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What Do Lady Gaga and the State Board Have in Common? They Both Want You to Save Water

The State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step yesterday of ordering mandatory conservation measures to address California’s deepening drought. Less than 24 hours later, pop star Lady Gaga released a public service announcement urging Californians to save water.

ACWA Report Puts Drought Impacts, Vulnerabilities in Vivid Focus

Though the full story of the 2014 drought continues to be written, it’s already clear that impacts are being felt across almost all sectors of California. It is also clear that we are in store for much more severe impacts if 2015 is another dry year.

Amid Drought, a Positive Development in Washington, D.C.

With California’s drought showing no sign of letting up, it’s encouraging to see a positive development this week in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate acted May 22 to pass a drought relief bill that stands to provide greatly needed flexibility to combat the devastating effects of drought. The legislation, spearheaded by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein with support from Sen. Barbara Boxer, is a major achievement and a big contribution to the toolbox California water managers will need to get through this very challenging time.

ACWA Regions Get Work Done in Monterey

ACWA regions were off and running in Monterey, hosting numerous issue forums and meeting with their region memberships to share information and plan out the new term’s activities. ACWA Spring Conference served to be a busy week!

Late Storms Help, But There’s No Escaping Need to Conserve This Year

Even as rain pelted parts of Northern California yesterday, the latest snow survey confirmed the drought is far from over.  Department of Water Resources officials say the meager statewide snowpack – still just one-third of normal despite a modest boost from the storms – does not bode well for our water supply outlook this summer.

While ACWA is working on several fronts to help member agencies combat drought impacts this year, water conservation remains a key tool as drought conditions persist and potentially intensify in the near future.

Need for Storage, ESA Flexibility Comes Through at D.C. Conference

By ACWA President John Coleman and Vice President Kathy Tiegs

When ACWA members arrived in Washington, D.C. in late February for the association’s annual D.C. Conference, three topics were on everyone’s mind: California’s drought and the need for both short-term and long-term solutions.

In discussions with Administration officials and meetings on Capitol Hill, the conversation quickly turned to the drought and how it is affecting farms, communities and the entire economy of our state.

All Things Drought in Focus at Tomorrow’s Drought Briefing

Everything you want to know about California’s statewide drought will be presented at a special briefing tomorrow sponsored by ACWA, the California Department of Water Resources, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the League of California Cities, the California Farm Water Coalition, the California Farm Bureau Federation and others.

Ultra-Low Folsom Lake Underscores Power of 2014 Drought

I had a chance to hike down to Folsom Lake on Martin Luther King Jr. Day under sunny skies and a daytime high temperature of about 68 degrees. My wife and I were curious to witness what thousands of people have been trekking out to see as the shrinking lake reveals acre after acre of dry lake bed and even the remnants of a long-submerged Gold Rush-era town. We stood there by a tree stumped more than half a century ago when the lake was filled, a stump that this time of year should be 100 feet under water.

Looking Back at a Busy 2013

With the year nearly over, it’s a good time to look back at what was a busy and productive 2013 for ACWA. Above all, our members once again came together to foster agreement on some of the state’s most complex water issues, choosing to build consensus rather than focusing on differences.

ACWA Board Sends Powerful Message with Statewide Water Action Plan

Last month, the ACWA Board of Directors voted unanimously and enthusiastically to approve a Statewide Water Action Plan (SWAP) for California. The vote capped an intensive five-month effort convened by ACWA with the goal of crafting a specific plan that could be broadly supported by water interests and serve as a sustainable path forward for California.

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