Listening Sessions Start on Long-Term Conservation

  • by Will Holbert
  • Sep 5, 2018
  • Water News

The California Department of Water Resources held the first of three listening sessions in Sacramento today regarding recently enacted long-term conservation and water-efficiency legislation. Two more listening sessions are planned for Friday and next Tuesday.

During today’s listening session, DWR representatives announced the formation of three public advisory groups to provide input during the implementation stage of the legislation. Stakeholders within the water community have the opportunity to join the advisory groups and can obtain more information by emailing DWR at wue@water.ca.gov.

The public advisory groups are:

  • Urban Advisory Group (UAG)
  • Agriculture Advisory Group (AAG)
  • Countywide Drought Advisory Group (CDAG)

DWR is also inviting public input on its draft reference document “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life: Primer of Legislation on Water Conservation and Drought Planning” prepared by DWR with input from the State Water Resources Control Board. Comments should be focused on clarifications of the Primer’s review of regulations. To submit comment, email wue@water.ca.gov. The deadline for clarification comments is Sept. 14.

The listening sessions will provide background and summary of SB 606 and AB 1668, as well as solicit input on near-term projects for implementing the two bills. The remaining listening sessions are planned for:

Friday, Sept. 7 – Los Angeles

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Room 1-102, 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Urban Water Conservation and Drought Planning

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Agricultural Water Conservation and Drought Planning

Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Fresno

Central California Asthma Collaborative

4991 E. McKinley Avenue #109, Fresno

9:30 a.m.– 12:30 a.m. Urban Water Conservation and Drought Planning

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Agricultural Water Conservation and Drought Planning

Visit ACWA’s website for additional resources on this topic.

 

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