ACWA eNews for January 6, 2016

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State Water Board Adopts Storm Water Strategy

The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted a statewide Storm Water Strategy that seeks to advance storm water management in California as a water resource.

State Water Board Approves $3.2 Million For Water Loss Control Collaborative

The State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the use of approximately $3.2 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Local Assistance set-aside funds to establish a Water Loss Control Collaborative, a statewide water loss control program intended to make the state’s water management system more efficient and resilient.

Monthly Conservation for November Dips, But Statewide Cumulative Water Savings at 26.3%

The State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday released monthly urban water conservation data for November 2015 showing that the state’s cumulative conservation continues to exceed the governor’s reduction mandate at 26.3% while urban water conservation dropped slightly in November to 20.3%. According to State Water Board the dip in monthly conservation was expected since water consumption is generally lower in the fall and winter and does not signal a negative trend.

Feb. 1 is Deadline for ACWA Scholarships; Deadline for Clair A. Hill Scholarship has Been Extended

Know a hardworking graduate or undergraduate student majoring in a water resources-related field? ACWA has several scholarships available to assist the industry’s best and brightest.

Blog Post: Quinn Advocates for Full Credit for Local Water Investments in Emergency Urban Water Conservation Regulation

ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn has penned a blog that analyzes the State Water Resource Control Board’s newly released proposed emergency urban water conservation regulation framework. Quinn argues that the proposed rule limits credit for local investments and other adjustments, thereby possibly undermining the momentum that has built over decades in California in local and regional water supply planning and development.

ACWA’s 2015 Fall Conference & Exhibition Materials and Presentations Available Online

Powerpoints and videos from keynote speakers, programs, forums, townhalls and award presentations from ACWA’s 2015 Fall Conference & Exhibition in Indian Wells are now available online. Wednesday’s are available here and Thursday’s are availablehere.

What can California, Israel and Australia learn from each other about drought?

Tue, 01/12/2016Wed, 01/13/2016

Modesto Centre Plaza at 1150 9th Street in Modesto

This workshop is sponsored by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), UC California Institute for Water Resources and the Israel Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Organization.

CA Water 2.0: What’s Next for the California Water Action Plan?

Thu, 01/14/2016 – 8:30am4:30pm

Sacramento Convention Center

Save the date for a statewide briefing on progress made and what needs to happen next to implement the California Water Action Plan.

Presented by the Brown Administration in partnership with ACWA, the briefing will feature top-level speakers in the Administration, elected officials and stakeholders who will share status reports and critical next steps.

Intended audience: Local elected leaders from cities, counties and water agencies. Representatives from agriculture, business, state agencies, the Legislature and other thought leaders.

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, 2016 in 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.

More details to come.

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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