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    The Switzerland of California water.

    Maven

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    Date registered: December 7, 2012

    Latest posts

    1. Daily Digest: Shrinking water supply has geologists worried about sinking Central Valley, California was hotter than ever during first half of 2014, an unlikely drought impact: Refined California surf and more — July 22, 2014
    2. NOAA and CDFW release federal recovery plan for salmon and steelhead — July 22, 2014
    3. Blog round-up: Groundwater and the public trust doctrine, California style; why the response to drought has been so weak, our thirsty lawns, and more … — July 22, 2014
    4. News Worth Noting: C-WIN says taxpayers & ratepayers on hook for BDCP, meetings on proposed low-flow closure of Russian River, Santa Cruz pot grow busted — July 22, 2014
    5. Daily Digest: Water calamity on the west side San Joaquin Valley may be unfolding, new water waste penalty also applies to government but who will enforce it?, drought fuels unusual mountain events and more … — July 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

    Jul 22 2014

    Daily Digest: Shrinking water supply has geologists worried about sinking Central Valley, California was hotter than ever during first half of 2014, an unlikely drought impact: Refined California surf and more

    Top news stories today: Shrinking water supply has geologists worried about sinking Central Valley, California was hotter than ever during first half of 2014, An unlikely drought impact:  Refined California surf, State in severe danger of lightning-caused wildfires, California taxpayers may be stuck with BDCP costs, says critic, Climate scientists have a beef with beef, …

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    Jul 22 2014

    NOAA and CDFW release federal recovery plan for salmon and steelhead

    From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA: NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan and CDFW’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Conservation Strategy. The two …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://mavensnotebook.com/2014/07/22/noaa-and-cdfw-release-federal-recovery-plan-for-salmon-and-steelhead/

    Jul 22 2014

    Blog round-up: Groundwater and the public trust doctrine, California style; why the response to drought has been so weak, our thirsty lawns, and more …

    Groundwater and the public trust doctrine, California style: Holly Doremus writes:”If you follow California water law or environmental law, you probably have been aware that the Environmental Law Foundation has been pursuing a public trust claim based on groundwater pumping that affects the Scott River. Last week they gained a victory at the trial court …

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    Jul 22 2014

    News Worth Noting: C-WIN says taxpayers & ratepayers on hook for BDCP, meetings on proposed low-flow closure of Russian River, Santa Cruz pot grow busted

    C-WIN: California Department of Water Resources Running Out of Funds for BDCP: Taxpayers & Ratepayers on the Hook: “Even as it continues to promote the ruinously expensive, environmentally destructive and ultimately unworkable Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the California Department of Water Resources has failed to collect $125 million for ongoing operations owed by water …

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    Jul 21 2014

    Daily Digest: Water calamity on the west side San Joaquin Valley may be unfolding, new water waste penalty also applies to government but who will enforce it?, drought fuels unusual mountain events and more …

    In the news today, west side San Joaquin Valley water calamity may be unfolding, new water waste penalty also applies to government but who will enforce it?, enforcement varies around the state, drought fuels unusual mountain events, and more news and commentary … In the news today … West side San Joaquin Valley water calamity …

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    Jul 21 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for July 21, 2014

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: 257 total views, 9 views today

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    Jul 21 2014

    News Worth Noting: USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought, Delta Protection Commission newsletter, public workshops for 4th climate assessment, enviro docs for refuge pumping costs reimbursements

    USDA Provides Aid to 73,000 Rural Californians Impacted by Drought:  “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA is providing $9.7 million in emergency water assistance to 73,000 residents in 11 California counties experiencing the driest year on record.  “This drought is devastating those who live, work and raise their families in much of rural California,” …

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    Jul 21 2014

    California Weather Blog: An overview of California’s ongoing and extraordinary drought: a tale of exceptional dryness and record warmth

    From the California Weather Blog: “Droughts historically have a way of sneaking up on California, and the extraordinary 2012-2014 drought has been no exception. Year-to-year and even season-to-season rainfall variability is quite high in this part of the world, which means that it’s nearly impossible to know whether a single dry year (or season) portends …

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    Jul 20 2014

    What’s on the calendar this week and beyond …

    Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you … Coming up this week … NEW! Delta Conservancy Board Meeting:  The Delta Conservancy will meet on Wednesday, July 23, from 9 am to noon.  On the agenda, consideration of approval of revisions to BDCP comment letter, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://mavensnotebook.com/2014/07/20/whats-on-the-calendar-this-week-and-beyond/

    Jul 20 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Farmers plan to fight for water rights, the State Water Board has issued 7,910 cutoff notices, drought hinders state’s emissions goals, 5% ag loss doesn’t tell whole story, plus swimming pools, golf courses, fracking and more, and Sunday funnies, too!

    In the news this weekend, farmers plan to fight for water rights, the State Water Board has issued 7,910 cutoff notices, drought hinders state’s emissions goals, drought reports prompt farm groups to push the state for solutions, 5% ag loss figure doesn’t tell the whole story, candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources …

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    Jul 20 2014

    California Weather Blog: Update on the North American Monsoon and active California summer weather

    From the California Weather Blog: “An active monsoonal pattern over the past 1-2 weeks has brought some active summer weather to California’s mountain and desert regions. Strong (to even severe)  thunderstorms have occurred nearly daily over parts of the California interior, bringing locally intense downpours and resulting in some minor flash flooding in a few highly …

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    Jul 18 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: new data shows 80% of CA now in extreme drought, saving water could cost California water agencies, can California desalinate it’s way out of a drought, and more, plus a mid-year drought update and official says Las Vegas is not running out of water

    In the news today, new data shows 80% of California now in extreme drought, drought creates grim ripple effect, complacency drives hike in water use, saving water could cost California water agencies, can California desalinate it’s way out of a drought?, ruling could affect groundwater pumping,  Glendora couple threatened with fine for brown lawn, and …

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    Jul 18 2014

    News Worth Noting: Legal analysis of Sacramento Superior Court groundwater decision plus the actual court ruling, credits proposed for voluntary conservation actions, new Delta lead scientist sought, opinion poll shows Californians back groundwater protection, latest drought monitor shows drought deepening

    Sacramento Superior Court Rules That the Public Trust Doctrine Can Apply to Groundwater Extractions That Harm Navigable Waters: “On July 14, 2014, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a ruling that the public trust doctrine protects navigable waters from harm caused by extraction of groundwater so connected to a navigable water that its extraction adversely affects …

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    Jul 17 2014

    This just in … CASGEM posts list and map of unmonitored high and medium priority groundwater basins as of July 15; technical report and public comments also posted

    The Department of Water Resources has produced a list and a map showing the high and medium priority groundwater basins that are not currently monitored under the CASGEM program. The list and map are available here. Also, the Final CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization Technical Report and Appendix A (June 2014) have been posted on the …

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    Jul 17 2014

    Daily Digest: Some water districts face suit for ignoring conservation law, judge makes precedent-setting ruling on groundwater regulation, water officials say don’t blame Southern California during drought, and more …

    In the news today, some water districts face suit for ignoring conservation law, Sacramento judge makes precedent-setting ruling on groundwater regulation,  water officials say don’t blame Southern California during drought, drought takes aim at farms, State parks monitoring water levels, Lady Gaga urges Californians to do more, and State Water Board expands curtailment powers (a …

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