New Executive Member – County of Toulumne / Members Helping Members

August 31, 2015

The Mountain Counties Water Resources Association would like to

WELCOME the County of Tuolumne as its newest Executive Member

See MCWRA Members Page



Associate Members help support MCWRA by keeping down membership dues and the “Members Helping Members” program off sets the cost of maintaining the MCWRA website.These regional professionals see the value in supporting MCWRA and this region.  I ask that when you consider your next program, project or study, reach out to our Associate members and include them on your next request for proposal. This list will save you time, money, and provide you with the professional to meet your water needs. It’s Members Helping Members !

Members Helping Members List

 Thank You!

John Kingsbury




19th annual Lake Tahoe Summit – OP ED

August 21, 2015

Special to The Sacramento Bee

BY ANDREW FECKO, Placer County Water Agency and  JOHN KINGSBURY, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association

When elected officials from California and Nevada meet Monday for the 19th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, much attention will be given to the clarity of the lake and protecting the unique basin environment.  Part of the discussion must include the health of our national forests and their associated watersheds. As the 2007 Angora fire reminds us, no community, no matter how treasured, is immune to the effects of forest fire.

…We believe that the Tahoe region’s congressional representatives should take the opportunity at the summit to agree to promote healthy forests and, by extension, protect our watersheds. A framework is in place with HR 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015.


SAVE the DATE Friday, October 16

August 17, 2015

Mountain Counties Water Resources Association is pleased to announce the next “must see” program:

The Truth Be Told:  The Delta / The Tunnels / The Tributaries

Date:  Friday, October 16
Time:  10:00a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location:  The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, Auburn, CA


Hear the facts about the California Fix and California EcoRestore from top officials.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karla Nemeth, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency; and the Governors senior advisor on water policy
  • Campbell Ingram, Executive Officer for the Delta Conservancy 
  • Roger Patterson, Assistant General Manger, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Jason Peltier, Executive Director, San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority

SAVE THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR – more information to come!


Delta Conservancy – Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

August 10, 2015

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In Prop. 1, $50 million is identified for the Conservancy “for competitive grants for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities (Sec. 79730 and 79731).”

Per Prop. 1 and the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, emphasis will be placed on projects using public lands and that “maximizes voluntary landowner participation in projects that provide measureable and long-lasting habitat or species improvements in the Delta.”

To the extent feasible, projects need to promote state planning priorities and sustainable communities strategies consistent with Government Code 65080(b)(2)(B). Furthermore, all proposed projects must be consistent with statewide priorities as identified in Prop. 1, the California Water Action Plan, the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, the Delta Plan, and the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan.

The solicitation period for the submission of Concept Proposals is now open. Concept proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm, Monday, September 14, 2015.

More:  Delta Conservancy Grant Page

Eligible Projects ; page 5


California Department of Fish & Wildlife – Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

August 10, 2015

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Proposition 1 Solicitation Released

CDFW has released its Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs and is now accepting applications.

Applications are due by 4:00 pm, PST on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Please visit CDFW’s Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs web page for more information on the grant programs and solicitation process.


CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 445-0411



PCWA Receives “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence”

August 10, 2015


News Release:

Contact: Einar Maisch, PCWA General Manager (530) 823-4860 or Ross Branch, Public Affairs Manager (530) 823-1937

The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors and staff were presented with a District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) at the Board of Directors meeting in Auburn on August 6. The certificate was awarded as a result of transparency in the operations and governance of the Agency.

More:  PCWA – District Transparency Certificate of Excellence

King Fire Restoration Project

June 30, 2015

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The King Fire burnt the watershed in areas with unprecedented severity causing potential long term impacts on water supply, water quality, the environment, recreation, and, in fact, all the beneficial uses in the watershed for many generations.  The water purveyors, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District (GDPUD) have been significantly impacted and PCWA alone has spent over $1,000,000 dollars protecting its water and power infrastructure from the effects of the King Fire, not to mention the significant negative impacts to private land owners, such as Sierra Pacific Industries.2014 King Fire October 29 100

This is part of a MCWRA letter sent to El Dorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree addressing the alternatives in the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the King Fire Restoration Project.

MCWRA letter to: Laurence Crabtree – Forest Response 2015

MCWRA also received a copy of the Placer County Water Agency’s (PCWA) letter submitted by Andy Fecko, Director of Resource Development.

PCWA letter:  PCWA Draft Environmental Impact Statement Letter

Water Plan Regional Report hits CA Capitol

June 29, 2015


To continue to build on the awareness and recognition of Mountain Counties Overlay Area and the California Water Plan Update, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) hand carried 120 copies of the Mountain Counties Area Volume 2 regional report to each of the 80 Assembly Members and 40 Senators, along with a copy to Governor Brown.

In the midst of this significant enduring drought, Mountain Counties wants long term statewide water objectives and goals to also remain a high priority with the Legislature and policy makers, with emphasis on the statewide significance of the foothills and forests of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

The Mountain Counties Area regional report is one of 12 regional reports to help drive and implement long term water goals and objectives for California, said John Kingsbury, MCWRA Executive Director.  ”This Update is not a document to sit on the shelf and collect dust, but should be considered the third leg of the water stool.  Effectively integrating and implementing the California Water Plan objectives and recommendations, the California Water Action Plan, and Proposition 1 will go a long way to resolve many of California’s water issues.”

MCWRA thanks our DWR partners,  Kamyar.Guivetchi, Lew Moeller, and Paul Messera for their leadership in developing the Water Plan Update and for their help and assistance with this process.

Cover Letter to Governor Brown and Legislators

Mountain Counties Area Regional Report




EID’s Bill George plans to run for Vice President of ACWA

June 23, 2015


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At the June 22, 2015, El Dorado Irrigation Board of Directors meeting in Placerville, the Board adopted a resolution and unanimously provided support for the nomination of Director Bill George to serve as Vice President on the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).
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Bill also has served as on the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) as a Director since 2009 and is the current Treasurer.

Members are encouraged to adopt a resolution or send a letter of support to the Association of California Water Agencies at 910 K St #100, Sacramento, CA 95814

EID Resolution:  Bill George – EID Resolution

Information about:  Bill George

Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) Receives $15,000 Grant

June 21, 2015

News Release

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Contact:  Hank White, General Manager

(530) 367-2511, or email: at

The Foresthill Public Utility District announced it has received a $15,000 grant from the Placer County Water Agency as part of PCWA’s 2015 Financial Assistance Program. The funds will be applied to costs for environmental studies associated with the FPUD’s application for an extension of water rights permits from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

More:  Foresthill – Press Release 2015 06 16

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