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Daily Digest, weekend edition: Water savings mandate shrinks for some cities, Environmental water use scrutinized, Farmers with riparian rights say their impact on water is misunderstood, A day in the life of a water cop, and more …

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In California water news this weekend, Water savings mandate shrinks for some cities, Environmental water use scrutinized, Riparian rights:  Farmers say their impact on water is misunderstood, Sacramento River to close to fishing above Highway 44 bridge, Drought brings double dose of damage to coho salmon, Sacramento River allocations drop again, Sacramento Valley rice farmers say they’ll plant less rice […]

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This just in … State Water Resources Control Board issues draft emergency urban conservation regulations

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The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations and assorted documents. They are here: Proposed Text of the Emergency Regulation Draft urban water suppliers usage tiers Fact sheet on the draft emergency regulations for urban water conservation Fact sheet for general information on 25% statewide reduction in potable water use More information is available […]

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Daily Digest: Assembly members push to speed up water storage construction, Biggest water users are kept secret; El Nino hope returns, political temperatures rise, almond acreage increases as Board defends the nut, and more …

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In California water news today, California Assembly members push to speed up water storage construction; To shield tech executives, California’s biggest water users are kept secret; Dry wells plague California as drought has water tables plunging; Long-awaited El Nino may bring drought-busting rain to Northern California in 2016; Jerry Brown faces fight over water cuts; California cities push back against […]

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News Worth Noting, legal edition: Water District Case Clarifies Public Records Act Exemption ; Federal District Court Rules on Federal Wildlife Agencies and ESA Incidental Take Permits, Court of Appeal Upholds TMDL for Lake Bed Sediment

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Water District Case Clarifies California Public Records Act Exemption for Utility Customers: “The Public Records Act exempts from required disclosure the identities of commercial, as well as individual, utility customers, according to a recent Riverside County Superior Court decision.  The case, First Amendment Coalition v. Coachella Valley Water District, arose out of CVWD’s denial of a records request for the […]

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

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From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Originally published on November 19, 2014 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 […]

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This just in … DWR posts groundwater update reports; will support implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Groundwater Update to the California Water Plan Update 2013 with essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. Legislation enacted last year by the California State Legislature established a roadmap of activity and […]

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Daily Digest: Barrier deployed in war on salt, Water Commission hears from supporters of Temperance Flat, Drought pressure creates cracks in Friant Water Authority, The drought isn’t CA’s only water problem, and more …

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In California water news today, Barrier deployed in war on salt, Delta smelt survey tallies one fish, heating up debate over water supply, California Water Commission hears from supporters of Temperance Flat Dam, Drought pressure creates cracks in Friant Water Authority, The drought isn’t California’s only water problem, California salmon outlook is good for 2015; ominous in the long run, […]

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News Worth Noting: Two drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee; Senator Vidak to Serve on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee; Forest Service withdraws groundwater directive; Report: Water use trends in the U.S.

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Two drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee: “Two water measures focused on saving water by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of committee yesterday.  Both bills received unanimous bipartisan support. These measures are part of a larger effort by Senator Wolk to improve water management, combat the effects of the drought and climate change in California, and conserve valuable […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects #6: The role of the state in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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DWR’s David Gutierrez and the State Water Board’s Michael Lauffer discuss the carrot and stick role of the state in implementing sustainable groundwater management The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act became effective on January 1, 2015, creating a framework for managing the state’s groundwater resources on a local or regional basis.  But while the new groundwater legislation contemplates a bottom-up governance, […]

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Guest Commentary: Water conservation target framework flawed, says John Kingsbury with the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association

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From John Kingsbury at the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: “On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed framework for meeting the statewide 25 percent water conservation target announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. The state board identified specific reduction standards for water agencies across California. Under the proposal, water purveyor members […]

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