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Dec 26 2014

Daily Digest: Storms bring more precipitation but not relief to those dependent on older wells, storm flows create challenges, plus revised tunnel plan is still a bad idea, says Erik Vink

In California water news today, Storms bring more precipitation to the Sierras, Ski resorts’ uphill battle with drought, Will California’s Wet Weather Ease The Multi-Year Drought?, Rain hasn’t brought relief for those dependent on older wells, Drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers, Storm flows lead to challenges for water system, Regulations would expand …

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Dec 25 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Maven’s Notebook!

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Dec 25 2014

Peter Gleick: Solutions in a world of peak water limits

For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week brings together some of the world’s most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago. In October of 2013, the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick opened a session on water with this speech, Solutions in a …

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Dec 24 2014

Daily Digest, the brief edition: First snow survey, tsunami preparadness, and a handful of other stories

It’s a brief edition of the Daily Digest, as most journalists are off covering other stories … So in California water news today, First manual measurement of Sierra snowpack to occur next week, Ten years after Indian Ocean tsunami, California is better prepared, US says Mexico not living up to treaty to share water in …

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Dec 24 2014

News Worth Noting: Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference report; CA Water Quality Monitoring Council Triennial Audit; Sacramento River bank erosion repair program; Groundwater and Friant-Kern Canal

Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference report now available:  Friends of the San Francisco Estuary has released a conference report summarizing September’s Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference including outcomes and analysis from the conference proceedings, as well as identifying priority actions. The 4-page report, attachments, and additional conference materials are …

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Dec 23 2014

Daily Digest: Court upholds protections for salmon, Modified BDCP still draws critics, King tides hit coast, Rain aiding rangelands and more …

In California water news today, Court upholds Delta protections for salmon, Modified BDCP still draws critics, Last week’s trillion gallon stories explained, King tides hit coast causing minor flooding, Abundant rain aids rangelands and fills stock ponds,  Feds reject plan to refill Incline Lake, and more … In the news today … Court upholds Delta …

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Dec 23 2014

Blog round-up: Drought and the BDCP

How the Historic California Drought Will (and Won’t) Affect Your Daily Life: “It’s been raining over the last couple weeks here in southern California. Don’t worry, I’m not complaining. I grew up in Michigan, so the degree to which natives of SoCal whine about all things weather-related remains a thorn in my side. That said, …

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Dec 23 2014

Craig Wilson, the first Delta watermaster, reflects on his four years in office

Just last week, the State Water Resources Control Board appointed Michael George to be the new Delta Watermaster.  He’ll be filling the shoes of Criag Wilson, who was appointed in 2010 to be the state’s first Delta Watermaster, a position that was established by the 2009 Delta Reform Act. On a recent trip to Sacramento, …

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Dec 23 2014

News Worth Noting: Kate Poole comments on 9th Circuit Court decision, Final docs for temporary aqueduct pumping facilities, Central Valley landowners fined

Kate Poole, Litigation Director for NRDC’s water program, comments on the 9th Circuit Court’s opinion fully upholding endangered species protections for salmon:  “Thousands of people rely on California’s salmon runs to support themselves and their families. Chinook salmon and steelhead are on the brink of extinction, and this ruling is critical for their continued survival.  …

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Dec 23 2014

More News Worth Noting: Fish Kill Caused by Drainage Canals Near Davis, UC Merced awarded competitive grants for water and solar research

Fish Kill Caused by Drainage Canals Near Davis: “Over 60 adult salmon were found dead recently in a drainage canal in the Yolo Bypass. The dead salmon, weighing between 5 and 30 pounds, were scattered along the banks and in the water. Link to more photos of the fish kill. The cause of death was …

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Dec 22 2014

This just in … Ninth Circuit Upholds Biological Opinion for Central Valley Irrigation Impacts on Endangered Salmon

This just in from the Central Valley Business Times: Salmon and the federal government agencies and environmental groups trying to keep them alive in the California Delta have scored a win over water contractors and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project in a ruling Monday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The …

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Dec 22 2014

Daily Digest: Recent storms send Yosemite waterfalls rushing back, wet start expected for 2015, drought-fighting drones, job killing hyacinth and more …

In California water news today, Recent storms send Yosemite waterfalls rushing back, As flooding strikes, wet start expected for 2015, Western research team builds drought-fighting drone to seed rainclouds, Atmospheric rivers to soak California as climate warms, Mt. Tam reservoirs near capacity, Leave it to beavers: California joins other states in embracing the rodent, 4500 …

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Dec 22 2014

When it comes to fish habitat, offers they can refuse

From Estuary News: “The numbers are daunting: 8,000 acres to be restored to fish-friendly tidal habitat in order to comply with federal wildlife agencies’ Biological Opinions; another 65,000 if and when the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan is implemented; more still in mitigation for levee operations. Where will it all come from? Some parcels suitable for restoration …

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Dec 22 2014

Dr. Tracy Collier with the Delta ISB review of the BDCP Draft EIR/S, particularly regarding reliance on habitat restoration

The Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) completed its review of the draft EIR/EIS for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in May, 2014.  While the ISB recognized the many strengths embedded within the BDCP and its associated environmental documents, the review also identified several substantive shortcomings in the technical underpinnings of project impacts and mitigation.  …

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Dec 22 2014

News Worth Noting: Lindsey slough restoration project, 100 years of CA water rights system, tipping points for sea level rise-related flooding

CDFW Completes Drought Related Restoration Project at Lindsey Slough, Solano County: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently completed an important watershed project for the benefit of fish and wildlife impacted by the state’s historic drought. The Lindsey Slough Restoration Project in Solano County was completed at Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve in November.  …

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