Voices on Water

ACWA Board Sends Powerful Message with Statewide Water Action Plan

Last month, the ACWA Board of Directors voted unanimously and enthusiastically to approve a Statewide Water Action Plan (SWAP) for California. The vote capped an intensive five-month effort convened by ACWA with the goal of crafting a specific plan that could be broadly supported by water interests and serve as a sustainable path forward for California.

Region 5 Tackles Water Reliability Issues on the Central Coast

ACWA members flocked to Carmel on Sept. 22 and 23 to learn about the water woes of the Monterey Peninsula at the ACWA Region 5 fall program, “Water Reliability: An Environmental Balancing Act.”

We started the program on Sept. 22 at the Chateau Julien Wine Estate to learn how climate, soil drainage and aquifer preservation all affect the growing and winemaking process. I would like to extend a special thank you to Bob Brower for hosting our group at his winery that Sunday evening.


First Half of 2013-’14 Legislative Session Yields Some Progress on Water Bond

The Legislature wrapped up its work for 2013 in the early hours of Sept. 13, capping a legislative year that saw ACWA and its coalition partners play an effective role on legislation that could have significant impacts on its member agencies.

While ACWA spent significant time and energy opposing a move to transfer the state’s entire drinking water program to the State Water Resources Control Board (AB 145) and worked on many other bills, including California Environmental Quality Act reform, we also played a leadership role in advancing the dialog on the 2014 water bond.

Paying Tribute to ACWA Members – This Month and Throughout the Year

August is ACWA’s inaugural Member Appreciation Month, and I’m jumping at this opportunity as president to formally thank ACWA members for your membership.

We have a long and proud history as an organization, with more than a century on the books as the leading voice for local water agencies in the state. But this voice – and indeed our various accomplishments over the years as a community – would not be possible without the solid commitment and support of ACWA’s membership.