ACWA eNews for February 3, 2016

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State Water Board Adopts 2016 Emergency Conservation Regulation

The State Water Resources Control Board voted late Tuesday to adopt an emergency conservation regulation that extends mandatory urban conservation through October.

Board members said they would revisit the regulation in the spring when more complete information is available about the water year.

State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus acknowledged the regulation is “a blunt instrument,” but said it should be viewed as an interim step until the water supply outlook becomes more clear in April.

Legislators Hear Update on Prop. 1 Implementation

Top state agency officials and various stakeholders provided lawmakers with an update today on the status of projects and programs that are now – or soon will be –  funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond approved by voters in 2014.

The status update was provided during a joint informational and oversight hearing of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation.

El Niño Bolsters California Snowpack, But Drought Still On

Snowpack water content in mountains throughout California is hovering well above historical averages – thanks to El Niño winter storms – but officials caution that the encouraging water readings do not indicate the state has pulled out of drought and continued water conservation is needed.

Water Commission Soliciting Concept Papers for Potential Storage Projects

The California Water Commission is soliciting concept papers that summarize potential water storage projects and their benefits in an effort to gather information on projects that may qualify for Water Storage Investment Program public benefit funding under Proposition 1.

Concept papers will be accepted electronically until 5:00 p.m. March 31

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.

California Water Commission Seeking Comments on Proposed Water Storage Investment Program Quantification Regulation

The California Water Commission Friday opened the 45-day comment period for its proposed Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) regulations for the quantification and management of the public benefit of water storage projects. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on March 14.

Blog Post: When it Comes to Drought Readiness, 2016 is a Far Cry from 1991

California’s drought response strategy must reflect the water supply tools available in 2016, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn writes in the latest entry in the Voices on Water blog.

As the State Water Resources Control Board prepares to act next week on an emergency conservation regulation proposed to extend through October, Quinn calls on the agency to recognize the array of water supply tools and strategies available to water managers today thanks to wise local investments over the past 25 years.

DWR Releases 2015-’16 Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Grants Package, $30 Million in Funding Available

The California Department of Water Resources has released its final Agricultural Water Use Efficiency 2015-’16 Grants guidelines and proposal solicitation package, making  $30 million in Proposition 1 funding available for a wide range of agricultural water use efficiency projects. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 30.

U.S. EPA Announces $182 Million in Funding for California Water Projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced $182 million in new funding for local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects and projects that help reduce water pollution. The funding will be available through the California Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

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.

Scroll down to register securely online!


Fri, 02/05/2016 – 9:30am5:00pm

Milken Institute in Santa Monica.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown and the Milken Institute host the US-Australian Dialogue on Water Management & Drought, presented by the New South Wales Government and Victoria State Government on Friday, 5 February, 2016 at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica.


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.

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)


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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