Author Archives: Maven

Daily Digest: Poll: California’s drought heavy on the mind; “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” retires; Study tells the Delta’s little known story; Deal on the Stanislaus helps fish, farmers; and more …

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In California water news today, Poll: California’s drought heavy on the mind; “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” retires; Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought; A culture of nagging helps Californians save water; Drought puts extra pressure on non-profits; Study tells the Delta’s little known story; Healthy soils reduce water pollution; Scholars urge more research on the future of […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 2: The agency view

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DWR’s Bill Croyle and State Water Board’s Tom Howard discuss the water transfers: streamlining the process, recurring single-year transfers, and groundwater substitution transfer concerns During the development of the first Delta Plan which was adopted in 2013, one of the many issues the Delta Stewardship Council addressed was water transfers and their possible impact on the Delta and the coequal […]

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Blog round-up: Delta tunnels and water quality, Groundwater adjudication reform, New irrigation system tradeoffs, Water conservation for the birds, Secret water deals, The tragedy of ‘paracommons’ and more …

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Delta tunnels plan violates the Clean Water Act:  Restore the Delta writes: “The Federal and State agencies responsible for issuing permits before any construction of the Delta Tunnels Project can begin, have been alerted that (as proposed) the project will violate federal law.  A 15-page letter outlines multiple violations of the federal Clean Water Act if the project is built […]

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Daily Digest: craft beer brewers balance drafts and droughts; Fines over water use rankle Californians; Cadiz chief to tackle project roadblock; and more …

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In California water news today, California craft beer brewers balance drafts and droughts; Fines over water use rankle Californians; Yuba City: Give feedback on water storage funds; Formation of groundwater agency returns to Butte County supervisors; Napa hospital pulls water savings from the air; Fresno City Hall moves fast on Recharge Fresno project; Big Fresno fair cuts water use amid […]

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Water transfers and the Delta Plan, part 1: The basics

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As the Delta Stewardship Council prepares to revisit the issue of single-year transfers, staff review the basics: the types of water transfers, the risks involved, and current oversight Water transfers are transactions between sellers who may have an excess of supply and are willing to sell some of it temporarily, and buyers who need additional water supplies to meet their […]

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News Worth Noting: MWD Owes San Diego County Water Authority $232 Million, Judge Declares; Cadiz comments on media reports following BLM guidance; LADWP settles water quality violations with regional water board; Two San Joaquin River Restoration project documents available for public review

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MWD Owes Water Authority $232 Million, Judge Declares:  “A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled late Friday that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California owes the San Diego County Water Authority $43.4 million in prejudgment interest, in addition to the $188.3 million awarded on Aug. 28 as contract damages for illegal rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014. The […]

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News Worth Noting, new legislation edition: Salton Sea, groundwater adjudication, drought preparedness, low income water rate assistance, plus Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015 passes Committee

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Governor Brown signs legislation, announces new actions to protect the Salton Sea: “As water levels in the Salton Sea continue to drop, exposing thousands of acres of barren shoreline, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced action on legislation – AB 1095 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – and a series of measures to help protect Salton Sea habitat […]

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Calendar notes: An evening with the Delta Independent Science Board; Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation meetings; Metropolitan’s Integrated Resources Plan

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Past and Future Deltas: Literary, historical, and economic perspectives: An evening with the Delta Independent Science Board:  Join the Delta Independent Science Board in Knightsen on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm for an evening as the Delta Narratives project is presented, followed by a panel discussion with science board members.  Click here for more information. Stakeholder meetings on Sustainable […]

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Reservoir and water conditions for October 12, 2015

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Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. ———————————————- About Reservoir and Water Conditions: This post is a collection of graphic representations of current reservoir and hydrologic conditions drawn primarily from the Department of Water Resources website, as well as a few others. Reservoir […]

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Daily Digest, weekend edition: Gov. Brown signs legislation addressing pot cultivation, leaky pipes, water affordability, and more, says he’s ready to take on Prop 218; New Clean Water rule stayed, Subsidence and Valley flood risk, and more …

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In California water news this weekend, Governor Brown signs legislation addressing marijuana cultivation, leaky water pipes, water affordability, water conservation, groundwater adjudication, and fake lawns; Restrictions on water rates gets newfound opposition from Governor Brown; 6th circuit stays new Clean Water rule; California is sinking and now could flood; Big rate increases ahead at many water agencies as financial pressures […]

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