News Worth Noting: Sacto area provoiders urge State Water Board to consider climate in revised conservation targets, Small water suppliers must report conservation data by Dec. 15; Low-cost drought response training programs offered; Governor makes water-related appointments

State Water Board Must Consider Climate in Revised Conservation Targets, Sacramento Area Water Providers Urge: “The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) should adjust current conservation targets to recognize the effects of climate on water use, the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers are urging the State Water Board in letters submitted this week. The letters were sent ahead of a December 7 meeting during which the State Water Board will consider potential changes to mandatory water conservation targets should the drought continue into 2016. Several local elected officials and water industry leaders plan to make comments at the meeting. The Sacramento region is currently saddled with some of the highest conservation targets in the state, which range from 8 to 36 percent. More than a dozen Sacramento area water providers are required to conserve 32 percent or more June 2015 through February 2016 compared to the same period in 2013. ... ”  Continue reading from the Sacramento Regional Water Authority here:  State Water Board Must Consider Climate in Revised Conservation Targets, Local Water Providers Urge

BB&K logoCalifornia’s Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15: “By Dec. 15, all small water suppliers in California must file, for the first time, water conservation reports with the State Water Resources Control Board. Over this past summer and fall, the Board has required the state’s 411 large urban water suppliers to provide monthly water production figures under emergency conservation regulations adopted May 5. Now the spotlight is on the state’s small suppliers, defined as those serving fewer than 3,000 connections. The emergency regulations, which can be found here, came amid a stubborn four-year drought. They were designed to achieve an overall 25 percent reduction in potable urban water use in California. The bulk of the mandatory regulations were aimed at large urban water suppliers, which were required to reduce monthly potable water production by as much as 36 percent. ... ”  Continue reading at Best Best & Kreiger here: California’s Small Water Suppliers Must Report Water Conservation Data by Dec. 15

Local Government Commission LGC logoLow-cost training programs offered for employees in drought response: The Local Government Commission, with financial support from the Employment Training Panel, is offering public and private agencies low-cost training programs to help employees respond to California’s historic drought. Training is being offered to employers located in the 24 counties identified by the state as most severely impacted by the drought. Training programs are designed to help local communities reduce immediate water waste within agency operations; identify medium-term water use efficiency opportunities within each jurisdiction; and promote long-term technology adoption and management practices to increase efficiency, stabilize water demand, and improve water supply reliability. For more information about future drought trainings, visit http://www.lgc.org/drought-training.

Seal_of_the_Governor_of_CaliforniaGovernor appoints Taryn Ravazzini as deputy director of special initiatives at the California Department of Water Resources.Ravazzini has been coordinator at the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee since 2013. She was a guest relations coordinator at Opus One Winery from 2012 to 2013, senior wine educator at Domaine Carneros Winery from 2009 to 2012 and a law clerk at the Law and Mediation Offices of McDonald and Mannion in 2007. Ravazzini was a legal writing teaching assistant at the Golden Gate University School of Law in 2006, an account executive at the Dolphin Group from 2003 to 2005 and held multiple positions at the Association of California Water Agencies from 1999 to 2003, including field representative and federal relations representative. She was a staff assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from 1998 to 1999, a capital fellow at the Judicial Council of California from 1997 to 1998 and an assistant to the legislative liaison at the California Postsecondary Education Commission in 1997. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $130,008. Ravazzini is registered without party preference.”

Seal_of_the_Governor_of_CaliforniaGovernor appoints Jane Gray of Goleta to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.Gray has been an environmental planner and project manager at Dudek since 2006. She was a planner at the Santa Barbara County Long Range Planning Division from 2004 to 2006, a policy planner for planning and environmental services for the County of Fresno from 2003 to 2004 and an English-language arts and English as a Second Language teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2003. Gray was an English as a Second Language teacher at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute in 2003 and at the Beverly Hills International School of Languages from 2002 to 2003. She was a grant writer for South East Area Arts Development from 2001 to 2002 and an English as a Second Language teacher at the Language Center from 1999 to 2001 and at the Mentor Language Institute from 1998 to 1999. Gray was a program manager and grant writer for refugee resettlement at the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles from 1998 to 1999 and an English language program director at the Benedict School from 1997 to 1998. She earned a Master of Science degree in regional planning and management from the Technical University of Dortmund. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Gray is registered without party preference.”

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