Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Wed, 03/30/2016 – 2:19pm
The manual snow survey taken at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada today revealed a water content of 97% of historical average – a strong showing, but not strong enough to significantly alleviate the water deficits of the past four years of drought.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Wed, 03/30/2016 – 1:37pm
The California Department of General Services today kicked off its new Water-Smart Renovation project in Capitol Park with a mulching demonstration on the East steps of the Capitol. The comprehensive plan, which includes turf removal and numerous water efficiency measures, is part of DGS’ efforts under Save Our Water’s “Fix it For Good” campaign.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Tue, 03/29/2016 – 4:14pm
The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Monday requested a 60-day continuance in proceedings before the State water Resources Control Board regarding the California WaterFix water rights change petition. The agencies cited a need for more time to resolve opposition concerns.
On Tuesday, an environmental coalition opposed to the tunnels announced it had submitted its own request to the State Water Board, seeking to dismiss the entire change petition as incomplete.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Tue, 03/29/2016 – 3:02pm
The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Tuesday passed AB 1588 (Mathis), an ACWA-supported bill that would facilitate low-interest loans and grants to eligible homeowners for drinking water needs and wastewater treatment. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Tue, 03/29/2016 – 1:23pm
Legislation aimed at curbing excessive water use during droughts cleared the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on Tuesday. SB 814 by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Thu, 03/24/2016 – 12:10pm
In separate March 24 letters sent by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and a Republican delegation in the House of Representatives led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), President Barack Obama was asked to direct federal officials to increase pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Thu, 03/24/2016 – 11:14am
The State Water Resources Control Board is set to host a public workshop on April 20 to discuss potential modifications to the current Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation in light of increased precipitation and improved drought conditions in some areas. ACWA members are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop and provide written comments by April 14.
Tour begins at the Sacramento International Airport
Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation this field trip ventures through California’s Central Valley which covers about 20,000 square miles through the heart of the state and provides 25% of the nation’s food, including 40% of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country.
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.
California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird will speak at the Southern California Water Committee’s Quarterly Luncheon. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Central Basin Municipal Water District, and will focus on the need for California WaterFix as well as CA Water Action Plan implementation.
The luncheon will at held at Central Basin’s offices at 6252 Telegraph Rd, Commerce, CA 90040. The cost is $70 per person.
Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation, this field trip includes a private tour of the new Carlsbad ocean desalination plant, the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere designed to increase the San Diego area’s water supply reliability.
There is a shortfall in total funding needed to fully meet California’s existing and estimated future water needs and public sector stakeholders need to find alternative solutions to meet their water goals.