Voices on Water

ACWA 2013 Plan Sets Priority Actions for Success This Year

Smart athletes know that critical end-game adjustments can lead to victory. As several key water policy initiatives near critical end stages in 2013, ACWA is already out of the gate with a number of priority actions to advocate for ACWA members and ensure our goals are met.

ACWA’s 2013 Action Plan, adopted by the Board of Directors on March 29, tees up a full menu of actions and initiatives this year to shape statewide water policy and help our members do their jobs.

Region 6 & 7 Joint Water Forum Looks at San Joaquin Valley Issues

Regions 6 and 7 members gathered in Visalia March 15 for a water forum to hear about San Joaquin Valley Water issues and regulatory updates. We’ve been hosting the Visalia water forum for several years now, trying to offer insights from key "regulators" and "stakeholders" along with interesting perspectives from local San Joaquin Valley representatives in the Capitol. 


Once Again, Water Supply Cutbacks Show Need for New Approach

In a scenario played out far too often in recent years, water supplies are being curtailed once again to protect Delta smelt.

As state officials announced Feb. 12, pumping curtailments to protect smelt have reduced water deliveries to water districts in the Central Valley, Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area by more than 700,000 acre-feet since mid-December. That’s water that could have irrigated more than 200,000 acres of farmland this year or met the needs of 1.4 million households.

California Loses a Great Water Champion, Huell Howser

ACWA members throughout the state are saddened by the news that Huell Howser passed away on Jan. 6. He was 67 years old.

Huell holds a very special place in the water community's heart. ACWA initiated a partnership with Huell back in 2006 to launch the "California's Water Series" for public television. The concept was to tell the story of California water using ACWA's landmark, "No Time to Waste: A Blueprint for California Water" as its roadmap. It was groundbreaking for our industry.