Voices on Water

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.

All Things Drought in Focus at Tomorrow’s Drought Briefing

Everything you want to know about California’s statewide drought will be presented at a special briefing tomorrow sponsored by ACWA, the California Department of Water Resources, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the League of California Cities, the California Farm Water Coalition, the California Farm Bureau Federation and others.

Ultra-Low Folsom Lake Underscores Power of 2014 Drought

I had a chance to hike down to Folsom Lake on Martin Luther King Jr. Day under sunny skies and a daytime high temperature of about 68 degrees. My wife and I were curious to witness what thousands of people have been trekking out to see as the shrinking lake reveals acre after acre of dry lake bed and even the remnants of a long-submerged Gold Rush-era town. We stood there by a tree stumped more than half a century ago when the lake was filled, a stump that this time of year should be 100 feet under water.