Voices on Water

ACWA Report Puts Drought Impacts, Vulnerabilities in Vivid Focus

Though the full story of the 2014 drought continues to be written, it’s already clear that impacts are being felt across almost all sectors of California. It is also clear that we are in store for much more severe impacts if 2015 is another dry year.

Amid Drought, a Positive Development in Washington, D.C.

With California’s drought showing no sign of letting up, it’s encouraging to see a positive development this week in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate acted May 22 to pass a drought relief bill that stands to provide greatly needed flexibility to combat the devastating effects of drought. The legislation, spearheaded by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein with support from Sen. Barbara Boxer, is a major achievement and a big contribution to the toolbox California water managers will need to get through this very challenging time.

ACWA Regions Get Work Done in Monterey

ACWA regions were off and running in Monterey, hosting numerous issue forums and meeting with their region memberships to share information and plan out the new term’s activities. ACWA Spring Conference served to be a busy week!

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.