ACWA e-News for June 1, 2011

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Water Commission Committee to Examine Ag Water Regulations

Agricultural water rules are on the agenda for next week’s meeting of the California Water Commission’s Rules and Regulations Commit­tee.

 The committee will take up a recommendation on DWR's Agricultural Water Measurement Regulations developed under SBX7-7 of the comprehensive water package of 2009.

The meeting will be Tuesday, June 7, in Sacramento. The agenda is available on the commission’s website.

State Board to Hold Workshop on Ag Water Use

The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a workshop on agricultural water use efficiency on Wednesday, July 20, in Sacramento.

Laird, Agencies to Testify Before the Subcommittee on Water and Power

California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and California water agency representatives will testify before the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee tomorrow on H.R. 1837 (Nunes), the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.

The hearing is set for Thursday, Jun. 2, at 10 a.m. Eastern time at the Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324. It will be webcast live.

Blog Post: Sacramento River Intake Facilities Draw a Crowd

The artistic design of the Sacramento River Intake facilities drew a crowd on a recent region tour, writes ACWA Region 5 Chair David Hodgin in a new post in ACWA's Voices on Water.

Senate Report Offers Overview on Drinking Water Quality

The Senate Office of Research issued a new report today providing an overview on drinking water quality in California.

Titled, “The Water We Drink: What is California Doing to Ensure its Water is Safe?”, the Policy Matters report provides an in-depth review of the state’s Drinking Water Program and how California’s drinking water is monitored for safety. Key agencies, laws and processes are described in detail, including water quality monitoring, enforcement actions, and violations reporting.

Assembly OKs Bill on Sac Regional County Sanitation District

The state Assembly has approved a bill aimed at allowing the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to sell treated effluent outside its service area to offset the cost of complying with stringent new wastewater discharge requirements adopted for the district.

Quagga Mussel Bill Heads to Senate Floor

ACWA-sponsored legislation that would extend the sunset on the current state Mussel Inspection Program is headed to the Senate floor following an 8-0 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 215 (Huff) would allow California to continue its main effort to control quagga mussels by extending the sunset date until Jan. 1, 2017.

June 30 Deadline for ACWA Region Election Candidacy

ACWA is calling all members who are interested in serving as a region board member for the 2012-'13 term to complete a candidacy form and a resolution of support from their agency and submit both to the ACWA office by June 30, 2011.

Region board candidacy forms and sample resolutions have been sent to every ACWA member agency board President and general manager and are available here along with a list of Region nominating committees.

State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum

Thu, 06/09/2011
Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento CA

Investing in California's Future

This Forum will share the latest news on the hottest topics affecting the Sacramento River and its Watershed. California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird will kick off the day with his thoughts on the future of California's water and natural resources. We will check in with agency leaders to hear their priorities for the Sacramento River Watershed. Our afternoon speakers will also explore opportunities and constraints for developing a coordinated investment strategy for the Sacramento River Watershed.

ACWA Region 9 Program & Tour

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
Western Municipal Water District, 14205 Meridian Parkway, Riverside, CA 92518

"Meeting Today’s Challenges – Both Inside & Out"

ACWA Region 9 is hosting a program to discuss how water agencies are dealing with today’s myriad issues facing their agencies, employees and customers. Plan to attend this program and learn about issues from employee pensions to groundwater management to the latest on the Delta. The morning program will be followed by afternoon tours of Western Municipal Water District’s new LEED certified building and the Arlington Desalter.

ACWA Region 3 Tour of Eastern Sierra Nevada

Thu, 06/23/2011 - Fri, 06/24/2011
South Tahoe PUD, 1275 Meadow Crest Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150


Due to low registration, the ACWA Region 3 Tour of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Watershed & Energy Projects, June 23-24, has been canceled.

ACWA's 2011 Regulatory Summit

Wed, 08/17/2011
Hilton Hotel, Pasadena CA

Managing Water Quality in Today's Regulatory Environment

This one day workshop is designed to provide attendees with real, relevant and timely information that can be taken back to the attendee’s agency and put to use.

2011 ACWA: Continuing Legal Education

Thu, 09/22/2011 - Fri, 09/23/2011
Hotel Solamar, 435 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101