Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 04/15/2015 – 4:38pm
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.
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Wed, 04/15/2015 – 3:16pm
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.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Wed, 04/15/2015 – 1:56pm
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.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Tue, 04/14/2015 – 2:49pm
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.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Tue, 04/14/2015 – 11:42am
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.
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Fri, 04/10/2015 – 3:52pm
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
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Thu, 04/09/2015 – 1:38pm
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.
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.”
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.
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.