Voices on Water Blog

Once Again, Water Supply Cutbacks Show Need for New Approach

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.

California Loses a Great Water Champion, Huell Howser

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.

ACWA Regions Discuss What’s Ahead in California Water

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.” 


Resist the "Bumper Sticker" Mentality: Delta Fix is Part of Getting to a Sustainable Water System

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.

BDCP, Statewide Perspectives Take Center Stage in Bakersfield

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.

Prop. 218, ESA Issues Lead Discussion at Regions 5 and 8 Event

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.


Chromium 6: Science, Not Arbitrary Deadlines, Should Drive Process to Set Drinking Water Standard

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.

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Issues Take Center Stage in Fresno

ACWA Regions 6 and 7 came together last week at the Fresno County Farm Bureau to get the facts about new changes being made to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.

Region 9 Tackles A Local Issue – Salt

With a 2014 deadline for completion of Salt and Nutrient Management Plans, the ACWA Region 9 Board jumped into action to host a program dedicated to educating ACWA members about the plans. Last week, nearly 50 members gathered at East Valley Water District (Highland) to learn what the plans are about, why agencies have to complete them and what some agencies have already done to meet the requirement.

Region 1 Takes it From the Tap

Last week, Region 1 hosted a program to educate our members on how to develop a regional “drink local water” campaign. There are so many reasons it’s important to switch from bottled water and other sugary drinks to local tap water – health, environmental and waste reduction just to name a few. With this in mind, we handed out “Take it From the Tap” water bottles for all attendees to fill up with tap water and use throughout the day.

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