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 I look forward to seeing you in Monterey!

Suggested Resources

15 RESOURCES prev next
Priority Issues Bulletin

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

ACWA and CMUA Lead Service Line Inventory Webinar Materials

On Dec. 17, in cooperation with the State Water Resource Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water, ACWA and CMUA hosted […]

Comment Letter: ACWA and CMUA Comment on Proposed ELAP Regulations

Agencies: ACWA and California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) Subject: Comments on Proposed Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Regulations Description: ACWA and […]

Coalition Letter on Strategic Plan to Protect CA’s Coast and Ocean

Associations: Association of California Water Agencies, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, California Municipal Utilities Association, Bay Area Clean Water Agencies, […]

2020 ACWA Scholarship Toolkit

To assist  members in promoting available ACWA scholarship opportunities, the association has updated its Scholarship Toolkit for the 2020-’21 academic […]

ACWA 2019 Fall Conference Presentations

Presentations from ACWA’s 2019 Fall Conference & Exhibition held Dec. 3-6 in San Diego are available below. Please note that […]

ACWA’S 2019 Fall Legal Briefing and CLE Workshop Materials

The following presentations and materials for ACWA’s 2019 Legal Briefing and CLE Workshop on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to […]

Outreach Handbook

ACWA’s Outreach Handbook is a valuable tool for engaging legislators, key regulators and administration officials on policy issues that are […]

Groundwater Replenishment Framework

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has prepared A Technical Framework for Increasing Groundwater Replenishment in response to a […]

Federal Legislative Matrix

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Federal Regulatory Issues Chart

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Comment Letter: ACWA and CMUA Comment on OEHHA Draft Report

Agencies: ACWA and California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) Subject: Comments on the Public Review Draft Mapping Tool and Draft Report, Achieving […]

2019 Summary of Legislation

ACWA’s 2019 Summary of Legislation provides concise information on legislation enacted in the first year of the 2019-’20 legislative session that […]

ACWA’s 2019 Regulatory Summit Materials

Water managers and water quality specialists attended the ninth annual ACWA Regulatory Summit on Oct. 17 to learn about the […]

Coalition Letter on Water Loss Regulations

Agency: ACWA, CMUA and various water agencies Subject: Comments on the Development of Water Loss Performance Standards and Economic Model […]

Suggested News

15 Articles prev next
ACWA New for Jan. 17, 2020

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Capitalizing on ACWA Capital Events

Nothing gets your point across quite like making it in person.  Consider the members of the state legislative and congressional […]

Spotlight: New Habitat Restoration – January 2020

New Habitat Restoration Project Nurtures Record Number of Salmon Nests on American River Kat Perkins, a scientist with the Sacramento […]

Prepare for Emergencies, Get Free Supplies for Kits at Let’s Talk H2O! with PWD

PALMDALE – To help community members prepare for emergencies, Palmdale Water District (PWD) will provide information and FREE supplies to […]

TUD Awarded Steel Tank of the Year

The Steel Tank Institute (STI)/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (SPFA) awarded the Tuolumne Utilities District’s (TUD or District) Jamestown Water Tank […]

West Valley Water District Announces Channing Hawkins as Board President

RIALTO – Please join us in welcoming our new President of West Valley Water District Board of Directors, Channing Hawkins. […]

Governor Releases Proposed 2020-’21 State Budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his proposed Fiscal Year 2020-’21 budget Jan. 10 for the State of California, calling for $222 […]

January Priority Issues Update Available to Members

Sorry, but only ACWA members have permission to view this content. Member login is required.

Community Members Learn About Their Water Supply at WVWD Open House

WALNUT – On Saturday, January 11 community members from Diamond Bar, Walnut, West Covina, Rowland Heights, and Pomona attended Walnut […]

NID Directors Select New Board President and Vice President

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Directors have selected their new officers for 2020. Ricki Heck will serve as board president, and […]

Rancho California Appoints Board President and Vice President

The Board of Directors at Rancho California Water District have appointed Bill Wilson to serve as board president for 2020. […]

ACWA 2020-’21 Region Board Vacancies

ACWA is currently looking for members to fill three Region Board Member positions. Members interested in leading the direction of […]

Western Employees Start 2020 Thriving and Healthy

RIVERSIDE – Western Municipal Water District received two workplace honors in 2019, combining physically healthy employees with a thriving work […]

New Habitat Restoration Project Nurtures Record Number of Salmon Nests

Kat Perkins, a scientist with the Sacramento Water Forum, poured over an aerial image of the lower American River near […]

Mesa Water District Announces Passing of Former Board Members

COSTA MESA — It is with great sadness that Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) announces the passing of former Board members R. […]