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    Nov 27 2014

    California Weather Blog: Active weather pattern on tap for California; high uncertainty remains regarding precipitation amounts

    From the California Weather Blog: “Despite the arrival of substantial early-season rainfall across the far northern portions of the state in recent weeks, nearly all of California has experienced much drier than normal  conditions thus far this fall. In fact, some of the traditionally wetter parts of northern and central California have missed out on nearly …

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    Nov 27 2014

    A. G. Kawamura: “Food is a privilege, not a right”

    A. G. Kawamura is owner and partner of Orange County Produce, LLC, and a board member of Western Growers Association. He recently spoke at a TEDx Orange Coast Conference. Here’s what he had to say: “When it comes to food and agriculture in this country, there are a lot of critics. And the critics say …

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    Nov 26 2014

    Daily Digest: LiveCopter 3 over ‘scary-low’ Lake Oroville, Wet December ontap, Congress urged to revive drought legisation, and more …

    In California water news today, LiveCopter 3 flies over a scary low Lake Oroville, Wet December on tap for California, Congress urged to revive drought relief for California, Kings County water leaders: Groundwater law needs clarification, When Will The Taps Run Dry? Groundwater Discussion On Valley Edition, Agreement reached on Central Valley water bank, Cloud …

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    Nov 26 2014

    News Worth Noting: Water in key reservoir low: Lake Oroville at 26% capacity; Groups protest delayed drought legislation; Army Corps releases inspection ratings for Walnut Creek levee system; Reclamation releases draft environmental documents for the proposed Los Banos Creek Diversion Project

    Water in key reservoir low: Lake Oroville at 26% capacity:  “The water level in Lake Oroville, the primary reservoir for the State Water Project and second largest in California, is near the 1977 historic low despite recent rainfall. Earlier this month, water in Oroville fell below 1991 levels, which were the second lowest on record …

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    Nov 25 2014

    Daily Digest: Above normal rainfall predicted, nitty-gritty time for Temperance Flat funding, biomimicry, power plants and more …

    In California water news today, Above normal rainfall predicted, nitty-gritty time for Temperance Flat funding, Can biomimicry solve our water problems?, Power plants kill billions of fish, enviro groups say,and more … In the news today … Above normal rainfall predicted:  “By the end of this week, be sure to start battening down the hatches.  …

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    Nov 25 2014

    Blog round-up: How engineers see the the water glass in California, the ESA and the Commerce Clause, Feinstein drought bill, San Joaquin River restoration, water storage, and more …

    How engineers see the the water glass in California:  Jay Lund writes: “Depending on your outlook, the proverbial glass of water is either half full or half empty. Not so for engineers in California. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  How engineers see the the water glass in California  And be …

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    Nov 25 2014

    Ecosystem Modeling to Support Adaptive Management – Lessons from 40 years of Decision Support for the Great Lakes

    Managing large interconnected systems of water bodies presents complex challenges, and model simulations are an essential tool.  For many years, the Great Lakes community has used models to support management of their system.  The complexity of the Bay Delta system presents similar challenges. Adaptive management will be critical, given climate change and other uncertainties.  This …

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    Nov 25 2014

    News Worth Noting: Drivers warned to watch out for wildlife, Santa Ana Sucker Recovery Plan released for review, Climate Science Service Awards

    Caltrans, Fish and Wildlife to Drivers: Watch out for Wildlife: “Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are cautioning motorists of an unusually high number of collisions between drivers and wildlife on mountain highways this autumn. The increase has been particularly notable on Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 in Placer and …

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    Nov 25 2014

    Legal documents: Opening briefs filed on Delta Plan litigation

    In May of 2013, the Delta Stewardship Council unanimously adopted the Delta Plan, a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta that includes 14 regulatory policies that were subsequently approved by the Office of Administrative Law.  Following the adoption of the Plan, several agencies and organizations filed lawsuits seeking to invalidate the plan and/or its …

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    Nov 24 2014

    This just in … State Water Project contract negotiations set to begin over proposed BDCP amendments

    From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today it will begin negotiations with State Water Project (SWP) Contractors in December on proposed amendments that would modify SWP water supply contracts. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the public will be invited to observe the negotiations in person and to listen …

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    Nov 24 2014

    Daily Digest: As snow fades, California ski resorts face a brown future, Small Placer dam is big barrier to salmon, Ex-marine wages war on water hyacinth, and more news …

    In California water news today, As snow fades, California ski resorts face a brown future, Small Placer dam is big barrier to salmon, Ex-marine wages war on water hyacinth, Green menace forces shutdown of Lighted Boat Parade, Rainfall deficit: Recent rains help but won’t end drought, Record drought reveals stunning changes along the Colorado River, …

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    Nov 24 2014

    Website notes: Holiday posting schedule, and changes on the way

    Just wanted to let you know of a few things … Holiday posting schedule … somewhat lighter With the Thanksgiving holiday week upon us, the schedule here will be somewhat modified.  Yes, I am actually going to take some time off.  Long time readers know that this is highly unusual … but due to multiple …

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    Nov 24 2014

    News Worth Noting: Briefing paper on habitat restoration and landowner protection, ACWA comments on UC Davis water storage report, Placer County Water Agency moves forward on watershed remediation, EPA helps Redwood Valley water district prepare for climate change, Reclamation invests $9.2 million in research

    Briefing paper on habitat restoration and landowner protection:  From Delta E-News: “Finding Ways to Restore Delta Habitat and Protect Property Owners” is a briefing paper distributed at two Delta landowner workshops in January 2014 and was sponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.  Click here to read the paper.   …

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    Nov 24 2014

    Calendar events worth noting … Public Workshop on Instream Flow in Delta Tributaries, Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Public Meeting, and Delta Levee Investment Strategy Public Meetings

    Here are a few events just added to the calendar that are worthy of your attention: Public Workshop: Instream Flow in Delta Tributaries: The Delta Conservancy is hosting a public education workshop on Tuesday, December 2, from 9am to 12:30 pm in Sacramento on the role of instream flow in creating healthy riverine ecosystems in …

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    Nov 24 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for November 23

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