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    Oct 01 2014

    Daily Digest: California officially enters 4th year of drought with worst water situation in history, Professional engineers put their technical expertise to use in drought, Towns implement extreme conservation measures to stretch depleting water supplies and more …

    In California water news today, California officially enters 4th year of drought with worst water situation in history, Professional engineers put their technical expertise to use in drought, Towns implement extreme conservation measures to stretch depleting water supplies, water agencies look to budget water, Drought causing pumpkins to ripen Early, Shortens World’s Largest Corn Maze, …

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    Oct 01 2014

    News worth noting: Milestone conference brings Bay, Delta decisionmakers together on freshwater flows, Court of Appeal affirms State Board’s authority to determine both the existence and scope of claimed pre-1914 water rights and clarifies the legal standard for forfeiture; Drought collaboration video with Tuolumne Utilities District & PG&E

    Bay+Delta+Water: Better Together: Milestone Conference Brings Bay, Delta Decisionmakers Together on Freshwater Flows: “More than 200 elected officials, agency leaders and community advocates from the San Francisco Bay & Delta regions convened on September 24th in Antioch to discuss the role that fresh water plays in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. Presented by the Association …

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    Oct 01 2014

    Divvying up the costs of the twin tunnels: Metropolitan Committee is updated on the BDCP’s cost allocation discussions

    At the September 23rd meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Metropolitan Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee on the status of the cost allocation discussions for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). These discussions focus on how the costs will apportioned between the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, …

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    Sep 30 2014

    Daily Digest: California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link, migrating birds in for a tough winter, low flows a danger to salmon, CA water debt seen safe from drought’s grip, and more, plus water wars, literally …!

    In California water news today, California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link, Migrating birds in for a tough winter in the Central Valley, Low flows a danger to salmon, coming and going, Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies, Early snow blankets Sierra Nevada, delighting drought-weary California, Exploring water solutions …

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    Sep 30 2014

    Blog round-up: All politics is local. Is water?, the new American dustbowl, the future of farming, suction dredge mining, the water bond, groundwater and more …

    All politics is local.  Is water? Not really, says the Water Wired blog:  Michael Campana responds to a tweet by Maggie Catley-Carlson that said “Water is three things — local, local and local” :  ” … I have met Maggie on three occasions and was impressed on every occasion. A smart, articulate WaterWonk. Yes, a …

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    Sep 30 2014

    News Worth Noting: Dry Water Year 2014 Ends, Conservation Critical as New Water Year Begins; Governor signs bills to meet disadvantaged communities’ infrastructure needs, and to require formal consultation with Native American tribes during CEQA process

    Dry Water Year 2014 Ends, Conservation Critical as New Water Year Begins: “Water Year 2014, ending [today], is going into the record books as one of California’s driest ever with no promise that the new water year beginning Wednesday will be any wetter. As the calendar turns after three years of drought, reservoirs are low, …

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    Sep 30 2014

    Early morning news flash … Request for Temporary Modification to San Joaquin River Flows during October

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Please find attached a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily modify the San Joaquin River flow requirements during October pursuant to a Temporary Urgency Change Petition.  The Executive Director expects to act on this request in the near term.  For additional information concerning this matter, …

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    Sep 30 2014

    Capitol Weekly: DWR: Progress on the tunnels

    From yours truly at Capitol Weekly: “California’s top water official told a key gathering of south state water representatives that “hard-earned progress” is being made on the Brown administration’s controversial plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The comments by Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, were …

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    Sep 29 2014

    Daily Digest: Six industries at risk in drought, harvest smaller than normal, Governor launches pitch for Props 1&2, Ag groups outraged over rapid rise in permit fees, beetle still an obstacle to levee fixes and more …

    In California water news today, six industries at big risk in California’s drought, California harvest much smaller than normal across crops, Sudden oak death thriving in some Northern California locations despite drought, California burning, Gov. Jerry Brown launches pitch for Props. 1 and 2, California water board wants higher WDR fees – Ag groups outraged …

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    Sep 29 2014

    Director Mark Cowin updates Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Committee on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and addresses EPA’s comments, plus Randy Fiorini of the Delta Stewardship Council on the Council’s five priorities

    The latest information on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan took center stage at the September 23rd meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta. The meeting began with a presentation by Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources, who updated the Committee the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and how the …

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    Sep 29 2014

    California Weather Blog: Special update: The Extraordinary California Drought of 2013-2014: Character, Context, and the Role of Climate Change

    From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “This special update is a little different from what I typically post on the California Weather Blog. In the paragraphs below, I discuss results from and context for a study that my colleagues and I recently published in a special issue of the Bulletin of the American …

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    Sep 29 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for September 29

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: 354 total views, 11 views today

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    Sep 29 2014

    What’s on the calendar for this week and beyond …

    Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you … Coming up this week … The Delta Independent Science Board will meet by teleconference on October 1st from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.  Click here for the agenda. NEW! Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins Study Online Meeting:  The …

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    Sep 28 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Daily water allocation could be the next drought strategy, state looks at desalination rules, Kern Water Bank ruling would be uncharted waters, and plenty more news and commentary …

    In California water news this weekend, daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy, some wells run dry amid drought, California eyes rules before ‘plunge into desalination, strawberry crop on pace for record despite drought, spring strawberry crop could be reduced by groundwater squeeze, water bank ruling would be uncharted waters for judge, …

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    Sep 26 2014

    Daily Digest: Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness, is California keeping well water secrets?, past droughts have crushed civilizations, ducks out of luck and more …

    In California water news today, drought has fourteen communities on the brink of waterlessness, is California keeping well water secrets?, past droughts have crushed civilizations, ducks out of luck in water-scarce rice fields, drought means opportunity for some, Sierra Nevada forest health in rapid decline – report says urgent action is needed, California regulators target …

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