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Groundwater Package is Latest Example of Confronting Tough Issues

ACWA and its member agencies have a long history of leadership when it comes to confronting big changes in the way we manage water resources in California. Comprehensive groundwater legislation currently awaiting the governor’s signature is the latest example.

Few issues are as complex and controversial as groundwater, and the three-bill package that won final approval in the Legislature Aug. 29 is without question one of the most complicated and difficult set of policy reforms this generation of water managers has attempted to pursue.

As Member Appreciation Month Comes to a Close, Here's an Ode to ACWA Members

I am proud to be the vice president of an organization whose statewide message represents public water agencies throughout all of California. Wrapping up ACWA’s Member Appreciation Month, I’ve written a poem to express my gratitude for all that our members do and accomplish together.

Ode to The Members of ACWA

California’s 2014 Water Bond – A Watershed Moment That Deserves Reflection

By ACWA President John Coleman, Vice President Kathy Tiegs and Past President Randy Record

Marijuana, Climate Change, Lawsuits: Region 1 Heads to Humboldt

ACWA members made their way up to Eureka, CA to attend our ACWA Region 1 North Coast Water Forum on July 10 and 11. It’s been four years since we last hosted a region event in this area, and there are a lot of new local issues and conditions that we wanted to share with the rest of the membership.

The program started on Thursday, July 11, in Old Town Eureka. Attendees gathered to board Eureka’s historic Madaket for a Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise. While on the water, the captain explained local history, industries, activities, points of interest and wildlife.


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.

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