CalMutuals Monthly Newsletter
February 2016

CalMutuals Board of Directors Elects Lisa Yamashita-Lopez as Chair and President

During a Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, February 10th, CalMutuals Board Members confirmed Lisa Yamashita-Lopez of Rubio Cañon Land and Water Association as its new Chairperson and President following Jim Byerrum’s resignation.

“I am honored to serve as the Association’s President and Chairperson and thank my fellow board members for their support. The Association has come far within three years; growing in membership and building a positive reputation in the state as the voice of small systems. I have big shoes to fill but am looking forward to what lies ahead for our Association as we continue our mission of advocating on behalf of mutual water companies statewide.”

Under Yamashita’s new leadership, the board has elected to establish committees on regulation, legislation and finance and budget. The newly elected committees will serve to focus on specific issues impacting the Association and mutual water companies statewide. 

Jim Byerrum thanked the dedication of the board and staff for their support during his tenure. If elected for another term, Byerrum will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.  


DWR Announces Public Meeting on GSP Draft Resolution

Are you aware of the draft emergency regulations for groundwater sustainability plans?

Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold three required public meetings and a webinar in March 2016 as part of the public review and comment period. The Draft GSP Emergency Regulations were posted online Feb. 18, and the formal public review and comment period ends March 25, 2016.

These meetings are great opportunities for mutuals to provide comments to DWR regarding the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) emergency regulations before the regulations are adopted. We encourage your participation in those meetings, for it is essentials that your concerns regarding costs, deadlines, or feasibility be heard.

The meetings will be held at the following times and places:

Event: Public Meetings on GSP (Visalia)
When: Monday, March 21 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Visalia Convention Center, 303 E Acequia Ave.

Event: Public Meeting on GSP (Santa Ana)
When: Tuesday, March 22 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Where: Delhi Community Center, 505 E. Central Avenue

Event: Public Meeting on GSP (Sacramento)
When: Friday, March 25 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Where: Secretary of State Building, 1500 11th St.

Event: Public Meeting on GSP (Webinar)
When: Thursday, March 24 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Register Here!

Save the Date: FREE Workshop for Small System Operators
RCAP & AWWA will be hosting three training workshops for water systems serving a population of 10,000 persons or fewer.
The objective of the workshops is to help water operators achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by covering the following topics:
  • Regulatory Review
  • Disinfection Overview and Byproducts
  • DBP Treatment Strategies
  • Coliform Sample Collection
  • Arsenic and Nitrate Rule Compliance
AWWA Board Member Phil Holderness will be providing trainings at the following locations:

Rancho Cucamonga
When: April 26, from 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Where: California-Nevada Section, 10435 Ashford St., Rancho Cucamonga

Thousand Oaks
When: June 6, from 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Where: Calleguas Municipal Water District, 2100 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

West Sacramento
When: July 8, from 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Where: Dr. Kenneth D. Kerri Training Center, 3920 W. Capitol Avenue, #100, West Sacramento, CA 95691

To Register, please fill out the attached form, and submit it via mail, fax or email at:

Mail:                                                  Email:
CA-NV Section AWWA          
10435 Ashford St., 2nd Floor         Fax:
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730     (909) 291-2107

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