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E-Newsletter: SCWC’s Quarterly Lunch with Secretary Laird, New Field Poll & More

April 19, 2016
E-Newsletter: SCWC’s Quarterly Lunch with Secretary Laird, New Field Poll & More
April 19, 2016

E-Newsletter: RSVP for SCWC’s Quarterly Lunch with Secretary John Laird, CA Natural Resources Agency

Event Details
When: Friday, April 22, 2016 from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Where: DoubleTree Hilton by Los Angeles – Commerce
5757 Telegraph Rd, Commerce, CA 90040
Cost: $70 per person

Click here to register for the event.

Many thanks to Central Basin Municipal Water District and West Basin Municipal Water District for sponsoring the event! 


For more information please contact Cindy Northcote-Smith at

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John Laird: Ventura County has big stake in Delta water project

Secretary John Laird, CA Natural Resources Agency, recently penned an opinion editorial entitled, “Ventura County has big stake in Delta water project,” where he addresses the importance of the Delta tunnels project to Ventura County.

Below are excerpts from the Ventura Country Star op-ed:

“Ventura County residents who pay little mind to the debate over the Delta 300 miles away should think again: Our effort to modernize the Delta water delivery system will directly affect the economic vitality of Ventura County, and for that matter a majority of the state.”

“Some cities in Ventura County have no other substantial source of water. Faucets throughout the Conejo and Simi valleys exclusively run with water carried by the California Aqueduct from the Delta. Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County are 50 to 75 percent dependent on this same water supply. Most of the recycled water used in southern Ventura County comes first from the Delta.”

New Field Poll Reveals Californians’ Growing Concern Over Historic Drought

The Field Research Corporation recently released the latest Field Poll on Californians’ perceptions of the drought. The poll found that 62 percent of California voters continue to describe the state water storage as “extremely serious,” and 74 percent of voters feel it’s very important for residents to continue to reduce their water usage. An overwhelmingly 86 percent of participants said they planned to limit their water consumption even after the drought ends. These results are an important reminder that the drought is still imminent and Californians’ need to keep up conservation efforts.

To view the Field Poll in full, click here. 

Regional Water Rates Forum

At the April 20 forum, the Desert Water Agency joins key stakeholders and opinion leaders to discuss current operating challenges facing water agencies around the state. Many water agencies need to make investments in securing aging infrastructure, and delaying these investments for too long could force more costly repairs in the long run. To fund needed capital investments and infrastructure upgrades, water agencies throughout the state are turning to rate adjustments and higher fixed costs.

The Regional Water Rates Forum, sponsored by CV Water Counts and the University of California-Riverside at Palm Desert, features several expert panelists speaking more in-depth on the issue, including:

Kathy Tiegs, President, Association of California Water Agencies
Adam Probolsky, Chairman and CEO, Probolsky Research
Ken Baerenklau, Professor of Environmental Economics & Policy, University of California-Riverside

Event Details
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.
Where: UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211

For more information, please visit:

Californians Save 1.19 Million Acre-Feet of Water, Enough to Supply Nearly 6 Million People For A Year

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) reported that Californians saved about 1.19 million acre feet of water since mandatory urban conservation began. Statewide cumulative savings from June 2015 to February 2016 totaled 23.9 percent compared with the same months in 2013.

Below are excerpts from SWRCB’s press release:

“Twenty-four percent savings shows enormous effort and a recognition that everyone’s effort matters,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Californians rose to the occasion, reducing irrigation, fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and saving our precious water resources in all sorts of ways.”

“March brought us much needed rain and snow after a frightening February,” Chair Marcus said. “It was more of a moderate March than the miracle March we hoped for, but we’re grateful for every raindrop and every snowflake, and we are still hoping for more April showers. We are in better shape than last year, but are still below average in most of California. We need to keep up our efforts to conserve the water we’ve gotten. We can better tune up and adjust our emergency rules once we see our final rain and snowpack tallies in the next few weeks.”

Lawn Dude’s Conservation Corner

Hello water peeps, Lawn Dude here. I just love a good event, especially if it’s centered around my favorite drink…water. Join my SCWC peeps and Secretary Laird of the CA Natural Resources Agency at the upcoming Quarterly Meeting to chat about California WaterFix.

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