Author Archives: Maven

Daily Digest: Fears surface about mercury in Shasta Lake fish, Water agencies baffled by water use surge, Drought sends Reclamation back to the drawing board, Rural poor hit hardest as groundwater vanishes, and more …

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In California water news today, Fears surface about mercury in Shasta Lake fish; Water agencies baffle conservationists with water use surge; Drought sends U.S. water agency back to the drawing board; California’s rural poor hit hardest as groundwater vanishes in long drought; App helps farmers with efficiency during the drought; Water prices rise as cities lose money in drought; Drought […]

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Reservoir and water conditions for July 6, 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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News Worth Noting: Rep. McNerney calls on Congress to authorize water recycling projects; New Energy Commission map tracks water and energy resources; Free webcast series on sustainable drought management for utilities; Chatsworth Ecology Pond

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Congressman McNerney calls on Congress to authorize regional water recycling projects:  “Recognizing that water recycling is a critical part of a larger, comprehensive approach to addressing California’s drought crisis, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today announced that he would introduce legislation calling on Congress to authorize 27 additional regional water recycling projects. To highlight this announcement, Rep. McNerney toured Delta Diablo, […]

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Daily Digest, weekend edition: Drought takes sparkle out of some fireworks displays; Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers; A tweak in wording can help encourage conservation, Sarah Palin on the drought, and more …

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In California water news this weekend, Drought takes sparkle out of some fireworks displays; Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers; Photo essay:  Dried up California lake shuts as summer kicks in; To encourage Californians to conserve, a tweak in wording can help; Drought drives greater use of gray water:; Water worries spur Baja California projects; Canal now […]

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Guest commentary: Phil Isenberg muses on water, lawsuits, and the Fourth of July

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This year, I am soliciting special guest commentaries for the each holiday, loosely based on the theme of the day.  On Easter, John Kingsbury with the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association talked about spring in our mountains and the importance of protecting our headwaters.  On Memorial Day, the Notebook paused to remember Dorothy Green with a special commentary written by […]

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This just in … Executive Director of the State Water Board approves DWR & Reclamation’s Temporary Urgency Change Petition for modification of Delta standards – with a few added requirements

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Tom Howard, the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued his decision on the May 21, 2015 request by the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board to modify and renew the Temporary Urgency Change Petition which modifies some outflow and water quality requirements in the Bay-Delta.  The approval of the changes […]

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Daily Digest: 50,000 pot farms are sucking rivers dry; Wealthy Southern California enclave proves it can learn to save water; McNerney calls for federal funding for water recycling projects, Poway saved so much water it had to dump 550,000 gallons of it, and more …

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In California water news today, California’s 50,000 pot farms are sucking rivers dry; Gimmicks and technology: Wealthy Southern California enclave proves it can learn to save water; Areas that conserved the most, least during the drought; Pact with the devil? California farmers use oil firms’ water; California congressman unveils plan for 27 new recycled water projects; calls for federal funding; […]

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Daily Digest: Californians cut water use 29% in May; Hearing explores fish, flows, and marijuana grows; State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules; Recycled oil field wastewater is clean, Chevron test results show; and more …

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In California water news today, Californians cut water use 29% in May; Hearing explores fish, flows, and marijuana grows; Is weed the new almond?; Emergency plan could make Delta Mendota Canal run backwards; State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules; Recycled oil field wastewater is clean, Chevron test results show; EPA plans to ban controversial pesticide; Fran Pavley: The quiet crusader; and […]

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