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ACWA Regions Explore Creating New Water, Managing Natural Disasters, and More at Fall Conference

By ACWA Vice President Kathy Tiegs

ACWA Regions stayed busy with a full schedule during ACWA’s 2014 Fall Conference, including three region programs and all ten regions hosting membership meetings.

Regions 8, 9 and 10 Address “Local Paths to Reliability”

By Region 10 Chair Peer Swan

ACWA members gathered Oct 26 and 27 at the Hilton Del Mar for a two-day Regions 8, 9 and 10 program called “Local Paths to Reliability.”

Region 5 Gets Innovative to Do More with Less

ACWA Region 5 Members gathered in Livermore on Oct. 19 and 20 for our 2014 fall event, titled “Creative Approaches to Watershed Reliability in the Tri-Valley.” With water managers having to do more with less these days, Region 5 decided to host a program on outside-the-box approaches to water reliability to showcase how local districts are making the current water supplies work for them.

Proposition 1 is Part of a Favorable Evolution in California Water Policy

In just a few days, Californians will cast their votes on Proposition 1, the $7.545 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The product of more than five years of discussions and negotiations, Proposition 1 represents what could be a major turning point in California water. If approved by voters, the measure would jumpstart investments in the comprehensive, statewide water plan we need for our future. In short, it would advance an “all-of-the-above” strategy that includes everything from local resources development to water storage to safe drinking water.

San Joaquin Valley Members Reflect on a Year of Crisis and Opportunity

ACWA members gathered once again in Visalia for our Regions 6 & 7 San Joaquin Valley Water Forum on Oct. 17. More than 120 water industry experts and leaders from throughout the San Joaquin Valley were in attendance, eager to hear about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and from their local representatives in the Capitol.

ACWA President John Coleman and Vice President Kathy Tiegs kicked off the program with an update on what ACWA has been working on and activities and events to come.

Regions 2 & 4 Address Water Operations in a Changing Climate

ACWA Regions 2 and 4 jointly hosted a program again this year titled, “Climate Change and Sacramento Valley Water Operations.” Sacramento Suburban Water District hosted us for this program at its Antelope Gardens facility on Sept. 18, 2014.

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.

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