Submitted by Tim Quinn on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 8:57am
In January 1991, local water managers were bracing for a fifth year of drought. Key reservoirs were at just 50% of historic average and steep cutbacks were announced for both the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP).
Submitted by Tim Quinn on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:13pm
On Dec. 21, State Water Resources Control Board staff lifted the curtain a bit and shared their initial thinking on what could be in store for emergency drought regulation in 2016. While the draft framework for the next version of the emergency urban conservation regulation provides a cursory nod to the notion that local conditions should be accounted for in the state’s drought plan, the proposal turns a blind eye to the sea change that has occurred in 21st century water management in California. We can do better.
Submitted by Tim Quinn on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 9:37am
There is no question that California is in a drought of epic proportions. By now, the statistics are well known: driest sequence of water years in a millennium; lowest April 1 snowpack in 600 years; hottest temperatures on record.
In early 2015, there was broad agreement that we faced a drought emergency that required statewide action. The State Water Resources Control Board – at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown – responded by implementing the first-ever mandatory statewide reductions in urban water use.
Submitted by Matthew Hurley on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:37am
by Region 6 Chair Matt Hurley
Regions 6 & 7 jointly hosted their annual San Joaquin Valley Water Forum once again in Visalia on October 16th. The event garnered 70 attendees from throughout the Valley heard updates from the Capitol and learned critical detail about the current issues facing the San Joaquin Valley.
Submitted by Dick Quigley on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:28am
By Region 5 Chair Dick Quigley
ACWA Region 5 hosted an event in Buellton titled, “The Lake Cachuma Project – Past, Present, Future” on October 25 & 26. The event, which focused on one of Santa Barbara County’s major surface water supplies, attracted more than 70 attendees.
Submitted by Tim Quinn on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:53pm
The latest conservation figures from the State Water Resources Control Board show Californians are continuing to heed the call to cut back on outdoor watering this summer.
In addition to letting their lawns go “California golden” and taking shorter showers, Californians are signaling their interest in making permanent changes to the way they use water indoors and outdoors. ACWA member agencies report a surge in interest in turf rebates, water-wise house calls and incentives to install water-efficient appliances and fixtures in place of thirstier models.