ACWA e-News for May 23, 2012

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Special District Groups Submit Response to OC Grand Jury Report

The California Special Districts Association, in coordination with ACWA and other special district groups, has submitted a formal response to a recent Orange County Grand Jury report that called for special districts in the county to be absorbed by other agencies, consolidated or privatized.

State Increases 2012 Water Allocations to 65%

State Water Contractors got welcome news today when the Department of Water Resources announced it will deliver 65% of requested supplies this year, up from 60% estimated in April.

DWR actually downgraded its initial 60% supply forecast in November to 50% in February due to unusually dry conditions in the key winter months. However, a wet March and above-average reservoir storage boosted the allocation back up to 60% in April, and today’s increase to 65% is due to April’s wetter-than-usual weather.  

HBA Secures 75% Concurrence to Transition Programs to ACWA/JPIA

The ACWA Health Benefits Authority reported this week that it has received concurrence from more than 75% of its members to dissolve HBA and transfer its employee benefits programs to the ACWA/Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

HBA initiated the process earlier this year to transition its operations and health benefits programs into ACWA/JPIA to combine resources, reduce overall costs and improve operations.

DFG Files Suit Against Corps over Levee Policy

The California Department of Fish and Game has filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its national policy requiring removal of virtually all trees and shrubs on federal levees.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the Corps failed to comply with the federal Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and federal Administrative Procedure Act when it adopted the policy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Council to Review Final Staff Draft Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council will hold its first public review of the sixth and final staff draft of its Delta Plan at its meeting tomorrow, May 24, in West Sacramento.

Little Hoover Blesses Brown’s Government Reorganization Plan

The Little Hoover Commission has unanimously endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to reorganize state government, including a plan to fold the Delta Stewardship Council into the state's Natural Resources Agency.

The bipartisan commission voted 7-0 Tuesday to endorse Brown’s plan to replace five agencies with three, shuffling or eliminating some or all of the functions of several commissions and boards within the executive branch and folding the work of several departments into new or existing organizations.

Rep. Hastings: ESA Needs Updating to Work Better for Species, People

The federal Endangered Species Act must be updated to work better for both species and people, writes House Natural Resources Committee Chair Doc Hastings in a Washington Post editorial May 18.

Pat Brown Documentary Airs on Public TV This Week

A documentary on the life of former California Gov. Pat Brown will air on public television stations in Sacramento and Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Monday, May 21. Additional airdates follow in markets throughout the state.

July 2 Pre-Application Deadline for Safe Drinking Water Funding

Water agencies have until July 2 to submit universal pre-applications for funding from the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund via the California Department of Public Health.

Latest Issue of ACWA News Now Available Online

The details of Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revise budget proposal and the Delta Stewardship Council’s sixth staff draft Delta Plan are highlighted in the latest ACWA News, now available online.

Other highlights this issue include:

ACWA-Led Coalition Submits Comments on ESA Implementation

An ACWA-led coalition committed to improving implementation of the Endangered Species Act offered specific ideas and suggestions for doing so in a letter submitted today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.

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)

Steve Hall Fierce Competitor Golf Tournament

Fri, 09/21/2012
DarkHorse Golf Club, Auburn
The tournament in Steve Hall's honor will take place at DarkHorse Golf Club (24150 Darkhorse Drive, Auburn, CA 95602). DarkHorse was Steve's favorite golf course and where he hit his first and only hole in one.
  • Check-in registration opens at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will also be available at that time.
  • Shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

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