Voices on Water Blog

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.

Safe Drinking Water: Our Mission and Our Message to the Public

Every year at about this time, California’s public water utilities deliver an important product to their customers: the annual water quality report. Prepared in accordance with state and federal regulations, these reports provide a wealth of information on local water supply sources, water testing and monitoring results and how a given utility’s water quality compared with regulatory standards.

Region 5 Tours Alameda County Water District & San Francisco PUC Facilities

Last week, Region 5 hosted its spring 2012 networking reception and tour out of Fremont. Hanson Bridgett was very generous to host our networking reception at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley on Sunday, June 3. Allison Schutte, with Hanson Bridgett, gave a very interesting presentation on the controversy regarding restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its pre-dam condition, which engaged the entire room in great conversation and questions.

DSC Letter May Signal More Constructive Approach on Delta Flows

Call me an optimist, but it looks like the policy debate over Delta flows may be moving in the right direction.

That’s my take on a recent letter by the Delta Stewardship Council to the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the role of flows in addressing a suite of problems affecting the Delta ecosystem and key species such as smelt and salmon.

The State Board has launched a process to evaluate potential changes to Delta outflow and inflow requirements and other measures as part of its review of water quality objectives for the Bay-Delta.

Region 4 Kicks Off New Term with Delta Levee Tour

ACWA Region 4 held its first event of the new term last week with a tour of the Delta levees. Leading the tour was Gilbert Cosio, Jr., P.E., MBK Engineers; Chris Neudeck, P.E., KSN Inc.; and Melinda Terry, executive director, California Central Valley Flood Control Association. The focus of the tour was showcasing the progress that’s been made in upgrading Delta levees in recent years.

ESA Implementation Should Take Comprehensive Approach

The recent debate in Congress over H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, revealed sharp differences over how to address our state’s long-term water problems.

Those problems are complex, but one of the key issues is that the Endangered Species Act is not working. There is a constructive role for ACWA to play by engaging in the process and providing specific ideas on how to better administer the ESA.

Region 3 Members Sit Down with ACWA Leadership

ACWA’s President Randy Record, Immediate Past President Paul Kelley and Executive Director Tim Quinn sat down with members of Region 3 in Copperopolis last week to talk about the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, the upcoming process to set flow objectives, and how to better come together as we move forward in shaping the future of California’s water.

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