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Media call: Agency officials discuss their role in addressing the drought

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This afternoon, agency officials held a media call to discuss their roles in addressing the drought as laid out in the Governor’s executive order issued this morning. John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources, welcomed everyone to the call and introduced the speakers but provided no other substantive comment. The officials on the call were Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s […]

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Reactions to Governor’s executive order and the snowless snow survey

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Organizations and interest groups weigh in on the news of the day … Here are reactions to the news of the day, in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA): “Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) President John Coleman and Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement on the record-low Sierra snowpack and new actions announced […]

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This just in … Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Virtually Gone; Water Content Now Is Only 5 Percent of Historic Average, Lowest Since 1950

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From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) found no snow whatsoever today during its manual survey for the media at 6,800 feet in the Sierra Nevada. This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. observed […]

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This just in … Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

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From the Office of the Governor: Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today we are […]

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Daily Digest: Water uncertainties remain for many growers, stunning photos of Lake Tahoe, and should water wasters face jail?, plus exotic animals deployed in Delta, Save Our Concrete protestors, and more news, real and not …

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In California water news today, Water uncertainties remain for many growers, Record low snowpack will drive home drought’s impacts, Stunning photos of low levels at Lake Tahoe, Satellite photos of West’s shrinking snowpack, Should water wasters face jail?  A drought debate, Dairymen fear for their herds, Water worries dominate outlook for citrus growers,Agua Caliente tribe scores victory in water rights […]

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Droughts, climate change, and dams: Reconciling a future for California’s native fishes

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Dr. Peter Moyle lays out a statewide aquatic conservation strategy for saving California’s native fishes in the face of climate change Dr. Peter Moyle is a professor of fish biology at UC Davis who has been working with freshwater fishes of California since 1969, and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Department of Wildlife, […]

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News Worth Noting, legal edition: California appellate court hands down two rulings on groundwater pumping fees, Federal District Court finds tribes rights extend to groundwater

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Two California appellate court rulings demonstrate groundwater pumping fees are in the eyes of the beholder:  “Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down this month address whether or not a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are property-related fees, and reach different conclusions. The distinction is important because of the restrictions imposed for property-related fees under Proposition 218 — as […]

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Daily Digest: Report calls for better data to plan for droughts, Why isn’t desal the answer to all our water problems?, Restrictions on swimming pools rise, Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights, and more …

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In California water news today, Report calls for better data to plan for droughts, Why isn’t desalination the answer to all California’s water problems?, As drought worsens, restrictions on swimming pools rise in California, Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights, Billions in water spending not enough, officials say, Congress may consider proposals on drought, and more … […]

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Bloggers on drought, reservoir levels, ag land going out of production, federal water wasters, the Delta tunnels, levees, high speed rail, water hyacinth, trees, fake grass, and more …

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The California drought of 2015: A preview: Jay Lund writes, “This fourth year of drought is severe, but not yet the driest ever. The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish […]

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Capitol Weekly Water 2015: Senator Lois Wolk: ‘Drought is the new normal: We need to prepare for it and our policies have to reflect that.’

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In her keynote address at Capitol Weekly’s Water 2015 conference, Senator Lois Wolk says drought is the new normal and calls for wise spending of Prop 1 funds, more data gathering Capitol Weekly’s 2015 conference on water was held in Sacramento on February 24th. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day – one in a series of similar days […]

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