Friday, February 7, 2014 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Co-Sponsors Drought Briefing Next Week

The rain that’s been falling on California this week is certainly a welcome shift from the driest December and January in recent history—but is it enough to mitigate some of the dire predictions we’ve been hearing about the summer? No, it isn’t. It helps, but it doesn’t erase the previous years of lower-than-normal rainfall amounts, nor does it refill the reservoirs that are drastically below normal levels.

As the drought situation evolves, it’s critical for county leaders, staff and other stakeholders to stay current with the latest information. That’s why CSAC is co-sponsoring a free, half-day drought briefing next Friday, February 14 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento. CSAC First Vice President Vito Chiesa, a Stanislaus County Supervisor and Central Valley Farmer will participate on one of the panels. Topics will also include:

  • Overview of California’s Drought Conditions
  • A Look at Local Impacts around the State
  • Managing the Drought Crisis on the Ground
  • The Ripple Effect
  • Reaching the California Consumer

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is taking the lead role in this briefing—and it’s just the first of many they are hoping to produce around the state. CSAC is partnering with ACWA and acting as a conduit for important information about the drought between the state and our member counties.

The briefing next week is free and if you can’t attend in person, the event will be webcast for remote participation. ACWA does ask that you register to attend—even if you just plan to monitor the webcast. Visit ACWA’s website for more details and the on-line registration form. Remote access information will be made available after you register.