ACWA Events Present the Best and Latest in Water by Dave Eggerton Mar 22, 2019 Voices on Water Attending ACWA’s D.C. Conference in February and our Legislative Symposium earlier this month, I was reminded of the key benefits these events provide our members. Seeing, hearing and meeting decision makers within California water really adds an extra dimension to what we read every day about the many issues impacting our industry. But most importantly – and enjoyably – it is the opportunity to experience camaraderie and share perspectives with colleagues that inspires collaborative thinking. At the D.C. Conference, “ACWA East” staff knocked themselves out organizing a three-day event that put us in front of Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle. And it’s really gratifying to know that water is among the few bipartisan issues left in the nation’s capital these days. Case in point, D.C. Conference attendees heard directly from Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-1) and U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-3) on their commitment to working together on improving outcomes for all stakeholders within California’s water world. A week later, I joined more than 140 professionals from ACWA member agencies throughout the state to hear different perspectives on ensuring access to safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities. A second panel gave us the latest perspective on defining groundwater recharge as a beneficial use and implementing SGMA. It also shed an optimistic light on the potential for progress through continued collaboration between legislators, the regulatory community and local government through our ACWA member agencies. Topping it off, we heard directly from State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), who as the new chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee will play a key role in water legislation this year. Stern took questions from a luncheon audience and showed himself to be a thoughtful and informed elected official who will play an important role in the state’s water policy. Afterward, ACWA agency representatives headed across the street to the capitol for an afternoon of one-on-ones with their legislators. The symposium provided the venue and platform that made those connections productive for agencies and their ratepayers alike. Now, here at ACWA, we’re working hard on making our upcoming 2019 Spring Conference & Exhibition in Monterey May 7-10 another event packed with as much value and information as possible for our members. The smash success that was the 2018 Fall Conference & Exhibition will be a tough act to follow, having attracted the highest attendance in recent memory; however, my staff and I have every expectation of success. If you don’t want to miss out, registration is now open at www.acwa.com. I look forward to seeing you in Monterey!