Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 3:58pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 3:33pm
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.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 2:16pm
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.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 1:17pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 10:00am
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.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:06am
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 2:58pm
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.
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.
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.
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.