ACWA e-News for March 14, 2012

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

Oversight Hearing Set for March 20 on Water Reuse

An Assembly committee will hold an oversight hearing March 20 on recycled water and future opportunities to expand its use.

The Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee hearing will look at the current state of recycled water policy and use as well as new draft regulations for indirect potable reuse.

USGS Offers Water Management Webinar March 21

A webinar offered by the U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday, March 21, will focus on managing groundwater and surface water as a single resource.

Managing Water Above and Below” will highlight findings and innovative modeling being used in Sonoma County and how science and modeling are informing water resource decisions on managing groundwater and surface water as a single resource. Registrants will receive an email with teleconferencing details and other information about the session.

Delta Stewardship Council to Discuss Next Draft at March 15-16 Meeting

The Delta Stewardship Council will discuss development of the sixth staff draft of the Delta Plan and other topics at its March 15-16 meeting in West Sacramento.

Informational Hearing Delves into BDCP, Delta Plan

Science, costs and alternatives for fixing water supply and ecosystem problems in the Delta were key themes discussed at an informational hearing March 13 before a state Senate committee.

New Report Looks at Nitrate in State's Drinking Water

A new report by U.C. Davis’ Thomas Harter and Jay Lund looks at sources, treatments and funding options for dealing with nitrate in California’s drinking water.

The report, titled Addressing Nitrate in California’s Drinking Water, focuses on Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley groundwater. View a live video stream of the report release under the title "Public UC Davis Nitrate Report Release."

Army Corps Budget Hearing Held, Bay Delta Request is $51.5 Million

The House Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee on March 7 held a hearing to examine President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request for the Army Corps.  

Testifying for the Corps was Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy.  The President’s request includes $4.731 billion in discretionary appropriations which represents a reduction of $271 million, or about 5 percent, from the 2012 enacted level.

CEQ’s Budget Scrutinized

Nancy Sutley, Chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was called before the House Natural Resources Committee to testify on her Council’s budget request.  

This budget hearing for an executive branch office, with a total budget of $3.1 million, was the first in recent memory. Chairwoman Sutley is President’s Obama’s chief environmental advisor and CEQ is coming under increasing scrutiny from Republicans as they clash with President Obama on environmental issues.

Amongst Controversy, DHS official asks for 7-year CFATS reauthorization

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, chaired by Congressman Dan Lungren (R-3) met on Wed. March 7 to discuss the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program, its reauthorization and a leaked internal memo outlining failures in the program.

House Appropriators Discuss Ag Conservation Reserve Program

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies met Wed. March 7 to discuss the President’s budget recommendation for the Department of Agriculture, and it’s Conservation Reserve Program. 

ACWA Region 3 Membership Meeting

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saddle Creek Resort 1001 Saddle Creek Drive Copperopolis, CA 95228


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 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.