ACWA eNews for August 24, 2016

ACWA’s eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

Room Change Announced for Little Hoover Commission Hearing on Special Districts

The Little Hoover Commission’s Aug. 25 hearing on special districts has been moved to a new location.

The hearing is now set for 9:30 a.m. in room 100 in the Legislative Office Building at 1020 N Street. Due to change in location, the hearing will no longer be webcast live on the California Channel. The commission says, however, that it plans to record the hearing and make a link available later.

ACWA Looking to Fill Two Vacancies on Region 1 Board

The current Call for Candidates deadline to fill two vacancies on the Region 1 Board has been extended to September 23.

ACWA is seeking interested candidates to fill two vacancies on its Region 1 Board for the 2016-’17 term. Members of the Region 1 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.

DSC Appeals Invalidation of Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council on Tuesday appealed a June 24 ruling by the Sacramento Superior Court that invalidated the council’s Delta Plan over what the court said were the plan’s lack of enforceable, quantifiable targets for some of its performance measures.

Firefighters Managing Mokelumne Fire to Benefit Forest Health

The Mokelumne Fire is fulfilling its natural ecological role while firefighters manage it for both safety and resource enhancement, the U.S. Forest Service reported Monday. Started by lightning Aug. 19, in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest, the fire is burning mostly on the ground rather than “torching” the canopy, so it provides an opportunity for the fire crew to allow it to burn.

AB 1755 Clears Senate; Returns to Assembly for Concurrence

Legislation aimed at streamlining access to water transfer information cleared the Senate on a 39-0 vote Monday and now goes to the Assembly for concurrence.

ACWA-supported AB 1755, the Open and Transparent Data Act authored by Assembly Member Bill Dodd (D-Napa), would require the California Department of Water Resources to create a statewide integrated water data platform that would bring together existing water and ecological information from multiple databases and provide data on completed water transfers and exchanges.

First Phase of Emergency Project Brings Water to Drought-Stricken East Porterville

East Porterville residents draw their first pitcher of city-supplied water

The first of several East Porterville neighborhoods that have been without a safe water supply for up to three years was connected to the Porterville city water supply Aug. 19, through a multi-phase project designed to provide a reliable water supply to an area called “ground zero” of the state’s severe drought.

Public Briefings Launch this Week on WSIP Technical Reference Document

Public briefings begin this week on the technical reference document for applicants seeking funding under the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The California Water Commission released the technical reference document on Aug. 17.

WSIP is the process being used to distribute funds from Proposition 1 for the public benefits of eligible water storage projects.

Blog Post: ACWA Region 1 Tour Examines Russian River Water Supply

ACWA Region 1 Chair Dennis Mayo describes a recent tour of the Russian River area and its water supply in a Voices on Water blog entry. Read more here.

Sept. 1 Deadline Approaches to Honor ACWA’s Best and Brightest

Looking for an opportunity to honor those unsung heroes who work tirelessly for the good of ACWA? Or has your agency launched an innovative communications program that deserves broader recognition? If so, Sept. 1 is a date to track.

The deadline for two of ACWA’s prestigious awards – the Huell Howser’s Best in Blue Award and the ACWA Emissary Award – is Sept. 1. Both awards will be presented at ACWA’s Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Legislative Proposals Due Sept. 2

The ACWA State Relations Department is accepting legislative proposals from member agencies for the first year of the 2017-‘18 legislative session. The State Legislative Committee will review final legislative proposals at its upcoming annual planning meeting on Oct. 21 in Sacramento.

Saving Energy One Drop at a Time: Shaping the Future of Energy Costs

Thu, 09/08/2016Fri, 09/09/2016

Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade | 100 Capitol Mall | Sacramento, CA 95814

Join the California Municipal Utility Association for 1 ½ day-long workshop on grid regionalization, net energy metering and reducing energy costs.  Take part in a series of panel and roundtable discussions focused on the unique challenges facing today’s publicly-owned water agencies and how they are approaching the ever-increasing costs of energy.  Now more than ever, water agencies are recognizing the importance of tapping into all available resources including incentive programs and partnering with other utilities to meet their goals.  Listen as industry exper

ACWA Region 3 Program – Placerville, CA

Fri, 09/09/2016

El Dorado Irrigation District

ACWA Region 3 Program

Impacts of Long-Term Water Conservation

Friday, September 9, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

El Dorado Irrigation District

2890 Mosquito Road

Placerville, CA 95667

SCE 2016 Annual Water Conference

Tue, 09/13/2016Wed, 09/14/2016

SCE Energy Education Center, Irwindale

Southern California Edison will host its 23rd Annual Water Conference Sept. 13-14, 2016 at the Energy Education Center in Irwindale, CA.

The two-day conference focuses on California’s current water situation and efforts underway to advance energy, water and state policy.

Guest speakers include ACWA President Kathleen Tiegs and other distinguished representatives from Southern California’s largest municipal water provider and industry experts specializing in programs, policies and technologies in the water-energy nexus.

California Financing Coordinating Committee Funding Fair

Wed, 09/14/2016

UC Merced Small Business Development Center 550 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710

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.

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 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego.

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is September 1, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)



ACWA Region 5 Hosted Agricultural Program & Tour

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

7995 Bruns Road, Byron, CA 94515

REGISTRATION OPEN! ACWA Region 5 Hosted Agricultural Program & Tour

When: September 18 & 19, 2016

Start & End Location:Byron Bethany Irrigation District, 7995 Bruns Rd., Byron, CA 94515

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.

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is September 16, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)



ACWA 2016 Regulatory Summit

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

Sacramento, CA

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

Online Registration & cancellation deadline is September 26, 2016 – 4:30 p.m. (PST)



Water Education Foundation Groundwater Tour

Wed, 10/05/2016 – 7:30amThu, 10/06/2016 – 6:00pm

Tour leaves from Sacramento Metropolitan Airport

The Water Education Foundation is sponsoring this 2-day, 1-night tour that travels from the Sacramento region to rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key resource in California.

Northern California Tour 2016

Wed, 10/19/2016 – 7:30amFri, 10/21/2016 – 6:00pm

Tour begins at the Sacramento International Airport

Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation this field trip covers the Sacramento River and its tributaries. All together, they supply 35% of California’s water and feed into two major projects: The State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

SCE 2016 Annual Water Conference

Thu, 11/03/2016

Energy Education Center – Tulare

Southern California Edison will host its Annual Water Conference Nov. 3, 2016 at the Energy Education Center in Tulare.

The conference focuses on California’s current water situation and efforts underway to advance energy, water and state policy.

Guest speakers include ACWA President Kathleen Tiegs and other distinguished representatives.

Registration opens Sept. 22.

SAVE THE DATE! ACWA Region 4 Program & Walking Tour

Mon, 11/07/2016

Winters, CA


ACWA Region 4 Program and Tour

Monday, November 7, 2016

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Winters Community Center

201 Railroad Avenue

Winters, CA 95694

ACWA 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 11/29/2016Fri, 12/02/2016

Anaheim Marriott Hotel


ALERT!  Please be advised that companies called Exhibition Management and Travel Era have been contacting ACWA exhibitors implying that they have been contracted by ACWA to handle all exhibitor housing.  ACWA has NOT contracted with this company and any information provided to them may be used for fraudulent purposes. 

ACWA’s 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition is set for November 29-December 2, 2016, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim.

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