Submitted by Randy Record on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 3:31pm
Smart athletes know that critical end-game adjustments can lead to victory. As several key water policy initiatives near critical end stages in 2013, ACWA is already out of the gate with a number of priority actions to advocate for ACWA members and ensure our goals are met.
ACWA’s 2013 Action Plan, adopted by the Board of Directors on March 29, tees up a full menu of actions and initiatives this year to shape statewide water policy and help our members do their jobs.
Submitted by William Diedrich on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:49am
Regions 6 and 7 members gathered in Visalia March 15 for a water forum to hear about San Joaquin Valley Water issues and regulatory updates. We’ve been hosting the Visalia water forum for several years now, trying to offer insights from key "regulators" and "stakeholders" along with interesting perspectives from local San Joaquin Valley representatives in the Capitol.
Submitted by Tim Quinn on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 6:56pm
In a scenario played out far too often in recent years, water supplies are being curtailed once again to protect Delta smelt.
As state officials announced Feb. 12, pumping curtailments to protect smelt have reduced water deliveries to water districts in the Central Valley, Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area by more than 700,000 acre-feet since mid-December. That’s water that could have irrigated more than 200,000 acres of farmland this year or met the needs of 1.4 million households.
Submitted by Jennifer Persike on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 12:39pm
ACWA members throughout the state are saddened by the news that Huell Howser passed away on Jan. 6. He was 67 years old.
Huell holds a very special place in the water community's heart. ACWA initiated a partnership with Huell back in 2006 to launch the "California's Water Series" for public television. The concept was to tell the story of California water using ACWA's landmark, "No Time to Waste: A Blueprint for California Water" as its roadmap. It was groundbreaking for our industry.
Submitted by Darrell Gentry on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:16pm
ACWA Regions 9 and 10 came together, once again this year, to jointly host our annual fall program. With all of the “Delta Fix” issues and updates, a changing economy, and the hunt for a secure water supply, the landscape of California water is always changing. A workgroup appointed by the Region 9 and 10 boards came together to plan a program that addresses these timely concerns titled, “The Future of California Water: What’s in Store and How to Prepare.”
Submitted by Tim Quinn on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 5:22pm
As state and federal agencies gear up to release a public draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan later this year, one message bears repeating: A long-term Delta fix is not an option; it’s an essential part of a comprehensive plan to address the state’s water supply needs.
Submitted by J. Paul Hendrix on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 3:00pm
ACWA Regions 6 and 7 came together recently for a member forum at Kern County Water Agency in Bakersfield to discuss the water bond, Delta issues and impacts on agencies south of the Delta. Nearly 50 people, representing water districts and agricultural interests in the San Joaquin and Central Valleys attended the membership forum.
A big thank you to Kern County Water Agency for hosting the forum and to Provost and Pritchard for sponsoring the luncheon.
Submitted by Gail Pringle on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 2:38pm
Regions 5 and 8 hosted a joint two-day program Sept. 9-10 in Santa Barbara to educate attendees and discuss the many challenges of Proposition 218 and ESA.
The event started with a reception with the City of Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider welcoming attendees and United Water Conservation District’s General Manager Mike Solomon giving an in-depth overview of how Prop. 218 and ESA regulations have directly impacted his district and the steps they have taken to comply with such regulations.
Submitted by Pankaj Parekh on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 6:25am
Last week, two environmental advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Public Health regarding the development of a hexavalent chromium (chromium 6) MCL. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Working Group said in their filing that there have been unacceptable delays in addressing chromium 6 in California’s drinking water, particularly since the California Legislature mandated CDPH adopt an MCL by January 1, 2004.