ACWA e-News for April 4, 2012

ACWA's e-Newsletter is a weekly roundup of California water news and events.

State Asks Energy Companies to Report on Fracking Operations

State officials are asking energy companies to voluntarily disclose where they are currently conducting “fracking” operations in California and what chemicals are being injected as part of the process.

New Report Examines Costs of Treating Chromium 6

A new report on the costs of treating hexavalent chromium is now available.

Sponsored by ACWA and the City of Glendale Water & Power, the report focuses on characterizing and developing costs for Chromium 6 treatment residuals (waste) generated by two technologies, Reduction, Coagulation and Filtration (RCF) and Weak-Base Anion Exchange (WBA).

New Web Features Allow ACWA Members to Share News, Engage Online

Engaging with fellow ACWA members became even easier today with the addition of two new features to the association’s award-winning website,

Blog Post: ACWA Region 3 Plays Vital Role in California Water

With most of the state's water coming from rain and snow that falls in the Sierra Nevada, ACWA Region 3 members need to educate decision makers to ensure California gets the water it needs while preserving the region’s ecosystem, writes Region 3 Board Chair Bob Dean in the latest Voices on Water blog post.

Bipartisan Letter Urges Corps to Reconsider Policy on Levees, Vegetation

Thirty-five members of California’s congressional delegation have signed onto a letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider a draft policy requiring the removal of vegetation on California levees.

Final Environmental Docs Released for Recirculation of Recaptured San Joaquin River Flows

The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents indicating a finding of no significant impact for the recirculation of recaptured water year 2012 San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows.

Reclamation estimates that 20,000 to 80,000 acre-feet of recaptured Interim Flows (based on 90% and 50% exceedance levels) could be made available for recirculation back to Central Valley Project Friant Division contractors as Class 1 or Class 2 supplies during WY 2012.

Snow Survey Confirms Dry Conditions

With the state’s snow water content measuring just over half of average for the date, Department of Water Resources officials today warned Californians to be prepared for a potentially dry several years.

In their monthly snow survey, DWR hydrologists today found that water content in California's mountain snowpack is only 55% of the April 1 full season average. On April 1 last year, snowpack water content readings were 163% of average, statewide.

ACWA Committee Discusses H.R. 1837, Forms Work Group to Develop Ideas

ACWA's Federal Affairs Committee voted March 29 to maintain a “watch” position on H.R. 1837 and form a work group to develop constructive ideas for addressing Endangered Species Act implementation issues.

H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, was approved by the House of Representatives on Feb. 29. Authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-21) and co-sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-19) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-22), the bill would make far-reaching changes to California water policy.

National Research Council: Integrated Strategy Needed for Delta

With multiple factors affecting fish and habitat in the Delta, efforts targeting a single stressor are not likely to reverse species decline, a committee convened by the National Research Council concludes in a comprehensive review released March 29.

The much-anticipated report makes it clear that a multi-faceted, integrated approach is needed to understand what’s happening in the Delta and improve the ecosystem and species.

ACWA-Sponsored Pat Brown Documentary to Kick Off Sacramento Film Festival

A film documenting the life of one of California’s greatest leaders, former Gov. Pat Brown, will open the Sacramento Film Festival April 21. The date would have been the former governor’s 107th birthday.

Written and directed by Sascha Rice, Brown’s granddaughter, “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” tells the story of how Brown rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California.

Longfin Smelt in Delta Named Candidate for Federal Protection

The population of longfin smelt in the Bay-Delta has been named a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act as the result of a finding today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

FWS is unable to add the species to the federal list of threatened and endangered species at this time because of the need to address other higher priority listing actions. The longfin’s status will be reviewed annually.

ACWA Region 4 Hosts Delta Levees Tour

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 4:30pm
Convene at Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, CA 95612

ACWA 2012 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 05/08/2012 - Fri, 05/11/2012
Conference Center, Portola & Marriott Hotels, Monterey, CA

Conference Exhibitors 

*Programs are subjects to change without notice

Attention ACWA Members: A General Session Membership Meeting is set for Wednesday, May 9, at the ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition. Details and proxy card information can be found here.


ACWA General Session Membership Meeting

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 1:30pm - 2:00pm
ACWA Spring Conference & Exhibition, Monterey; Portola Plaza Hotel, De Anza Ballroom

There will be a General Session meeting of the ACWA membership at ACWA’s 2012 Spring Conference in Monterey on Wednesday, May 9. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct a vote by the membership on proposed amendments to the bylaws recommended by the ACWA Board of Directors at its meeting of March 30.