State Water Board to hold Urban Water Conservation workshop on April 20
Written comments due April 14
On April 20, the State Water Board will hold a workshop to receive input on the potential modification of the current Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation.
On November 13, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order directing the State Water Board to extend the May 2015 Emergency Regulation through October 31, 2016, if drought conditions persisted through January 2016. Subsequently, in February of 2016, the State Water Board adopted a revised emergency regulation to extend urban potable water conservation in 2016.
The meeting notice points out that severe drought conditions have decreased water levels in California’s reservoirs and groundwater basin and reduced flows in the state’s rivers. Although the rains are encouraging and some regions have above normal precipitation and snow pack, others are still well below average and rainfall deficits from prior years will further exacerbate local drought conditions.
The purpose of the workshop is to solicit input on potential adjustments to the February 2016 regulation in response to the precipitation amounts and other drought indicators that have changed since February 2016.
The State Water Board is interested in receiving public input on the following questions:
1. What elements of the existing February 2016 Emergency Regulation, if any, should be modified and how so?
2. How should the State Water Board account for regional differences in precipitation and lingering drought impacts, and what would be the methods of doing so?
3. To what extent should the State Water Board consider the reliability of urban water supplier supply portfolios in this emergency regulation?
The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 20th beginning at 1pm. Written comments must be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday, April 14th.
Local Government Commission to offer series in-depth training on water issues in the San Joaquin Valley
The Local Government Commission is offering a series of in-depth trainings in the coming months that aim to address some of the most pressing water issues in the San Joaquin Valley, including water conservation and groundwater management. Join us at these trainings and learn how to make your community water strong!
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certification Courses: $50 each, $80 for both
QWEL is a US EPA certified training that teaches irrigation techniques, water auditing, and turf replacement for residential and commercial landscapes.
Trainees who complete the 20 hours of coursework (in-class and hands-on, over 2 ½ days) and pass the qualifying exams earn their certification and are added to the US EPA QWEL Landscapers registry. Continuing education opportunities also available.
Base QWEL: A comprehensive training on drought-tolerant landscaping, irrigation system programming and management, landscape design and maintenance, water auditing, and water efficiency financing options. Instruction: Tuesday, April 26th & Wednesday, April 27th from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Exam: Thursday, April 28th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (includes in-person review session)
QWEL Graywater: Building on the concepts of Base QWEL, this course trains participants to plan, permit, and install graywater irrigation systems for residential and commercial landscaping. Course-work includes classroom instruction and on-site installation at a demonstration house. QWEL Graywater can be an add-on to Base QWEL or stand-alone (you do not need to be QWEL certified to take the class, but this class alone does not QWEL certify you). Instruction: Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; On-site
Demonstration: Wednesday, May 25th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; Exam: Thursday, May 26th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (includes in-person review session)
All QWEL trainings will be held at the Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave Fresno, CA 93728 (except for the on-site installation). Lunch will be provided.
Community Engagement in Water Resource Planning Workshop: $50
This full-day workshop will provide tools for engaging your community in water conservation efforts and in long-term planning for sustainable groundwater management.
Community water conservation is a key strategy for achieving mandatory water use reductions targets and implementing long-term sustainable water management.
Our program will include principles of community-based social marketing, including tools to change community behavior and make water conservation programs more effective. Participants will also gain a better understanding of groundwater management in their region, impacts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and tools for productive stakeholder engagement.
Workshop: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the City of Reedley, 100 N. East Ave, Reedley CA. Lunch provided.
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