SAVE the DATE: The New Trump Administration

January 18, 2017

The New Trump Administration – A View from the Top

At MCWRA’s first regional event of 2017, meet  federal and State representatives and hear their views on the new Trump Administration.  In the afternoon, we have put together a regional panel of top managers to provide their views.  Panelists will also discuss challenges and opportunities and how to work with our state and federal partners to enhance local and regional interests in the mountain counties region.

Date:  Friday, February 24, 2017

Time:  9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, 2020 Golf Course Rd, Auburn, CA 95602

Contact:  John Kingsbury (530)957-7879 –

Registration Open – RSVP today:

United States Congressman Doug LaMalfa

State Senator Jim Nielsen

State Assembly Member Kevin Kiley

Also other invited guests to be announced

Afternoon Panel 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Sean Bigley,  Public Affairs Administrator, City of Roseville
  • Shannon Cotulla, Assistant General Manager, South Tahoe Public Utility District
  • Ken Payne, Interim General Manager, El Dorado County Water Agency
  • Einar Maisch, General Manager, Placer County Water Agency
  • Marcus Yasutake, Environmental and Water Resources Director, City of Folsom

Moderator: Brian Poulsen, General Counsel, El Dorado Irrigation District

Event Sponsored and Underwritten by: HDR and SAGE


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Calaveras County Water District Comment Letter to the SWRCB

January 17, 2017


The webpost yesterday inadvertently left off the Calaveras County Water District SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter.


CCWD SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter

SWRCB Emergency Regulation Workshop Comment Letters

January 16, 2017

The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public workshop on January 18, 2017, to receive input on the current Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation. This will be an informational workshop only and the State Water Board will take no formal action

Background:  The Emergency Regulation is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2017 if the Board does not act to extend it.  A readopted Emergency Regulation would extend through October 2017.

The State Water Board is interested specifically in public comment on the following questions at this workshop:

1. What elements of the existing May 2016 Emergency Regulation, if any, should be modified? Should the State Water Board wait until the hydrology for the current water year is known (April or later) before proposing adjustments to the current method for calculating conservation standards? And, should the State Water Board allow suppliers to update or modify their conservation standard calculations (and if so, how)?

2. Should the State Water Board account for regional differences in snowpack, precipitation, and lingering drought impacts differently than under the current emergency regulation, and if so, how?

3. Executive Order B-37-16 requires the Board to develop a proposal to achieve a mandatory reduction in potable water use that builds off the mandatory 25 percent reduction in previous Executive Orders and lessons learned through 2016. The Board, however, is not required to act on this proposal. Should the Board act now, or later if conditions warrant, to a conservation standard structure like the one the Board adopted in February 2016 to achieve a mandatory reduction in water use? Should the Board set a conservation floor, individually or cumulatively?


In response to the three questions, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association and several members submitted written comments encouraging the State Water Board to rescind the Emergency Regulation or let it lapse, and return local control to water districts:





MCWRA SWRCB Comment Letter




CCWD SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter





City of Roseville SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter



EID SWRCB Workshop Letter

EIDs letter to Governor Brown



PCWA SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter



NID SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter




STPUD SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter




TUD SWRCB Workshop Comment Letter

MCWRA Board Officials – 2017

January 7, 2017

At the January 5, 2017 Mountain Counties Water Resources Association Board meeting, the Board seated its directors and officials.  Executive Director, John Kingsbury showed a Powerpoint presentation of the Associations history, activities, regional & statewide issues and challenges.  Presentation: History-Activities-Regional and Statewide Issues & Challenges

Other Board action: It appointed Ron Ringen, Director, Tuolumne Utilities District, to the Governance Committee and to the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee.

left to right: Jim Holmes, Brian Oneto, Scott Ratterman, Michael Ranalli, Barbara Balen, Mike Lee, Neil Cochran


Jim Holmes, Director

Term: 2015-2018

Supervisor, County of Placer



Brian Oneto,  Director

Term: 2017- 2020

Supervisor, County of Amador



Scott Ratterman, President

Term:  2015-2018

Director, Calaveras County Water District


Michael Ranalli, Treasurer

Term: 2017-2020

Supervisor, County of El Dorado, &

Director, El Dorado County Water Agency



Barbara Balen, Vice President

Term: 2017-2020

Director, Tuolumne Utilities District



Mike Lee, Director

Term: 2017-2020

Director, Placer County Water Agency



Neil Cochran, Director

Term: 2016-2018

Director, Foresthill Public Utility District




Dave Breninger, Ambassador

Appointed: 2016

Retired, General Manager, Placer County Water Agency



Norm Krizl, Ex Officio

Appointed: 2016

Past Director, Georgetown Divide Public Utility District



Bill George, Ex Officio

Appointed: 2017

Past Director, El Dorado Irrigation District



Tuolumne Utilities District moves forward with feasibility study for reservoir

January 3, 2017


Managing for Sustainability: Are you ready for permanent water rationing?

December 28, 2016

GUEST COMMENTARY: Managing for Sustainability: Are you ready for permanent water rationing?

Commentary written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association:

Poised to seize control of water districts, the State plans to mandate permanent water conservation regulations while circumventing long standing water rights laws….

This approach represents a fundamental shift of control away from local water districts and their communities to state mandated permanent water conservation standards.  The proposed recommendations in this framework are intrusive, inequitable, and cost prohibitive for water districts and their ratepayers.  Long-term, these proposed standards would erode water rights, and adversely affect local control over land use decisions, wildlife and aquatic habitats, recreation, tourism, our economies and the quality of life people enjoy in this region.  The new water-use standards have the potential to increase fire-prone vegetation, tree mortality and the risk of catastrophic fire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) which characterizes the mountain counties region


MCWRA members comment on proposed permanent conservation regulatory framework

December 20, 2016

On December 14, 2016, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) sent a response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) release of the 72-page Pubic Review Draft report that proposes permanent water conservation measures.

Click this link for letter:

In addition, the following Executive Members submitted letters. Click the link by each logo to view.




























MCWRA addresses proposed permanent water conservation

December 18, 2016

On December 14, 2016, Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) sent a response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) release of the 72-page Pubic Review Draft report that proposes permanent water conservation measures.

John Kingsbury, MCWRA Executive Director: This regulatory approach is of significant concern as it represents a fundamental shift of local control to a permanent regulatory conservation framework that is inequitable to this region.  These measures will erode land use, water rights, adversely affect wildlife habitat, recreation, tourism, our economies and the quality of life people enjoy in this region. The Public Review Draft is indisputably regulatory overreach, infeasible, cost prohibitive, and destined for failure.

Letter to SWRCB: 2016-conservation-framework-comment-letter

Bill George honored for years of dedicated services

December 15, 2016


At the December 12, 2016 El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, Director Bill George was recognized for his dedicated years of service.

Mountain Democrat Newspaper

By Dawn Hodson

Click the link below for more:

Member News

December 10, 2016

EID Logo (4)

El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) receives $476,709 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for their Caples Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Project, 

This grant to the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) will complete forest management and restoration activities on 6,800 acres within the larger South Fork American River Watershed, which is the primary water supply for more than 110,000 people and businesses served by the EID. Project work will include prescribed fire, meadow restoration, and aspen enhancement, and will be implemented in partnership with the USFS, Eldorado National Forest over a four-year period.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

pcwa-logoPlacer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board approves groundwater management approach for Martis Valley.

At their December 5 meeting, the Board approved an alternative submittal for the Martis Valley Groundwater Basin to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  If approved by California Department of Water Resources, this alternative submittal meets requirements for local agencies to achieve sustainable groundwater management under legislation enacted in 2014.

MORE: 12-06-2016_pcwa_board_approves_groundwater_management_approach_for_martis_valley

Tuolutudmne Utilities District (TUD) receives $496,000 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for their Lyons South Fork Watershed Forest Resiliency Project.

The Lyons South Fork Watershed Forest Resiliency Project will improve water quality, forest health and help protect our communities by building a fuel break along the flume of the Tuolumne Main Canal.

TUD News Release:  snc-grant_lyonssoforkproject_final-1








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