ACWA eNews for May 11, 2016

DWR Releases Proposed Regulations on Groundwater Sustainability Plans

The California Department of Water Resources today released proposed regulations intended to guide the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans as mandated by theSustainable Groundwater Management Act  of 2014.

The proposed GSP regulations will be presented to the California Water Commission at its May 18 meeting. The CWC is legislatively mandated to adopt GSP regulations by June 1.

Energy Update: DWR Seeking Comments on Water-Energy Grant Program; CEC Funding and Feedback Opportunities Available

The California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission are currently seeking feedback on several water-energy related items.  Additionally, the CEC also has announced a new funding opportunity

DWR Seeking Comments on Water-Energy Grant Program

DWR is accepting comments on the following drafts until May 23 at 5 p.m.:

Governor, State Water Board Address Longer-Term and Emergency Water Conservation

Gov. Jerry Brown today issued an executive order that outlines longer-term water conservation measures aimed at achieving a top priority in the California Water Action Plan — making conservation a way of life.

MWD Lifts Mandatory Water Restrictions Amid Improved Supply, Lower Demand

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors today voted to lift its mandatory water restrictions amid improved supply conditions and lowered customer demand.  The board also voted to maintain a water supply alert in order to reinforce conservation throughout its service area.

ACWA Releases Recommendations for Improving Water Transfers and Access to Water Markets in California

Calling voluntary water transfers a vital management tool that will be increasingly valuable in the future, ACWA today officially released a suite of recommendations for improving the transfer process and access to the voluntary water market, especially for smaller agencies.

Blog Post: It’s “Go Time” for Improving California’s Voluntary Water Market

With the release of ACWA’s “Recommendations for Improving Water Transfers and Access to Water Markets in California” set for a special session at the association’s Spring Conference and Exhibition in Monterey this morning, ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn details why now is the time to move forward on comprehensive water market reforms.

CDFA Accepting Applications For Grants to Provide Technical Assistance to Farmers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grants applications from organizations that wish to provide technical assistance to farmers applying for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funding. Technical assistance grants between $2,500 and $5,000 are available to eligible non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts.

ACWA Honors Mojave Water Agency with 2016 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award

Monterey, CA – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) on May 5 presented the prestigious Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award to Mojave Water Agency for its Small Systems Assistance Program.

The award was presented during the annual ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition in Monterey, where more than 1,600 local water officials are gathered through Friday for programs and panel discussions on a variety of key water issues. Mojave Water Agency was selected from among five finalists to receive the award.

ACWA Presents Water Leadership Award to Mary Henrici

Monterey, CA – The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) on May 4 presented its 2016 Excellence in Water Leadership Award to Mary Henrici, general manager of the Rio Linda/ Elverta Community Water District.

ACWA Statement on Proposal to Amend Emergency Conservation Regulation, Governor’s Executive Order on Long-Term Water Conservation

SACRAMENTO –Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today regarding a staff proposal released by the State Water Resources Control Board to modify the existing emergency regulation and an executive order issued by Gov. Jerry Brown regarding long-term water conservation.

Beyond the Drought-Tolerant Landscape

Wed, 05/18/2016 – 9:00am3:30pm

340 North Escondido Boulevard Escondido, CA 92025

Sponsored by The Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources, this event will be held at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido in northern San Diego County from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is a FREE workshop and field trip.

The Conquest For and History of California Water – Past, Present and Future

Wed, 05/18/2016 – 9:15am3:00pm

The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center in Auburn

The Mountain Counties Resources Association will sponsor this day-long event examining the history of California water, Westlands Water District and San Luis & Delta-Mendota Authority.

San Diego Tour 2016

Thu, 05/19/2016 – 7:30amFri, 05/20/2016 – 6:00pm

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina 2015 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106

Be among the first to get a private tour of the new Carlsbad ocean desalination plant, the largest such facility in the Western hemisphere and designed to increase the San Diego area’s water supply reliability.

The desal plant is among the highlights of this 2-day, 1-night tour of the San Diego region that will start and end near the San Diego International Airport. Other planned stops include San Vicente Dam, a drought-tolerant garden and water recycling facilities.

California Financing Coordinating Committee Funding Fair

Wed, 06/01/2016

Coachella Valley Water District 51501 Tyler St Coachella, CA 92236

The CFCC invites city managers and planners, economic development and engineering professionals, officials from privately owned facilities, water and irrigation district managers, financial advisors and project consultants to attend this free funding fair.

CFCC agencies fund primarily the following types of infrastructure projects:

Third Annual California Water Summit

Wed, 06/01/2016Fri, 06/03/2016

The Westin, Sacramento

Infocast’s 3rd California Water Summit includes intensive discussion & networking with key regulators, municipalities, utilities, developers, investors, financiers, water technology companies, and other stakeholders in California water. This year’s Summit is titled “Investing in Water Assests & Infrastruc

ACWA Region 2 Program in Collaboration with ACWA Region 4 – June 21, 2016

Tue, 06/21/2016

Sacramento, CA


ACWA Region 2 Program

In collaboration with ACWA Region 4 PResent:


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

9:30 am to 2 pm

Sacramento Suburban Water District’s Antelope Gardens

7800 Antelope North Road, Antelope, CA

International Groundwater Conference

Tue, 06/28/2016Thu, 06/30/2016

Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport in Burlingame.

Organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair, Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy will provide scientists, policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, government officials and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world.

ACWA 2016 Continuing Legal Education for Water Professionals

Thu, 09/15/2016Fri, 09/16/2016

San Diego, CA

ACWA’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education will take place September 15-16, 2016 in San Diego.

More details to come.

SAVE THE DATE! ACWA Region 5 Program & Tour – September 18-19, 2016

Sun, 09/18/2016Mon, 09/19/2016

Byron, CA

SAVE THE DATE!  ACWA Region 5 Hosted

Agricultural Program & Tour

September 18 & 19, 2016

Byron, CA

2016 Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament

Fri, 09/23/2016 – 8:30am3:00pm

DarkHorse Golf Club, Auburn, CA

The 6th Annual Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament is set for September 23, 2016.

Have fun with great friends and help raise funds for the Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship and for ALS research.

More details to come.

ACWA 2016 Regulatory Summit

Mon, 10/03/2016Tue, 10/04/2016

Bay Area, CA

ACWA’s 2016 Regulatory Summit will take place October 3-4, 2016 in the Bay Area.

More details to come.

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