ACWA eNews for January 13, 2016

ACWA eNews for Jan. 13, 2016

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events. Manage your subscription here.

Governor Brown to Speak at California Water 2.0 Event in Sacramento

Gov. Jerry Brown’s office announced today that the governor will speak at the “California Water 2.0: What’s Next for the California Water Action Plan?” event planned tomorrow at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The day-long event is organized by ACWA and the Brown Administration. On-site registration is closed as the event space is filled to capacity. A live streaming webcast will be available here after the event begins at 9 a.m. Gov. Brown is expected to deliver remarks at about 9:15 a.m.

DWR Announces $232 Million in IRWM Grants

The California Department of Water Resources today announced approximately $232 million in grant funding of 26 Integrated Regional Water Management projects that will leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in additional local and federal dollars.

Sac Bee Runs Quinn Op-Ed Calling for Credit for Local Water Supply Investments

An op-ed penned by ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn calling for credit for local water supply investments in a new state conservation regulation ran in The Sacramento Bee today.

The op-ed encourages the State Water Resources Control Board to take a more balanced approach when crafting a new emergency mandatory conservation regulation for 2016. Quinn and ACWA have been advocating for more credit for local water system investments intended to make communities more drought resilient.

State Water Board Releases Revised Draft of Emergency Regulation for Measuring and Reporting Water Diversions

Following a December meeting to receive public comment on its initial draft, the State Water Resources Control Board on Jan. 8 released a revised draft of its Emergency Regulation for Measuring and Reporting the Diversion of Water.

Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Includes $323 Million for Drought Response

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a proposed 2016-’17 budget today which would direct $323 million for emergency drought response, including $35 million for urban and agricultural water conservation.

The $122.6 billion general fund budget plan also calls for funding increases to education, health care and state infrastructure, including upgrades to the Natural Resources Agency building. The budget also proposes putting $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, boosting it to 65% of its constitutional target.

Desalinated Water From Carlsbad Plant Delivered to Vallecitos Water District

Desalinated water from the recently completed Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant in Carlsbad is now being delivered to Vallecitos Water District thanks to the district’s direct connection pipe in San Marcos.

VWD is one of two water providers with a direct connection to the desalination plant. According to the district, the pipe will deliver as much as 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually – about 27% of its annual supply needs – or enough to supply 8,100 families for one year.

SCWC Quarterly Luncheon

Fri, 01/22/2016 – 12:00pm2:00pm

Western Municipal Water District

The Southern California Water Committee will host its quarterly luncheon at the Western Municipal Water District’s headquarters at 14205 Meridian Parkway, Riverside, CA. Western is sponsoring the event which will feature a discussion on SoCal’s water future and drought proofing strategies.

“California’s New Water Realities: Solving the Puzzle

Mon, 01/25/2016Tue, 01/26/2016

Hilton Arden-West in Sacramento, California

The California Irrigation Institute announces the dates for its 54th annual meeting.  Join them January 25-26, 2016 at the Hilton Arden-West in Sacramento, California as technical and policy experts meet to discuss “California’s New Water Realities: Solving the Puzzle.”  As California drought continues to worsen, the conference will explore and discuss new water management strategies to cope with the increasing pressure on water use.  The conference is attended by agricultural, urban and environmental interests including water districts,

Water Pricing for a Dry Future: Policy Ideas from Abroad and their Relevance to California

Tue, 02/02/2016Wed, 02/03/2016

UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K Street, Suite LL22, Sacramento, CA

Organized by the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, this workshop will convene international experts to share their experience with the use of market-based incentives to address water scarcity. Leading scholars from several countries will present case studies, which illustrate how water-pricing mechanisms have been used creatively throughout the world for promotion of water conservation. These presentations will lead to discussion of how economic incentives might be used to address some of the challenges faced by California’s water economy.

Water 101 Workshop

Thu, 02/04/2016Fri, 02/05/2016

Sacramento area

The Water Education Foundation is presenting a Water 101 Workshop in the Sacramento area on February 4-5, 2016. This daylong workshop with an optional second, half-day offers the opportunity to learn about California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance.

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Urban Water Institute Spring Conference

Wed, 02/10/2016Fri, 02/12/2016

Hilton Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs

The Urban Water Institute will host its Spring Water Conference at Hilton Palm Springs Hotel on February 10-12, 2016in Palm Springs, CA.

Hilton Palm Springs Hotel
400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

ACWA DC2016: ACWA 2016 Washington, D.C. Conference

Tue, 02/23/2016Thu, 02/25/2016

Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ACWA DC2016 will take place February 23-25, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is February 5, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)

Why Attend?

Dry, Wet or Average? The Challenges for Water Project Operations

Tue, 02/23/2016 – 9:00am3:30pm

Sacramento Convention Center

Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation, this one-day free briefing will examine hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, the need for fishery flows, and forecasts for state and federal water project operations.

The briefing will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202.

Even as the potential for heavy El Niño rains has captured the attention of the public, state and federal officials know that California’s drought-stricken reservoirs will not recover that quickly.

ACWA 2016 Legislative Symposium

Wed, 03/09/2016

Sacramento Convention Center

ACWA’s 2016 Legislative Symposium will take place March 9, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is February 26, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)


2016 Executive Briefing: Defining the New Normal

Thu, 03/17/2016


The Water Education Foundation’s 33rd annual Executive Briefing, will be held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme for this year’s briefing is “Defining the New Normal.”

This briefing is intended for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.

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2016 Green California Summit

Thu, 04/21/2016Fri, 04/22/2016

Sacramento Convention Center

The 2016 Green California Summit will offer presentations from experts and leaders who will provide information and resources to grow green programs. Topics range from water conservation, green fleets and energy efficiency (including Prop 39) to funding. More details here.

ACWA 2016 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/03/2016Fri, 05/06/2016

Monterey Portola and Marriott Hotels

ACWA’s 2016 Spring Conference & Exhibition is set for May 3-6, 2016, at the Portola and Marriott hotels in Monterey. Further details to come.

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