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December 2019


Report Back: Winter Plenary in Santa Barbara

Over 100 CalWEP members and partners joined us in Santa Barbara last week for our final Plenary of 2019.

With a focus on outdoor efficiency programs and strategic partnerships with NGOs like Daily Acts and Ecology Action, presentations were as inspiring as they were informational. We heard from Peter Brostrom of DWR about the recent updates related to implementation of SB 606/ AB 1668. Eagle Aerial co-founder, Wayne Tate, gave attendees a sneak peak at the landscape measurement QA portal that all urban agencies will have access to once their landscape measurements are complete. We ended the day with an in-depth look at the various landscaper training programs that exist across the state through a dynamic panel of experts and practitioners. Members can access all the presentations through MyCalWEP. 

And what's a CalWEP Plenary without ample networking opportunities? Rachio and WaterWise Consulting sponsored two incredible evenings of connections, and a talented group of CalWEP members rocked out on our sunset cruise following the Plenary. Thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to the CalWEP Members of Santa Barbara County for hosting such an incredible Plenary! 
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Look out for 2020 Member Invoices

Last week, we sent out invoices for 2020 CalWEP and AWE Membership Dues. Please keep a look out for those in your mailboxes, we appreciate your attention to them! For members who are Metropolitan Water District agencies, please double check that a 50% subsidy if reflected on your invoice. MWD has agreed to pay for half of all their member dues. Questions, comments or adjustments needed? Please contact
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Register Today: 58th Annual California Irrigation Institute Conference

CalWEP is a proud sponsor of the 58th annual California Irrigation Institute Conference that will convene for two days January 27-28, 2020 at the DoubleTree Sacramento to discuss pressing issues facing California water. The conference attracts water leaders from agricultural, urban and environmental interests including water districts, irrigation manufacturers, associations and government agency representatives. Attendees can expect engaging panel discussions touching on the effectiveness of the revolutionary Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, alternative water sources in irrigation, regulatory updates and an interactive session on California’s water future. Download the program guide.
Pre-registration and hotel discounts are available through January 6, 2020 at Do not delay to reserve your spot at the California Irrigation Institute Conference. Visit to make hotel reservations directly. Continuing education units will be available through the Irrigation Association.

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AWE's Response to President Trump's Statement on WaterSense Roll-Backs

Earlier this month, President Trump announced at a Business Leader Roundtable Meeting that he has tasked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate the efficacy of water efficiency standards for toilets, showerheads, and faucets in the United States. The national water efficiency community is understandably concerned about what might happen.

Read a statement from AWE President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson about where things stand and how the Alliance plans to move forward.

However, it is important to note that six states have now enacted their own water efficiency standards (California, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, New York, and Nevada) and even if the federal standards were to be repealed by Congress, these states still would have their own legislated or regulatory standards in place.
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CalWEP Special Projects Funding Request

CalWEP and AWE have a variety of special projects currently seeking funding.

As 2019 comes to close, we want to let all our members and partners know about some incredible projects underway that are still looking for addition funding.  Visit CalWEP's website to learn more and contribute! 
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Practical Plumbing Handbook en Español

The long-anticipated Spanish version of our popular Practical Plumbing Handbook has been printed!  The more orders we get, the lower our price will be to members. The difference in pricing between the English and Spanish versions of the handbook is due to the cost of translation.  
We estimate the cost to members will be between $3 and $5 per book.  Pricing will include taxes.  Shipping and handling will be additional.

The English version is, of course, also available for order. Visit CalWEP's website to place your order today or email Michael Walker with inquiries.
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January 27-28, 2020 @ Sacramento - 58th Annual CA Irrigation Institute Conference
March 18, 2020 @ San Diego - CalWEP Spring Plenary
April 7, 2020 @ San Francisco - Water Conservation Showcase
April 6-9, 2020 @ Disneyland - CA-NV AWWA Spring Conference
May 27-28, 2020 @ Bay Area - CalWEP Peer to Peer
September 24, 2020  @ Orange County - CalWEP Fall Plenary
December 9, 2020 @ Sacramento— CalWEP Winter Plenary
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