State Water Resources Control Board Announces New Executive Director

August 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO — After a lengthy, competitive, and deliberative process, the State Water Resources Control Board has named Eileen Sobeck as its next Executive Director. She replaces Tom Howard, who retired in May 2017. After reviewing a wealth of qualified applicants, the State Water Board selected Sobeck due to her substantial managerial and environmental experience. She has nearly 40 years of government service, and more than a decade of executive and management experience leading professional staff in complex organizations. Sobeck will be new to state government, but has spent her career in federal agencies that touch on many of the same science-based, public resource challenges the State Water Board faces. Most recently she headed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries as the Assistant Administrator at the Department of Commerce (2014-2017)…. Sobeck will join the State Water Board following the Labor Day holiday weekend.

For more: SWRCB Press Release

Calaveras County Water District News

August 12, 2017

STANISLAUS AND CALAVERAS STAKEHOLDERS FORM PARTNERSHIP TO RECHARGE GROUNDWATER BASIN

The Calaveras County Water District, Rock Creek Water District, and Stanislaus County are pleased to announce the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) consisting of three regional partners with the mission of helping protect the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Sub basin, which has been critically over drafted since 1980. Calaveras County also intends to join the GSA this fall through the execution of an amended memorandum of understanding between the four agencies.

“This is a historic achievement,” said CCWD General Manager, Dave Eggerton. “It’s the first-ever partnership between our two counties and it will be invaluable in helping us address the challenges of restoring the health of the groundwater basin. This partnership between counties and water agencies that crosses county lines and agency boundaries is a model for collaboration in the effort to restore a depleted groundwater basin.”

More: http://ccwd.org/stanislaus-calaveras-stakeholders-form-partnership-recharge-groundwater-basin/

Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) and the Calaveras Public Utility District (CPUD) Town Hall Meeting

August 12, 2017

The Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) and the Calaveras Public Utility District (CPUD) are hosting a town hall meeting to seek community input on a countywide long-term water supply needs assessment of the Mokelumne River, which is currently in progress. Any and all input from interested citizens and those who live in communities along the Mokelumne River is welcome and appreciated. Date: Monday August 28 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283 Main Street

More:  07.31.17 Moke Hill Town Hall Flyer (Final)

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Valley Irrigation District

August 4, 2017

MCWRA is pleased to welcome back Jackson Valley Irrigation District to its Executive Membership.

Jackson Valley Irrigation District (JVID) provides wholesale water supply, distribution of raw water to irrigation, industrial and domestic users, distribution of bottled water to domestic users, and hydroelectric power generation.  JVID has an agreement with a private company to operate the Lake Amador recreation facilities.  Its recreation concessionaire operates domestic water treatment and wastewater services at Lake Amador.

AGENCY OVERVIEW

JVID was formed in October of 1956 as an independent special district to provide irrigation services to the Jackson Valley area.  The principal act that governs the District is the Irrigation District Law.

BOUNDARY  

The JVID boundary is located in southwestern Amador County, west of the Pardee Reservoir and east of the Amador-San Joaquin County line. Lake Amador is located within the northeast portion of the District. Communities in the vicinity of JVID include Buena Vista and the Buena Vista Rancheria, Camanche Village and Camanche North Shore.  The boundary of JVID encompasses the residential community of Buena Vista Estates. The District has a boundary area of approximately 13,665 acres (21 square miles).

Directions to Jackson Valley Irrigation District

LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOVERNANCE

JVID is governed by a five-member board of directors. Directors are elected at large by landowners, who are allowed one vote per parcel.

GDPUD Comment Letter – Low Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRA)

July 25, 2017

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD) submitted a letter with comments in response to the request for input regarding the Low Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRA) scenarios that have been presented by the State Water Board.

Click link for comment letter:  Comment Letter – LIRA Program Scenarios

 

Reminder – Morning with Randy Fiorini, Chair, Delta Stewardship Council

July 24, 2017
Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) is proud to hold a special regional event with Randy Fiorini, Chair, Delta Stewardship Council at the HDR Headquarters in Folsom.
INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL
Created by the legislature in 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council is composed of members who represent different parts of the state and offer diverse expertise in fields such as agriculture, science, the environment, and public service. Of the seven, four are appointed by the Governor, one each by the Senate and Assembly, and the seventh is the Chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. “‘Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.

Click to Register:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2996660

Date:  Wednesday, August 2
Time:  9:00 a.m. – noon
Location: HDR Headquarters in Folsom
Note: Please do not park in the Visitors parking area in front of the building as this is reserved for drop-offs, brief visits, and deliveries. Ample parking is available around the building or in front of PetSmart.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet the Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, Randy Fiorini. The program will include informal presentation and dialog with Randy on statewide and regional water issues; conveyance/storage/etc.

Agenda

Our thanks to our EVENT HOST:

 

Click to Register:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2996660

Following the briefing, the MCWRA Board of Directors will be joined by Randy for lunch at Land and Sea in Folsom.

MCWRA Member News – Hydrologic Warning Systems 101

July 21, 2017

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Corps of Engineers’ Silver Jackets recently facilitated a webinar, presented by Dr. David C. Curtis, WEST Consultants, Inc. Senior Vice President, through the Watershed University program on the topic of Hydrologic Warning Systems. Dr. Curtis represented the National Hydrologic Warning Council, as their former president, board of director’s member, and longtime member.

The webinar provided a basic introduction to planning, designing, and implementing hydrologic warning systems.  Key questions addressed in the webinar included:

1.       What is the purpose of a hydrologic warning system?

2.       How are potential benefits of a hydrologic warning system achieved?

3.       How is a hydrologic warning system configured?

4.       How many gages are needed?

5.       What type of automation is needed?

6.       What are the roles of the Internet, cloud computing, and social media?

7.       How can hydrologic warning systems impact flood insurance rates?

8.       How is public engagement facilitated?

Access to the recorded webinar and a pdf version of the presentation are available for free on the California Department of Water Resources’ website:

Webinar Recording: Hydrologic Warning Systems 101 (MP4, 187 MB)

Presentation: Hydrologic Warning Systems 101 (PDF: 12 MB)

About the Speaker:

For the past 40 years, Dr. Curtis, Ph.D., F.EWRI, Sr. Vice President, WEST Consultants, Inc., has been on the leading edge of hydro-meteorological and flood risk management services. He has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of award winning innovations in more than 50 automated environmental and flood monitoring systems across the U.S. and in eighteen countries abroad. His efforts led to the Connecticut Statewide Flood Warning System, the nation’s first statewide system. Dr. Curtis can be reached by phone at 916-932-7402 or by email at dcurtis@westconsultants.com.

WEST Consultants, Inc. (WEST) is a small business firm providing government and private clients with water resources engineering consulting services, including hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, hydrologic data collection and hydrographic surveying, environmental engineering, flood hazard studies, flood warning and forecasting, reservoir systems operations and water control manuals, geomorphology and sediment transport studies, stormwater management, dam/levee engineering and safety investigations, irrigation and drainage studies, technology development, expert consulting, and UAS services.

Nevada Irrigation District hears cost estimate, timeline for Centennial Dam project

July 14, 2017

Article from The UNION, serving western Nevada County

Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

Recent estimates for the price of the Centennial Dam call for $256 million in construction costs, an amount that doesn’t include land purchases, engineering and a handful of other items.

Nevada Irrigation District directors on Wednesday heard from Michael Forrest, project manager on Centennial, who said construction on the dam will take about two-and-a-half years. He estimated NID could meet that timeline with two shifts working six days a week, with no overly restrictive constraints on trucking materials to the site.

For more, click link: http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/nevada-irrigation-district-hears-cost-estimate-timeline-for-centennial-dam-project/

Morning with Randy Fiorini, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council – Reminder to RSVP

July 14, 2017
Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) is proud to hold a special regional event with Randy Fiorini, Chair, Delta Stewardship Council at the HDR Headquarters in Folsom.
INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL
Created by the legislature in 2009, the Delta Stewardship Council is composed of members who represent different parts of the state and offer diverse expertise in fields such as agriculture, science, the environment, and public service. Of the seven, four are appointed by the Governor, one each by the Senate and Assembly, and the seventh is the Chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. “‘Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.

 Space is limited – RSVP before registration closes

Click to Register:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2996660

Date:  Wednesday, August 2
Time:  9:00 a.m. – noon
Location: HDR Headquarters in Folsom
Note: Please do not park in the Visitors parking area in front of the building as this is reserved for drop-offs, brief visits, and deliveries. Ample parking is available around the building or in front of PetSmart.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet the Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, Randy Fiorini. The program will include informal presentation and dialog with Randy on statewide and regional water issues; conveyance/storage/etc.

Agenda

Our thanks to our EVENT HOST:

 

Click to Register:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2996660

Following the briefing, the MCWRA Board of Directors will be joined by Randy for lunch at Land and Sea in Folsom.

Opinion – To help the Delta, we need to fix the Sierra

July 4, 2017

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