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Water Board Elections

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Local water boards, including Community Services Districts (CSDs), Public Utilities Districts (PUDs), and nonprofit Mutual water companies, as well as small cities, are responsible for implementing the Human Right to Water in many rural communities. In order for water boards to be strong, inclusive and diverse representation matters.

To learn more about the Community Water Leaders Network, a network designed to support local water board members in rural communities working to implement the Human Right to Water, follow this link.

New Report Released and Upcoming Workshops:

We just released a new report: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice." The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, fully 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years.

On April 14th, a small workshop will be hosted by the Community Water Leader's Network which will provide information and resources for how to join a local water board. RSVPs required. Please RSVP by signing up here or contacting Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org. More information can be found here!

Find out if there is an open water board seat in your community

Note: The below reference sheet, which provides information on the Community Services Districts and Public Utilities Districts in Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, was compiled by Community Water Center from October 2017 - March 2018, as part of a project studying local water boards. To read more about the research, including data collection processes and key findings, see: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice."

Seats Up For Election in 2018: Local water boards are typically five-member boards on which each director serves a four-year term. Elections are staggered, and take place every two years; most boards hold elections in even-numbered years. For instance, a board might have three seats up for election in 2018, and the remaining two up for election in 2020. Note that "currently vacant seats" are included in counts in this column, as any currently vacant seat can be filled in 2018, regardless of when it was vacated. 

Current Vacancy: A seat that is currently empty. Vacancies occur, for instance, if someone steps down from the board before his or her term is complete, or if no one runs for an open seat. Vacancies can typically be filled at any time during the calendar year.


February 2018 CWLN Newsletter

Thank you for coming to the Water Justice Leadership Awards!

water_leaders.jpgWater Justice Leadership award recipients, Jim Maciel, Isabel Arrollo, and Senator Monning, posing with Laurel Firestone.

We wrapped up the day with our fourth annual Water Justice Leadership Awards at the Tequila Museo Mayahuel in Downtown Sacramento. The event honored State Senator Bill Monning, Armona Community Services District Board Member Jim Maciel, and El Quinto Sol de America for all of their work to ensure more equitable communities with access to safe and affordable drinking water. We had a blast! Thank to you everyone who joined us in celebrating the movement for water justice, and a big thank you to our generous sponsors who made this event possible! See pictures from the Awards here.


Announcements:

 

Adriana will be out of the office until March 19th and won’t have access to phone or email. If you have any questions or need to reach out to someone in the meantime, please reach out to CWC Co-Director Laurel Firestone at laurel.firestone@communitywatercenter.org or 916-706-3346.  


Welcome to the Community Water Leaders Network, Jose Ornelas!

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Jose Ornelas has been a city councilmember for the City of San Joaquin for 3 years and is also a participant in the Water Education for Latino Leaders program. Jose is the President of Ornelas Group Inc. where he serves as an immigration consultant, and prepares legal documents. He graduated from Fresno State and Kaplan University with a degree in Math and Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies. He has lived in the Fresno area for over 25 years and is an active member of his community. Jose was interested in joining the Community Water Leaders Network because he is interested in continuing to learn how to address his community’s water issues and continuing to lead in addressing the health of his community. We are excited to have Jose join the CWLN!


Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: Thursday, March 22nd from 4-5PM  

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.

Agenda:

  • member updates and questions
  • regional & state updates
  • monthly discussion topic: preparing for drought and identifying vulnerabilities

Upcoming Community Water Leaders Network events:

 

1st Roundtable: Representation on Water Boards

Date: Saturday, April 7th 2-4pm

Location: Fresno State, Fresno, CA

At this event, Mindy Romero, Director of the Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, will be sharing results of a report she authored exploring the representation of Latinxs and women as Directors on water boards as well as exploring Latinx voter turnout in water board elections. Romero’s research will present both statewide results as well as results for the specific counties of Kings, Kern, Fresno, and Tulare. CWC will also be presenting research on uncontested water board elections. Following the research presentations, a small panel of water board directors will share about their perspectives on the topics of inclusion, representation, and importance of community participation in water board elections. Hope to see you there!

 

2nd Roundtable: How to Run on a Water Board Election

Date: Saturday, April 14th, time TBD

Location: CWC Office, 900 W. Oak Ave. Visalia, CA 93291

This event will focus on the importance and power water boards hold in being able to implement the Human Right to Water in their community and will explain the process of running in a water board election. Participants will leave the event with knowledge of water board director responsibilities and duties, requirements for candidacy, and will better understand the process of applying to run in an election. Participants will be given tools and resources to begin the water board election candidacy process if interested. This is a smaller-scale event and RSVPs will be required.


CWC offering CV SALTS presentations

With funding from a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Community Water Center developed a PowerPoint presentation on the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long Term Sustainability (CV SALTS). This program addresses nitrate and salinity contamination in groundwater in the Central Valley. The presentation describes the CV SALTS process that shows levels of groundwater contamination, projected future conditions, projects to remediate contamination and the process to implement action to address nitrate and salinity contamination of groundwater. CWC developed presentations both for technical audiences (like water boards) and for the general public. CWC has also prepared Spanish versions of the presentations. We are currently looking for interested groups that would like to have us give this presentation. If your board is interested in learning more about this process, please contact Adriana Renteria.


Regional and State Updates:

East Porterville Water Supply Project

On February 6, the final household connection was completed as part of the East Porterville Water Supply project in response to California’s recent epic drought which disproportionately impacted low income communities of color. This landmark project involved many coordinating agencies, organizations, and contractors to extend reliable water service to 755 properties in East Porterville from the City of Porterville’s municipal water system, including approximately 300 properties whose wells failed during the drought, and many others who may have been at risk of contaminated groundwater. In addition, funds were recently approved to connect more than 80 additional properties located within city limits who still depended on domestic wells. More work is still ongoing to secure the system’s capacity, but thousands of residents now can count on a reliable water supply for their homes! Check out this video from the Department of Water Resources that shares a little more about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiPYl4c5VxE


Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Order Adopted

 

On February 7th, the State Water Resources Control Board held an adoption hearing for the East San Joaquin Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Order. The ILRP Order sets forth a number of new regulatory requirements for irrigated agriculture to promote best management practices and to protect groundwater quality. One major new addition to the Order is a requirement to create groundwater protection targets. These targets will look at how much nitrates can be added to a crop under specific conditions (ie crop type, soil type, precipitation rates, weather conditions, etc.) and not result in groundwater degradation. While currently these targets will not be enforceable they will provide feedback on what crops in what conditions are likely causing nitrate contamination of groundwater. The Order also requires on-farm domestic well testing and the results must be reported to GeoTracker. The majority of the requirements in this Order are precedential to all other ILRP Orders across the state, requiring all other Orders to be revised within five years.


California Water Fix update:

 

The California Water Fix, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, is a project that would build infrastructure to carry water from the Northern Delta to the existing aqueduct system where the State Water Project takes most of its water. In order to update the existing delivery system, a large underground tunnel will be built to get the water from the Sacramento Delta to the pumps that send the water to San Joaquin Valley agriculture and to Southern California. Earlier this month, the Governor announced that the project would be scaled down from two tunnels to one. Water users who will be paying for the expensive project are considering if they want to participate. In the San Joaquin Valley, the water that is brought in through the State Water Project is only used for agriculture. The California Water Fix may make San Joaquin Valley agricultural water somewhat more reliable, but it will not be a big increase in water supply. To read the latest memo from the Department of Water Resources, visit this link: https://www.water.ca.gov/LegacyFiles/docs/DWR%20ltr%20to%20PWAs%20participating%20in%20WaterFix%20Feb%207%202018.pdf


Featured resource of the month

  • Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) report and web portal

Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are required to identify and consider impacts to groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs). In recognizing a lack of available data and information for how to properly address this, The Nature Conservancy created tools so that GSAs can efficiently incorporate and address GDEs in their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). This month, TNC released a report that gives guidance to Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for how to address groundwater dependent ecosystems in their plans and meet the SGMA requirements. Along with the report, TNC launched a web portal that visually provides an introduction to groundwater dependent ecosystems and shows how they can be affected by excessive groundwater pumping. Visit the web portal at: groundwatercalifornia.org

Access the report at: https://www.scienceforconservation.org/assets/downloads/GDEsUnderSGMA.pdf

 

  • Drinking Water Resource Guide for Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged Communities of the Central Valley and Central Coast of California

This month, the State Water Board’s Office of Public Participation released this new educational resource. This bilingual English and Spanish guide is intended to provide citizens with information regarding: common contaminants, testing private wells, funding for safe drinking water, pollution of drinking water in rural communities, and much more. This is a great refresher for water board members and a great resource to be able to share with community members. Access the guide here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/general/docs/drinking_water_ej_resource_guide.pdf.


Upcoming events:

Date: February 27. Time 11:30-12:30. What Challenges Do Different Sizes & Types of Systems Face. Location: Online. Cost: Free. For more info: https://calmutuals.org/event/free-webinar-what-challenges-do-different-sizes-types-of-systems-face/  

Date: February 27. Time: 11am-12:30. Small Systems Funding. Location: Online. Cost: free. To register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3552068359475264001           

Date: February 22. Time: 10AM-12PM. What You Need to Know about the New Groundwater Management Act. Location: Online. Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1246    

Date: February 23. Time: 8:30-5PM.  Water Foundation Water 101. Location: McGeorge School of Law in Classroom C, 3200 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95817. Cost: $225 + fees. More info: http://www.watereducation.org/foundation-event/water-101-workshop-basics-and-beyond-1     

Date: March 5. Time: 6-8PM. AB 54 Webinar— Mutual Water Company training. Location: Online. Cost: $99 for non-Cal Rural Water Association members, $65 for members. More info: https://calruralwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AB54.2017.COMPLETE.fillable.pdf

Date: March 6. Time: 10AM-12PM. Budgeting. Location: Online. Cost: Free. For more info: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1251

Date: March 8. Time: 10AM-12PM. Distribution O&M and Math. Location: Online. Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1252

Date: March 28. Time 10AM-12PM. Arsenic Remediation. Location: Online. Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1254

                    
Date: March 29. Time 10AM-12PM. Financial Management and Rate Setting. Location: Online.  Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1256

 

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Updates:

 

Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Draft Awards Announced

On February 6th the Department of Water Resources released their draft recommendations for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant proposals. This grant is intended to support the goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by funding projects that directly benefit severely disadvantaged communities and projects to support a Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). Here’s the breakdown of how the $85.8 million was distributed among 78 grant applications:

  • $16.2 million is for severely disadvantaged communities to support groundwater sustainability planning and development.
  • $69.6 million is for local agency GSP development.
  • $3.4 million is tentatively awarded to three basins. These awards will be held pending a further review of their eligibility.

Comments on the applications are being accepted until February 28th at 5pm. More information can be found here: https://www.water.ca.gov/Work-With-Us/Grants-And-Loans/Sustainable-Groundwater

Community Water Center Receives Award Through the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) posted a draft recommendation to award CWC $614,353 under Category 1 of the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant. Our proposal was split up in two projects; the first is to facilitate the participation of severely disadvantaged communities in sustainable groundwater planning efforts through information sharing, workshops, and through co-hosting community meetings to review draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans. CWC will be working with the following Groundwater Sustainability Agencies: East Kaweah, Kaweah Subbasin; Kings River East, Kings Subbasin; Eastern Tule JPA, Lower Tule River ID, and Pixley ID, Tule Subbasin. The second project will involve developing a drinking water vulnerability assessment web tool that groundwater decision makers will be able to utilize to identify communities that are vulnerable to groundwater depletion and extreme climate conditions, identify possible consolidation opportunities, and potential areas for recharge projects. We are looking forward to working with you all to make sure that the drinking water tool is a helpful and effective decision making tool!   

Below are some of my updates on SGMA work being done in the Tulare Lake Basin. Please keep in mind that these are my interpretations and they are not flawless. Let me know if you’d like to correct or add any information about the GSA you are participating in!


SGMA ROUNDUP

Below are some of my updates on SGMA work being done in the Tulare Lake Basin. Please keep in mind that these are my interpretations and they are not flawless. Let me know if you’d like to correct or add any information about the GSA you are participating in!

 

State news: Several new resources have come out over the last few months, here’s an overview:

+Sustainable Groundwater Planning grant: This grant is intended to support the goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by funding projects that directly benefit severely disadvantaged communities and projects to support Groundwater Sustainability Agencies develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The $85.8 million was distributed among 78 grant applications. Draft recommendations were released on February 7th and the deadline to submit comments on proposals has been extended to February 28th 5pm.  More info here

+Groundwater Sustainability Plan initial notification webpage: GSAs are now required to use DWR’s mapping portal to submit their notification that they are starting to work on their Groundwater Sustainability Plans. All GSAs that submitted their notice before the map was created were added to the map. There is an option for stakeholder to post public comments on the way that the planning process is going in their GSA but unfortunately, those posted comments will not be taken into consideration when DWR reviews a GSA’s GSP. Check out the map here

+Final Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan Guidance Document: In January, DWR posted final version of this guide intended to help GSAs create their required Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plans. Read it here. Their guidance document for Engagement With Tribal Governments says final on their webpage but the link send to June 2017 draft.

+Best Management Practice on Sustainable Criteria: DWR hosted three workshops on their BMP on Sustainable Criteria (one in Visalia). This BMP is intended to give GSAs guidance on how to establish criteria like “sustainability goals,” “undesirable results,” “minimum thresholds,” and “measurable objectives” for their GSPs. Still in draft form but you can check it out here. At the Visalia workshop, DWR also announced that they are currently working on 2 addendums to this BMP that would give more guidance to GSAs on how to address groundwater quality and interconnected surface waters.

+Facilitation and Support Services (FSS): DWR is still offering facilitation support to support subbasins through the development of their groundwater sustainability plans (phase 2) with: facilitating meetings, helping stakeholder outreach & education, coordination. High & medium priority basins that apply would most likely receive support. More info here

 

Other resources:

+The Nature Conservancy’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDEs) under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are required to identify and consider impacts to groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs). In recognizing a lack of available data and information for how to properly address this, The Nature Conservancy created tools so that GSAs can efficiently incorporate and address GDEs in their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). This month, TNC released a report that gives guidance to Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for how to address groundwater dependent ecosystems in their plans and meet the SGMA requirements. Along with the report, TNC launched a web portal that visually provides an introduction to groundwater dependent ecosystems and shows how they can be affected by excessive groundwater pumping. Visit the web portal at: groundwatercalifornia.org Access the report here.

 

Tulare Lake Basin Regional news: Back in late October there was a 2nd South Valley SGMA Practitioners Roundtable where  representatives from each subbasin shared updates on coordination progress, and some on individual GSA progress. Several researchers also shared their research. There will be a 3rd roundtable gathering this end of spring/early summer.  

 

Kings subbasin news: The subbasin is still working to find it’s over-draft amount, right now it’s estimated that the subbasin overdraft is 201-220K acre/feet of overdraft but they will have more accurate numbers in March. The MOU group is working to finalize a dispute resolution agreement and a cost share agreement. They are currently trying to identify water experts that can be called on for help mediating disputes. The Kings Subbasin received $1.5 million from the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant which will cover the costs of the MOU and give each GSA the remaining 214K.

 

Kings River East:  In January, the GSA held a public hearing and a community outreach meeting to go over their proposed Prop 26 fee, which is intended to cover the cost of the development of their Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The fee proposed to adopt a nominal fee of $3,250 for agencies that do not have a significant impact on groundwater and a groundwater pumping fee of $1.45 per acre-foot for landowners within agencies pumping groundwater. The Cutler Public Utility District, East Orosi Community Services District, London Community Services District, Orosi Public Utilities District, and Sultana Community Services District, will not be paying the nominal fee individually, and instead are covered by the nominal fee that Tulare County will pay. The fee was approved at the GSA board meeting following the public hearing.  The board recently added an environmental seat to the Stakeholder Committee and is looking to fill that seat, contact Chad Wegley if you are interested in joining. cw@altaid.org

 

James ID: Haven’t heard anything new.  

 

North Fork Kings: The GSA is moving forward with having a Prop 218 election and will be having a public hearing on the proposed assessment rate on May 9 at 5:30 pm at the  Riverdale Memorial Hall located at 3085 W. Whitney Ave, Riverdale 93656. The GSA board will now also be meeting bi-monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Riverdale Community Education Center Board Room, 3160 W. Mt. Whitney Ave., Riverdale, Ca 93656.

 

Central Kings (Consolidated ID): Working with Provost & Pritchard to find overdraft for their GSA and P&P is also working to prepare a feasibility study for a Prop 218 election.  

 

South Kings GSA:   Haven’t heard anything new.  

 

North Kings River GSA:  Haven’t heard anything new.  

 

McMullin group: Provost and PRitchard has been working to develop plan chapted and has sent the chapter on groundwater conditions to the technical advisory committee for review.

 

Kaweah Subbasin:

The subbasin was awarded $1.5 million through DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant. The funds will support the MOU and the remaining amount will be split evenly amongst the 3 GSAs. The subbasin management team had their first meeting on January 30th where they discussed the structure of that meeting space including establishing a rotating chair where each GSA would take turns facilitating for 2 months. The management team is also considering partnering with Standford to undertake an electromagnetic survey using SkyTEM, which is a technology where an airplane flies over a field with a magnetic radar to capture the difference in conductivity. The difference in conductivity is then used to identify and map out areas of the ground, both shallow and very deep, that are confined/ unconfined. Stanford already mapped out parts of Tulare Irrigation District. This is expensive technology but DWR is interested in seeing how accurate this technology so they are offering to subsidize most of the costs leaving the Kaweah subbasin the remaining amount of 300K. DWR is also doing pilot SkyTEM projects in SLO County, Bute County, & Indian Wells County and is aiming to fly over the entire central valley and make this data publicly available in the future. For now, Kaweah is debating whether to pay for this considering the information will not be available by 2020 but would be helpful for future GSP versions.

 

Mid-Kaweah: GEI Consultants are currently working to develop their GSP. They are working with Santec to develop their communication and engagement plan and are currently in the process of undertaking a series of stakeholder interviews. The draft plan will be ready for review/approval soon.  

 

Greater Kaweah:  The GSA will be advertising about the availability of the Executive Director position soon and their goal is to have an ED in place by June/July. Santec is also doing their outreach plan. They are still working to finalize a contract with GEI.  

 

East Kaweah: Lindmoore ID  was chosen to do the administrative tasks of the GSA and they have hired a assistant. They have approved a living document version of their stakeholder communication and engagement plan and Provost & Pritchard are still working on GSA groundwater conditions.

 

Tule Subbasin: The Tule Subbasin was also awarded $1.5 million through the Sustainable Groundwater Management Gran. This award will cover the costs of developing a subbasin groundwater flow model, groundwater monitoring network, and a land subsidence monitoring network. The group is working on their coordination agreement that would set agreed on standards for how each GSA would address specific criteria in their GSPs. There has been a lot of discussion at the subbasin coordination group whether methodologies to measure groundwater quality and land subsidence in each individual GSP should be included in the coordination agreement or be addressed in a separate document. At the last meeting Thomas Harder prepared a presentation of the groundwater flow model being used, MODFLOW-OWHM “One Water Hydrologic Model”, which is the model code that the USGS is using to revise the Central Valley Hydrologic Model (CVHM). They have identified an overdraft of 118,000 a/f for the subbasin. Harder is currently working on the groundwater monitoring plan and the goal is to have that ready by August 2018.

 

Lower Tule River Irrigation District: The GSA has been reviewing and approving draft chapters of plans. Their board has approved chapters on: water measurements & metering, waterbanking at the groundwater level, and groundwater credit transfers within a GSA. They are currently reviewing chapters on: transitional groundwater pumping, landowner surface water brought into the GSA, and district level groundwater recharge credits.  

 

Pixley Irrigation District: Pixley ID and LTRID meeting monthly at a groundwater planning commission meeting. See LTRID update.

 

Eastern Tule GSA: At a January GSA meeting they decided to create a closed ad-hoc committee to start drafting the plan. Since they are using the Young water market model, their GSP draft has already been created, they are going chapter by chapter and adding relevant local information. 2-3 members from each of the stakeholder and executive committee volunteered and were appointed to this ad-hoc committee to begin meeting once weekly and working through the GSP. In theory, the ad-hoc committee will then bring what they consider "difficult or controversial" issues back to the Stakeholder committee for consideration to move up the committees to the board for consideration. What criteria the ad-hoc committee will use to determine what issues are "controversial" enough to discuss in the committee/board meetings is not clear. The order of their meetings will now flow like: closed ad-hoc committee—> stakeholder committee—> executive committee —> GSA board meeting.

 

Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District: They are hosting a stakeholder outreach meeting regarding land subsidence and transitional pumping on February 23. Land subsidence happens when the ground is over pumped and the land starts sinking below elevation levels. Transitional pumping refers to the gradual reduction of pumping rather than an automatic large reduction in pumping once plans are submitted to DWR. DEID’s biggest concern is land subsidence because they are currently having trouble moving water through canals. They are advocating for a shorter transitional pumping rate (or perhaps no transitional pumping at all --can’t remember) to address land subsidence faster. They will also start translating their monthly newsletter into Spanish soon!

 

Tri-County GSA: Their technical advisory committee and their stakeholder advisory committee had their first meetings on January 23.  

 

Alpaugh GSA: A merger of Alpaugh GSA and El Rico GSA is currently being considered..  

 

Tulare County GSA:  Haven’t heard anything new.

 

Tulare Lake subbasin: Have not been participating in Tulare Lake Subbasin.

 

Alpaugh GSA: A merger of Alpaugh GSA and El Rico GSA is currently being considered.

 

Tri-County GSA: See Tule sub-basin.

 

Mid-Kings GSA: Nothing new that I know of.  

 

South Fork Kings GSA: The board met at the start of February for a presentation on groundwater modeling by Geosyntec Consultants and to approve an agreement to share data and information with Westlands Water District and North Fork Kings GSA. South Fork Kings GSA, Mid-Kings GSA, El Rico, Southwest GSA, and Tri-County GSA submitted a comment letter to the Kings County Board of Supervisors opposing the proposed groundwater exportation ordinance.  

 

Southwest Kings GSA: South Fork Kings GSA, Mid-Kings GSA, El Rico, Southwest GSA, and Tri-County GSA submitted a comment letter to the Kings County Board of Supervisors opposing the proposed groundwater exportation ordinance.  

 

El Rico GSA: Currently considering including Alpaugh GSA in the El Rico GSA. They put a pause on the Prop 218 elections until/ if the merger with Alpaugh happens. They also submitted their intent to prepare a GSP notice.

 

Kern subbasin: Have not been participating in the Kern Subbasin.

 

Westside subbasin: The westside subbasin is completely covered by the Westside GSA.

 

Westlands Water District GSA: In December they hosted a public workshop on Sustainable Management Criteria and in early February they held a workshop to go over their GSP conceptual outline and on their groundwater management guiding principles.

 

Disclaimer: The proceeding interpretations and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of others involved. Additionally, my SGMA knowledge is neither exhaustive nor flawless, if you have any corrections to make to these updates or if you have more information to add, please send me an email and I will send out addendums as needed.


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network?

Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


January 2018 CWLN Newsletter

Announcements:

Happy New Year Community Water Leaders!

As a reminder, the January Network Briefing call is cancelled. Members of the Community Water Leaders Network Steering Committee will be meeting on Friday, February 9th from 4-6:30PM in the Visalia office, 900 W Oak Ave, Visalia, CA.  If you’re interested in joining the steering committee meeting to give input on 2018 CWLN goals and priorities, please let me know!

 

Water Justice Leadership Awards

Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Time: 5:30-8:00PM

Location: Mayahuel, 1200 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Join us as we come together with community partners, legislative allies, and ally organizations that have all contributed to the water justice movement, like yourself! There will be a short awards ceremony followed by an opportunity to connect with Sacramento partners over food and drinks. At the event, we will highlight the Community Water Leaders Network and will recognize members as a collective group on stage. More information on tickets can be found here. Look forward to seeing you all!

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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Community (DAC)

Involvement Grant update

The Prop 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant awarded $3.4million to the Tulare-Kern region to support the involvement of disadvantaged communities in IRWM planning efforts. IRWM planning groups are voluntary collaborations between local agencies to promote regional water management efforts and to implement different water projects.

 

The County of Tulare, who is the lead applicant for this grant, has sent the revised grant agreement for the Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program grant to the State Water Board and the agreement is scheduled to be signed in late February. Once the the agreement is signed, DAC representatives from 7 IRWM groups will form a Project Advisory Committee that will help give guidance to the grant goals and potential projects. The 7 IRWM groups involved in this grant effort are: Kaweah River Basin IRWM Group, Kern County IRWM Group, Kings Basin Water Authority, Poso Creek IRWM Group, Southern Sierra IRWM Group, Tule River Basin IRWM Group, Westside-San Joaquin IRWM Group. Counties and environmental justice groups, like CWC, are also involved in this grant. The first meeting of the PAC is likely to take place in March.

 

While the PAC is waiting to be formed, now is a great time to revisit the Tulare Lake Basin DAC Study and review the list of recommendations outlined in the report.

 


Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget Water Highlights

We started the year off on a positive note with the Governor Brown’s proposed budget prioritizing water interests! In the proposed budget Governor Brown prioritizes California’s commitment to safe and affordable drinking water consistent with the policy framework of SB 623. This commitment includes $4.7 million for the State Water Board and the Department of Food and Agriculture to take steps towards implementing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. While we still have more work to do to continue building momentum in support of SB 623, having the states priorities aligned with our efforts signifies a positive turning point!

 

Addition water highlights included in the proposed budget include:

  • Safe Drinking Water Projects -- $63 million from SB 5 for the State Water Board to provide grants to public water systems in disadvantaged communities for infrastructure improvements to meet safe and affordable drinking water standards, including both drinking water and wastewater treatment projects. Of this amount, $27 million is available to improve regional water supply within the San Joaquin River watershed.
  • SGMA Implementation -- $61.8 million from SB 5 for DWR to support groundwater sustainability agencies through three key efforts: (1) providing technical assistance to aid in the development and evaluation of their plans, (2) supplementing existing planning grants to support a groundwater sustainability agency's responsibility to define a path to achieve sustainable groundwater management, and (3) providing grants directly supporting implementation of groundwater projects
  • Groundwater Treatment—$84 million from SB 5 for the State Water Board to support regional groundwater treatment and remediation activities that prevent or reduce contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water, including $10 million for technical assistance for drought and groundwater investments.

Access the full proposed budget here: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf

 


CWC hosting CV SALTS Presentations

CV SALTS stands for Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long Term Solutions and is a coalition of agricultural, industry, regulatory, and environmental justice groups that have been doing studies for over 10 years to create a plan for how to address nitrate and salinity in the Central Valley. CWC, with a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), has prepared an educational PowerPoint presentation about groundwater quality and potential funding sources to address water quality issues. Specifically, it describes the CV SALTS process that examined nitrate and salinity contamination in Northern Tulare County. CWC will be making presentations to various stakeholders groups throughout the year. If you think your water board or city council would benefit from learning more about this process of addressing nitrates and salinity, please let Adriana know.


State and Legislative updates:

2017 was the first year of the two year 2017-2018 legislative session. The Legislature considered a total of 2,980 bills during 2017 dealing with almost every topic imaginable. A small but meaningful number of those bills were related to various aspects of water. Any bills that do not pass during the first legislative year and that are not procedurally held from moving forward become what is known as “two-year” bills, and are eligible for consideration again in 2018. An example of a two-year bill is SB 623. A number of legislative proposals considered in 2017 will likely come back again in 2018, and multiple entirely new legislative proposals will be introduced as well. CWC will share further information about any critical water bills as they are introduced in the coming weeks.


State Water Board in process of adopting East San Joaquin Coalition Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Order

As a refresher, the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) regulates irrigated agriculture in California to reduce or prevent water contamination due to farming practices. Over the years CWC and the AGUA Coalition have stayed closely involved in the ILRP process as several San Joaquin Valley communities have lacked safe drinking water due to ongoing nitrate contamination, some for decades.


The State Water Board is wrapping up the process to adopt a revised ILRP Order for the East San Joaquin Coalition Order, which manages irrigated lands in the East San Joaquin Watershed. Most, but not all, of the East San Joaquin Order is precedential. What this means is that all of the concepts identified as precedential that will be adopted in the East San Joaquin Coalition Order also have to be included in all other ILRP Orders throughout the state. There is an adoption hearing on February 7th in Sacramento and we will continue to work alongside our community partners and allies to ensure a strong Order that will result in the continued sustainability of the Central Valley. A map of the ILRP Coalitions is shown below and the East San Joaquin Order is identified as 5 in green.

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Map of ILRP Coalition Boundaries.


Ruling on Prop 26 May Affect SGMA Implementation –

City of Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District


At the start of December, the California Supreme Court issued a new ruling on Prop 26 which provides some guidance on how groundwater fees may be assessed and appears to provide protections for non-agricultural groundwater users. As background, Prop 26 was passed after Prop 218 in order to increase the protection for voters from tax increases by local agencies. Prop 218 provides that before taxes or fees related to property ownership (such as water or sewer fees) are increased they must be subject to voter approval and must be proportional to cost of service. Prop 26 expands the definition of “tax” to include any charge by a local government, not specifically limited to those charges related to property ownership. Charges that confer a special benefit to someone for a governmental service or product, as opposed to general revenue raising, are not subject to Prop 26 so long as they bear fair or reasonable relationship to the benefit to the person paying the fees. The aftermath of these two propositions is that taxes are defined as something which is for general revenue raising purposes, whereas a fee is related to a specific benefit given to the payer.

In the recent case, the City of Ventura sued the local water conservation district arguing the groundwater fees imposed upon the City by the District were in violation of both Prop 218’s requirement that fees are proportional to cost of service and in violation of Prop 26’s requirement that fees “bear a fair or reasonable relationship to the benefit to the payer”. The fees imposed on the City by the District were created to be in compliance with Water Code Section 75594 which states conservation districts cannot charge agricultural groundwater users less than three times and no more than five times the fees imposed on non-agricultural users. The Court held that the Prop 218 argument was not relevant since the fees were not related to the City’s property ownership, but instead held that the groundwater fees paid by the City to the District are subject to Prop 26 and sent the case back to the appeals court to determine if the fees do “bear a fair or reasonable relationship” to the benefit the City receives from the District.

How this impacts SGMA is still murky, however, there are a few key points that can be taken from the case: 1) Groundwater charges not-related to property ownership are not subject to Prop 218 and instead are covered by the less demanding Prop 26; 2) Previously Prop 26 was interpreted to mean that fees must comply on a parcel by parcel basis but the Court grants local governments a measure of flexibility in setting fees, stating when a district is implementing a “statutorily mandated conservation program, cost allocations for services provided are to be judged by a standard of reasonableness with some flexibility permitted to account for systemwide complexity.’”[emphasis added] Meaning similar users could be grouped together for the sake of setting fees. 3) The court hinted that Water Code Section 75594’s requirement that agricultural groundwater rates must be at least three times less than other uses (three-to-one rule) may violate Prop 26, but declined to rule on the matter, leaving the door open for another lawsuit. If at a later date the three-to-one rule is determined to be in violation of Prop 26, this will make it very difficult, if not impossible, to charge agricultural users of groundwater less than other users. Finally, since SGMA authorizes different types of fees and charges, GSAs will need to analyze their proposed fees to determine what type of fee or charge it is and thus whether Prop 218 or Prop 26, if either, apply.


Featured Resource of the Month –

Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Initial Notification System

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a new tool called the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Initial Notification System. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have to use this system to send the notification that they intend to start working on their plan. So far 31 GSAs have begun working on their GSPs and the majority of GSAs in the Southern San Joaquin Valley have already submitted notifications. The public can also use this tool to publicly share comments or concerns related to their Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s GSP development process. When a public comment is posted, it can be seen on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Portal and it will be shared with the GSA, the DWR Regional Office, and the DWR Sacramento Office. All comments must be related to the GSP development process. If you have concerns about your GSA’s GSP development process and you have voiced your concerns with your GSA and have not seen efforts to address your concerns, you can use this tool to publically keep a record of the issue. Alternatively, also feel free to contact Adriana anytime you have concerns as well.

To learn more about this tool, visit DWR’s webpage: http://water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/gsp_in.cfm  


Upcoming events:

Date: 1/31. Time: 8AM-12PM. Event: Grant Funding and Infrastructure Planning. Location: Arvin (location TBD). Cost: $175 for non-Cal Rural Water Association members. More info: https://calruralwater.org/product/grant-funding-and-infrastructure-planning-2/

Date: 2/1. Time: 10AM-12PM. Event: Financial Management Small Water Systems. Location: Online. Cost:Free. More info here: https://www.events.rcac.org/images/rcac/pdfs/SRFCA%20Brochure%202018%20Jan-June.pdf

Dates: 2/7-2/8. Time: 8AM-3PM. Event: USABlueBook Water Treatment and Distribution. Location: Visalia (Location TBD). Cost: $175 for non-Cal Rural Water Association members. More info here: https://calruralwater.org/product/usabluebook-water-treatment-and-distribution-tools/


Date: 2/15. Time: 10AM-12PM. Event: Creating Operation and Maintenance Plans. Location: Online. Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1244


Date: 2/22. Time: 10AM-12PM. Event: What You Need to Know about the New Groundwater Management Act. Location: Online. Cost: Free. Register here: https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1246


Date: 2/23. Time: 8:30-5PM. Event: Water Foundation Water 101. Location: McGeorge School of Law in Classroom C, 3200 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95817. Cost: $225 + fees. More info: http://www.watereducation.org/foundation-event/water-101-workshop-basics-and-beyond-1

 

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at:

http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


Reminders:

1-2-3 TCP Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) In Effect

On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP), which is the cancer causing chemical that has caused contamination of California soil since the 80s due to extensive application of soil fumigants manufactured by Dow and Shell Chemicals. Water systems are required to start quarterly monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP in the calendar quarter beginning January 2018. Water systems may be allowed to use previously collected samples for up to three quarters in order to meet the initial monitoring requirements. More information about initial monitoring substitutions can be found in Subsection 64445(i) or by contacting your local Division of Drinking Water District Office.

If your system is impacted by 123-TCP, in order to obtain cost recovery your system needs to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Robins Borghei LLP is the primary firm litigating 123 TCP cases and has a strong track record in winning cases on behalf of communities dealing with 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

$9.5 million in grant funding available through the Drinking Water for Schools Program

This program can be used install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. Contact Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information on how to apply.


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network?Contact Kristin Dobbin at 559-733-0219 or kristin.dobbin@communitywatercenter.org


December 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Events & Announcements:

Thanks for all the work you’ve done this year to help implement the Human Right to Water. We’re thankful to have you in the Community Water Leaders Network and look forward to continuing our efforts in 2018.

As a reminder, the Community Water Center will be closed from December 23rd, 2017 until January 7th, 2018 and the December Network briefing call is cancelled. Check out a snapshot of what we accomplished in 2017 below and consider donating to support continuing efforts to secure safe and affordable water here. Have a great end of your year!

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Water Justice Leadership Awards

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

5:30-8:00PM

Mayahuel

1200 K Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Join us as we come together with community partners, legislative allies, and ally organizations that have all contributed to the water justice movement, like yourself! There will be a short awards ceremony followed by an opportunity to connect with Sacramento partners over food and drinks. At the event, we will highlight the Community Water Leaders Network and will recognize members as a collective group on stage. I will be following up as the date approaches to gather your reflections on all the great work you’ve done to support the Human Right to Water this year. More information on tickets can be found here.

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Regional and State Updates:

New Ruling on Prop 26 May Affect SGMA Implementation –

City of Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District

At the start of December, the California Supreme Court issued a new ruling on Prop 26 which provides some guidance on how groundwater fees may be assessed and appears to provide protections for non-agricultural groundwater users. As background, Prop 26 was passed after Prop 218 in order to increase the protection for voters from tax increases by local agencies. Prop 218 provides that before taxes or fees related to property ownership (such as water or sewer fees) are increased they must be subject to voter approval and must be proportional to cost of service. Prop 26 expands the definition of “tax” to include any charge by a local government, not specifically limited to those charges related to property ownership. Charges that confer a special benefit to someone for a governmental service or product, as opposed to general revenue raising, are not subject to Prop 26 so long as they bear fair or reasonable relationship to the benefit to the person paying the fees. The aftermath of these two propositions is that taxes are defined as something which is for general revenue raising purposes, whereas a fee is related to a specific benefit given to the payer.

 

In the recent case, the City of Ventura sued the local water conservation district arguing the groundwater fees imposed upon the City by the District were in violation of both Prop 218’s requirement that fees are proportional to cost of service and in violation of Prop 26’s requirement that fees “bear a fair or reasonable relationship to the benefit to the payer”. The fees imposed on the City by the District were created to be in compliance with Water Code Section 75594 which states conservation districts cannot charge agricultural groundwater users less than three times and no more than five times the fees imposed on non-agricultural users. The Court held that the Prop 218 argument was not relevant since the fees were not related to the City’s property ownership, but instead held that the groundwater fees paid by the City to the District are subject to Prop 26 and sent the case back to the appeals court to determine if the fees do “bear a fair or reasonable relationship” to the benefit the City receives from the District.

 

How this impacts SGMA is still murky, however, there are a few key points that can be taken from the case: 1) Groundwater charges not-related to property ownership are not subject to Prop 218 and instead are covered by the less demanding Prop 26; 2) Previously Prop 26 was interpreted to mean that fees must comply on a parcel by parcel basis but the Court grants local governments a measure of flexibility in setting fees, stating when a district is implementing a “statutorily mandated conservation program, cost allocations for services provided are to be judged by a standard of reasonableness with some flexibility permitted to account for systemwide complexity.’”[emphasis added] Meaning similar users could be grouped together for the sake of setting fees. 3) The court hinted that Water Code Section 75594’s requirement that agricultural groundwater rates must be at least three times less than other uses (three-to-one rule) may violate Prop 26, but declined to rule on the matter, leaving the door open for another lawsuit. If at a later date the three-to-one rule is determined to be in violation of Prop 26, this will make it very difficult, if not impossible, to charge agricultural users of groundwater less than other users. Finally, since SGMA authorizes different types of fees and charges, GSAs will need to analyze their proposed fees to determine what type of fee or charge it is and thus whether Prop 218 or Prop 26, if either, apply.


Early Effective Date for Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1-2-3 Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP)

On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP), which is the cancer causing chemical that has caused contamination of California soil since the 80s due to extensive application of soil fumigants manufactured by Dow and Shell Chemicals. Water systems are required to start quarterly monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP in the calendar quarter beginning January 2018. Water systems may be allowed to use previously collected samples for up to three quarters in order to meet the initial monitoring requirements. More information about initial monitoring substitutions can be found in Subsection 64445(i) or by contacting your local Division of Drinking Water District Office.

 

If your system is impacted by 123-TCP, in order to obtain cost recovery your system needs to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Robins Borghei LLP is the primary firm litigating 123 TCP cases and has a strong track record in winning cases on behalf of communities dealing with 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.


Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Public Hearing Update

Lucy.jpgCommunity Water Leader Lucy Hernandez, community residents and activists, and CWC staff who traveled to Sacramento to speak about their experience with unsafe water due to nitrate contamination.

The Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) regulates irrigated agriculture in California to reduce or prevent water contamination due to farming practices. Over the years CWC and the AGUA Coalition have stayed closely involved in the ILRP process as several San Joaquin Valley communities have lacked safe drinking water due to ongoing nitrate contamination, some for decades.

Currently the State Water Board is in the process of revising the East San Joaquin ILRP Order, which manages the irrigated lands in the East San Joaquin Watershed. A second draft Order was released this September, and on December 6th, 2017 the State Water Board held a workshop to hear comments from stakeholders and the public on the Order. CWC presented alongside allies from Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Clean Water Action, and community partners Lucy Hernandez from West Goshen and Cristobal Chavez from Porterville, on our continued concerns about the Order’s lack of enforceable targets for nitrate application and other important improvements that are needed in the Order.  We will continue to work alongside our community partners and allies to ensure a strong Order that will result in the continued sustainability of the Central Valley.


Featured resources of the month:

Financial Assistance for Water Audits                               

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) has available funding to assist water systems implementing a water audit. Agencies can hire a consultant or work with their own staff to perform the audit. Financial assistance can cover up to a maximum of $35,000 of audit costs. Check out the application and information here: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf/docs/forms/water_energy_audit_application_instructions.pdf


$9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools                                            

The California State Water Resources Control Board has $9.5 million in grant funding available through the Drinking Water for Schools Program, which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for these funds, including schools that serve kindergarten through 12th grade, and preschools and daycares that are located on school property. During the first nine months, the program is open only to LEAs that serve Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) with a population of less than 20,000. County offices of education are encouraged to apply on behalf of multiple small districts within their jurisdiction, which can reduce costs through joint purchasing and contracting.

If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact us at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.


State Water Board Translations for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) Templates

Last May, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Northern California sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board requesting that the State Water Board make available translated CCR templates so that public water systems could use the templates and ensure that consumers receive these reports in the required languages. Previously, the Board only provided the template in English and it became evident that many public water systems were using the exact template but not translating it themselves. Because of this, many non-English speaking communities only received the CCR in English. ACLU NC has been working with the State Water Board’s Chair to ensure the templates are translated and there are now two additional versions available: one in Spanish and one in Hmong. The Board plans to provide additional translations in 2018 but for now, water boards are encouraged to use these templates to work to ensure all members of their communities can read and understand their CCR report.


North Tulare County (NTC) Regional Water Alliance Update:

Steven.jpgMembers of the NTC Regional Alliance pictured above Katie Icho (East Orosi Community Services District), Supervisor Steven Worthley (Tulare County Board of Supervisors), and Michael Prado Sr (Sultana Community Services District).

The Alliance is a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) that includes East Orosi Community Services District, Sultana Community Services District (representing the communities of Sultana and Monson), and Tulare County (representing communities of Seville and Yettem). This JPA was formed in a collaborative effort, facilitated by CWC along with RCAC, to plan shared solutions and access financial resources for a sustainable water future for the communities of the NTC region.  

The Alliance had its second meeting on December 13th and will be selecting a Technical Assistance provider to help the Alliance conduct planning studies that can lead to a sustainable drinking water project to improve reliability of the water quality and water supply of these communities and possible other nearby communities. The first study is an Alternative Analysis that will compare various options of providing improved drinking water. The surface water treatment plant that has been under consideration for several years will be one of the alternatives. Once an alternative is selected, planning and design can move the project toward an eventual construction phase.


Upcoming Events and Trainings:

Jan 11. Water Audits as the First Part of Water Loss Control. 12:00pm-1:30pm. Online. Free. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5814177191264844801

Jan 20. California Water Law Symposium. 8:00am-6:00pm. $60. 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720. http://www.waterlawsymposium2018.com/.

June 6-7. First Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit. GRA Groundwater Resources Association. 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento, CA 95815. https://www.grac.org/events/140/

 

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network? 
Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


November 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Abby_Fi..jpg(left to right) Abby Figueroa, Union of Concerned Scientists; Coreen Weintraub, UCS; Adriana Renteria, CWC; Panelists: Virginia Gurrola, Cruz Rivera, Eric Osterling, Dr. Juliet Christian Smith, and Maria Herrera, Self-Help Enterprises at toolkit release.

 

Getting Involved in Groundwater: Toolkit Release and Panel Discussion

 

On October 26th, Community Water Center (CWC), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and Self Help Enterprises (SHE) hosted Getting Involved with Groundwater: toolkit release and panel discussion. At this event, the Union of Concerned Scientists released their new publication, Getting Involved in Groundwater; A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans. The published guide, available in English and Spanish, was informed by groundwater workshops CWC & UCS hosted over the past year and was created to demystify technical language, concepts, and tools for communities implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

 

SGMA calls for the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholders however, groundwater sustainability planning can seem very technical, which can discourage people from getting involved in the first place. Getting Involved in Groundwater goes over concepts and terms commonly associated with groundwater sustainability planning in the context of the new law and includes “critical questions” to ask which serve as a jumping off point to get more information about your local area, so that getting involved is easier.

 

At the event, the following speakers shared their perspectives on groundwater management and led a discussion on the importance of having accessible tools like the toolkit:

Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
            Eric Osterling, Manager of Water Resources, Kings River Conservation District
            Virginia Gurrola, former city councilmember and mayor, city of Porterville
            Cruz Rivera, Vice-President, Plainview Mutual Water Company, and Community Water Leader
            Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith, toolkit co-author and Senior Program Officer, Water Foundation

 

Achieving the goals of SGMA is a big undertaking but through events like this and through sharing of resources and information like UCS’s toolkit, this process will be a lot easier. Check out the guides in English here and in Spanish here and learn more about other groundwater resources on our webpage!


Events & Announcements:

Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 4-5PM  

Reminder: No briefing call in December

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.

Agenda:

  1. member updates and questions
  2. regional & state updates
  3. monthly discussion topic: Department of Water Resources Best Management Practice: Draft Sustainable Management Criteria & any thoughts or concerns with respect to how Groundwater Sustainability Plans being developed will impact your community

Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) update                                            

The Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program regulates irrigated agriculture to help prevent the contamination of surface water and groundwater from agricultural contaminants such as nitrates. The Community Water Center along with a few of our allies had petitioned the State Water Resources Control Board several years ago stating that the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Order the Regional Water Board released was not strong enough to protect water quality, the State Water Board agreed and in early October it released a draft Order on the East San Joaquin ILRP Order. In most aspects it is precedential to all ILRP Orders across the state, meaning within five years all other ILRP Orders must be revised to come into compliance with the East San Joaquin Order. Right now the State Water Board is taking public comments on the draft, due December 15th at noon. There will also be a public hearing, where there will be panels and the Board will be hearing public comment in Sacramento on December 6th. An informal staff workshop where public comment will not be heard is being held on November 27th in Clovis. If you would like any additional information on the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program or the current draft Order please contact CWC’s Staff Attorney, Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org


 1-2-3 TCP (Trichloropropane) update:

The state will soon start mandatory testing for 1-2-3 TCP, the cancer causing chemical that has caused contamination of California soil since the 80s due to extensive application of soil fumigants manufactured by Dow and Shell Chemicals. While mandatory testing for 1-2-3 TCP is not required until January 1, 2018, the State Water Board strongly recommends testing before the January 1st date in order to find out if 1-2-3 TCP is an issue for your system. If your system is impacted by 123-TCP, in order to obtain cost recovery your system needs to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Robins Borghei LLP is the primary firm litigating 123 TCP cases and has a strong track record in winning cases on behalf of communities dealing with 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. Staff at the State Water Board can be of assistance in meeting any of the eligibility requirements.


California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) UC Water Rates Proceeding:

If your water system is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission, it’s good to be aware that the Commission has initiated a proceeding to look at water affordability. The Commission is looking at whether it is feasible or effective to standardize the various low-income rate assistance programs, benefits to consolidation, the feasibility of taxing bottled water to subsidize water rates for low-income customers, and a number of other potential tools and solutions. More information can be found here or on the CPUC’s website.


Best Management Practice (BMP) Sustainable Management Criteria

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released their latest best management practices guidance document for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The latest guidance document is on how a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) establishes sustainable management criteria. In developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs), GSAs must develop these sustainable criteria: sustainability goal, undesirable results, minimum thresholds, and measureable objectives. All four of these sustainable criteria are created from information derived from the Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s hydrologic conceptual model, water budget, and past and current groundwater conditions. The BMP is intended to give guidance on how to establish these criteria. Comments on the guidance document are due January 8, 2018 at 5pm. The Department of Water Resources will also be holding three stakeholder workshops across the state on the guidance document, details still to be announced. The guidance document can be found here or on DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management page. CWC is submitting comments and you are welcome to submit comments with us or you can submit comments on your own by emailing your comments to sgmps@water.ca.gov, subject: Comments on Draft SMC BMP.


Featured resources of the month:

 

State Water Board Translations for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) Templates:

Last May, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Northern California sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board requesting that the State Water Board make available translated Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) templates so that public water systems could use the templates and ensure that consumers receive these reports in the required languages. Previously, the Board only provided the template in English and it became evident that many public water systems were using the exact template but not translating it themselves. Because of this, many non-English speaking communities only received the CCR in English. ACLU of Northern California has been working with the State Water Board’s Chair to ensure the templates are translated and there are now two additional versions available: one in Spanish and one in Hmong. The Board plans to provide additional translations in 2018 but for now, water boards are encouraged to use these templates to work to ensure all members of their communities can read and understand their CCR report.

 

Union of Concerned Scientists’ new publication for water decision makers:

Navigating a Flood of Information: Evaluating and Integrating Climate Science into Groundwater Planning in California is a white paper co-authored with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. The white paper intends to

  • Provide water managers and other decision makers across the state with an overview of climate models, their component parts, and key terminology
  • Provide a framework for evaluating and comparing the various approaches to incorporating climate change into state-level water planning documents
  • Recommend a four-step process to incorporate future climate projections into local Groundwater Sustainability Plans

$9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools

The California State Water Resources Control Board has $9.5 million in grant funding available through the Drinking Water for Schools Program, which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for these funds, including schools that serve kindergarten through 12th grade, and preschools and daycares that are located on school property. During the first nine months, the program is open only to LEAs that serve Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) with a population of less than 20,000. County offices of education are encouraged to apply on behalf of multiple small districts within their jurisdiction, which can reduce costs through joint purchasing and contracting.

If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact us at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.


Applications Open for Water Education Foundation 2018 Water Leaders Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions. Class members are required to attend a special January orientation at the Foundation’s Sacramento office, the Bay-Delta Tour mid-year, along with one other water tour of their choice, as well as the Executive Briefing, the Foundation’s flagship annual conference. Individual class members are also assigned a top level policy-maker, scientist or legal expert as a mentor, with whom they spend one day “shadowing” and later conduct a one-on-one interview on the class research topic. The program began in 1997 and class alums have gone on to achieve top positions at the state Legislature, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies involved in water.

Visit http://www.watereducation.org/water-leaders for more information about the program. You can download an application form here that you can fill out on your computer. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2017 and scholarships are available. Contact Kasey Chong at kchong@watereducation.org with any questions.


Upcoming Events and Trainings:

November 22. State Water Board Workshop on Proposed Water Waste Regulation. CalEPA Headquarters Building - 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Free. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html

November 29. Water System Management and Finance for Board Members.12:00pm-1:00pm. Online. Free. http://calmutuals.org/events/month/

December 4 & December 8. AWE Distribution Operations & Maintenance. CRWA Training Headquarters, 1234 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. https://calruralwater.org/training-schedule/?orderby=date_asc

December 5. AB54 & AB240: Ethics For Mutual Water Company Board Members. 10AM-12PM. Online. Free. https://www.events.rcac.org/rcac/Calendar.asp

December 19. Public Hearing: Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit Amendment. 9:30AM. 1001 I Street, Second Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Free.  https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html

December 19. Arsenic Remediation. 10AM. Online. https://www.events.rcac.org/rcac/Calendar.asp

December 20. California Water Commission Meeting. 9:30am. 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Free. http://www.watereducation.org/calendar/2017-11

 

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network? 
Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


CWLN boletin de Octubre 2017

Eventos y Anuncios:

La Creación de la Alianza Regional por el Agua en el Norte del Condado de Tulare.

sultana.pngLa semana pasada, los miembros del Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios de Sultana votaron a favor de una resolución para unirse y crear una Alianza Regional.

Después de varios años de negociación y de propuestas por parte de la comunidad, ¡nos complace anunciar que la Alianza Regional por el Agua en el Norte del Condado de Tulare se formó el 6 de octubre! La semana pasada, los miembros del Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios de la comunidad de Sultana votaron a favor de una resolución para unirse a la alianza regional. La comunidad de Sultana fue la tercera comunidad de las tres partes que conforman el Acuerdo conocido en inglés como “Joint Powers Agreement” junto con el Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios del Este de Orosi y el Condado de Tulare (que representa a Yettem y Monson), para que firmaran el Acuerdo y hacerlo oficial.

 

Esta alianza ayudará a planificar soluciones compartidas para un futuro sostenible del agua en las comunidades del Este de Orosi, Sultana, Seville, Yettem y Monson. El CWC ha trabajado con las comunidades del norte del condado de Tulare desde nuestros inicios. Por varios años, hemos brindado asistencia técnica a las partes interesadas y que están involucradas en la formación de la nueva Alianza.

 


Participe En El Manejo De Su Cuenca: Perspectiva Local

Lanzamiento de herramientas y panel de discusión

Jueves, 26 de octubre de 2017

10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. [almuerzo incluido]

Habitación Broadmoore, University Square Hotel

4961 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno CA 93726

sustainable_groundwater.jpgLa Ley de Manejo Sustentable de Aguas Subterráneas requiere que diversos usuarios y administradores del agua se unan para crear planes locales de sostenibilidad para el manejo de su cuenca. ¡No necesita ser un experto en los asuntos del agua para participar!

 

Las organizaciones “Union of Concerned Scientists”, “Self-Help Enterprises” y el Centro Comunitario por el Agua lo invitan a un panel de discusión sobre la planificación local de la sostenibilidad del agua subterránea y el lanzamiento de herramientas: la Participación sobre el Manejo de su Cuenca; Una guía para entender los planes de sustentabilidad de aguas subterráneas de California. El kit de herramientas analiza el proceso de algunos de los componentes técnicos  en los Planes de Manejo Sostenible de Agua Subterránea (GSP, por sus siglas en inglés) como los presupuestos y modelos de agua, el trabajo con consultores y el establecimiento de objetivos de sostenibilidad, por lo que involucrarse y trabajar juntos es más fácil.

Los oradores serán:

Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Asambleísta del Estado de California.

Eric Osterling, Gerente de Recursos Hídricos del Distrito de Conservación del Río Kings.

Virginia Gurrola, ex concejal de la ciudad y alcalde de la ciudad de Porterville.

Cruz Rivera, Vicepresidente,  de la Compañía “Plainview Mutual Water”.

Dra. Juliet Christian-Smith, coautora del kit de herramientas y directora general de programas de “Water Foundation


Participe El 28 De Octubre Con El Centro Comunitario Por El Agua Para Hablar Con Los Votantes Del Condado De Tulare Sobre Su Agua

Este mes, el CWC hablará con miles de votantes del Condado de Tulare sobre su agua. Los invitamos a que asistan a nuestra próxima reunión comunitaria para obtener más información y participar en el movimiento por la justicia del agua.

El sábado, 28 de octubre, está invitado para ser parte de nuestro equipo de voluntarios. Daremos entrenamiento a todos los interesados en participar como voluntarios en nuestra oficina de Visalia y luego nos dirigiremos a tocar puertas para realizar breves preguntas a nuestros votantes. Si está disponible el 28 de octubre de 9:30 a.m. a 2:30 p.m. y desea unirse a nuestro equipo como voluntario, llame a nuestra oficina de Visalia al 559-733-0219 o envíe un correo electrónico a Vanessa.Michel@CommunityWaterCenter.org para informarnos si está interesado.


Hay $ 9.5 Millones De Dólares Disponibles Para Que Las Escuelas Cuenten Con Agua Potable

La Mesa de Control de Recursos Hídricos del Estado de California tiene $ 9.5 millones de dólares en fondos disponibles a través del Programa de Agua Potable para Escuelas, que puede usarse para instalar estaciones para el llenado de botellas de agua o fuentes de agua potable, y para suministros de agua provisionales y dispositivos de tratamiento para escuelas donde la contaminación en el agua sea un problema. Las Agencias Educativas Locales (LEA, por sus siglas en inglés) son elegibles para solicitar estos fondos, incluyendo las escuelas que imparten clases desde el kínder hasta el grado 12, así como el nivel preescolar y guarderías que se encuentran dentro de la propiedad de la escuela. Durante los primeros nueve meses, el programa está abierto solo para las LEA que brindan servicios a comunidades de bajos ingresos (DAC, por sus siglas en inglés) con una población de menos de 20,000 estudiantes. Se hace una invitación a todas las oficinas de educación del condado a postularse y que sean parte de los distintos distritos pequeños que están dentro de su jurisdicción, lo que puede reducir los costos mediante compras en conjunto y contratación.

Si su escuela o distrito está interesado en aprender más sobre esta nueva y emocionante oportunidad de mejorar el acceso al agua potable a los estudiantes, puede acceder aquí a las solicitudes y requisitos o comuníquese con Kim Hanagan de la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos al (916) 323-0624.

La Corporación “Rural Community Assistance” fue seleccionada por la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos para proporcionar asistencia técnica durante la solicitud de la beca y el período de implementación. Para más información comuníquese a: agua4all@rcac.org.


Las Inscripciones Están Abiertas Para La Clase De Líderes Por El Agua Por Parte De La Fundación “Open For Water Education”

Las solicitudes están siendo aceptadas para la Clase de Líderes por el Agua, William R. Gianelli 2018. El programa que consta de un año fomenta un conocimiento más profundo sobre los problemas del agua y las habilidades de liderazgo. Los criterios para ser aceptados incluyen tener compromiso para comprender los problemas del agua y un interés en buscar roles de liderazgo en las juntas y comisiones públicas, o puestos clave del personal donde labora. Los miembros de la clase deben asistir a una orientación especial en enero en la oficina de la Fundación en Sacramento, ir a mediados del año al tour de la Bahía-Delta Tour, y elegir otro tour relacionado con el agua, así como a la sesión informativa del Ejecutivo, y a la principal conferencia anual de la Fundación. A cada estudiante de la clase también se le asigna un mentor, legislador, científico o experto legal de alto nivel, con el que pasan un día "observando" lo que hace o le interesa al estudiante y luego realizan una entrevista personal sobre el tema de investigación durante la clase. El programa comenzó en 1997 y los egresados ​​de la clase han logrado alcanzar altos cargos en la Legislatura estatal, agencias gubernamentales, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y empresas privadas convirtiéndose en líderes comprometidos con los asuntos del agua.

Para obtener más información sobre el programa visite: http://www.watereducation.org/water-leaders. Aquí puede descargar el formulario de solicitud para completar en su computadora. Las solicitudes se reciben hasta el 5 de diciembre de 2017 y hay becas disponibles. Si tiene alguna pregunta póngase en contacto con Kasey Chong a: kchong@watereducation.org


No te pierdas de nuestra próxima llamada informativa de la Red: el jueves 26 de octubre, 4-5 p.m.

Las juntas informativas de la Red son conferencias telefónicas mensuales que brindan a los miembros de la Red la oportunidad de conectarse unos con otros, realizar preguntas y recibir información desde la comodidad de su casa. Como recordatorio, hemos cambiado de proveedor para el servicio de llamadas, lo que significa que tenemos un nuevo número de teléfono y una nueva clave para realizar la conferencia telefónica. Para participar, simplemente marque (929) 432-4463, cuando se le solicite el código de acceso marque 5254-59-7515 seguido de la tecla (#). Comuníquese con Adriana si necesita una tarjeta de prepago para llamar de larga distancia.

Agenda:

  1. Resumen y preguntas de los integrantes.
  2. Resumen y preguntas sobre el agua a nivel regional y estatal.
  3. Tema de discusión mensual: Planes de la Comunidad.

Financiamiento Disponible para la Planificación Sustentable de Aguas Subterráneas

El Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR, por sus siglas en inglés) ha publicado la versión final del 2017 de los Proyectos y Planes de Sustentabilidad de Aguas Subterráneas (GSP, por sus siglas en inglés)  y el Paquete de Solicitudes de Propuestas (PSP, por sus siglas en inglés) para el Programa de becas para la Planificación Sostenible de Aguas Subterráneas (SGWP, por sus siglas en inglés), financiado a través de la Propuesta 1.

El Programa de Becas para la SGWP proporciona un total de $ 86.3 millones de fondos para proyectos que desarrollan e implementan la planificación sustentable de aguas subterráneas.

$ 10 millones de este financiamiento están reservados para proyectos que prestan servicios a comunidades severamente de bajos recursos, el resto del financiamiento respaldará la planificación, preparación o desarrollo de los Planes de Sustentabilidad de Aguas Subterráneas. Los proyectos deben abordar cuencas de alta y mediana prioridad o una porción no adjudicada de una de estas cuencas. La aplicación está disponible en línea a través del Sistema de Seguimiento y Revisión de Becas (GRANTS, por sus siglas en inglés). Consulte la lista de preguntas frecuentes del DWR. La fecha límite para solicitar la beca es el 13 de noviembre de 2017.


Información destacada del mes:

Este mes, el Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR, por sus siglas en inglés) lanzó varias herramientas e información que los usuarios pueden usar para comprender mejor los datos relacionados con sus cuendas y las aguas subterráneas de su área. Verifique las herramientas y la información a continuación:

Solicitud Del Reporte Final Del Mapa De Pozos Del Departamento De Recursos Hídricos:

La Solicitud Del Reporte Final Del Mapa De Pozos proporciona acceso directo a nivel estatal a las copias de los informes finales sobre los pozos. Los informes finales de los pozos contienen información recopilada sobre la perforación y construcción de pozos de agua, incluida la ubicación, las fechas de construcción, el uso planificado, la profundidad del pozo, los datos geológicos de las sub superficies encontradas, la construcción del pozo y el rendimiento del pozo.

 

Resumen De Los Datos Sobre El Nivel Del Agua Subterránea Del Departamento De Recursos Hídricos:

El resumen de los datos sobre el nivel del agua subterránea presenta los datos preliminares sobre el nivel del agua subterránea durante la primavera del 2017 disponible en la base de datos del Departamento de Recursos Hídricos a partir del 11 de julio del 2017. La información, que ilustra los cambios durante la sequía del 2012-16, también incluye una discusión sobre la tendencia del nivel del agua subterránea y los datos que se obtuvieron durante la primavera de 2017. Los mapas estatales de cambio de nivel de agua subterránea durante la época de primavera también están disponibles en la página de Reportes y Mapas del Centro de Información de Aguas Subterráneas: http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/gwinfo/


Próximos talleres y capacitaciones:

El 24 de octubre de 9:00 a.m. a 10:00 p.m. Primera Parte: Auditorías Sobre El Control De Pérdida De Agua. Curso en línea gratis en: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4061056476497977602

El 24 de octubre de 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Auditoría sobre el agua y control de pérdida de agua: recopilación e ingreso de datos. Curso en línea gratis en: http://efcnetwork.org/upcoming-events/

El 25 y 26 de octubre. Revisión de la certificación del tratamiento de agua en la Sede de capacitación de CRWA, 1234 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. Costo: $ 350. https://calruralwater.org/product/water-treatment-certification-review-grade-3/

El 25 de octubre a las 9:00 am. Reunión pública: Reunión del Comité Coordinador de la Calidad del Agua, en la oficina principal de CalEPA – Sala “Coastal Hearing”, Calle I núm. 1001, segundo piso,  Sacramento, CA 95814. Sin costo.  https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html

El 26 de octubre de 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Operación y Mantenimiento de Distribución: Mantenimiento de la calidad del agua, en RCAC-Sal Solinas Room, 3120 Freeboard Dr. West Sacramento, CA 95691. Sin costo. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1133

El 26 de octubre a las  08:30 a.m. Reunión pública: Reunión del Comité Coordinador de la Calidad del Agua en la oficina principal de CalEPA - Sala “Coastal Hearing”, Calle I núm. 1001, segundo piso Sacramento, CA 95815. Sin costo. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html

El 26 de octubre de 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PPIC Water Policy Center presenta las prioridades de California con el tema del agua en la calle J núm. 1230, Sacramento, CA 95814. Sin costo. http://www.acwa.com/acwa_calendar

El 1º de noviembre a las 7:30 a.m. Tour de restauración del río San Joaquín en Fresno, CA. http://www.watereducation.org/calendar/2017-11

El 2 de noviembre a las 10 a.m. y 2 p.m. Revisión de la Regla Total de Coliformes (rTCR, por sus siglas en inglés). Curso en línea gratis en: https://www.events.rcac.org/rcac/Calendar.asp

El 7 de noviembre a las 10 a.m. La AB 1234: Ética para funcionarios públicos electos. Curso en línea gratis en: https://www.events.rcac.org/images/rcac/pdfs/SRFCA%20Brochure%202017%20July-Dec.pdf

El 7 de noviembre de las 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. ¿Por qué no estamos hablando de eso?: Agua potable y exposición al plomo. Curso en línea gratis en: https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0_YgleoRTj2ptNtJ0MmGNQ.

El 8 de noviembre de 8:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. La Gestión de recarga en las aguas subterráneas para apoyar la gestión sostenible del agua, en la calle J núm. 1400, Sacramento, CA 95814. http://www.watereducation.org/calendar/2017-11

El 9 de noviembre de 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Planificación de la calidad del agua en las escuelas: pasos que las escuelas deben tomar. Curso en línea gratis en: https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pipakClGTByoaf9uYQX5-g

El 14 de noviembre de 8:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. Feria CalTAP en Hampton Inn and Suites - 945 Hartle Court, Napa, CA. Sin costo. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1157

15 de noviembre a las 09:30 a.m. Reunión de la Comisión del Agua de California en la calle 9ª núm. 1416, Sacramento, CA 95814. Sin costo. https://cwc.ca.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

El 15 de noviembre de las 11:00 a.m. a12:00 p.m. Soluciones: búsquelo y arréglelo, o enjuague o filtre. Curso en línea gratis en : https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L2tvsLo9QoSGT445dOx5Hw

 

Puede encontrar más información y eventos sobre los Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua en el siguiente calendario en línea: http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre este boletín informativo o de la Red de Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua?

Comuníquese con Adriana Rentería al 559-733-0219 o adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org

 


October 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Events & Announcements:

Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance Formed

                    Sultana_community.png                    Last week, Sultana Community Services District members voted in favor of a resolution to join the collaborative regional Alliance.

After years of negotiation and community input, we are excited to announce that the Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance was formed on October 6th! Last week, Sultana Community Services District members voted in favor of a resolution to join the collaborative regional alliance. As the third of three parties to sign the Joint Powers Agreement, along with East Orosi Community Services District and Tulare County, their signature made it official.

This alliance will help to plan shared solutions for a sustainable water future for the communities of East Orosi, Sultana, Seville, Yettem and Monson. CWC has worked with northern Tulare County communities since our founding. For the past several years, we have been providing technical assistance to the stakeholders involved in forming the new Alliance.


 Getting Involved in Groundwater: Local Perspectives 

Toolkit Release and panel discussion

Thursday, October 26th 2017

10:30AM- 1:15PM [lunch included]

Broadmoore Room, University Square Hotel

4961 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno CA 93726

                                      sustainable_groundwater_management.jpg                                The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires diverse water users and managers come together to create local groundwater sustainability plans. You don’t need to be a water expert to participate!


The Union of Concerned Scientists, Self-Help Enterprises, and Community Water Center invite you to a panel discussion on local groundwater sustainability planning and the launch of the toolkit, Getting Involved in Groundwater; A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans. The toolkit breaks down some of the technical components of the GSP process—such as water budgets and models, working with consultants, and setting sustainability goals—so getting involved and working together is easier.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
Eric Osterling, Manager of Water Resources, Kings River Conservation District
Virginia Gurrola, former City Councilmember and Mayor, city of Porterville
Cruz Rivera, Vice-President, Plainview Mutual Water Company
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith, toolkit co-author and Senior Program Officer, Water Foundation


Join CWC on October 28th to Talk to Tulare County Voters About Their Water

This month, CWC will be talking with thousands of Tulare County voters about their water. We’re inviting them to join us at an upcoming community meeting to learn more and get involved in the movement for water justice.

On Saturday, October 28th, you’re invited to join us for a volunteer canvassing day. We’ll be training everyone in Visalia and then heading out to knock on doors. If you’re free from 9:30am-2:30pm on October 28th, and would like to join our canvass team as a volunteer, please let us know! Call our Visalia office at 559-733-0219 or email at Vanessa.Michel@CommunityWaterCenter.org to let us know if you’re available.


$9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools

The California State Water Resources Control Board has $9.5 million in grant funding available through the Drinking Water for Schools Program, which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for these funds, including schools that serve kindergarten through 12th grade, and preschools and daycares that are located on school property. During the first nine months, the program is open only to LEAs that serve Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) with a population of less than 20,000. County offices of education are encouraged to apply on behalf of multiple small districts within their jurisdiction, which can reduce costs through joint purchasing and contracting.

If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact us at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.


Applications Open for Water Education Foundation 2018 Water Leaders Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions. Class members are required to attend a special January orientation at the Foundation’s Sacramento office, the Bay-Delta Tour mid-year, along with one other water tour of their choice, as well as the Executive Briefing, the Foundation’s flagship annual conference. Individual class members are also assigned a top level policy-maker, scientist or legal expert as a mentor, with whom they spend one day “shadowing” and later conduct a one-on-one interview on the class research topic. The program began in 1997 and class alums have gone on to achieve top positions at the state Legislature, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies involved in water.

Visit http://www.watereducation.org/water-leaders for more information about the program. You can download an application form here that you can fill out on your computer. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2017 and scholarships are available. Contact Kasey Chong at kchong@watereducation.org with any questions.


Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: Thursday October 26, 4-5 PM

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.

Agenda:

  1.            Member updates and questions
  2.            Regional and state updates and questions
  3.            Monthly discussion topic: Community plans

Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Funding Available

DWR has released the final version of 2017 Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) and Projects Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program, funded through Proposition 1.

The SGWP Grant Program provides a total of $86.3 million funds for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects.$10 million of this funding is reserved for projects that serve Severely Disadvantaged Communities, the rest of the funding will support the planning, preparation or development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Projects must address high and medium priority basins or a non-adjudicated portion of one of these basins. The application is available online through the Grants Review and Tracking System (GRanTS). Check out the DWR’s list of frequently asked questions. The deadline to file for grant funding is November 13, 2017.


Featured Resources of the Month:

This month, DWR released several tools and information that users can use to better understand data relating to groundwater of their area. Check out the tools and information below:

Department of Water Resources Well Completion Report Map Application:                                                            The Well Completion Report Map Application provides direct statewide access to copies of Well Completion Reports. Well Completion Reports contain information collected by drillers during the drilling and construction of water wells, including the location, dates of construction, planned use, depth of the well, subsurface geologic units encountered, well construction, and well yield.

 

Department of Water Resources Groundwater Level Data Summary:                                                                The Spring 2017 Groundwater Level Data Summary, presents a draft summary of Spring 2017 groundwater level data available in the DWR groundwater level database as of July 11, 2017. The information, which illustrates changes throughout the 2012-16 drought, also includes a discussion of Spring 2017 data coverage and groundwater level trends. Statewide Spring Groundwater Level Change Maps are also available on the Maps and Reports page of the Groundwater Information Center <http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/gwinfo/>.


Upcoming events:

October 24. Water Audits as First Part of Water Loss Control. 9:00AM-10:00AM. Online. Free. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4061056476497977602.  

 

October 24. Water Audits and Water Loss Control: Gathering and Entering Your Data. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free. http://efcnetwork.org/upcoming-events/.

 

October 25-26. Water Treatment Certification Review. CRWA Training Headquarters, 1234 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. Cost: $350.  https://calruralwater.org/product/water-treatment-certification-review-grade-3/.

 

October 25. Public Meeting: Water Quality Coordinating Committee Meeting. 9:00AM. CalEPA Heaadquarters - Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Second Floor Sacrameno, CA 95814. Free. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html.

 

October 26. Distribution Operation & Maintenance: Maintaining Water Quality. 8:30-3:30PM. RCAC-Sal Solinas Room 3120 Freeboard Dr. West Sacramento, CA 95691. Free. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1133.

 

October 26. Public Meeting: Water Quality Coordinating Committee Meeting. 8:30AM. CalEPA Headquarters - Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Second Floor Sacramento, CA 95815. Free. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.html.

 

October 26. PPIC Water Policy Center Presents Priorities for California's Water. 9:00AM-12:30PM. 1230 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Free. http://www.acwa.com/acwa_calendar.

 

November 1. San Joaquin River Restoration Tour. 7:30AM. Fresno, CA. http://www.watereducation.org/calendar/2017-11.

 

November 2. Revised Total Coliform Rule (rTCR). 10AM & 2PM. Online. Free. https://www.events.rcac.org/rcac/Calendar.asp.

 

November 7. AB1234: Ethics for Public Elected Officials. 10AM. Online. Free. https://www.events.rcac.org/images/rcac/pdfs/SRFCA%20Brochure%202017%20July-Dec.pdf.

 

November 7. Why Aren’t We Talking About It? Drinking Water and Lead Exposure. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free. https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0_YgleoRTj2ptNtJ0MmGNQ.

 

November 8. Managed Groundwater Recharge To Support Sustainable Water Management. 8:30AM-4:30PM. 1400 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. http://www.watereducation.org/calendar/2017-11.

 

November 9. Planning for School Water Quality: Steps Schools Should Take. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free. https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pipakClGTByoaf9uYQX5-g.

 

November 14. CalTAP Fair. 8:30AM-4:00PM. Hampton Inn and Suites - 945 Hartle Court, Napa, CA. Free. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1157.

 

November 15. California Water Commission Meeting. 9:30AM. 1416 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Free. https://cwc.ca.gov/Pages/Home.aspx.


November 15. Solutions: Find It and Fix It - Or Flush or Filter It. 11:00AM-12PM. Online. Free. https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L2tvsLo9QoSGT445dOx5Hw.

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network? 
Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


CWLN boletin de Septiembre 2017

¡Gracias por acompañarnos a celebrar la Justica por el Agua!

Agradecemos y confiamos en su apoyo para seguir trabajando en nuestra misión por garantizar agua potable, limpia y económica para todas las comunidades en California. ¡Gracias por acompañarnos y por seguir construyendo el movimiento por el agua!

Chavez_pic.jpgEl Señor Bartolo y la Señora Celerina Chavez compartieron sus experiencias sobre el trabajo que han hecho por abogar para tener agua potable y limpia en Arvin, el pasado 21 de septiembre, 2017.

 

Kayode_Kadara.jpgLos Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua, Denise y Kayode Kadara, compartieron su apoyo a la propuesta de ley SB 623, el 21 de septiembre del 2017.


En la comunidad de Armona se inauguró un nuevo pozo y una planta de tratamiento de agua por un costo de $9,200,000.

Jim_Maciel.jpgEl líder comunitario por el agua, Jim Maciel, recibe un reconocimiento por el Distrito de Servicios de la Comunidad de Armona presentado por el Senador Andy Vidak y su equipo, el pasado 8 de septiembre del 2017.

 

El 8 de septiembre, “Armona Community Services” realizó una ceremonia en reconocimiento por su nueva planta de tratamiento de agua y su pozo nuevo. Fue una celebración que se esperaba por mucho tiempo en esta pequeña comunidad no incorporada del condado de Kings y que luchó durante varios años por cumplir con los estándares para tener agua potable y limpia. En 1998, Armona bombeaba agua de pozo sin tratamiento y tenía niveles de arsénico de 100 partes por miles de millón. A medida que la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) continuó reduciendo el Nivel Máximo de Contaminantes (MCL, por sus siglas en inglés) de arsénico a 50 partes por miles de millón, el Distrito de Servicios de la Comunidad (CSD, por sus siglas en inglés) de Armona  perforó dos pozos adicionales para cumplir con este estándar. En 2006, cuando la EPA redujo su MCL de arsénico a 10 partes por miles de millón, fue difícil para Armona cumplir con este estándar y comenzaron a trabajar para obtener un préstamo para su nueva instalación de tratamiento de agua. Comenzaron la construcción en marzo de 2016. La nueva instalación de tratamiento de agua consiste en: la filtración a través de filtros de presión, un equipo de inyección de productos químicos, un sistema de retrolavado, un sistema de agua reciclada, un área para contener desechos sólidos y sin olvidar, cuentan con un edificio de operaciones de alta tecnología con varios paneles de monitoreo y prueba. Además de cumplir con los estándares del MCL de arsénico, la planta de tratamiento de agua no detecta otros contaminantes como el trihalometanos, aluminio o hierro. La ceremonia contó con la participación de residentes de la comunidad, miembros de la junta directiva de Armona, funcionarios locales, Organizaciones No Gubernamentales locales, y representantes estatales. Fue un verdadero testimonio del arduo trabajo y esfuerzo de todas las partes para lograr que este proyecto se hiciera realidad. La instalación está ubicada en la Avenida 14, núm. 10116, en Hanford, cerca del antiguo autocinema  de Kings, ¡y vale la pena echarle un vistazo!

 


Taller del Centro Comunitario por el Agua (CWC, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre el Programa de Financiación del Agua Potable en las Escuelas:

¿Cuándo? El jueves, 28 de septiembre de las 10 am a las 12 pm.

¿Dónde? En las oficinas del Centro Comunitario por el Agua, en la Avenida West Oak, número 900, Visalia.

Queremos invitar a los representantes de la oficina de educación del condado, el personal de la escuela, los administradores y los padres de familia a participar en el taller, para obtener más información sobre los $9.5 millones en fondos de subvención disponibles para aumentar el acceso al agua potable en las escuelas. Las escuelas que atienden a comunidades desfavorecidas tendrán la prioridad durante los primeros nueve meses del proceso de solicitud, por lo que queremos asegurarnos de que nuestras escuelas del Valle puedan aprovechar esta oportunidad. El CWC y nuestros socios trabajaron arduamente para que este programa de financiación esté disponible, por lo que le recomendamos que asista. Por favor comparta con cualquier representante de la escuela que crea que se beneficiaría. Reserve su lugar aquí o contacte a Adriana.

 


No te pierdas de nuestra próxima llamada informativa de la Red: el 28 de septiembre, 4-5 pm.

Las juntas informativas de la Red son conferencias telefónicas mensuales que ofrece a los miembros de la Red la oportunidad de conectarse unos con otros, realizar preguntas, y recibir información desde la comodidad de su casa. Como recordatorio, hemos cambiado de proveedor para el servicio de llamadas, lo que significa que tenemos un nuevo número de teléfono y una nueva clave para realizar la conferencia telefónica. Para participar, simplemente marque (929) 432-4463, cuando se le solicite el código de acceso marque 5254-59-7515 seguido de la tecla #. Comuníquese con Adriana si necesita una tarjeta de prepago para llamar de larga distancia.

 

Agenda:

  1. Resumen y preguntas de los integrantes.
  2. Resumen y preguntas sobre el agua a nivel regional y estatal.
  3. Tema mensual a discutir: La Propuesta de Ley 1 / La financiación de proyectos.

 


Resumen de la Mesa Redonda de la Red de Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua (CWLN, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre la Planificación de Contingencia por la Escasez de Agua

El 16 de agosto, los Líderes Comunitarios del Agua se reunieron para discutir la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador sobre "Hacer de la Conservación una Forma de Vida en California". Como respuesta a la sequía que duró cinco años, el Gobernador firmó la Orden Ejecutiva (B-37-16) y cambió el estatus del estado de emergencia y los esfuerzos de conservación de agua para adoptar un enfoque a largo plazo en la gestión y conservación del suministro de agua. La discusión de la mesa redonda se centró en el décimo punto de la orden ejecutiva que dice: "Para las áreas no cubiertas por el Plan de Contingencia de Escasez de Agua, el Departamento deberá trabajar con los condados para facilitar una mejor planificación durante la sequía para los pequeños proveedores de agua y las comunidades rurales". El CWC trabajó con el Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR , por sus siglas en inglés) para desarrollar una propuesta y establecer las pautas recomendadas para la planificación de contingencia durante la sequía a nivel de condado para los pequeños sistemas de agua y las comunidades rurales, de acuerdo a lo que establece este punto. A través de esta conversación, los Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua (CWL, por sus siglas en inglés) sugirieron que la propuesta de conservación que incluye la planificación de contingencia durante la sequía esté dentro del alcance de las Agencias de Sostenibilidad de Agua Subterránea (GSA, por sus siglas en inglés) o al menos asegurándose de que las GSA se incluyan explícitamente en el escrito y considerar implementarlo en este plan de contingencia dentro de los Planes Generales del condado y que además identifique la necesidad de incluir los datos del agua superficial. Los CWL mencionaron las dificultades de trabajar con un plan adicional con un financiamiento limitado / o no disponible y mencionaron la importancia de conectar el plan de contingencia con las fuentes de financiamiento. Los comentarios que los CWL compartieron se usaron para actualizar la propuesta del plan de contingencia durante la escasez del agua que el CWC estaba trabajando para aprobarla con el DWR, ¡gracias por sus comentarios! Una actualización sobre este esfuerzo se comparte a continuación.

 


Actualización de la Planificación de Contingencia por la Escasez de Agua:

El CWC ha estado trabajando con una coalición de organizaciones ambientales y del agua para abogar por dos proyectos de ley, la AB 1668 y la SB 606, que cubren diferentes medidas de conservación para el agua, incluyendo un requerimiento en la AB 1668 para que el Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR) desarrolle las pautas recomendadas para la planificación de contingencia durante la sequía a nivel del condado para los pequeños sistemas de agua y las comunidades rurales. La reciente sequía que duró cinco años demostró la vulnerabilidad de muchas comunidades rurales por la escasez de agua, y destacó lo crucial que es la planificación proactiva y el enfoque en la gestión local del agua, para prepararse en la próxima sequía.

El CWC trabajó con el DWR para desarrollar una propuesta que se discutió en las juntas del CWLN durante el mes de agosto. Los legisladores decidieron crear los proyectos de ley AB 1668 y SB 606 a dos años y continuar trabajando en ellos el próximo año. Esto le da al CWC y a otros aliados más tiempo para educar a los que toman decisiones y al público en general acerca de lo importante que es la planificación proactiva durante la sequía y sobre la vulnerabilidad del agua. Estos esfuerzos también fortalecen la relación del CWC con aliados clave y ayuda a preparar el terreno para una pelea más fuerte y renovada a partir de enero del 2018. El CWC seguirá abogando por las comunidades rurales pequeñas y por su derecho humano a tener agua a través de la implementación de la Ley de Gestión Sostenible del Agua Subterránea y otras tácticas políticas, y para ello necesitaremos de la participación continua del CWLN a medida que avancemos.

 


Actualización de la Propuesta de Ley del Senado conocida como la SB 623 (Monning, nombre del autor):

Como hemos compartido anteriormente, la principal prioridad legislativa del CWC es la Propuesta de Ley SB 623 (Monning) que crearía un nuevo Fondo económico para garantizar que todas las comunidades en California y los dueños de pozos domésticos puedan tener acceso al agua potable, limpia y económica. En colaboración con el Senador Monning y con más de 90 organizaciones, el CWC ha trabajado arduamente durante el 2017 para pasar la SB 623 por una parte  del proceso legislativo. USTED desempeñó un papel importante al asistir durante los días de cabildeo en Sacramento, pasando resoluciones de apoyo a través de sus juntas en la Mesa Local del Agua, haciendo llamadas telefónicas y tomando otras medidas de apoyo. Gracias por hacer que su voz sea escuchada.

Mientras hemos logrado en este año un gran progreso al pasar la SB 623 del Senado a la Asamblea, el Senador Monning y las partes interesadas han decidido esperar hasta enero del 2018 para continuar impulsando la SB 623. Esto nos dará el suficiente tiempo para educar a la asamblea legislativa, y al público en general, para entender completamente las recientes enmiendas que se realizaron  a la legislación y la importancia de abordar el problema a nivel estatal por lo que sucede con el agua contaminada en California. Estaremos construyendo poder e impulso durante los próximos tres meses durante el receso legislativo y retomaremos la lucha nuevamente en enero cuando la legislatura se vuelva a reunir. Manténgase informado: necesitaremos que se mantenga comprometido y continúe tomando medidas para impulsar la SB 623 hasta cruzar la meta. ¡Gracias!

 


Actualizaciones sobre la Ordenanza de Construcción de Pozos y de Aguas Subterráneas:

Durante más de dos años, el CWC ha trabajado para aprobar ordenanzas internas sobre el agua subterránea en los condados de Fresno y Tulare. Estas ordenanzas garantizarían que las comunidades rurales estén protegidas del bombeo excesivo del agua subterránea hasta que los Planes de Sostenibilidad de Aguas Subterráneas comiencen a implementarse en el 2020. La ordenanza de construcción de pozos en el Condado de Tulare no se había actualizado desde la década de 1990 y por lo tanto, no cumplía con los estándares de California. Varias de las partes interesadas participaron al compartir sus comentarios y preocupaciones sobre los cambios que debían hacerse para actualizarse,  y finalmente se aprobó, en julio de 2017, una ordenanza actualizada sobre la construcción de nuevos pozos en el condado de Tulare. Algunas de las actualizaciones destacadas de la ordenanza sobre los pozos son: Requiere que los nuevos pozos estén conectados a un sistema público, que cuenten con una tubería de revestimiento extendida en las zonas de inundación, y que permita mantener un tratamiento adecuado para el pozo.

El CWC también estuvo apoyando por separado una ordenanza de aguas subterráneas que prohibiría la construcción de a cualquier pozo nuevo ubicado en tierras agrícolas y previamente no habían sido irrigadas. Este proyecto sobre la ordenanza de aguas subterráneas sólo aplica a las zonas no incorporadas del condado y no limita el reemplazo de los pozos domésticos. El 13 de agosto de 2017, la Mesa de Supervisores del Condado de Tulare votó en contra de la ordenanza de aguas subterráneas para no ser aprobada.

 


Actualización del Premio “Involvement Grant” por la Participación de las Comunidades de Bajos Recursos (DAC, por sus siglas en inglés)  y el Manejo Integrado del Agua Regional (IRWM, por sus siglas en inglés) 

El Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR, por sus siglas en inglés) ha otorgado una beca al Condado de Tulare, y una vez que el Condado presente la información necesaria al DWR, la beca será otorgada. Los grupos del IRWM todavía están en el proceso de seleccionar y aprobar a sus representantes de las DAC para ser parte del “Project Advisory Committee” (PAC, por sus siglas en inglés). El PAC se reunirá una vez que se hayan designado a los representantes. La próxima reunión del Plan de Integración Regional de la Cuenca de Tulare se llevará a cabo el lunes 2 de octubre a las 9 a.m. en Provost & Pritchard Consulting, en la calle North Garden, Visalia, CA, Estados Unidos de América.

 


Procedimientos de La Tarifa Económica del Agua en la Comisión de Servicios Públicos en California:

Al trabajar junto con la Mesa Estatal del Agua en el proceso de la AB 401, la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California (CPUC, por sus siglas en inglés) dentro de su jurisdicción, inició recientemente un procedimiento para analizar los problemas de accesibilidad del agua económica. Esto incluye analizar cómo las consolidaciones físicas y de gestión pueden ayudar a hacer que el agua sea más económica, regulando a las empresas embotelladoras de agua y estandarizando los programas de asistencia económica a las personas de bajos ingresos por parte de todos los proveedores de agua regulados por la CPUC. El proceso todavía está en las primeras etapas, por lo que no se han tomado decisiones hasta el momento. Para leer más detalles sobre el procedimiento inicial consulte el siguiente documento: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M191/K996/191996783.pdf . Para obtener más información y suscribirse para recibir actualizaciones sobre el procedimiento, consulte la siguiente página: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442454183 . Cabe recordar que el Centro Comunitario por el Agua ha intervenido como parte del procedimiento. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto con Debi Ores. (deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org o 916-706-3346).

 


Financiamiento Disponible para Becas de Planificación del Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea

El Departamento de Recursos Hídricos (DWR, por sus siglas en inglés) publicó la versión final del Plan de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (GSP, por sus siglas en inglés) 2017 y el Proyecto sobre el Paquete de Solicitud de Propuestas de Proyectos (PSP, por sus siglas en inglés) para el Programa de Subsidios de Planificación Sostenible de Aguas Subterráneas (SGWP, por sus siglas en inglés), financiado a través de la Propuesta 1. El Programa de Becas del SGWP proporciona un total de $ 86.3 millones de fondos para proyectos que desarrollan e implementan la planificación sostenible de aguas subterráneas. Los $ 10 millones que ofrece este financiamiento están reservados para proyectos que prestan servicios a comunidades en grave desventaja, el resto del financiamiento apoyará la planificación, preparación o desarrollo de los Planes de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea. Los proyectos deben trabajar en cuencas de alta y mediana prioridad o en una porción no adjudicada de una de estas cuencas. Consulte la lista de preguntas frecuentes del DWR. La fecha límite para solicitar la beca es el 13 de noviembre de 2017.

 


Información importante del mes:

Documento del Departamento de Recursos Hídricos sobre el Plan de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (GSP, por sus siglas en inglés), Comunicación y Compromiso de las Partes Interesadas.

El DWR, ha publicado una guía en borrador para apoyar el desarrollo de los planes de comunicación y compromiso de GSP. La guía incluye una descripción general de los siete pasos generales para desarrollar un plan de Comunicación y Compromiso (P & E, por sus siglas en inglés) y proporciona varios ejemplos. Contiene un desglose de los requisitos de participación y compromiso de las partes interesadas. También puede encontrar listas de recursos  que están incluidos al final de la guía y una serie de ejemplos que sirven de herramientas en el sitio web de “Stakeholder Communications & Engagement Digital Toolkit”. Tanto la guía como el kit de herramientas todavía están en versión borrador y se espera que la versión final de este documento se publique a finales de septiembre. Mientras tanto, este borrador proporciona mucha información útil a medida que las Agencias de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea comienzan a formar sus Planes de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea.

http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/pdfs/GD_C&E_Final_2017-06-29.pdf

 


Próximos talleres y capacitaciones:

  • El 27 de septiembre de 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m. Reunión Plenaria sobre la Actualización del Plan del Agua en California 2018. Lugar: Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center - 3237 Peacekeeper Way McClellan, CA 95652). Costo: $ 15.00 (registro por adelantado) o $ 20.00 (en la puerta). https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RSVP09-27-17
  • El 27 de septiembre. Taller de Solicitud de Becas - Planes de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (GSP) y Solicitud de Becas. Sin ningún costo. En línea: http://water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/upcomingevents.cfm
  • El 2 de octubre. Taller de Derecho del Agua Subterránea de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. en Hilton Arden West- 2220 Harvard Street Sacramento, CA 95815. Costo: $ 190 https://www.grac.org/events/127/
  • El 3 de octubre. Reunión pública para aprobar la propuesta de ley estatal sobre el Agua Limpia de la sección 303 (d). Hora: 09:30 a.m. En la oficina principal de CalEPA - Coastal Hearing Room 1001, Calle I, segundo piso en Sacrameno, CA 95814. Entrada gratis. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/index.shtml
  • El 3 y 4 de octubre. Conferencia de la Asociación de Recursos del Agua Subterránea 2017 y 26ª Reunión Anual, de 8 p.m. a 5 p.m. en Hilton Arden West- 2220 Harvard Street Sacramento, CA 95815. Costo: $ 590. https://www.grac.org/events/72/?mc_cid=37bd887d40&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d
  • El 4 de octubre. “RCAC: Capital Improvement Planning” a las 10 a.m. Curso en línea. Sin costo. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1110
  • El 5 de octubre. RCAC. Agentes patógenos en el agua potable: prevención de brotes de enfermedades en su sistema de agua, de las 10 a.m. a 5 p.m. Gratis. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1111
  • El 5 de octubre. Regulación De Tarifas Que Financian Programas De Asistencia Al Cliente En Los Pequeños Sistemas De Agua, de 2 p.m. a 3 p.m. Curso en línea. Sin costo. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5988289254285906433
  • El 12 de octubre. Simposio Acerca De La Fuente Del Agua A Las Aguas Subterráneas, de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. en “Southern California Edison Energy Education Center”. https://headwaters2groundwater.eventbrite.com
  • El 20 de octubre. “South Valley SGMA Practitioners Roundtable III”, de 9 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. en “International Agri-Center Heritage Complex”. Sin costo. Más información próximamente.
  • El 26 de octubre. Distribución de Operación y Mantenimiento: el mantenimiento de la calidad del agua, de 8: 30 a.m. a 3: 30 p.m. en RCAC-Sal Solinas Room 3120 Freeboard Dr. West Sacramento, CA 95691. Sin costo. https://www.events.rcac.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=1133
  • El 7 de noviembre. AB 1234: Ética Para Funcionarios Públicos Electos, a las 10 a.m. En línea. Sin costo. https://www.events.rcac.org/images/rcac/pdfs/SRFCA%20Brochure%202017%20July-Dec.pdf.

 

Puede encontrar más información y eventos sobre los Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua en el siguiente calendario en línea: http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre este boletín informativo o de la Red de Líderes Comunitarios por el Agua?

Comuníquese con Adriana Renteria al 559-733-0219 o adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org

 


September 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Thank you for joining our Water Justice Celebration!

We appreciate and rely on your support to continue making progress towards our vision of securing safe, clean and affordable water for all communities in California. Thank you for joining us and for continuing to build the movement!


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Bartolo and Celerina Chavez share their experiences working to advocate for safe drinking water in Arvin. Sept 22, 2017.

 

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Community Water Leaders, Denise and Kayode Kadara, sharing their support for SB 623. September 21, 2017.


Armona Community Services Dedication of New $9,200,000 Well and Water Treatment Facility


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Community Water Leader, Jim Maciel, accepting a recognition on behalf of Armona Community Services District presented by Senator Andy Vidak and office staff. Sept. 8th, 2017.

On September 8th, Armona Community Services held a dedication ceremony of their new state of the art well and water treatment facility. The celebration was a long time coming for this small unincorporated community in Kings County that had struggled to meet safe drinking standards for several years. In 1998, Armona was pumping well water without treatment and had arsenic levels that were at 100 parts per billion. As the EPA continued to lower their arsenic MCL down to 50 parts per billion, Armona CSD drilled two additional wells to meet this standard. In 2006 when the EPA lowered their arsenic MCL to 10 parts per billion, it was hard for Armona to meet this standard and they began working to secure a loan for their new treatment facility and began construction in March 2016. The new state of the art treatment facility consists of filtration with pressure filters, chemical injection equipment, a backwashing system, a recycled water system, an area to hold solid waste and not to mention a high-tech operations building with several monitoring and testing panels. Aside from meeting the arsenic MCL standards, the water treatment plant tests non-detectable for other issues like trihalomethanes, aluminum, or iron. The dedication ceremony was attended by community residents, Armona CSD board members, local officials, local NGOs, and state representatives -- a true testament to the hard work and collaborative effort of this project. The facility is located at 10116 14th Avenue, Hanford near the old Kings Drive in Theater, and is worth checking out! 


CWC Workshop on Funding for Drinking Water in Schools Program:

Thursday, September 28th, 10AM-Noon

Community Water Center, 900 West Oak Ave., Visalia.

County office of education representatives, school staff, administrators, and parents are encouraged to join us to learn more about the $9.5 million in grant funding available to increase access to safe drinking water in schools. Schools that serve disadvantaged communities will be prioritized during the first nine months of the application process so we want to make sure our valley schools can take advantage of this opportunity. CWC and our partners worked hard to make this funding available, so we encourage you to attend. Please share with any school representative you think would benefit.  RSVP here or contact Adriana.


Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: September 28th, 4-5 PM

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.

Agenda:

  1. Member updates and questions
  2. Regional and state updates and questions
  3. Monthly discussion topic: Prop 1 / funding projects

Water Shortage Contingency Planning CWLN Roundtable Recap: 

On August 16th, Community Water Leaders came together to discuss the Governor’s Executive Order on “Making Conservation a California Way of Life.” As a response to the five-year drought, the Governor signed Executive Order (B-37-16) to move the state from emergency water conservation efforts to adopting a long-term approach to water supply management and conservation. The roundtable discussion focused on the 10th bullet point of the executive order that reads: “For areas not covered by a Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the Department shall work with counties to facilitate improved drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities.” CWC worked with DWR to develop bill language to establish recommended guidelines for county-level drought contingency planning for small water systems and rural communities based on this bullet point. Through this conversation, CWLs suggested that the conservation bill language mention including drought contingency planning within the scope of GSAs or at least making sure GSAs are explicitly included in the language, considering implementing this contingency plan within county General Plans, and identified a need to include surface water data needs. CWLs mentioned the difficulties of working on an additional plan with limited/no funding available and mentioned the importance of connecting the contingency plan to funding sources. The feedback CWLs shared was used to update the water shortage contingency plan bill language that CWC was working to pass with the DWR, thanks for your feedback!  An update on this effort is shared below.


Water Shortage Contingency Planning update:

CWC has been working with a coalition of water and environmental organizations to advocate for two bills, AB 1668 and SB 606, covering different water conservation measures, including a requirement in AB 1668 for the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop recommended guidelines for county-level drought contingency planning for small water systems and rural communities. The recent five-year drought demonstrated how vulnerable many rural communities are to water shortages -- and highlighted how crucial proactive, locally-focused water management planning is to being prepared for the next drought.

CWC worked with DWR to develop the bill language, which was discussed at a CWLN roundtable in August. The legislative authors decided to make AB 1668 and SB 606 two-year bills and continue working on them next year. This gives CWC and other allies more time to educate decision makers and the public about the importance of proactive drought and water vulnerability planning. The efforts also strengthened CWC's relationship with key allies and set the stage for a stronger, renewed fight come January. CWC will continue to advocate for small rural communities and their human right to water through the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and other policy vehicles, and we will need your continued involvement of CWLN as we move forward.


Senate Bill 623 (Monning) update:

As we have shared before, CWC’s top legislative priority is SB 623 (Monning) which would create a new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to ensure all Californian communities and those on domestic wells can have access to safe drinking water. In partnership with Senator Monning and over 90 other organizations, CWC has worked hard in 2017 to move SB 623 through the Legislative Process. YOU played a critical role by attending lobbying days in Sacramento, passing resolutions of support through your local water board, making phone calls, and taking other forms of action. Thank you for making your voice heard.

While we have made great progress this year in moving SB 623 from the Senate into the Assembly, Senator Monning and stakeholders have decided to wait until January to proceed with SB 623. This will allow for sufficient time to educate the legislative membership, and the public, to fully understand recent amendments made to the legislation and the importance of the policy to address the statewide problem of contaminated water in California. We will continue building power and momentum for the next three months over the legislative recess and will take up the fight again in January when the legislature reconvenes. Please stay tuned -- we will need you to remain engaged and taking action in order to push SB 623 over the finish line. Thank you!


Well Construction Ordinance and Groundwater Ordinance updates: 

For over two years CWC had worked to pass interim groundwater ordinances in both Fresno and Tulare Counties. These ordinances would ensure that rural communities are protected from excessive groundwater pumping until the SGMA Groundwater Sustainability Plans begin to be implemented in 2020. The Tulare County well construction ordinance had not been updated since the 1990s and had not been meeting California standards. Several stakeholders were involved in sharing their feedback and concerns about the changes that needed to be updated and an updated well construction ordinance was passed in Tulare County in July 2017. Some notable updates to the well ordinance are that: it requires new wells to be connected to a public system, extended well casing in flood zones, and permits condition proper well treatment.

CWC was also supporting a separate groundwater ordinance that would prohibit any new wells on agricultural land that had not previously been irrigated. This draft groundwater ordinance only applied to the unincorporated areas of the county and did not restrict replacement of domestic wells. On August 13th 2017, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted against passing the groundwater ordinance.


Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant Involvement Grant Award update:

The Department of Water Resources has issued a grant award letter to Tulare County and once the County submits the necessary information to DWR, the grant contract will be issued.  IRWM groups are still in the process of selecting and approving their DAC representatives to serve on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and the PAC will meet once representatives have been appointed. The next Tulare Basin Integrated Regional Planning Effort meeting will take place on Monday, October 2nd at 9am at Provost & Pritchard Consulting, North Garden Street, Visalia, CA, United States.


Water Rates Affordability proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission:

Working alongside the State Water Board's AB 401 process, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently initiated a proceeding to look at water affordability issues within their jurisdiction. This includes looking at how physical and managerial consolidations can assist in making water more affordable, regulating water bottling companies, and standardizing low-income rate assistance programs across all CPUC regulated water providers. The process is still in the early stages, so no decisions have been made so far. To read the initial proceeding which details the potential scope of the process please refer to this document: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M191/K996/191996783.pdf. To find out more information and to sign-up for updates on the proceeding, refer to this page: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442454183. Community Water Center has intervened as a party to the proceeding. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Debi Ores. (deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org or 916-706-3346).


Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Funding Available:

DWR has released the final version of 2017 Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) and Projects Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program, funded through Proposition 1. The SGWP Grant Program provides a total of $86.3 million funds for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects. $10 million of this funding is reserved for projects that serve Severely Disadvantaged Communities, the rest of the funding will support the planning, preparation or development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Projects must address high and medium priority basins or a non-adjudicated portion of one of these basins. Check out the DWR’s list of frequently asked questions. The deadline to file for grant funding is November 13, 2017.


Featured Resource of the Month:

Department of Water Resources’ Guidance Document for Groundwater Sustainability Plan Stakeholder Communication & Engagement.  

DWR has released a draft guide to support the development of GSP communication & engagement plans. The guide includes an overview of the seven general steps to develop a C&E plan and provides several examples. A breakdown of the stakeholder engagement requirements in also included. There are lists of resources included at the end of the guide and a toolkit with examples featured on the Stakeholder Communications & Engagement Digital Toolkit website. Both the guide and the toolkit are still in draft form and the finalized version of this document is expected to be released at the end of September. In the meantime, this draft provides a lot of useful information as GSAs begin to form their GSPs.

http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/pdfs/GD_C&E_Final_2017-06-29.pdf


Upcoming Workshops and Trainings: 

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network


Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network? 
Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


August 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Community Events & Announcements:

Armona Community Services Dedication of New $9,200,000 Well and Water Treatment Facility

The Board of Directors of the Armona Community Services cordially invites you to the dedication of their new $9,200,000 well and water treatment facility. The Dedication Ceremony will begin promptly at 11AM followed by facility tours and a light lunch. Armona is very proud of this state of the art facility and hope you are able to attend.  If you would like to address the audience or make a presentation, please call Krystal at (559) 584-4542 in order for us to properly introduce you.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

11:00 AM

10116- 14th Avenue, Hanford, CA (immediately South of the Old Kings Drive In Theater)

 

Community Water Center’s Water Justice Celebration

Join us for food, music, networking, and inspiring speakers! Check out our flyer and RSVP here: http://www.communitywatercenter.org/kehinton/2017visaliaevent 

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

5:30-8:00 pm

210 Cafe -- 210 W. Center Ave. Visalia, CA 93291


Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 623) updates:

SB 623 (Monning) creates a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund with the State Water Board to fund drinking water solutions including capital infrastructure and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. Currently there is no available funding to help systems struggling to finance O&M costs and without being able to show ability to do so, these systems are ineligible for capital infrastructure grants and loans from the State. The fund will be partially funded through contributions from agriculture for communities impacted by nitrate contamination, and partially funded through a water user fee (less than a dollar for single-family homes) for all other barriers to safe and affordable drinking water.

So far SB 623 has passed through the California Senate and one committee in the California Assembly, but it still has a number of hurdles ahead. In late August the bill will be voted on in Assembly Appropriations committee, then in early September it will go to the Assembly floor for a vote, then back to the Senate for another floor vote, and finally the bill will go to the Governor who has until mid-October to sign the bill into law.

SB 623 needs your support and there are a number of ways you can help. If your district has not done so already, you can submit resolutions in support of the bill. You can call your local legislator and let them know you support safe drinking water for all. You can also go to fundsafewaterca.org/ to sign a petition in support of SB 623. Together we can ensure California finally has a sustainable source of funding to support the human right to water.

If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Nelson at 916-706-3346 or jonathan.nelson@communitywatercenter.org.

                                                                    

Low Income Rate Assistance Program (AB 401) update:

The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) has concluded a series of public meetings to discuss options for a low-income rate assistance (LIRA) program to help Californians who have difficulties paying their water bills. Some local programs already exist, but AB 401 (passed in 2015) directs the Water Board to develop a plan for a statewide program that would cover many low-income households not currently served by a water LIRA. In the coming months, the Water Board will be working on a report to submit to the legislature in early 2018 that will include any recommendations for legislative action; if approved, a statewide water LIRA program could be in place in 2019. CWC will continue to be involved in the implementation process to ensure that the needs of California’s small rural communities are addressed in the proposal. You can help the Water Board design an effective, appropriate program to help low-income residents pay their water bills by submitting written comments on the published AB 401 scenarios until August 25th. This is an important step toward water affordability, and another step closer to achieving the human right to water for all Californians!

 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Sonia Saini at sonia.saini@communitywatercenter.org.


Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: September 28th, 4-5 PM

REMINDER: no Network Briefing call in August                                                                                                

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.

Agenda:

                        1.   Member updates and questions

                        2.   Regional and state updates and questions

                        3.   Monthly discussion topic: Prop 1 / funding projects


Upcoming Events and Trainings:                                         

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at http://www.communitywatercenter.org/water_leaders_network.


Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Updates:

On August 1st, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to remove the the current MCL for the pollutant hexavalent chromium (chrome 6). This resolution was passed after a Superior Court of Sacramento County ruling invalidated the hexavalent chromium MCL on May 31, 2017.  In 2014 the MCL was set at 10 parts per billion (ppb). Hexavalent chromium is a naturally occurring heavy metal that may cause cancer after long-term exposure.

The hexavalent chromium MCL will be deleted from the California Code of Regulations in late September. The Board will begin the process for adopting a new MCL and will have a new MCL in approximately 18-24 months. While the State will not enforce hexavalent chromium compliance plans, the state MCL for total chromium (both trivalent and hexavalent chromium) of 50 ppb will remain in place. The Board estimates that the new MCL will be at the same or similar level as the now invalid one. Public water systems that planned/completed projects to treat hexavalent chromium may use that information once the new MCL is established.


Featured Resources of the Month:

  1. Citizen’s Guide to Working with the California Water Boards

The State Water Resources Control Board just released an updated guide that provides information on the various ways to engage with your local Water Board. The guide includes information ranging from: government structure and overview of water board programs, basin planning processes, water rights application processes, and a series of Water Board maps. The guide provides examples of available databases such as My Water Quality, a web portal for monitoring water safety, and GeoTracker, a data management system for impacted groundwater sites where users can layer data onto a map.  No matter what your current level of engagement with our Regional Water Board, this guide is a helpful reference for navigating processes and getting connected with water resources.

https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/general/docs/citizenguide.pdf

 

  1.  Department of Water Resources -- Groundwater Information Center

The Groundwater Information Center (GIC) is a web portal where visitors can access groundwater information ranging from: groundwater management plans, water well basics, well permitting processes, and information on bulletin 118. The portal also offers links to an interactive groundwater map application and a link to the Water Data Library (WDL) with data for over 35,000 California wells.

http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/index.cfm


REMINDER: Reduced Annual Fees for DAC Public Water Systems                                                                                                                                     

On May 15, 2017 the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water issued a letter to Community Public Water Systems informing them of the possibility of reducing their Annual Fee if the system serves a Disadvantaged Community (DAC).

If you qualify (the Median Household Income in your community is less than $49,454), the reduced fee for your water system will be based on the number of connections that you serve. Systems serving fewer than 100 connections will pay $100. Systems serving 15,000 connections or less will pay $100 plus $2 for each service connection greater than 100.

If you believe your water system is eligible and wish to receive a reduced Annual Fee, submit a request in the form of a signed letter and include information demonstrating that your community meets the definition of a Disadvantaged Community, the DDW will respond.

You can find the letter they sent here. If you have any questions, contact your District Engineer.

 


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