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    Oct 31 2014

    Daily Digest: California could face $500 billion in water spending, Prop 1, gray water and more, plus Peter Gleick on the water-energy nexus

    In California water news today, California could face $500 billion in water spending; DWR releases Updated California Water Plan; the next best thing to a transcript of the California Water Plan media call; Jerry Brown pushes water bond as election nears and more Prop 1 stories; For good or bad, grey water systems becoming more …

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    Oct 31 2014

    Dr. David Sunding and Josue Medellin-Azuara on the economics of drought

    At the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum held at the beginning of October in Pomona, Dr. David Sunding gave a presentation on the costs of shortage in urban water systems. Afterwards, Josue Medellin-Azuara discussed the impact of drought on agriculture and food prices. Dr. David Sunding Dr. David Sunding’s presentation to the forum dealt with …

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    Oct 31 2014

    News Worth Noting: Advocates stage long distance run to support State Water Board action on Delta flows, Sacramento water use down, Enviro docs for groundwater in Friant-Kern canal, trout planting resumes in Kern and Tulare waterways, San Gabriel Valley water use up

    Broad Coalition Demonstrates Strong Support for State Water Board Action on Fresh Water Flows in the San Joaquin River and Bay-Delta:  “Today a long-distance relay run delivered 2,100 petition signatures and a letter from 50 non-profits representing commercial fishing, anglers, fish and wildlife conservation, river recreation, and consumer protection advocates requesting rapid action from the …

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    Oct 31 2014

    Friday Flashback: Endangered species and drought: Can we break out of the Endangered Species Act death spiral?

    From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Original publish date:  May 20, 2014 Professor Peter Moyle, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, Professor Richard Frank and others discuss the impact of the drought on the state’s endangered species In April of 2014, the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit drew upon the extensive …

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    Oct 30 2014

    This just in … DWR releases the initial volumes and highlights of the California Water Plan

    From the California Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Highlights booklet and initial volumes of the latest  edition of the California Water Plan, which since 1957 has guided the State’s water resource management and planning.  Update 2013 of the California Water Plan is State government’s strategic plan …

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    Oct 30 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: Sac Valley farmers are asked to help the ducks, New Melones ‘pulse flows’ now underway, Why the Delta no longer works for wildlife, the hyacinth cavalry is coming, and more …

    In California water news today, Sacramento Valley farmers are asked to help the ducks, Fish benefit from controversial ‘pulse flows’ now underway, Why the Delta no longer works for wildlife, Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller says the hyacinth cavalry is coming, Despite drought, grape harvest the third largest ever, Dozens of dams found to put fish in …

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    Oct 30 2014

    California Water Commission: A progress report on DWR’s System Reoperation Study

    At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Ajay Goyal, Chief of the Department of Water Resources Surface Storage Investigations branch, briefed Commission members on the status of the Department’s System Reoperation Study. The study, mandated by SB X2 1 in 2008, seeks to identify potential strategies for the reoperation of statewide flood protection …

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    Oct 30 2014

    Science news and reports: Scary Halloween invasives, Effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption evaluated, Fish and Fukushima, and more…

    Scary Halloween invasives: Don’t open your door to these trick or treaters: “Many of the alien species invading California’s lakes and streams would make for wickedly good Halloween costumes.  Take the Shokihaze goby, Tridentiger barbatus (above and right), now common in Suisun Bay and the lower Sacramento River. Its spiky stubble of whisker-like barbels about the mouth …

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    Oct 30 2014

    News Worth Noting: El Nino outlook for the West, Reclamation releases enviro docs for refuge water exchange, Delta newsletters

    Center for Western Weather Extremes releases El Nino outlook and impacts for the West:  “The Western Regional Climate Center (Kelly Redmond and Nina Oakley) along with NOAA, NIDIS and other western region partners have released a summary discussing El Nino impacts and outlook (October 2014). These brief easy-to-read stories provide a convenient 2-page look at …

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    Oct 29 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: Farmers sue state over drought water decisions, Report reveals dramatic changes to Delta ecosystem, Local entities start to discuss groundwater implementation, and more, plus a winter storm is on the way!

    In California water news today, Farmers sue state over drought water decisions, Report reveals dramatic changes to Delta ecosystem, Local entities start to discuss groundwater implementation, Prop 1 aims to relieve drought – but not this one, Photo feature: The Decline of California Agriculture Has Begun, Drought means less California rice, but good prices for …

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    Oct 29 2014

    The Connections, Resiliency, and Management of Flows in the Delta

    At the end of September, the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary held a conference titled “Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together” in Antioch which brought together over 200 elected officials, agency leaders, and community advocates from around the Bay and Delta to discuss the role that fresh water plays in the San Francisco …

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    Oct 29 2014

    A Delta Transformed: New San Francisco Estuary Institute Report Reveals Dramatic Changes to Delta Ecosystem

    From the Department of Fish and Wildlife: A recent study produced by the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center and funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) identifies the dramatic ecological transformation of the Delta over the past 150 years. Developed by a group of scientists and resource managers, “A Delta Transformed” …

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    Oct 29 2014

    News Worth Noting: Israeli water expert visits California to share technology and experience, Homeowners encouraged to prepare trees for a dry winter season, Nimbus Fish Hatchery ladder to open November 3

    Internationally Acclaimed Water Expert Visits California to Share Israeli Technology and Experience to Combat Drought: “Last year, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of technology and enhancing economic interests between California and Israel. As part of that historic agreement Prof. Eilon Adar, …

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    Oct 28 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: More on prop 1, confusion over drought maps prompts workshop, and more …

    In California water news today, what Proposition 1 has in store for California water, the impact of Proposition One, confusion over drought maps prompts workshop, drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass, New Melones hasn’t been this low in decades, city officials say fixing Fresno’s water won’t be cheap, and how …

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    Oct 28 2014

    News Worth Noting: Friant files legal challenge over State Water Board’s emergency decision process, Tribal chiefs and groundwater protectors oppose Prop 1,and North Bay Water Reuse Authority supports Prop. 1

    Friant Files Legal Challenge Over State Board’s Drought Emergency Decision Process: “How the State Water Resources Board and its executive officer, Thomas Howard, have made far-reaching drought emergency decisions have been legally challenged by the Friant Water Authority and most of its member agencies, all of which were denied deliveries of any Central Valley Project …

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