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E-Newsletter: Annual SCWC Meeting & Dinner, CA WaterFix & More!

August 30, 2016

2016 SCWC Annual Meeting & Dinner – RSVP Today
It’s that time of year again – SCWC’s Annual Meeting and Dinner is on the horizon, set to honor more than 30 years of advancing water policy in California. Planned for Thursday, October 27 at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, this is one event you won’t want to miss. The SCWC Annual Meeting and Dinner is the region’s premiere networking event for water, business, agriculture, local government, labor and environmental leaders. Sponsorship opportunities are also available! If interested contact Julie Ackman at (714) 335-7500.
Save your spot, RSVP today! 

California WaterFix Updates 
SCWC continues to provide a strong, leading voice in support of California WaterFix, the plan to secure our statewide water supplies. SCWC has been working to consistently educate and advocate on the project through multiple channels to reach stakeholders across California. Read on below for details of SCWC’s most recent efforts.

SCWC Responds to University of the Pacific Report
SCWC issued a response to the inaccuracy of a recently released University of the Pacific report regarding the California Waterfix project, joining Californians for Water Security to address the study:
“The promoters of this report fail to address the fundamental economic benefit of this project: To protect our state’s families, farms and businesses from continued water supply cutbacks that are all but certain if we don’t move forward with WaterFix,” said Charley Wilson, executive director of Southern California Water Committee. “There’s nothing objective about a report created by an individual who has worked in opposition to this project for years.”
To read the full press release, click here.

ICYMI: Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Mike Mielke’s San Jose Mercury News Op-Ed – “WaterFix provides solution to California’s water woes”
The Mercury News recently published an op-ed by Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President of Environment and Energy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), urging support for the California WaterFix, because a reliable water supply is critical to innovation and jobs in Santa Clara County.
“We need to continue moving forward with EcoRestore to protect the Delta’s ecology, while also modernizing how we divert water from the Delta with California WaterFix. If WaterFix had been in place, nearly half a million acre-feet of storm runoff could have been captured this past January and February — enough water to supply 3.6 million people for a year.”
“Businesses have happily made Santa Clara County their home, bringing innovation and jobs, but the sustained growth and economic success of the region — the envy of the world — will be cut short without investment in our water infrastructure.”
“This historic drought is a good reminder that in order to protect our economy and way of life, we need to invest in new water infrastructure, just as we did in the 1960s. WaterFix is what’s needed to secure our future.”
To read the full article, click here

SCWC Voices Support via LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council Newsletter
A follow-up article in the LA/OC Building and Construction Trades Council’s August newsletter covering the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) July 2016 hearings to discuss Governor Brown’s proposed California WaterFix project, Charley Wilson for SCWC is quoted regarding the positive impacts the project will have on capturing and storing water for California users.
“Charley Wilson of the Southern California Water Committee said we cannot afford to waste more water. ‘This plan will let us capture and store more water during large storms,’ Wilson said. ‘If Water Fix had been in place earlier this year, we would have captured enough water to supply nearly 3 million people with water for an entire year.’”
Other groups voicing support for the California WaterFix project at the July hearings include LA County Business Federation, Orange County Business Council, Ventura County Taxpayers Association and Silicon Valley Leadership Group.


Upcoming SCWC Events

SCWC Stormwater Task Force Workshop – September 29

  • What: In conjunction with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California,  “Drought Proof Strategy—Integrated Regional Strategies for Groundwater Storage of Stormwater, Recycled and Imported Supplies”
  • When: September 29, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 
  • Address: 700 N. Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012


Workshop on Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience – October 19-20

  • What: NWRI, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Southern California Water Committee (SCWC) will present a two-day workshop in Los Angeles on October 19-20, 2016, focusing on the importance of predicting precipitation and improving the resilience of water resources in California.

Other Upcoming Events

Water Solutions Conference and Expo – August 31
CleanTech OC presents its first Signature event on water, WATER SOLUTIONS, during which we will take a close look at the evolving technology and the solutions they provide to public and private organizations. And, how those organizations screen, procure, adopt and integrate those technologies.

For additional details and registration, click here.


Stanford Graduate School of Business Water Data Summit – Sept. 9 
This day-long event will feature interactive panels on how big water data integration is supporting water managers in California and will feature Wade Crowfoot as the keynote speaker, who has spent the past five years as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Brown. 

*SCWC members can receive 20% off the ticketed price using the discount code: “SMART_EFFICIENCY”

For additional details and registration, click here


Southern California Edison’s 23rd Annual Water Conference – Sept. 13-14
Join SCE as they host their 23rd Annual Water Conference this September! This conference provides customers with contact hours and information on key challenges faced by the water sector that include state and regional issues. The conference also gives customers the opportunity to share successfully implemented technologies and energy efficiency and demand response practices and programs. 

For additional details and registration, click here

Lawn Dude Conservation Corner
Hello water crew, Lawn Dude here. With the big election just a season away, I just wanted to remind you all of my campaign platform. Join me in fighting this drought by remembering to conserve, conserve, conserve! Check your local water agency’s conservation targets and limit the number of days you water outdoors. Together we can kick grass and take names!

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