Voices on Water

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.

Looking Back at a Busy 2013

With the year nearly over, it’s a good time to look back at what was a busy and productive 2013 for ACWA. Above all, our members once again came together to foster agreement on some of the state’s most complex water issues, choosing to build consensus rather than focusing on differences.

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.