ACWA e-News for June 27, 2012

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

Vote to Move Water Bond Expected Before Legislature Breaks for Recess

The Legislature is expected to act on a measure to delay the $11.14 billion water bond before breaking for summer recess next week.

ACWA is working with members and other bond supporters to advance a bill to move the bond from this November's ballot to the 2014 ballot. Language providing for the move is expected to be amended into an existing bill and passed before the Legislature breaks for recess, which may be July 5 or 6.

ACWA will provide updates as events unfold.

Blog Post: Region 1 Takes it from the Tap

With so many great reasons to choose tap water over bottled water, Region 1 agencies are encouraging consumers to "take it from the tap," Region 1 Chair Paul Helliker writes in the latest entry in the "Voice on Water" blog.

Read the complete blog entry here.

Flood Protection Board to Consider Adoption of Comprehensive Flood Plan

The Central Valley Flood Protection Board will meet June 29, in Sacramento to consider approving the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.

The proposed plan was posted online on June 18, triggering a two-week public review period before Friday’s meeting.

Northern California Congressional Democrats Comment on BDCP Revision

In a letter sent on Friday to the Secretaries of Interior & Commerce, 12 members of Congress from Northern California addressed their recent briefing on a proposal to retool the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The letter can be found below. 

State Board Sets Workshops on Delta Water Quality Objectives

The State Water Resources Control Board has scheduled a series of workshops to gather information and discuss scientific and technical issues as part of its process to consider new water quality objectives for the Bay-Delta.

DWR Sends Urban Water Management Plans Report to Legislature

The first of a two-part status report on 2010 urban water management plans has been sent to the state Legislature.

Submitted by the Department of Water Resources, the report documents baseline and target water uses, as reported in those plans, used to measure progress toward a 20% reduction in urban water use by 2020.

Blog Post: Safe Drinking Water is Our Mission and Our Message

As annual water quality reports begin reaching mailboxes and websites around the state, it's a great time to reflect on communicating water quality issues to the public, ACWA Water Quality Chair Pankaj Parekh writes in the latest entry in the "Voices on Water" blog.

Read the complete blog post here.

EPA Awards Urban Waters Grants to California Projects

Three projects in California have been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve urban waters.

Commission to Take Final Action on Ag Water Measurement Regulations

The California Water Commission will take final action on agricultural water measurement regulations at its meeting on Friday, July 6.

Developed under SBX7 7, the water conservation arm of the comprehensive water package of 2009, the regulations must provide for a range of options for agricultural water suppliers to measure the volume of water delivered to customers and comply with farm-gate delivery measurement requirements. Water suppliers have until July 31, 2012, to comply.

New Report Stresses Urgency of Preparing California for Climate Change

A new study by the National Research Council supports earlier research showing accelerated sea level rise and underscores the need for state and federal agencies to take preemptive action.

Delta Cross Channel Gates Opened After Repairs

Both gates on the Delta Cross Channel are now open after being closed for repair since May 29.

Frack or Fiction: Report Examines Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the nation’s water supplies is the topic of a new report by the Pacific Institute.

In “Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating Frack from Fiction” the authors report on information gleaned from interviews with state and federal agencies, academia, industry, environmental groups and other groups across the U.S. They authors point out key issues and identifies areas where more credible and comprehensive data is needed.

Amendment to Allow Electronic Distribution of Consumer Confidence Reports Blocked

The Senate is currently debating the Farm Bill and voting on a variety of amendments to the bill.

Salt Nutrient Management Plans: What You Need to Know!

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 9:00am
East Valley Water District - Highland, CA

ACWA Region 9 Presents

Salt Nutrient Management Plans:

What you need to know!

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Membership Meeting - July 2012

Fri, 07/13/2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Fresno County Farm Bureau

 ACWA Joint Regions 6 & 7 Member Forum

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Issues &

Groundwater Quality

ACWA Regulatory Summit

Wed, 08/15/2012
Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country

ACWA Regions 6 & 7 Joint Member Forum - September 14, 2012

Fri, 09/14/2012
Kern County Water Agency

Regions 6 & 7 will hold a joint member forum, "BDCP Update - Statewide Perspectives" at Kern County Water Agency on September 14, 2012, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration for this meeting will be available on August 17. Details will be posted as they develop.

Pre-Registration: $25

Onsite Registration: $35 (as space permits)

ACWA Continuing Legal Education

Thu, 10/04/2012 - Fri, 10/05/2012
Napa Valley Marriott

ACWA 2012 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 12/04/2012 - Fri, 12/07/2012
Manchester Grand Hyatt; San Diego

ACWA's 2012 Fall Conference & Exhibition took place Dec. 4-7 in at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

View Conference Presentations