February 28, 2012
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson Appointed to SCWC Board of Trustees
The Southern California Water Committee announced this week the appointment of Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson to its diverse and well-respected Board of Trustees.
Prior to becoming an Orange County Supervisor, Supervisor Nelson served as a City Council member and Mayor of the City of Fullerton. A native Californian, Supervisor Nelson is well-versed in California’s current water climate and will serve as an excellent voice on our board.
Supervisor Nelson is active on a number of issues throughout California and is involved with many influential organizations such as the Orange County Council of Governments and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
SCWC is honored to welcome another local leader to its Board of Trustees.
To see all of SCWC’s Board Members visit our website, www.socalwater.org.
SCWC Legislative Task Force Kicks Off as Final Bills are Introduced
Last Friday's bill introduction deadline in the state legislature came with a flurry of new bills that are sure to keep SCWC’s Legislative Task Force busy over the next few months. We're already off to the races. The Legislative Task Force met earlier this week to discuss some of the many bills that have been introduced.
Throughout the course of the year, SCWC's Legislative Task Force will track and take positions on a number of bills that are important to SCWC members, including legislation related to water recycling, desalination, stormwater capture, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and more. To learn more about some of the issues the organization will be closely following this year, check out our 2012 policy guidelines.
To get more information on our Task Forces and how to become a part of one of our programs, visit our dedicated Task Force page on our website, www.socalwater.org, or call, (818) 760-2121.
Resources Agency Releases BDCP Accomplishments for 2011
The California Natural Resources Agency released a document last week highlighting accomplishments of the BDCP during 2011. The document, now available on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan ( BDCP) website, discusses the key action items accomplished through the BDCP process during the last year, summarizing the accomplishments in habitat restoration measures, alternatives, water supply, biological goals and objectives, and scientific review.
As many of you know, SCWC has launched a public education program, Delta Disrupted, to educate Southern Californians on the BDCP. If you're not familiar with the BDCP, we encourage you to read our materials online.
And be sure to check out SCWC member Mojave Water Agency's op-ed today in the Hi-Desert Star on seismic risk in the Delta and the BDCP.
If you or your organization would like to be on our Delta Disrupted supporters list, fill out a support form online now!
CA Dept. of Water Resources Announces Reduced State Water Project Allocations; Water Agencies Projected to Receive Only Half of Their Annual State Water Project Supplies
The California Department of Water Resources announced last week that deliveries from the State Water Project are projected to be 10 percent lower than originally anticipated because of this year’s very dry conditions.
State Water Project contractors are now anticipating receiving 50% of their annual water deliveries, although the number could change again depending on weather conditions. Last week’s reduction was a rare event. The Department of Water Resources has only reduced allocations a few times in the past 50 years, the last time being in 2001.
To read SCWC’s full press release, click here.
DWR's 3rd Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Continuing Dry Conditions
DWR officials conducted the third snow survey of the year today, and announced that snowpack is at 30% of normal for this time of year. This is just 26% of the average April 1 measurement, which typically represents the peak of snowpack for the year.
Read more about current snow pack levels and DWR's snow survey here.
Upcoming Events- SCWC on the Road
On March 8th, Richard Atwater, Executive Director of SCWC, will be on a panel at the California Water Policy 21: Water Woes to Water Wise Conference. The panel, After the Big One: Assessing the Seismic Threat to Water, will discuss the potential impacts of a Northern California earthquake on our water supply, and how these risks can be addressed through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
SCWC has been on the road this month speaking to local chambers and statewide leaders on Delta Disrupted, SCWC’s educational outreach program that supports the BDCP. Through outreach to groups like the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, Water Advisory Comittee of Orange County, Inland Counties Water Association,San Gabriel Water District and others, we're helping educate Southern California about this very important water supply issue.
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Established in 1984, the Southern California Water Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern Californians about our water needs and our state's water resources. Spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside, Ventura and Kern Counties, the SCWC's members include representatives from business, government, labor, agriculture, water agencies and the general public.