ACWA eNews for February 10, 2016

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

Sen. Feinstein Introduces California Drought Bill

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced a sweeping piece of legislation to combat the years-long California drought. The drought bill, her third such attempt in the last two years, was cast by the Senator as an amalgam of the best ideas from previous bills.

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Spending Plan for $166.3 Million in Additional Fiscal Year 2016 Funding

The Bureau of Reclamation on Monday released its spending plan for the $166.3 million provided to it in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The funds will be primarily directed toward Western drought response and rural water projects.

“Reclamation and its partners have created a spending plan that will help ensure sustainable water supplies across the Western United States,” Commissioner Estevan López said. “The funding will go toward conservation and improving long-term infrastructure and environmental work on key water projects.”

LAO Report Recommends Legislature Adopt Governor’s Drought Proposals

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report Feb. 5 that recommends the Legislature adopt Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought-related budget proposals, saying their focus on the “most urgent human and environmental drought–related needs makes sense.”

Register Now for ACWA’s 2016 Legislative Symposium on March 9

Registration is now open for ACWA’s 2016 Legislative Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center.  The symposium will be held March 9 at the Sacramento Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Governor Brown Announces Reappointments to State Water Board, Central Valley Flood Protection Board

On Feb. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown announced reappointments to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

The five-member State Water Board protects water quality statewide through the federal Clean Water Act and supports and reviews Regional Water Board actions. The Water State Board also is responsible for allocating surface water rights and the state’s emergency urban water conservation regulation.

ACWA Seeking Candidates to Fill Region 2 Board Vacancies, Deadline Feb. 12

ACWA is seeking interested candidates to fill two vacancies on its Region 2 Board for the 2016-’17 term. Members of the Region 2 Board determine the direction and focus of region issues and activities, support the fulfillment of ACWA’s goals and play an integral role in the leadership of the association as a whole.

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.



All substitutions and additions to your registration must be made on-site.

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.

Lower Colorado River Tour 2016

Wed, 03/02/2016 – 7:30amFri, 03/04/2016 – 6:00pm

Tour begins in Las Vegas, NV

Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation, this field trip explores the Lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from a myriad of sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.

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.

Scroll down to register securely online!

California Financing Coordinating Committee Funding Fair

Wed, 04/13/2016

Sacramento County Sanitation 10060 Goethe Rd Sacramento, CA 95827

CFCC agencies fund primarily the
following types of infrastructure

  • Drinking water
  • Water conservation
  • Wastewater Water use efficiency
  • Water quality Energy efficiency
  • Water supply Flood management

Some of the participating agencies also fund other types of
infrastructure projects including streets and highways, emergency
response vehicles, solid waste, and community facilities.

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 Marriott and Portola Hotels

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

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is April 8, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)


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