 by Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) passed on a 7-0 unanimous vote. The bill is slated for its next hearing April 28 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Drought Triggers Need for Emergency Salinity Barrier in Delta

For the first time since the drought of 1976-‘77, state officials are moving ahead with plans to build a temporary rock salinity barrier in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to keep saltwater from the San Francisco Bay from moving up into the Delta where it could mix with fresh water and threaten drinking water supplies.

LAO Says This Year’s Statewide Economic Impacts of Drought Are Limited

While the drought remains a serious economic risk factor that should continue to be monitored, it will have limited impacts on statewide economic activities this year, according to a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

MWD Board Approves Plan to Cut Deliveries to Member Agencies by 15% Beginning July 1

Citing continued drought conditions and reduced district allocations from the State Water Project and Colorado River, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors on Tuesday approved an allocation plan that will cut imported water deliveries to its member agencies by 15% starting July 1. The board approved the plan after considering recommendations by its Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, which meet Monday, April 13 to formally consider the district’s options during this fourth year of drought.


Assembly Natural Resources Committee Passes Amended ACWA-Sponsored CEQA Bill

The Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday heard AB 291 (Medina), an ACWA-sponsored California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) bill that would streamline current noticing requirements for multi-county water projects. After the author accepted amendments, the committee passed the bill with a 9-0 vote.

Water Week 2015 Begins April 12 in Washington, DC

Hundreds of water professionals from across the country will descend on Washington, DC  April 12 for the kick-off of Water Week 2015, a week-long opportunity for water professionals to connect with members of Congress and federal regulators to discuss the latest legislative, regulatory, and legal developments impacting today’s water issues

Drought Unprecedented and So Must Be the Response, Speakers Stress at ACWA Drought Briefing

California is facing the challenge of a generation with this fourth year of drought and residents must work together to conserve water while officials devise equitable and efficient plans to steer the state through the crisis.

That was the overarching theme this morning when top level officials from federal, state and local governments came together at the Crest Theatre for a briefing on the drought which was organized by ACWA in partnership with other organizations.

Delta Stewardship Council Webinar: Land Subsidence – The Lowdown on the Drawdown

Mon, 04/20/2015 – 12:00pm1:00pm

Park Tower Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room 980, Ninth St, Sacramento, CA 95814

The Delta Science Program, Ecosystem Restoration Program & Surface Water Ambient Monitoring
Program Jointly Present a Brown Bag Seminar Series
How does subsidence happen? What are the consequences?

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.


Public Listening Sessions – Basin Boundary Revisions Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Tue, 04/28/2015 – 3:00pm5:00pm

Willows Memorial Hall 525 West Sycamore Street Willows, CA 95988

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting Public Listening Sessions regarding the
development of Emergency Regulations on Groundwater Basin Boundary Revisions as part of the Sustainable
Groundwater Management Act. These listening sessions are in addition and prior to the required public

Public Listening Sessions – Basin Boundary Revisions Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Wed, 04/29/2015 – 3:00pm5:00pm

Visalia Convention Center – Charter Oak Ballroom, C/D 303 E Acequia Avenue Visalia, CA 93291

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting Public Listening Sessions regarding the

development of Emergency Regulations on Groundwater Basin Boundary Revisions as part of the Sustainable

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.”


Public Listening Sessions – Basin Boundary Revisions Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Thu, 04/30/2015 – 1:00pm3:00pm

Feldheym Central Library – Bing Wong Lecture Hall 555 W 6th Street San Bernardino, CA 92410

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting Public Listening Sessions regarding the

development of Emergency Regulations on Groundwater Basin Boundary Revisions as part of the Sustainable

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.


Water Education Foundation Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation

Thu, 05/21/2015Fri, 05/22/2015

Hilton San Diego Resort, 1775 Mission Bay Drive

Policymakers, city and county government officials, water agencies, businesses, tribes, environmental organizations and academia are all invited to attend this May 21-22 conference in San Diego.

“Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation” is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation in partnership with the Roundtable of Regions.


American Water Works Association Annual Conference

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

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

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.


ACWA 2015 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Workshop

Thu, 09/10/2015Fri, 09/11/2015

Waterfront Hotel, Oakland

Information coming soon.

Groundwater Tour 2015

Thu, 09/24/2015Fri, 09/25/2015

Tour begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport

This 2-day, 1-night tour will travel through the Sacramento region to view sites that explore groundwater issues. Topics will include groundwater quality, overdraft and subsidence, agricultural use, wells, and regional management efforts.

We will also discuss the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and its governance and implementation. The tour begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport.

Southern California Tour 2015

Thu, 10/08/2015Fri, 10/09/2015

Tour begins and ends at the Ontario International Airport

This 2-day, 1-night tour travels through Inland Southern California to learn about the region’s efforts in groundwater management, recycled water and other drought-proofing measures.

Tentative stops include Lake Perris and Diamond Valley Lake. The tour begins and ends at the Ontario International Airport.


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