ACWA e-News for June 6, 2012

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

Below-Average Marks Given for Progress in Delta

State leaders are making progress on planning for solutions in the Delta, but lack any significant action on fixing the problems there, according to a report card released today by the Delta Vision Foundation.

Ag-Urban Members to Participate on Delta Plan Stakeholder Panel

Members of ACWA’s Ag-Urban II Coalition will participate on a stakeholder panel to discuss the Delta Stewardship Council’s final staff draft Delta Plan at the council’s meeting June 14-15.

Webcast on Sustainability for Water Agencies June 12

The U.S. Environemental Protection Agency will kick off a series of webcasts June 12 expanding on its recent handbook, "Planning for Sustainability: A Handbook for Water and Wastewater Utilities."

Bills Advance on Desalination, Metal Theft and Quagga Mussels

ACWA-supported bills aimed at advancing desalination and curbing metal theft and the spread of quagga mussels were approved on recent floor votes as the June 1 deadline for legislative action approached.

The Assembly approved a measure May 31 that would create a task force to recommend ways to improve the permitting process for seawater desalination facilities. AB 2595 by Assembly Member Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) is sponsored by CalDesal and supported by ACWA and a number of water agencies.

Pacific Institute Surveys Water Suppliers on How Water is Priced

The Pacific Institute is launching a survey of urban and agricultural water agencies to gather information on how water is priced in California.  The water supplier survey is aimed at getting a better understanding of what goes into determining the price of water.

According to a release from the Pacific Institute, the survey results will inform a series of workshops and a report on how water rates are set, targeted for release in the fall of 2012.

Exclusive ACWA Conference Coverage Available in Latest Digital ACWA News

In-depth coverage of ACWA’s 2012 spring conference programs is now exclusively available in the latest issue of ACWA News.

Other highlights in this issue are:

PPIC Report Looks at Water System Risks, Actions to Protect Economy

California has the tools to cope with periodic water shortages but its economy is vulnerable to catastrophic supply interruptions and long-term water uncertainty, according to a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California.

In a new analysis of the role water plays in California’s economy, economy, the PPIC found that the state can continue to grow and prosper despite tightening water supplies. But a number of risk factors must be addressed to make the state more resilient and support California’s economic vitality.

Legislature Considers Bills on Fracking

The California Legislature has taken action on bills aimed at regulating hydraulic fracturing in recent weeks.

The Senate rejected SB 1054 by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) yesterday on a 17-18 vote. The measure would have required energy firms to notify property owners before using fracking to tap oil deposits on or near their land.

ACWA Region 1 Program & Tour Take it From the Tap: Developing a Regional Drink Local Water Campaign

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office 35 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, CA

Due to health, environmental, waste reduction and numerous other reasons, the importance of switching from bottled water and other sugary drinks to local tap water as the drink of choice is gaining momentum. To capitalize on this movement, Region 1 will be hosting a forum to discuss how to develop and implement a regional Local Tap Water Campaign.

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.

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