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    The Switzerland of California water.

    Maven

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    Date registered: December 7, 2012

    Latest posts

    1. Daily Digest, weekend edition: Back to back to back storms raise hopes of easing drought, Well drillers getting in on the ‘water rush’, Sacto water meters, and more … — November 23, 2014
    2. Daily Digest: Capitol Hill talks on drought bill dry up; A glimmer of hope for winter rain and snow; State Senate hearing focuses on streamlining groundwater rights disputes, and more … — November 21, 2014
    3. News Worth Noting: EPA, federal and state agencies, rice growers, industry act to protect endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California, Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects, River Islands draft EIS & Public Meeting — November 21, 2014
    4. A restoration hub for the Delta: Better tools and processes for science-based restoration — November 21, 2014
    5. Northern California representatives statement on Feinstein pulling ‘deeply-flawed’ water bill — November 21, 2014

    Most commented posts

    1. Guest blogger: Worried about the drought? Let farmers buy and sell water — 26 comments
    2. Maven’s Minutes from the July 17 BDCP Public Meeting: Project costs, financing, and economic benefits — 7 comments
    3. Radio show transcript: Jerry Meral and Jonas Minton discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan — 7 comments
    4. Website news: A new day for Maven and for Maven’s Notebook! — 7 comments
    5. Guest blogger: Rebuttal to yesterday’s media call: Opportunities Lost — 7 comments

    Author's posts listings

    Nov 23 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Back to back to back storms raise hopes of easing drought, Well drillers getting in on the ‘water rush’, Sacto water meters, and more …

    In California water news this weekend, Back to back to back storms raise hopes of easing drought, How this week’s rain figures in California’s drought, Experts say ‘weak’ El Niño won’t bring much relief to drought-stricken California this winter, Getting in on the water rush, Water dominates Ag Summit discussion in Modesto, Drought revives ‘forgotten …

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    Nov 21 2014

    Daily Digest: Capitol Hill talks on drought bill dry up; A glimmer of hope for winter rain and snow; State Senate hearing focuses on streamlining groundwater rights disputes, and more …

    In California water news today, Capitol Hill talks on drought bill dry up, to resume next year; A glimmer of hope for winter rain and snow; UC Davis notes the obvious: Water can’t be stored if it’s not there in the first place; State Senate hearing focuses on streamlining groundwater rights disputes, and more …   …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://mavensnotebook.com/2014/11/21/daily-digest-capitol-hill-talks-on-drought-bill-dry-up-a-glimmer-of-hope-for-winter-rain-and-snow-state-senate-hearing-focuses-on-streamlining-groundwater-rights-disputes-and-more/

    Nov 21 2014

    News Worth Noting: EPA, federal and state agencies, rice growers, industry act to protect endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California, Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects, River Islands draft EIS & Public Meeting

    EPA, federal and state agencies, rice growers, industry act to protect endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California:  “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, in cooperation with state agencies, rice growers and industry, announced an agreement to create federally enforceable restrictions of the pesticide thiobencarb, an herbicide used …

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    Nov 21 2014

    A restoration hub for the Delta: Better tools and processes for science-based restoration

    Restoration in the Delta has always been challenging, at best. Habitat restoration objectives already number in the tens of thousands of acres, and far more if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan should come to pass. But restoration on a large scale presents many challenges.  The proposed Delta Restoration Hub is an integrative model for planning, implementation, and …

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    Nov 21 2014

    Northern California representatives statement on Feinstein pulling ‘deeply-flawed’ water bill

    From the website of Congressman Jared Huffman: Today, Northern California Representatives Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John Garamendi (D-10), and Ami Bera (D-07) released the following statement after Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she will not be pursuing passage of her water bill this year: “We …

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    Nov 21 2014

    Senator Feinstein issues statement on drought negotiations: “Although we have made progress, it has become clear that we will be unable to present an agreed-upon proposal before Congress adjourns this year.”

    From Senator Feinstein’s office: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on progress toward a bipartisan bill to address California’s ongoing drought: “Over the past several weeks I have been working closely with members of the California delegation who expressed interest in reaching a bipartisan agreement on legislation to address California’s drought crisis …

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    Nov 21 2014

    Friday Flashback: How groundwater banking is done: A look at three groundwater banking operations

    From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Original publish date: September 3, 2013 California has long relied on surface reservoirs to manage the state’s fluctuating water supply as evidenced by the over 1300 reservoirs both large and small that dot the landscape – from Redding in the north to San Diego in the south.  However, environmental …

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    Nov 20 2014

    This just in … New report from UC Davis: Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

       “California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20. The report …

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    Nov 20 2014

    Daily Digest: Feinstein’s secret water deal, state will fall short of water recycling goals, curtailments partially lifted, backyard pesticides and more …

    In California water news today, Is Dianne Feinstein crafting a secret water deal to help big pistachio?, State water board allows partial lift of water right curtailments, Fresno driller Steve Arthur finds ‘60 Minutes’ report lacking, As drought turns the tide of public opinion against irrigators, California almond farmers fight back, California will fall short …

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    Nov 20 2014

    News Worth Noting: State Water Board report shows pesticides increasing in streams, Curtailments temporarily lifted in Delta watershed, CVP M&I draft shortage policy now available

    State Water Board Stream Pollution Report Shows Trends in Chemical Contamination, Toxicity: “Detections and concentrations of pyrethroid pesticides are increasing in California stream sediments, according to a new report by the Stream Pollution Trends Monitoring Program of the State Water Resources Control Board.  The program is a statewide effort to measure trends in pollution levels …

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    Nov 20 2014

    Science news and reports: USGS Synthesis of studies in the fall low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary, plus aquatic plants, El Nino, big data and more …

    Synthesis of studies in the fall low-salinity zone of the San Francisco Estuary, September-December 2011: “In fall 2011, a large-scale investigation (fall low-salinity habitat investigation) was implemented by the Bureau of Reclamation in cooperation with the Interagency Ecological Program to explore hypotheses about the ecological role of low-salinity habitat in the San Francisco Estuary—specifically, hypotheses …

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    Nov 20 2014

    Delta science vision: Sustainable data integration for the Delta

    In June of 2014, the Delta Science Program hosted an Environmental Data Summit, which brought together scientists, managers, and experts to discuss how to increase data and information sharing using new technologies.  A white paper will soon be released, which details the challenges, solutions, and strategies gathered from summit participants. In the first part of …

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    Nov 19 2014

    Daily Digest: Talks on drought bill underway on Capitol Hill, curtailment order lifted on Russian River, this week’s rain unlikely to dent drought, and more news …

    In California water news today, Talks on drought bill underway on Capitol Hill, Curtailment order lifted on Russian River, This week’s rain unlikely to dent drought, Drought-stricken town so dry, residents shower in church parking lot, Truck explodes at Santa Paula waste water plant, sending dozens to area hospitals, State urged to avoid crisis at …

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    Nov 19 2014

    Shopping for water: How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

    In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West. While California’s current drought is …

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    Nov 19 2014

    News Worth Noting: Tuolumne Utilities District teams up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build a Drought Resilience Plan, EPA requires Modesto wholesaler to protect Central Valley wetlands and pay penalty, following destruction of rare habitat

    Tuolumne Utilities District teams up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build a Drought Resilience Plan:  “Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) in Sonora has been contacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a drought response outreach guide to help other water utilities nationwide to combat drought issues.  Starting this week, a specialized …

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