This just in … State Water Board issues California Water Fix pre-hearing conference ruling

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The State Water Resources Control Board has posted their pre-hearing conference ruling for the California Water Fix project.  The ruling covers issues regarding the timing of the hearing on water rights change petition with respect to other regulatory processes such as the Bay Delta Plan and CEQA/NEPA, questions regarding the upcoming separate water quality proceeding, and other procedural issues. Click […]

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Daily Digest: Senator Feinstein tries yet again with drought legislation; 2016 El Nino: Don’t mock the croc, says Patzert; LADWP to apply for reduction in water savings goals; and more …

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In California water news today, Dianne Feinstein tries yet again with drought legislation; Feinstein water plan could permit more pumping for farmers; 90’s in February? This is not what California was expecting from ‘Super El Nino’; 2016 El Nino:  Don’t mock the croc; Conservation groups praise drought measures in President’s budget proposal; Nearly all reservoirs in Marin County at capacity; […]

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Reactions to Senator Feinstein’s revised drought legislation

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Yesterday, Senator Feinstein introduced her revised drought legislation. Here are all the reactions from legislators and interest groups I’ve received, arranged in alphabetical order: From the California Farm Bureau Federation: Introduction of a California water bill in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein will help Congress move toward final legislation that addresses the state’s chronic water shortages, according to […]

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News Worth Noting: Stanford Researchers Develop Financing Framework to Fund Water Projects; Floods in California; Delta Stewardship Council Annual Report for 2015; State Water Board Releases Draft Order on General WDRs for Eastern San Joaquin Watershed

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Stanford Researchers Develop Financing Framework to Fund Water Projects From Stanford’s Water in the West: “Our sophisticated water system is slowly reaching the end of its lifetime and is in need of renewed investment due to population growth, urbanization, climate change impacts, environmental degradation, aging infrastructure, and ever-increasing operation and maintenance costs,” said Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy […]

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Science news: What lurks beneath: Is a silent killer entering the San Francisco Bay?; California hatchery trends; Winter-run Chinook salmon in the spotlight; Flood risk can be higher behind levees than without them; and more …

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In science news this week: What lurks beneath:  Is a silent killer entering the San Francisco Bay?; Two billion fish and counting: California hatchery trends; Winter-run Chinook salmon one of NOAA’s “Species in the Spotlight; Behind the levees: Flood risk can be higher behind levees than without them; A step toward saving the Salton Sea; Ecosystems pulling apart as some plants […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 2: Stitching a River Culture: Trade, Transportation and Communication in the Delta

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The Delta Narratives project continues with a look at the history of boating, trains, trucks, and mechanical innovation in the Delta In 2014, the Delta Protection Commission funded the Delta Narratives project, teaming up with scholars, regional museums and others to tell the story of the Delta and to communicate its importance to California’s and the nation’s history. “The imprint […]

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This just in … Feinstein Introduces Revised Drought Relief Bill

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Long-term provisions invest in water storage, desalination, recycling; Short-term provisions adhere to environmental laws, sunset after two years or when drought emergency ends, whichever is later Bill does not violate Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, biological opinions From the office of Senator Feinstein: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for […]

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Daily Digest: Obama proposes new approaches to Western water shortages; Farmers say they’re getting a bad rap over water; How the drought boosts your utility bills and global warming; and more …

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In California water news today, Obama proposes new approaches to Western water shortages; Farmers say they’re getting a bad rap over water; How the drought boosts your utility bills and global warming; Scientists say levees can increase flood risk and long-term damage; Winter brings shift in attitudes about water; California farmers reap record sales in record drought; California is likely […]

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Delta Narratives, pt 1: Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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The Delta Protection Commission’s Delta Narratives project seeks to tell the human story of the Delta “These days the Delta is most often considered a reservoir or a habitat,” begins the introduction to the Delta Narratives report.  “Although it has at times been referred to as “the heart of California” because of its centrality and rich natural endowment, its history […]

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News Worth Noting: Lawmakers demand flexibility in Delta pumping req’ments; State Water Board seeks comment on new ag water quality req’ments; Updated fact sheets for emerg water conservation reg; Drought’s impact on electricity generation

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State lawmakers demand flexibility in Delta pumping requirements From the website of Assemblymember Frank Bigelow: Today, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, and 15 of his colleagues in the California State Assembly sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, Bureau of Reclamation, California Natural Resources Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calling for increased flexibility to deliver […]

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